Thursday, October 8, 2015

Success in Edinburgh and St George

Well this week was like day and night since last week. It was really a great week. But first of all it is so nice to hear form you and to hear that things are going well and that you enjoyed conference. Well... now to tell you a little about my week. 

So it was moves week and so it was crazy busy. But you know we got so much good stuff done. We got 8 new investigators this week! 8! Thats my mission record I think. I havent had that at all. Probably of all of them the most solid would be Fiona. She is 19 and studying here in Edinburgh. She is from yorkshire. But she is just so willing to come to church and to try it. It is amazing. When we taught her, we finished the lesson (it was on saturday) and we were trying to set up another appointment. And she asked, "well thats good to set up another lesson, but am I not coming to church with you tomorrow?"  Hahaha. So we explained that conference is a little different but she should still definitely come still, and she came, with no worries. One thing as a missionary that you often worry about is people being friends with your investigator. Well you shouldve seen the YSA flock to her. It was great to see. (She is quite pretty so I guess that could be the thing that initially brought the boys over) But whatever, if she has friends thats all we care about. So we will teach her again this week on wednesday I think. The other investigators we got are looking good too. Some born again christians that want to have us around for dinner and to share a lesson (there are 2 of them) but they also said that they would love to come to church and see. Usually the set back with them is getting them to read the book of mormon with real intent, so we will do some hard out praying about what we need to say and then go by the Spirit to try and help them feel it. I could explain more about our other investigators but I just would not have time or room. So I guess you will learnt the most later about the ones that progress well. 

Then conference was amazing. My favourite session was probably the Saturday afternoon or the Priesthood session. I love Neil L. Andersons talk about faith and gaining and keeping a testimony. That was I think my favourite talk to listen to. And President Eyrings about the Holy Ghost. They were all amazing though. All in all I think it was the most inspiring session of General Conference I have ever attended. 

Anyways I am pretty much fresh out of time. But I love you so much and I miss you all. Could you pass this on to Dad too? I am catching up on a bunch of emails I havent had time to respond to in previous weeks. 

Love Elder Tang

This is one of my best buddy's Jack, who I had the privelge of sharing the gospel with before my mission. He is also a missionary in St George Utah.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Baptisms and converts

The Baptism was the best. The service itself was not all that spectacular. But Sanju is awesome. He came out after the service and said he just wanted to pray with us to see what to do now. So we knelt in the chapel and prayed all together, he was whispering so quietly that we could barely make out half of what he was saying. But the Spirit was strong. He is such an impressive young man. It was Stake Conference this week so he will be confirmed on Sunday, and he asked me to do it. What a blessing. I will send a picture of us with this email. 

Our week was Hectic, we were all over the place. We had a Mission Leadership Council meeting with all the Zone Leaders, and an exchange with the Assistants and with the Stirling Elders which I really enjoyed. And Elder Bangeter is still really sick with something in his Stomach, so we were taking him around to appointments in the car and going on splits with his companion all week. I think Elder Campbell and I only proselyted together on Sunday this week. And only for a couple of hours. We spent ages calling up all of these people we have met but been struggling to get a hold of again and we set up about 6 new investigator appointments for this week. So we should be set up for a good one. 

Anyways. Love you all

Elder Tang

Monday, July 13, 2015

Moving on

saying Goodbye to the boys that had finished their course, and had kept the faith. Sad to see so many great missionaries move on with their lives 

So this week Elder White and I came together and we started planning some training for the upcoming zone interview training as well as teaching our investigators and making time in between to look for new ones. All in all its been a good week, a bit hard and a bit stressful, but good. We taught some awesome lessons with Rachael and Ross and Kevin. Rachael is so close to setting a date for baptism and I wish you could see how far she has come. I wouldve never been able to imagine the changes she has pulled off and how much understanding she has gained and how much closer to God she has gotten. She still just has some concerns that I think are all social that she is trying to get over. But fingers crossed and prayers to the Lord, she prayed for a spiritual experience at church yesterday and she was so deep in thought after church that she didnt say much, but said she had a great experience in Relief Society, she hasnt told us what it was, but we are seeing her tonight for FHE at the Harrops house and hopefully she will say she is ready. We will bring the baptismal calendar just in case, haha show the Lord we have faith. 

