Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mission Log: 28 October 2013

Today is the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. I know that it was a really devastating event, oh how much I know about the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, but thinking about this day last year just sends me into a fit of giggles. Last year I was in a small apartment with 5 of my greatest friends. We were attempting to make frozen pizzas with no stove. We were playing random family reunion games to keep ourselves distracted from the fact that we couldn’t go out and teach the gospel. We were struggling with the most disgusting of plumbing issues as the bathtub kept filling up with “poo water.” I had just broken our brand new phone. We had no gas. Everything was going not according to plan and there was nothing to do but just enjoy the ride and laugh, and I still laugh when I think about it.
I am mostly impressed by how much I have felt in just a years’ time. I am amazed at how much I have learned to love. I am grateful for difficult moments, moments when I was certain the emotional pain alone was enough to kill me. I am grateful for the chances I have had to come to know my Savior better and to appreciate the atonement. I am grateful for the power and guidance I receive as I depend on him. There are still so many things I need to work on, but I know that if I am humble enough to accept that I can’t do it alone that I will be blessed to see the hand of the Lord in my life. I love the gospel. I love my Savior. I love teaching the gospel and feeling the truth of it myself. Life is so good.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Mission Log: 21 October 2013

Faith is a principle of power. I think most of us forget that too easily. If we have faith, if we really believe that God loves and wants to help us, if we really believe that Christ is the Savior and has power to uplift and guide us then our actions change. We realize we can do things beyond our own capabilities. I want to cultivate greater faith and watch as miracles happen, because they will.
Have a great week all.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Mission Log: 14 October 2013

We went crabbing again!

  the district
we took the train to the temple. it was the first time any of them rode the train. they hated the train :)
Something that I have come to appreciate is the joy that comes from repentance. I spend most of my days with people who have to make big and often difficult changes to put their lives in harmony with God’s commandments. I watch them struggle. I pray from them. We talk and read the scriptures together. They are my friends, more like my family really. This week was one of rejoicing. I listened as my friends told me of the great peace they feel personally and in their families. I listened to their stories of gratitude for the changes they have made and the blessings they have seen as a result. Christ asks us to trust him and repent because he wants us to have joy. I am so grateful to may Savior for making all good things possible for me and for the people that I love. And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me! (Doctrine and Covenants 18: 15&16)
Have a great week!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mission Log: 7 October 2013

These are all the girls I get to go on exchanges with and love to death!

This is Sister Clark...i LOVE her
I don't really know what I was doing here...celebrating my birthday most likely!
I just had the best weekend EVER! I love listening to prophets and apostles testify of Jesus Christ and give instruction on how to follow him and apply our teachings in our own lives. I hope everyone had a chance to see at least some of it. If not, you can still check in out online: http://www.lds.org/general-conference/sessions/2013/10?cid=HPFR100413105&lang=eng
The truth is that the gospel is designed to help us be happy. Sometimes we have to make changes, and sometimes we have to experience difficulty but if we will just depend on the Savior, exercise faith in him and repent we can be freed from our burdens. He offers us hope, the greatest hope of all is that we can return to our Heavenly Father and live with him and our families in peace FOREVER! It is a blessing that our Heavenly Father really, really wants to give us. That’s why he gives us commandments, and that is why he reminds us over and over that we must do what is right. He wants to see us happy, drenched in joy.
I hope you have a great week. I don’t have the time I need to tell you all the glorious stories of mine. Sometime we’ll sit around a fire with some hot chocolate and I’ll tell you all about it ;)
Love yous!

Mission Log: 29 Sept. 2013

The branch!

Birthday cake #1, really early in the morning.
The english sisters, me (in the tiara, classic birthday), and Sister Kranewitter!

The bought me TINKER BELL balloons!

