Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Congratulations Uncle Darin

Hey everyone!

Sorry for the delyed message, everything was closed yesterday.

So let me just tell you that I am alive and kicking! Hahaha 

So this past week was kind of a blur but I will tell you the biggest things that went on because I don't have too much time left unfortunately. 

First of all I just wanted to tell you guys that I love each of you and that you are in my prayers. I have a greater desire day by day to let my Father in Heaven more into my life and to be on the same page with him so that I can feel his love and help others to feel that love through me. 

So this past week we had Elder Rockne move in with us to break up our 3 musketeers :( thats okay though! He is a great lad and I have learned through this experience that we can truly "create your own weather " and make our futures as bright as we desire them. Life sometimes tries to throw us curve balls but we just got to be ready to take them on and go for that home run! So now with that attitude I am working to overcome some of the fears I might have and just JUMP into the unknown having faith that the Lord will catch me :)

Then the next big thing that has happened lately is the difference that I have feeling when I am working to pray to Heavenly Father. The biggest thing that I have learned is that not only do we have to be worthy to ask for the blessings that we so desire but that they have to be worth something enough to us that we are going to do our best and then have faith enough that God will answer our prayers. Just lately its felt like life is trying to teach me that I just need to trust in God and His love for me that he will answer me and the prayers of my heart. I have been asking for a few things lately, haven't gotten them yet or have been able to see that I have got them yet but I know that the things that are worth the most in life are hard to get and take time, efforts and pressures from all around to achieve the goals that we so desire. 

Time is up so I hope what I wrote today makes sense if not then just have to wait till next week!
Love you ALL
Congrats Uncle on your Wedding Day!

Elder Zachary Lee Dotschkat

Monday, 18 August 2014

Hit with the Eternal Marriage Bus

Well hello everyone! This week has definitely been one of great change! There are some good changes, some better changes and some best changes because things are only negative as you make them. WE CREATE OUR OWN WEATHER! So I'm here standing in my ranks fighting the battle of God for the souls of men with my valiant brothers and sisters in Christ.

So Monday was pretty good! We went to the Leeds Institute building to play pool, football, write letters and watch the Lego Movie again. Its so awesome!!!!!  Probably my favourite movie I've seen on my mission in second to the Croods! Anyways after that we came home and did some knocking. YIKES! Not really anyone wanted to talk to us but we kept our chins up and sights on saving the souls of the children of God.

Tuesday - not too bad either. The best part of Tuesday was having Elder Vogli teach me to enjoy knocking ... seriously there is not too much else that we do here. We have found seven new investigators this week and I forget who we found each day but we did find one lost sheep that day. The biggest thing that happened to me that day was the shocking report of Robin Williams sudden death. Even though I did not know the man personally he made millions of lives brighter with his movies and his humour. RIP the Great Robin Williams, you will be remembered in our thoughts, our hearts and each sound of a child's laughter.

Wednesday - same ... knocking. I really gotta tell you that the doors are of solid wood. Uh, I don't know what to say, there really isn't anything that sticks out to me about knocking just that laughs that I have with Elder Vogli. Aparently he was a little mischievous before the mission so it makes for great talks. He has seen Egypt, Italy, Monaco and many other places and the stories that he has of these places are great. This made me have a great desire to fill in my journal so that night I got caught up on three days in my journal. I have many more to get caught up on!

Thursday we had DDM and then you guessed it ... MORE KNOCKING!  I'm not losing my mind just yet with knocking on doors, I'm actually trying to learn to enjoy it so that I can be able to use it as a first resort rather than a last.

Friday we weekly planned and this was where life got a little crazy. This was the day that I learned that sometimes we may think that our ideas are good and our ideas are best but we must sometimes listen to our leaders, even if we don't want to. Needless to say, it caused some tension which you could cut with a knife (just to let you know the tension is over and I'm all better now). So Friday we had a pretty good day because we had a wonderful tea at a members home and she made us some dumplings and some great stew. YUM! So nice because it rained for the past few days and we were SOAKED to the bone! A nice warm meal was perfect to lighten our spirits!

Saturday was a great day for Elder Vogli. His recent converts came up for a few hours and visited with us. They are great people and have quite nearly adopted Elder Vogli as their own son. They came all the way from Sheffield to see him. We went around the town centre in the classic car show (not too much nice stuff just a corvette, ferrari and the Knight Rider car) and then they took us for lunch! I had a nice roast beef and it was great warmth in my stomach. I'm kinda scared right now because I think my body might have gotten used to English weather and the cold back home is far worse than here.  I might die at home. In that case I might never want to come home, just live my life here as a missionary forever. Just immediately become a senior missionary after I'm 27. Hahaha I'm betting though that the mission will send me home before I'm allowed to do that so guess that isn't happening. So much for those dreams lol. Anyways in the evening, we went to the Leeds Hospital to visit an elder who is suffering from a disease which paralyzes the nerves in his body and if it reaches his lungs he will die. So we went there and made him laugh for a little. Well Elder Vogli did that. I just talked with him about American muscle cars and stuff like that. Needless to say, this elder in the hospital is a great young lad because he has only been out two weeks and says that this wouldn't make him go home. Yup, pretty strong man. Now for the most interesting part of the day. I stood in the middle of two guys that were trying to fight each other and broke up the fight. I don't know what enticed me to do so, but I did it and man, was that ever a huge adrenaline rush.  Don't worry though, I'm not hurt. I used what I learned in rugby and wrestling and just got the two guys away from each other.

