Monday, September 8, 2014

Mission Accomplished... Last P Day Email!! :)

This isn't going to be very long.. I have been taking pictures for all of my 'lasts' as a missionary,  THREE DAYS. Oh man. It doesn't feel real yet. Weird, eh? I got up to bear my testimony on Sunday and just bawled.. Good thing the people in Nashua are so loving, or they would have thought I was crazy! We have been working really hard.. No time to slow down. :) I am SO excited to see you guys. My final interview is on Thursday right before you come.. I have been crying, but the real tears will come Wednesday night. I am not looking forward to that.. So far today I bought a ridiculous goat t-shirt and we are going to lunch as a district here soon. :)

Nifty hot dog stand in Nashua

My last day planning

My zone

My district

Last day at Habitat

My "last supper" at the Blanchettes.  She got me the COOLEST necklace :)

Me hugging the Nashua building my last week at church

Monday, September 1, 2014

Heavenly Father is blessing us with so much work. :D

The MBM is awesome. :) Lots of people out and about today.. It's really nice outside. We tried to go apple picking, but it doesn't start until next week.. So maybe we'll try then. :) Our week was wonderful! I feel like Heavenly Father is constantly teaching and comforting me about this whole going home in 10 DAYS thing. I feel like He is constantly reminding me to trust in Him and everything will be alright. I think the reason I am so bummed to leave my mission is because this is the happiest we, as a family, as ever been. I have never been so happy. :) I know that it won't go away.. I don't know. Does that make sense? Anyways. He has brought me a lot of peace and comfort this past week.. I feel like He has me in a warm blanket. :) He has also reminded me that I need to be grateful for this time. So, so grateful. This has been the greatest 18 months of my life. :) I am so wicked excited to see you guys.. SO EXCITED!

Monday: We ended pday early to go and spend some time with a family in our ward. They have had it really rough the past few years and the mom just got really sick. We went to help cook dinner and be a sound board for their daughter. :) It was fun. I love them. We also got two new investigators! Jenny and Jaddy. We though she was saying daddy when she first told us her name.. :) They are AWESOME. Becky (who we found last Sunday is Jenny's daughter). Becky's kids also started to sit in on the lessons. They are the cutest. The boys want to to learn about God so badly, but their dad won't let them come to church.. So we will teach them as long as he lets us. :)

Tuesday: I spent the day in Billerica with Sister Nielson. It was a lot of fun! We saw Sister Sheldon. I love Sister Sheldon. She is preparing to go to the temple on Sept 27th.. I am barely missing it.. :( Such a bummer, but I am so proud of her. She has come so far..

Wednesday: 18 MONTHS! We got frozen yogurt to celebrate. :) We also moved mattresses up and down some stairs. It was fun. :) We ate dinner at the Noel's and for their commitment they issued a challenge to someone else in the ward.. They get points for inviting people to certain things. The ultimate goal is to have someone for us to teach in their home. :) We'll see who wins.

Thursday: It was nice enough that we got to plan in the park. :) We spent most of the day doing that now that we have so many people to teach.. Heavenly Father is blessing us with so much work. :D

Friday: MY LAST DISTRICT MEETING. So weird. It was a really busy day. We taught Becky and Jenny again. :) Becky's little boy Saida gave us a big hug before we left. It was adorable.

Saturday: Sister Williams planned the day.. It went well. :) We went to Habitat. We saw Becky's husband there! Wicked awkward.. haha We also taught Danny. :) He wants to be baptized, but has to get married first.. A lot has to happen before they can get married. It is hard to get other people to act on my faith.. haha Does that make sense?

Sunday: Today was crazy! I felt like we were running around like maniacs.. Which is a good problem for missionaries. :) We had church, which was good. That's where the Lord reminded me to be grateful.. I'll tell you that story.. NEXT WEEK! AHH! Anyways. Then we went to lunch at Sister Orton's. She is one of my favorites. :) We then drove to Lowell, MA to teach Kaitlyn. It was good to see her again. She is a rock star.. We ran around the rest of the night stopping at places, grabbing things, dropping it off at other places, and setting monthly goals. MY LAST MONTHLY GOALS!
Isn't that awesome!  I had to take a picture!!

Happy 18 months!!

Sister Staley, Sister Nielsen, Sister Williams, and I :)

Monday, August 25, 2014


Of course I don't mind you not sending me an 18 month package. I can wait for the better surprise in two weeks. :D TWO WEEKS!? So stinking weird. I can't wait to see you guys.

