My Mission

Hello my name is Sister Kaylee Trapane, and I have been called to serve in the New York Utica Mission for 18 months. I am so excited to be able to serve the Lord! I’ve set up this blog to keep you up to date while I am on my mission.

Skyping on Christmas

There’s a log of planning that goes on to Skype as a missionary. I had to contact my family the p day before
Mother’s Day (It was the first Skype call I had on my mission), see when they are available and see if it matched with my schedule. Then, in my case anyway, My companion and I had to find a member who was willing to let you borrow their computer/phone/any other communication device at their house (usually this wasn’t that hard) AND everyone’s schedule needs to match! By the time I sit down to Skype, I had no idea what to talk about!

So here are some tips I created to help and ensure that you have a great Skype time with your family or missionary.

Ask Questions

One of the best ways to start and keep a conversation rolling is questions. This is great advice…Except, for most of us, out minds go blank during moments that seldom come to us like Skype your family twice a year. To combat this, I have written a list of question you can ask your family or your missionary to get the most out of your precious Skype time!

Questions the family can ask their missionary:

What is the best thing that has happened so far?

What is the funniest/most embarrassing thing that has happened?

What do you love about the mission area (culture, people, food, places, ect)?

What have you learned temporally (cooking, cleaning, laundry, driving in snow, communicating, ect)

What have you learned spiritually?

How have you gotten closer to Jesus Christ since you’ve been out?

What’s the best thing about being a missionary during Christmas time?

What miracles have come from participating in the #LIGHTtheWORLD event (or whatever the initiative is)

What is your favorite thing about being out in the mission field?

What is the Hardest thing about being out in the mission field?

What’s the weather like?

Have you eaten anything adventurous yet?

(For first Skypes) what was the MTC like?

describe the place you are serving in right now

What’s your favorite thing about the gospel?

What’s your favorite Scripture?

What’s the craziest thing that has happened?

How does it feel to have a companion 24/7?

There are so many other questions you can ask that are related specifically to each mission or just ones that you think up, this is just a list I started to help you have a great time with you family

Questions the missionary can ask their family:

What blessing have you seen in your life since I’ve been gone?

What’s your favorite thing about the gospel?

What’s your favorite family memory of Christmas?

Have you had any missionary moment recently?

(For RM parents and sibling) Do you have any missionary advice for me?

What did you get for Christmas (or what did Santa bring you?)?

What’s your favorite Scripture?

What’s the weather like?

What’s the most fun thing you have done for Christmas this year?

Any funny stories recently?

Again there are so many other questions that I can’t think of at the moment! I hope this list helps you to erase all of the long silent pauses and helps you to continue to focus on your mission and have a great Skype call with your family.

What else can we do?

Here are some other things you can do to create a fun and different Skype call. Some of these suggestions might be a little cheesy, but when you only get to Skype twice a year, you don’t really care how much cheese there is!

You can open present while on Skype. I did this my one and only Christmas, it was just my mom and I and we opening each others gifts while we Skyped, it was a lot of fun and it didn’t take to long. If you have a large family, each person can open one gift while you Skype or the missionary could open their presents only. It just depends on what you’d like to do!

You can sing Christmas carols together, Hymns would be best. I never did this one while I was out, however your this might been fun to do especially if your family likes singing.

If you are going to do any of these things, the number one thing that you have to do, is take a picture together! It’s fun to have a “Family picture” together even if you are not really together!

Lastly, (this one is a bit strange) you can “hug” each other, by hugging what ever device you are on. I don’t know when this came about in my family, I think it was when we were talking to one of the exchange students we had in our home shortly after she arrive at her own home, and we’ve done it ever since! I’m sure your little siblings would love it!

Things to know before you go!

1. have your parents, Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangout, or whatever communicating device you choose to use, on hand before you get on to Skype. It’s probably a good idea to add your family to your contacts before you leave on your mission. It’s also a good idea to let your family know what your current area code is, so they know what kind of phone number they are looking for.

2. Don’t stress out too much about the call, it will happen how it will happen!

3. It’s going to be hard to say good bye. So missionaries, get to work after your done calling, it will help you refocus on the work and stop you from getting too homesick! For the parents and family, go watch a funny Christmas movie or something!

I hope these tips will help you this Christmas! I hope you have awesome Skype this Sunday. Merry Christmas!

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Has is really been 2 years!?

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Two years ago today I received my mission call! After 3 weeks of waiting, it finally came! Although I seldom wrote in my journal before my mission, I wrote in it two years ago today for this special occasion!

