The Lord is blessing us so much in this area! So many people have been letting us in! More people have been letting us in because it’s been between 0-10 degrees outside for the past few days!
The different ways we have found people this week (or so…):
We were trying people who could be potential investigators and we met a lady who said she knew a little bit about Mormons because her friend was LDS, then she said she attended another church and was involved in it a lot, but she liked learning. Somehow our discussion turned into a lesson about the Book of Mormon. All of a sudden she was listening really intently, and she seemed more interested! It was really cool to see how the spirit can touch people’s lives!
There is a trailer park near where we live, we had gone there a million times before trying to see people that Sister Frisby had tracted before I got to Cooperstown, but for some reason, I was had the impression to go there, I thought to myself, “We been there a MILLION times already!” Obviously it was the Spirit, because we were able finally able to see someone, that we had tried a million times! She already has a Book of Mormon, read it, and has a testimony of it! So excited to go back and teach her! Sometimes the Spirit tells us to do crazy things, but if we listen to and act on those “crazy” prompting, we will be blessed and it will only add to this crazy adventure we call life!
A few days later…
We went to the same trailer park…I don’t know what it is about that trailer park. And we tried to contact another person that had been hard to get a hold of. Well, the person we were looking for moved, but the two people that were there let us in! We taught them a lesson, and they wanted us to come back! It’s so exciting to see the Spirit work in people’s lives!
Anyway, on Sunday…
We had dinner with the Jones family. Their son is leaving for the MTC soon! It’s really nice to have Sunday meals, it makes Sundays feel less weird 🙂
On New Year’s eve…
We went to Pizza Hut (Because apparently it’s a whole sit down restaurant in NY) with the Zvirzdin family! We got some yummy pizza. This family feeds us every week, usually on Thursdays! they are very nice!
We went to bed at 10:30, if there were any fireworks or celebrations, we slept through it, didn’t hear a thing it was great! earliest I’ve ever went to bed on New Year’s!
On New Year’s day…
We were helping one of our investigator’s outside when all of a sudden it started snowing hard! I guess all the snow last year was used up last February so it couldn’t snow until the first! 😉
Time flies by so fast!! I’ve been out a year! A WHOLE year…nay I don’t think that’s possible, it’s more like two months right? 😉 My mission so far has been great! I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the Lord in upstate New York! I have really grown and been blessed to serve here! Thank you for all of your support!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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… 🙁
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!)
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!
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! 🙂
It hasn’t snowed Since Monday, but Monday was very cold! We have officially started listening to Christmas music! I love the Christmas season, and I am excited to be a missionary during Christmas time! Also check out the new Christmas video at christmas.mormon.org #ASaviorIsBorn It’s pretty cool!
We had our usually District Meeting! We talked a lot about the spirit and our own conversion to the gospel! Did I mention how much I love Missionary meeting? I do think they are pretty great!
We helped a member weed her garden before the snow comes, we’ve been trying to help her for the past couple weeks, but every time we went over there it was raining! Finally we were able to help her! It went by really fast with all three of us weeding! Then we had yummy soup for dinner!
We had a great Thanksgiving!
We stopped at a few members homes. We gave each of them a note of gratitude, because we are both grateful for all the members in this ward! We had dinner at the Guthrie’s It was a good traditional Thanksgiving dinner! We also stopped by the Drake’s and the Talley’s. It was a fun day!
We had some good lessons this week!
A few weeks ago on exchange, we met a guy while tracting, the other day we had a lesson with him. He said that the first vision sounded familiar to him. It was cool because we talked about the light of Christ at District Meeting and how everyone is born with it. That is why he thought it sounded familiar! We set him with a baptism date, so we will see where that goes!
We had a lesson with some of our recent converts, they have 5 children all under the age of 5! Sometimes it’s hard to teach them because their children are crazy (But super cute!) Just as we were leaving, The mom asked their four year old what she wanted for dinner, she exclaimed, “Dinosaurs!” Well I don’t know how that’s going to work, but it was super cute and funny!
It’s getting pretty cold here!
Sometimes the weather likes tricking us, on Friday we were walking around without coats on! It was so warm it was crazy! Then this morning, we woke up to a thick layer of ice on our car. Eventually it will just be cold! Sharing the gospel makes walking in the cold worth it!
