Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Weekly Update #68

    A lovely Monday morning to you all!

     Last Monday, we did good ol' P-day things. It was grand and we had a pretty good time.

     On Tuesday we rocked and rolled with some grand work. We met with a few folks in town and did some finding. We did a lot of finding this week. We were going to have an interview for the baptism, but he had something come up, so we didn't get the chance. We didn't teach quite as much, but boy did we find! That was good. In the evening, we made some chicken nuggets in muffin tins.

     Wednesday we travelled down to Dublin for District Meeting. It was a pretty good meeting, talked about some good things. After, we drove back to Dundalk to have the interview. That was good. We interviewed him and he was good to be baptised! Whooo! That was great to hear.

     Thursday we went out, taught a wee bit, did finding, and then in the evening we met with the Branch President for some amazing pizza and a dinner. That was enjoyable. After, we visited an ill member, had a good chat, and then the day was done.

     Friday was pretty great, too. We did more finding and such. I think we taught a lesson somewhere and it was great. Not much to say. This email is going to be short. We also had a dinner with this family. They're great, they really are.

     Saturday we were going to have a baptism, but our friend had something come up so we had to postpone it for a later date. It's all fine, we've got this. But yep.

     Sunday we started off having breakfast with President and Sister Donaldson! They were in the area for speaking in Dundalk, so they invited us for a breakfast. After, we had church, it was fabulous, we did some finding/teaching, and then the day was done. It was a grand day, pretty good week, too.

     That is our week! A wee bit of a bummer, but oh well. You win some, you lose some, no point in trying to win what's already been lost, got out for another win.

     Hey, you all have a great week! Cheers!

Elder Kinville

Jacob 6:12 "O be wise; what can I say more?"

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Weekly Update #67

     Good lovely Monday morning from Dundalk! This week was something else, let me say that!

     To kick it off, we taught several people on Monday, which is always a pleasant surprise and totally excellent as well. It went grand, met some great people.

     Tuesday was our first District Meeting of the transfer. It was grand meeting the other Missionaries in our district. After that, we trained back to Dundalk and got right to work. We met with five people on Tuesday. It was insane. Elder Corcran taught a lesson on the street, which is always one of the best things ever. He's a champion.

     Wednesday morning we had a flat check, and we passed, so our flat is in perfect, beautiful condition. After that, we got right out to work talking with a slough of folks and meeting with four people throughout the day. Nothing really exciting happened except for the work we got done. That was neat.

     Thursday we started off strong by GQing most of the morning. After lunch, we had some lessons and then we got a referral from the Elders in Sligo. Now, this story would take far to long to explain, but know that it involves CCTV (Closed Circuit Television), several days of texting, and a sketchy meeting by the Dundalk docks. But we taught three people this day, and it was incredible.

     Friday we went to Drogheda and did some GQing out there. We did not teach anyone on Friday, but we still had a flippin' blast doing good craic! It was fun. It started to rain and we talked to some decent folks. Friday done and dusted.

     Saturday was also a special day. On Saturday we weekly planned, met with three people, and had the sketchy meet-up at the docks. Thrilling story, it really is. You'll find out more about it later. But it was spectacular! But Sunday, was the best.

     So, in missionary work, before someone can get baptised, they need to attend Church services for two or three weeks(based of the missionary's judgement and want of numbers). On Sunday, we had three people attend Church, one of which has agreed to be baptised this Saturday! This is just exciting, let me say. But at church, we had a good time. Elder Corcran gave a talk, we taught the people who came with us to church, and we got some good work done. It was amazing. After church, we continued to teach. By the end of the day, we had taught five people, leaving us with a grand total of twenty one (21) lessons this week. That is phenomenal. We are tearing things up here in Dundalk and we can only see it going uphill. Wow, that's just, wow, amazing.

     Sadly, the only picture I got from it all was when I chopped up a bunch of apples in our back garden with a sword. Sad day.

     This week has been awe-inspiring, let me say. Thank you all for the support and prayers! Best of wishes to you all! Have a grand week!

Elder Kinville

Jacob 6:12 "O be wise; what can I say more?"

Monday, July 11, 2016

Weekly Update #66

     Hello from Dundalk, Ireland! Wow, wow, wow! What a great week this has been! Let me break it down for ya'll!
     Monday was good. Elder Arave and I went out and about and cleaned up the flat, celebrated the Fourth by wearing patriotic ties, and then left Livingston. It was bittersweet. Wow, so it was. We spent the night at another missionary's flat.
     Tuesday was a day of travel. Woke up bright and early to head to the bus station 

(Final selfie with Elder Arave) to ride on a bus for a few hours to get onto a ferry to ride that for a few hours, to get onto another bus to ride for a few hours and then be in Dublin! It was grand. I loved being back in Dublin. There, I met Elder Corcran and we began our companionship with a selfie. 