Kevin also came to church today and he didnt like sacrament but he did like Sunday School. I am not too crazy concerned because Jack didnt like church the first time he came either. It was actually such a miracle that he liked Sunday School because the teacher didnt show and so I just went up and was completely winging it and talking about prayer, but it acually turned out so good. The spirit saved me there because I was just going to be totally stuffed, I was mega nervous, but I just opened my mouth and it was filled. Class participation helped a lot too. 

So it was a good one this week. Having a Zone Interview training tomorrow and that should be sweet. Good times, good times.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Lots happening, it's been a big week

So this week has been awesome. First of all Our new mission President came in. His name is President Donaldson and his wife is obviously Sister Donaldson. They are so awesome. He was an area Seventy but got released to be our mission President and man does he have experience. This next 3 years will be crazy for the mission. And this next year is going to be crazy for me. We went to a big conference where they introduced themselves and it was great. They have some amazing experiences. So they are both pretty young, late 50's, thats young for an Area Seventy and a Mission President. When they were in Salt Lake City on their first day as mission Presidents their house got broken into and everything got stolen, all of Sister Donaldsons Jewelry and their laptops and their other technology stuff and even Presidents car! And Sister Donaldson started to cry a little when she was telling the story and she said this and it was so amazing. She said "Satan is already showing his ugly head, but he wont stop us. After all, it doesnt matter, those are just things." And they both gave amazing talks and just needless to say, I am so excited to serve under them. 

Other news, I am getting a new companion. Elder White, I know him, he is flippin awesome! We are going to have the best time here. We are going to just do the best work and have an awesome transfer. Also Elder Mulville and Elder Barton are both Zone Leaders now, I feel so proud. I loved serving with both of those guys. There are a lot of missionaries going home this transfer too. I will miss a lot of them. They are such awesome guys and girls. So both exciting and sad things are happening right now. 

So other than those things our week was really crazy. We taught heaps of lessons. 8 investigator lessons this week! Thats a great week! And We started teaching that new guy on monday morning. John Mitchell. He is great, and he has a baptismal date now for August 15th. We also taught Kevin a couple of times and he is really awesome. He will be baptized for sure. just gotta figure out when is all. There was this other appointment with a former investigator named Mark, that was the strangest and funniest thing, Elder Stoker and I took about 30 minutes after in almost silent awe just trying to figure out what happened. We still didnt know. I cant even write the things that were so funny. So oneday if you want to know ask me about it. (Like you will ever remember this one appointment) hahah. 

I will really miss Elder Stoker when he goes home this week, he taught me so much in this short 4 weeks we were together and we have been able to be so involved in the Lords work together. Its really been a blessing. 

All in all I am excited for what is coming up here soon in Aberdeen and in the Scotland Ireland Mission. Its a good time to be a servant of the Lord. 

I was thinking a lot lately about recieving the Holy Ghost and the significance of the baptism of fire. And it has been so interesting to ponder the significance of having our souls purified, THROUGH the Atonement, but BY the POWER of the Holy Ghost. It has just intrigued me so much lately. Maybe give a think about it and read up a little. There is so much more to it than we ever think about. 

Elder stoker watching 3 d oil rig at the museum.. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Sounds like you have had a great week. Sounds like your summer is a lot more summery than mine. Atleast I am in short sleeves today haha. Havent had much of a chance to be in them this year yet. Aberdeen is cold and rainy. Oh well, life goes on and complaining doesnt help. Pretty jealous of Ben going out for a camp, I miss camping and going on adventures. One of the big things I miss for sure. Especially because when I got back to Aus we seemed to go on some kind of wild adventure every week.  