My week was great.. :)

Monday: We spent most of our pday with our investigator Danny and his fiance, Lorrie. She is a member. :) We went out to Denny's and then we played basketball. Definitely not my sport. It was a fun day though. We ate dinner at the Blanchette's. One of the coolest member families ever. I love their kids. :)

Tuesday: We met with three investigators on Tuesday! It was such a good day! :) The first one was Barbara. She is from Germany and pretty hardcore Catholic. She is reading the Book of Mormon. :) So that's a start. Then we met with Danny and finished the Plan of Salvation. I love those two. We also met with Kevin. :) We had a good lesson on the Spirit and committed him to read from the Book of Mormon. It will click for him one day.

Wednesday: Okay so crazy story. Our fire alarm went off again at 2:30 in the morning. This time there was a real fire. The storage room on the first floor caught fire. We weren't allowed back into our apartment until 6. Which we would have to be up by 6:30 anyways. AND we had to go to Belmont for return and report. We also had no water. So I had to shower at the church. :) it was a crazy nutso adventure of a day! Good news is that we got to go to the temple. :) I did forget my recommend though, which is a bummer. Cool part was I got to have an interview with President to get another one. :) I also got to see the newest temple movie because Heavenly Father knew that is the only way I'd stay awake. He loves me. :D I also saw Sister Giblette. I can't wait to hang out with her after the mish.

Thursday: The Spanish sisters investigators had us over for dinner. :) Coolest people ever. They don't speak a ton of English, but they are really trying to learn and definitely better than they think they are. They are getting baptized on Sept 7th. :) They told us that they like taking good care of the missionaries because they hope that one day people will take good care of their grand-kids when they serve missions. :)

Friday: We helped set up for the fanciest church wedding I have ever seen in my life. They almost had the entire ceiling covered in fabric. Whoa.

Saturday: Today was the first day Sister Williams had to plan all by herself. :) She kept saying that she thought it was a lot easier than it was. Now she understands what I do everyday! :) hahaha She will get the hang of things soon enough. It was a pretty successful day. :)

Sunday: We got a new investigator! :D Her name is Becky and she is so awesome. We are going back there today. :)

I sure hope that the Lord is pleased with what I have done these 18 months. I have tried my hardest to do my best. I had the same feeling on Friday when I got a blessing for my headache.. The Elder who gave me the blessing said some cool stuff. I also felt a lot of peace in the temple on Wednesday. I know the Lord is on my side with coming home. :) My comfort and peace is coming little by little.. 
Sister Williams was laughing at my pain

Our Elders :)  Elder Fauver and Elder Batts

GIANT flower at the temple

We had some time to kill before our session at the temple


Monday, August 18, 2014

I would like time to slow down a little bit...

My week was grand! :) We stayed really busy. Nashua is doing well. It was a rough week for the ward because one of our members passed away unexpectedly, Brother Henckle. It was incredible to see the ward come together to love and take care of Sister Henckle. She has received so much support. We had a celebration of life part for him on Friday. She is a strong lady and was in church on Sunday. She hasn't missed a beat. I am so grateful for the Plan of Salvation. It has brought peace to many hearts this week. The weather is perfect! It has been cooling down a bit, so it is so nice. Today we are going out to lunch with one of our members and her fiance, Lorrie and Danny. Who is an investigator. It will be fun :) I love them both so much. My companion is awesome. She is catching on fast and adjusted to the missionary life quick. Life is good. :) I can't believe it's the start of the third week of the transfer. I would like time to slow down a little bit..

Monday: We had a lesson with a recent convert, Crystina, who has been struggling balancing science and religion. It was wicked cool to talk about. She has so many people telling her that she isn't Christian and that science can't coincide with religion. We helped build up her defences. It was fun :) She is a really smart person

Tuesday: My GPS died on us today. Which is alright, it helped me realize that I know Nashua better than I thought I did. We taught Danny about the Plan of Salvation. He asks so many good questions. I can't wait to tell you the full story of that household. It is a miracle in the works. We also met a new less-active, Sister Chamberlin.. She can't come to church because she is basically deaf, but she would come if she could.

Wednesday: The Silvestros, member family in our ward, had their roof redone. Their house was built in the 1700's. When they put the new roof on, all of this debris fell over everything in their attic. So we got to go and help clean-up. :) It was fun. They have the most adorable 4 year old boy. He danced around the attic on a broom. We also saw our investigator Kevin! Finally. It's been weeks.. It was such a good meeting. He recommited to take the lessons.. :)

Thursday: President came to Nashua for interviews! I love that man. We talked a lot about a lot of things, but I felt a lot of peace leaving the interview. It was nice. I have been praying to feel at peace with the work I have done here in New England and I feel like it is coming. Slowly, but it is coming.

Friday: We met with a new potential, Laura. She has grown up floating all over different churches.. She has had some very powerful experiences with the Spirit and I admire her a lot for them. The only setback is that she believes that once you've accepted Christ, you can do whatever you want. I have heard that so much the past little bit. "Faith without works is dead."

