August 31, 2015

Dear Mom and Dad,
 
Thank you so much for keeping me informed. I am excited for you to go visit Emily and Dave and the boys. Emily told me that her emails aren’t getting through for some reason, don’t know why they aren’t but I hope we can get that fixed. I think of all of you often.
 
I recently got permission to get a back pack, since I’m in a biking area. I hauled too much stuff in my bag and hurt my shoulder so Sister Ulrich (mission president’s wife) said I could have a backpack for long days of travel and for biking.  So i was wondering if you could pay Spencer with my money, to make a backpack for me and ship it(Spencer made Jacob a beautiful leather and black canvas shoulder bag for his mission). If it’s not too expensive to ship. Let me know how much it would cost and if Spencer has time to do it.
I have used the card a few times when I ran out of money to buy a train ticket. The Church gives back money for travel so I always get that personal money back. 
We have no P-Day this week–they said we could have two hours to email and one hour to shop so me and Elder Fernandez are a little worried that it won’t be enough time. Most P-days we don’t do much, we live in a really touristy area, so there are things that we can do like go through some museums or any thing that we are allowed to do, but it’s really over priced so we haven’t.
 
Glad my Grades were good. I wish I would have tried harder in school, at least I have college or University as they say here, how does Meghan like BYU-I. Some missionaries have heard rummors that BYU-I has had some problems, I don’t think they are true, some missionaries here lean too much on rummor.
 
Concerning contacting people, one thing that I always try to do is just start a conversation about something first, sometimes you just have to dive in and start talking about the Gospel right away–some people this works on some people it doesn’t. The hard part is getting people interested in it and getting their address and an appointment. Members don’t need to get appointments but their address or even there phone number is good, most people that we get there phone numbers just block us though. But most people get interested in what we have to say when we ease them into it slowly.
 
Tell Bryce (a boy from our ward who just finished his misison) hi for me, and thank you again for emailing me.
 
Love you, 
Elder Maughan

Jacob Maughan

Aug 31 (1 day ago)

to me
Here is my journal sorry for all the typos in my emails– I just have to
type so fast, and I don’t have time to proof read so please excuse me.
(He doesn’t know I correct them for him:)
August 23 2015

This p-day was the funnest one I have had in a while, me and Elder
Fernandez don’t get to go with our district very often because of
train tickets, but we did this time because we are doing exchanges. We
emailed and bought our food and we got up to their chapel at 3:00pm and
we played chair football. It was a lot of fun. Hopefully we will get a
chance to do it again. Elder Aurthor and I then went back to our flat
in Blackpool and went to bed.

August 25 2015

I woke up today did exercises and ate, then me and Elder Aurthor did a
one hour street display. We didn’t stop many people in that hour. We
mostly did it because we had no better tracting methods. We were late
to all our appointments due to the terrible bus travel, we did good
though. It showed me that I could run this area once I get the bus
travel down. Now we are waiting for Elder Klaver and Elder Fernandez,
they are very late–the train travel is bad too. I was not as bold with
people as I should have been, it’s hard to find the line between being
bold and insulting someone’s beliefs I try very hard to not insult
people, it’s all about following Preach My Gospel and you can’t go
wrong. I think everyone, even members, should go through Preach My
Gospel.
I just always ask myself after I talk with someone, ‘did I tell them
what we have to offer them and did I tell them why they need it?’ and I
figure if I do that there is nothing more I can do then except be
nice, keep the conversation going as long as possible, and seek for
inspiration from the Holy Ghost.

August 26
We went to Elder Klaver’s flat for specialized training since we had to
be at the church early.

August 27
Specialised training was great. I felt the Spirit very strong it was
very interesting to feel the Spirit that strongly. I hope we can have
more meetings like that in he future. I had an interview with the mission
president which was great, he gave me some good suggestions and he
said that I should share my testimony as often as possible, I recorded
most of what he said in my journal, and Sister Ulrich gave me some
tips and also gave me permission to use a backpack for long trips or
anytime I am carrying something heavy.

August 28

Our ward had a great active at 7:00pm. We got two less actives to go but
none of our investigators went. We got one investigator while there,
and the activity was very good, we had good food and a funny time with
our investigators. We hope to find more ways to support this ward,
they are good people but they have had a hard few years.

August 29
We decided not to do a street display today. We got a referral from
Salt Lake, she was a very nice Catholic woman that had a great family.
She told us that if she wasn’t already Catholic she would be a Mormon.
One thing that she said really got me thinking, she said how great our
values in our church are, especially concerning the family. I think
the way to get people interested in our church is to discuss our
beliefs on family and how important the family unit is in our church.
Almost every church now allows gay marriage and many faithful members
like this nice Catholic lady don’t like their church’s decisions on
allowing it.
We were not performing 100%, so we didn’t think that it was best
that we didn’t do the street display. We did talk to a lot of people
today,though I had only three full lessons.

There’s my journal, have a great week!
Love,

Elder Maughan

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