“October 30th, 2014

Today my mission call came! IO haven’t opened it yet because I am waiting for my parents and We are going to Skype our exchange students. This morning the bishop said my called has been assigned. I mailed a letter to one of our exchange students, so that I could see when the flag was down (that means the mail came if in the future there is no snail mail) but the problem was…I couldn’t tell whether it was up or down from my bedroom window! So that’s that. Later I went outside to get the mail and it was there! So I called my mom because she had texted me 17 times [about whether or not it came….17 is a huge exaggeration…] This morning at about 9am [pretty sure that was before I got the mail…], I realilsed that I had a mission call. I didn’t know where is was yet, but it just hit me that I had a calling! I am so excited even though I have no idea what it will be, but I have a feeling that it will be English speaking. I am so excited to open it! See you later”

That “see you later” meant that I was going to write later about where I was assigned to, but that didn’t happen until a week later. As I said in my journal entry I waited for my parents to come home and we Skyped two exchange students we previously hosted at our home. After Skype failed twice (once while my hand was on my letter as I was about to pull it out) I was finally able to read it!

I was called to the New York Utica Mission (if you didn’t get that from the title of the blog) I’ve always had a love for New York! I have a faint memory of doing New York state report homework assignments in my 5th grade class and I just wondered what Upstate New York was like. Although I did not go to the city I’ve always wanted to go there too! (I will one day) I know that is the place I was suppose to preach the gospel on a full time mission.

My testimony grew a lot while I was out. I learned so much more about the Savior’s Atonement and how it can work in my everyday life. I was able to share that with those that I came in contact with. I am grateful for each one of my companions and what I learned from them! I am also grateful for the people I served with. The members, investigators and anyone else I came in contact with taught me so much and I am grateful to have met all of them. It was seriously the best time of my life.

If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to pray to Heavenly Father and ask Him if going on a mission is something you need to do. I promise you that he will answer you! He love all each and everyone of us! Regardless of if you go on a mission or not, we all need to share the gospel with others. It will give you the most joy!

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post please come back every Sunday to more stories, tips and tricks for missionary service!

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He Lives Again!

Hello Everyone!

This is my very last email as a missionary so I guess I oughta make it a good one!

We sprayed our entire house with Permethrin this week! #nomorespiders

We had ZTM on Tuesday. It was weird because I had to bear my testimony since I am going home, I still don’t feel like I am going home. It was a bit anti-climactic because of that reason. ZTM was good though we learned about how having faith in Jesus Christ helps us to have faith to find people. Even if they are talking on the phone…

Then we went on exchange to Horseheads! I went with Sister Ferrin. She is pretty cool! She hasn’t been out very long, but she is a very good missionary and a good teacher. We saw a lot of miracles that day!

We didn’t have a lot of planed lessons with people, but we were still able to see so many people! We met an older lady who was watering her plants, (It’s been so dry here!) and we started talking with her. She didn’t seem to interested at first. The whole “I’m have my religion and you can’t change me” type thing, but we broke down some of her walls and were friendly with her. Even with her disinterest, I still felt like I should give her a Book of Mormon, so I did. She was extremely grateful that I would give her an entire book! She seemed very sincere in reading it. I hope she does!

For dinner we went to the Reeders house for dinner (the reason why I am saying this is because my companions will freak out…or at least the ones that served in Elmira) They made lots of Yummy food! We even saw all of their doll houses! They are about 7 or 8 of them that were set up. They even included a miniature Windex bottle and aluminum foil! It was so fun!

Later that night, we got back to the apartment before the other sisters did and we realized we didn’t have a key to the apartment, so we did the only logical thing. Talk to people. We talked to about 5 people in the ten minutes we were waiting for the other sisters to get back, it was pretty awesome!

The next day we had a few lessons, one with a little boy that was about 11 years old. We did an activity were we flipped to a random page in the Book of Mormon and read the verse we landed on. I don’t know, but sometimes that game is risky! There’s lots of war going on. But thankfully we didn’t land on any bad ones!

The whole time while I was in Elmira I kept noting that the grass was very yellow and crunchy and dead and that we need some rain, because no one has sprinklers here in NY. I even mentioned that we should have a service project where we go around with a hose watering people’s lawns.

Then it happened! On the way to Corning, it poured. It was a torrential down pour! When we go out of the car I felt like I was in the shower!

