Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Week 35 - Inspired Knocking


Woah! Still trying to adjust here!

Right now I feel like we are talking so much about missionary work, and I just want to go out and DO IT! hahah 



I am missing all  my people on date for baptism in Keene, but I found out today they are still on date! So that is so exciting!

I guess this area has always had a bit of a hard time, but I would LOVE TO CHANGE THAT! Let''s flood it with the spirit!  Once we learn how to manage all of our responsibilities!

We had exchanges this week! I LOVE EXCHANGES!! They are so fun! I went to Georgetown with Sister Janson and she is adorable!

We met this guy Joe and just knocked on his door randomly and he invited us right in! He loves Jesus Christ so much and his wife so much - who just recently passed away. He then sang us these country songs he wrote! He is so cute! Don't know how good his memory is, but it will be good for us to get some teaching experience for Hermana Wallace.

I am still struggling to help her with learning Spanish.....I'm trying! I really am! This week I have just been praying a lot! :)

This week is Holy Week! Which is such an exciting and special week for us. I am so grateful for my Savior and the events as he ended His earthly ministry. When I read of Him and rely on Him it makes all of these things I teach more and more real and applicable in my life. I love the gospel. 
  
I love you all!!

Happy Easter:) Remember your Savior loves you :)

My Easter Dress from my Mom!....



Monday, March 19, 2018

Week 34 - Hermana !??!?!?


SURPRISE again!!!!...No, I am not being called as a Spanish-speaking missionary, BUT my Trainee is!!!!!!

Sister McArthur, Hermana Wallace, and Me

Hermana Wallace!!! Welcome to the mission!!! She is the cutest and has been in the Mexico MTC for the last 6 weeks. So we better get finding some Spanish people here in Portsmouth!

Also, this is Sister McArthur's last transfer of her mission, My Middle-ish transfer of my mission, and Hermana Wallace's first of her mission!....Crazy right!?



This week has been super stressful! Sister McArthur (who is the only one out of us three that knows this area) went to the temple on Saturday with someone from the beginning of her mission. (and she had a wonderful experience!) So Hermana Wallace and I were left to figure it out knowing nothing about the area!..haha! Although it was crazy, it turned out well. We did find a freezing, windy, St. Patrick's day booth! Sorry I didn't get any pictures :(:(:(

I apologize for in the past ever saying I was busy....because now I know what busy is! I hadn't washed my face in 3-days because I didn't have time! hahaha!...not okay. Our nights as Sister Training Leaders are insanely busy with calls to Zone Leaders and other Sisters. And the unpacking!!..haha!

We also have so many studies to do every day: Training Study and Language Study and End-of-Mission Study and Normal Study and Planning and......ahhhhh!!!

The teaching pool is really different here. I miss my Keene people! I bet I will find and come to love people here!

This ward is HUGE! And really great! I hope I can get to know them quickly! :) 

That is it for now because it has been such a frantic few days. I hope I start to adjust soon and get on top of everything again! This is one of those times I really need to just rely on the Lord!

Everybody get excited for Easter! If you haven't seen the "Prince of Peace" and "Principles of Peace" videos, please go watch them on mormon.org. Prayerfully pick one and do the suggested activities. (Like with Gratitude: saying a prayer of only Gratitude, or buying a box of "Thank You" notes and using all of them) and prayerfully go through your friends list on Facebook and share it with someone who could use a spiritual boost! :) I promise you will grow in love for that individual and for the Savior.

Have a great week! :)  Prayers are appreciated!


I had corned beef and cabbage at the Blackwell home and it was soooo good!

The STL Spanish Trio!

KEENE PHOTOS BEFORE I LEFT

The Housers

GENE! 😊

Sister Aponte and her Fam, and Juan and Brandon who we were teaching.

Patrick. So awkward...Haha. I love it!

Kris and her crazy costumes.

My "Mom and Dad" Cheryl and Daryl who took us in during the bedbugs crisis.

Me and My First Trio

Nice Post from a Member in Keene.....




Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Week 33 - Trio Life Continues!!...In Portsmouth, NH!?

Holy....What?

So our transfer calls came in on Monday night. Sister Allen has been in Keene 6 months now so she got to take pictures with people and say bye and all that Jazz.



The Alexis family made us this amazing Haitian meal and treated us so amazing and we had the best time with them - even though there was some silence at dinner because we don't all speak the same language.....but love is universal!!!! I LOVE THAT FAMILY!!



Okay...so then we get a call... and it is from President Blair! President only calls when big things happen. We were all ready to hear that Sister Allen is going Spanish speaking, because she has been learning it for a transfer. BUT NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM LEAVING!!!!?

I am going to Portsmouth, NH with Sister McArthur (who I have met once and is adorable by the way) as a Sister Training Leader! --- AND we are trio training a new Sister!!!! WHAT!? THAT'S AMAZINGLY CRAZY!!

Still very in shock because of our transfer news because we were so expecting Sister Allen to be leaving. I am sad to leave while individuals I have grown to love so much are progressing so well. Like Laklala, Dave, Becky, the Alexis family, and so many others - but I am grateful for the time I was able to be with them.