We had Thanksgiving again with a family in the ward, We had the usual turkey, stuffing, I decided to try eating stuffing this year! I don’t really like it, but most of it was actually good! taste buds change on your mission 😉 We also had leftover thanksgiving dinner at the Drake’s on Sunday! Thanksgiving leftovers are the best!
We had two investigators at church this Sunday!
Sister Hale and I were ecstatic! One was a newer investigator. His girlfriend is a member, but he is investigating now! The other one is someone we see pretty often, she has been to church a few times now!
We had ZTM this week! I love missionary meetings! They usually make me want to be a better missionary and work harder!
We went on exchange this week! Sister Williams came here to Vestal with me! There were a lot of Miracles, that’s generally what happens on exchange.
When we got to our apartment, we made some goals, I decided that I wanted to give out a Book of Mormon before we came in for dinner, mind you we only had a few hours before dinner, but I was hopeful that I would reach my goal! So we went out. There were a ton of people on the streets, more than normal! It was amazing! We met so many wonderful people and we even taught the first lesson right there on the street for a few of them! I gave my Book of Mormon to one of them. Another one we taught seemed really interested, he said the message we shared was inspiring and hopeful! It’s amazing how people can start to feel the spirit in their life in such a short time! He looked a lot happier when we left that when we first met him!
We had a quick dinner and we were back on the street! We tracted a road, it was dark and I was a little scared to knock on doors at night, but we did it anyway! We didn’t have a whole lot of success until the very last house! We a man who seemed really interested and told us we could come back later! We also found a lot of people as we tracted part of our apartment building! The people we met seemed so prepared! One even made an appointment with us later in the week! When we went back he seemed really interested!
Sister William and I. We had a birthday party! We both have the same birthday!
The next day, Sister Gass texted us that Sister Hale wasn’t feeling very well and was in bed resting. So when we were finished with our exchange, a member of our ward drove us all the way to Elmira! They are the nicest people ever! they gave us water and chocolate for our journey to Elmira and they stopped at Wendy’s on the way back for dinner! And gave Sister Hale some things to help her feel better! They are the best!
Before Sister Williams left Vestal, we had a great lesson with one of our investigators, she had been coming to church a few times. She almost committed to be baptized! Later that week she called us and told us that she didn’t want to meet with us again! It was scary! However, she agreed to have us come over later this week and talk things over! 🙂
On Thursday I turned 20!
It was a great day! I got lots of presents and cards from my family! (Also Sister Gass gave me a birthday card!) I loved everything that I got! Thank you for sending so much love! It made my day!
For lunch Sister Hale and I made pizza! It was a lot of fun! (We also got to wear our new aprons from my dad! 🙂 Later that day, we went to the Guthrie’s house so that I could have a picture with the birthday hat! They also made me a cake in a mug! Then we had dinner with the Drake’s! Sister Drake made stroganoff, my favorite! It was pretty good! We had pink and green cupcakes and I opened some more presents!
The next day, Sister Donohoe, took us out to TGI Fridays for lunch in celebration of my birthday! It was very sweet of her! Later that day for dinner we went to Texas road house with another member of the ward. I guess everyone wanted to celebrate my birthday! 😉 I am grateful for everyone in the ward! 🙂
Friday’s with Sister Donohoe and Sister Mcdaniel! So much fun!
On Saturday we made cookies for one of our investigator’s and left it on her door because she was at work. It’s fun to do little services for people! 🙂
We had a really great lesson with one of our newer investigators, she really seems interested in learning more. She saw the example of one of the members in the ward, and that sparked her interest! Hopefully she will come to church soon!
On Sunday night we were out tracting and finding people, when all of a sudden there was a cat by us! So Sister Hale befriended it, it was rather cute! It followed us for a long time and we thought it would follow us all the way to our car but eventually it disappeared! Sister Hale thought it was like a “spirit cat”…
We had our first snow this morning! I was sitting at my desk and I saw something through the blinds of my window! I open the blinds and I was snow! It so pretty! 🙂 Winter is definitely on it’s way!