The rest of the week was spent trying to find people! We were finally able to find the family from the park again…I guess I was confused as to where they live (but what else in new? 😉 So we taught them about the plan of salvation. When we were explaining how Christ was killed by bad people the seven-year-old got really upset and said he wanted to punch the bad guys in the face! So we quickly told him how Christ came back to life. Then he got really excited and started jumping up and down with excitement and started yelling “He’s a live again!” He got even more excited when we told him that he would live again too, along with his grandma who had recently passed away.

Isn’t that how we should all feel? Excited that Christ lives again so that we can all live again with Him and Heavenly Father! I think that is want I have learned on my mission, to be excited about Jesus Christ and His gospel! And grateful for Jesus Christ and His Atoning sacrifice, so that when I make a mistake, no matter how much I regret it, my life isn’t over, and it’s the same for you! I am so grateful fo everything I have learned on my mission and I am grateful that i get to take it with me were ever I may go!

I love you all and am so grateful for all of your support while I have been gone these last 18 months. I am excited to see you but also sad to say good bye to all of the wonderful friends I have made out here in NY, but I know that I will see them again even if it’s after this life. And that is what Facebook is for 🙂

I hope you have a great week! and I’ll see lots of YOU next week!

#glassmuseumtoday #Palmyranextweek  #NYUM 🙂

Love you all so so so much!

Where did the week go?

This week went by way too fast!

I’m not even sure what happened!

We didn’t see a lot of fireworks on Monday night…they said it was too dry to do them. But the people that live behind us had a few of them and they were fun!

I think I forgot to tell you this, but last week we got a text from a former Sister Missionary who served here (No it wasn’t any of my companions 🙂 telling us about a girl she had taught that was interested in going to church again! We have been able to contact her through Facebook and we hope that she comes to church one of these Sundays! It’s been a very slow process, I think she just needs to warm up to us, and she was in the process of moving. But now that she is all moved into her new house we are seeing her tonight, hopefully everything goes well!

We had a fun dinner appointment on Friday night! They had a table cloth that all the missionaries sign (I remember doing this in Cortland when I was there 🙂 But that wasn’t the only fun thing! During dinner (BTW we had ribs…my favorite!) each of the kids went around the room and asked us one question, after we answered it was our turn to ask them a question. There were some very creative questions!

I remember when I was a kid and we had the missionaries over. I always loved it (especially when it was the sister missionaries)! I just remember looking up to them and thinking that they were so cool! Sometimes I forget that the kids in the places I serve really look up to us as missionaries. Cuz I wouldn’t look up to myself…but that would just be weird because I am myself and I know all of my flaws and everything. But those kids don’t know that they just see all the good in you! Ok, that was the random tangent of the epiphany that just came into my head.

Earlier in the week, although I forget which day, I felt that we should go to a certain part of our area. So we went! It was cool because we got to see one of our investigators that we haven’t been able to see all transfer and, we set up an appointment with a part member family for the next day, unfortunately they were home when we went the next day. But at least we were able to say hi the day before!

the Elders had a baptism on Saturday, and also an 8-year-old girl in the branch. It was a good baptism, they even had dirt cake as a refreshment.

We caught a giant spider in our one of our spider traps! Somehow we’ve had less spider troubles except the spider that was on our closet door Saturday night…made a pretty funny video though!

Well, I guess I can say that I have been a missionary for 18 months, (as of Thursday) It’s been pretty great and I am grateful that I still have 2 weeks to go!!! I haven’t lived in NY for 18 months so it doesn’t count yet!

Have a wonderful week! love you all! Bye now.

Loves yas!

Rooming with Spiders

We did a lot of walking, and we got lots of exercise!

We had our Zone Conference on Thursday and we talked about finding and how we can approach people differently that just say, “Hi were missionaries…”  We saw some pretty funny role plays…especially the one about moving to NY because they were pretending to be a cat breeder. NY is a pretty good place to breed cats!

It’s fun to try and talk to people using these the new approaches we came up with as a Zone. For the past couple days, I have been asking people what the purpose of life is. One time I asked a lady that was walking and she just laughed and walked away, but I asked another man the same question and he told me that his dad always told him, it is to paint smiles on peoples face, I thought that was a cool answer!

We met another family while we were OYMing on a trail in Painted Post. We asked if we could share more of our message and they immediately stopped and sat down on a bench to listen to us. We taught them the Restoration afterwards, the little boys got all excited and said, “That was a great story!” They said we could come back next week, and the cool thing is, they live 5 minutes away walking distance so we don’t even have to use any miles to get there! We are excited to see them this week!

On Wednesday morning, we helped to do “Meals on Wheels” If you’ve never heard of it, it’s this service activity to deliver meals to the elderly in the community, I think, But I didn’t really know what I was doing I just did it. It was great!

