Friday, 29 August 2014

Goodbye Mr A!

Monday 25 August 

This week has been a long one, but really good.

Monday: We had zone conference with Elder Clarke who is of the 70 which was really good. He was a good speaker and funny too, which is always a bonus. I have attached the notes we all made together so you can all see what I learnt!

I got to see Sister Melanson and Sister White too and they gave me an update on Winder West, they are doing such a good job!

Tuesday: We were at the temple, afterwards our district all went out to breakfast which was nice and then it was just the usual craziness and then in the evening we taught Keaton, who is nine, the 10 commandments. It's like being back in primary, though it isn't the same without Jasper, Gianna, Lila and Eden. The lesson went really well, there's a way to teach with hand signals which is really cool :) Then we had stake Correlation

Wednesday: We had a lesson with Joowan who is from Seol, Korea. We taught her the Law of Chastity and the Word of Wisdom. In Seol they have a strong Christian upbringing there so it wasn't really hard to teach her. She goes home this week with her boys back to her husband. We will miss her. Then we joined the youth in doing some service for an old lady in the ward.

Thursday: Weekly planning, every missionary's favourite thing to do.... it's not bad, it just a necessity. We had a couple of active member lessons which went really well. We taught the first lesson, The Restoration. You really could feel the spirit it was great! Then we met with one of our members who is less active, we help her with her Book of Mormon Reading. Then we had a Family Home Evening with a less active family, which went really well. There were a lot of young children so we were trying to think of something fun, so we read a couple of verses from 1Nephi 8 talking about Lehi's dream and the fruit of the tree. We talked about how the fruit represents the Gospel and it makes us happy and for the game we played fruit basket, which was really fun, the children really enjoyed it :)

Friday: We had a Zone Meeting which was really fun. We were practicing our invitations to be baptized. All the senior couples had come in with "civilian clothes" they were asked to leave or something. Elder Gray said "okay, so now you are going to invite people to be baptized. We have got a lot of non-members waiting outside" at that moment I got chills... I thought he meant real live non-members...turns out it was just the seniors...silly me. Even though it was our senior couples we all still treated it like they were non-members, it was really good!
We also had an active member lesson with one of our families and they surprised us at the end of the lesson by saying they had brought a non-member friend which was really cool, our members are being righteously sneaky and we love it!

Saturday: We went to a baptism of the Wassatch Sisters and brought Joowan. She enjoyed it :)  Then we had a lesson with a recent convert who is 11. In the afternoon we had a lesson with Mr.A He is a member of the Church of Christ... unfortunately we had to stop meeting with him because he wasn't progressing and he just wanted to teach us "and bring us to the truth" but we have such a great respect for each other, I hope I have a bible knowledge as good as his by the time I die. It was so sad,  I wanted to cry!!!! but we couldn't we went straight to dinner and continued with our day.... it was so sad....

"Sister Hughes, I want to cry!"

"Me too!!!"

Sunday: Church, church, church.We had a surprise lesson at dinner, our members just bring their non-member friends when we are there, it's great!

One day this week it was raining and cold, we had to put the heater on in the car...FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! It was just like being at home!

Okay, I haz to go. I want to do my food shopping and pick up my meds.I am a leper and need to be healed.I didn't choose the leper life, the leper life chose me.

Have a great week everyone

Post is with the postman and will come to you soon!

Thank you for everything you all do for me.

I love it here, the work is good.

Love you all

Sister Leah Hughes xxx


Monday, 25 August 2014

You're alright for an Alta girl!

Monday 18 August

I just got out of the temple!

We went for the 7:00 session, I was up at 4:45.... the alarm changed from day to night.... not impressed hahaa

Okay, so this week has been a bit of a blur. Can you believe that I have been out almost 7 months! No? Good because I cannot either.

So I was at the office for a choir practice (we sang in zone conference)
And I run into Sister Winn, who is in the office. She is the sweetest little german lady I know. She comes up to me

"Sister Hughes, I was at a wedding reception and I met someone called Matthew Newman and he asked if I knew  a Sister Hughes and I said I sure do so he said could you tell her that I said hi?"

So every time she saw me she would just say "Sister Hughes, Matthew Newman" hahaha

small world!

Could you tell him and say that I got his message and that I say hello back?

So we have a car... I AM DRIVING!! It's the best and super sunny so I have to buy sunglasses today before I turn blind.

I do ALL OF THE DRIVING

It isn't that hard and I am driving an automatic. You get used to it, I have to clarify sometimes but it is all good. I feel big and grown up too!

I am now in Butler Stake and my wards are Apple Valley, Brighton Point, 17th and Old Mill

In old mill is Sister Stevens, she is on the GENERAL Primary presidency. We were at their home for Brother Stevens (ward mission leader) and she asked for a spiritual thought... I passed out

Sister Nelson was on it like a hot cake, I was still recovering when I was leaving the house! She is such an amazing woman, she has the spirit so strong around her. I did speak I promise... but she already had something planned.

We picked up a couple of new investigators this week :)

We have a lot active member lessons because that how we get to ask for people who need our help or would like to take the lessons.