My List of Thanksgiving:
I am grateful to have two wonderful parents that have taught me the gospel my whole life! It’s because of them that I am on a mission! I am grateful for the example of my dad going on a mission, it had inspired me to go on a mission as well! I am also grateful for the example of my mom, I would always see her saying her nightly prayers every night, she has also influenced me to going on a mission. I am also grateful for my grandparents in teaching my parents the gospel as well! They have been a tremendous influence on me also! 🙂
I am grateful for the friend that I have had through out my life! They have been good examples to me of love and friendship! I am especially grateful for the friends I had in high school and the fact that they had high standards! Their influence has also inspired me!
I am so very grateful the be in the New York Utica Mission! I am grateful for the companions that I have had and the things that I have learned from each one of them! I am grateful for the people that I have met and the wards that I have been in! I have been able to find several families that are dear to my heart! I am grateful for my mission president and his wife! They are wonderful people and I am grateful for their example and dedication. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to be a missionary and to preach the gospel in upstate New York. I love the people here and I don’t regret my decision to be a missionary! 🙂
I am grateful for temples, and although I have not been able to go to a temple in months, I am so grateful for the spirit that is there and I am excited to go to the temple frequently! I am also grateful for the scriptures and the peace and knowledge that they give me! I am grateful that the true church was restored and that we have a living prophet on the earth today.
I am grateful for the gospel and that we can return to live with God, Jesus Christ and our families again! I am grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and His sacrifice that was for each and every one of us! I am grateful for the plan that our Heavenly Father made for us! I am grateful for the happiness that I have felt from this gospel.
We had enrichment on Tuesday night, we made pumpkin pies, they were really good! I’m not the biggest pumpkin pie fan but this pumpkin pie was very good!! We also made snowflakes out of paper, they looked nice, and sparkly!
We were walking around a different part of our area. As we walked we saw a young mother out for a walk with her dog and her little toddler. We started talking to her and she seemed really nice and open, hopefully we will be able to go back and talk with her whole family!
We did you usual service, cleaning another church in the area, We had a lesson with one of the less actives, she served us hot chocolate because it was a bit cold outside. This time she didn’t bring the birds out!
We had a really great lesson with one of our investigators, (she almost wanted to stop seeing us last week!) She asked a lot of good questions, she is a little bit more open to us, and she was excited to come to church!
We had dinner with a couple members of the ward at a church in Binghamton, they served Chicken and Biscuits, it seemed to be a New York thing to have because I never had it until I got to New York! It was a really good dinner.
After dinner we had a lesson planned with a potential investigator. Well the members that drove us to dinner, wanted to come with us so we headed to the lesson, on the way, she texted us and said that she wouldn’t be able to meet that night, so we decided to see one of out referrals that lives far away. You have probably heard me talk about them before because we have been trying them for the past couple of months but they have never been home! We’ve tried day time, night time, morning, evening, almost every time of the day!! However, this time there was a car in front of their house!! We knocked on the door they answered, we gave them the bible the ordered and they want us to come back!! It was really great!
One of the less active members of the ward’s son passed away, we wanted to support her, so we went to the funeral on Saturday. It was very interesting, there was a lot of Amens and random singing! Well, I guess that’s part of the culture of Binghamton! It’s great! It was a really great service! I’m glad that we were able to be there for support 🙂
After the Funeral, we helped a member of the ward clean her house, she hasn’t been feeling too good lately, so we helped her clean her kitchen and bathroom! She also gave us cupcakes that were really good!
Then we headed off to a baptism!
A women that on the the Elders were teaching got baptized. She had been coming to church with a member for a couple of months now. She new so much about the scriptures and church that everyone assumed that she was already a member! Well, as soon as we figured out that she wasn’t a member, they taught her lesson, and she was baptized! She is such a nice women!
Like I said earlier, one of our investigators came to church! It was really cool because she was able to see a confirmation! She loves the lessons and she loves the songs even if she doesn’t know them!
For a change…
We had dinner with the Kings on Sunday! They are a really nice family, the boys are a little crazy, but boys will be boys right? 😉 Sister King also teaches Relief Society sometimes and her lessons are always the best!! This week it was all about missionary work! I love missionary work!! It’s the best!
