Monday, June 24, 2013

365 Days

Hi-ya Family and Friends,
     Come this Thursday, I have been doing the Lord's work for 365 days straight! How neat is that? Feels like a great accomplishment. Not everyday is fantastic and easy going whatsoever but like I have said before and what Christ has promised is, It is worth it. Every rejection, every pouring down cold rainy day, every discouraging moment IS WORTH IT! It is worth doing for the eternal happiness for myself, my family, and especially those who have become closer to Christ because of the changing power of the Atonement. Christ's teachings are the perfect way to eternal joy!
     Alright.. so for the update this week. Probably one of the best weeks of my mission but most definitely the best week of my time here in Falkirk.
Miracles we saw:
     Monday: We met with a lady named Leslie. She is one we met a couple weeks ago and her cousin's are in our Branch. She currently goes to the Church of Scotland. We had a wonderful discussion with her and she brought up law of Chastity and Word of Wisdom. She agrees with both of them, besides coffee and tea (which is very common here). But she is interested in the Book of Mormon and other things. She is going on holiday for 3 weeks but we hope to see her after....
     Tuesday and Wednesday were more of days we tried by people. But both days we got in contact with less actives that we have been trying by for a couple weeks. So that is a great plus.
     Thursday: 2 great things. First a member was finally able to come to Kirsty's with us. Since Kirsty has two young girls it can be a bit crazy and this member helped the situation so much and was able to tell her conversion story which is always a big help. And Kirsty's girls sat by me and Sister Ricks and at the end they wanted to say the prayer. So I was able to whisper to them what to say. They thought it was great. They also love "Popcorn popping on the apricot tree" and "Once there was a snowman".  I love those moments and I can't wait to teach my children those things. Then that evening we were able to see Nikki (the girl who lived in SLC). She is so fun and sooo neat! She showed us the scriptures that those in Utah bought her and her school yearbook and everything she had from it. We can tell it had a great impact on her being there. She also dropped us off at the church and came in and gave her a tour of it. She said she hopes to come check it out in a couple weeks.
     Friday: We had a lunch appointment with some members and they had a less active over and we got to meet her and hope to go meet with her and help her with some things. Members totally make the difference in missionary work. They actually help the work move forward so much quicker. 
     Saturday: We were walking to an appointment and this man was walking through the park and we decided to go talk to him. We talked about the Book of Mormon and how it can answer many of life's questions. He said he feels something has been missing in religion before but he is not sure what it was. We were able to teach him much of the restoration on the park bench (some of the best lessons I have had are in parks because we don't plan for them and they are clearly by the Spirit). We hope to meet with him soon, we were suppose to today but he can't anymore. He said he would read the Book of Mormon and texted saying he is planning on it tonight. Pray for him. He seems very sincere and prepared. 
     Yesterday was moves call...... I will be staying in Falkirk and training again! Sister Ricks will be going to East Killbride in Glasgow to be with a sister from her group. I will miss her alot. We got along real well and had some good laughs together. Also she teaches so well and is willing to work. I pray my next companion will be the same. Alright, I wrote a lot this week. Hope everyone has a wonderful week, until next week....
Sister Nicoll   

Monday, June 17, 2013

Food, attractive men, and much more.

Hello Family and Friends,
This week has been a great one! We worked hard and have had some fun experiences as well. So many members were so kind this week about feeding us. Basically everyday we had one type of meal appointment, if not two. Falkirk Branch has been so good to us and we are doing our best to support them in order to help them out as well. Tuesday night was a youth fundraiser night and they have a Karaoke machine at the church. There is a lady named Barbra Bryceland in the branch who went on X Factor and The Voice. She performed and she is so fun to watch and listen too. Very fun night. We also got to visit many less actives and even meet some new ones that we have been trying to get in contact with. And of course we got to do some finding. We did do some finding through members and there are a few that have names of people that they want to share the gospel with. So still working with them. The other finding we did was chapping. And that is where the attractive men part comes in. We have had this part of our area that we have been wanting to chap. There were 2 guys in one night that we found very good looking. One door was for Sister Ricks to talk and she just looked at me and I had to speak because she was too shy ;) I stumble over my words as well but we still invited them to come to Christ but they politely declined. But it was good nonetheless. There was another that was really nice and took a Book of Mormon and said he will try it out. Going back later this week. Another lady we met on the street while it was raining, gave us her address and said to come by anytime. So we have some people in the works. We are still working with Kirsty and helping her find an answer. It is hard because she hasn't come to church yet and we invite her every week. We feel church would really help her. Maybe one day. Hopefully soon. One really neat tender mercy! Yesterday as we were leaving our dinner appointment and waiting at the bus stop a woman pulled over and asked us if we were the Mormon Missionaries. After saying yes she told us she had lived in Salt Lake with a mormon family for a year as an exchange student. She loved the family and took all the lessons but felt it would be too hard for her but feels alot of it is right. She said she knows what we are doing is hard and invited us over for tea(dinner) next week. She gave us a lift home as well. She is way cool and we are all excited to talk more about it. There is my week in a nutshell. A really good study session I had this week was reading Romans 8. Give it a read. I love you all and hope your week is grand!
Sister Nicoll
Sister Ricks and I near Callendar House.  Yes I do know the man in the background.  He is a man we used to teach and showed us a bit of Falkirk

