February 29, 2016

Mom and Dad,

So, transfers are this week on Wednesday . Elder Leighton is leaving
Rhyl and I am staying one more transfer. Wow! six months in the same
area! I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone though. Elder Sing is
coming in and is going to be the new district leader and my companion.
The Bishop in the Rhyl Ward actually baptized Elder Sing when he was a
child, so I think that will be interesting. I can tell that Elder Sing
is excited. Elder Leighton is slightly depressed because he hasn’t
been able to pass his driving test. To be fair, the driving test here
is really hard, you make one small mistake and you fail. Without
driving experience I could see how it could be really hard to pass it.

Beth and Yezmin are both going to be baptized on the 26 of March. So
we will be working hard to get Beth to quit smoking by then. Yezmin is
all ready to go. Now, this is really petty I know and I don’t mean it
thas way, but every person I taught and has been baptized in my
area are all baptized by someone else. So I may never get a ‘baptism’
but I don’t care just as long as people are getting baptized.

The weather can’t quite make up its mind– it’s cold then hot then cold
again. So I think in a few weeks we will have good weather again. I
made it through winter though. And in a heavy tracting area. The cold
does just go right through you here. They said it was the wettest
winter they have ever had here in Rhyl so I’m glad I survived it with
only getting one small cold.

So, I am actually having a hard time recalling what happened this week.
Umm, I have already spoken to quite a few Muslims in the street about
the Book of Mormon. They usually want to take a look at it, but some
Muslims can’t even speak to us because it’s against their religion.
I’ve been trying hard to find ways to teach them, they understand
making covenants and technical speaking since the Book of Mormon was
written before Mohammed it should be considered scripture by them.
Although they would say that Allah didn’t give the Nephites all his
knowledge. But, I could go on for hours on how to, well not really teach
but, have a discussion with them which might lead them to investigating
the Church.

Thank you for being such a great mother and father and raising me in a great
home. Tell everyone I said hi and I hope Spencer doesn’t get to stressed.
I’m sure his project will go great,

Love you

From Elder Maughan

February 22, 2016

MOM and DAD,

Wow! I am jealous of it being 70 degrees. But, today and yesterday were
both great weather. It was great to see the sun again! It’s funny how
the sunlight just makes you feel better and makes it warmer and
better, but when it’s been gone for a few months you forget how great
it is. I’m sure there’s a gospel analogy there.
It sounds like your having a great time in California and your
foods even paid for. Will Dad ever travel to the U.K. For work?
Let me know all the fun stuff you do.
Yeah, I lost all contact with my Ridgecrest friends, maybe when I get
back I’ll find everyone on facebook or something.

I heard “Wicked” was a great show. I will have to see it when I get back.

I want to send you more pics but the email is so slow about it I never
have time. Next week my companion doesn’t have driving lessons so I can send
pics then and my emails should start getting better again.

Week of Feb 15-21

This week up has been quite great, we have quite a few people we are
teaching now, Beth and Yezmin. John, Jason, Joe, Alex (when we see
him). And we saw almost all of them this week. No one has a solid
baptism date yet. But soon. I hope to see them baptized next transfer.

Yeah, the area is looking promising. Hopefully we see something happen soon.

February 15, 2016

Mom and Dad,

Happy Valentines!

Hello, it’s great to email you again Thanks for the news, as always. So
the bishop wanted us to go do missionary work in St. Asaph and in other
country side towns, so my companion and I  packed some oat biscuits
for lunch and took the bus there and were there for most the day. We
actually had a lot better response there than in Rhyl. Everyone, or
almost everyone, in Rhyl know missionaries somewhat, and so they won’t
stop to talk to us, in fact, many of the people completely ignore us
when we say hi–they just stare straight forward and pretend that we
don’t exists. But missionaries haven’t been to St. Asaph for a while.
So, it went well.

We had a good zone meeting and a great street display this week in
Bangor, which is a college city, college city’s are great–they have
lots of people that are willing to stop and chat.

So glad you are trying to keep the coal fire place. I really liked
Maddox it’s lamb, I have had a good amount of lamb while I’ve been out
on my mission. Wales has a ton of sheep, endless amounts of them. Every
field has sheep in it. I love the countryside it is beautiful. And the
weather is finally starting to become good again. We actually had sun
light today. I feel like I’ve been in a wet, cold cave for the last two
months. I’ve gotten through it though and I’m excited for this week
because there are a lot of tourists in Rhyl for their version of
spring break.  So the next few days look promising, it’s like I’m back
in Blackpool.

My companion and I eat so unhealthy sometimes, but we have been good
for the last few weeks, we buy fruit and vegetables now, we used to
only buy some fruit. We buy all the ‘about to expire stuff’ so we can
afford to eat a bit healthier now. I haven’t been sick again, I’ve
been giving blessing to sick members a lot lately. Blessings are so
great, I’ve seen them help a lot of people now.

I feel lucky that I’ve had the opportunity to teach so many people
also. I teach tons of people, at least two a day, but it take time to
find a really prepared person. Once you do though, they progress
quickly. I look back and I can’t even count how many people I have
spoken to.

I love you MOM and DAD.  I hope this week is great, sorry the email was later today.

Tell Spencer that I will pray for his project to be a great success
and I will also pray for you and all the rest of the family.

I will send lots of pictures next week of the castle with my Journal
entry for that day.

Bye till next week

From Elder Elder Maughan

Castle photos

February 8, 2016

Mom and Dad,

Good day, hope you had a great week. I’ve had a good week. The work is
moving forward. We are hoping that Beth will kick the cigarettes soon.
She’s almost there. And Ken is just impossible, Ahhh! He just is so
confused. He said that he was going to baptized by the 27th but then
he decided to try out the Salvation Army and then we went to his house
and he decided that he was going to join them.  But then we went again
lately and now he’s back with us. Next he’s probably going to tell us
that he’s going to become a Buddhist. I think he will eventually get
with it, he has a testimony of the Book of Mormon and of Joseph Smith.
So eventually we will see him progress. We have quite a few other
investigators–some progressing better then Ken at the moment.
Although Ken does have some funny stories like when he told us about
his military training.  He said that he was sitting in his fox hole
scanning all around when he saw some movement to his left so he looked
and it was a little gecko. “I’ll have that” he said as he reached to
grab it, then he put it in his little bag and went back to his
scanning. So he took that back to his barracks and set it on things to
see it change color. It unfortunately crawled out the window and he
lost it. He has millions of stories, he has one really good one about
how he survived a giant bomb in Northern Ireland, I’ll tell that one
when I get home though it’s too long.
Sometimes Ken says some really funny stuff. When we were
explaining how important it is to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet
and how God uses prophets. Ken said ” God would use a snail if he
needs to.”  Me and my companion had to work hard not to laugh.
You know such crazy things happen to us as missionaries, it’s become
normal now.
I just wish I could do a lot less finding though. I have such
good leg muscles right now because we walk around for hours. I like
Rhyl, the ward is amazing here, but it’s a tough area. So many
missionaries have been here and have worked the same streets for
years. So me and my companion were asked by the bishop to work the
smaller villages in our area. The only problem with that is Elder
Leighton, like most missionaries here doesn’t want to use the bikes, and
with no car it will take us a while. So we will have to decide what to
do.

Crazy–the snow must be so bad this year! Ahh, I can’t believe that
you’ll have to get rid of the coal fire place, it’s so frustrating–regulations.
And usually the propane drivers are good about backing up the road(the drive got stuck in the driveway). Oh well.

Well, I love you tons and hope you have a great week

From Elder Maughan