Saturday: We volunteered at Habitat. I love the people that work there. We also got to be apart of the youth conference. We didn't do much, but it was fun to be around some of the youth. :) I saw a bunch of my mini missionaries and some of the youth from Belmont.

Sunday: Such a good Sunday! We had a less-active come to church for the first time in years and our investigator, Marie, came to church for the first time. WOO! We also had lots of other people show up. It was a homecoming for a return missionary. :) We also taught Relief Society. It went pretty well. The lesson was on the temple. :D I love the temple.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Goooood morning! :)

I have spent the past few week reflecting.  I feel like I have come to that point in my missionary life. :) haha One of my goals this transfer is to remember. I do not want to go home and go back to 'real life.' Elder Holland told us that this is real life. What I am doing and the person I am becoming is real life. I want to remember the feelings. Remember the blessings. Remember the trials. Remember the spiritual experiences. Remember my Savior. Remember the love that Heavenly Father has shown to me. Remember the people. Remember how to keep satan out of my heart. Remember the the exquisite joy. Remember the sorrow. Remember my companions. Remember the Spirit. Remember the meaning of discipleship. Remember that the gospel is simple My list will go on and on. :) More to come, maybe? I feel like the Lord has impressed this upon me so much the past little bit. He knows how badly I don't want to forget and is helping me in all ways. I am so grateful..

This week has been great :) I feel like it has flown by. Sister Williams has already done a full week in the field! Crazy! Sometimes I forget that she is being trained, she is just that good. We are very much alike, in good ways. We have fun together and we are also able to teach by the Spirit. It's really cool. 
I don't feel like breaking down the days (shorttimer syndrome??). So here are just some experiences this week. :) We spent a couple days with our investigator Janice. One of the days we helped her clean up her apartment.. By the end of it we had about 15 puzzles in our trunk. :) They happen to still be in our trunk.. haha We did give some to the elders though. We taught her about forgiveness. She has a lot of burdens that she is carrying. It's hard to watch other people suffer. The best part though is knowing she can and will find relief because of her Savior. I love testifying of His Atonement and of His ultimate healing power. We also spent sometime with the elders looking for former investigators.. While out and about a lady started to Bible bash with us. Like most Bible bashers, she was contradicting herself the whole time. One of our elders, Elder Fauver, is super bold and opinionated. So he pulled out some scriptures and tried to make sense of what she was saying. No use. It reminded me though of the simpleness of the gospel. It all comes down to a basic foundation in Christ and with Him, we cannot fail. :) Helaman 5:12. We talked about spiritual gifts with one of our less-actives. She is such an incredible lady, I can't wait for you to meet her! Her name is Martha Cruzan. She has taught me to be humble. :) We had zone meeting on Friday. One of the things I will miss the most about being a missionary is being around other missionaries all the time. They are hilarious and there is just something special about it. :) I love it. The training was mostly on personal contacting, which I am not very good at. It's still necessary though. :) Saturday was a rough day. I was out sick for most of it. I had a massive migraine with some serious sinus pressure. I thought I was going to explode! It was a little bit better by Sunday and today I am feeling alright. :) Today we are going to go on a hike in the same place I went with Brian and Kelly.. Should be fun! :)
Two of my favorite sisters came for a sleepover (Sister Hurst, Me, Sister Bell, and Sister Williams)  :D  I made them all take a picture with me, after we were in our pj's :)


Those animal crackers go perfectly with our animal wall :D hahaha

I got a journal that matches my socks!

I am trying to just transfer "owl" my thoughts into the journal without writing them out... hahaha

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pray for us to find new people to teach! :D

I am doing so well! It was really hard to say goodbye to Sister Hyoung. She will do great things in Providence though. I am sure she will love to recieve a letter back! You rock! :) You probably can't believe most of what she says.. ;) The week was good.. It flew by! I can't believe today is already Monday again. My new companion is Sister Williams. :) She is awesome! She is from Arizona and is number two out of ten kids. I hope I am giving her wisdom. She is already really great, she is making my job easier. :) Our investigators are doing well! We are definitely looking for new people to teach. Talking to everyone. Pray for us to find new people to teach! :D

Monday: We spent the morning blueberry picking.. That was a lot of fun.. So tasty too! We ate dinner at the VanUitert's. Such a sweet family.. She decorates cakes. :)

Tuesday: We spent the day running around like maniacs so that Sister Hyoung could say goodbye to people.. She is really going to miss it here and the people are really going to miss her. The people here put their hearts into taking care of us.. It's amazing. I am so grateful to be serving in this ward!