This week was just an awesome one. We taught 4 investigator lessons and had just a ton of other appointments and all different kinds of things on. We went to Edinburgh for Mission Leadership Council with all the other ZL's and we heard President Browns last testimony to a group of missionaries, and you know what it was about? Eternal Families, not missionary work, not restoring others Eternal Families, not bringing other families together through missionary work. Just OUR OWN Eternal Families, and about being the best husbands, because of the service that we gave as missionaries. How interesting. It was a great meeting, the Spirit was really strong. We also taught a guy named Kevin Yang from Taiwan and he is so awesome, and he is just on a massive search for true happiness, oh man he is going to get baptized for sure! GOLDEN AS ANYTHING! And we will see him again this week at a members house and he will come play basketball with us on friday. Rachael came to church and decided she wants to get called to primary before she has even been baptized... One of the other girls at church had her come in and help with the lesson that she was teaching and it was really good for her. So things are going great there. And we literally just came from an appointment with a man named John Mitchell, great lesson. And I know its on Pday so its kind of cutting into our chill out time but I dont even care, it was so worth it because he was just great. He had 3 religious parties at his door recently and we were the third. He wasnt in but we left a card with our number when we were tracting and he texted us asking us to come back because he feels like those 3 visits mean God is trying to tell him something. 

You know I think far too often we just think about our own inconvenience when we are on the Lords errand, but I was thinking this week, and it was awfully inconvenient, we were running around like crazy with so many things to do and we were on the phone all week in out "down time" rather than relaxing and all of this stuff. And you know? It didnt even bother me that much in the end. I was absolutely hammered, but I felt good. There is nothing quite as satisfying as doing you best. And I feel that i always do my best, but this week I just saw so many blessings from it that it just really strengthened my testimony. Smiled a lot this week, didnt sleep as much as I wouldve liked to, but smiled more, and I think smiles are worth more than sleep anyway. Sleep will always be there, but the opportunity to be happy in that moment is only there for just that, a moment. Then life moves on. So smiling about something, whether good or bad is surely the key to lasting happiness. The Prophet Joseph said it takes a truly happy man to be able to smile at his own misfortune. And isnt that true. Lets smile at Satan, and then he wont beat us, because he only wins, if we are miserable, and he cant force that on us. 

It was a good week this week. Love you heaps. 

Ok so the big stone thing that we are standing on is a wall that never got finished. The story goes that a man who owned Invergordon wanted to build a wall all the way around it, but his workers complained that he wasnt paying them enough for it. So they quit because he wouldnt pay them more, and thats all that ever got built hahaha. 
Also there is one of president and sister Brown in their native Scottish attire. And one of Elder Stoker and I trying to be gangsters. Not very successfully.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Busy week

Big stone barn

Does my bottom look big in these new pants? 

This week was good for us. We managed to teach quite a few lessons. 5 investigator lessons, and got a couple of new investigators. To make it even better the whole zone had the best week that they have had since I have been zone leader here. So that was pretty sweet and everyones morales seem to be high. One of our district leaders was struggling a bit yesterday and he called us looking for some support, we talked with him for a while and it seemed to help him. We will check up on him more regularly but he is just a great guy and I love him. Rachael is progressing well, although she hasnt been to church for a couple of weeks (she was working for 2 but then didnt come for the other 1). So that was fairly disappointing. But atleast she is making some progress in other areas. She knows its all true, she just needs to be ready to commit to it. We are trying to help her with that, and she is making small steps all the time. Its great to see. 

Its been a pretty good week. It is a little weird having Elder Stoker go home so soon. He is super ready to go. I can only imagine how exhausted you get by the end of it. He has been a great missionary though, and he still is. 

Well sorry I dont have as much to fill you in on as you did for me. Most of my days I do all the same things so its really not as interesting. Love you. 

Elder Tang

It's such a beautiful country.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Spending more time with my trainer

Hi Everyone,

Mum it was really cool to see all your photos. Especially the one with the boys and President Uchtdorf, he is just so aweosme. I am pretty jealous that I didnt get to meet him too. Not going to lie at all there. 

