Sunday, 8 March 2015

"If you can't swim, don't get in the boat"

Relief Society can sometimes be really entertaining. We were having a lesson on "Stay in the Boat" by Elder Ballard and we were going through the rules of the water rafting.  We got to this part of the talk.

‘At the beginning of the trip, one of the experience driver guides reviewed important safety instructions, emphasizing three rules that would ensure the group’s safe travel through the rapids.

“Rule number one: stay in the boat! Rule number two: always wear a life jacket! Rule number three: always hold on with both hands!” He then said again, with even more emphasis, “Above all, remember rule number one: stay in the boat!”

Then our 90 old year old lady piped up "If you can't swim then you don't get in the boat!" Sister Petty must have had her hearing aids in for once, she usually isn’t that quick!

Oh transfer calls are in and Sister Owens are getting split up! I will be taking over the Wassatch Stake, this is going to be fun!

Anyway, the big weekly!

Monday: just the usual and we went to the park though, it was chillier than the time we played kick ball... For dinner the Walker's took us out to a Chinese restaurant because they were leaving town on Wednesday. After that we had family home evening with the Hamilton's who are recent converts. Those lessons are always fun. One of the children is 8 and is very austistic we were singing "I am a child of God" for our closing hymn, Danny was singing a long and every time it almost makes Sister Owens and I cry. He is the sweetest boy. Then our 8pm cancelled so we went out and tried to contact some people.

Tuesday: We had a 4 hour training on iPads with Elder Clark and Elder Doneldson. Did I tell you all that we are getting iPads, if not then we are. HALLELUJAH, we've been waiting for a while. This is going to hasten the work so much! But the training wasn't on how we used iPads and got to play around with them and check them out, it was more about is and making sure that our hearts are in the right place and making sure that we were ready for the iPads. Our purpose is still the same; we just have a new tool to hasten the work. It was really good! Also it was nice to see the whole mission. Even Wyoming got to come down! So you know it was kind of a big deal. After dinner we went out with our 7th ward mission leader and went to some houses, no one was home but it was good to get out. We will be getting our iPads on the 6th March.

Wednesday: We were just catching up with leaders in the morning. After lunch we had an active member lesson with the Fyfe's in the 5th ward, they were super cute. Then we had a lesson with Miley on Lehi's dream and we were getting her to draw it out and we spoke about it. Then we had dinner with Elijah, Kathryn and his mum and we had a lesson after. We just love that family! Melissa (mum) is a recent convert and has finished her final temple prep class! Soo excited for her when she goes through the temple. Then we went on a visit with one of our Relief Society Presidents to a lady who just had a baby. Her baby was so cute, such a chunky monkey. Then we went out with 3rd ward mission leader for the rest of the night.

Thursday: Weekly blahblahblah and it took slightly longer than normal because we were having to make sure that the area book was up to date for the iPads. Then we had our lesson with the Barber's which was amazing, as always. We were discussing the Plan of Salvation. Then we did service for a lady in the 4th ward. After dinner we had a lesson with our new 12 yr old investigator Mesha. She's a cool girl. Then we had a lesson with Evan which was a discussion about the blessings of repentance because he has really changed his life around. He will be passing the sacrament  for the first time on the 15th March.

Friday: District meeting was good, as usual. It was all about helping our investigators with their fears. Then we all headed out to lunch. After lunch we went to a care centre to see some members of one of our branches who have been really sick. Then we went and contacted because another appointment got cancelled. After dinner we stopped by a less active family and set up a return appointment with them. Then we had a lesson with Shelee which was good and then we had an active member lesson with the 4th Bishop and his family.

Saturday: We had breakfast at the Passey's (former high counsellor over missionary work) and then we started the move! I won't lie; I am looking forward to moving into a house and staying there for a good time. But we got everything moved throughout day in between appointments and stuff.


meetings, sacrament meetings and all that.  So we walk into the building and I see this on our wall. Someone is antibritish......