We had a little bit of time left so we still stopped by the Drake’s. We just wanted to share a scripture with them that would help them. In return, Sister Drake gave us brownies! 🙂
I can say that I was never hungry this week!
Everyone gave us food this week! We went to another investigators house, just as we were about to leave, she offered us some cake that she made. It was a really good chocolate cake! Another time, one of the recent converts gave us cake that she bought for her son’s birthday. It was pumpkin cake, I just love pumpkin so much! We got food at the funeral and all of the other times we got food that I mentioned in this email. Everyone is so nice here! I just love it here so much!
This week we are going to go on exchanges!
This time Sister Williams is coming to Vestal. Something cool about Sister William’s is that she shares the same birthday as me! So cool!!
I hope that you all have a wonderful week! New York is pretty great! No snow yet..not sure if I’m sad or glad about that! 🙂
For the first few days this week, we had really great weather! It was in the 60s and 70s!! Crazy for November in New York, however yesterday it was freezing and we had to scrape frost off our car this morning…
On Tuesday we had district meeting as always, we talked about goal setting. It was a good meeting, that’s about it.
The members in the Binghamton Ward are amazing!
There are three experiences this week that we had with members.
On Friday, one of our investigators almost dropped us! However we had a member with us who persisted that our investigator comes to church. We were pretty persisted also, however, I think she would have dropped us had we not had a member with us being lovingly persisted!
Later on Friday, a member gave us a ride to a referral that lives far away (We have to stay within a mile budget). The referral wasn’t home so we got in the car to leave. A few seconds later the member who drove us noticed a sign in the window of a neighboring house, it said “Thankful for families” She stopped the car and we knocked on the door. There was a young mother home, and she let us in! We taught her the first lesson and she wants us to come back and come to church! Sister Hale and I didn’t even notice the sign! Again, I am so grateful for the members here! 🙂
We were going to have a lesson with an investigator and we were going to take a member with us. Well the appointment canceled. When we called the member to tell her that the appointment canceled, she asked us if we still see our recent convert. We said yes we are seeing her the next day (Saturday). She invited her self to come. We were uncertain if we should bring her because she has trouble walking up stairs and our recent convert lives up 4 or 5 flights of stairs, but she insisted that she came with us! She said she would make it up the stairs with the Lords help! She is truly an amazing women! Not only did she make it up the stairs she also shared an amazing testimony and befriended our recent convert, offering her a ride to church. I am so grateful for the members and the support they give to everyone!
All in all the members here are great!
On Wednesday night
We were walking around trying to talk with people, not a lot of PEOPLE were out but we did see a bunch of deer running across the rode in a neighborhood, for some reason it was really funny. We just turned the corner and here are all these deer running across the street! We laughed!
We had a lesson with a less active member. This time we saw her birds! They were really funny birds, one of them hid from Sister Hales camera and one of them laughed, it was a really funny laugh too! It was fun to see them!
This week we had dinner with the Guthrie’s, Hogan’s, and Drake’s. As always, everything was good! On Sunday, I was matching with Sister Drake that was kind of fun!
We also had transfer calls this week!
Sister Hale and I are staying in Binghamton together! for at least another transfer! I really love it here and I am grateful that I am staying! 🙂
In the morning we saw an older member of the ward! She has such a strong faith in the gospel! As we left, one of our investigators texted us and told us that she wants to get baptized! It’s in a few months but it was still super cool!! We are excited for her!! 🙂
We had a really great district meeting about being more bold with the people! We did a cool role play where we all stood in a line and OYMed each other all at the same time! It was kind of crazy, however, it was a good way to practice teaching boldly by the spirit! 🙂
After District Meeting
We had a really good lesson with another investigator! There is so much potential in this area! Our investigators are starting to progress and we are excited for what is going to happen!
On Tuesday night
We tried to contact people on the streets. Since it’s getting cold out, not a lot of people are on the streets at night. However, as we walked, we saw a guy coming out of his house to check if his truck was locked. There’s our chance! We told him that we were missionaries and a little about what we believe. He said he wasn’t interest, however, he also told us that his girlfriend might be! so he took us into the house where we met his girlfriend. We taught both of them a few things and we gave them a Book of Mormon, they said we could come back if we are in the area! We are excited to go back and teach them some more! Had we not been walking at that exact time, and had the courage to talk to that man, we would have never met them! I am so grateful for the strength of the Lord (As it talks about in the Book of Mormon) and the Spirit! I would not be able to be out here without either of them! It was truly a miracle!