Wednesday: We had transfers in Weston! It was weird to see so many of the sisters I came out with go home.. I have received confirmation after confirmation of why I still need to be here for another transfer. I am so grateful for that. :) Sister Williams is awesome. We are going to have a lot of fun together! She is super tall and a really good bball player. Maybe she can whip me into shape?

Thursday: We spent most of the day re-doing our whole vision for the Nashua ward with the elders. Have I ever mentioned how much I love our elders? They are the best of the best! Anyways.. Our goal is to find a family to teach this month who will be ready to accept baptism this transfer. If it is the Lord's will, we will see miracles happen. We also saw Kaitlyn.. I love that girl. She is getting started on her family history so we can get her to the temple. Woo!

Friday: We had district meeting! Every area has a new companion this transfer.. It's pretty awesome. A lot of us are going home soon, which is weird. We also had Chick-Fil-A for lunch.. Sister Williams picked it, we are going to get along great! :D

Saturday: Today was different.. We met the Portable Visitor Center sisters (Hurst and Bell) at the temple in Belmont.. They are redoing their videos for the temple display and wanted me to come and talk about our experience being sealed as a family.. I cried. :) hahah It was a lot of fun! Hopefully I wasn't too awkward.. They also took some shots of me walking around and looking up at the temple. We'll see how it turns out. I felt weird haha

Sunday: We had 9 less-actives come to church! (That's a lot) It was awesome! :D It put a smile on my face.. Later that day we came home to do studies and near the end, we both fell asleep during our closing prayers! hahaha so funny.. It was only for 10 minutes or so.. Then we were up and going. :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

So I am definitely dying in Nashua

Greetings from Nashua! :D

So I am definitely dying in Nashua.  Sister Hyoung is leaving me and heading to Providence, RI. I keep telling her that she will LOVE it there. It's awesome. :) I am going to miss Sister Hyoung so much. We have a ton of fun together.  My new companion is coming straight from the MTC! :D I get to train my last transfer! WOO! There is no better way to head out. I am so stoked. I will meet her on Wednesday.  I am kinda nervous. She better not be crazy. :) ahaha I have gotten pretty lucky on companions thus far. Our week was really good. :)

Monday: We ate dinner at the Comber's. They have such a crazy life! Always so much going on. She has 29 birds, 2 dogs, fish, a lizard, and a hamster. I love her so much. :) She is battling her second round of cancer. Which is really sad. She finds our more details about treatments and such in a few weeks. She is so strong though, nothing will stop her.

Tuesday: I can't wait for you to meet Lorrie and her family. They are hilarious! Kael is the coolest 9 year old I have ever met. Lorrie has a hard outer shell, but we are cracking it. We almost got her to tell us that she loves us! :D

Wednesday: My last zone conference. :( I hope the missionaries in Utah let me come to their zone conferences. Anyways. It was so good. :) The whole mission presidency came! We focused on the three venues of conversion. 1. our teaching appointment 2. personal study 3. church attendance. So good! We finished off the night at Denny's. We serve with the funniest elders ever!

Thursday: We taught new investigators, Omar and Tatiana. Their son, Fabian, was baptized in January. :) He is so awesome. They are trying to learn how to speak English, so we taught them how to pray in English. No better person to practice on than God, right? :) The Spirit was very strong and they are some of the most humble people I have ever met. We also have our first correlation with our new ward mission leader. He is hilarious! I am so excited to work with him. :) He is very much a get it done kind of guy, which is nice.

Friday: In the morning, President calls to extend leadership callings and what not before transfer texts later that day. Every time the phone rings that morning, you have a heart attack. We were getting ready when he called us. We were freaking out! He called Sister Hyoung to be a sister training leader and me to be a trainer. We are both wicked excited. Nervous too. :) So many people are going home this week! It's crazy! I am grateful I picked the later transfer. I feel like I still have a work to do. We also ate dinner with a recently returned missionary and his family. His mom set it up for him so he wouldn't have to bad of withdrawals.. It was fun. :)

Saturday: I spent the day in Billerica on exchanges with Sister Staley. I met a lady got to photograph Michael Jordan the one year he played baseball. The pictures are pretty cool. :) She is a super funny lady. We went over there around 11 and she told us she hadn't slept yet. I got to visit an Air force Base. Reminded me of my days out in Dugway.

Sunday: We had such a good sacrament meeting. I have been coming every week with a question in mind and it is crazy how quickly God answers me. If I am paying attention. :) I know that our Heavenly Father answers prayers, and I am oh so grateful for it. It was also my 17 month birthday. I was not so excited about this one. haha It's just weird, hasn't really sunk in yet. I also asked Sister Hyoung what message she would leave with the people of Nashua before she gets transferred. She said to me,"That Christ's grace is sufficient." How wonderful is that? His grace is sufficient. Moroni 10:32 and Ether 12:26-27

Today we went blueberry picking. :D They also had farm animals.. Which includes GOATS! WOO!

