Being The Answer to Somebody’s Prayer

 

Wow.. what a week! It has been so crazy, but entertaining!! It is getting really hot and humid around here! Haha.. I sometimes forget what it feels like to be dry!
  • First off, I hit hospital trip ’round four’ now for the mission!   haha!   I got a bug bite on my arm, and it got infected, and then turned into cellulitis up my whole arm.   It was not super pretty but I am happy to have it all taken care of now!
  • We were out tracting and we knocked on this super run down house and it looked like nobody lived there anymore, but we felt like we should just walk in.. weird I know but not for the people here..  So we did, and found another door so we knocked on it and met the cutest little old lady who had been praying for someone to find her.  She just lost her brother in law this week to a mistake made in a surgery!   It was so sad but It was such a miracle.
  • We had the BEST lesson with 2 of our investigators who are nearing their baptism right now, about finding answers through the Scriptures and through prayer, and as we were teaching her, she stops us and says “ya know, after our last lesson when I had my bad migraine and you prayed for it to go away, as soon as you walked out the door it was gone!”   We just smiled and her and then with a few tears in her eyes she went on to say,  “I also had 2 dreams about you girls this week too!”   We just didn’t even know what to say to her!   She was just so overtaken by the power of the Spirit!   It was beautiful!   One of my favorite things about being a missionary is the opportunity that we have to constantly be the answer to someones prayer!  The encouraging thing of course is that we don’t have to be a missionary to be an answer to somebody’s prayer!   We just need to listen to the promptings of the Spirit and be prepared to follow the guidance when it is given!
I cannot even begin to state how much I have learned from these past 11 months as a servant of the Lord!  There are days that I don’t even recognize myself because I have changed so much!  It is so amazingly true that if we give our will to God and we do the best we can, then the Savior through the power of his atonement can make up for the rest!  I was recently studying about Justice, Love, and Mercy and how they each come together in regards to the Atonement and it is amazing to feel and see just a glimpse of the love our Savior has for us!
 “That first Easter sequence of Atonement and Resurrection constitutes the most consequential moment, the most generous gift, the most excruciating pain, and the most majestic manifestation of pure love ever to be demonstrated in the history of this world. Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, suffered, died, and rose from death in order that He could, like lightning in a summer storm, grasp us as we fall, hold us with His might, and through our obedience to His commandments, lift us to eternal life.” – Elder Holland
I hope each of you have a great week and remember I LOVE YOU ALL! ❤

 

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The Book is Blue, The Church is True.. Even if the book is missing a few pages :)

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St. George

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Coating my ankles in Baking Soda

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Black Sand Beach in St John

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Beautiful Ocean Views

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Sunshine!

So sorry I didn’t write last week…  We have been so crazy busy!   I love being a missionary 🙂
  • We are teaching the cutest mom and son right now and they are just amazing. Our lessons with them are just so strong and powerful and we were so excited to have them come to church on Sunday! Her son is SO SMART! He is only 11, but he can tell you so many facts about stuff I don’t know exist! They are awesome!
  • I am officially getting eaten alive by black flies and mosquitos right now… For some reason my companions are not as desired to be eaten as I am!  As of yesterday I was up to 35 and about half of them are all around my ankles! haha.. We will be lucky if I can make it through bug season with skin still on my bones. In order to sleep I have to put baking soda on my ankles and them wrap them in cloth!  haha.. so sad, but funny!  My Luck 🙂
  • Due to the bug bite situation I have been using a lot of bug spray lately, and I put some on my legs, but when I sat down my scripture case was leaning against it so when I got up I had chevron stripes all up my leg.. It was awesome! haha
  • So, we were in a lesson yesterday with a really cute girl we met the other day and we go to open up to 3 Nephi and she is like.. ugh.. I don’t have that one.  So we are like oh we can help you and legit the Book of Mormon was missing pages 438-487 haha.. So I reach in my bag and pull out another one and again.. missing pages! Turns out the entire last order of Books of Mormon we got are all missing those pages. haha.. so now we are trying to remember everyone we gave them to so that we can replace them!
  • We volunteer at a Food Pantry in Calais and we were really slow this week so the guy in charge pulled up Mormon jokes only a Mormon would know and they were so funny!!! The best one was “Ways you know your not at a Mormon Church” 1. No Mini Vans in the parking lot  2. No Cheerios on the church pew  3. No Jell-O at the church party  4.The Bishop reports 100% home teaching haha.. It was so funny! He didn’t understand any of it, but he still thought it was funny!

