Tracting in a NOT Winter But Still Wonderful Land

It has been such a good week!

Get ready for a long email!

On Tuesday…

We had lunch with the Bruneou’s. After lunch we followed Brother Bruneou to one of our investigators houses to have a lesson. Since Christmas was coming up, we read the signs and the birth of Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon. We shared it with several other people this week also. Every time I read it, I still felt the joy of Christ’s birth, the story hasn’t and will never get too old! If you haven’t read it already, I encourage you to read it (Helaman 14 and 3 Nephi 1). It’s a great story!

A couple times a week…

… We help two of our investigators with whatever they need and then we have a lesson. this week, we helped feed their sheep! It was kind of fun because I’ve never done that before. the next time we went over we helped clean out their garage a bit. Then we had our lesson and she fed us some squash soup, it was very good!

We had District Meeting on Wednesday…

We talked about the Book of Mormon and then we role played answering questions about the Book of Mormon. Sister Frisby and I were teaching one of the Elders and he decided that he was going to be himself when he was being taught by the missionaries. It was a very cool experience because we used the same stories/scriptures from the Book of Mormon, that were used to answer his questions when the missionaries were teaching him! It was definitely guided by the spirit. The only way I can describe it is that my soul smiled

On Christmas Eve…

We went to the mall and wrapped presents as a service project! It was a lot of fun! Especially since I like wrapping presents! We met so many cool people and it really made it a memorable Christmas Eve!

We had dinner with the Zvirsdins…no Idea how to spell it 😉 they have us over every Thursday for dinner. They just get all the good Holidays! They gave Sister Frisby and I pretty necklaces for Christmas. And lots of Goodies!

That night…

We went out tracting. We decided to tape some of the #ASaviorIsBorn cards to some movies we had (Like Joy to the World, or other ones about Christ) as Christmas Presents. We were a little weary that no one would let us in, however, we were able to give one away to a lady who was very nice! She wished us a Merry Christmas and we went on our way. Yes, we may have run into people who didn’t appreciate us going around on Christmas Eve, however, I am grateful that we were able to see at least one person who was friendly, and who knows, maybe we made an impression on her!

Christmas was really fun! We went to the Bruneou’s for Christmas breakfast! We had french toast, bacon and sausage! Then we opened our presents. The Branch gave us a huge box of gifts! Most of them were really practical things like tooth paste, tooth brushes, hand sanitizer, food (Like oatmeal, cereal, can good, etc… and a giant box of Chocolates!) And I got lots of nice things from family! It was a really nice Christmas Morning!

Later…

We Skyped and called our families! It was very nice to hear everyone’s voice and to see their faces! It made me very happy! It made my Christmas special!

We went back to the Bruneou’s for Christmas dinner! We had ham, and lots of good food! To finish the night, we went out to work! We met a lady who used to do family history work at the Church, she seemed like a nice lady and we are excited to go back and talk with her again!

that’s about all of the exciting things that happened here in Cooperstown, NY! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and that you will have a good New Year!

Loves yas!

Transfer Week is Crazy!

It was a long great week!!

On Monday…

We had dinner with Sister DiNardo. One more time we for I or I should say WE left…more on that later… We also had Lunch with the Talley’s on Tuesday, they gave Sister Hale and I stockings for Christmas! It was very sweet of them! 🙂 I really do miss the Binghamton Ward; however, the Oneonta Branch seems pretty nice although I’m pretty sure I scared them my first Sunday there (More on the later too).

On Tuesday Night…

Sister Johnson and Sister Abbott (My MTC Buddies!!!) came to stay the night for transfers. They helped me pack, I don’t know where I got so much stuff! It was fun to have a “sleepover” with them! The next morning, we all got to transfers somehow. Really long story. but we got there! We also found out that Sister Hale was going to Owego. It almost turned into a walk area because there were going to be two sisters there who didn’t have driver’s licenses. So now Sister Hale is there!

Cooperstown is a very cute place! It reminds me a lot of Lake Placid, but that’s mostly because it’s a touristy place 🙂 The main street is cute, our apartment is pretty old but it’s well kept so that’s a plus! and the beds are really comfy!

We had our Christmas Mission Conference!

It was really fun! We each got a recommend holder with New York Utica Mission on the front and a quote from President Rogers. During lunch there was a talent show, and there were good talks about Christmas and I really enjoyed it! I also met a lot of new people and saw some old friends! It was great!

On Saturday…

We did service at a church in Oneonta. We served food at a soup kitchen! It was a lot of fun because there were a few members of the branch there that I got to meet! I met two of our investigators later that day, we did service for them and then we had a lesson. they are a cute old couple! I really love it here already! It’s a great place to be 🙂

We also a dusting of snow on Saturday! It’s gone by now though… 🙁

On Sunday…

We went to church! It’s about a half an hour from Cooperstown in Oneonta the branch is really nice! there was a lovely Christmas program in Sacrament Meeting with the choir. It was nice! We also taught Young Women! I’m pretty sure I scared them because I was a little sick (ok a lot sick) with a cold and I had been blowing my nose so much that it started bleeding! they probably think I’m the weirdest Sister Missionary ever!

Well I thought there was more news than that…but I guess that’s it! I love you all and have a very Merry Christmas!! (and I hope you get snow!)

Loves yas!

Pray for Snow

First of all, I’m getting transferred!

I am going to Cooperstown! When I told people I’m going to Cooperstown the only response they give me is that “Oh, that’s the baseball hall of fame!” That’s all I know about it… and there is a lake! I miss having a lake close by so that should be fun!