We helped a member clean her house and then we had dinner with her! The members in the Ward are really great! I am still really grateful to be in this area! 🙂
A lot of our appointments canceled 🙁 However we had a great lesson with one of the less active members of the ward about the Plan of Salvation! We could feel the spirit so strongly!! I really love feeling the spirit all the time!!
We have also found a street, where a lot of people are out! I love sharing the gospel, even though people reject us. It’s really sad when they do reject us, but it would be even more sad if they never got a chance to hear the gospel!
Friday was the Ward Trunk or Treat Halloween party!
We invited a few investigators but none of them came 🙁 but it was still super fun! There were a lot of people there and a lot of trunks with candy!
Saturday (aka Halloween 😉
Was the adult session of Stake Conference! It was a really good meeting! Some members from our ward spoke, both on Saturday and Sunday! Elder Smith from the Seventy came and spoke both days! The spirit was really strong and there were lots of great stories!
After Stake Conference on Saturday, a member took us out to dinner! We went to a good Italian restaurant that had grilled pizzas. Never had one of those before but it was really good! 🙂
I thoroughly enjoyed my extra hour of sleep and I hope you did to! 😉
On Tuesday we had ZTM, It was a really great missionary meeting! I think I have finally learned to love role playing! I think it really does help us missionaries to practice recognizing the spirit as we teach! I have been able to use what I learn in real missionary life!
This is my MTC district! (Or at least the ones in the mission…)
After ZTM, I went on exchange with Sister Gass (in Elmira) ! We had a great time together! It was amazing to see how she has improved in being a missionary! She was definitely not a bad missionary to begin with, however we all can improve in our lives! We meet a lot of wonderful people there, and I felt the love for the people we saw even if it’s not my area! I just love New York with all my heart! It gives me so much joy to see people come to know the truth! I am also grateful that I can change and become a better person each day of my mission 🙂
Sister Gass and I on Exchange!
On Tuesday night we met a family whose son was recently baptized, we taught them the Plan of Salvation. I remember the days of my childhood when I had questions no one could answer! The kids were super cute!
On Wednesday morning
Before we exchanged back, I met a cute family that wants to come to church! It’s so exciting when people have the desire to learn about the gospel! I just love sharing the gospel with everyone! And because of that desire, with the Lord’s help, I have been able to overcome my fear of talking with others, I realized that we as missionaries are already weird anyway, so why should I be scared to talk with them? I just want others to feel the joy I feel!
We did our usual service, we cleaned another church building. After we clean we have lunch with people of that church. We had a wonderful conversation with one of the women we have lunch with. She talked about our relationship with Jesus Christ. She is an amazing woman It is wonderful to have a such a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He knows us so personally! And I am so grateful for that!
We also had wonderful lessons with some of our investigators and less active members. There is a very sweet lady in the ward that we visit, this week we role played the restoration with her (She pretended that she was an investigator) and she gave us some great tips on how to teach it better so that it is more understandable. She is amazing!
Thursday was a busy day!
We found a new investigator! His girlfriend is a less active member of the ward, and he is a non member. We were able to teach them! We had a great lesson and we are excited to go back! They are an amazing family!
One of our investigators has been having a hard time coming to church, because she doesn’t have a skirt and she didn’t feel comfortable wearing pants to church, so a few weeks ago we got her some clothes. She said that the skirts were too long. So we know what we did? We hemmed them up! We found her a ride and the came to church on Sunday! We were so excited to see here there! And so was the rest of the ward! A lot of people introduced themselves to her! The ward is amazing! 🙂
On Friday night
We had dinner with the Talleys! They are so nice and I will miss them dearly when I leave! (So I don’t really want to leave 😉
We were finally able to meet with an investigator whom I have never met before! She had been investigating earlier with previous missionaries, but since I have been here, we have had a hard time correlating a time that we could meet. But we were finally able to meet her! She already has an amazing testimony and I am so glad that I have had the privilege of meeting her! We meet with her two days in a row! Not only am I teaching people but I am also making life long friends! 🙂
We had lunch with Sharon, she is a member in our ward! She has us over for lunch sometimes and I am also glad that I am able to meet her too!