One of our investigators came to church for the first time since I’ve been here! She seemed to enjoy it and I hope she comes again next week! We also sang with the youth in Sacrament meeting Spontaneously, so that was fun too!

Sunday night was fun, we walked all around town knocking on doors and talking to people on the street…somehow I enjoy that now.

I’m still working on my proud watch tan line and trying to avoid the mosquito, and talking to everyone I see! I love you all and I hope you have a great week!!

Loves yas!

What’s the Purpose of Life?

It was a pretty good week!

We did a lot of walking, and we got lots of exercise!

We had our Zone Conference on Thursday and we talked about finding and how we can approach people differently that just say, “Hi were missionaries…”  We saw some pretty funny role plays…especially the one about moving to NY because they were pretending to be a cat breeder. NY is a pretty good place to breed cats!

It’s fun to try and talk to people using these the new approaches we came up with as a Zone. For the past couple days, I have been asking people what the purpose of life is. One time I asked a lady that was walking and she just laughed and walked away, but I asked another man the same question and he told me that his dad always told him, it is to paint smiles on peoples face, I thought that was a cool answer!

We met another family while we were OYMing on a trail in Painted Post. We asked if we could share more of our message and they immediately stopped and sat down on a bench to listen to us. We taught them the Restoration afterwards, the little boys got all excited and said, “That was a great story!” They said we could come back next week, and the cool thing is, they live 5 minutes away walking distance so we don’t even have to use any miles to get there! We are excited to see them this week!

On Wednesday morning, we helped to do “Meals on Wheels” If you’ve never heard of it, it’s this service activity to deliver meals to the elderly in the community, I think, But I didn’t really know what I was doing I just did it. It was great!

One of our investigators came to church for the first time since I’ve been here! She seemed to enjoy it and I hope she comes again next week! We also sang with the youth in Sacrament meeting Spontaneously, so that was fun too!

Sunday night was fun, we walked all around town knocking on doors and talking to people on the street…somehow I enjoy that now.

I’m still working on my proud watch tan line and trying to avoid the mosquito, and talking to everyone I see! I love you all and I hope you have a great week!!

Loves yas!

Crazy Sister Missionary :)

Once again… Crazy week!

Elmira was fun on Monday and Tuesday! The other sister thought I was the most hilarious person ever…not entirely sure why. They are the best! We went to Wendy’s for dinner on Monday night. We had some good lessons with people and we ate at subway with a member on Tuesday night. Ok, it was more fun than it sounds 😉

We had an adventure on Wednesday. Sister Wright and I had to leave Horseheads by 5:45 in the morning (but we didn’t actually leave until 6) so that we could get to Ithaca to pick up the Elders there and then head to Utica and get there by 9:30. But the Elders were slow so we didn’t get there until 9:45, and we also got stuck in traffic when we went through Cortland (my old area!).

When we got to Utica Sister Wright went to a trainers meeting, and I with a few other missionaries cleaned the Utica building. It went by pretty fast. Afterwards we had a little devotional thing. We went around the room introducing ourselves. I literally didn’t know anyone (for the most part) It was weird, mostly because I wasn’t freaking out about not knowing anyone in the room. We had a good discussion about the Spirit and experience we’ve had on our mission from following the Spirit. Then we had lunch and I meet my new companion, Sister Christensen. I also saw Sister Johnson from my MTC district! That was fun! I still feel like I just came out! I said good bye to a few other people, it was weird to think that I might not ever see them again…or at least on my mission!

Then it was time to go. We got Sister Christensen’s things and she said her good byes and then we left it took three hours to get back! Sister Christensen is pretty great! She is pretty quiet and she loves movies! We are getting along pretty great!

No one is going to believe this (especially my companions), but I’ve turned into a crazy missionary! And I’ve stopped every single person I pass on the street, to talk to them about the gospel. It’s been pretty great! We’ve gotten a lot of appointment set up for this week with lots of new people and others that we have already been teaching. And I’ve successfully started to get a watch tan line 🙂

We had a great lesson with one of our investigators this week. Last week she told us that she was going to pray to know if the church is true, and I was excited this week to find out if she got an answer! And she did…it just wasn’t what I thought it would be. She said she felt good about going to her church so she didn’t want to come to our church anymore. I wasn’t going to take no for an answer! So I read from the book of Mormon with her, and as I was reading the scripture she stopped me and said, “You’ve changed my mind” And she went on to explain that she wanted to think about our church some more. I helped her to understand that it wasn’t me that changed her mind, it was the Spirit! I was such a cool experience!

