Missionary Monday: Sister H. in North Carolina!

Dear Family,  I am doing really good!!! My first area is North Carolina.
Sister S. my trainer, is awesome, she is from Utah, she plays basketball and lacrosse, she has been out 10 months and this is her second time training. She is pure awesome.

The landscape here… there is no horizon because the mountains our view is mostly always trees. There are a lot of winding back roads, but it is beautiful! the leaves are starting to change colors. The people are mostly nice, even if they don’t want to talk to you. I have already had a good experience with rejection on the door step.

We are teaching some cute kids right now, they are a part member family. They are 8 and 9, and super cute. Their baptism date is planned for oct 22nd, so hopefully that will happen.

Tracting here is so different, the houses are not close to each other. Most of the time we drive to the bottom of a hill, hike to the top where there are three houses, hike back down then drive to another hill and hike up it to three or so houses, hike back down and continue the routine. We mostly get to the top and are kindly told they are baptist and not interested. Then we head off the hill and I make up some song about just wanting to give out a Book of Mormon or trying to get into houses.

The work is good 🙂

I AM HAPPY

LOVE YOU!

***Sister H.

Missionary Monday: Elder F. in Ghana!

One of my favorite artists back in the U.S. said “I’ve achieved a lot in life, but what’s a lot with more to gain” and “I’ve been patient, never complacent”. This past week I talked to some of the return missionaries here in this area, and they have really helped me gain a better perspective on life and on missionary work. A lot of times in life I think we see things through narrow vision. We set our sights too low. We get caught up on small things. I see it happening to myself all the time. One of the most dangerous things that can happen to us is getting stuck on our successes. It is good to celebrate, but we should always be looking to expand and work harder. We should be patient, but never complacent. I am a firm believer that the adversary uses laziness and stagnation to deter us from our heavenly course. Don’t let him get the best of you.

The work here in this area is progressing well. Brother I. will hopefully be baptized this week. We are meeting new people all the time. One of the coolest things ever happened this week. Elder D. and I started teaching someone who Elder A. decided to drop from our teaching pool. We began teaching him and reminding him of the wonderful things he felt when he was taught the first time. In a lesson we taught him about the Holy Ghost and baptism, Elder D. felt prompted to do something really powerful. He looked at this brother and said “I want you to be silent for 60 seconds. All of us will be quiet and I really want you to focus on how you feel. I know that you will feel the Holy Ghost. When the 60 seconds is up, tell me how you feel.” We all went quiet. 5 seconds later, he exclaimed “I know that this is the truth!”  It was so amazing to see him find the truth so boldly and instantly. He is a man of great faith. He came to church on Sunday and I know he will progress well.

Life is great. We got water back. I am learning how to cook all sorts of great Ghanaian dishes. People here loooove cassava and plantain. They use it in almost everything. They also love pepper, which is alright with me! The soil in Ghana is very fertile, so a lot of people have farms, where they grow all their cassava and plantain. Ha. It is one of the most popular professions. People here are also super good with their hands. Seeing a Ghanaian in the kitchen will blow you away! The people here are absolutely amazing. I will send a video of me pounding fufu very soon. I am learning new things every single day and trying hard to become like a Ghanaian!

Have a great week everyone. Stay blessed.

-Elder F.

Missionary Monday: Soeur S. in France!

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Je sais qu’il vit, mon Rédempteur! – 28 mars 2016

What a glorious spring day after a beautiful day of celebrating the resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ. Though we should remember Christ’s Atonement and Resurrection everyday, I find it joyous to celebrate it on a specific Sunday as well.

It was another great week in the N. A week well invested and enjoyed. As always, there were highs and lows, miracles and tragedies, and so many blessings.

As I am sure everyone is informed, more so than us probably, of the missionaries from this mission who were injured in the Bruxelles attack, I don’t need to write much. However, I am simply grateful for each one of them, their service, their examples to me throughout their missions, and their attitudes and courage through this time. I know each of them, Elder Norby and Elder Wells more than Soeur Clain and Elder Empey, but each of them have taught me something and I am glad to know they were protected and kept alive. I never thought I would experience 3 major terrorist attacks on my mission and be so close to it all, but it has been such a learning experience and testimony to me that God watches over and comforts His servants.

I have gained a better glimpse of how badly this world needs the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It is truly by studying and living the teachings and following the example of He who was perfect. To finish my work in France with Easter has been such a blessing, especially following the events of the week. I know that this life is not the end. I know that Jesus Christ suffered and died for us just as I know that He lives for us. He lives! He has been resurrected and He lives today! What great joy and hope I have because of Him.

