Mom and Dad,
This year has flown, I can’t believe how fast it goes. The Iranian man
still wants to be baptised but unfortunately we have to wait till he
gets a Visa. The government has started to send some people back to Iran and if they
go back or are sent back it’s bad. Hopefully he is able to stay. I will keep working hard.
Ha! Yeah I know you miss the free labour ha ha ! (We had done lots of yard work.) No, I actually miss helping you out, I have learned how to enjoy work and really I love doing yard
work now! It’s fun to see your work make someone’s house better. We do
service once every now and then and last time I cleaned our a hoarders
house. The nice thing was that he was a clean hoarder, he had fifty of
everything. He gave me a jacket and head phones but I don’t know what
to do with them ’cause I can’t use them on the mission.
I can’t wait to do the biking again. This p day is cut shorter again. No time.
Elder Oaks is visiting the mission he is going to hold a meeting for
two hours with the missionaries and I will get to shake his hand! I
will let you know all about it next week’s email.
Love you Mom and Dad,
Bye from Elder Maughan
Mom and Dad,
This week was really eventful. We have seen two people ready for
baptism that came out of nowhere, one was a man not of the Christian faith
who we stopped on the street. He didn’t know English very well so we
gave him a Book of Mormon in his language, and apparently he read
fifty pages and two of those pages completely converted him to
Christianity. We are going to try to find out what those two pages
The other man, Dave, is interested because he studied the Church with
missionaries years ago but when we stopped him on the street this time
he felt the Spirit really strongly and every time we teach he feels
the Spirit so he already knows it to be true.
So, transfers are coming up hopefully. I don’t move so I can see them
baptized. But what ever the Lord wills.
The rest of the weeks was either finding more people to teach or
just teaching less-actives in the ward. The ward is growing which is
good, more less actives are coming again. All the people in England,
when they find out I am American ask about Donald Trump, and I just
have to shrug because I have no clue since we dont watch the news and
aren’t suppose to talk about politics. Im glad that I don’t have to
worry about that stuff.
I loved your emails this week. Thanks again for sending them each week.
Love you to space and back five billion times,
from Elder Maughan
Mom and Dad,
It was so great to see you both and wish you a happy Mother’s Day Mom! I am so
blessed that you are my mom. You’re the the best mom in the world. Thank
you for being the best.
Mom, I do like to share your conversion story with others. I know the gospel
can help these people. It is hard to get them to take a minute and try
Wow, I can’t believe that Braden (friend) is extended his mission. I guess six
weeks isn’t too long but still. He is great– I wonder how the mission
has changed him. I don’t think I can extend my mission, my Visa
expires the end of June and I’ve heard you can’t really get it renewed.
I can’t believe no one signed up to feed the missionaries! I thought they would
have tea appointments every day. We get usually three a week since
there are two sets of missionaries in this ward.
Man how is Darlene (family friend) doing with two wedding in a summer– it’s quite a lot to take in, you know your getting old in the mission when you hear of people you know
getting married back home. Dang, I’ll miss all that good wedding
It’s amazing how well the temple grounds are kept here. The grounds are
massive,here they pay someone to do the grounds. I think the members help
out sometime though. Every bush is trimmed with not one leaf out of
place. It is so beautiful. I will take some more pictures and send them
So, this week has been good. Yesterday, right after Church we ran into
this man. He didn’t speak English very well but he was from Iran. We
gave him an Arabic Book of Mormon. He was very interested and I wish I
could tell more of his story but we aren’t supposed to disclose to
much information over email. We have to be very careful in our teaching with
Muslims. But they won’t give us any problems or harm us– the ones here
are very peaceful and mostly second or third generations in the
country. Yesterday, we had a great lesson with a recent convert. She was
being bullied about being a Mormon and I found a video about kids her
age who were from New York and were also being bullied because of their church membership. But we just spoke with her and you could tell that a weight was lifted off her.
When we left she was smiling, so that was good. It’s hard because even
adults here will make fun of you if you’re Mormon. They don’t make fun
of you if you’re Church of England or Catholic–which most people here
are. It’s odd how sometimes the Atheists are kinder than Believers.
Although you run into some nasty Atheists too. But every now and then
you find someone that smiles back at you and says hi– then you know
that person is ready to hear the Gospel, even though we still try to
stop everyone on the street or the bus.
Always busy .
Love you to space and back a trillion times
From Elder Maughan