This week I (And Sister Hallsted) have been reading the Book of Mormon like crazy, to reach our goal of finishing it by Easter. It’s such an amazing book! I love it so much! My testimony of it has definitely been strengthened since I have been on my mission!
We had a great lesson with someone we found this week. She is so amazing and loves to pray all the time! Or second visit with her was amazing! The spirit was so strong, especially when we read from the Book of Mormon. It’s such an amazing book, I don’t know how I would have a strong testimony of the gospel without it!
On Tuesday, we had our apartment inspected by a couple that works in the mission office, luckily we were obedient and cleaned our apartment the day before so it was all clean! 🙂
Later on Tuesday, we had the opportunity to hold a baby lamb! (where we feed the sheep at our investigators house) It was so cute and I just loved it! Every time we go over there it always reminds me of how Jesus Christ loves each one of us and just wants to comfort and keep us safe. I know that he is always there for us no matter what! He loves us so much!
We also had a very exciting lesson this week! We have been teaching his family for a few weeks now, and the kids (Teenagers) had their friends over and the mom invited the kids and their friends to hear the lesson! It was pretty epic! I’ve never taught a lesson to a large group of people! It was pretty awesome because a few of the kids were actually very interested, and they asked really good questions, I was very impressed! We had a member with us (who is in YW so she works with the youth) and she invited them to come to a mutual activity. They all seemed very interested in coming so I hope that they do!
Yesterday was super nice! It was 56 degrees out! And everyone was out for a Sunday walk or they were home. We had been struggling to know where we should go this week, and finally on the last day of the week, we found the place to be. And we are super excited to find people there!
Another funny story:
the other day, we both had to go to the restroom, and since we were out and about, we stopped in a grocery store to use restroom. On the way into the store, we saw one of our investigators that we haven’t been able to get into contact with and we were able to talk with her! Heavenly Father really does guide us to where we need to be, even when we need to use the restroom! 🙂
It was the most miraculous week of my entire mission, so far.
We had so many miracles, we picked up at least one new investigator every day this week, except one! It was so amazing, and we generally found them all between 8 and 9 o’clock! I someone had told me this at the beginning of my mission, I would have thought they were crazy! The Lord really does bless us when we pray, and strive to find the answer. It just reminds me of the scripture that is repeated multiple times in the Book of Mormon ” Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land;” (2 Nephi 4:4) It’s such a great promise, and we should each strive for it 🙂 We had some really amazing and fun (And sometimes funny) experiences this week! And we were able to meet a lot of families.
On Monday night we were able to actually have a lesson with the “Family across the street” (That’s what I’ve been calling them 🙂 with the mom and the husband, it was a really great lesson, because they have been looking for a church that involves children, (Because they have three sons). They seem like really friendly people, and I am very glad that I met them!
We had a really great experience on Wednesday. We had a lesson planned with a returning member of the church, going there we thought it would just be her. Well, her friend was there, and she seemed really open to the church. When we told her about the Book of Mormon, she really wanted to read it because she likes reading, it was amazing to see the glow in her face as she felt the spirit from the things we taught.
on Wednesday night, we went to a house that we had previously knocked on, and she let us in. She was really friendly (like everyone else in Cooperstown) and she took us on a tour of her whole house. We also told her that we sometimes sing to the old people in the nursing home so she requested us to sing to her. So we did! She took a video of us and later posted it n Facebook (that information will come in handy later 😉 We found out that she is a mother and has her two kids living with her, they were not there that night, but she told us that we could come back on Sunday to teach them about Jesus.
We didn’t think we would find any investigators on Thursday because we were leaving to go to Hamilton that morning. Well just as we were about to give up and eat lunch at home (Instead of in the car) we passed by one of our investigators houses, and decided that we would stop by. the women let us in right away and invited her kids to come join in the lesson. Well the kids were on winter break (Yep, just like spring break but in the winter…they also have spring break later too) So her kids had been sleeping in. It took a few minutes for them to come, but they finally did, and we were able to teach her kids about the church. the oldest was really interested about missions and he thought it was cool that we come out here to teach about Jesus. I just love teaching the gospel! Also we found out that she knew the investigator we saw on Wednesday, because she saw the video of us singing! so funny! Everyone knows everyone in Cooperstown…it’s not very big 🙂
Sister Hallsted and I actually went to Hamilton together and then we both worked in Hamilton with the two Sisters. On the way, we made lunch in the car, (Well I made lunch and Sister Hallsted drove) It reminded us of long road trips when our moms would make lunch for everyone while we were on the road. So much fun!