This weekend is general conference. I hope everyone is as excited as I am! We get to hear from a living prophet and apostles as they share with us the things that God wants us to know so that we can be happy and successful. We will learn the things we need to do to protect our families from temptations and how to endure trials. We will receive guidance. We will better understand the scriptures. We will learn how to use the atonement of Jesus Christ more fully in our lives. We will feel the love of God. This is the greatest weekend of fall, and I am pumped!
The more I work with people the more I realize that we all have questions. We all want to know our Heavenly Father better. We all need direction in life. If you will watch general conference and pray that you can receive answers to your questions I know they will come.
In the relief society general broadcast on Saturday night I came with a question on I got a clear answer. Sometimes I make comparisons that rob me from joy, I wanted to know how I can be more happy. As I listened one of the speakers suggested that when we are being self-critical we should ask ourselves “is this how Heavenly Father wants me to feel?” I instantly realized that I am a little hyper and sometimes I hold myself to ridiculous standards of excellence and then beat myself up for not accomplishing them. That’s not what Heavenly Father wants for me. I know that as I focus on the feelings of peace, love, and comfort that he promises me in the scriptures that it will be easier to be happy.
See, easy right. Ask questions. Open our hearts. Receive answers.
Watch General Conference, you won’t regret it.
Love yous,

Mission Log: 23 September 2013

 Jersey is everything beautiful!
I look like wednesday adamms

It’s September! The greatest month of the whole year! The weather is perfect. The trees are beautiful. And this little girl has a birthday THIS WEEK! All is happy in the world.
Sometimes being a missionary means I have to do hard things…really hard things. BUT we can do hard things. Actually, we were created to do hard things. We were created for greatness. We were created to have joy. We were created to learn to enjoy things the way God enjoys them. It’s funny how the great and the wonderful are pretty much always accompanied by the difficult. In times like that I think of the Savior, the greatest of all. His great struggle as he performed the atonement. He experienced every difficult thing so that we could have all joy and all hope. When hard things come up remember that you’re not alone. Pray and call down the powers of heaven to help you. Never give up, never surrender.
“Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come.” (Doctrine and Covenants 68:6)

Mission Log: 16 Sept 2013

The young women made us treats. Sister Morrison came out with me.

I just adore these two. Sister Dorneles and Sister Schultz. They let me be their companion for 2 days in New Brunswick
This elder is so tall...it's ridiculous! 6.9 and not even the tallest in his family. I don't know where they shop for anything!

This was the weirdest week. I was only in my area for 2.5 days. And I got sick so I’m all sorts of hazy and confused.
This I do know.  This week I felt the Spirit. This week I grew in my testimony that Christ is my Savior and that he can heal me from all things both physical and spiritual. I know that I am a growing, learning thing. I was meant to change and improve each day…and I do. I know that the scriptures hold answers to the questions that weigh heavy on our hearts and that if we read with sincerity and faith those answers will never be hid from us.
I know that we can each grow and change each week if we put some effort into it, and we will find joy as we do.
Love yous

Mission Log: 9 Sept. 2013


He's the greatest and we love him!

I love a quote by Thomas S. Monson, “decisions determine destiny.” I love it because it is true. Life will always be crazy. There will always be situations, people, or occurrences that invite us to feel negatively. That’s life. The important realization is that we are not objects. You are not a rock, you’re a person. You and I are acting things and with a simple decision to be happy or to change or to improve we can change our circumstances. Our fate is not determined by outside factors, we determine what happens in our lives and how we feel about it.
In the Book of Mormon a prophet, Lehi, teaches this idea to his sons. He says, “And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon… Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself.” (2 Nephi 2:14 &16)
I’m so grateful for the freedom to choose. I hope you are too. Now, let’s all choose to be happy. Let’s choose to love and serve others. Let’s choose to see the miracles that our in our lives each day. When we do our worlds change from being dreary and frustrating to everything wonderful!
Love you!

Mission Log: 3 Sept 2013

We saw a toad in the road and I made Sister Stevens get in a picture with it.
Meet Carlos
It’s September. It’s easily the most beautiful, wonderful month of the whole year. I love it. It is such an honor to have my birthday in such a fantastic month. Realizing how fast this year has gone by has made me want to appreciate moments more fully.
Something I am learning about my life is that it is so easy to feel nostalgia for the past or excitement for the future, but it is sometimes so difficult to be content with the right now. The funny thing is that before I got here I was looking forward to being here (wherever “here” happens to be at the time) and after I leave here I know that I will look back with fond memories and miss it. To quote Mama Santos “be happy while you’re here ‘cause there’s no here there.” She’s very wise.  God wants us to be happy, right now. He is willing to help us to be happy, we just have to choose it.
If we choose to see the many miracles Heavenly Father has blessed us with TODAY I know we will be more grateful and happier. Today I am grateful for fall colors, Chinese buffets, and SPANISH!
Have a great day.