Monday, April 30, 2018

Week 40 - Facetime Baptism!

Wow this week has been go go go!....and my P-Day has been go go go!

But, I am super super excited for this new transfer! Sister Sellers is AWESOME! She is so cute and fun and has such a wonderful energy that I love! Finding with her was a blast and we have already seen some cool miracles, and once we are all adjusted it will be even better!

Tom is the most promising right now and he has been investigating the Church for a while. We have had some really cool conversations with him, and its really cool the feelings I have had during those conversations. I just really, really want him to have the blessings of the healing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ because I KNOW IT IS REAL. I have felt that, and I cannot deny it. And I want so badly for him to feel it too!

Also, LAKALA GOT BAPTIZED!! Sister Allen and I were able to Facetime in and it was so wonderful!!! I got to see Sister Allen and Sister Haner and all the people from Keene that I love so much!! It was amazing to hear their kind words and to realize how much of a difference I was able to make there! I got to talk to Cheryl and Daryl (who adopted us when we had bedbugs) and they missed us so much. Sister Allen and I already have plans to go back together after our missions. And then I got to talk to Lakala!! And she was so happy and smiling and she was so excited to see us and we told her how proud we are of her and it was the best thing ever!!!

I am so excited for what is coming during this next transfer and I am ready to push through and work hard.

Love you all!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Week 39 - SPRING!!


Today was a beautiful day!! We had a ward member, Sister Kill take us on an awesome adventure to "The Marginal Way", which was beautiful and then to the Nubble Lighthouse!

We took so many pictures, so I will let that be most of my email.........

York, Maine

But this week we had back to back exchanges.....

(Silly Dress up with Sister Taylor on an Exchange)

....said bye to a lot of people for Sister McArthur, ate with a lot of ward members, (the Clarks twice and super fancy places)

Us and Larry!

Taught people! (Yay!!! Building up a teaching pool!) Bethany and her family-oh my goodness the most prepared people I have ever met!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am shocked!!!! 

And also we got TRANSFER CALLS!!!

Sister McArthur is going home, and I will miss her very much. And Hermana Wallace will be going over to Georgetown Massachusetts, which is one of my areas I am over so I will get to go on exchanges with her!

I am receiving Sister Sellers to train her as a new Sister Training Leader! Everyone says she is so fun and I am so excited!

Please enjoy all of the pictures! :)

I love you all!!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Week 38 - THIS is why we have the Church..

This week was hard. 

I feel like I always share the positive, but we grow from the negative as well. 

Lots of things hard things happened and lots of hard things did not go our way. Some of them we learned to laugh at, and some of them we sat in somber reverence and learned from. 

First, I will tell you about the ridiculous things that happened......then I will be more serious.

  • Investigator told us that we overwhelmed her and she would never go to church and tried to drop us
  • The soup kitchen was a ghost town, strangely like nobody came, even some volunteer
  • Our sink got clogged
  • GPS took us to an imaginary hardware store
  • Our dishwasher flooded our apartment

  • Went to this super eerie sketch neighborhood where doors got slammed 

  • Really fun exchange in Georgetown With Sister Bobo and Thai Food

  • Missed calls/voicemails in the middle of the night
  • Dropped Kristen, really nervous to do it
  • Drama in the zone
  • More drama
  • Missing elders who were not in and safe resulting in panicked late night call from zone leaders
  • 2 more missed calls from mystery number (one was a super cool investigator in the middle of the night

  • Freezing rain
  • General auxiliaries who were supposed to come couldn't come
  • Sister McArthur's exit interview got cancelled
  • Nasty note/drop from Rhonda

 .......hahahahahahahha! Wow....Crazy. Sometimes even when you are doing your best hard things happen. Mission life is hard, but that is okay, we learn a lot. 

Okay now. On to more serious things......

On Tuesday morning we got a call from our Ward Mission Leader with some very hard news. Our Relief Society President, Sister Fairchild, who we love dearly, has a 16-yr old son named Jonathan that committed suicide on Monday night....All three of us fell to our knees and hugged each other in shock as we cried. And then prayed for this family we love. The whole ward was shaken and the whole community was shaken as well. But God allowed this tragedy to become a very special experience that I will never every forget.

On Wednesday night the Bishop called for a meeting with all the youth, to talk about grief and suicide. It was a beautiful evening. I have never felt such a strong spirit and such a strong love with people who I don't even know that well. The Bishop explained that Jonathan had some mental illnesses and was not in the right frame of mind when he made those choices. He was very open and spirit led and he read council and statements from the Apostles. We talked about good memories of Jonathan, and in such an amazing natural way everyone testified of our Savior Jesus Christ, of His Atonement, and the Plan of Salvation. People had their arms around each other and the love was so strong.

Then the Fairchild family came in and such a beautiful peace filled the chapel. THEY were comforting OTHERS. It was extraordinary. The love, the pure love of Christ that was there was indescribable. 

THIS is what the Church IS! THIS is fulfilling our baptismal covenants! THIS is why we have an organized religion! THIS IS CHRIST'S CHURCH. 

Christ was there with us on Wednesday night, I felt Him so strongly. And I witnessed the Peace His Gospel brings.