Our exchange was pretty good! I was with Sister Holden, she actually started her mission in Cooperstown! It was really fun to get to know her! AND she also lived in Germany when she was younger and knew what Schnitzel was!! That made me super happy for some reason… We ate at a cute pizzeria while I was with her. I believe they have one in every town in NY especially by Utica.
We had our talent show and chili cook off on Friday night, it was really fun because the missionaries sung a song for it! One of the Elders has an Ukulele, and so we sang a song about how we want to be like different people in the Book of Mormon! (It’s a popular song among missionaries…everyone knows it!)
Saturday was the most gorgeous day of my life! It was 50 degrees and beautiful! We went to the Farmers Market, I guess a lot of them know the missionaries so we wanted to support them (Also one of the members of the branch works there) It was really fun and a good atmosphere!
Sunday, was really great! It just seemed like the whole branch was so stoked for missionary work! I guess the branch mission leader told everyone the success we’ve been having; by the end of church everyone knew how our week went. Some members have invited us to bring our investigators to their house for dinner, and people have been volunteering to come with us to our lessons, It’s so great! I love it here! 🙂
We went back to that mothers’ house to teach her children! And of course one of the members came to the lesson with us and she also brought two of her kids (And cupcakes) it was really fun and they made a great connection! The work here is moving along fast here! I am so excited for this week, we have lots of plans to see you new and old investigators!
One quick funny story:
We went to the Jones house for dinner on Wednesday, and their son and daughter in-law were there (They live in the branch right now) and their year oldish granddaughter. Well, the baby likes attention and she started singing to us. She would sing to us by opening her mouth really wide and just say “maahhhhhh” It was the cutest thing in the entire world!! I was laughing so hard I was crying!
We also went to the young Jones house yesterday. And Brother Jones made Brazilian food because that is where he went on his mission! I was really fun because both Sister Hallsted and my dad’s went to Brazil on their missions! It was really fun!
Well this is the longest email ever! I hope you enjoy it!
Because it’s so cold! Weird place to get transferred to… #NYAM (New York Antarctica Mission)
It was a pretty funny week 🙂
I had three bloody noses this week, (don’t worry I called the doctor after the third one 🙂 However, it has made me very grateful for a mother’s loving care, and reflect on my own mother’s sweetness.
The first one happened as we were leaving an apartment building we were tracting. I asked Sister Hallsted for a tissue but she had just used her last one 5 minutes before. So she suggested that we go to the last door we knocked on (she had just rejected us minute before that). When she answered, she immediately let us in and grabbed, tissues, a bag, a towel, some ice, etc. And she started helping me. I could obviously tell that she has the experience of a mother. Well, it was one of those nasty one that just bled and bled and bled. Eventually, they wanted to take me to the emergency room! That really freaked me out. But I prayed and prayed and prayed that my nose would stop, and it did, right as we were about to leave to go to the hospital.
The second one happened while we were at our investigators house, you know the one with the sheep? well, we were out feeding them when it started so we headed back in and she got me some ice, and she was being very mother like as well. I am grateful to know that when I am not close to my own mother, there is always a mother around to help.
Another funny story. We went to the hospital to sign up to be clergy (Basically to comfort people when they are sad and such) and we asked 3 different people where to go and finally made it to the hospital chapel to wait for the chaplain to talk with us about it. well we did and we got these fancy little badges with our name on it! It’s so hilarious! I’m keeping mine for ever and ever!
On Saturday, it was so cold out that we weren’t allowed to go tracting, or be outside for long hours at a time. When it was time to go out to our appointment, my nose started up again. So we ended up having a lesson over the phone, and calling the doctor after 🙂
On our way to church on Sunday, it got as low as -21 degrees! Super crazy! I’ve never been in weather that cold! And this is why I bought a nice coat, for days like that! I must admit, it was kind of fun, because now I can say that I’ve been in really cold weather!