It's sad that Sister Owens and I are getting split up, good bye my little hunter.... I'll miss you

I also realized that I only have 5 months left

5.......4.......3....2.....1 THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO..... it is really crazy how time flies, I guess  it’s what happens when you are having the time of your life.

Hope you all have a great week!

So long, farewell. Till next Monday.


Sister Hughes xoxoxoxoxo

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Y'know you're good friends when you share food.

Monday 23 February 2015 

Wow, how this week has flown by. I genuinely feel like it was yesterday that I was emailing.

Monday: We went to a park in my old area and we played kickball for a good couple of hours! It was so much fun :D Though Sister Owens and I were so sore the next day and maybe for the rest of the week... We haven't run around like that since we were in school! haha

In the evening we had a lesson with our recent converts, the Hamilton family. We love them and we were teaching the 10 commandments. We are seeing them again tonight. Right after that we had an active member lesson with the Goodman's in the 3rd ward. They are really funny.

Tuesday: We went and did some service in the 9th ward. Then we had lunch with Sister LeRoy, then we had an active member lesson in the 5th ward. Then we were just contacting until dinner.  Then we had a lesson with our investigator Elijah and his family and we spoke about the armour of God, it went really well. Then our final appointment of the night was with the Knox family, they are a part member family. We spoke about the plan of salvation and we invited them to not only pray as a couple daily but to pray and ask if this is all true. They said they would so we will see with what will happen. It was a great lesson, it was mainly a discussion and you could tell that the husband had a really strong believe in God.

Wednesday: So in the morning we went to a member's home and dropped some things off. Then we called Elder Kirsi and update him on missionary things. After lunch we went over to the Whichaskoller home to help her clear it out since her mother has passed away. Then we did some service for the Elders, we were painting the fence. The weather was slightly warm! it was so nice! Then we had a lesson with Miley on the plan of Salvation. After dinner we went out with our 3rd ward Relief Society President for the first time ever which was really good, she really liked the visit. Then we had an active member lesson that our 8th ward mission leader set up.

Thursday: Weekly... blahblahblah
We then had a lesson with Bro.Barber a less active in the 7th ward. His Home Teachers came and it was an amazing discussion and Sister Anderson gave the most beautiful commitment to pray and ask if the restoration really happened. Those lessons are always just so good! Then we went out with Sister Hanks our 5th ward relief society president, she is so lovely! After dinner we had to go on splits because we had 2 lessons going on at the same time. I went to see China and Mesha in the 8th ward. They are really awesome, Mesha is 13 and not baptized and her mum was baptized 10 years ago but she isn't active anymore. But they said yes for us to come back and teach the lessons! woohoo! Then we had a lesson with the Sotts with our ward mission leader and then we went contacting with Bro.Hanks (yes,married to Sister Hanks) on some people but they were not home #StoryOfMyLife

Friday: District meeting always good!

Joke of the day "Which State is known for F1 driving and really bad jokes?" "Hugheston"

The funnier part was that Huston is a City not a state! Then after lunch we were contacting people we had a lesson with the Moncur's on following the prophet which went good.

Then the district went out to lunch to Jimmy John's (posh subway) i put my sandwich on the table and grabbed some water and then sat down to my sandwich so there I am about to take a bite of my sandwich and Sister Knight says "why is there avocado in my sandwich?" Turns out she was happily chomping into the sandwich that I had just bought! She asked if I wanted it, I said she was fine since she had already started it. Though Sister Knight's choice was really yummy it was so funny, Sister Knight said that she has never done that to anyone before! You know you're really good friends when you share food.

After lunch we contacted for a little bit. We then had a lesson with the Moncur's on following the prophet which went well after dinner we had a lesson with the Pond's on spiritual crocodiles which went really well. Then we had a lesson with our less active Shellie! She has been to church for the past 3 weeks and she is enjoying her new ward and she is on date to go to the temple in October :D love that lady,, we were talking about family history and she was getting excited. We used this video in the lesson, I loved this video, I just love the church videos they are sooo good!

