Monday, August 29, 2016

Walden Pond

Hello Everyone! 

We've had a great week! Time just keeps going faster and faster! 

So on Monday night we had dinner at The Chen's! They are awesome! Their son recently returned from his mission to Paris. It was great because the missionary that taught the Chen's 10 years ago was back visiting Boston with his wife and they were able to come to dinner as well. It was fun to talk to "Elder" Fowler and hear about his experience 10 years ago. But is was also neat to see how the gospel blesses families. Because of this elder, the Chen's are fully active and love the gospel. Their son served a mission and was able to bless the lives of many while he was in France. The gospel is so important. That's why we need to share it with others.... so they can experience these same blessings.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we were able to spend a lot of time in our area and do regular missionary work! It was so much fun! We had a lesson with a Recent Convert and we were able to talk to him about the priesthood and see how he is doing. 

On Thursday we went to the coolest baptism ever. So the Spanish elders in our ward have been teaching Norma. She is amazing. We get to teach her on Sundays in the Gospel Essentials class. So guess where the baptism was held?! WALDEN POND! It was amazing. We all walked around to a more private part of the pond and were able to have a quick baptismal service. It was really special! 

On Friday we had District Meeting. Sister Demuth and I gave the training on "our divine potential". President Miller came to our District Meeting, but everything went well! We focused on our patriarchal blessings. Nobody has a negative blessing! Heavenly Father truly wants us to experience all the blessings he has to offer. I encourage you to read Elder Hallstrom's talk, "I am a Child of God" from this last General Conference. We all have divine potential and we all are children of a loving Heavenly Father.

Friday we also found out about transfers! Sister Demuth and I will be staying together for another transfer! We will also be heading down to Connecticut to help out with the Temple Open house! I am going back to AVON! I am so excited! We will be moving in with members for about 5 weeks at the end of September. These next few weeks will be supah busy! 

We had another busy day on Saturday! We went to a baptism in Ludlow for Ernie Roy. He is 89 years old! Goes to show that it's never to late to get baptized! And then we went to Worcester to help out the sisters there with street contacting (we brought our ipads). We met some really awesome people! We ran into one lady and she was SO excited to see us! She told us that she has lived in Worcester for 3 years and has waited for the missionaries! She is originally from Avon and is looking forward to the temple. And she has been to church in Franklin, Mass. before too! She is prepared! So the missionaries will be dropping by her house soon! 

I think this week I really realized how true our church is. It just makes too much sense for it not to be true. We were talking with some people and they just sounded so confused, yet so set in their ways. It made me really sad that they aren't ready to accept the gospel. I am so thankful I have the knowledge of the restored gospel. It has blessed me so much in my life and has helped keep me on track. I am so happy to be a missionary. I love it! 

I hope you all have a great week! 

Love, Sister Egan

Charles River
Elders and Norma
Everyone at the Baptism
Sister Demuth and I at Walden Pond
Walden Pond
Thoreau House at Walden Pond

Breakfast this morning honoring our 13 month mark! 
Came home and the Elders had decorated our door.
Celebrating Elder Ireland's Birthday

Monday, August 22, 2016


Hello Everyone! 

Another week has come and gone! It's amazing how fast the time is going. I cannot believe that it is already the end of August. Where has this summer gone? Sister Demuth and I had a little freak out moment yesterday when we realized that the leaves are already starting to change colors. Time for another New England Fall! I am looking forward to all the colors again! 

We were really busy this week! On Wednesday we had Zone Conference in Cambridge! A few months ago I had to drive into Cambridge for the first time in a small car. It is a completely different story driving our "spaceship"! This was my first time driving in Cambridge/Boston in our van and it was crazy! The roads are really narrow and there is a lot of traffic. But we made it! Zone Conference was great! Very spiritual and I learned a lot! We had a discussion on the life of Abinadi. Very Powerful. Abinadi was a great missionary and we can all learn from his example. In preparation for Zone Conference I read a talk by Elder Hales called, "Christian Courage". Abinadi is a perfect example of Christian Courage. Abinadi continued to turn outwards when everyone and everything was against him. He handled his situation the way the Savior would have. As a missionary it is so important to remember that we wear a tag that bears HIS name. Everywhere we go and everything we do reflects our Savior. So it was great to discuss so many aspects of Abinadi's life and how we can all strive to follow his example of faithfulness and steadfastness. 

On Thursday we drove down to Willimantic, CT for a street festival! It was a lot of fun! Beforehand we got dinner at this hole in the wall mexican place. And I got a Cow Tongue Taco. So last week it was octopus and this week it was tongue... Definitely not my favorite haha. But it is always fun to try new foods! We had a lot of fun contacting people at the Street Festival. We talked a lot about the Hartford Temple open house that starts next month! So it was great way to introduce and invite them to the Open House! 

On Friday we had a crazy day! Everything went wrong and all our plans changed but we were able to get everything figured out in the end. 

We had a couple events on Saturday and we weren't able to go to both places at once, so we decided to go on exchanges! Sister Torres came with me to Southington, Ct for a baptism and Sister Pegram went with Sister Demuth to Brewster. The baptism went great! And then after the baptism Sister Torres and I decided to drive by the Temple! She had never seen it before and I wanted to see how far it has come since I last saw it in April. It's amazing. I love the temple. I feel so blessed have been able to serve in that area where a house of the Lord is being built. 