EVERYONE IS AMAZING!!!
There seems to be a lot of new people at church this week! The Lord is truly blessing us here! “For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;”
I am so very grateful to be in the Binghamton (Well mostly Vestal 😉 Area! I am grateful to be with Sister Hale! She has help me grow so much! Sometimes when we role play she makes me start over again because I was doing an awful job. Grudgingly I start over, however after I do it the seconded time I know that the second time is better! That’s why we keep practicing and improving!
We had a great lesson with one of our investigators! She is so close to coming to church and being baptized! We are very excited for her! 🙂 We were able to bring a member (Sister Donahoe) with us and I think she really encouraged her to come to church! Later that week we were able to have breakfast with Sister Donahoe! She is an amazing person and I am so glad that I am able to get to know her!
We had a relief society activity and we made scarfs and fabric pumpkins! It was so fun and they are very cute 🙂 It was also fun to get to know that relief society member of the ward a little better! 🙂
Was the day our week went down hill. But I’ll laugh about it later!
After lunch on Wednesday
We went to go get our oil changed in the car. They told us it would be about an hour. So for that hour we went out to find people! As we walked we saw a woman who was smoking. It seemed a little bit awkward but we went for it anyway! Well it ended up being awkward. We just want to talk with everyone! We were also able to talk with a few other people as well! An hour later we were back at the car place. They told us that they were also fixing our breaks but that they would be done soon. A half hour went by… then an hour… then two hours. By the time it was done we rescheduled one appointment, we were late another, and the other canceled on us! I am grateful that we have a safe car to drive in, however it was a stressful day! By the time we got home, it was 8:30 and we realized that we didn’t even have dinner… what a day that was! 🙂
We had lunch at Little Venice, with Sister McDaniel, her daughter, and Danielle. It was really good! However, getting to the restaurant was an adventure in and of itself! We thought that Sister McDaniel was going to pick us up, while she thought that we were meeting her there…it was a complete misunderstanding 🙂 It’s just funny how everything just added to the week we were having! 🙂 Later we helped a member clean her house! And we also listened to the Priesthood session of conference since we hadn’t been able to listen to it yet!
Friday was the day that brightened our week!
We were able to have a lesson with a less active and her boyfriend! They were very welcoming and they want to have us back! That’s always a good sign! It made us so happy! They have so much potential! We are excited to go back!
One of our recent converts almost dropped us… She was just having a hard time. Another thing to add to our week! We love her so much and just want to help her!
The cherry on top
Was the fact that is snowed on Sunday! It was very pretty however, it’s too early for it to be snowing!!!
This week was a little hard…
However we would not have been able to get through it without the help of Heavenly Father. I think I learned that we need to do what Heavenly Father wants us to do rather than what we want to do! We may have made these great plans for the week, however God had a better plan for us. Not only did it help us learn and grow as missionaries, it also helped those that we saw! I feel like I can love the people here more because I am striving to do what is right and what is best for them! I love this area and the people in it!
Sunday was a pretty good day!
The theme of church seemed to be about missionary work! All the lessons/talks were very powerful and you could feel the spirit so strong! Something big is going to happen soon I just know it! 😉
We had dinner with the Lewis family on Sunday night! They are a very cute young family and we seemed to get along with them very well! That night we tried finding people in the dark! We have some pretty great adventures and I am grateful for every single one of them!
On Monday evening, we had FHE with a bunch of the members from the ward. It was a lot of fun! We talked about General Conference. It was fun to hear everyone’s thoughts about it!
Earlier on Monday
We got a text from Sister Guthrie asking if we could come over sometime before Wednesday. We thought that was a strange request knowing that they lives far away. Apparently we forgot to text her back… don’t know how I missed that. So on Tuesday we received another text from Sister Guthrie asking if we wanted to come to dinner that night. Well we didn’t have a dinner plan so of course we said yes! We got to dinner and they told us where to sit. On my seat, there was a package! It was from my mom for “Hump Day” It was a pleasant surprise! It made me smile! We also had yummy food! Stove top Lasagna or something like that… anyway it was good!