 

St.Stephen = Chocolate Capitol of Canada

Well.. I made it to St.Stephen! It is such a fun little town! It is right on the border of Calais, Maine so we go back and forth almost daily cause its just like a bridge in the middle of the town that separates the 2 countries! It is fun.. we are getting to know the border guards pretty well! haha

  • Fun Fact about St. Stephen: it is the chocolate capitol of Canada! haha.. There is a big Chocolate factory here with a museum and all that fun stuff!  It is so awesome!
  • We spent some time in Maine for Memorial day so that was fun.. one thing I miss about America… The Patriotism 🙂   Flags everywhere, Music, Baseball, and Hamburgers!   haha it was so fun to see!!
  •  We spent a day in Saint John this week helping them with a booth in downtown! It was so much fun! We were talking to people about family history and familysearch.org!  It is amazing how many people don’t know anything about their families and it is really interesting to watch them unfold the mysteries of their ancestors.
  • Had Zone Conference in Moncton and I had to say goodbye to Sister Richardson.. I am going to miss the missionaries going home this transfer so much!  It is crazy!:) Time goes by so fast!!
  • We are the Young Women leaders in the ward here and we had New Beginnings with all of our 3 young women haha!  It was so fun! They all dressed up in big poofy dresses and looked like princesses! So cute!:)  I missed Young Womens so much!!

 

On the Road Again.. I Could’ve Waited to get on the Road Again

It has been SUCH a fun week! Our investigators are doing so well and it is so fun to watch them start to understand and find a love for the Gospel. Finding and Teaching people about the gospel is one of the most rewarding things you can ever do in your life.. Believe me!! We are teaching the CUTEST girl that is in university, she is 20 years old. Never been to church or anything like it in her entire life walked into her first church building this week for our Sunday service. It was so amazing to see the light in her eyes and the way she took in EVERYTHING that was said. It really allowed me to rethink how I feel or how I prepare for church on Sunday! The sacrament is the most important part of our church experience, yet for some of us (me especially), the sacrament is usually the point where we are the most distracted. Once the bread and water is passed we go back to our technology, We are planning out the week, and thinking about the roast at home waiting to be eaten. Elder Bednar said: The ordinance of the sacrament is a holy and repeated invitation to repent sincerely and to be renewed spiritually. The act of partaking of the sacrament, in and of itself, does not remit sins. But as we prepare conscientiously and participate in this holy ordinance with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then the promise is that we may always have the Spirit of the Lord to be with us. And by the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost as our constant companion, we can always retain a remission of our sins.

My hope and prayer is that you will all remember the importance of the sacrament and the purpose of our Sunday church worship. Just by simply partaking of the sacrament, we do not experience the sanctifying cleanse that the Lord Jesus Christ has to offer us. It is simply an invitation for us to repent always and remember our covenants made at baptism.  I Love all of you and wish you the best!!

Fun Facts for the Week:

I am getting transferred AGAIN to St.Stephen New Brunswick.. I am so excited to be back at the ocean!! So fun! I am going now to 9 companions in 8 transfers haha!! Still never had a companion longer than one transfer and now I am going to be in a trio with Sister Enright and Sister Ward.. I have got to meet so many amazing sisters though and I feel so blessed!! it is right on the border so I will get to go back and forth to the United states like every day.. I am just so excited to have the best of both worlds.. Kinder eggs and Poutine on one side of the border, and White Cheddar cheese ‘It’s’,  and Fruity Pebbles on the other… What more could you ask for 🙂

An old lady talking in church on Sunday started her talk.. “Maiwage.. Maiwage is what brings us togever today.” and I don’t think I have heard a sacrament meeting get so loud with laughter #theprincessbride

Sister Champ is going home and I am really sad.. 18 months just is not enough time.. I wanted to keep her but she said no.. haha!!:) I loved being her STL for the past 6 months!!

I am going to miss my Freddy-Town homies SO MUCH! To celebrate our last p-day together we spent the day in St.Andrews at the Wharf.. It has been so much fun serving in an area with so many missionaries! I have loved every second of it, but my city missionary life was short lived and back to the country life I go!!  Peace ​❤

 

  • Sister Champ is leaving me 😦
  • We go lighthouse knocking in Canada.. you never know!! haha
  • Gonna miss these hooligans
  • This is just me.. As a lobster!!
  • I don’t know about this one it was just cool!!
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Sister Champ is leaving me 😦

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I’m going to miss them

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Knocking on doors

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Me as a lobster

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Sister Kilmer

The rains came in and the floods came up..

Heavenly Father has been blessing us so much this week in the little things. Everything in God’s plan is timed perfectly and he is aware of who we are and what we are going through. I had so maybe opportunities to witness God’s hand in my life this week. I have a strong testimony of the power of the priesthood, prayer, and blessings! God loves all of us so much and wants us to return to live with him. As we come to know and accept him he can change our lives completely! I love this Gospel and I love being a missionary. I know that this church is true and that we can all feel his comfort in our lives. I love all of you and wish you the best, here is a few fun things from the week:
  • The river has been flooding really bad this week!  The park benches are all under water but I found one to sit on to take a picture that would look cool 🙂 haha
  • Spent 2 more nights in the hospital this week so I am really tired and really sick of being in the Emergency Room.. I think I know the procedure better than the nurses do at this point!
  • Got to talk to my family on Sunday and it was SO EXCITING!! I love them so much!
  • We did a “I love my mom because” booth in downtown Fredericton and that was really fun! I loved talking to people about their moms because I love my mom!!:)
  • Had fun adventuring for P-day in the great outdoors.. The pictures say more than I ever could!!
  • Sister Melanson made me pink sprinkle pancakes when I got home from the hospital.. She is the coolest companion ever and knows the way to my heart!!
I love you all..  🙂