Since it was Valentine’s Day on Sunday, I wrote Sister Hallsted a poem…since we don’t have actual Valentines… 🙂
We had a really great lesson with an investigator this week! We haven’t been able to see her in a while because she has been out of town. It was really good because I felt like I really didn’t have to do anything. Words were literally placed in my mouth! It was the coolest thing ever! (for all you missionaries out there, It was just like the lesson with Jinx from the district…I love that show!)
Even in the cold, we found lots of people to teach! They are all really great people! One cool experience: When we knocked on the door, a man answered and he said, “Hi friends! you can’t come in right now because my wife’s not home but she will be home in a few minutes,” Obviously he met with missionaries before because he knew the drill. So we kept on knocking down the street, and we went back a few minutes later, and we were able to meet with him (his wife was home by then) and he already read the Book of Mormon and he loves it! Super cool guy!
Sister Frisby made it home safely and I love and miss her! And so does Cooperstown! It was raining all day the day she went home! 🙂
Sister Hallsted is amazing she is so “cute” (A term she uses all the time 🙂 And she is a great missionary! I love her so much and we are going to have a great time together!
Our first adventure was on Wednesday, we went to Oneonta to see a member, and we could not find her house! We were finally able to but all we had time for was to say hi. Then we had dinner with a cute young couple who have little baby girl. she is so cute!
On Friday, we found a cute little outside library, it was a little wooden box full of book you could add to or take from, so of course we had to stop and put a Book of Mormon inside 🙂 So that’s what the picture is from, that I put on Facebook!
Saturday, was one of the best days of my mission life! So many people opened their doors!
So remember how I told you that Sister Frisby and I both had a thought to see a family we had met a week before? Well, we were finally able to get in on Saturday! Sister Hallsted and I both could picture her in the temple! She is an amazing women and she has an amazing story! We are so excited to continue seeing her!
Sometime we run into rejection, but that doesn’t bring us down! We were so excited to meet the family across the street that we didn’t even want to go in for lunch! But our stomachs thought otherwise.
On the way home from lunch, we talked with a lady on the street, she said she had met with missionaries before and she would love for us to come back! So many miracles happened all one day! I couldn’t stop smiling!
Sunday was pretty great we had dinner with the Jones’ again, this time it was the younger and the older Jones’ 🙂 it was very fun!
On Sunday night we committed someone to be baptized, it was a very awesome lesson! We read from the Book of Mormon, that book is amazing! I love it so much! The spirit is so strong when we read it!
so basically I had the best week of my life so far, I’m sure there will be better, but thus far it is the best!
This week, Sister Frisby went to the temple. That meant that I got to go with the Utica Sister for a day! They are both really sweet Sisters, and I love them! In the morning, we went to a library and helped sort movies and we helped with prepare an art project for the kids place. It was a lot of fun! We had a lot of appointments later that day, so I was able to meet a lot of people! It was a really fun day, and I loved getting to know the Sisters there! 🙂
I met up with Sister Frisby on Wednesday morning and we drove back to Cooperstown. It was a fun little trip. later that day we fed sheep at our investigators house. It was fun!
We had an amazing ZTM on Thursday! It was all about planning! During the first half of the meeting, all I could think of was this family, who we only met briefly at their door. During a break that we had I told Sister Frisby that I was thinking of them, well guess what? She had been think about them as well! I think it gave me chills! 🙂 We later, planned a lesson and part of the meeting, and we both felt inspired to plan for this family. We prayed about a specific time to see them and we agreed on a time, and we were able to plan a lesson for them.
That night we went out and we went to the family’s house. We knocked on the door, no answer, we knocked again, no answer. We rang the doorbell. No answer. Just as we were about to leave, I felt like I should knock again. I thought it was a crazy thought, but I knocked again! And Guess what! Someone answered the door, we were able to teach a lesson, but we were able to get to know her more and we found out that her husband had met with missionaries before! I am so excited to go back and teach her. I know that we were inspired of God to go and see her, and I know that God loves all his children! I know that He is aware of us, and he loves us!
Well, I am going to miss Sister Frisby, but I am excited for her to see her family! I know she will do great things back and home and I wish the best for her! I am excited for my new companion; her name is Sister Hallstead! I only heard good things about her and I am excited to be companions with her! 🙂