Then we went to the Bishop's family and did a lesson on the plan of Salvation.

Saturday: I was on exchanges with Sister Knight, it really threw me off being with my old companion in a different area. We had a lesson in the morning which went okay. Then Sister Knight and I went to Jimmy John's for lunch and bought the sandwiches that we intended to have on Friday. Then we had a lesson and then some service. We met with Pres.Hicken to correlate which went well. After dinner we went and had an STL review and switched over to our normal companions and then Sister Owens went and did missionary paper work for the stake.


This was actually a pretty chilled Sunday for the first time ever. Just a couple of meetings and then sacraments. After dinner we had a lesson with the Orr family which went well. Then we went over to our 7th ward mission leaders house and correlated with him because he has been out of town for the past week because his daughter was playing in a football (english football) tournament.  Then we had a lesson with the Slaters on using talents.
I found this video this week and thought it was so cool!

The gospel can really change people.

So that was my week! Hope all is well with everyone back in Bonnie England!

Lots of love,

Sister Hughes xoxo

Saturday, 21 February 2015

I'm Engaged!

Doctrine & Covenants 58:27

"Verily I say, men (and women) should be anxiously engaged"

Well I am both of those things, I am anxious to tell you that I am engaged. Only thing appropriate to happen over Valentine's weekend. (I know, so romantic) It's my accent, the American boys can't resist me.

Okay, lets read the rest of the verse "in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness"

I am engaged to The Lord's work. Sorry mister, I'm a sister.

Monday: We just played basketball, we have to keep the Elders in our zone happy. (there are only 2 companionships of sisters. When Sister Owen's and I walk in and we are the only sisters I feel like that I have walked into a PE class hahaha)

Then we had dinner with a member and a less active family which was really good, they are super good cooks ohmygoodness I could have gorged myself but I didn't want to roll out of the house. We also had a lesson with our Recent Converts (The Hamilton's) which was really good. We taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and we just had a whiteboard and got creative, that's why I love teaching children.

Tuesday: I was exchanges, back to Butler I go. I have been spending more time in my old area than my new area over the past couple of weeks. So it was nice to be back, we did a lot of contacting but no one was home. I was back in my area for the afternoon, yay! We tried to get a hold of some people. After dinner we had a lesson with the Western's which was really good, it was on gratitude. Then we went on visits with the 4th ward bishop. We went to the Wahlen's turnd out that they are Ella's grandparents! (My baptism on Jan 10th) small world! Sister Owen's has some connections with them too, crazy things happen with you open a family photo album. Then we had a lesson with the Jones in the 3rd ward which was really good, everyone participated, yay!

Wednesday: We were just contacting in the morning, then we went to see one of our Brighton Branch members in the care center, Kay has just had an operation on her back. We then did some service in the 9th ward. We were cleaning up the house of a lady who had passed away. After dinner we had a lesson with Mia. We were talking about the apostasy and Joseph Smith it went really well, Mia is doing great. Then the rest of our evening appointments cancelled so we stopped by a less active family and they were home! Miracles happen.

Thursday: Weekly planning.. blahblahblah
Because it was Valentine's week the Westenskow's invited us over for a Valentines lunch with the Sister and the Elders (just our district) it was really fun and yummy as always with Sister Westenskow's. Then we had a lesson with a less active that would like to return to the temple. That is the beauty of all our less actives, they actually want to change. It was a really good lesson and will be seeing him next week. After dinner we had all of our lessons cancel in about the space of 15 minutes. It was just funny, we had to laugh. So we were back to contacting people again.