This week was pretty good, I really enjoyed my first week with Elder Stoker, he is really awesome. I am pretty sad that we will only have 4 weeks together. Thats just kinda rubbish. What a shame. He is awesome. 

So Rachael didnt come to church this week, and I am sure she knew she shouldve, so I am a little sad, but we had a lesson with her in the afternoon and it was a good lesson so I hope that will motivate her to make a bigger effort to come to church. I guess when you come from a culture where church is just peoples last priority then its difficult to change your view. We will just keep working on it. Aberdeen Zone performed a lot better this week. Well actually not too astronomically better but we improved, so it was awesome to see just a little progression. I had an Exchange with Elder Neideck too which was just super awesome. I always love any chance I have to see him again, he is a great Assistant too, probably one of the best this mission has seen, its just amazing to see what an amazing missionary he has become. He is consecrated to the Lord for sure. 

Nothing else too much happened this week that I can think of just now other than we had a lesson with a part member family where the mum Debbie is pretty open to having her children Jack and Zula taught the gospel. So there is quite a lot of promise there. And we set up quite a few new appointments for next week. We have had some good success inviting non members that we meet to come play bastketball with us at the church, we have an appointment to teach one of them that has been coming this week. And we have a couple of days up in the Highlands, we are going for an exchange all the way up in Thurso, 5 hour drive. Oh man. But its with Elder Benesch who also goes home this transfer, I will miss him, I love Elder Benesch. 

Well sorry there isnt too much this week but hopefully you will get some great stories next week from the appointments we will go to. Love you heaps. 

Elder Tang

Elder Benesch, been in the same Zone my whole mission, always a zone leader to other missionary relationship as well, I love this guy so much. He goes home this transfer and I will miss him so much. He taught me heaps. 

Elder Fassold and Elder Yates, funniest rednecks out there. 
By the way, those lawn chairs are Elder Yates, and he ties them to his suitcase with bungie cords whenever he moves areas! Haha it is absolutely hilarious. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

What would Elder Neideck do?

Trainer, Assistant, all round good guy.

Good to hear things are cruising along. Still weird to not know what you and the family are going to be doing, whether you wil be in Tejas or at home. 

Well this week was really good and really bad. (I just found out the computer messed up the amount of time I have, damn thats so annoying) Anyways we had like 5 new investigators this week which was really awesome. Havent had that kind of result in a week in ages. None of them are too jumpy to get baptized or anything really, but they are all investigators so I guess that cant be a bad thing haha. Well 3 of them are investigators, we dropped 2 of them already. So thats been pretty cool just to be reminded that we actually can get investigators, sometimes out here it just seems like you cant no matter what you do. But obviously you can if we just did so thats pretty sweet. 
We are trying to have Rachael make her own date for baptism, so she is working on that, but she is progressing really well, reading the book of mormon a lot more and really keen to come to church when she isnt working, so that is pretty awesome, she even bought a dress that was church appropriate, (her others were all too short she said).

This next week we are having a conference from Elder Holland! That is going to be so awesome! He is coming to speak to all of the missionaries, I am way pumped. And I will have to be getting up at like 5am to drive to edinburgh for the conference this week, so that will be SO FUN. Just kidding, but hey, I will survive. Its Elder Beneschs last transfer, and we will be going on an exchange in a couple of weeks. I will really miss that guy, we have been in the same zone with him as my zone leader or me as his for my whole mission. I will really miss him, that will be hard to say goodbye. 

Well, things are just moving along here but I have to go cause the computer messed up my time so I am going to be coming up short here soon. 

 One of my Dad's companions sisters living in Aberdeen.
Some random Aussie hat I found in a flat.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Aberdeen update.

