January 18, 2016

Mom and Dad,

This week has been good. I went on exchange with the zone leaders,
they do exchanges differently now, they had both me and my companion
go to the zone leader’s flat. So, we had district meeting on Tuesday and
we got on the train in Colan Bay and went to Chester. We joined them in
a street display, but it was raining really hard. We had a little bit
of success, but very little due to the rain. Oh! I have to tell you,
this is probably one of the most funny things that’s happened to me
during a street display. I spoke to this old Granny and she stops,
then after I teach her a little she says, with a heavy German accent,
“Where is you hat?” It had just started to rain so I hadn’t pulled it
out yet, so I quickly got it out of my pocket and put it on. She then
said  “Good, you should always have hat on during this weather. You are
too skinny, you need something to eat, to put some more meat on those
bones.” It’s just the thing that they show in all the movies that the
old grannies say. Anyway, she grabbed my arm and started to lead me to
a bakery. I just said “Oh thank you, but I have to stay here and keep
doing the street display.” Well, she just ignored me and took me into
the shop where she bought me two Danishes and four sausage roll. I
thanked her, then went back to the street display. I kept trying to
teach her the gospel then I said,  “Well thank you for giving me so much,
the least I can do is leave you with the Book of Mormon.” She said that
she couldn’t take my book, and she didn’t seem to understand English
that well. The Danishes were very good, and I had a good laugh with
the other missionaries over it. I’m sure the Lord will bless her.
The exchange went very well with the zone leaders. Really it was
just normal work, but we got to drive around in their car. I miss
driving so much.  I hope President asks me to drive, I’ve basically
done all the stuff to learn how to drive here because all of my
companions have been learning how to drive
When we got back to our area we visited our investigator who was
thinking of joining the Witnesses.  Thankfully, it doesn’t sound like
he’s even taking lessons from them now. And he still has a firm testimony
of the Book of Mormon and of Joseph Smith. And he even said he wanted
to be baptized soon and he meant for us to baptize him. So, things will
get moving along with him soon enough. And the rest of our
investigators are doing alright.  It’s all part of missionary work,
constantly loosing and gaining Investigators.
I guess we have a big broadcast coming up. We have to host our
zone in the Rhyl Chapel, and we will have a zone street display here
in Rhyl which will be interesting to see. And the weather is getting
worse. December was actually quite warm, but now it’s starting to ice
and we are getting cold rain now. But I haven’t had any problems with
it yet, so thanks for all the prayers from home.  I’ve been the
healthiest in my life, even though I feel like I’m swimming through
the streets in the ice cold rain.
Thanks for the news Mom and Dad.  I will send some pictures to you later today.

Till next week,

From Elder Maughan

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January 11, 2016

Mom and Dad,

Thanks for the advice– I know that you are right, if their is one
important thing I have learned on my mission it is this: Take all good
advice even if it means you have to make some sacrifices.

So this email is quite a bit better and I think I will be getting back
into my groove of emailing again.

This last week has been great, I got a haircut on Monday and visited
the Murry’s house, they are members. Then this Tuesday I went on
exchanges with one of the Elders working in Bangor, his name is Elder
Ding and he is from China. He has a great conversion story,  He use to
be Atheist but his family felt like there had to be more so they
searched for years. They tried Buddhism, but he said that he didn’t
particularly like it and one day he ran into this historian that
explained to him that the Buddhism we have today is much
different then what it was in the past. So Elder Ding said that he
thought this religion must not be true if a historian knows more about
it than a Buddhist Monk. Eventually they found the Church, he said
that his family went all less-active, but since he has gone on a
mission his father has become Branch President and his mother Stake
Relief Society President and that his parents have done a lot of
missionary work and have baptized three families this year, ten people
in total. We had a good exchange.
So really, me and my companion should laugh about this, but oh well.
So one of our investigators (since I just found out that I’m not
supposed to name names I will just call him K.) so K has been taught by
us for two weeks and in those two weeks he has made huge progress,
even stopped smoking. And he gained a spiritual witness of the Book of
Mormon, but one day we show up at his house with our WML.  K comes out
and says “Sorry but I think I’m going to join the Witnesses,” he said
that he had only just met with them a day ago and they didn’t teach
him anything. Anyways our WML said, “Well, don’t worry K, my best friend
is a Witness”  and then are WML said “Well, I guess you’ll have to
kiss your Christmas good bye.” I thought that was funny. K then oddly
enough  bore his testimony that he knows that the Book of Mormon
is a true book and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. Anyway we
left not really sad because we knew that K will not like some of the
Witness doctrine, especially when they tell him that the Book of
Mormon isn’t true because K loves the Book Of Mormon. We just joke
that he will give a talk in their church one day and that he will bear
his testimony of the Book Of Mormon and of Joseph Smith. We aren’t to0
worried about K, he will be back.
We had our Vision meeting for the New Year we are no
longer having transfer meetings.  We now travel straight to our new
areas. And now with exchanges, both companionships go to the senior
companion ships area.

