Monday, November 28, 2016

wahoo for sister behrmann!

In case you couldn't guess, Sister Behrmann is the new sister I get to train! And literally, she's the greatest ever. This week was one of those weeks where SO much happened I do not even know what to write. 

On Wednesday, before sister Holt left, we were able to go to the newly dedicated Hartford Temple! It was amazing to see the whole thing come together. The temple is truly an amazing place. I met my new companion!! It was so cool they called up all the new missionaries one by one and announced who their trainers were and when she stood up I knew it was going to be me! I was SO excited, and still am obviously. 

Oh yeah this week was thanksgiving, which is weird. We went over to our bishops house and there were a few families there, but they demoted us to the teenager table. Although I guess that's half fair because ya know I'm still 19. NOT FOR LONG THOUGH.

Then all this weekend we did stop-by's on stop-by's on stop-by's. SO MANY. BUT it was awesome because we were able to pick up 4 new investigators, and visit a lot of people who said that they really needed us right then. It's amazing how the Lord clears our schedule for us to do what he needs us to do.


Alrighty that's about it.

1. Our new (and still tiny) district
2. Elders "hey check your porch when you get home" and there was a TREE on our porch. 

3."hey do you sisters have food storage? NO?! Honey we gotta get these ladies some of our freeze-dried food!"

Monday, November 21, 2016

Snow, Transfers, Apostles, Training, Baptisms

Yes, It's snowing, Yes transfers are on wednesday, and yes I'm training. AND YES I MET ELDER HOLLAND AND ELDER EYRING AT THE HARTFORD TEMPLE. 

I will tell one amazing experience from the Temple dedication. Elder Holland was talking about how long he personally has been waiting for this temple, and how much it means to him. He said of the temple, that he has no greater love for ANYTHING more than his family. That life would be dim and hopeless if he didn't have the hope of seeing them after death. That God would not be the loving Heavenly Father that we know him to be, if he did not let our family relationships go beyond the grave. He said that "I would join the church for the doctrine of the eternal family alone." It was amazing. In all the talks, you could feel SO strong, the love that our Heavenly Father has for us, and as a result of that, the amazing truths of his great plan. Families can be together forever, and it is all through the atonement of Jesus Christ. I love this gospel. 

After the dedication, the hartford and new haven zone's were asked to help move all the furnature back in the temple. they got us all in there and had us go into a room and sit for like 10 minutes. And then, in walks President Eyring. And he's smiling ear to ear, SO happy. He was almost in tears when he saw all of us. he goes up to the front and shakes Sister Holt's and my hands, and a few others. It was incredible. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, he walks out and Elder Holland walks in. "Now THIS is where all the REAL work get's done!" AHH he was so REAL and it was so cool! He walks up to the front, and he's showing his family around and he starts talking to his security guard (who we worked with a lot at the temple) and his security guard turns to us and the 2 other sets of sisters there and says "These sisters are some of the best, most hard working sisters I've ever known. They made the open house possible, and they are incredible" And Elder holland looks at us and says that he believes it. IT WAS So cool. then he shook our hands, told a greenie he was "so cute" and patted his cheek, and walks out. wow. The Lord's church really is run by prophets and apostals called of God. The spirit and love they bring with them is incredible. It was so so amazing. 

This week we also had the amazing opportunity to go to the cultural celebration, and oh yeah two of our investigators got baptized!!! Saturday was AMAZING! The joy and light that the gospel brings into peoples lives is absolutely amazing. THIS CHURCH IS SO TRUE. if you don't know it yet, you can. It will change you if you let it.

I love you all!

-Sister Morley

1. Baptism of Sara!
2. Baptism of Eric!
3. Cultural celebration! 

Don't worry, SO many more pictures to come.

Monday, November 14, 2016

I don't even know

Really though, I don't know what happened this week. It was CRAZY and to be honest, feels like a blur. 

Mary- Still hangin in there, isn't in the hospital, but is really eager to finally hear the lessons! We're hoping she will be able to be baptized in December!

Doug- We had a lesson with him this week, and he is really, really having a hard time in his life right now. he read the whole Book of Mormon though, which is awesome! 

Chelsea- AH okay so she is a convert who has been through A LOT lately and she has the cutest son named Carter and we have been teaching her recently and wow I just love her.

This week we had zone conference! I LOVE ZONE CONFERENCE. And I just love all the missionaries and my mission president and I love being a missionary and I don't ever want to go home and it was just wow. An amazing week, but also a stressful one. It's great. 

Love you all!

-Sister Morley

1. Our district @ some reservoir? We made it a goal to visit pretty much all pretty places in our areas on p-day.

2. Me feeding sheep


4.Service @ the temple

Monday, November 7, 2016

So many things

This week, WOW. 

So flash back to the temple open house, a man named Doug walked up to me in the reception tent, asking how he could get a Book of Mormon, because he wanted to know more about the church. He wanted one right then, but we didn't have any left, so I had him fill out a comment card & promised I would have someone bring him one. When we get comment cards, we're supposed to put them in a basket, where they are collected and then distributed the next day. But for some reason I really felt the need to keep this one and ENSURE he got visited. He said he LOVED the temple and was so, so grateful. Flash forward 3 weeks, and turns out he's in our area. We had finished with the temple, and we were able to stop by his house and give him the Book of Mormon. He invited us onto his porch, and with big blue sad eyes he explained that he was finally taking time off from work to grieve the loss of his son, who died last year, and how he's always kinda been a self-proclaimed atheist, but lately he's been reading more spiritual books. He said that he thinks the Book of Mormon will really help him. We promised him that it really, really will. We set up a time to meet with him in 2 weeks, because he said he doesn't want to meet until he finishes the book (and he said he will read it three times in two weeks so he really, really gets everything out of it). We were filled with so much love towards this man that we barely knew, freezing our socks off during the first snow of the season in October. Our God truly is a God of Miracles.

Anyways, this week was amazing. We were able to have a lot of lessons and pick up an investigator named LaShaya. She's SUPER awesome. She even wants to start bringing her friend to the lessons with her, and we're so excited! 

Mike is still on date to be baptized on the 26th of November, and Eric is still on date to be baptized on the 19th (same day of the cultural celebration) and Sarah is ALSOS on date to be baptized on the 19th! IT'S GOING TO BE A CRAZY MONTH! But we're so excited for everything the end of 2016 has in store for us and for this area! The temple has placed so many miracles in our path, and I am SO grateful for this. My mission is almost half-way over! I am getting to the point where no way I don't want this to end, I feel like It's getting to the best part and I just want this to last forever!

Anyways, pictures! 

1. This is the lake we live on. Is it cool or what??
2. Me & Dave
That's actually it for today! WAHOO!

Love you all! 

-Sister Morley