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!

Smells like Disneyland…

It was a great week!

We’ve had so much fun finding people this week. We have two new investigators, they are newlyweds and they seem really interested.

We had Zone Conference this week. We learned about prayer, I think it’s a pretty important thing to do, I would be completely lost without it! We also did a lot of Role Plays…Zone Conferences are exhausting, however they really help me to focus on how to teach better and to be a better missionary. Meeting really do bless our missionary work! 🙂

On Tuesday night we had a Relief Society Birthday dinner! It was a lot of fun! We learned about how to prepare for General Conference. (I guess in NY people don’t have a huge breakfast as they watch… 😉

Some of our investigators invited us to a St. Patrick’s Day dinner at a Catholic church in town. We ate corned beef and cabbage. New York really gets in to all the holidays…everyone has a clover leaf on their door! It’s so much fun to see!

We found a cool little place to go tracting. When we found it, we were near a river and it was very foggy. Both Sister Hallsted and I decided that it literally smelled like Disneyland 😉 (I guess because of all the fog and water??). Anyway, we found a bunch of apartments that weren’t even on the map! It really seemed magical. We went back their last night and so many people said we could come back! So it must be Disneyland because we are pretty excited about it! 🙂

I am excited for the new video that the church has put out for Easter! It’s #Hallelujah It’s an amazing video so be sure to check it out!

We had a great Sunday yesterday, we helped teach the Sunbeams and we taught Young Women’s! In primary we taught about fish! It was a very interesting lesson, we mostly just talked about different stories for the bible that have to do with fish (Jonah, the fishermen, Moses, etc…) and colored pictures of fish! It was a lot of fun!

We taught about how the Savior can help us in our trials, it was a great lesson, and I really felt the spirit in the lesson! It is so much fun to teach them!

Well, that’s about all this week, I hope you had a good week too!

Loves yas! 🙂

Hello Spring!

Hello!

This branch is amazing! We had one of the best testimony meeting I think I have ever been in, in my whole life! It all started when one of the members of the Branch presidency bore his testimony of a missionary experience he had. He told us this story the other day when we had dinner with his family, as if it was a normal thing to happen, but this time he was very emotional. It set the stage for the rest of the meeting. By the end, everyone else was crying, I was crying, Sister Hallsted was crying… It was a very good meeting! there were others who bore testimony of missionary work and amazing experiences they have had this week. I love the spirit so much!

As we, the missionary (us and the elders and some of the branch missionaries), fasted this week for missionary experiences, we noticed that members were having amazing experiences. On the other hand, we didn’t have the most successful week. It’s amazing to see how the Lord’s hand is in everything! His work is always progressing even if we don’t see the results. So never give up! Always share what you believe even if it is simply being a good example.

We were at another family’s house for dinner this week. We asked them if there was anyone they knew that we could share the gospel with. At first they didn’t think of anyone, but as we continued to talk, each of them thought of a name of someone they could share the gospel with. I’ve only heard stories about that happening, I didn’t think it would actually happen when I was there! It was great!

As I said before, we didn’t have the best week. Someone even called the police on us! (Don’t worry, it’s happened to other missionaries before) They called because we knocked on their door too late at night…We won’t be doing that anymore! 🙂 But really don’t worry, everything worked out and we didn’t go to jail! 🙂 (I kind of made me feel like Alma and Amulek! :))

Sister Hallsted and I had a really great conversation last night…in our sleep! she asked me if we could get hot dogs. then I said, not right now! I am glad we did not go sleep shopping in the middle of the night!

Cooperstown is still pretty great! We fed the sheep this week, my nose didn’t bleed, lots of tender mercies! We are going to have a great upcoming week!

I guess it’s suppose to be in the 60’s this week! Wednesday it’d going to be 65!! Yay! Zone Conference is also this week! It’s going to be a great week!

Loves yas! 🙂