Monday, July 21, 2014

We told her that all things are possible with God

I am doing well. :) My week was great, very busy. :) Jeff and Ricky didn't show up to our appointment.. We rescheduled twice and they bailed both times. That's okay though. :) They both have a copy of the Book of Mormon. I think they are going to read it one day. They are too curious not to. 
Janice wasn't able to come to church this past week. She wasn't feeling well. :( We had an awesome lesson with her though! A less-active came with us to help teach about the Holy Ghost. She taught a good chunk of the lesson. It was epic! :D 
Everyone here is well. :) I love the people. I love volunteering with Habitat! It's so much fun! The store manager is hilarious. Transfers are next week. It is crazy to think about! I am glad I chose the later transfer. I am definitely not ready to come home yet. Here is my week. :) On some days I have to tell you everything we did. haha
Monday: We ate dinner at the Ure's. Like I said earlier, Jeff and Ricky couldn't make it. It's alright though. :) We had a fun time with their family. Their daughter, Sadie, who is 3 I think, sat by me during dinner. Every time I'd put food in my mouth she would feel my cheeks and laugh. It was so cute. :)
Tuesday: We volunteered at the Soup Kitchen. The guy I was working with kept giving people extra food. We didn't have enough for everyone by the end. :( I do have to give him credit though, he was just trying to be helpful. We also went to the MaClean's. They are so excited to meet you guys. :)
Wednesday: Crazy day! We ate breakfast at Kelly Brock's house. She makes really good, healthy food. She used Almond Milk in her pancakes, which I should have guessed, and I didn't know until I ate them. I feel like I have an allergic reaction every week! It's crazy! So I took benadryl and almost feel asleep less-active hunting with a member. Sister Hyoung let me sit in the back. :) A lot of people were home this time around, so that was nice. Then we went to see Janice. :) We taught Danny, our new investigator, with Lorrie. Lorrie is recently coming back to church and Danny is her fiance. :) We ate dinner at Sister Favey's house. She takes such good care of us! I love her.
Thursday: We weekly planned with the elders at the park. It was fun and really nice outside. :) It hasn't been too humid lately.

Friday: SUCH A GOOD DAY! We went to the temple with a family in the ward. :) They were receiving their endowments. So exciting! Their family was baptized 5 years ago or so. :) I love the temple. It was the first time, in a long time, where I got a lot out of a session. I think it's because the session wasn't until 2 o'clock and I didn't have to wake up at 4 to be there on time. :) hahaha I came with so many questions and I felt like I tried really hard to pay attention. It was a beautiful experience. :D We rode with some awesome members. It was fun to spend time with them. :)
Saturday: We woke up early to move wood with a family in the ward. It was a lot of fun. :) So nice to be outside. Then we came home and showered super quick so we could head to Habitat. Then we went to visit with Lorrie. It was a powerful discussion. A few days earlier she had mentioned she was struggling and didn't know if she could come to church anymore. We went in there to feel things out and see what we could do. Her anxiety has been pretty bad. While we were sitting on the couch in silence, I was overcome with this feeling of love for her. We told her that all things are possible with God and that He is the ONLY way to peace. Sister Hyoung shared some powerful experiences. Overall, it was just so amazing. She texted us later that day and said that she felt so much better. We can't put a cap on what God can do. :D We went and ate lunch at the Wagaman's. Hilarious family. We had a "reception" for the family I mentioned from yesterday, the Candelario's. They were sealed as a family earlier in the day! :D AWH! We didn't get to go, but they were so happy afterwards. I remember doing that. :)
Sunday: We went to go visit Sister Bonkosky. She is in a Rehab center for health problems. I always feel the Spirit so strongly when I am with her. She definitely has that gift.

I am doing well today. :) We are going to a BBQ because some of the missionaries we serve with around here are going home next week. Suckers! haha  Wouldn't it be weird if I was coming home next week? yuck. haha  :D

Monday, July 14, 2014

Gods love for us is overwhelming.