Second of all: THERE IS NO SNOW!! 🙁

Third of all, I am so excited for Christmas! Sister Hale and I bought presents for each other…we will have to open them early because I’m leave. I sent a picture last week of our “ghetto tree” Well lucky for us, Sister Hale found a nice small fake tree! Now our apartment looks better! 😉

We had a pretty good week! It was a pretty busy week by the end. One of our investigators finally committed to baptism this week!! I have been meeting with her since I got to Binghamton! So I am really glad that I was able to be her when she committed 🙂 Speaking of Baptisms, the Elders had a baptism this weekend! They are a really nice couple! We talked to her in  relief society a bit and we were really excited for her (And her boyfriend) to be baptized! They are both wonderful people and it was a great service! It’s really great to see people’s live change almost immediately! It just goes to show that this Church is true! I know it is with all my heart!

On Saturday night, we had our ward Christmas Party! It was a lot of fun! We had a yummy dinner with ham and turkey, green bean casserole (My favorite), mashed potatoes, and stuffing! they had a fun Christmas program, the primary kids sung songs and a few sister in the ward sung songs as well! It was a very nice Christmas party. We also took a unit picture with all of the Binghamton missionaries (8 of them! Crazy!)

Sister Drake came to our rescue on Friday! We had a dinner appointment scheduled, but it fell through, we were by the Drake’s house and we Sister Hale wanted to go and fill her water bottle up, and Sister Drake gave us dinner! We just had grilled chicken, but it reminded me  of home!

On Thursday pretty much like any other Thursday, we did our service and the church (that’s the last time for me 🙁 we saw our less active member. the investigator (and less active) that we usually see on Thursdays came to church on Sunday! (they wanted to hear my talk before I left)

We had District Meeting on Tuesday, it was good! Still not quite sure what the main focus was, but we learned about charity and Christ-like attributes, being bold…It was really just a good meeting and I felt the spirit a lot!

I gave a talk on Sunday! I was asked to talk about joy! When ever I think of joy, I think of Christmas! With all of the Christmas lights, Christmas trees! Especially Christmas music! I’ve been trying to listen to Christmas music since September! I can finally listen to it (Without my companion getting mad… 🙂 I also think about the reason why we have joy around Christmas time, and that is because Christ came to the earth. In Luke 2: 10 it says: “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” That “great joy” is Jesus Christ! Because He came to the earth, the performed a lot of amazing miracles, the biggest miracles was of course His Atonement. We can find joy in the Atonement of Jesus Christ! It is for all of us! not just some of us this joy shall be to all people!

I am so excited for my new area, I am also sad to say good bye to so many wonderful people! The Binghamton ward is the best ward out there 😉 I am also sad to say good bye to Sister Hale, but I know that we both have grand adventures awaiting us!

I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic week!

11 more days

See you next week!

Speaking from the Heart

Good Morning!

Another week in the mission field! With Sister Hale in a town called Vestal in New York!

As a missionary we spend a lot of our time trying to find people to teach. Whether it’s by knocking on doors, talking to people on the street, talking to people, or while your companion fills up the car at the gas station (It’s happened before!) Anyway, we are always finding people! This week was one of “those” weeks… well we found a lot of people, but no one really seemed to be interested! There are some days that I get discouraged and I feel like I’m at wits end! But every time I want to give up, a scripture pops into my head. The one that I think of the most is Ether 12:6 it says

“And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.”

And I just remember, that I have to keep going! I may not find a lot of people who are interested, but I can hope that the next person I talk needs the gospel and Jesus Christ in their lives!

So It may sound like I had a pretty terrible week! However, I never have a terrible week! I find joy in sharing the gospel with others. Yes I might get sad when people don’t want to hear our message, however, I don’t get discouraged! Because I know that there is someone out there who is praying and needing the gospel in their lives whether they know it or not!

I find a lot of strength from the Book of Mormon! I like the first chapter in the book of Mormon when Nephi talks about “the tender mercies of the Lord”. Jerusalem is about to be destroyed, people are rejecting the gospel, Nephi’s father, Lehi, had death threats against him, and through all this, Nephi still talks about tender mercies, so we can always find joy in what we do even if everything seems to be falling down around us! I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon! It would be hard to be a missionary without it!

Speaking of the Book of Mormon, that was the theme of our Zone Conference this week! I just love the Book of Mormon! Since I have been studying the book of Mormon on my mission, I have come to love it even more, and my testimony of the Book of Mormon and Jesus Christ have been strengthened! I am so very grateful for it in my life, it has given me peace and comfort. And I am grateful for the opportunity that I have to share it with others! 🙂

Other things that happened this week!

There was a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. It was a tender mercy because we just so happened to have a lesson near where the ceremony was being held! Sadly the lesson fell through 🙁 however as we walked down the street we saw the Christmas tree all lit up! 🙂 It was very pretty! It’s so big that you can see it miles down the street!

We watched part of the Christmas Devotional, it was very nice! I loved the pretty trees and the talks that we saw (Elder Bednar and President Uchtdorf) They were both very good talks! I am so excited for Christmas!! It’s so close!

An investigator came to church on Sunday! She came 3 Sundays in a row! She has had a rough time the last couple of Sundays she come, however, she still comes! Sunday was also my temple year mark and my baptism 12 year mark! I am also giving a talk next Sunday! 🙂

Weather update: There is still no snow, it’s been in the 40’s this past week and it rained. I guess it’s suppose to be a warm December.

We have a Christmas Party next week! I’m so excited for it! We also get transfer calls on Saturday, the transfer ends a week early this time because of Christmas! 🙂

Loves yas all yas!

Have a great week!