Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Week 80 - LOVE

On the way home from the temple a couple months ago, sweet Linda asked me: "If you could sum up the gospel in one word what would it be?".....And my answer is "Love". That is what it comes down to. God loves us perfectly. And we are learning to love Him back, which leads us to love others. The beautiful simplicity of the gospel.

I love these people. And I love my Savior.

Okay! Okay!....I thought I wasn't going to write any more than a short testimony this week.  But you know how most people say that they saw more miracles the last week of their mission than ever? Although that was true - I also had more crazy adventure emergencies than any other week of my mission!! hahahahahaha. Of course!!!!! It was a blast and so crazy! Oh my! I will just list them really quick:

  1. Us and our Cars are being grounded in a couple minutes because this surprise snow storm is starting to hit. Hahahaha! Welcome to New England!
  2. We had to move all of our stuff to a new apartment, and that was crazy in itself.
  3. The second night in our new apartment, we hit the light to the basement, and it took out all the lights in half our apartment and the other apartments... what?.....And then our kitchen lights started controlling the rest of the building. huh?
  4. When we went to go check the breakers, surprise! There was a leak in the main water line streaming onto our dirt floor.
  5. Got it all fixed. But then we woke up the next morning. 65 degrees in our apartment. Got home that night 55. By 10:30 42 degrees. We had a maintenance guy there working on it for 3 hours and told him to just come back in the morning. Finally in the morning he figured out in the previous power fiasco the night before our burner switch got flipped.
  6. Amidst all of this, there was another leak and this crazy old sink downstairs filled over with water and was making another puddle! (Bless that maintenance guy.) But guess what!?...We gave him a Book of Mormon so its all good.
  7. Later this week, some members got us groceries! - so that was awesome! 
  8. Then we got pulled over for our lights being off...and Sister Ross didn't have her license with her! eek! But he was super cool and just had me drive.....then we ended up having a 10-minute conversation with him about the Book of Mormon standing on the side of the road and gave him one! Score!
  9. Yesterday we drove up to Maine to get Sister Bradely to take her to the airport because her visa came.
    1-hour there, and 1-hour back. Then we got to Manchester, she realized she still had the Maine Sisters' mobile phone....oh no! We took her to the airport, saw her off, and then had to change all our appointments and turn around and drive to Maine and back! Crazy, Crazy, stuff!
  10. And then some other just out of the ordinary things!....The life as a missionary is never boring.

Lots of great things happened too!!! 

I had a lot of wonderful farewell dinners with people I love a lot. 

We had some great lessons with people who are progressing and are really searching to know if this is true. 

Sister Ross and I laughed a ton and had a lot of fun together! 

 I love being a missionary! But even more than that, I love being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Because being a full time missionary comes to an end but living a life of discipleship and sharing that with others never does. 

Thank you all for your love and support and prayers. I have felt them. I can't wait to hug you all!!!!!!!

See you soon :)

Sister Brady

Monday, February 4, 2019

Week 79 - Lasts and Firsts...

Hello friends and family!!!!!!! 

It has been a great week here! The first thing I would like to say is that it is 60 degrees outside currently and it is amazing!

So this week and next week there are a lot of "lasts".....

Last Zone Conference, last MLC, last ZLC, last Stake Coordination.

Last exchanges...

The Sistrict Hermana Nichols, Sister Vogels, Hermana Barrus, Sister Callahan, me, Sister Ross, Sister Garnett

 Last dinners with people....

Last District Council with my district.....

The Concord District haha crazies. 
Manchester Hermanas, Canterbury Sisters, Zone Leaders, District Leader and Assistants

Last time seeing people I love. It is a beautiful thing because it means that there are so many wonderful experiences I have been able to learn and grow from and that I have learned what I have needed to from all these things.

This week there was a lot of good "Firsts" too... 

My first time celebrating fake Chinese New Year....

We thought it was Chinese New Year so we went and got Chinese food, it ended up not being Chinese food but its okay we still had a good time

...First time I have gone running in 60 degree weather in February, first time sleeping in our new apartment! (surprise we moved down the street!). 

....First time going to some boonie parts of our area:

First lesson with Joe and Jill! This super solid family!  

Jill made cookies that were soooo good so we sent her a picture of us eating them

First time having dinner with some members that had never fed us before because they wanted to say goodbye. 

For every door that closes, God opens another one. 

The area is doing great! Jared and Dana are preparing for baptism, we are finding and teaching some solid people that we love. Member work is going better than it ever has before. The biggest thing I want is to leave this area on a up-with people feeling the spirit and keeping the commitments that bring them closer to the Savior.

Missions are hard!....I'm cold and tired and at times I'm confused as to exactly what we should do next, but it's the best. You do your best to plan your days, and then you follow the Spirit and let God help things fall into place. I am excited and grateful for all the miracles that I know are going to happen this next week.

Sister Brady

Monday, January 28, 2019

Week 78 - Last Road Trip


It has been a good long week of zone conferences and travel up and back from Maine! It was really fun to have these last zone conferences in Exeter and Farmingdale. 

My Home Ward's Bishop Smart's Parents!

I finally feel like we were able to get our training session about Weekly Planning down a little bit more by the last time we had to do it. haha!.. I guess that is how it works! Also, at the end of the last zone conference President said some really nice things and asked me to bear my testimony (even though I already gave my Golden Truth testimony at another zone conference in Vermont last week). 

Then I had a lot of sweet sisters come up and want pictures and it was so cute!! I was really happy that night!

We had two exchanges this week-with Portsmouth and Farmington. The exchange with Portsmouth was fun! Sister Anderson and I were able to have some good conversations about finishing strong and some concerns she had. Our exchange with Farmington was great. We saw some awesome miracles and taught some amazing people. Sister Ward is so cute and it was fun to be with her again. And then that night sister Ross and I slept on the floor haha good memories.