It was a really good week. :) It will never cease to amaze me how much God loves. We went to Walden Pond today in Lexington MA for our pday. We woke up at 5, left around 5:30, and arrived around 6:30. :) The elders drove us. It was so beautiful. I got in the car afterwards and my heart became full of so much gratitude. Gods love for us is overwhelming. It fills my chest and makes me smile. So this week was great. :)

Monday: We ate dinner at the Nelson's. They own goats! You better believe there will be pictures. :) They are really sweet, good people. They let us feed their goats. :) Doesn't get much better than that.
Tuesday: I got to see a family from Belmont! The Sheffield's. :) It turns out that their parents are in the ward here. So that was cool. :) We also went to the soup kitchen. We have a couple new potential investigators, Ricky and Jeff. Ricky is Pentecostal and Jeff is Baptist. We are hopefully meeting with them tonight. Pray that they don't just Bible bash with us. :) haha

Wednesday: It was a busy day! We visited Sister O'Brien for her birthday. She is a firecracker. We met with Martha Cruzan, she rides motorcycles. :) Read scriptures with Lori, she is becoming one of my good friends. Ate dinner at the Coles, they have eight kids. Met with our recent convert Louann. :) Good day!
Thursday: Nothing too exciting. We weekly planned pretty much all day long. Which was good, it will make for a good week. :)
Friday: Taught Janice the ten commandments. :) She is finally out of the hospital and finally come to church on Sunday. Yay! I can't wait for you to meet her. :)
Saturday: We started volunteering at Habitat for Humanity. It's awesome. We work the cash register, which means we get to talk with everyone. :) I love it.
Sunday: JANICE CAME TO CHURCH! We were so excited! :D Best thing ever. She enjoyed it a lot and the members were so welcoming.  Such a relief. We also started teaching Lori's fiance, Danny! :D WOO!
I can't believe Zach is 17! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HIM. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HIM. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR ZAAACCHHYYY-PPPPOOOO. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HIM. :D That's blows my stinking mind. I remember being the queen of 17 and now I am close to being 21.. AWH. :( I still picture Zach as a 14 year old. Did he get my package? I hope he likes the book. :) I didn't buy it, I found it in the lost and found and grabbed it before they threw all the stuff away. It looks really good. :) He is always gone for his birthday, huh? Scout camp would be the best birthday party ever. He will be gone and serving the Lord full time before we know it. That will be weird. I will be the best writer ever. :) haha

Walden Pond :)

The monument to Henry David Thoreau. 

He built a little cabin here and then lived in it for the reason that is on the sign :)  haha

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Lord is hastening His work and He loves me! I can feel it! :D

My week was swell. :) CRAZY! I have some good stuff for you this time. :) The Lord is hastening His work and He loves me! I can feel it! :D The 4th was wonderful. Lots of fun. It rained all day, down pour. It is WARM. Definitely not as bad as last year, so I am counting my blessings. :)
Monday: We ate dinner at the Candelario's. They are a hilarious family.. They are planning on going to the temple this month to be sealed as a family. :D
Tuesday: We had a webex in the mission. We found out that we now have to teach L5 in PMG before someone can be baptized.. It is also our responsibility to make sure all the new member lessons are taught.. :)
Wednesday: We met with our investigator Kaitlyn. She had a baptismal date for July 4th, and then she dropped it. So we met with her to see what's up and continue the lessons. We watched the Mormon message about courage and then talked about Moses and the brass serpent. She said that she knew why she was having this lesson and that she needs to be baptized in two days because that is the date that God gave her. So we pulled together a baptismal service, got permission for it to be in a pool, and finished teaching all the stuff she had to know before she is baptized. :D It we wicked!
Thursday: Kaitlyn got her interview and PASSED! We also met with our investigator, Kevin. I love Kevin. He is HILARIOUS. He reminds me of Zach in a lot of ways.. We taught him about Christ's life and it went really well. He is working on "feeling" the Spirit, not just connecting with the gospel intellectually. How do you feel it?
Friday: We had zone meeting, which was good. Kaitlyn was baptized! In a pool! Outside! During a tropical storm! It was one of the most spiritual experiences on my mission. She is amazing. :) Then we went to a members home and hung out with our entire ward. We played frisbee in the rain. :D It was so much fun..
Saturday: We spent sometime at the MaClean's. I can't wait for you guys to meet them! :D I love them so much. Then we went and watched fireworks at a church in Nashua. There were so many people. We gave the glowsticks you sent me to some of the kids there. :) They loved them.
Sunday: Oh man. Sunday. So we went to our church and then drove to the singles ward to watch Kaitlyn get confirmed. It was wonderful. :) Except for the fact that they used oatNUT bread for the sacrament. I thought it was an interesting choice. hahah I had to take benadryl, which made me super sleepy. We had a full day ahead of us too, we wouldn't be able to go home to sleep it off. We went to see Janice and ate dinner at Lori and Anna's. :) It was such a good day despite the tiredness.
Monday: Today is Matt's birthday! It's almost Zach's birthday! Everyone is growing up so fast! :) I get to go and see goats tonight! :D WOOOOO!