I cannot express in words how grateful I am to have been given the honor, privilege, and responsibility to share the restored gospel with the people in France for the past 18 months. It has been absolutely incredible. Words simply cannot convey what it has been like to serve in this mission. I know that this is the work of God. The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true and living church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth today. It was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith by the priesthood authority of God. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is true and it is real. The power from reading, studying, and applying it is real. I know that God has a plan and it is a plan of happiness, eternal and everlasting joy. It is in knowing this plan and doing the best one can to live the gospel by faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and finally enduring to the end, that we may achieve true happiness in this life and in the life to come.

Jesus Christ lives. He is our savior. He is the Son of God. His Atonement is real.

I love my savior and I love being a missionary. I have been bracing myself for the retour but I know that I don’t have to stop being a missionary once I am released and remove my plaque. This work needs everyone, member and missionary, every single person to being doing missionary work. It is the most important work. Inviting others unto Christ. Living the gospel daily, helping others know Christ through our actions and words, inviting them to partake of the joyous and delicious fruit of the gospel. It’s what it’s all about.

Je vous aime tous. Merci pour votre soutien et amour. Vous êtes les meilleurs.

À jeudi,

Sœur S

Missionary Monday: Elder H. in West Virginia!

I’m being transferred to a new city, as a District Leader! I leave tomorrow. The last 3 days we have been with out our car because someone tried to break into it and damaged the door. So we have been walking a lot! So the last couple of days have been slower than others. But good none the less. I’ve been saying some goodbyes to investigators and members that I truly have come to love and It has given us a good excuse to let us go teach other people right away, so that been nice. It’s still pretty nice here, the colors are starting to come in so that’s been really beautiful to see.
-love Elder H.

Missionary Monday: Sister F. in Finland!

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Well, Family.

You did it!
You made it through my mission.
This Sunday I was talking to a man in our ward and he said
“Your family is excited to see you.
They’ve been waiting around for you for a year and a half,
they are ready to have you home.”
That’s when I really realized…
This mission has been hard, sad, long, fast, short, happy, and great for you, too,
just as it has been for me.
You’ve just been living it with me from a different perspective.
So. I thank you for sticking with me through it all.
This last week was a good one.
Heavenly Father has been absolutely pouring out the blessings on me.
The hardest day was definitely Sunday
because it was my last time seeing the ward.
We had already sat down in the chapel when the little girl of one of my favorite families came over and said “Sister F! It’s your last Sunday!”
So then I had the special treat of getting to sit next to her for sacrament meeting
which never happens because she gets a little distracted by the missionaries.
It was one of the sweetest experiences I have had on my mission.
We started the opening hymn and try as I might,
I couldn’t hold back my tears as I realized it was one of the last times I will hear a hymn sung in Finnish in sacrament meeting.
I quietly cried through the beautiful sacrament prayers as well.
I will miss that. I will miss those prayers.
After the sacrament ended, the little girl looked up at me with her sweet face and said “Sister F, it’s okay to be sad. I love you.”
Throughout the whole rest of the meeting she would look up at me and whisper little things to me.
“Sister F, you’ll have happy times!”
“Sister F, I will miss you.”
“That’s what happens when you get used to a place, they move you right out!”
I can’t wait to show you pictures and tell you all about her and her family.
She and I shared a few tears that day.
This ward here is absolutely incredible.
They had me give the first testimony of the meeting and I got my first greeting sentence out and then I had to pray that Heavenly Father would help me speak because my heart hurt almost too much to say any words.
At the end of church they sang God Be With You Til We Meet Again
and all the Young Women came and said bye to me..
It was super sad. But I am so grateful to have been in this ward for five months and to have gotten so close to the people here.
I love my mission so much.
Getting on that plane will rip my heart out, but I know this isn’t the end.
I’ll bring Finland with me wherever I go.
This mission has given me a rock-solid foundation upon which I can build and rely
and I know it will never crack or disappear.
The greatest gift I have ever been given in my life is this mission.
And I look forward to being able to share it with each of you.
God lives. He is real.
He has never been so real to me as He is now.
I love Him, and I trust Him.
And I thank Him for this precious, precious gift.
I don’t think I can type much more because at this point I can’t really see the screen through my tears. My mission has definitely made me super cry-y.
I will see you in soon.
And I promise that as hard as it is to leave Finland,
I really am sincerely excited to see each of you.
I just have to leave something I love so dearly
to come home to something else I love so much, too.
See you on the other side of the Finnish line.
We’ll have “happy times!”
Rakkaudellani,
Sisar F.