Saturday we got a lot of new investigators. Nothing to exciting that day.
And Sunday was great. I challenged one person on the street to
baptism, she agreed that she needed to be baptised, but she said that
she didn’t want to change her life or do anything really.  But
challenging people to baptism on the street is actually a great way to
find out what they need to be taught. And then try to resolve their
concerns by teaching them. It works surprisingly well.
After her, we ran into a kid that was so high he was in a
different world.  It’s really hard to see how drugs and alcohol have
destroyed so many people’s lives here in Rhyl and in England. Rhyl is
one of the most deprived towns, it’s like a mini Blackpool. It’s like
being in a very rich third world country. They spend tons of money on
the beach front for tourists, but then you get into some of the back
streets and you’re in absolute poverty.

I actually have a sweater from home that I wear sometimes, it is an
unusually warm winter right now, but they say that will change soon.
This morning was already colder. If I need anything I will be sure to
let you know.  As for now adieu.

From Elder Maughan

January 4, 2016

Hi Mom and Dad,

Thanks for the wonderfully long email, it was the best to hear about
everything. I feel I am not doing as good of a job informing you.

Me and my companion do get along well.  He has so many funny stories
and he had a really bad companion last transfer so I think he’s
happier now. We had a great first week but the holidays were hard
because no one really wanted to stop and talk to us.  But now that the
holidays after over I can already see an improvement in our numbers.

The last two weeks were probably the worst, missionary work wise.  I
loved seeing you and I had fun during Christmas but I’m ready to get
back to work. Last Saturday we had a great street display, I talked to
tons of people but I ran into a person of the Jewish faith for the
first time. He was curious so I taught him about the Book of Mormon and
he was somewhat dismissive at first but I bore testimony of it and I am
pretty sure the Holy Ghost testified to him because he then wanted a
book, he was even willing to pay for it. I gave it to him and said
it was free as long as he read it and prayed about it, then he asked
for my email, so he could tell me how it goes. So that was great, then
right after that I taught a Muslim man who was also very interested
about the book, and he took one to read and pray about as well, so
quite an interesting experience.

Anyways, sorry it’s a bit short, but
I love you and I appreciate the emails and photos.

Have a great week.

From Elder Maughan

December 28, 2015

Mom and Dad,

Hello!  Glad you had a great Christmas, I did too. It was great to talk
to you also, and thanks for all that you sent me.

Also, thank Darlene for the money– it will help me at some point and
also thank Sister Keller.   I am glad that the ward is thinking about me.
I also enjoyed the Christmas cards, I remember writing in them when I
was back home, it’s funny to be on the receiving end of it.  And I’m
working hard to eat my treats.  It’s odd being a missionary when you’re
full and yet people expect you to keep on shoveling down the food:)
Don’t worry I’ll eat your treats first. I love all the gifts also. The
tricky Rubix cube–I will find out how to solve it one of these days
when I have a little time.

So I haven’t shared a mission experience for a while, I have them
every day but I need to get better at writing them down.

I had and interesting experience. I was talking with an Atheist
man. I had just bore my testimony on how I had a witness from God
himself that this is the true church by praying and showing faith and
asking God specifically if the Book of Mormon is true, and that I
heard the Holy Ghost testify to me. The Atheist man went berzerk and
told me that I could not have that happen, that God isn’t real and that
I was crazy.  I told him that most of the other people in our church
have had similar experiences and (if he was correct) that would mean

that all 15 million of the members of the Church
who have done that same thing would all be crazy. He then
said that he would never pray, I then said “Why…. If you believe
their is no God, but you can’t  prove that, then the only reason why
you wouldn’t pray is because you are scared that you are wrong.” He
look stunned. I then said “Well, if you’re scared to pray then I dare you
to pray.”  It was funny, but I think I could have gotten him to pray,
but his friend wanted to go. If all else fails dare them to pray:) I
guess because why do they refuse to pray if their is no God? The only
reason they wouldn’t pray is because they are afraid that they will
get an answer that they’re wrong. At least that’s the conclusion I got
to.

A better story is I taught the principal of prayer five minutes after
that to another man and now he’s ready to be baptized January 20th and
he has gained a witness of the truth of this Church.  I don’t think
anything can hold him back now.

It’s interesting how we really do have to teach to people needs. What
one person might find important, like eternal families, may not work for

another person who may be single and alone. And another needs to learn to pray and exercises faith.

Anyway, I might email you more today.

Till next time,

From Elder Maughan

December 21, 2015

Mom and Dad,

Details on calling you, I will be using face time, so I will just face time the mantuamoose email account Christmas Day at 12:00 Noon and I will get face time or skype, one of the two, working.
I cant wait for Christmas either, tomorrow and Christmas and New Year’s are the only days we have off. They have changed the rules just barely in our mission. We can only watch church produced movies or church related movies during Christmas, some missionaries are quite sad that they are loosing the Disney movies– I’m alright with it though.
It sounds like you’ll have a great Christmas with Parker and Emily and Cooper and Dave. And Mom, I wish you a happy birthday.  If I see anything with in budget that I think people might like I will mail it over eventually.
We will be going to two members homes during Christmas–the Tates and Bishop’s. They are both very good families and I’m excited to spend Christmas with them. Also, the ward showered us with gifts this Sunday. It was amazing, as you can see in the picture, a lot of those cards and gifts are from the members.  And sorry, I haven’t had time to finish decorating the tree yet, last week I was exhausted, we are working really hard for the Christmas season since that is when people are a little bit more open.  The other picture is of Me Beth her daughter Yazmin and Elder Hamblin my old companion.
I can’t wait to see all of you!!! Have a great Christmas!
From Elder Maughan
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