Janice! :D We went and visited her on the 4th - she was stuck in the hospital

That's Kaitlyn :)  Her boyfriend is on the right of me.  He baptized her :)  The elders in the singles ward are next to Sister Hyoung.  She was baptized in that pool!

A lady walked up to us today in Savers and handed us 20 bucks and said "Go get some lunch."  AWH!  So we did!  Chick-fil-a anyone?  :D

Monday, June 30, 2014

Missionary life is just dandy :)

Missionary life is just dandy. :) I am happy and well. We have been busy, busy, busy. Can you believe it's almost the 4th of July? I remember last year around this time.  I was hanging out in Central Falls. :)  I love that place so much and I can't wait to go and visit it soon! You will LOVE the people there! Alright here are the highlights. :)

Monday: Sister Hyoung's birthday! It was such a good day. The members love her so much. :) Our dinner appointment called her mom and asked how to make her favorite Korean food. It was really good! I did eat some of the Korean food. Most of their food is stuff on rice. :) I like putting stuff on rice. :) hahaha

Tuesday: This was a really fun day.. So I'll tell you about most of it. :) We started off at the soup kitchen, which is always fun.. The people who come through are so humble and sweet. Then we taught our investigator Kaitlyn at the Marks home. We saw the Marks 4 times that day! hahahaha We visited Sister O'Brien who just had knee surgery. She is blind and so she is bored out of her mind.. I'll have to tell you her love story when I get home. :)

Wednesday: We ate dinner at the Noel's. They have a tradition with the missionaries in which they always have us play a game of foosball before we leave. :) Of course we always lose, but we scored two points this time! They are also awesome missionaries and are having some really cool experiences.

Thursday: We weekly planned with our elders, which is always fun. They baked Sister Hyoung a cake and gave her cheese-its. :) We got to feed ourselves dinner for the first time in a long time and I ate rice with soy sauce.. YUMMY :D some things never change..

Friday: We went and saw Janice, our investigator, in the hospital.. She is doing alright now. :) Julia Larsen, one of the youth, came with us. :) It was awesome. She is so cute. Janice has a baptismal date for July 27th and now she just has to stay out of the hospital long enough to come to church! I love her.

Saturday: Oh this day was hilarious. The elders were out walking to an appointment when they met a lady named Pauline. She was talking to herself and obviously has some issues, but the elders thought it would be funny if they contacted her and gave us her information. So they did and we met with her. :) We weren't allowed in her house because "they" are killing all her Americans. So she brought her cat out with her and wouldn't shake our hands because it's dangerous to do that now a days. We brought Ruben and Lori with us. :) They are hilarious. It was fun. Special. :) I also go and awesome package! :D You are the best momma! Thank you so much! I love the butterflies. hahahaha We are going to a BBQ on Friday we can pass them out at and you better believe we will rock a few! :D haha

Sunday: RUBEN AND KAEL GOT BAPTIZED! Woo! That was exciting. I am proud of both of them. You are going to love meeting that family. I can't describe them. :) You just have to meet them.

There is a HUGE ward BBQ that day we are going to hang out at.. Hopefully it's not as hot as last year. :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

It's what I would call a "pizza week"

BLESSINGS! :D Have I ever told you how much I love this gospel!? Well, I do. :) It's the best. 
My week was really good. It's what I would call a "pizza week." There has been this pattern on my mission where we won't have pizza for months, then I'll start to crave it, and then we get it for dinner for at least 5 days in a row. hahaha It's awesome.. :) I think this is the 4th time it's happened on my mission. The important things.. :) 
The work is continuing to hasten. Quickly. :) We are always so busy. Good problem to have, eh? So here is the week. :) Oh wait. I actually forgot my planner because today is a new transfer. I am going to try really hard to remember what went on, it all blurs together. :) hahaha
Monday: Ate dinner at the Blanchette's. Start of the pizza week. :) I also got to eat some cheetos. So life is good. :) hahaha
Tuesday: We met some new investigators, Florence and Paul. Paul is an old pastor and is less inclined to listen, but he tells great stories. Florence is a sweetheart trying to decide which church she wants to be part of. They are engaged and so funny. 