Missionary Monday: Sister S. in Missouri!

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I love the peace that you can find in the temple! It almost brings me to tears of joy. It also is so nice to see so many friends and friendly faces! This week was great!
And there was also a special surprise. Elder and Sister Holland and their family came to the Liberty Jail around 8am on July 16th. We got a call around 9 from Sister G. telling us that he was here and he wanted to greet us! Sister S. and I headed over as quickly as we could. Smiling face with smiling eyes We all stood in a line at the front. When they were finished in the rotunda, we were able to meet the family. Elder Holland wanted to shake all of our hands, but he apologized for being in his pday clothes (a blue checkered button up shirt, blue pants, and sandals.) He kept reaching for his unbuttoned collar, you could tell he preferred to do this in a suit. He shook all our hands, Sister S. and I were last. When he shook my hand he said, “Where did you get your hair?! Flaming, just flaming!”Smiling face with smiling eyes Sister Holland also gave us all hugs, she was just so sweet, and she also admired my hair! Smiling face with smiling eyesWhen they were about to leave he decided that he wanted to take a picture with us, usually he doesn’t do that unless he is in a suit, so, to hide the fact that he wasn’t properly dressed he said he would stand behind us. He said that they had to take a picture with these beautiful Sisters. Wow, what a neat and special experience! It was an answer to my prayer,”Heavenly Father, if Elder Holland comes, all I want is to be able to shake his hand. That would mean so much to me.” Smiling face with smiling eyes
Also this week I received a revelation that I thought I would share! While I was in the second narration I received some revelation. There was a group that had just come from the Navoo pageant I was reminded of all those who come to protest at things like that. All the anti and all the bashing, etc.. As I was there in the second narration, where Joseph and the other prisoners were brought to the jail, It really solidified the fact that truth will always be opposed. (There was a huge group of people who had gathered to see these “monster like” men. As Joseph was entering the jail he turned to the crowd and said, “Good afternoon gentleman.”) I have thought about that in the second narration before, but it never hit me quite like that before. As I shared what stood out to me, more came. Truth will always be opposed, we are seeing evidence of that all over. We will be asked to stand up for those truths that we hold dear. As we do that we can, and should, respond like Joseph. We should respond with kindness, love, and compassion; we should respond like our Savior. We can and should be Christ-like. D&C 123:17 “Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.” Our investigator really wants to be baptized! We are just trying to work out a few details so that we can have him on a specific date. He asked our bishop if he would perform the ordinance! We also are trying to see if we can still teach them because they are moving to another town. Fingers crossed!

Well I love you all so much! I know that the Church is true! I Know that our Savior lives, and I love getting to share that testimony on a daily basis. This really is the best thing I could have done. I am so grateful that I followed the spirit and came  on a mission. The Lord really has blessed me so much! I love you all!!!
Mucho Love! Smiling face with smiling eyes Sister S.

Missionary Monday: Sister H. in Arizona!

Hola everyone!
This last week was transfers. And I was transferred. I was so sad to go because I love my last area and everyone there but I felt really calm and at peace with transfers. I knew that everything would be okay.
Tuesday night I am all packed and ready to go for transfers the next day. That night I had a dream. It was a short dream but I couldn’t get it out of my head. In my dream I walked up to a man, I reached out my hand to shake his and said, “We are the missionaries for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.”…..in Spanish.
The next day Sister C. and I go to transfers and we are all sitting there listening to President speak and then he says time for transfer business. I felt so calm. Normally I am a nervous wreck but I felt so calm and at peace. He starts off with our zone. He goes through each missionary.. but he doesn’t call out Sister C.’s name. so weird. We both look at each other like what just happened, did he forget? What was running through my mind was oh my goodness did he decide to change last minute and keep us together?! but then he calls out another zone. “Sister H., SPANISH speaking with.. Sister W.”
My jaw dropped and I looked at him like, is this real? I walk over to Sister W. who I don’t know at all haha and give her hug. She asks me, “Do you speak Spanish?” And I say back, “Uhh…pequito!” All the missionaries were flippin out because I was now Spanish speaking! It was crazy! President continues with transfers and at the end we tell him uhh you didn’t call out Sister C.’s name. haha he accidentally skipped over her name. She is with another Sister, she goes home this transfer and is from Utah.
I just want to bear my testimony that God knows us! When I found out I was being transferred I was upset and sad. Why is this happening?, is what I would say. But the minute I stepped into this area it is loud and clear to me that I need to be here. I am not fluent in Spanish but I am learning and it is AMAZING how quickly I am picking it up. It doesn’t matter to me if I am here for one transfer or until September when I go home. Because right now in this very moment this is where I need to be. God knows everything and he will put me where I am needed. I am grateful for this opportunity to teach in Spanish but most especially to be a missionary. My life is forever changed because of these past 14 months! 🙂
I love you all! <3
Sister… achem.. I mean Hermana H. 🙂

Missionary Monday: Sister F. in Finland!