This week I just rededicated myself, I felt like I was working hard, but that I could work harder, so I said to myself and to the Lord, "dont hold anything back" And I didnt, I took Dads advice and organized our time so strictly that not a single second was wasted. It was hard and it exhausted me beyond reason, but I never felt better in the face of so much opposition. Something so interesting is what Abraham learned when he found that Ram caught in the thicket. After that terrible and harrowing experience, when Abraham had done the will of the Lord, and all he could do had been done, the Lord provided for Isaac's deliverance. How can we be like Abraham? If God could have found a deeper way to test Abraham, he would have done THAT. Go back and read the command of the Lord to him in Genesis 22. He is commanded to sacrifice, HIS ONLY SON, WHOM HE LOVEST! And because he would have done it, and went all the way to the mount, and lifted the knife, and would have so done, he then knew, that he was completely dedicated to God and to his Son. He needed to know that, we need to know that. Has God asked us to sacrifice something we wouldnt give? I know that I have not been as faithful as Abraham, in order to truly know that we are cleansed, we need that kind of spirit of loyalty to God. I learned this week that we need to Love Him more than we love ourselves. This week was still hard, but I felt like I had done enough to please the Lord, and that was the feeling I needed. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mothers Day, This one got lost in the shuffle

Good to hear from you as always. So first off for Mothers Day this week we are going to try to skype at 7:30 pm here. So I think that is in the morning for you. I am not completely sure. But I should be on right around that time. 

This week has been absolutely crazy.

 We had Zone Interview training which was great. Its probably my last interview that I will have with President Brown before he goes home in just a couple of months. I think its like 2 months now. Maybe less. Actually it is less I think. And I saw Elder Neideck, you know I just miss Elder Neideck every single day. That stupid german smile... 

This week we are doing heaps of travelling with all different exchanges and trying to also find new people to teach. Rachael accepted a date for baptism on the 23rd but she wasnt overly committed to it, so I dont know if she has REALLY ACCEPTED it actually. But I guess we will keep teaching her and see how it goes. 

This week is coming up to one year on a mission. Its a strange feeling, on one hand I feel good that I have made it halfway and I am still alive, on the other I sometimes struggle with hoping that God wont ask of me this year what he did last year, that was the hardest year of my life and I dont know if I could survive just doing it again. 

Its interesting to see that so often God asks us to do things that we really just dont think we can do. 

Oh and Mum, in your last week before your date, that desperation you feel is good. It will push you to find someone. Very rarely does God PRODUCE miracles out of nothing. But he helps us to WORK miracles by the grace of Christ and by helping us to do more and to be better. So just remember in your last week you will need to reach out more and talk to more people and invite as many people as you can. Thats the desperation that makes miracles. Thats the desperation that parted the sea in front of Moses when he and the children of Israel had nowhere else to go. Its good for you, even if it is scary. 

Love you Mum, 

you are the best. 

Elder Tang

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Highlands

So After Mothers Day Skype you have all the news. Lots of Driving this week as my companion does not have his full drivers license. So this was a little place we stopped to take a break at up in the Scottish Highlands. 

Zone is doing well, Had trade offs with the Assistants this week which was great. They are in a 3 way at the moment. 

President Brown is leaving soon.

Love my new Comp, here's a picture. 

Glad all is well at home


Elder Tang

Monday, April 27, 2015

New comps and we are having success

So this week has been a crazy one. Absolutely hectic days for monday through friday. And even for the weekend it was just absolute craziness. Organizing the moves for all of the missionaries in our zone, planning where they will be at each different stage, then executing them. Being a lone Zone Leader for a day or two while Elder Dickinson was gone and Elder Scheuermann was coming in still. So crazy. So on wednesday it was hot, and we found some time to go to the beach, (wednesday was pday because it was moves day) no swimming of course...That was nice, but then the travel plans for some missionaries changed so we had to shoot. But I took a few pictures. Then the rest of the week we were shipping missionaries, planning for trainings we are giving this transfer, planning for the transfer, trying to tract. All of that stuff. Elder Scheuermann has already served in aberdeen ward before though so he doesnt even need to learn his way around, he knows people better than I do, its awesome. I am basically a junior companion haha. Fantastic. 