Wednesday: Our mini missionary came. She is one of the youth from Norwich. :D Imagine my excitement. Her name is Brooklyn Brown and her family are one of the families I didn't get to say goodbye to before I left Norwich. There was much rejoicing. :)
Thursday: We met our new Elder! Elder Shepherd headed to Boston and we got Elder Batts! He was my district leader while I was in Norwich and now he is my zone leader. He is awesome! Serving with him will be fun. We also had and AWESOME weekly planning session.
Friday: We got to visit Janice. :) We happened to show up in the middle of a "crisis." She was having troubles finding rides to the doctors. She was crying on the phone when we knocked on the door. She said a prayer with us and it was answered in two different ways not even 10 minutes later! Heavenly Father loves us! :D She got a call and now has rides set up and back up in case those don't end up working out. We made a list of all the things she loves about herself and what we love about her. Very much a sister missionary thing to do. :)

Saturday: We had our musical fireside, "The Song of the Heart." Brooklyn and I went personal contacting, inviting people to the performance while Sister Hyoung practiced. She had a companion, don't worry. :) Nobody that we invited came, but we had fun doing it. Good experience for Brooklyn. I also got to help set up the Portable Visitor Center. :) Sister Bell and Sister Hurst are the ones who run it now, so I got to spend time with them. I love those sisters! We had 17 non-members come! :D That is HUGE! Now, as Elder Ballard said, we must follow up! :D

Sunday: We spent some time with Lori and Ana (mom, grandma, and sister of Ruben and Kael). They are SO funny. We always leave with things to quote from what they say. I love them. We are creating a very precious relationship with them. I am so proud of the steps they are making.
Today is Sister Hyoung's birthday! :D She is 20!

I am going to be a wreck the last week of my mission. I only have two transfers left starting today! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

We watched the Testaments for pday :)  Well, watched/slept through the Testaments

Sister Favey made this cake for Sister Hyoung

Brooklyn (our mini-missionary) bought herself a smore kit :)  Funny girl!

Sister Hyoung, Sister Brown and Me :)

Cutest cupcake ever!
Dinner at Sister Favey's

You did it again Elder Holland!

That would be our district leader and his companion :)  The one with dark hair is our dl

Monday, June 16, 2014

We are teaching and the Lord is sending His blessings :)

It is transfer week. I only have two more transfers left! 13 weeks! Can you believe that? AHHHHHHH. I am not sure how I feel about all of it.. I try not to think about it too much. :) Sister Hyoung and I are staying together. I would have gone less-active if President switched us.. (Just kidding). 
My last week was really good. We are so busy. I think this is the busiest I have ever been on my mission.. We have things to do all day long, good productive things. We are teaching and the Lord is sending His blessings. :) It's hard to type up all that has happened and all that we've done. I try to give highlights. But sometimes there are just too many. :) hahah So here are a few. I am going to try and write a miracle or good thing from everyday. :)

Monday: Well obviously, Brian and Kelly came to visit.. Oh how I love them. I feel so comfortable and happy when I am with them. Avery is such a cute little girl and so adventurous! I was impressed by all the things she was willing to crawl on and do. Kason is a stud muffin! He has the cutest hair cut. :)

Tuesday: We taught our investigator Janice about the Atonement. She is so stinking cute! I will have to try and get a picture of her for you guys.. She has been very prepared to heart the gospel. When I am teaching people about the Atonement, it reminds me of why I am here.. She has lived her life without hope and forgiveness.. Now, she is figuring it out. :) I love her.

Wednesday: We went less-active hunting with a member in the ward.. Afterwards she took us to eat Indian food.. I like Indian food! WHAT!? I ate so much though.. I felt awful afterwards.. We also saw the MaClean's.. They just make me so happy.

Thursday: So have are teaching two people named Ruben and Kael. They were introduced to the church through their family members (who are less-active). The elders are leading the teaching with the two boys, but we get to spend time with Lori and Ana.. Ruben's mom and sister. :) Kael's mom and grandma.. It is awesome! They are making such huge changes in their lives.. It's overwhelming to describe how much I love them.. It's a lot. :)

Friday: We had a scripture study with Sister Favey. We rent our apartment from her. :) She is a wonderful lady.. She is always leaving surprises for us in our apartment..

Saturday: We helped a less-active clean out the apartment she is trying to rent.. I steamed floors. :) It was fun.. We also saw our recent convert, Louann. She is going to help us teach Janice! It is going to be epic!

Sunday: Bill and Kelly were confirmed members of the church.. They are SO happy. They got good news that their granddaughter is going to be living with them (she's 10) and she will be coming to church with them. She is a cute little girl.

Today: We went and had a dance party in Hollister with our elders. :D Well more like we watched them dance..

All of my friends are leaving in the next few transfers! Elders Moser, Watson, and Cooney go home on Friday.. It's so weird! I love the missionaries in the MBM. No better place. :) 
Church yesterday was wonderful. I have always had a hard time getting into church. I have always looked at it as a long three hours with lots of distractions. Yesterday was different for me though. I decided I was going to prepare myself beforehand. I prayed and came with questions. I got so much out of the meeting and felt like the Spirit was so strong! IT WAS GREAT! 
Today is the perfect day. It's going to get really hot this week though. I am just grateful to have been kept from the humidity for this long. Blessings! :)

Scariest geese ever!!

The Larsens from the ward