 

Mini Pancakes and Cute Puppies :)

What a week or miracles !:)

  • We had MLC (Mission Leadership Conference) in Moncton, NB this week and it was SO FUN!! We had some amazing trainings and some fun activities! Sister Melanson and I and Elder Iacoppouci did the musical number and we sang Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing/ If You Could Hie to Kolob mash up by Elenyi and Sarah Young and he played it on the guitar! It was really pretty.
  • We were helping a member with her yard work and her neighbors CUTE little puppy Walter came out to play and I was in Heaven! It is the CUTEST puppy ever!! *Pictures Below for Proof*
  • The Presque Isle sisters came up for exchanges and it was so fun! Sister Champ and I went to eat poutine at “Smokes” and when you get food there they give you a little smokes man and when we left our homeless friend Mike Kennedy stopped us and asked what we had and we showed him our smokes man and he got so excited and says, ” HEY! Take a picture of me!” haha.. again *Picture Below*
  • I have found this new weird obsession with mini bite size pancakes so we had a pancake breakfast with the Elders this morning for P-day and I made like 100 mini pancakes haha.. It was so awesome!
  • Last week the Elders were stopping by to visit someone in an apartment building that wasn’t home, so when they were walking out Elder Iacoppouci looked across the parking lot and said, “We need to knock number 3 in that apartment” So they walked over and when they walked into the doors Elder Ipson said, “No, we need to knock number 10” So they knocked number 10 and met the cutest girl and we started teaching her. She is on date for baptism and the other night we had a lesson with her and she told us that she is in the process of moving to apartment number 3 in that building and it was so cool! We were like woah.. You were really supposed to be found:) pretty cool!!
  • Had the privilège of being in a Trio for a day with Sister Pratt!!!!! Our mission presidents wife! It was So much fun!! haha.. She is the coolest!  They were in town for interviews, but she didn’t want to sit around all day so she came with us and she is the ultimate missionary!!
I just love being a missionary! You get to see so much good in the world and be right there to witness the hearts of so many changing. But you don’t have to have a name tag on to be a missionary! Elder Oaks did a broadcast for church this Sunday for our region and talked a lot about member missionary work and how important it is in the work of the Lord. I was not good at this at all when I was at home, but I encourage all of you to reach out to your friends and family and neighbors and serve them, love them, teach them. 🙂    Love you All ❤

 

A week full of Miracles and RAIN :)

It has been a super crazy unusual week for the most part..

  • I spent Tuesday night in the Hospital with an infection so that was fun! All back to 110% and still livin’, so I would consider that a success!!:)
  • We left Wednesday morning to drive across the whole mission practically for exchanges in Dartmouth with Sister Richardson and Sister Anderson! It was so much fun though!!  We had an amazing experience that really strengthened my testimony.  We had planned to go street teaching, but then it started POURING rain, but we both knew that we needed to follow our plans and so we did.  After about 15 minutes of not seeing anyone, we decided to say a prayer.  So we prayed that Heavenly Father would put us in the path of someone that needed to know God loves them.  We opened our eyes and there was a lady walking towards us and we are like.. wow!  He answers fast, but.. nothing!  haha..  So we keep walking and we see another lady and we get so excited and.. nothin’!!   So we are like alright, lets start walking back and we get almost home and we see this lady out with her dog curled up in the corner of her back door.  We go and talk to her.  She began telling us about how she doesn’t believe there is a God anymore, and that she has never felt more alone and afraid in life, and that her only wish is for it to end.  So I told her about our experience of looking for people and praying, and finding her, and she began to cry and she let us inside to teach her a little bit and we learned that she had been struggling with depression for a long time and has been going to counseling for her suicidal thoughts.  She said that just the day before, her session had gone really bad and she had decided that she was done.  Heavenly Father led us to her to help her know that he is completely aware of her situation and her struggles and it was the most amazing experience to witness her face light up with the knowledge that we were able to share with her.
  • The St. Stephen sisters came up for an exchange this weekend and I got to spend the day with Sister Anderson 🙂  We had lunch at the Farmers Market they have every Saturday and the have the BEST fresh orange juice and Samosas!!  They are delicious!!  We saw lots of miracles on the exchange, and even had two homeless men ask us for our number cause they liked my eyes.. I was really flattered haha!!
  • On Sunday we had Testimony meeting and we had the COOLEST MIRACLE!!  Our blind investigator Erica came to church, and her fellow-shipper got up and bore her testimony about how amazing it has been to be able to help her come into the church, and then Erica got so happy that she went up and bore her testimony after her!  IT WAS SO AWESOME!!  I couldn’t believe it I was so happy!!  She is coming along great and has such a strong testimony.
Pictures:
1. I got to see my friends again 🙂 (Sister Auvienge and Sister Moojalsky)
2. We went into the hospital- CLEAR Came out of the hospital- POURING RAIN
3. Patricia the driving coach, and President Pratt…What more could you need
4. The Sunsets just outside of the city are on point.. if you can see the sky
5. ​​Fresh Orange juice and Samosas