Monday, September 17, 2012

another letter from the Elder!

well sounds like sacrament was fun yesterday, thats awesome preston got his blessing, and yeah he will make a great influence on his family, keep on him and let him know i am always here and love him!! how is geof doing? mom need and address to write him? also address for jesse and michelle, colton and lyndsey, josh and carlie, so i can send you guys pictures of heaven on earth!!! also mom if you are going to order off you need a phone number so yeah 07800614769, so yeah just put that down as the phone and then my perth address and yeah thatd be great!! still havent gotten my new card so yeah ill be alright though, my DL said your package is hear so i will get it tomorrow during district meeting!
ok my success stories for the week are well this week was really different we had exchanges on tuesday so i went to dundee with Elder smithers my zone leader who is training and is the only zone leader so yeah would not want to be him right now but yeah great guy. Dad got a question for yeah?? what would you say to someone who's son decide to have a sex change and now is a girl? haha yeah we taught a lady who doesnt come to church cause we dont accept transgenders so yeah haha but yeah it so sad over here cause the weather is horrible and so everyone is always sick cause they drink and smoke and all the kids have health issues and sense health care is free the nhs which sucks!! just horrible everyone we teach always has a problem and the men over here are ridculous and do not understand what it means to have the preisthood so every mother raises the family and has like 2 jobs and the husband just go off get drunk and just take up space and ugh thank you so much for the wonderful family you raised mom and dad i know we werent perfect but thank you for everything you taught me and spent time with me!! idk what i can do for them so many things we just cant do just got to sit back and watch and pray for em!! but some good news paul one of our potential investigators has been FOUND!!! he apparently went out got drunk and wasted pretty bad that when he was walking home the police thought he was handicapped and put him in a mental hospital haha so yeah haha but this week we had like no success cause on thursday we had zone conference so yeah after we went on exchanges again so my comp. left for kirkcaldy so i lead the area but by the time we got back we just had a book of mormon class that night so yeah not to bad but yeah friday was good, saturday all of our appts. fell threw so spent some time finding and yeah in sacrament yesterday we only had 1 investigator come to church so yeah and during the whole sacrament meeting we had this crazy two old ladies who just talk thee entire time so yeah that was annoying but our branch president made them feel really bad after it haha he's so great everyone is not afraid to make fun of anyone here haha but yeah we went and taught elenor she was a member when she little but then left and yeah she just got baptize this last summer and shes such a saint and we taught her about the temple and it was such a great lesson! the spirit was really strong, and then we taught another about eternal marriage which was really great was a little hard talking about the family cause made me really miss yeah but i know i am suppose to be here so yeah but i really do love you all, thank you for all the letters from up at the cabin really made my day!!! and for grandma's postcard from alaska so grateful for our family!! this thursday we went to president ferrans, the branch president home and taught our invertigator with a bap. date the restoration and when we walk out we saw the stars!!! which i was true grateful to see again havent seen them for a month so yeah so grateful for the gospel i do not know where i would be or what i would be doing without it. i still have no idea what i am doing out here but i try everyday to bear my testimony and share something about the gospel!! love my comp. oh yeah we might get bikes here pretty soon so yeah but who knows not for sure!! LOVE you all!!! keep on preston dad! thanks for everything mom let me know how is kelan doing? and keep me updated on kelsie's soccer games!! haha love you All!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

One month down!