We had a phone cll with Rachael where she told us about a great experience she had praying this week. She was praying and usually she feels a little bit like she was talking to herself, but this particular time she felt sure that somebody was listening and she was sure that God heard her. How awesome is that? I was pretty chuffed. We were meant to be here today but she is sick so hopefully we will see her another time this week. Hopefully earlier rather than later. Only 6 weeks until Elder Holland comes to give a conference for the missionaries, how sweet is that? About 12 weeks until President Brown goes home and we get a new mission President named President Donaldson. Things are changing big time. You know how I said it was hot on wednesday, yeh well on sunday there was a blizzard that we drove through to get to our dinner appointment with a family whose oldest child is 9 and named Nathanael, even spelt the right way. I never met anybody else that spells it that wat. Sitting at the dinner table was so weird when people were calling Nate and Nathanael, I just kept looking up only to realize they werent talking to me. It was a tricky one. 

This week was just wild. And Elder Scheuermann is cool as anything. I love that guy, we just sing a lot. Its pretty fun, although he is a much better singer than me. 

Love you all. Remember that God offers us repentance even though we dont deserve it, thats called mercy folks, and its wonderful. 

Elder Tang

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Snake and training

So my week was so busy, I didnt even tract for 1 hour this week because of all the stuff we needed to do. It was a really inspiring week though. We had mission leadership council with all of the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders in the mission, as well as President Brown and the AP's. It was just so inspiring. It was a little overwhelming because I was in there with all of these experienced missionaries who work hard and baptize heaps, I definitely felt like the runt. They were just all spiritual giants and I felt pretty inadequate. But coming out I was inspired to be better, and to become a better leader like they all are. Elder Neideck was there because he is a Zone Leader too, I think he will become Assistant to the President this transfer because we need a new one and he is just so good. And Elder Thackeray who was my first District Leader was there too. Plus a bunch of other missionaries that I look up to so much. If you cant already tell.... i loved it. 

On Exchanges with the AP's Elder Barney and I went to visit this investigator of theirs in Edinburgh and the craziest thing happened. Basically her and her husband have been coming to church for like a year, and their kids are baptized, but they arent because she had a lot of problems trying to get a divorce so that her (lisa) and her partner Martin could get married. So now they have it all sorted and they are getting married in 2 weeks and getting baptized the week after.  So we went to see them and she has really bad health problems and needs to walk with walking sticks and sometimes when she sits down she cant even get up because of all of these bone and muscle problems she has. So we prayed and we were going down to kneel, but we told her because of her conditions that could would understand and that she didnt have to kneel. She said "I can kneel and I will, praying is important" Amazing right? So it was really painful for her but she kneeled and we prayed, and it took both Elder Barney and I to help her back up after. Then she asked for a blessing, so that she could cope with her pain leading up to and during the wedding. Of course we were happy to give her a blessing. I annointed her with oil, then Elder Barney blessed her. There was nothing spectacular about the process, it was very simple and ordinary. But after we finished she was silent, she sat still for about 5 seconds maybe. Then said "As soon as the oil touched my head, the pain left me" She started to get really excited and jumped up, (by herself) and started to do a little dance, and the kids where jumping up and dancing and Martin was just sitting on the couch completely astonished. Then she put her hands up in the air, Martin said "I havent seen Lisa put her hands above her head in 2 years!" It was so amazing. Elder Barney and I were just amazed at seeing a miracle of such a huge impact. Then Lisa asked if we could kneel and pray to give thanks, so we did, and she knelt completely by herself without any pain, and when we finished the prayer I held out my hand to help her up, and she took it, but she didnt lean on my hand to help herself up for even a second. She didnt use me at all. MIRACLES DO HAPPEN! Jesus is amazing. 

So that is the good news. We also had a great district meeting today in inverness, I feel really inspired to work hard and to do the Lord proud. Its good because even though it is really hard, this week has just provided a lot of chances to feel the spirit and be inspired. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Zone development and running around

New mission car Audi R8 everyone in Aberdeen has one of these babies..

