October 26, 2015

Mom and Dad,

It is great to email you again, I will be moving this transfer on
Wednesday, to Rhyl, a little town in Wales. It’s on the coast, seems
like I will spend my whole mission on the coast, which I wouldn’t
mind. I don’t know where my birthday package is yet, it’s either still
in customs or at the mission home waiting for my zone leaders to move

My time in Blackpool has been an enlightenment, I have learned that the
mission doesn’t need to be a burden if you are constantly turning
towards Christ for help. I never saw it as a burden, it is hard though
and I needed strength beyond my own here in Blackpool. It was
difficult being the only missionaries in such a large area, at least
we never had to tract the same place twice.  Some areas are so small
that missionaries tract it twice in one transfer. We had the opposite

Member meals are great and the members here look out for us. I will
always remember the kindness of the members in Blackpool.

I am glad to hear about Spencer’s commercial. I can’t believe that he
will soon be graduating. And I love getting the emails from Emily,
both of them are amazing siblings to have.

I have learned that agency is a interesting thing.  We have been given freedom to choose
what we want. What comes from those choices we don’t get to choose.
But if we sincerely repent all can be made right.

Love you Mom, thank you for being the best mother in the world. Love you too Dad!

Elder Maughan

Weekly journal

Oct 24, 2015

Unfortunately, the bus drivers have been threatening us lately. They
have the legal right to not let us preach on the bus, and they can
refuse service to anyone they want. Today, I got on the bus and the
driver said that I forged my ticket, I obviously did not and we talked
for quite a while before he would let me on. I told him that I was on
my mission and a minister for my church and would not do something
like that, he was just doing his job though so I didn’t get after him.
Anyways, he let me get on. Another incident happened when a member got
on the bus, he of course sat by us and started talking. The bus
driver them started yelling at us ‘NO PREACHING.’ The member got really
defensive and yelled back that he was already a member of our church,
which is a nice thing about the English, they will stand up for
themselves. We have two investigators now who are solid, they both are
ready to be baptized, and I hope I stay in Blackpool one more transfer
to see them baptized.

Oct 25, 2015

Our investigator is amazing, he is not very learned, but  he told us about
his experience praying to God about the Book of Mormon. He got the
answer that it is true and he told us that he prayed to know if the
church is true and how he can learn all that we have, his reply was so
enlightening, even to me. I knew that he had indeed spoken with God (in prayer)
and that he was going to be baptized. Sharing the gospel has
strengthened my testimony more then I ever thought it could.

Oct 26, 2015

The foods here in England are great, you have their famous Sunday
roasts, which is just some meat, potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire pudding
(not to be confused with black pudding, which is the blood sausage
which I haven’t had) , and other stuff. All that is piled onto a plate then
drenched in gravy, not just the meat and potatoes but everything is
sitting in an inch of gravy. It’s extremely good. Next, you have the
famous Fish and Chips, we just call them Chippy’s. They are just take
away places usually and are nice and cheap usually.  For three pounds,
sometimes less, you get a massive thing of Chips (fries), their chips
here are a lot thicker and you really do get a pound of chips for…
well one pound of money. And you get a big thing of fried fish with
it. It’s take away but you have to start eating it, because the chips are
no good when they go cold. I put a lot of vineger on it– actually
tastes really good. The other food that’s worth mentioning is Kebabs, which

is shaved meat in a giant tortilla.   The
most famous is Donor Kebabs, they are usually massive and no one
really knows where the shaved meat comes from. It’s suppose to be
Lamb. I personally love Donor Kebabs, you can tell how good a Kebab
house is, by how Middle Eastern the owners and cooks are. If there is a
sign hanging up on the wall that says ”Allah is the one true God,
and Mohammed is his Messenger,” then you know that the Kebabs will
be good. Plus most Kebabs are dirt cheap.

The End of my time in Blackpool.

Just a bit of a tribute letter to Blackpool, the mini Las Vegas of
England. I came to love doing street displays in the streets, I came
to love the people of Blackpool even though many of them were not
interested, I know that one day many will come to except the gospel. I
learned some valuable lessons on being selfless and trying hard even
when there are plenty of excuses. I came to love my family and my home
and the members here. I saw many people with hardships and had spoken
with many who pulled themselves out of the gutter, many of those
people found the gospel to be what they wanted. God gave me the
opportunity to see Him do his own work.
Starting Wednesday I will be serving in Rhyl B, which is in Wales on
the Coast. I am excited for that, I will have a Welsh badge, but won’t
have a clue on how to speak the language, they all speak English
there, so shouldn’t be a problem.

Elder Maughan


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