That was grand.
     Wednesday we went to Dundalk and began work. We taught several folks as we went out and about in town. It was a great day! That was about it. Dundalk is like Terenure. It has bikes! My legs are a bit sore, but I am pushing through it!
     Thursday we started off doing some GQing around town, did a wee bit of shopping since we couldn't the other day, and then taught a few lessons again. It's crazy how many lessons we taught and folks we met with. That was the day.
     Friday we kept doing good craic! We weekly planned, did some GQing, taught another lesson, did some more GQing, taught another lesson, and then we got a surprise as this fellow who had just gotten off his mission visited us. It was Elder Tarbet! That was fun. We met his family, had a dinner, and that was the night.

     Saturday we started off with some admin work inside. After that, we kept going about, doing good work, and had a blast. There's this great van that parks outside our flat, pretty exciting.  

In the evening, we had a branch coordination with the Branch mission leader, that was grand.
     Sunday was epic. Just plain epic. We got to the church, met some folks, and then I gave a talk in sacrament meeting. That was fun. After that, we had a lesson with this fellow from France who's been studying and investigating the church for a few years now. It's thrilling, it really is. After that, we went back to the flat for a wee bit to get some food then went out and taught another lesson. We're teaching machines here, let me say.
     That was this last week. Just, wow. We've gotten a lot done. It's grand. It really is.
     Thank you all so much for the prayers and support! Have a craicing day, like!


Elder Kinville

Jacob 6:12 "O be wise; what can I say more?"

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Weekly Update #65

Excitement, adventure, miracles! All have happend in this last week in Livingston!

     Monday was grand-like. We had a dinner with a Chinese member and met his wife, too. That was enjoyable. We then tried by some less actives for the rest of the evening with another member. Pretty good. We also made some Kool-Aide, but we didn't have a pitcher big enough.... So... Kool-Aide in a dish...

     Tuesday was the last District Meeting of this transfer. We met, had a good time, was spiritually filled, then got back to work. We chapped a small subdivision and talked with some of the folks there and then met with Cameron for some administrative work. We then went to Brandon and Louise's place for a dinner to close out the night. That was lovely and exciting. They're a grand couple.

     Wednesday we rocked and rolled out with more admin work. It's actually really good we got all this work done, you'll see why at the end. We also had a hot dog from the legendary Dan the Hot Dog Man, hashtag. After that, we tried by a lady, she wasn't in, then we went to Whitburn for a meal. That was AMAZING! She had chicken, wrapped in bacon, stuffed with haggis. That was incredible! That was exciting, let me say. 

     Thursday we weekly planned. That was grand, as it always is, and then we went to a member's house to do some weeding in her garden. There's a lot of weeds to remove, but we've gotten rid of a ton of them. We're professionals by now. After that, we went to the church and met with an investigator, taught a lesson, then went to the ward snooker night. That was fantastic, let me say there. I learned that I am not good at snooker, nor pool, only on the Wii. 

     Friday we had a breakfast with Anne and one of her friends! That was enjoyable, I liked that. After that, we continued our admin work. After completing it, we went about to meet with Brandon a bit and have some activities with him, his dad, and some of his friends. That was epic. After, we went to the church to remember the Battle of the Somme. It was a battle in WWI and the Ward put on this demonstration and it was lovely. I really enjoyed it. After, we ended the night.

     Saturday was a special day, it was the day we did incredible work! We went out in the morning and tried by some folks. We were let into a house and we taught a lesson. That was crazy. After, we were walking and met this fellow on the street. We had a fantastic conversation with him and then tried by several people who the past missionaries used to teach. We found them and we set up appointments to meet with them again! Grand! After that, we had a dinner with a member and ate some kebabs. Delicious. Then we did a wee bit of chapping to close out the night.

     Sunday was the day of moves call. We went to church, had a blast there, and as we were leaving, this fellow went up to a member and the member led him over to us. He had some questions, so we sat down, talked with him, and taught a lesson and we'll be seeing him later today. Wow. That, that was fantastic. After that, we went about a wee bit, visited a few member families, a bird sat on my head, and then returned to our flat for dinner. While on the way back we got moves call.

     Elder Arave and I, a dream team, will be separated. Elder Arave is heading way up high, to the tip of Scotland, Thurso. I am off to Dundalk in Ireland. I am so excited for this. I loved Ireland and I'm excited to go back. I am sort of sad to leave Livingston, but that's the way the cookie crumbles, y'know. That's that. We're being replaced by sister missionaries, so we need to clean the flat today and there's plenty to be done. 

     What a week! What journey lies ahead? A fantastic one. One where I'll once again be with the Irish. It will be great. Grand, even! 

     Thank you all for your support and help! 

    By the way, HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!

Elder Kinville

Jacob 6:12 "O be wise; what can I say more?"