Today after washing my hands in the restroom, I just knelt down on the bathroom rug and prayed to my Heavenly Father that He would help me in fulfilling His purpose. I am sad to be leaving Keene, but I will go where He wants me to go and I am excited to learn all I can from Sister McArthur (who from the brief interaction with her I love) and our new Sister! I also love trio life, so I am excited. I am also a bit nervous but excited for the calling to serve as a Sister Training Leader in a new area with two new companions, but I am making it a goal to be humble and teachable and optimistic, and sensitive to the Spirit.

My companions are wonderful and I am going to miss them dearly. Sister Allen is such a phenomenal missionary, her work ethic is so admirable and the focus that she has on the investigator when we are teaching is so great.  Sister Haner is doing beautifully. The insights and testimony she shares in lessons and in training sessions always amaze me. She is learning the doctrine of the lessons well and is always giving wonderful new ideas! I am sad that I will not get to continue training her, but I have treasured the time that we have had.



We had a wonderful week here in Keene!! Who knew it would be my last! This truly is such a blessed area and people are prepared. We have been in a bit of a finding famine but that is alright because we are teaching a bunch, but we kicked ourselves into finding gear again and we tried some something new... and scary! We went TRACTING! hahah! None of us had ever done it before!!! But we brought Easter eggs in the middle of the Nor'easter and said we were the Mormon missionaries and we were trying to welcome in spring, and people LOVED it!!!! We were so surprised at how much we loved it! Then we were able to talk about the Prince of Peace and about a time we could come back, it was a great experience!



Miracle of the week was probably our members being amazing. We have done member-present planning and kept seeing over-and-over again our members inviting the investigators to church and giving them rides! It was amazing! Fellow-shipping is magical, especially when it is our recent converts doing the fellow-shipping! At church, Becky kept introducing herself and telling people she was working towards baptism and that it isn't a matter of IF but WHEN - so that is wonderful! Lakala is doing great and I have never seen someone so excited to learn about the Word of Wisdom! She has been standing up for her belief in the Book of Mormon in the face of some pretty harsh opposition. Dave had a wonderful lesson/church tour with Gene, and Gene rocked it! Unfortunately, Dave didn't come to church, but he is excited for his appointment - so we will find out why he didn't make it. Brian is on date, but it is more penciled in right now, so we will see. Mary is so hard to catch, but is wanting to come to the R.S brunch, and asked if she could bring something! Also, MAKENSON CAME TO CHURCH!...AND HIS BROTHER CLAUD! ...then they fed us Haitian food!! I hope those seeds are starting to grow in their hearts!

Also, we are in the middle of ANOTHER Nor'Easter storm currently! Hahaha! New England is the best!!

I just love Keene....a lot! But I am excited for the next phase of the mission adventure!

Love, Sister Brady

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Week 32 - Dates.... Baptism Dates! ;)


Hello hello!

I got a lot of emails this week!! So, so exciting!!! I didn't download them earlier in our P-Day so I spent a lot of time reading and I don't have much time to write! Ah so sorry! But I LOVE getting emails of encouragement and pictures and news from home! It is so fun!! :)

In front of the Parish shoe wall from the original Jumanji movie because it was filmed in Keene, NH.



This week was great! We now have 4 people on date! Lakala, Brian, Mary and Dave. They are all awesome individuals. Through prayer and time and sweet/bold lessons and commitments we hope to see them all coming to church more consistently! :)

Some fun things this week was that we got to do family history twice! With Gene and with Kelly!! And wow! The spirit was so so strong, and it was so exciting to see how excited they got when we set up their accounts and they started seeing their family's names! Especially Kelly!...She thought it was the best thing ever!

Gene is seeing members all over town and they are so excited to see each other and that makes me so happy that he has such good relationships with the ward. And HE RECEIVED THE PRIESTHOOD!! Ah!! So exciting! He was just glowing and so proud of himself! I finally got some pictures of him! haha....and he's a goof! hahah! He is a classic New Englander!





Another fun thing. We went to visit a referral who was super super nice, but not all there! She kept telling us she was Dracula and showing us her fangs and telling us she had hundreds of kids. We then showed her the Prince of Peace video and she loved it haha! 

Okay, so this is MUD Season here. On our way out from this referral's crazy driveway, we spent about 30 minutes pushing these people's car out of the mud...in our dresses! hahah! Our shoes were filthy haha!





It is so, so fun when we have district meeting or zone conference or anything and to be united with other missionaries who are all excited about the work and have such wonderful testimonies and the joyful spirit that is there. :) At this district meeting some of the cute Sisters- Sister Jones  and Sister Anderson (who I came out with) gave us a special present in memory of being kicked out of our apartment due to bed bugs!!



 HAHAHAHAHAHAHA ISN'T IT THE FUNNIEST THING EVER!? I LOVE IT!

I love my companions and we laugh and talk and pray and plan and teach and evaluate and eat and do everything together. It is the bestest thing ever! Being in a trio is a blast!

Us at a cute little diner called Lindy's diner.

Something really cool I noticed about striving to be more selfless and asking for Heavenly Father's help is that my prayers have changed, which I didn't expect. I have more of a desire to pray for the people I am teaching and their needs rather than my own. And when someone doesn't keep a commitment or an appointment falls through I am finding myself instead of being frustrated, I am praying for them and pleading for them.  It has been a cool small change and I hope it continues!!
  
This is such a beautiful gospel because it is Christ's gospel. I love Him and he is the perfect embodiment of charity and love. 

Have a wonderful week :)

Love,
Sister (bed-bug free) Brady :)