The next day
October 7th, I opened my “Hump Day” package! I got a chocolate frog! That was pretty cool! I can’t believe I have been out for 9 whole months! Time flies so fast! My mission had been so much fun and I have met so many wonderful people! I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Thanks for all the letters and support!
On Wednesday night
We had dinner with the Talley’s… Somehow we had a dinner appointment every night this week! On Sunday no one had signed up because it was Conference weekend and not a lot of people come to the church for it. I guess you could say we are pretty cool! Tonight we are going to the Talley’s again to have s’mores and stuff over a fire! So much fun!
Nothing to spectacular happened on Thursday…
But I got a package! It was another “Hump Day” package, but this time it was from my Dad! I love getting packages! But that might be because I love surprises!
On Friday we had our Mission Conference!
It went from 10-5! It was so long, but it was so good! I was also able to see all of my companions that are still in the mission! (Sister Gass, Sister Abbott, Sister Hess, Sister Chandler, and of course Sister Hale) Elder Bennett from the Seventy came and talked with us and got us pumped to do missionary work, and to become better missionaries! The spirit was so strong and I loved it! They also had yummy food!
So with feeling pumped about missionary work in mind, that night, even though we got home at 8:00 and it was dark already, we decided we were going to work hard for that hour! It was really cool because we were able to set up an appointment for later this week and we had a lesson with a member!
The next day…
There were a ton of people on the streets! We decided to be fearless and talk with as many people as we could! We were able to over come our fear, and met so many wonderful people! Some of them weren’t interested, some didn’t live in the area, and some of them were just nice! However the case may be, were able to talk with people! It made me so happy!!
On Saturday night
We had dinner with Sister Ligouri, We had good food! On Sunday, we had dinner with the Drake’s! Chicken and cranberry sauce tastes good together… The Drakes are super great!
First of all Sister Hess got transferred! I miss her so much already! However Sister Hale is pretty great! She drives now! We have gotten lost so many times… I’ll tell you about that later…
First of all, let me tell you about Sister Hale. Sister Hale is from California (Yay! Someone not from Utah or Idaho! I love all my companions but they’re all from Mormon country…) She has really pretty hair, thick dark brown curls! She wears glasses (also a first). She likes cool stuff like Harry Potter!! YAY!!
Sister Abbott came to Vestal to work for the day while Sister Hess and Sister Mason (Sister Abbott’s previous companion) went to transfers. We had so much fun catching up and trying not to get lost. A few weeks ago we went tracting and found a couple people who were interested. So we decided to try them. One wasn’t home but the other invited us in! She is very nice and has great potential! Not only did we pick up a new investigator, but I was able to see how far Sister Abbott and I have come since the MTC! Our teaching skills have improved and we are a lot more confident!
Well Sister Hale and the sister she was with got lost getting to our apartment… So they were a little late. That also means we were late going to dinner… Sister Hale and I had our first adventure together!!! We got lost getting to the Hogan’s house for dinner!!! Lots of fun haha! However the drive was beautiful!
It wasn’t until Friday Night…
That I realized that it was Conference weekend! I was so excited! I couldn’t stop talking about it and it was hard to sleep! However I survived! It’s like Christmas!!!
We picked up the Elders before going to conference, good thing we left early because we got lost getting to their apartment! New York roads are confusing so even with a GPS! 🙂
This is what I LOVED about conference:
I LOVED the new Apostles testimonies! Anchor your faith in Christ. Weak things will become strong! I am excited to learn from them in future conferences!
I LOVED Elder Lawrence’s talk! I think if I had to pick a favorite talk it would be this one! It really helped me! It was so so so good!!!
Ponderize, I think I will do this every week! YAY!
President Monson’s talk was really good! Be a light of Christ! However it was a little scary at the end, it made my heart break a little! I hope he gets feeling better soon!
I Loved the talks by President Nelson and Elder Holland! I could just feel the spirit so much when they spoke!
I don’t even know what else to say!! They were all super super amazing! I just love conference!! So much!
We had a cool experience at Conference!