Well thanks for the letters and no worries i didnt mean to sound like i was depressed about not getting letters i knew i wasnt gonna get any anyways so no worries i just enjoy receiveing your letters so thank you so much!! well yeah dad let me know how preston doing, and thats way awesome about kelan meeting elder holland, and yeah mom give me geof's address so i can write him! or give him mine! uh pdays we havent done anything last week we had to clean the apt cause the last missionaries didnt do a thing and today we just went shopping for stuff and went down on centre street, mom if you are gonna buy anything from amazon type in on the interent, so that way you can just buy it and put down my address in perth so the package will be dropped off at my flat!! so yeah, i still havent gotten your package so probably just sitting at the mission home, and today my missionary card didnt work the pin number like always i hate fricking debit cards and yeah if the machine doesnt get the right pin number it eats your card and they said you just hit cancel and take it out after it didnt work the first time which i did but yeah it just decide to eat my card so yeah i have to get a new card from salt lake city, and yeah its dumb over here cause there cards have chips they dont have a swipe so yeah its really annoying and i just hate cards!! so yeah i am fine with food, and everything so dont worry but if an emergency comes up i might have to use the credit card just so yeah know, but hopefully ill get my new card by next week!!
well this week i have been blessed, i figure out that i dont have to be some robot missionary and all i have to do is be myself and try everyday to get a little better so i set out and made a goal to talk to the first 5 ppl i see everyday when i walk out of the flat which it works and now i am pretty comfortable talking to ppl in the streets, door contacting however i still have some freeze up moments but i know as long as i try and keep trying the lord will blessing me which he did this week, we have a baptism!!!! for a Lady who is about 40 is a astro.phys. and works for NASA, however she has a nerve disease that only 29 other ppl have it in the world so yeah but she is a wonderful and such a smart lady, her name is lorna she hasnt received an answer yet but were aiming for 29th of this month for her!! she also made us homemade brownies which i figure out that is an american thing and yeah oh they were so good!! but yeah She has been sent from heaven as angels have prepared her, so grateful to be part of Gods work i dont really say much and when i do probably doesnt make any sense but i always just try to bare my testimony and help her out!! oh also we may have another baptism next month!! over here it will always take time with these ppl, so we have to take it really slow, just because its so hard for them to stop doing what there culture does over here drink and smoke so yeah, but we met this guy named martin 3 times when we were out tracking, and yeah from his family he has had 6 members of his family die, one committed sucided and the other one was murdered and he told us how he went down that path of destruction drinking and everything, and he finally stop and has turned right around, he lives with his finace and they both have said they feel really comfortable with us which was always a great feeling, but yeah he is a catholic so he yeah he's like my mom and dad were a catholic so ill die a catholic but yeah who knows! Just another soul who God has prepared for us, so grateful the wonderful blessings he has been giving us, it hasnt been easy never is and never will be, and the weather was good last week but this week heard it was suppose to be nasty so yeah but must keep pressing forward, hardest thing is so many ppl dont see the importance of church they just say oh i can just pray and worship at our home so yeah, oh funny story when we walk in to teach lorna she had salesmen in her apt. one night selling her a phone system and we did a reverse sales on one of them who is from edinburgh and paskstain and we gave him a book of mormon and missionaries in edinburgh are gonna go visit him so yeah! oh the country side is so loving over here i think i have found heaven somedays the clouds are so low i can just reach up and grabb em it feels like! oh also when we were out tracking door to door we came across this house in which the only way to get to the door was through the dark and overgrowth tunnel of darkness and at the end of the tunnel was a little old lady who was crazy!!! but she new of us and yeah me and my comp. decide we just entered into another world so yeah! also i have meant farther time!!! this old guy beard was like down to his belly button and had long nails and pretty sure he had a wizard staff to!!! but yeah life is great we had 5 investigators at church yesterday!!!! i also had to give a talk which was great cause one of the investigators brought like 6 grandchildren and she such a sweet lady been talking lessons sense last christmas but her husband as a drinking problem and when her and her daughter decide to get baptize he flip out and yeah so we are just taking it slow still but yeah with all those little kids in sacrament all through my talk kids were screaming and fighting so yeah it was pretty good, except our branch doesnt know how to do everythin and oh yeah we have sacrament as our last meeting over here but yeah after we were trying to talk to all of our investigators while all the members were trying to do things for them and help them load there will chairs and what not in there cars and yeah we were just running around with our heads cut off yesterday!!! but my comp. said he has never had 5 investigators at church before so God is truely looking out for me!!! oh another story one of our less active members we found out never comes out of his home because he testified against a gang member here and feels that he has a targert on him so he never leaves his house, also when we phoned one of our potenital investigators a women answered it and said he was missing and the cops were looking for him so yeah some interesting stories!!! but yeah thank you for all your prayers and your love God is truely looking out for me over here, i am so blessed to have all of you! Dad be so grateful for the members of our ward cause, it is so sad over here, but we have high hopes and will hopefully lift the branch up! my companion says i am very perstitant, which is good but i have a feeling one day ill take a fist to the face haha on the bus i tried talking to some old lady and she didnt want to hear what i wanted to say so she just turned off her hearing aid so yeah haha oh also our branch president took me out to my first pub shop which the food was amazing!! and one pday he said he will take us fishing so yeah! the work moves on with or without me This is god's work i am so grateful everyday i have to breath and try to pay him back for all the pain i caused him but the more i try and repay him the more love and blessings he give me! i will ever be indebt to my savior and the wonderful sacrafice he made for me! thank you for all your love and your prayers i feel them everyday before i leave my flat and feel of thy love when i pray i hope you know i love you all and pray for you each night! till next week!!
Love you son,Elder Zachery Waite

