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