Friday: We had a good district meeting, it was on charity and pride. Elder Kirsi loves to talk about humility and pride, we all love it because it just becomes really funny. After lunch we went and delivered valentine's cookies to some of our less actives etc. We managed to meet the mum of Beaux, who we are teaching, it was such a miracle. She had jsut failed her nursing exam that she had been working towwards for the past 4 years so we told her that she could have all the cookies and didn't need to share them with the family. Then we were going to have an appointment with a former, but she changed our time 3 times... it ended up with her husband/boyfriend saying that she was throwing up..... we prayed for her just incase she was actually sick. Then we had a lesson with Shelly who has been coming to church for the last 2 weeks and she is on track to going to the temple in October! woohoo! I love shelly, she was just so happy in the lesson it was the best, our lesson was on Temples.

Saturday: Happy Single Awareness Day!

Me: "You know what happens to your best friend ;)" (hinting at marriage)
Sister Owens: "Yeah, they marry someone else"


Hahaha Sister Owens kills me sometimes, she is so funny!

I had a chocolate and on the wrapper it said "Chocolate will always be your valentine" #Cheers

We had an active member lesson in the 8th ward which was really good. Then the District and our Zone Leaders all went out to lunch because it was single awareness day. We went to a greek place which was pretty good. After that we got a call from the addiction recovery centre because someone needed a blessing and we called the Elders and we all went over for that. After that then we heart attacked our leaders. We got busted a couple of times though :( we need to learn how to run faster. We then had dinner with Haven our investigator which was really good. we just love that little girl and her family. Then we were doing our missionary paper work.

Sunday: Sundays are the type of day that you just hit the ground running, literally! Correlations, ward councils and sacrament meetings we were at it all. It was great that 2 of our investigators came to church and Danny (Hamilton's 8 year old autistic brother) came to church which was a miracle!! He struggled with it sometimes. We then had a FHE with our investigators and Part member families and active members at our ward mission leaders house which was amazing. the spirit was really strong. We were teaching about Lehi's dream in 1 Nephi 8. We got everyone to draw it out. All our lessons cancelled so we were back to trying to get a hold of people again.

That was my week!

Hope all are well.

Love you all

Sister Hughes xoxo

Sunday, 15 February 2015

"Get me to the church on time!"‏

Monday 9 February 2015

I have been a little late to things too many times this week, I feel like I am going to be late to the Celestial Kingdom.

Monday: So we played Volley Ball. In the Evening we had a lesson with the Harris' they are awesome! They made us felt feet that we could teach the gospel of Jesus Christ with. It was the best thing ever. They also performed a song on the guitar which was amazing and we taught then the 10 commandments using hand signals which went really well. Our other appointment cancelled because they forgot about parent teacher conferences.

Tuesday: So I spent from 9-3 back in the Butler Stake. Sister Knight needed to go to a meeting so I helped out her new companion Sister Talbert. Then we had a lesson with Miley on prophets which went really well. We got to speak to her mum for a little bit which was nice :) Then we had an active member lesson on the gospel of Jesus Christ which went really well. In the 5th ward they were doing a humanitarian service thing which we went to for a little bit because there were some non-members there. Then we had a lesson with the Jones on the Restoration which went really well. Then Sister Owen's and I went on splits (the perfect way to be in 2 places at the same time) Sister Owens went to an active member lesson in the 8th ward and I went to our lesson with Tony, who is in the 7th ward. My lesson was a handover lesson with the AP's for the central mission because they are over the YSA in our area. It went really well and he is working towards being baptized on 28th February.

So I have now been out for 1 year, oh my word time has flown. We had a British tea party to celebrate with a less active. It was the best thing ever, scones, sandwiches the works, it was paradise. We then went and contacted some people and had a lesson with an 8 year old who wants to get baptized. Then we had a lesson with Mia and taught her the first half of the restoration which went really well. After dinner we had a lesson with the EQP for the 5th ward. Then later on we went out with the young women's president in the 7th ward and made a visit. Our dinner cancelled so we had Sushi, Sister Owens did know what she was eating. Her face was priceless.

