Monday, July 27, 2015

Some weeks are tough - but we still can learn a lot

I (Patch’s mother) had applied for a job at the MTC a while ago. I got through two rounds of “video interviews”, but last week I was told that they were looking at other applicants and wouldn't be continuing with me. That is what Elder Crowe is referring to in this email.

Well your week sounds packed! Hiking sounds like a blast! I'd love to get up a mountain right about now!

I have been praying for you every night that Heavenly Father would give you the job if it was what was meant to be. I am trying to look at things from a more spiritual, or eternal, point of view lately. So that's amazing that you didn't get the job! Heavenly Father needs you somewhere else! I have learned slowly that He places roadblocks and turns in the road to get us exactly where He needs us to be. How amazing it is to recognize that He is leading your path!

My week was a challenging one.

We were invited to a Bible discussion night by one of our friends. We went and I told Elder Zander that we were not going for a fight. We were going to just listen, add some insights, and thank them for allowing us to come and share the evening with them. Contention is not the way that the Lord wants us to do things. The discussion went really well. We were talking about the Sabbath day and it was great. We gave some insights that they all really appreciated and may not of thought of before. Then it was over and we were leaving and the reverend says "So you guys believe that you have something that we don't have" I got a little upset that he wanted to start a fight. I said "When it boils down to it, yes." BOOM. He did not like that answer. He started to whip out bible scriptures and say all these things to show why our church is wrong. (People don’t usually have different concerns. They use the exact same arguments every time, so it's easy to deflect their darts) However, finally we just said we did not intend to come here to argue. We apologized that it had gotten out of hand and we left. It wasn’t a pleasant experience though. L

We were supposed to have 3 new investigators this week, but all three of them cancelled on us. It was brutal. It breaks my heart when people cancel.

We went over to the Taylor's home for dinner and they have a new kitten. It was going bonkers running all over the place and doing flips. We were in the middle of the spiritual thought, and it lunged at my leg and caught itself on my pants right above my knee. I very calmly said "MMMRGH..." Haha. It started bleeding down my leg a little!

We found a cool person on Saturday after chapping a whole street. It's always the last one ;)

I realized something cool during my studies this week. When Alma and Amulek are watching the righteous people of Ammonihah being thrown into the fire, Amulek tells Alma ‘We can stop this. We have the power. Let's stop this’. But Alma says that it was the Lord's will, and that they had to let it happen. Later, Alma takes Amulek over to Zarahemla to care for him in his afflictions. I realized that Amulek is FROM Ammonihah. It brings so much depth to that chapter if you realize that Amulek's family was probably being burned. To hear him say ‘Please... Alma... Please. We have the power to save my family. Don't make me watch them die’. How often do we complain about the struggles we have been given? I do. All the time. I pray all the time telling Heavenly Father that this is too hard. I can't do it. But He knows me perfectly, and He knows how all the puzzle pieces fit together, so if we trust in Him and have faith that all He wants is our eternal happiness, we can overcome anything. Easier said than done. I hope it made some sense.

I love this gospel. I love you. Stay strong. Keep fighting the good fight.

Elder Crowe

Monday, July 20, 2015


I enjoyed the email from you and your insights both of you learned. It is very cool to recognize how the Lord teaches us. I am learning more and more everyday of how the Lord speaks to Elder Crowe. It is a long process...

Okay. My week in a nutshell:

I went on 2 exchanges this week which is amazing! I love exchanges. I love to learn from other missionaries. Tuesday I had an exchange with my District Leader. He is a beast, but he just kept telling me how much of a "boss missionary" I was, so I just came away with a big head. Kidding. Well kind of. haha ;)  He is so cool. We like the same stuff and know some of the same people, and we worked super hard. Those are the best days. They also have a bench press at his flat, so I got to do a great morning exercise.

Thursday was Zone Interview Training. It was amazing. We always learn the best stuff! It's a fountain of knowledge. President Donaldson asked me to start thinking of ideas of how we can use more music in our mission. He told me to call him anytime and talk about my ideas. I have no ideas yet. I've been praying for them, but they aren't coming yet. If you have any ideas let me know. 

On Thursday I also went on an exchange with one of my Zone Leaders. It was so good. We went and did some service in the morning for a member on his farm! It was amazing! Farms are the bomb. My back was pretty sore! Slightly different muscles than I used in Beyond 5. Haha. He has a huge pig named "Lady." He eats her babies... He told me how to kill animals! Now every time we drive through the booneys, I always watch for rabbits, which are everywhere, because before I leave Dumfries I will catch a rabbit and eat it.

Back to missionary work: Elder Campbell, my zone leader, and I had some finding scheduled in for the day and we had the goal to have the "Faith to Find." We found 7 people to teach! There are people out there who are looking for the gospel! We found 7 in one day. It was so cool. The Lord blesses us so much.

It has been a glorious week, but also kind of slow. I love the work, I love the area, I love the ward, etc. Church was great as usual. A lot of great learning.

Elder Zander likes to tell EVERYONE that I was in a Boy Band. I always blush so badly. It is the worst. I hate blushing!

I love you. Keep fighting the good fight! 
Elder Crowe

I got impatient, and I ended up eating crunchy noodles! :(

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dumfries - It looks like a movie set

I'm exhausted and I don't know where to start. We didn't really do much this week.

James - The Champion!
I had all my last experiences in Belfast (for now) and said goodbye to James. His name is James Craig by the way. Oh man am I going to miss him. He is amazing. We had our last lesson with him on Tuesday and he said the closing prayer and asked the Lord to bless me with safety and with strength to help those I'd meet over here. It was really emotional for me. He is a different man from the one we stopped on the street. He is happy and healthy, bright and clean, he has grown so much. He is amazing at reading the scriptures and retaining all the information. He just soaks it all up! As we left I gave him a hug and it really was it, I actually was saying goodbye this time. We both started to cry a little, and he told me that Elder Hatch and I had changed his life. He said that we had done more for him and helped him more than anyone else ever in his life. I will miss him so much. He will be a powerful tool that the Lord can use to bring souls back to Him. He definitely changed my life. 

I travelled for like 10 hours on Wednesday and got on another ferry. Riding a ferry is probably what "being racked with all the pains of a damned soul" feels like. I hate the ferry. But it's necessary sometimes.

Scotland is great. I love it here. It rains even more than in Norn Iron (Northern Ireland haha), which seems impossible. We have an amazing ward! They are so great here. It was crazy to go chapping here. Someone opened the door and my brain hadn't switched from the Belfast dialect yet, and they just spoke gibberish to me. But after about a day, I pretty much have it locked down. Except when they throw in words like dunny and ken... I lose track sometimes. Haha
Dumfries - Like a movie set

Overcast - but still way cool!! :)
In Rod's email he used the phrase “an imperfect church”. I know the church is not perfect, but the gospel is perfect. God runs the church through imperfect vessels, so it isn't always going to be perfect, but He has promised that we will never be led astray. Christ is perfect, and this is His kingdom on the earth. It is the one and only true church. There are truths in other churches, but we have the FULLNESS of the Everlasting Gospel. I love this church with all my heart. I long to share this with everyone.

I love you very very much. Read and pray daily! Apply what you learn.

Elder Crowe

Me and Elder Zander - being goofy!!