So my week. It was pretty busy, we had a Zone Conference that Elder Dickinson and I had to train at. Lovely benefits of being a Zone Leader, it took us so long to plan. We were talking about Revelation through Church attendance, as in revelation for investigators. It went ok, but I think it couldve been just a little bit better. Hopefully next time we will have it down. We also just did a lot of finding. Weird though, Elder Dickinson was talking to this girl in the library when we were emailing last week and he invited her to come play sports with us at the church and with the other missionaries. So she came, and we taught her the next day, but later in the week she texted us asking if he and I wanted to go out with her and her friends on saturday night, that was really awkward. SO obviously we said no and we had to go over our whole purpose and explain it, but I feel really uncomfortable about that whole thing now. We are still teaching her, and she came to church, and in the lessons asked heaps of good questions. Elder Dickinson said that this has happened to him quite a lot, but I never had anything like that, apparently he knows what he is doing...  So we will see how this ends up turning out, whether we still teach her or we drop her. Then yesterday we had Zone development day which is always loads of fun. Except its a little more hectic when we are planning it, so you dont get to relax quite as much, it was still heaps of fun though. Now my body is so sore, we just played sports all day and did slacklining and flips and all of that good stuff. 

This week coming up we have even more hectic stuff. We wont be in our area proselyting until Thursday because today we need to drive all the way to inverness to do a baptismal interview and then drive back to elgin to exchange with Elder Fisher and Elder Miller. That will be pretty nuts, Elder Dickinson cant drive either so I get the lovely job of 4 and half hours of driving today. Oh man. I will need some snacks and some coke for sure. Just when you think life could not possibly get any more hectic it does. 

Oh and we had to get up at 5 this morning to take the Shetland Elders to the airport so they could catch their plane back to the shetland islands. Oh man oh man oh man. 

Well its just a crazy time. Zone conference was really good though, President Brown gave some instruction on the Holy Ghost and so did the AP's. It was really uplifting and was great to come together and recieve some revelation. Good fun. Well here are some photos. 

Love you. 

Elder Tang

Zone Development was actually warm enough to wear shorts! Crazy! 

Now the whole Zones flipping out!

My best parallel park ever

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


So Ill just tell you quickly how its going. Aberdeen is really nice and we have some work to do with the ward but for the most part they are really good too. Elder Dickinson is from Nottingham in England and he is really awesome. Being a Zone Leader is nothing short of exhausting. There is so much that needs to be done. I think I might have to say goodbye to going to bed at 10 for a while. We have too many things that need to get done. So its pretty busy all the time, so we dont get as much time as every one else to go contacting and teaching and stuff like that, but I think the Lord makes sure we can keep up because the results of our work dont seem to suffer too much in the long run. 

Our flat is so nice. The bathroom has a big tub with jets and its so big that you dont even need a shower curtain, how cool is that?! Its cool going form the small stinky dirty flat in dundee to this one. Not that thats real motivation to move haha. So all in all its been pretty good here. We have some appointments tonight for 3 new investigators so if all goes according to plan today will be an incredible day. Fingers crossed... maybe arms crossed and head bowed is a more appropriate term. Patch is in the field now, I just emailed him, he is in Ireland, in Belfast. Thats pretty far away from me. So it looks like I probably wont see him for a while. It seems like they are just keeping me here in Scotland. And Ireland missionaries usually stay over there for quite a while. 

Well Im sorry I dont have too much this week. I love you all. I miss you heaps, I really miss Dundee 2nd ward aswell. But I will survive. We are so busy here that I think I will just be to preoccupied to think about much else really. 

Love ya. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Transfer to Aberdeen

SOOOOOO. Moves call came and I might not see Patch when he gets here because I got called to be a Zone Leader all the way up in Aberdeen. I don't feel as nervous to be a ZL as I did to be a DL, I feel like I have been a little more prepared. SO its pretty exciting stuff, but I might not see him unless he comes to Aberdeen Zone, then we could go on an exchange. Kind of cool though, I get a car again, and I have to look after all of the missionaries in Aberdeen, which covers inverness and other places that's are cool like that. I might be able to see the Loch. Thatd be sweet. 