Then we got to road trip back to NH! It was super fun! We stopped at had dinner at the Sunset Cafe: 

And listened to music and talked about life. And we drove through Bath!!!!!! Ah it was so fun! I pointed out all these street corners to Sister Ross and there was so many memories and it was so fun!!!

There was some awesome things in our area this week! Jared is on date to be baptized. He is a part member family, his dad is a member and his step mom that he lives with got baptized a few years ago. We are excited to keep teaching them. And THEY CAME TO CHURCH!! Wahoo!!! We were so excited!

Others that we are teaching, Dale, Adam and Brittany, Cassandra, Tim are all doing great. Still trying to figure out their conflicting schedules so we can get them all to church. We also got a great referral from a couple in our ward. There is a family that came to a funeral service at our church and then came to our ward Christmas party and now want to join the church! Haha ! We are excited to meet with them and teach them about what all that means. I am excited for the area this week! 

I am doing good and feeling good too. I just want to continue to strive to stay focused and have energy to sprint to the end. I did a little more MyPlan today and sent some boxes home so I'm not scrambling at the end. 

Even when we are out of our area for so many days the Lord still blesses the efforts we make! I am so grateful for the miracles that we have seen this week and look forward to another week of miracles!

Sister Brady

P.S. A Poem we wrote for Sister Blair's Birthday:
We wanted to write you a poem to say-
We love you and are grateful for you every day
From the time we first saw you as we came off the plane
You were holding those bright balloons and calling our name
Your smile so welcoming to our New England home
A hug "handshake" between you and your apron helps us never feel alone
Then off to the mission office to shake our trainers hand
You teach us to dig our toes deep in the sand 
To find those who are ready to hear of God's Son
And all the while to be obedient and have fun
You travel far and wide for interviews-oh what a strain
And sit with us in bitter cold chapels-way up in Maine
Then off to Vermont-the green mountain state
As we cheer you and president on in your friendly debate 
We gather and listen for mission counsel to hear 
Until he says something silly, followed by "Dear!"
You always win of course-because, you're the Queen
You both teach us what a righteous, happy marriage should mean
As you continue your journey your next stop is where? 
Massachusetts! to speak at a stake conference there 
After sniffles and sweet tears have all filled the room
From your heartfelt testimony-you're so spiritually in tune
Then back up to Maine, to Vermont, and New Hampshire-your job's never done
For a very "Blairy Christmas" -oh what fun!
With stories and trees and many many lights
You help us focus on the Savior so bright
You travel back to Manchester with hardly a rest 
And meet with 2 year old missionaries who have done their very best
Who now sit in the mission home-on their missions reflect 
We see from your example that obedience and love connect.

Of all of the words of love and respect we know how to give, 
You have changed our futures, and the way that we live. 

Happy Birthday Sister Blair

Monday, January 21, 2019

Week 77 - Golden Truth and Silver Skies

Hellllllllllllooooooooooooooo Friends and Family!!

"cold Sister Brady with no make-up"

Well it is freezing here, but that's okay! Because the spirit is stronger than any frigid wind blowing outside me window. Seriously so cold. My hair froze this morning.

Yesterday church was cancelled and so we just went downstairs with the members that we live above and did the "Come Follow Me" with them and and it was really cool and we learned a lot from each other. I know this program is inspired and will bless individuals and families so much.

This week was pretty good. It was good to have some great spiritual experiences in Sharon, Vermont at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial.

Heavenly Father knew I needed to come here to this mission for many reasons and one of them is to increase my testimony of the Prophet Joseph. I am so grateful for this location and for all the amazing experiences I have had there.

Okay so our mission does this thing when it is your last zone conference where you give your "Golden Truth" testimony. And since I go to all zone conferences, I got to choose what zone conference to do it and I decided to do this one at the Joseph Smith Memorial. A sister was so sweet and she recorded it, so I will try to send it. But it boils down to: The Gospel blesses families because it gives you family. There are people I have taught, ward members whom I have served, missionaries with whom I have interacted, and they have all become my family and I am so grateful for the bond that we can have as brothers and sisters and as spirit children of God.

Our people are progressing along. Some have expressed the desire to come to church but their meetings conflict. We are making some progress and have set up a couple more chapel tours. Dale is really awesome and we feel like he has a lot of potential. He is reading from the Book of Mormon well. Tim is also doing really great on his reading. I wish we could meet with both of them more. We have a consistent time to see Adam and Brittany, who are doing good and we are making sure we step it up with member involvement with them.

I am doing pretty well. From a health standpoint, I am starting to experience a couple of the symptoms that I did before - but not as bad. I am still worried. I have felt the sinus pressure and have had a few phases of exhaustion which caused me to lay down after I got ready for the day before 10am and then at lunch time and then just barely. I am mostly just annoyed with it because I have work to do haha.

A couple other big things this week:

  • IT IS FREEZING. Seriously you look outside and it just looks frozen and cold. 0 degrees this morning 6 degrees right now.
  • The cars were grounded so we walked to our lessons. We are only allowed to be out 20 minutes at a time.
"hi ho hi ho its off to work we go"
  • Shoveled some driveways, and had some fun.

  • New Missionary Trainer's Meeting and Zone Conference were fun....got to go to Vermont twice!

  • Had exchanges with the Canterbury and Montpelier sisters.

  • Have been on some crazy adventures Trying to fix Sister Ross' hair that didn't get dyed the right color. haha
  • THE FUNNIEST THING...we were on exchange and got ready in different States (I was in Montpelier, VT and Sister Ross was in NH) and we showed up to our exchange meeting with the same dress!
  • Tons more!
I love you all! BYE!

Love,  Sister Brady