Monday, September 3, 2012

First week in Scotland!!

Dear Family and Love ones,
I have reached the mother land of Scotland!!! i am serving in perth scotland which is in the dundee stake, it is just me and my companion Elder Andrus he is from draper utah and wouldnt you know it he knows Elder debeham from the mtc and kenz selman from school so yeah, he is pretty great really relax and chill and easy going which is good, but i think at times it will be a little hard, cause i like to get out and go to work and sometimes he just wants to sit and do nothing but yeah we havent had really any problems, it has been sunny here the past couple days although my second day i got the lovely weather of rain and wind and yeah it is cold and like grandma glenn said the heating system over here suck but oh well! thats life what can yeah do, the accent is not to bad over here some of the older ppl are hard to understand because they mostly mumble and so quiet but they said the really strong accents are in glasgow and up north, but we are in a city but we are surrounded by the rollin hills so thats always nice to look off in the distant and see the country, believe it or not noah ark is in are area so hopefully one day we can go check it out! Well we have a small branch of about 20 people who basically are all old, except we got one young man who is 18 and was baptized in june so yeah and we also have another young man going to college so yeah, Well the mission president was good i really didnt get to talk to him just 5 min interview and yeah climbing up pratt's hill/ king arthurs seat was pretty awesome although it rained and the wind was blowing pretty good, but yeah up on the hill we talk to a young man who was from austria about the gospel and he is going back and we got his info and what not so hopefully the other missionaries go help them, big variety of races cause of the university, but yeah president brown fed me and my compaion to the lions we are white washing the area right now cause the last missionaries one of them got a little to close to a girl investigator and got e-transferred to ireland so yeah past weekend we spent just trying to find are way around town, and yeah street contacting and door to door contacting was great as no one wanted to listen to us and yelled at us all day haha great fun, but yeah one of the members is 84 year old sea dog so we go read to him cause he lives all alone and he looks like the guy from the movie Up haha so he is great, and then we have a less active who she lives all alone with her cat and use to be in a band for 28 yrs and yeah she is so sweet, yesterday for dinner we went over to Elenor's in our ward and she gave us a huge dinner so yeah they do like to eat over here, and there sweets and desserts are sooo good!! its kind of cool over here but weird cause sometimes i feel like i am living a dream or in a fairytale cause all the buildings and what not remind me of peter pan, 101 dalemantions, or harry potter or something like that then other parts of the city you feel like your in a dr. seus book where ever flat his the same and its like the perfect neighborhood, besides all the rubbish on the ground and the only thing that is different is the color of the door, also we cant really talk to ppl on the buses because the bus driver can throw us off but bugging ppl so yeah, we have no car got to walk everywhere and yeah thats just great, one of my great stories is as we were on the bus ond day a bunch of drunks got on the bus after a football game (soccer) and they sat all around me and saw the badge and hit me from every angle about mormons and if i could sing like donny osmond and what not so yeah that was real great. theres a lot to do here so i just got to go to work, i try everyday to do my best and i need to open my mouth more, and we got to do a lot of work but we got to do smart work that will be really effective so yeah were just trying to figure things out right now, i miss yeah guys a lot, and tell may i love her to! but although i miss you guys and everyone else i know this is where i am suppose to be, i dont like thinking about myself all i ever think