June 2, 2015

This whole transfer has been super solid,

and I can’t believe we are already a month into it.

It feels like just yesterday my companion and I were dragging my bags to this area,

and now she and I are about as close and close gets.

I am super blessed to have her as my companion and every single day I am completely in awe

at just how much we learn and progress every single day.
That is something so incredible about a mission..
You learn and grow so quickly and positively.
The days are getting longer and longer,
I am in love with Finnish summers. The sun sets at about…..midnight I assume.
And when we wake up at 6:15 the sun is already risen into the blue sky with massive clouds as far as the eye can see.
Also. We sleep on the parveke every single night.
I really want a parveke at some point in my life.
It’s nice because we are surrounded by glass so it is enclosed,
but we still get fresh summer air.
And thankfully missionary work is exhausting enough that it doesn’t really matter if it is light outside or not, we still sleep deeply haha.
I am so grateful for my mission, and for how everything has gone so far.
I am thankful for the understanding and love God has given me,
and for how different of a perspective I now have on life, and happiness, and success.
And I am thankful I still have more time in Finland.
This mission is the most sacred part of my life, and I hope to able to really suck the marrow out of life for these last few months.
One thing I love about missions is they take away everything you thought you needed to be happy.
You don’t have your phone, or movies, or social media, or your friends, or anything.
Everything that seems “essential” for life nowdays….
All of it is taken from you on a mission.
And the magic of it all is that you see how much happier you are…WITHOUT all of it.
There is a quote President Uchtdorf uses from The Little Prince.
It says:
“One sees clearly only with the heart.
Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
There is so much truth in this. I think it is one of my all-time favorite quotes.
You can’t see God’s love, or any love really.
But it is essential to life.
You can’t see the Spirit, you can’t see your testimony.
But they are essential.
I saw a blind man on the metro the other day and thought about how useless a smart phone would be to him. And then I thought..
Huh. I want to live my life physically blind.
I want to live my life in a way that the things I see don’t matter and don’t control me.
But I want to see things with my heart, more clearly.
Kuitenkin….enough with deep rants.
I love you all and hope you are doing well.
Oh and HYVÄÄ KESÄÄ!!!!
Rakkaudellani,
Sisar F.

Missionary Monday: Elder H. in Texas!

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So I am loving this area!! The City is built around a university and its got lots of hills and trees. My comps name is Elder C. and he is a stud! He loves to talk to people so its nice to not always have to be the one pushing to go out and do the work. I have a great zone here! Our branch president told us that he was really concerned about a part member family that lives on the bank or the river. with all the rain the last few weeks there has been a lot of flooding in many of the areas around! and there is a wall of water coming and will get here around Friday which will raise the river another 5 to 6 feet. when we went to go see them the road was flooded with about 4 feet of water so there was no way that we could drive in. we were given a bag of potatoes and some other garden veggies and not sure what their condition was like we waded about 100 yards through 4 feet of water then walked a little over a mile to their house. the husband of the family was blown away to see us walking down the road. they have been stuck out there for 2 weeks. we did what we could to get his stuff on higher ground but there is only so much you can do with that amount of water. pray for them. they will be safe but their home and property could get washed away.

Life is good and I’m loving the work here

-Love Elder H.

Missionary Monday!

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Don’t you just love seeing the missionaries walking along the side of the road?

In this picture you will see our missionaries. They are awesome and I love them. I love all the missionaries. When you see two young men or two beautiful young ladies, working and serving in a neighborhood near you, they may be them.  If they have black name tags on, placed carefully on their left chest over their heart, that says Elder ____ , or Sister _____, that’s them for sure. You may also notice that the name tag says,

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Listen to them. They are very special and have a wonderful message.

I have decided to share some of the wonderful missionary experiences that the missionaries we know, and love are having as they serve their missions…so, every Monday from now on will be

Missionary Monday!