So all in all, this week was great! I am loving life! I love being a missionary and I am so thankful for this opportunity to serve the Lord here in The Massachusetts Boston Mission. I cannot imagine serving anywhere else. I love it here! 

I love you all! I hope you all have a wonderful week! 

Love, Sister Egan

Cow Tongue Tacos

Me trying the taco! 
Street Festival in Willimantic, CT
 Hartford Temple
Sister Torres and I

Monday, August 15, 2016

Keeping Busy

Hello Everyone! 

This week was great! We were really busy and did a lot of traveling! 

Some of the highlights of the week! 

Tuesday: I was officially Hermana Egan! I went to Worcester on exchanges with Sister Buck. She is from Utah! I love her! We are the same person! But it was super fun to be in Worcester.... and luckily all the lessons were in English! 

Wednesday: I was able to go to the temple! One of the Recent Converts in Sister Demuth's old areas was getting her endowments, so we were able to go. I just love the temple! I was able to really feel the spirit while I was there and I was able to get some answers to my questions. 

Friday: We had District Meeting. It was great! The training was on "greenie fire" and how we can feel that way all the time! So inspiring! Afterwards we went to a chinese buffet for lunch and I tried octopus! 

Saturday: We drove to Southington for a baptism. The baptism was awesome! The husband was baptized a couple weeks ago and then received the Priesthood and was able to baptize his wife on Saturday! It was great! 

Sunday: There were 2 RM Homecoming talks. SOLID. These missionaries are awesome! Their talks were amazing and truly inspiring. 

This week has been kind of crazy! And this week will be equally as busy! Life is Good! I am loving my area and my companion! We have way too much fun together! I love being a missionary and I love the Lord. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that we have a Heavenly Father that loves each of us infinitely. I am so thankful for this opportunity to be serving the Lord.

Have a wonderful week! 

Love, Sister Egan

Activity Day Camp - 9yr. olds
China Buffet. Eating Octopus
Boston Skyline
Hello Boston!
Visiting Chinatown
This is one of the displays that we take to different events.
Johnny Appleseed Country!
Fun in Worcester.
 Our Zone name is WINGS (West Is Never Gonna Stop)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Know and Feel

Hello Everyone! 

It has been a few weeks! I hope everyone is doing well! 

Life here is good! We are staying busy, which is always nice! Covering 2 wards and also the PVC is keeping us on our toes! 

This week was really good! On Wednesday we went to MLC. We had trainings from President and Sister Miller and also the Assistants. It was really good!  The spirit was there and it was also a lot of fun to be with some of my other friends throughout the mission. It was cool because a few months ago, President Miller issued a standard of excellence for the mission. It is 1 baptism per week per zone. Now, this isn't always possible, but it is something good to aim toward. When we reported on Wednesday, 7/10 zones accomplished this goal. The MBM is doing great right now! There are so many things happening here in New England and I feel so privileged to be apart of them. 

On Thursday we went to GLASTONBURY!!!!!! We had an event there and it was awesome! A member in the ward planned a day camp for all the Activity Day girls. They had a day dedicated to temples to get them all ready for the Hartford temple coming in a couple months! So we brought our displays on temples! We watched some videos with the girls and it was so much fun! I really just loved being back. I have a special place in my heart for that ward! 

On Friday we had Zone Meeting! Sister Demuth and I, along with the Zone Leaders gave a training on the Sabbath Day and how important it is for our investigators to get to church. Church attendance really does make a difference. As I was studying and preparing for this training I felt inspired to read 3 Nephi 18- when Christ institutes the Sacrament. I have read this chapter many times, but this time a verse in particular stuck out to me. 3 Nephi 18:25 

 25 And ye see that I have commanded that none of you should go away, but rather have commanded that ye should come unto me, that ye might feel and see; even so shall ye do unto the world; and whosoever breaketh this commandment suffereth himself to be led into temptation.

I thought that this was very interesting. That Christ would use these words to describe the Sacrament. So I then followed the footnotes and went to 3 Nephi 11: 14-15

14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
 15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.
The Nephites were able to see and feel the Savior. When we partake of the Sacrament each sunday, it is our time to "feel and see". We are blessed with this time each week to reflect on our own lives and to renew our covenant with Heavenly Father. In the scripture it says that those that were able to "see and feel" the Savior did know for a surety that He was the Son of God. Can this blessing apply to our lives? Of course. When we partake of the Sacrament we can KNOW the Savior. 

We also had the opportunity to do service at the Temple on Saturday. We were able to help in the Laundry. I love being in the temple. The spirit is so strong, even when you are doing laundry. Sister Demuth and I are going to the temple again on Wednesday for a session. I am really excited!

I am loving life right now! I am so thankful for this opportunity to be a missionary! I learn something new each day. It blows my mind that I have been gone for over a year. It feels like yesterday that I was saying goodbye. Time flies! I love this church. I love that I get to wear a nametag that clearly states that I am a representative of Jesus Christ. 

I hope you all have the chance to reflect on your own sacrament meeting mindset. Are you taking the time to "feel and see" the Savior?

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

Love, Sister Egan

Sister Demuth and I.  Awesome!
Zone Family
New Nametag.
Our Van . . . aka the Spaceship
One Year Mark
Celebrating One Year
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