about is our investigators and ppl who are here and how i can help them, ha i struggling but ill get no worries, God has pick me up like everyday, the hardest thing i think is finding myself and being a missionary! cause my companion just told me one day you need to relax and be yourself cause thats the only way the spirit can work through you so yeah, haha oh yeah mostly everyone here has a dog and one of the doors the dog was a giant german shepard and the person didnt hold it back so yeah had to make a quick dash over the fence! haha another thing that suck this week was we had sister beck former reliance president speaking in dundee tomorrow and we had 3 investigators that were planning on going but we as the missionaries couldnt go cause of what happen with the past missionaries! and we had to have a mel. holder which we did the branch president but yeah we still couldnt go so yeah all 3 investigators bailed out sense we werent going yesterday! so yeah its hard, cause most ppl dont believe in god, they'll always say oh i am catholic i dont believe in god haha so yeah and when we go tracking the economy sucks over here so mostly everyone we see is either leaving for work, going to bed, or having tea (dinner) time so yeah, and we have a lot of less actives cause there all old and sick and have medical issues so they never come to church, cause the NHS sucks and they dont ever get any help over here so yeah its really sad to see, oh yeah another story was we went and taught this old couple who invited us in and were smoking cause well they all smoke over here so we didnt mind but we were in there quite a while and we noticed that they had sealed the windows and doors so yeah they were basically hot boxen us inside haha and yeah we were in there forever ha so yeah when we got out we both like almost threw up cause we were like so sick! haha we also have this old guy named cliff who is divorced and baiscally is a missionary and talks to everyone and give us like all of our contacts so yeah he is great! really funny old lad! Ugh well yeah the work goes forward with me or without me never in my life have i ever been so happy,miserable, and every other emotion you could think of go through me in one day, i love the people here there so great, and on sundays even although none of them believe in god they shut down like everything all the bars and shops so its always peaceful reminds of back home in the valley! Sorry to hear about Geof poor kid! let him no i love him and praying for him! i know this church is true!! i know that my redeemer lives and he died for me and my sins, everything i am going through right now he's already gone through for me so although i am struggling i know he is there lifting me up and i must press forward and lose myself in the work, i dont think i will ever come back ha sorry i love it over here!!! haha love you all hope all is well at home! oh yeah mom when you send a package over here it goes to the missionary home and then just sits there till someone from the home heads up my way to my area or if i go in and get it so yeah cant really make the packages huge! just like a shoe box! so yeah if you sent me that greeny package probably gonna sit at the mission home for a couple weeks so hopefully you didnt make any homemade cookies or something haha but if yeah did oh well thanks anyways and also my watch broke the strap thinging just ripped off so please let me know how much i can spend with my credit card a month, so i can keep track of stuff in case emergency come up, cause the card the church gives me is basically for food and supplies so yeah anything thats personal i can use it i guess but they only give so much money a month so yeah i need to have money on that card to for emergency! and yeah love you all!! you can send post however to my flat in perth or if any of my friends want to one day, write me, only received a letter from Elder Witter, but yeah here is my current address for the next 3 months:
Elder Zachery Waite
Scotland/Ireland mission
85 E Dunkeld Road
Perth, Scotland
United Kingdom
so yeah just put that up on the blog in case anyone wants to write me! :)