I love being on my mission so much and I am so grateful that I still have 6 weeks left! I am excited for this transfer!

LOVES YAS!

It has begun…

It has begun…

It all started on Sunday morning when we were in Branch Council. One of the members noted that Sister Holden and Elder Mortensen were leaving and they were saying good bye. Then some member, I don’t know who, said, “and so is Sister Trapane!” I looked around and gave them my best who-said-that! look. I couldn’t believe it! Sister Holden was still my companion and yet the branch has already started to tease me about going home! but I still love them 🙂

Second, we have a new program (well, kinda new it’s been around since December) in the church for returning missionaries called “My Plan” It’s a way for missionaries to prepare to go home. That showed up in my missionary portal last week! I’m not starting it until Thursday when I get my new companion! (Yes I’m that stubborn!) I don’t want to admit that this is my last transfer, It’s just too sad 🙂

Right, I guess I should tell you the important stuff, transfers! Once again it was the craziest week of my life! Sister Holden has already packed up and left me, mind you she packed at 1:30 yesterday. We were supposed to leave at 2:45 but that definitely did not happen. By the way I’m in Elmira right now with Sister Easthope, Munoz, and Wright. It was kind of fun to sleep in the Horsehead Sisters apartment. For some strange reason there are a TON of memories attached to this place! 4 of my companions have served here! (Sister Peterson, Sister Gass, Sister Frisby and Sister Holden) not to mention the time that Sister Hale got sick on exchange here… Anyway, It made my happy to remember them! Not like their dead or anything, although when a missionary goes home it’s as if they “die” and the companion sending them home “kills” them and since I’ve sent home three, I’m definitely a “trained assassin”, but that’s a side note!

Anyway, this week was also crazy because when Sister Holden left, I still didn’t know who my new companion was going to be. not until after I had dinner with a member, taught three lessons with Sister Easthope and waited for the other Sisters to get home. FINALLY The Zone Leaders called and told us what’s happening. My new companions name is Sister Christensen and she had been out for 2 transfers and she is coming from Watertown. Pretty sure I met her before, but I’m terrible and remembering who I’ve met…especially future companions 🙂

The Summary of this week:

Sister Holden and I ran around trying to see all of our investigators and many times and you possibly could before she left. One of our investigators is praying about getting baptized and will have the answer for us next week, she came to church on Sunday. Sister Holden finally got her suitcase out on Friday night, and barely packed anything before Sunday. The Elders asked us to make brownies for their investigator’s baptism on Saturday…they also made treats so I am still confused as to why we even made them (I brought the remaining brownies and cookies, along with a quech that a member made us to Elmira so we can eat them here). But the Baptism was great! And one of our investigators attended! Sister Holden gave a talk on Sunday, she is a very good speaker, and I loved her talk. We OYMed (street contacted) at a carnival this weekend and found ourselves in very awkward situations. But that’s ok because I found out that that is want I was signing up for when I submitted my mission papers. We’re trying to help people find the truth even if it means putting yourself in an awkward situation. or as our Mission President says, “Putting yourself in a position to be blessed” As we drove home from District Meeting this last week (And it was about finding and how member referrals are the best way to find people to teach) we got a call from a member and he gave us a referral! It was so cool and we taught her a few times this week! Sister Holden is also at the temple this day! I’m so excited for her!

Whew! I think that covers everything. I hope you don’t mind the craziness of this email! And I love you all! I am so grateful to be on my mission and I am going to make these last 6 weeks the best 6 weeks of my mission!

Loves yas! Bye Now!

Pancakes

Good week!

One of the members of the Branch gave us a bunch of talks on CD and there was a whole set of John Bytheway talks, So Sister Holden and I have been listening to them in the car all week. They are pretty good and have a lot of good information in them. We’ve even been able to use some of the scriptures and ideas from the talks in the lesson we taught this week. It just reminded me of this scripture in D&C 84:85 that says “Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.” Having the talks on all the time is like continual study and continually prepares us to teach.

One scripture that has been coming up in lessons in 1 Nephi 11:17 (BTW that’s Sister Hale’s favorite scriptures) It says: “And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.” It’s just so simple and powerful! All we have to remember is that God loves all of us, we might not understand why things happen, but we know that He loves us.

On Thursday Sister Holden got a migraine. She had never had one before, and I had never had one before so we were really concerned when she started having weird things happen with her vision, but she rested for a while and she’s still alive! 🙂 And she is still going strong her last few week!