Thursday: Weekly planning... nothing too exciting. We then had lunch with Bro.Hanks our 5th ward mission leader and correlated with him. We then went out with our 8th ward mission leader and did an active member lesson with him. Then we went  up to Brighton for dinner. Brighton is beautiful. Imagine a car advert driving through some tress and whatever, that it what Brighton is like. It is so beautiful. Then we had a really good lesson with Evan who is coming back to church, he is doing so awesome! WE read Alma 36 with him.  Then I went to my old area because Sister Knight was on exchanges with Sister Owens.

Friday: Back to the old area!
We had zone meeting which was really good. It is really strange being in your old area because you feel like you don't feel like you really belong there. We stopped by a couple of people, It was nice to see some old faces :)

Saturday: We were doing paperwork in the morning. Then I went to Colt's baptism. Colt is someone that I found in my first area. We found him in Walmart so Walmart literally has EVERYTHING that a missionary needs, even people wanting to learn about the gospel! It was so good to see him again, unfortunately his wife wasn't there because she had to work but I have missed them both so much.

"Colt, you're amazing."

"No, you're amazing. You're the one that found me."

Nothing can replace that. Seeing someone change has to be the best thing ever!

Then I went straight to another baptism! Sarah was a sister’s referral that I taught in Butler Stake. I was running a little late. The Baptism started at 3, I got there at 3:02pm Sarah was waiting for me at the door. She gave me the biggest hug and started to cry, I think everything was just hitting her. But she was worried that I wasn't coming. I told her that I wouldn't miss it for the world! She had also asked me to give a talk on the Holy Ghost.

"This is what we do as missionaries Sarah, we help people get the Holy Ghost. Sister Knight came all the way from Australia, I came all the way from England and Sister Talbert came all the way from Texas!" everyone burst out laughing, I then said "I didn't mean it like that!" it was funny. This has to be the best day of my mission 2 baptisms in 1 day. Then we stopped by some more people and then more paper work!


8:30 5th correlation
9:30 3rd ward council
10:50 5th sacrament - Mia came to church for the first time, it was the best thing ever! Also the whole of our mission presidency were at our meeting because the Winn's (office couple) were giving their homecoming talk.
12:00 4th correlation
1:15 Stake meeting
2:00 3rd sacrament - i was asked to bare my testimony because I was new
3:30 3rd correlation
4:00 Lesson with the Western's
5;00 Dinner
6:00 Active member lesson with the Orr's
7:00 Lesson with our Recent Convert J-bay
8:00 Handover lesson with our recent converts because they have moved into a new stake.

Sundays are no longer a day of rest.
"No rest for the wicked.... and missionaries"

It's all good though, you can take it easy for the rest of your life, you only have a special time to be a missionary.

So Sister Owens loves 7B&7B and when we're being a dork we call each other Dorcas. Fun fact.

Bless our beautiful hides.

Hope you all have a great week!

Love, Sister Hughes xoxo

Sunday, 8 February 2015

You know you're an american when....‏

Monday 2 February 2015

You know you're an american when you find a superbowl scripture. Yes that's right ladies and gentleman I found one. So here it is.

 24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Trying to preach on the weekend of Superbowl is quite hard, Superbowl is a religion over here. We weren't having any luck and our ward mission leader said that we could come over. But Sister O and I decided we needed to find a scripture because we aren't watching the super bowl.

Sister Owens: "We need a superbowl scripture..... I don't know one..."

Me: "Wait! I've got it! I have one!!!!!"

and low and behold I did, and it worked! Sister Owen's was so proud.

How do you relate those verses to the superbowl? I hear you ask, well sit back, relax and I will tell you.
So in the Superbowl you have 2 teams trying to get the trophy, which is the corruptible crown. We are in our own Superbowl team it's us against the bad things of the world. The incorruptible crown that we are fighting for is eternal life, to be able to with God, Jesus Christ and our families forever. We not only want this for ourselves but we want this for others and that's why we are helping out our team mates so we can all achieve the incorruptable crown.

So that is my little insight to the doctrine of the Superbowl.

Anyway back to me and my week. I have 1 word: CRAZY.

