Monday, November 30, 2015

Protection and Miracles - How grateful I am for life

Hello world,

What a blessing it is to be alive. I have never been so grateful for the gift of life. 

First, we had a ton of exchanges this week. Elder Lampropoulos and I were away from each other for 3 days. It was crazy. I got to exhange with Elder Tarbet from Logan, UT. I also exchanged with Elder Kinvile from Rexburg, ID. They are both awesome and we had a blast. All we really did was knock door and talk to people on the street. Finding all day. Then I got to go up to Edinburgh and exchange with Elder Tang. It was so fun. We GQ-ed around the city and in 1 hour we found 10 potentials! We are lucky to get 1 a day in Dumfries. But that is the blessing of a city. We also stopped a girl headed to a Thanksgiving party and she gave us some cookies :) they weren't very good cookies, but it's the thought that counts! I loved talking to people in Edinburgh. They are so willing to talk and learn. 

We also crashed into a tree this week. We are fine. We were driving on a dark road and we came to a very sharp turn we didn't know was there. We hit some mud, lost traction, and slammed into a tree going about 45-50. There were definitely angels protecting us. It was a miracle that we hit straight on and no other cars were coming. We are a little shaken up and have some bruises and some owies, but we are doing okay. However, the car was totaled and we kind of went into shock. My mind couldn't process what had just happened. It was so scary. I remember we stumbled out of the car and I just fell to my knees because I was shocked, scared, and we didn't know where we were. Elder Lampropoulos pulled me away from the car because he thought it was going to explode. 

We called the Mission President, and he was so loving and tried to calm us down, and then gave the phone to someone who could help us sort out the crash. Right then a member pulled up and got out of her car. Both of us looked at the other and asked "Did you call her?", which was dumb because I was holding the phone. She used to be a police officer and was so prepared to help us and was a real angel in a scary time. We are so thankful that she listened to the spirit prompting her subtly that she needed to drive a certain way home. We were definitely protected by angels on both sides of the veil. We have been so blessed with many miracles. We also are humbled to know what it feels like to not have a car.

That is really all for this week. Sorry there isn't more. We are going to the doctors this week to sort out all that has happened. We are in a little bit of pain, but don't worry. We are okay.

The Lord is my Shepherd.

Elder Crowe
Kebabs and exchanges - fun

Elder Kinvile from Idaho - Super fun guy

Car accident - don't freak out

car accident - we are ok

Monday, November 23, 2015

Touring the mission

I will never be able to thank my Heavenly Father for the chance to serve a mission. Even when I am in His service, I still owe Him for blessings every single day. James is one of the greatest blessings, friends, and opportunities I have ever been given. I love Faye as I love James. I feel like this is a glimpse of the way Heavenly Father sees me. So scared and unsure on my feet, but He is so happy and overjoyed when we make the smallest progress. I love them dearly. I feel the same about Elder Lampropoulos. We have learned and grown so much together. We will be friends for the rest of eternity. I love my mission. I am not worthy of any blessings and God still showers me everyday.

This week Elder Lampropoulos and I have toured the mission practically. We were in Dundee, Edinburgh, and then Glasgow. I got to sing my song a lot this week. It is so amazing to get to share something from my heart. So many people have asked me to email it to them and President told me not to give it to anyone so I can sell it when I get home. He thinks of himself as my manager. I love him so much. I have a huge testimony that President Donaldson has been called of God. He is one of the most amazing men I have ever met. 

I was reading in Helaman in chapter 10. Verses 4-5 really hit me. I try my hardest to not fear man and to give Heavenly Father my all. It is hard but I know that He blesses me so much and loosens my tongue as I am obedient and diligent. I cannot do this work without Him. I need His spirit to testify to people’s hearts and to teach me what to say. I want to be mighty for the Lord. I want to be a powerful tool in His hands. We must all work with unwearyingness to share the Truth. We know that the Truth is another name for Christ. We need to share Christ with the world. 

Have an amazing Thanksgiving. I love you and miss you, and I am very sad I will not have Thanksgiving with you all this year.

Keep Fighting the Good Fight

Elder Crowe 
Haggis pasta...Failed experiment!

Reunion with MTC buddies

Yes, it is those little fish things!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We are getting old!!!

Holy Moly... My mum will be 50! I am going to be 21 soon! I am dying! I am an old man. Thank you for your emails, love and support. I really appreciate it. 

This week was long. There was a storm called Abigail. Then after the storm we were hit by Hurricane Kate. It has rained a lot... And so much wind. We are very blessed to have a car. I think we might have died by now without one. There has been so much flooding. There are new lakes and rivers everywhere. The sun is out today though, so we are blessed.

We have a Missionary Conference tomorrow and I got a call this morning asking if I would sing at it. Then President wants me to sing in Dundee on Friday for some Dignitaries—whatever that means. I am excited, but nervous. It weird when it's a song that I've written. It's a lot more personal and from my heart. 

Faye is still progressing towards baptism. She is a true blessing. She is so kind and sweet and loving. We are so lucky to have met her. I'm glad I get to be her missionary and friend. 

I am trying to grow and become better everyday. It is a hard thing to do, but I love it. 

I told the ward that I love haggis, so we got loads of haggis this week!! It rocks. And I found out haggis is illegal in the States. Well, the traditional recipe. 

We are on a high alert ever since the attack in Paris. They are telling us to be extra careful and to be prepared for a lock down. I think we could last a while in our flat. We have tons of food. We would probably just go crazy before anything else happened. Sad times we are living in. Well very happy times, but also some sadness. 

We went to see Brother Welsh recently because I haven't seen him for a while, and his daughter asked me if I am eating because I look so thin. Last week I was fat... this week I am thin. Apparently I am a walking carnival mirror. I just never look normal. J

Spiritual thought: Luke 7:11-17 
I love this story because it shows the Saviour's perfect love. He is passing through a town and happens upon a funeral. He has compassion on the widow and raises her son from the dead and then silently goes on His way. I pray for that love and compassion. I wish I saw all people the way He sees us. Such tremendous love that we cannot comprehend.

My mission has taught me so much. I am and will forever be grateful for His gift of letting me serve a mission.

I love you all! I hope you are all safe and fighting the good fight. 

Elder Crowe
Exchange with Elder Campbell from Cottonwood

Professional Chefs round 2 (including Aussie Ginger Beer!!)