Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Week 61 - Swords, Airplanes and Benadryl


What. A. Week!



TOM IS GETTING BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ....I am allowed to have little bit of contact with Tom to make sure he keeps meeting with the sisters there. He messaged me out of the blue on Saturday night and just says: "Mosiah 18:17"..... so we were like hmm... and looked up the scripture: 


"17 And they were called the church of God, or the church of Christ, from that time forward. And it came to pass that whosoever was baptized by the power and authority of God was added to his church."......I almost started crying.

I took a lot of pictures this week! Yay! Also, I look pretty slammed in some of them! Which is just accurate, this is real life. haha!




We had our other two zone conferences. In preparation for this, President just told us and the assistants to do a training on all of Chapter 10 of Preach My Gospel - which is huge and all about teaching skills. He didn't give us much more help. So Sister Holmes and I came up with this idea of using the Armor of God scripture and relating each piece of armor to teaching skills!.... So classic of men and women here....we told the Elders our crazy idea and they actually made it happen! They found the suit and everything! So fun! The missionaries loved it!!






We had two exchanges! One I was with Sister Lowe and the other I was with Sister Ward!



It is so fun to go on exchanges and see how other missionaries function and just get to know them!! Also Sister Ward and I taught a lesson in ASL! She doesn't know any ASL - hahaha! It was so fun! I was able to remember a lot from Jr. High. It was like the gift of tongues but it was the gift of hands!!

When Sister Holmes and I are together - we were just happy to be missionaries! We met a lot of cool people and had a lot of fun lessons and some really really crazy ones and just got to laugh about how funny our life is. 



We bring members with us as much as we can. Here are pictures of us with Eden who is preparing to go on a mission, so we bring her with us sometimes to lessons :)  





So one day I woke up with hives! I was instructed to take benadryl. It made me tired and I did NOT want to sleep. We had things to do and people to see!! But boy- I got LOOPY! haha! it was so funny. I was slurring over my words and everything. 

We had a very somber morning today.....my dear companion from the MTC, Sister West, has been sick and struggling for quite a while now. It was decided in a crazy combo of events that she would return home as soon as possible. As President and Sister Blair were out of town, we were asked to act as mini mission presidents as we picked her up, made arrangements for her companion, and brought Sister West to our house and took her to the airport at 5 this morning. It was really hard for both of us as Sister Holmes was her trainer. We pray that she will get the help she needs as she goes home. 

(Our attempt at getting a picture with Sister West because we forgot to get one before she went through security.)


We tried to add some joy to the situation, so I wore my galaxy pants sneakily under my dress (mostly so I could get right back in bed when we got home! haha) and we took some funny pics.

(p.s I promise there is hot chocolate in my cup)



We get to minister a lot in this calling to many sisters with many situations around the mission. I have grown in testimony this week that when you truly do your best that God really does make up the rest. That He helps us achieve His will for His children and we are just the instruments. And he consecrates our efforts. I am truly humbled and grateful. I love Him and trust in Him fully.

I love you all!!!

Talk to you soon!

Love, Sister Loopy Brady

MY FAV OFFICE MISSIONARIES! Sister Larsen, me, Sister Smith and Sister Stephenson

Monday, September 17, 2018

Week 60 - STATE HOPPIN'



WOW it has been quite the week running (literally) all over Northern New England and making lots of phone calls.    

On Tuesday we woke up in New Hampshire, went to Vermont for the day.....

(Joseph Smith Birthplace - Sharon Vermont)





......came back to New Hampshire and then the next day went back to Vermont then back to New Hampshire and then up to Maine!!!! Woot woot!!

We have been finding, teaching, working, serving, loving, laughing, driving, planning, dressing up an elder in Armor for Zone conference, exchanging, messaging, praying and just doing our best.

(The 'Holy KFC' near the place Joseph Smith near had his leg amputated)

(Sister Rodgers and I on exchange)

We made some progress with Linda! She told us that she feels like she has identified what is holding her back from baptism and joining the church. 
  1. 3 Kingdoms of glory
  2. Modern Prophets
  3. Joseph Smith. 
I am just happy that she feels like she has been able to organize her concerns a little bit and is willing to continue working to solve them. She is so sweet and will make it!

Jonathan has been soooo flaky lately so we have only had one lesson with him over the phone since I got here. Yesterday he texted us and said that he isn't sure he still wants to get baptized. (Which he hasn't met to talk for a while, so of course your faith dwindles when you don't keep working at it). We responded by saying okay, and that we would still like to meet to talk and see where he is coming from and he was like "Okay! how about Wed. at 5!"....which was crazy. So we are looking forward to addressing his concerns. 

ALSO MIRACLE. Dana who is the father of a part member family has decided that he would like to be baptized and sealed in the temple! He has been coming to church for a year, and during sacrament meeting he slipped us a note setting up an appointment! haha! It was so funny! We are looking forward to teaching him.