While we were watching the Saturday Afternoon Session, an investigator (I’ve never met her) texted us. She asked if we could meet her at the church at 5, Well we were already there so we invited her to come watch the rest of it, so she came! We found out later that she was listening to conference all day on her phone! She has a lot of potential and I am excited to teach her!!!
BTW I like hashtags so that’s what this post will be made up of!!
We had a great district meeting! Our District Leader didn’t plan anything…but for good reason! He was trying to have us feel how are investigators feel when we don’t prepare anything! It was cool to see how much we really need to plan in order for the spirit to fully be there! Next transfer we are going to be in another district 🙁 So I won’t be in the same District as Sister Abbott! So Sad!! But I will still see her around!! 🙂
On Wednesday morning we had so much fun with Sister Savage!! We made chocolate suckers! They were Halloween themed! There was a witch one (Aka Elphaba) and a bat one she had other designs but we just stuck with those two! For lunch she served us tomato soup and fried cheese sandwiches (I’ve heard people call them that a lot…I guess it’s a NY thing haha). It was so good to have comfort food with fall in the air! At the end we made chocolate mustache suckers! We took selfies with them…obviously! We had so much fun!
On Friday We got to go to a Volley Ball game at the University! it was really fun! I forgot how much fun it is to be at school games! It’s just like a a high school game! For some reason I thought it would be different…
Saturday was a busy day! In the morning we went to a service project in Ithica. We prepared food packets for children with out food. It was a fun process! There were four large bins of ingredients, Rice, dried veggies, vitamins, and soy. We would scoop the ingredients and put them through a funnel into a bag. Then they would weigh the bags to make sure there was a enough food, the bags would then get sealed and packed into boxes. We made over 300,000 meals! We also listened to classic songs from the 80’s 90’s and now (And sometimes even before the 80’s…) Doing service and rocking out to good music! So much fun!
The #generalwomensmeeting was so much fun! Especially since we had Olive Garden before! I have missed that so much! It reminds me of all the times we had it at home before or after the meetings! I loved all of the talks so much! I loved how they all talked about how Heavenly Father knows our worth and potential! I especially loved President Uchtdorf’s talk, and the story about Ava and her Great Aunt Rose. It was hilarious and it had a good ending. As a side note, I loved how he described the cat #creepystalkercat. We can be happy now and forever! Faith leads to Hope, Hope leads to Confidence and Confidence leads to Happiness! “Now is part of eternity”
We had a General Authority come and speak with us On Sunday. It was Elder Clay and his wife. They were actually from New York and he was the Stake President over in Syracuse. He also lived in Binghamton for a while and was baptized in the Binghamton Branch (Yes before it was a ward!) And so was Sister Clay. They talked a lot about the Sabbath Day. and I really enjoyed it! We also had the Stake President come and speak with us also. He gave us two steps of understanding the Atonement more. 1. Allow others to make mistakes and change 2. Avoid negative labels. I really enjoyed Sacrament meeting this Sunday!
As always we had dinner with the Drakes except this time we had the other Elders with us! (Soon we will have 3 sets of Elders in this ward!!!) We had enchiladas! They were sooooo goood! Some how I liked the bell peppers in it…#whathappened?! We had a fun “family picture” and then we went to a fireside! 🙂
Fun family photo with the drakes…and the dogs
On Sunday night we had the opportunity to go to really cool fireside about the Joseph knight and Josiah Stowell homes. I wasn’t too sure about how that connects with the church history but it does’t and I would love to go there and learn more about it, since this church history sight is actually in our mission! The Restoration of the Priesthood site and the Sacred Grove are so close yet so far away!! It also mentions Broome County in the Doctrine and Covenants and that is the county that we live in!!
One more thing…
On Saturday we had transfer calls! Sister Hess will be leaving me!! But she isn’t going to far just to Liverpool (Not in England, in NY!!! It’s by Syracuse…I’ve been there before for Zone meetings!) We have become best friends! We both can’t wait to hang out when she gets home (I keep forgetting that she goes home after me!) When she gets home I will already be in school at UVU so I’m going to take the Front Runner up to Ogden and she is going to show me around!! We already have a list of movies we want to watch and places we want to go! She is my best friend!! I’m going to miss her so so so much!