Sunday - Not many exciting things. We have this Gospel Principles teacher that is really funny because no matter what lesson we are on, you can bet that she is going to talk about eternal marriage. The past week we were closing the lesson and because of this I thought that we were on the home stretch without her mentioning it but we just took the last leap and she hit us with the marriage bus!  Hahahahaha it was hilarious. I nearly broke out laughing.  Anyways in the evening there was an emergency in the mission so now I am a trio with Elder Johnson (the elder from Calgary), Elder Vogli and myself and Elder Nukhmoa has gone to fill in the spot of another missionary in the mission.

Thats my week. Have a great week to everyone.
Love you guys
Elder Zachary Lee Dotschkat

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Exchange with another Calgarian!

Hey everyone!
Sorry for the delayed message! Life has been crazy trying to figure out where I am, where I was and where I am going. Not only in a physical sense but a gospel sense as well and let me just say that the biggest thing that I have learned is that if you rely on the Lord and go towards him you cannot go wrong. There have been people that have really tried to question who I am and what I am doing exactly and it makes me truly contemplate whats going on in my life. Not a bad thing, just testimony building and reassuring that I am serving my mission for the right reasons. Yes, there was a lto of encouragement to come here but I listened and desire to stay here. I don't know if I wrote this last week but honestly in our transfer meeting our president had told the entire group of missionaries that were there that within 48 hours we could go home if we truly desired so. I look at it this way, yeah, if I wanted I could but I would rather experience this joy and peace in what I am doing for as long as I can. There is a temptation to extend the mission but I know that its impossible because my visa runs out. I know it sounds silly but I am not ready to grow up and get into life just yet! I would want to serve God for as long as I can because no matter what, at the end of the hardest days I go to sleep and feel an overwhelming peace in the morning that pushes me into another great day in the service of God! Anyways, probs gonna wanna know the best parts of last week so here I go!

Monday P-day was great emailing time hearing how all of your lives are going. Because I have left part of my "family" in the Dewsbury ward, I once again am on my own and am having to rely on God everyday and the emails to feel close to people. Don't get me wrong but there is only so close that you can get with a total stranger in a matter of days. I know that in time I will look at my District as I do my own brothers (just have that protective instinct within me :)  So we played chair football in the chapel and then went finding in the evening and guess what!? I'm actually knocking doors now hahahaha. Honestly tried to avoid it because its more effective for loving the members and LARCs that come your way and receive their friends in the Gospel! But now I am starting to enjoy knocking again!

Then Tuesday and Wednesday I was on exchange with an elder from CALGARY!!! :D  His name is Elder Johnson, he is from the Calgary stake and we had so much fun chit chatting about those great things and people at home and all of the plans that we have. It was a great time to sum it up!

Thursday and Friday was knocking all day with my Albanian companion. Just the usual ... not really anybody sticking out in my mind. Just door after door and person after person, we are always talking to those people who have really nice cars though. I have seen everything from Porsche to Audi R8 to Lamborghini and even one time a covert Stingray! Awesome!!

Oh just to tell you all .... its raining loads now! I thought I was going to be able to dodge it! hahahaha

Well got to go!
Sorry for the quick notes but busy busy busy BUSY!
No rest for the wicked right ;)
Have a great week!
Elder Dotschkat

Me with my chainmail tie

The tie collection

Monday, 4 August 2014

I'm in Bradford

Hey everyone!
Hope that you are all well and enjoying life .. I know that I am!
So super super busy right now and don't have much time but I just want to tell you all that I am alive and well.  I have a great companion and my testimony of the gospel is growing each day. I have truly given everything that I am to the Lord now and am not fearful of my future but rather looking forward with faith.  It was difficult to leave my last area but I know that I am meant to find someone and make their life a little easier here.

My new area is called Bradford. I'm serving in a little ward that is maybe 1 1/2 times the size of Melfort's branch (about 60 people). TINY, TINY, TINY!

My mom has my new mailing address if anyone wants it.

Just know this … Christ lives and he loves you :)
Elder Dotschkat

EPIC missionary picture (I have to frame this one!)