On Friday we had lunch with Sister Gilstrap and her mom on Friday! Sister Gilstrap is a former missionary that served in this mission. I went on a few exchanges with her when I was in Lake Placid and Sister Holden was her companion at one point. It was very fun to see her again!

On Sunday afternoon, we sang at a nursing home with some of the members of the branch. It was fun! And as I looked at all the people listening, I saw some of them singing along and a few were even crying. It was a cool experience! (And it also reminded me of Sister Hallsted!)

I learned how to make pancakes this week! (Without using the pancake mix) It’s so easy! And I found myself asking “why do they even make pancake mix?” I guess that’s what happens when you really want pancakes but don’t have pancake mix!

I hope you all have a great week! Lots of love!

LOVES YAS!

Bye Sister Nivaldo

It was a sad day today. 🙁

On Tuesday morning we got a call from our mission president saying that Sister Nivaldo was being transferred early to Carthage (not the jail…it’s a city in NY)! I guess one of the Sister there got her visa to go to Australia, and so since we are in a trio of course one of us had to leave to be the other sisters companion. Sister Stowell, sister Nivaldo’s new companion, when to Brazil for the first few months of her mission and speaks Portuguese so I guess it will be fun for them to talk to each other! So this morning, we left for the Syracuse airport at 6:30 to meet Sister Stowell, and drop off Sister Nivaldo. I am going to miss her a lot! But I can’t wait until I see her at the end of July at the temple!!!

We were able to talk with a few people at the Glass Fest this weekend! It’s kind of like a little city fair that they have every year, a ton of people go and so we decided that we would try to talk with people on the street. It was a little intimidating because there were so many people! A lot of them weren’t too interested but one was really excited to hear what we had to say and loved it! He gave us his contact information and said he would respond so hopefully we will be able to teach him more!

We also had a really good lesson with one of our investigators. He is Jewish and doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ, but he wants to believe. For a while he was totally against the Idea that Jesus Christ is our Savior and he kind of thought we put Christ higher than God, which is not the case. When he prayed it didn’t really sound like he knew who he was praying to and he hasn’t really progressed very much. However, we still felt like we should see him so we have continued to do so. The other day we had an amazing lesson, the spirit was strong and we were really trying to listen to the Spirit to know what to say that will help him! At the end of the lesson, he prayer and it sounded like he was talking to God, and at the end he closed the prayer in the name of Jesus Christ! It was amazing and every other time since then, he has progressed little by little, and I am excited to see his progression.

That was the biggest miracle that we had this week! Experiences like this brings me joy and encourages me to find more people who are prepared!

There were some awesome talks on Sunday, some of the members who have sons or daughters on missions spoke about their experience and service! It was so cool to hear other missionary experiences!

I hope you all have a great week! I love all of you and hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend!

LOVES YAS!

Trios are Cool

It was a pretty good week!

We had district meeting on Tuesday in Elmira, It’s a pretty big district! I feel like I’m in a zone or something! It’s fun because there are two sets of sisters in this district!  It was a good meeting, we learned more about how we can help people fully repent.

On Wednesday we had lunch with a member and his friend who is from Brazil! Sister Nivaldo was able to talk with him in Portuguese about the restoration and such! He was very nice and he even gave us some Brazilian treats!

One of the members here has a photo studio in their basement and so when we went over to have dinner with them, he took our pictures! It was fun but I wasn’t looking my best especially since it was windy outside and our hair looked bad from walking around all day

We helped out at a Food Pantry in town, it was fun! We were able to meet lots of people and help them get their food. I guess that was all there was too it, we get to go back there again this Thursday as well!

On Saturday, we went over to a less active’s mother-in-law’s house, because she has a terminal disease, so we prayed with her. She is a super sweet nice lady and she wants us to come and do service for her house. We are excited to go back!

We had a really cool experience on Sunday night, we started tracting and everyone was either answered their doors or they were outside. Last person we talked too was interested in what we had to say. He said that he had studied different religions over the years, and he believes in God and aliens…anyway, he said we could come back next week!

That’s about all this week! I hope you have a good week!

LOVES YAS!

Hope that Summer will Come

Hello everyone! It was a pretty good week.