I have never been so tired in my life. I go to bed at 10:30 next thing I know it's 6:30 to do it all again. Though last night we finished planning at 9:30 I was in the shower and PJs like nobody’s business and was tucked up in bed by 10:10, I won't lie whilst I was lying in bed all squeaky clean I felt like a million dollars. I woke up still feeling like a million dollars (but in reality I looked like Aslan with my untame bed hair curls) but not enough for Vogue to hire me.

Monday: Well, we spent all of our P-day cleaning our apartment. So Sister Owen's and I had lots of fun doing that. Sister Owen's said that she had never seen her apartment so clean (she has been there 6 months) and I said "Yeah, I haven't seen your apartment this clean either."

In the evening we had a lesson with the Harris' we taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and it was really fun. Mika is 7 and she is so funny a quote she came up with was "Don't be dumb, don't" She is hilarious.
Then we had a lesson with our Recent converts Tricia and Jordynn and we played chinese whispers and related it to the apostasy which was really fun.

Tuesday: We had a lesson with Miley who is 9 and we taught The restoration with cups, she said that we had already done this lesson with you and we said "yes, we know. We are testing you today to see how much you remember" The lesson went really well. We also had a lesson with Tony, he is so amazing but he has finally decided that he wants to attend the YSA ward so we are having to hand him over to the Central mission (boundaries are weird for YSA) We also had a really good gospel discussion with a widower in one of our wards.

Wednesday: We had a good lesson with Elijah, he is 9 (we are teaching a lot of 9 year olds) We taught again about the apostasy.

We picked up Mia as a new investigator!!! She was being taught a couple of months ago but got dropped because she was really busy. She is 13 and really cute. I just love her to death. So we have a lesson with her this week. Both of her parents are not members so we are going to see if the parents will join in too. Her step dad is all for her serving a mission his reasons were: No TV, no boys and she has to be modest because she will be wearing garments. It was so funny he kept asking when she could sign up hahaha. We had a lesson about goals with it being the new year and she was sharing her goals with us and she was saying how one of her goals was to show respect to her parents more, then we all got speaking about times when we hadn't shown respect to our parents and how it was just a teenage thing and that everyone has done it.
We also had a lesson with the EQP of the 8th ward and we spoke about the 10 commandments and taught everyone hand signals for each of the commandments.

Thursday: Weekly planning.... the usual....

We then went to a care centre to see a less active which was really nice, he was much happier and better looking from the previous times that the missionaries have been. We get called his girlfrends so his wife will say "Dean, your girlfriends are here" hahaa

Then we went on visits with one of the ward missionaries in the 3rd ward, unfortunately no one was home or busy but c’est la vie. We also saw a lady who had requested for her name to be removed from the church records. We had a nice chat with her and she is obsessed with England, Cath Kidston, Laura Ashley THE GOOD STUFF! So we are having a British tea party on Wednesday to celebrate my 1 year mark. I am so excited beyond belief.  We also tried to make other visits but no one was home.. …story of my life.

Friday: We had a really good district meeting. It was all about helping those who have addictions and we had 2 guest speakers who were recovering alcoholics, it was really good. We had a lesson with a less active which went really well. Then it was trying to get a hold of people. People are too busy these days, they are never home! But then.... neither are we...

Saturday: We had a lesson with our Recent convert which went really well. He even had a non- member friend with him!

Sunday: This is where it got intense:
7am: Meeting with the stake president and all the bishops
12noon: 9th correlation
1pm: Stake meeting
2pm: 7th sacrament (all the sacraments here are last, strange)
3:30pm: 7th correlation
4pm: Out contacting
5pm: Dinner
6pm: Met with bishop Jarman ( I hadn't met him yet
8pm: Lesson with the Slaters (Recent Converts)
With trying to get a hold of people all in between.

Wow, I am just exhausted just typing that out to you. Now you understand why I was in the shower and into my jammies like no other!