Monday, June 10, 2013


Dear Fam and Friends,
Looking back on this week alot of things came down to motivation. First thing is we got to have another All Scotland Conference! I love seeing so many missionaries and getting so much inspired counsel. This meeting was about finding. The biggest topic was finding through those we already teach. So Sister Ricks and I have been striving to ask all we meet with for referrals. We do it in a better fashion the just asking for a referral. We were taught to do it by asking who could benefit from the gospel or who has had a life changing event. A couple people had others come to mind, so we are praying they talk to their friends and we are able to help them come unto Christ. Then next thing was exchanges. This time I went to Bathgate and was in a trio with 2 sisters that have only been out for 2 1/2 weeks. Not that they need to be motivated but I had to encourage them quite a bit because they had a daunting task for showing me around and getting places and doing things and being a very new missionary. But I feel the exchanged showed them they can do more then they thought and help motivate them to keep doing more and more to stretch themselves. Then Sister Ricks and I thought about what has been motivating us. Sometimes it can be about numbers. I hate to admit it but it can be. We noticed that those are the times we really get frustrated and down. So this week we will be keeping track of what we do but not talk about numbers or how many lessons we did but really focus on people. Don't go thinking we are bad missionaries... we truly care about all those we work with but we can focus more on it. Neat story... We picked a street to chap and as we were chapping and muslim teen invited us and we were able to talk about our different beliefs. She is one of the sweetest and most spiritual people I have met. We loved her. She is very strong in her faith but it was so wonderful to see her point of view on things and come away with more understanding of others beliefs. I love this work and the truth that I am able to share each day even if there are many people who use their agency to reject it. I love you all and hope you have a lovely week.
Love Sister Nicoll

Friday, June 7, 2013

“Let the light so shine”

Monday, June 3, 2013

Dear Family and Friends,
This week we have been soaking up as much sunshine as we can. I think about 4 out of the 7 days was sunny. One day it was so warm we didn't need a coat. Lovely! As for the work... not so positive this week. We were on exchanges Tuesday-Thursday and I served in Falkirk with Sister Caswell(she has been out for 1 and half weeks) and guess what? Ever appointment fell through besides one. It was humbling because I realized how well we had it and how much the Lord was helping us up to that point. So it was a good 3 days of finding. Which is something we got to do more of because 2 of our investigators are no longer learning because they are not keeping commitments or doing anything to try and know for themselves and progress toward baptism. BUT I am still loving Falkirk and the work. Sometimes we just need these weeks to be humbled and push us to work . Something from study that I loved is a story in Preach My Gospel about testimonies.

Brigham Young was not baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
during the first year of his learning about the restored gospel. But of his conversion he said:
“If all the talent, tact, wisdom, and refinement of the world had been sent to me with the
Book of Mormon, and had declared, in the most exalted of earthly eloquence, the truth of
it, undertaking to prove it by learning and worldly wisdom, they would have been to me
like smoke which arises only to vanish away. But when I saw a man without eloquence
or talents for public speaking, who could only say, ‘I know by the power of the Holy Ghost
that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of the Lord,’ the Holy
Ghost proceeding from that individual illuminated my understanding, and a light, glory,
and immortality were before me. I was encircled by them, filled with them, and I knew
for myself that the testimony of the man was true”

Never underestimate the power of your testimony plus the witness of the Holy Ghost. I love you all and have a great week by serving someone in need :)

Sister Nicoll