On Monday nights we have a family home evening with some of our investigators and some members. It was really fun! This week it was our turn to give the lesson! We taught about faith, and read part of Alma 32. Then we gave each one of them some seeds to plant. If they read their scriptures every day, then they get to water their plant! So it’s like a real life experiment as Alma talked about in the chapter. It was lots of fun 🙂

We had ZTM on Wednesday and we talked a lot about how we can prepare people for baptism and how we can plan the baptism so that everything goes smoothly. It was a good meeting. Towards the end we talked about how we can make the Sabbath day more special while we are out in the mission field and what our experience has been. Before my mission, when I went to church, I would just have a special feeling on the Sabbath. I just thought that I was having this special feeling because it’s a day of rest, and I was surrounded by my family. While I have been on my mission I have realized, that it wasn’t because I was with my family or we that were able rest that day. The special feeling was there because of the Sacrament. It is because of Jesus Christ and His Atoning sacrifice that we can be cleansed from sin. It is amazing that each Sunday we can partake of the Sacrament and be made new again. that is why I have that special feeling on that day. I am so grateful that I am a part of this restored gospel, and that we can have all of these amazing blessing!

We had dinner with a member on Thursday. They have a tradition that every time a new missionary come to the area, that missionary (Or in this case missionaries) have to relate a random object to the gospel…it was hard, I don’t even remember what I said! It was a cool way to show that everything can point to Christ!

We helped a member in the Branch plant some roses. It was a lot of fun! The ground is very rocky here! It’s funny! The only reason I know how to garden is because of the Scriptures!

The weekend was pretty good we had an amazing lesson with one of our investigators! The Spirit was so strong! Trios are awesome! I love teaching together. Sometimes it’s awkward to be in a trio. It’s hard to shower in the morning with three of us, but we make it work!

I hope you all had a great week and you are enjoying the warm weather…please send some over here we are cold! 😉

LOVES YAS!

Happy Mother’s Day

This week I did a lot of things on my bucket list…

Although I didn’t know that most of them were on my list until they happened!

  1. On Monday night Sister Hallsted drove to Utica to drop her off at the mission home. And then I went with Sister Pange for Tuesday and Wednesday morning. While I was in Utica I we met someone named Flavia! I’ve never met someone with that name and it’s the main character’s name in one of my favorite books!
  2. On Wednesday, I met Sister Holden and we headed to Corning. On the way there we passed through a place called Chittenago. I guess L F Baum (The author of the Wizard of Oz) was born there. So they themed the town after the Wizard of Oz! they even have a yellow brick road and everything. It’s not to exciting. It’s just part of the side walk, but it was still really cool!
  3. I met Sister Saunders! I’ve been writing her for a few transfers (She was one of Sister Hallsted’s companions) I told her I was going to Corning and she asked me if I was going to be in a trio. I told that no one told me that I was going to be in a trio, but if I am that will be a surprise! Eventually I found out that in fact I am going to be in a trio!
  4. I have a Brazilian Companion! Her name is Sister Nivaldo! She is serving in Temple Square but she came to NYUM for 3 months and then she will go back. Sister Holden, my other companion is super awesome and I love both of them so so much!
  5. We have a red car…I was bored of all the other cars that I have had on my mission and now it’s bright red! We’ll never lose it now!

It was so nice to call my family! I can’t believe that the next time I see them it won’t be on Skype! It will be in person! I am so grateful that I was about to talk with them yesterday!

It’s a very nice area here and everyone seems so nice. It seems very family friendly and we are teaching a few families in the area! I am so excited to get to know all of them more!

I guess there is a story behind the name Painted Post. There used to be an Indian tribe that lived in this area and they were mad when the “White men” came and so they killed them and painted their blood on posts…

Well, I hope you all have a great week!

Loves yas!

Craziest Week of my Mission

This has been the most craziest week of my life!

Let’s start with Monday night: We picked up the Hamilton Sisters (Sister Fausett and Sister Howard) and headed off to Utica to drop off Sister Hallsted and Howard at the mission home for their temple trip the next day. Sister Fausett and I spent the night at the Utica Sisters apartment and worked with Sister Pange the next day. It was a great exchange! I found out that I know Sister Fausett’s cousins, they went to my high school! It was fun to get to know the both of them!

On Wednesday morning we picked up our companions and headed back to our areas. We also found out that the Cooperstown area is closing down for a bit. Hopefully it will reopen next transfer! Anyway, we had to clear out the entire apartment! So from then on, in between appointments, we cleaned and packed. I packed for a place that I don’t know where I am going!

On Wednesday afternoon, we had the craziest District Meeting ever, I guess on of the Elders got a call from President Rogers and he was asking how much luggage can pack into a Equinox (The kind of car we have) So the whole District was freaking out about where everyone was going! It was nuts! Well, District Meeting was really great! We learned how we can better study, not only on our missions but for the rest of our lives!