Life is great, and really tiring. But I am so happy! Miracles are on the verge of happening!
I have to go

Happy 1st birthday to me!

Have a great week!

Love you all!!!

Sister Hughes xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

"Did you here that Johnny? She has a gun!"‏

Monday 26 January 2015

Okay, So transfers happened and I have been transfered across the whole of Utah! Jokes, I got transfered to the next stake over. They moved me sooo far, not.

Driving down to transferes:

Me: "If they transfer my over to Wassatch, I wish they'd tell me then I can just drop off my things and then go to the meeting."

Wow, I can almost predict the future.

So my new companion is Sister Owens! We have been serving around each other for the past 6 months so it's just like getting put with one of your besties. #Miracle

Holy Moses this has a CRAZY week. "hit the ground running" has a whole new meaning in life. I have never been so tried ever!

Monday: Well, I got the call that I was leaving so I spent the day packing. I didn't think I had that much stuff, oh how wrong I was.... Sister Knight and I went out to lunch for the last time. We went to a Chinese place which was good, but we couldn't finish everything on our plates. In the evening we visited all our investigators and recent converts, it was the saddest thing.

So last stop was the Cooper's and we were talking about how goodbyes are hard.

Bro Cooper: "Do you know why they are hard? It's because we are eternal beings. We don't do goodbyes"  well it was something to that effect, either way I was mind blown.

Tuesday: Packing and the transfer meeting. I am still in the same district, so happy! So after the meeting we had a couple of appointments and we were stopping by the leadership. We walked into our new High Councilman over missionary work's home and I see Elder Newman who served in our ward! Sister Owens thinks I know the whole word.

Wednesday: We helped out a lady who has cancer clean her house. We tried to stop by some leadership and then we went to do some visits with a ward missionary. We had an active member lesson in the evening which went really well. We also stopped by the Christiansen family. They are currently hosting a boy who is originally from Virginia. It turned out that he went to EFY at SVU in 2010 when Chris and I went. Then we found out that I knew his brother! Now Sister Owens REALLY thinks I know the whole world.

Thursday: So we started weekly planning and then helped out at a funeral then we went back to weekly planning. Then we had some visits with another ward missionary. Then we had a lesson with Evan who is a less active who is coming back and he is really cool. We then had a stake meeting.

Friday: District meeting, it is nice to still be in the same district. After lunch we helped out senior couple clean their windows so that they can do more missionary work. Then we finished off weekly planning because with all the things that happened on Thursday we didn't manage to finish it off. Then we were contacting some people that I needed to see. Then in the evening we had a lesson with a recent convert who is preparing to go through the temple in March woohoo. Then we had a lesson with a less active lady who is wanting to come back to church.

Saturday: We helped Sister Demple put down her Christmas because she is in a wheelchair. Then we had lunch. Tried to stop by some people. We met with our Stake President. He tried to set up his recently returned (like days old) missionary son with Sister Owens.

Pres: "Did you hear that Johnny? she has a gun!"

Johnny: "Dad."

Pres: "Did you hear that Johnny? She likes to fish!"

Johnny: "Dad!"

Poor Sister Owens.

Pres: "Jonny did you get my invite?"

Johnny: "what invite?"

Pres: "I just emailed you, I set up your emails to connect to you phone."

Johnny: "Nope, didn't get it."

Pres: "well anyway, I emailed you an invite to our monthly Father interveiw!"

Sister Owens and I died laughing.

He also look like David Tennant off Doctor Who....

Well we were in meetings from 8:30 - 10:30, we then went to 5th sacrament. Then we were in meetings till 2. We then went to Johnny's homecoming talk. The chapel was packed so it was hard to find seats, I eventually found seats and just went in. Turns out that we sat behind a some YSA that had no PDA (Public Display of Affection) shame. Man, they were like all over each other. It made Sister Owens and I so sick. We had never felt so sorry for ourselves in our lives. They really should have got a room. "If you like it then you should put a ring on it" not let the whole of sacrament know it. #SisterMissionaryProbs

Then it was more meetings! Then it was dinner, thankgoodess. Dinner was good!