So this week was ok. I was really nervous about getting moved, and so it made the week go SO SLOW. But we taught Ian which went ok. It didn't go too fantastic, but it didn't go too bad either. He didn't accept our Word of Wisdom invitation, but he is still coming to church and reading and says that he hopes to be able to keep the commandments soon. Its not ideal but its not too bad. Something AMAZING happened this morning. Charlie Williams, one of the members in the ward who I am great friends with (the whole family) called me this morning and told us that their friends who they have been working with for AGES said they want to learn more about the church, like... with the intent of being baptized. ITS AMAZING! They are the perfect people for the church. I guess that's the worst part about moving right now after they finally are ready. Its pretty sad to go and not get to teach them or see them be baptized. But its the most amazing thing ever that they are ready and willing to be taught now. That's just a miracle. So that news just made me immensely happy and also fairly sad. It was a good feeling though.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Making progress

This week was pretty good. It was busy. So our investigator is Ian, Dennis is his friend who has been in the church for 50 years. But we taught him this week and it was probably the best restoration lesson I have ever taught. He had read the Restoration Leaflet extensively and he was really prepared to receive the message. He said he would like to be baptized in the near future, and just needs time to make 100% sure that it is absolutely right. So its going good. I don't think I will be able to see his baptism though because I think I am probably moving next week. Its a little sad, I love the members in the ward here, they are really just something else. But it would also be cool to get a new area, especially seeing as this one has been so hard. So I guess it would be bitter sweet. Oh how I would love to see Ians baptism though, that would be something else completely. 

We also had the chance to teach a lesson at the MTC activity, it was a stake youth and ysa activity where they were trying to simulate an MTC experience for a day. It went really well, we taught a lesson about teaching with the spirit and all the missionaries in Dundee (5 companionships) came to help take them all street contacting in Dundee. It was a good day and I think most of them really had some great experiences. 

All in all it was a pretty good week. As all weeks do it had its downs, but I wont bother you with those. I love you heaps, and I hope it all keeps going well for you. Youre the best! 


Elder Tang

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cousins and converts

Pick it up with your teeth but can't touch the ground 

AWESOME TO HEAR ABOUT ZACH! I lost contact with him since I got out here. If you can find his facebook could you give him my email and tell him I would love to hear from him. He and Park were the best converts ever, I loved helping the missionaries teach them both. Zach is a nursing student and Park is at uni and from Thailand. They are both great guys. Zach actually has the coolest conversion story ever. You should ask him about it if you get the chance. 

Im pretty sure that Patch will go into the MTC like, tomorrow. By the way I amreally sorry that I forgot to tell you that I would be emailing on Tuesday this week because of Zone development this week. But it was a really fun day yesterday where all the missionaries in the zone got together just to hang out for the day, heaps of sports and some ukulele playing and other good stuff. It was fun. 

I have a pretty funny story today. I was trimming my eyebrows that insist on growing to the length of my shoelaces, and I accidentally used the trimmer without the guard over it to stop from shaving your hair right off, it was folded over the back. SO basically now I have half an eyebrow on my left side. A little embarrassing, but I guess that is what you get for not paying attention to what you are doing. Ill send a picture for you, it is pretty dang funny.

Other good news is we got a new investigator this week. We started teaching a man named Ian who is a referral from his good friend Dennis. They have been friends for about 30 years and Dennis has always invited Ian to come along to church and he was starkly atheist, until his wife died last year. Ian says that the support from Dennis affected him so much that he wanted the hope that Dennis has. Its amazing. I am sure he will be baptized, he has had his heart prepared. 

That's about it for this week. Its been a pretty good one for the most part. Only a few set backs, but we wont focus on those. 

Elder Neideck my trainer is our  new ZL

Fun fun fun.

Cooking spaghetti like a mafia boss