On Thursday, we had dinner with a few of our investigators! A sweet old couple and their neighbor, who we are also teaching. It was a great meal! At the end of our visit we exchanged addresses and said our good byes! The old couple were going on a trip the next day. the next day, us and the neighbor, went over and cleaned the dishes for them! I will miss them but definitely keep in touch!

We basically cleaned and packed all day Saturday! I still can’t believe that we were able to get it all clean! We just prayed the whole time that it would get done in time! That’s just another testimony builder on my mission, I know that Heavenly Father will answer all of our prayers!

I’ve been getting transfer calls for the past 15 months, by now it just seems like a very normal that happens to me, I get a new companion, I leave in just a few short days, etc. But I get the fact that it was Sunday, and we were leaving the next day and I still had no idea where I was going, sounds a little crazy…It wasn’t until Sunday that I realized just how crazy it sounds! The whole branch thought that was the craziest thing ever!

Sunday night finally came and we found out where I am going and who I would be with! I am going to be transferred to Corning with Sister Holden! Corning is in the Owego Stake (The same stake that Binghamton is in) and Sister Holden is going home next transfer with Sister Chandler! It will be fun to have most (Most likely all but one) of my companions home when I get home! 🙂

I will really miss the branch here! Everyone has been so nice! Their testimonies are amazing and they have all become my friends! I’ll definitely keep in touch with all or them! The area as well, we have met some pretty nice people in Cooperstown! I will definitely come again! Sister Hallsted is also awesome! We have done some pretty amazing work here! I am grateful for her example to me of faith! She has really strengthened my testimony!

I love you all and I hope you have a great week! I’ll be writing again, but this time in Corning!

Loves yas so so so much!

Cooperstown Comes Alive

Our week was full of adventures and Miracles!

On Tuesday, we did our usual service at a food pantry here is Cooperstown. While we were there we met a man who knew who we were right away and he asked if we still live in the same apartment…we were a little bit confused because usually people don’t really know where we live, but we said yes. Then he explained that a few years ago he lived in the apartment across the hall from the sisters! I guess one day he heard the Sisters singing (Usually we sing songs before we study in the morning) and so he left a note on the sister’s door telling them that they sing beautifully. Soon after the sisters started teaching him! fast forward until now: He gave us his number and told us to call him to set up a time to meet. We were finally able to get a hold of him last night and we are meeting in the park by the lake this week! So exciting!

The family we have been meeting with are great (The family that the Elders found in their record a few weeks ago)! This week we were able to see their farm. They have cows, pigs and chickens. It was a lot of fun! On Sunday after church, the Young Women’s president (Sister Beauchat) and a few of the Young Women, came over to meet the two teenage daughters! It went so well! I am so grateful for Sister Beauchat! She is so missionary minded and she is so excited to have more girls into YWs! She invited the teenage girls to Girls camp this summer and made them feel more welcome to come to church!

Our investigators have been inviting us to some of their church’s activities (Along with us inviting them our ours 🙂 They are both on Thursdays. During the day, we went to an Episcopal study class, it was very interesting, we learned a lot about the Sermon on the Mount. In the evening we went to a Quaker Prayer meeting. We literally all sat there in silent prayer, and if someone wanted to say something, they would just break the silence and started talking. It startled me the first time someone started talking, but all in all it was a very peaceful experience! I really enjoyed it!

We’ve met some really nice people here is Cooperstown! Some of them even invited us over for dinner! They are all really sweet and I love them all so much!!

On Saturday, we went to a new part of our area that we didn’t know was part of our area…It was so much fun! We called it our Exeter (that’s the name of the city) Adventurer…it sounds cool 😉 We knocked on a haunted house. We didn’t know that it was haunted until after when we talked with the next door neighbor. He told us he used to live in that house and creepy weird things would happened! I think he told us about 20 times not to go near that house, we reassured him that we wouldn’t every time! That was the first part of our adventure…

The second part of our adventure, was that we found Mexico. There was just this one street where the house looked like they were from Mexico. It was a really cute little town! It only had one stop light and a small church and an old looking gas station! Everyone there seemed so nice and friendly!

As always church was amazing! The lessons were really great! There seemed to be a lot of talk about faith. Faith is one of the most important things to have! In one of the talks someone mentioned this cool domino effect: Our thoughts turn to actions, our actions become habits, our habits create our character, and our character determines our destiny! It’s interesting that what we think really determines what we will become. And if we have a lot of faith, we will become stronger!

Sister Hallsted is going to the temple tomorrow! So that means I get to go to Utica again! I’m going to be in a trio with three sisters from three different areas! It’s going to be so much fun!

I hope you all have a great week!

Loves yas!