*talking about primary*

Sister O: "Who is the president now?"

Brigdon: "Obama"

everyone breaks down into hysterics.

Then we had an active member lesson with a LA 17 year old and we got to get him to participate for the first time.

Sister Owens: "It's because of new blood!'

Me: "Sister Owens, I don't have new blood. I have been around for 20 years!"

Then the lesson that we did have planned for 8 cancelled so we stopped by on some more people that I needed to meet.

With covering a whole stake you have no problem of running out of people to see.

I LOVE my companion and my new area. So this transfer is going to be a good one.

Love you all!

Sister Hughes xxx

PS: So I looked at the weather - You know it's bad when you think 7C is warm!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

"I say goodbye and you say hello!"

19 January 2015

So the transfer calls are in and I am being transferred! My heart is slowly breaking, and leaving it in the Butler Stake. Serving with Sister Knight has been a dream. Living with the Aussie, one of the best mission moments ever.

Monday - We had P-day! Sister Knight and I worked out. I can hear you all laughing but I actually did. Sister Bagley has an exercise bike that we used. Working out to church hymns is a whole new experience. In the evening we saw Tiffany, oh my goodness we just love her. We spoke about the Plan of Salvation. Then we had a lesson with the Hessenthaler's in the Apple Valley ward, they are just the best and we shared our new year’s message with them. Then we met up with Alex and read chapters 12-13 of 1st Nephi because it was a little hard to understand. When I read it I thought "I don't blame you girl, I have no clue too"

Tuesday: We had a lesson with the Fisher's they had a granddaughter who is getting baptized really soon and they wanted us to teach a couple of lessons before she does. They went well. She is so cute very chatty too. *points to a speaker on the wall* "That thing tells me the future" she cracks us up! We had dinner with our Bishop and then we saw an old lady who was really cute. Other than that, we have been trying to contact people.

Wednesday: we contacted some widows in the morning. Then jotted down some ideas for a ward party in the Apple Valley ward. We are thinking of doing an international night, but we shall see how that goes. We had a great lesson with our Old Mill RSP Sister Fletcher we spoke about missionary work and gave out a challenge. We contacted a couple of people but they weren't interested.

Thursday: We had weekly planning with the Westenskow's. Life is finally back to normal! How much I love them. We then went contacting. We had dinner with the Eberhardt's which was super fun. We had waffles! Breakfast for dinner has to be like one of the best things that I have had on my mission. Then we were contacting for the rest of the night because our appointments cancelled.

Friday: We had district meeting which was really good. President Banks and his wife came in and it was so much fun. They can be really funny sometimes. They also provided lunch for us all which was really nice. We then saw a widow in the Apple Valley ward and she was sharing with us her missionary moments that she has had. Then we went over to the Bryson's and saw Bro.Bryson because he is seriously ill and slowly dying. We went contacting again and then we had dinner and contacting for the rest of the night.

Saturday: We went to see some widows in the morning. The old people are really funny sometimes especially when they say "diebeatis" (typed how it is said) #OAPLife. We have just been contacting all day and stopping in on some widows. We also had a lesson with the Busto's at the Westenskow's home which went really well. We taught a jumping game about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I seriously think that we have some Olympic champions here!

Sunday: We just had church. It was nice to have the Cooper's back. Life isn't really the same without them. Bro. Cooper gave a really good talk and he recited the missionary call letter and the experience of receiving it. It really took sister knight and I back! We then had dinner with the Henrixson's and then we had a lesson with Sarah who is 11 she is now on date for 7th Feb! Woohoo then we headed to the Cooper's to put in our numbers and they shared some holiday photos and vids, it was a good time.

I am so sad to be leaving this area, I really love the people here. But I know that Heavenly Father has more people for me to meet and things to learn.

Hope you all have a great week!

Much love,

Sister Hughes xxx