I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been called to serve in the Massachusetts Boston Mission! I love my Savior and this church and I am so excited to share the gospel with God's children in the Boston area.
This week has been crazy! We have been really busy.
So early last week was mostly just Sister Demuth preparing to leave. But on Tuesday we got to go to the mission home and meet the new missionaries that just came from the MTC. That night we went to the Woodworth's house for dinner and we had THANKSGIVING. They really wanted to have Sister Demuth over for Thanksgiving before she got transferred. Wow, this food was amazing. I think it was the closest thing I will be able to get to Grandma's cooking out here in NE. They went all out and it definitely reminded me of home. I wish I took a picture of the whole spread! After Dinner we picked up the new sisters and took them to our apartment to stay the night.
On Wednesday we were in charge of bringing the new missionaries into Boston to go street contacting which is always fun. This was a fun group of missionaries! Then I got my new companion! Her name is Sister Bassett! She has been out for a year. She is a really good missionary and I really like how focused she is on the work. She knows her purpose and does work! I'm looking forward to learning from her this transfer!
On Thursday we had breakfast at the mission home with the departing missionaries and then we went to Maureen's house (she is one of our investigators) to help her cook. We just went over and helped for a bit and hung out. It felt so much like home (from what I can remember of home haha). I just felt so comfortable and I was having so much fun! After Maureen's we went to another families house for dinner. It was a lot of fun to be with them! Their whole family was there! One of their daughters served her mission in Spokane (spanish speaking). I asked her where she served and she said that she spent most of her mission in Wenatchee- so obviously this was before there were so many missions in WA. So we had a good thanksgiving. I think I ate my fair share of turkey this year!
On Friday we had to wake up bright and early to bring the sisters that were going home to the mission home. This group was hard to say goodbye too! A lot of my friends and people I have served with went home! We also had district meeting. That was fun with our new district!
On Saturday I was able to go back to Glastonbury to go to Will Giard's baptism. He asked me to say the closing prayer and I was honored to go. I was serving in the area when his sister got baptized and it was so special to be there for his baptism. This family means so much to me and I love seeing them whenever I get the chance. It was also a lot of fun to see some members that I got pretty close to while I was serving there. I have so much love for that ward!
It's hard to believe that it is nearly December. I want you all to know that I love my mission. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to be out here in New England serving as a missionary. I never thought that I would be doing this, but now I can't even imagine being home. I am so grateful for this time of year to reflect on my many blessings. I love this life!
This week was really good! We were really busy which is always nice.
Last week we were invited to go to a Born Again Baptist Church to "preach" to them. This is not a very common request, so we got permission from President Miller to go. We brought the elders with us because everyone was really afraid for us to go by ourselves. We went and it was more of just a bible study. It was a lot of fun though! We were able to share scriptures from The Doctrine and Covenants as well as from the Book of Mormon. They all loved it! It was a great experience and we will be going back!
On Tuesday we went on exchanges with the Marlborough Sisters. I stayed in Weston with Sister Blood and we had a lesson with one of our potential investigators. It was kind of all over the place and it was hard for Nora to stay focused. But she was really interested in our message and being baptized. She really wants the Holy Ghost. She says she's been baptized a few times but has never received the gift of the Holy Ghost. And she is searching for it! Well, we have it! So we hope to meet with her again soon! Sister Blood and I had a lot of fun together! She came into the mission in July and Sister Demuth and I took her into Boston to go street contacting. So it was fun to spend the day with her. She is a rock star missionary. Sister Blood is a hard worker and she loves being a missionary.
On Thursday we had our Zone Conference. This was a lot of fun, as always! I love seeing so many missionaries and saying "hello" to people I've served around. Sister Miller talked at the beginning about our missions and that our missions should change us. That we need to LET the mission go through us. It's one thing serving for 18 months or 2 years and just going through the motions, but it's another thing to serve whole-heartedly that you are truly changed by your service to the Lord. During this time on our missions (and in life) we should be focusing on striving to Become like our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. I really liked what she said! She is amazing and I feel so blessed to have her as my "mission mom".
On Friday we had district meeting and then T-texts! So I'm getting a new companion! Her name is Sister Bassett! I don't know much about her, but I am so excited for her to come to Weston! It will be really fun! Sister Demuth is getting transferred to Bloomfield, CT. I am definitely going to miss her!
On Saturday we had a lot of PVC stuff to get done before Sister Demuth leaves, so we've had a busy/ crazy couple days trying to organize things and prepare things for the upcoming weeks. We have a lot of events in December and will be traveling around the mission a lot! So that will be fun!
I love you all so much! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am so grateful for my mission and for the experiences I'm having here in NE. I am so grateful for my loving family back home and all the support they give me. And I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that has a plan for ME. I know He knows me and I'm so grateful for that. Remember the reason for the season! xoxo
This week was really good! We are seeing so many miracles in our mission! And her in Weston as well!
On tuesday we had our webex and our mission introduced a really cool challenge for the last 2 months of the year. It's called 50/50. So in January of this year we had our MLC and we set goals for 2016. In the meeting when we were trying to decide on the number of baptism we wanted to strive for, everyone was really indecisive and we couldn't agree on a number. An elder suggested that we kneel down and pray about it. So we did. Afterwards, a couple of people really felt inspired that 465 was the right number. When there were many people that felt comfortable we decided that 465 was the number of baptisms our mission wanted to work towards. At the end of october we were just under 100 away from reaching this goal. Our mission has been really consistent this year of getting an average of 42 baptisms each month, And for November and December our mission has challenged us to get 50 baptisms each month. This is totally POSSIBLE! We are all really excited for this goal. We know that everything is possible with the help of the Lord. And as we strive hard and work together we will be able to accomplish this goal! Now I would ask all of you that you would pray specifically for our mission that we will be able to do this. We are already seeing so many miracles and we know there is a great work to be done here in the MBM!
One of the amazing miracles that happened in our area this week was at our dinner appointment. A less active woman invited us over for dinner and while we were over there her daughter out of the blue said, "I'm not baptized yet, and I really want to get baptized." How amazing is that? She is 9 years old and such a sweetheart. So we taught her the restoration and we are working on getting her baptized. Another one of our investigators really wants to get baptized as well. So we can see that God truly is blessing us as we work hard and are diligent in this work.
This week we had MLC and that was a really good meeting. We received a training on how to be better teachers and to help our investigators know our purpose as missionaries. So Sister Demuth and I gave this same training to our zone on friday at our Zone Meeting. We also had a special guest come to our Zone Meeting. We had Clayton Christensen come! If any of you have read, "Power of Everyday Missionaries" then you are familiar with this amazing man. He is such a good member missionary! He is also a professor at Harvard. We contacted him a couple months ago, and he was so willing to come and talk to our zone. He talked on the importance of knowing and using members in missionary work. He also said that many people want to serve and help people, they just don't know how or where to go to do it. He told us to encourage our members to ask nonmembers if they need help with something. Of course he went into much greater detail, but that was the gist of what he was saying. It was really interesting and definitely something new.
We had some really great lessons this week with our different investigators. They are all progressing and doing well! Sister Demuth and I are doing well. The fall is in full swing and it is getting cold out here! It's crazy to me that the Holiday's are upon us!