The bishop repeatedly said, that we all need to go through the grieving process. BUT WE DO NOT NEED TO GO THROUGH IT ALONE. Please remember that. We have our brothers and sisters in the church. And most importantly, we have the Savior. 

On Saturday we had Jonathan's memorial service and there was hundreds of people there in our chapel feeling The Spirit - even if they didn't know it was The Spirit. Hermana Wallace, Sister McArthur and I were all very touched by the fact that all three of us have 16 year old brothers. Who we are all very close to....Jackson I love you so much.

When I wrote you all last week, I would have no idea the events that would have occured in one week's time. 

I am a different person after this week. I see WHY we NEED our Savior. And WHY we NEED  His church.

Do not forget how many people are connected to you and how precious your life is. Let Christ go through it with you.

I love you all, and you all mean so much to me. Please remember that: you matter to me. And you matter to Christ.

Sister Jenna Brady

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Week 37 - A Bigger Picture :-)

This week we did have zone conference which was super fun and inspiring as usual :) And we had interviews with President Blair which were kind of therapeutic and very encouraging!

Zone P-Day

Our miracle ice cream sandwiches! 

I also got to go on exchange to Bedford with Sister Holmes (STLT) and we had a blast!

Us with JOE!! HAHAHA! I love him!!!! He is the cutest old man!!!!!!

Me and this crazy bearded man. 
(we had a zone challenge that day to find someone with the craziest beard)

We did see some miracles like finding a Spanish investigator and having a couple awesome lessons :)

I did want to share another miracle though. So my very first day in the field, the very first place we went in my first area was a soup kitchen. And while there I started talking with Mick, and picked him up as my first investigator. He was the first person I was studying and praying for as a missionary in the field. And trust me he gave us a lot of stress and anxiety and asked some hard questions! I would send him a text every single night to remind him to pray and read the Book of Mormon. So he has continued meet with the Sisters after I left.  Fast forward to now...Each week, all the missionaries in their first 6 weeks (Hermana Wallace) and their trainers (Sister McArthur and I) participate in a Skype call and get to share miracles. Since there is another trainee in Topsham (my first area) those sisters were on the call as well.....And the miracle that the Topsham Sisters shared is that Mick accepted a date to be baptized!!!....I screamed and literally jumped out of my chair!!! That was so crazy to hear! 

It was a huge testimony builder to me that during those hard days when I was doing my best and working my hardest and not feeling like I was seeing results that I really was making a difference. It is such an amazing feeling!

Now in this area I am having some of those hard days as well, feeling like I am working but not seeing any results. But hearing that from the Topsham Sisters gave me hope and let me see a little bit of a bigger picture!

So if any of you feel like your day-by-day efforts aren't making much of a difference, remember that God knows what is down the road. And that NO EFFORT IS WASTED, when it comes to doing what is right. We don't always see "results" or "blessings" right away, but we are successful when we are turning the the Lord, trying our best, and turning outward towards others.

I want each of you know know that all the little things you do matter. God sees them and the angels in Heaven see your good works. You are never forgotten and "By small and simple things, great things come to pass".

Have a wonderful week :)

Love, Sister Brady

Exchanges. haha! and Sister Mcarthur's "dark face".

Positivity chain on campus with Sister Garnett.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Week 36 - Happy April!!

Hello Dear family and friends!

This week we had lots of meetings! Mission Leadership Conference in Manchester, Zone Leadership Counsel with the Zone Leaders and District Leaders, and New Missionary Trainer's meeting! Craziness!

Mission Leadership Conference

All the Sister Training Leaders got to have a sleepover at the Mission President's home the night before our Mission Leadership Conference:

Some funny things that happened were buying clothes at the end of our p-day literally on our way to a dinner appointment because we hadn't brought a change of clothes for after zone p-day.

Miracle Pizza appearing in the fridge between Sunday sessions of conference when we forgot to bring a lunch (it turned out to be the Elders' oops, but they were happy to have "donated" to us.

It was so fun to go to Sharon Vermont again for the New Missionary Training for Sister Wallace. And I got to see Sister's Allen, Haner, Anderson!

Today we got Sushi and it was Sister McArthur's first time. 

Had an awesome service project with our whole zone moving trees for a lady whose husband just got deployed. 

Had a super fun Easter Event where we all had awesome booths!

And Conference!!!! I loved it so so much, I watch so differently than I did before my mission. It was all so focused on our Savior Jesus Christ and that His church has been restored and we are lead by a living prophet! How cool is that!! There were so many times when I just had to shake my head in awe that the church is so true. The spirit is so strong and I cannot ever deny that. I need to go study in depth all that was said, because right now I can't even pick a favorite! 

I also had a really random question that I had be answered during conference. When doing church tours on my mission I have wondered why we don't have a big picture of Christ in the chapel and it has always kind of made me sad because I would like one. But then in one of the talks someone was asking how you would feel if the Savior walked into Sacrament meeting. And I was thinking about it and trying to picture Christ sitting up on the stand, and that is when I realized that He probably wouldn't be sitting up on the stand, He would be sitting right next to me.
Christ is with me and beside me when I let Him and He is a true example of meekness and ministering as He would come and talk to me one on one and love me as me not just as a congregation. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter,

Love, Sister Brady