We also had our family history booth which went really well! We weren't able to proselyte so we didn't see much "numerical success", but we both felt fulfilled inside with how well it went. We had 6 members helping us and they were engaged and contacting people and it was great exposure and overall just a great experience!






I got to see a lot of missionaries and I learned SO MUCH from all of them. Especially those I got to go on exchange with!!! It was a blast! I am exhausted, but hey!...that means we are doin' good.



Today we got our nails done to treat ourselves! haha :) 

I had a nice experience the other morning.... I was saying my prayers to open my studies and I was thinking about the story of Peter sinking and crying out for Christ to save him. And I was kind of feeling like I was drowning a little bit. So as I was talking to Heavenly Father I was just feeling the spirit and talking, and for some reason I opened my eyes (even though I wasn't done praying) and I saw these two birds sitting right outside my window and it was just so peaceful and perfect and I felt God's presence. This is the second time I have had an answer through birds, and then as I thought about it more I realized that the dove in Christ's baptism is a symbol of the presence of the Holy Ghost. And I just loved that!!....So look for birds and answers to your prayers! :)

Love you!

Love,
Sister Brady


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Week 59 - Still Frantic




Hi Everyone!!


So I am still frantically trying to figure out new area and new people and all that jazz. But it is super fun and I LOVE  this area. You can just go walk out on the street and people actually believe in God! It is so fun! Granted they are sometimes flaky with their return appointments, but hey at least we have something to work with! 


I was out of our area twice this week for exchanges. I went on exchange back to PORTSMOUTH that was fun and funny! I got to do some awesome finding, meet some cool people, and had a dinner with TOM! AND HIS SON ARUN For Tom's birthday!!!! It was a surprise and it was so great!! Got this super fancy seafood- so fun! 



We then had a lesson and ice cream with Brian, and he is progressing SO WELL!!! He loved church and loves the gospel and loves the members and is GETTING BAPTIZED next month!!!! AH!..I am so happy!

I also went on an exchange to Hanover and got to serve in Vermont for the first time on exchanges! I was with Sister Anderson, who I was in the MTC with. It was beautiful out there and the green hills almost look like mountains!



We had some great lessons, some of those were with Sister Chapman who we are helping return to activity. 



And Linda who is getting so so close to baptism and is loving church. And Amanda came to church and good stuff is happening. I am still getting to know everything and everyone.

Saturday was also crazy. Because:
  • I lost a contact
  • The Sister I was with thought she filled up the car with gas and actually didn't
  • We accidentally stole some Sisters' phone
  • We were SO late for our appointment and she doesn't even live there anymore
  • Almost drove into a lake
  • Got so lost
  • I locked myself out of my tablet
  • All 6 of our lessons fells through ;( 
  • Then went and did some ice cream finding!!! hahah. 

This next week is going to be crazy too!!!..Bring it on!!



Overall I am really happy and love sharing the gospel with all those I meet (or see out the car window because we will roll down the window and talk to them)

(Met this random motorcycle guy who happened to be a member from Utah!)


Miracles do happen! I am learning to rely on God because He has a plan and knows what is going on even when I don't.

Love you all!!
Love,
Sister Brady




Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Week 58 - Bedford, NH with Sister Holmes




Crazy It's September Already!

My New assignment is awesome! I am busy and I love being busy! haha


MY NEW COMPANION SISTER HOLMES IS INCREDIBLE AND I LOVE HER SO MUCH AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BLAST TOGETHER!!  

We think the same and just both want to work hard, be obedient, and serve and it is awesome! :) Sister Holmes has been out 15 months and has two more transfers. She has been here in Bedford for 8 months though because there was some crazy emergency transfers. My Trainer, Sister Anderson, was serving here with Sister Homes before she went home early and so Sister Holmes had another companion here for 3 weeks....so it has just been crazy here.

Labor Day was fun! We were going to do a pancake booth but we ended up not doing aa pancake breakfast because some of the other missionaries were grumpy and said we would just be feeding homeless people, but hey the homeless people are children of God too and probably want panacakes as well! haha


Then we helped at this ice cream shop wtih someone who is potentially interested...that was pretty crazy. Then we did a bunch of quick visits to members and gave them a little handout! That was fun and good for me to meet the members.

Transistioning into a new ward always takes some getting used to, but I was expecting it so its okay and we are BUSY, BUSY, BUSY...which I LOVE!!


I haven't had a chance to meet much with President and Sister Blair because they are out of town this week.

We also haven't worked much with the Elder Assistants to the President either - but I bet there will be more once we hold zone conferences and new missionary training sessions.

Even with my new assignment I will still be required to proselyte a lot!!! We aren't in the office that much, we just have a bigger to do list and more calls to make - but I wonder if it will be different as the transfer goes on......But missionary work is still the #1 priority!! :)

I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!

have a great week!!

Good-bye Pictures from Portsmouth:

Sister Bean

Sister Naylor


Tom and The Fairchilds

The Kill Family

Brother and Sister Blackwell and Mitchell


Stephanie!

The Coker Fam - I LOVE THESE GIRLS!!