One of our lessons cancelled because they were having to do yard work so we just turned up to his house in our service clothes and helped him move wood.

We taught the young women’s, that was a little strange being with the youth haha but it went well!

So yesterday was Zone Conference which was super good... I left my notes at home....freak well that will have to wait. Elder Clarke came, he was super funny and cool. Basically we talked about the whole of Preach my Gospel. He was the one that made the mini version! Chapter 8 of PMG will triple your income FYI hahaha there was such a great spirit

I have left my planner at home.... so I am a little lost for words for the big weekly

Quotes:

"You're alright for an Alta girl" #Dinnerbanter

Okay I gotta go I need to shop for food!

Thank you for everything that you do

Letters get to my new address okay, so get them letters sent! Hannah and Chrissy i am still waiting!

Have a great week

Love you all so so much

I am a missionary
I know it
I live it
I LOVE IT

Sister Leah Hughes


xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

…and the rain came down!


Monday 11 August 2014

So I am going to just start with a breakdown of my week because that is the easiest way to describe it .

Monday:
So we went to Fat Catz as a district which turned out to be by the end of it the whole zone.

Then we had dinner at the Hales, we had super scrummy greek food... well, I think it was greek. Because I was leaving, in the times that we didn't have set appointments I went to the people that I loved, to spend a little bit of time with them.

So after the Hales we were cycling down to Walmart and it just started to pour it down with rain, we were caught in a flash flood. It was hilarious!

Imagine clothes coming straight out of the wash, put them on two sister missionaries bodies with mascara down our faces and you have what we looked like. We were crossing the road and Sister Hales had bought us some bath and body works treats and they were in a paper bag, let’s just say that it split in the middle of the road and the light turned green for the cars to go... I scrabbled everything together! 

Whilst that was happening there was a young lady telling us to get into her car.

"What about our bikes?"

"Just get in the car"

It turned out that she was a member of the church, but was not active. We biked over to her apartment which was 2 minutes away. I am not joking we biked through a sea at one point! She let us into her home, gave us dry clothes to put onto our bodies, called her dad and asked him to pick up our bikes and take them to our apartment, which he did and then she drove us to our appointment!

I hope everyone's faith in humanity has been restored! I have a thank you card to send to her
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Tuesday: TRANSFERS

So I spent the morning packing.

Now I am in the Cottonwood Zone. I live in Cottonwood Heights which is about 20 mins east of the office. My companion is Sister Nelson who came out the same transfer as me! We get on great, we share clothes and everything :D AND I HAVE A CAR!!!! Though I slightly miss biking... slightly, it's weird not to have to wear cycling shorts all the time hahaha

Be champs and buy stamps people!

2102 E Londale Dr
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121

Our flat is soooo snazzy,we live with a widow and we live in her basement.
I have to take pictures.

I want mail please!

So I have just been getting my head around the area and the people. So everything is pretty much a blurr.

One thing that I love about our zone is that it is into hashtags.

So we have a goal to have 10 baptisms in the month of August. We have as a zone had 4 baptisms so we are on a role #10inAug

I am SO HAPPY here, though I slightly miss my old area and companion.

Funny:

"You can't marry anyone in your ward cuz that would be too weird...Sorry  Becca" #YouthTalks

"We love our Sister missionaries. We love the Elders too, but we sure love our sister missionaries"

"Who’s that?”

 “I don't know....smile and wave sister, just smile and wave"

"I love your accent, you sound like you are from the movies"

Today we are going to take sisters to get their car then going shopping but we need to food shop first. I need to spend my birthday money and I feel like I have no clothes.

WE HAVE A TK MAXX IN MY AREA!

Then we are playing speedball and writing and packing for tomorrow:  I am going on exchanges with my STL

It's like small army in our district, there are 20 missionaries.

Gotta go!

Love you all

Sister Hughes


It’s a bitter sweet symphony

Monday 4 August 2014

So, it's the end of the transfer and calls got sent to us this morning.

"Sister Hughes you are leaving, Elder M... Sister Melanson you are staying"

So I'm kissing Winder West goodbye! It was fun whilst it lasted, I can't believe how quickly 6 months has flown. I am going to miss it, everyone was so wonderful. But it looks like I am needed else where!

Okay so Sis. Melanson and I have had a really good week this week.

Monday was P-day

Tuesday: we had a lesson about the word of wisdom went well, apart from the thunder that interrupted.

Wednesday: I was on exchanges and went to a Spanish area. So I had a small understanding of what was going on... like the size of a grain of sand and read from Spanish pamphlets and Libro de Mormons all day, it was good Sister Rualez had fun :) it was nice being in a car too ;)

I was living the Spanish dream.

Thursday: Weekly planning and we had a lesson with one of our investigators about baptism, he's a catholic and he is making progress! Then we had a lesson with a less active that has been re-activated who is 13 and we are helping him work towards getting the priesthood, he has his interview with the bishop this week which is exciting!

Friday: We had a really good Zone meeting Elder Connell shared 'the death crawl' scene from the film 'facing the giants' and it was really powerful. Youtube it! It was related how The Lord will never give up on us, it was so powerful. Then we all had lunch together so we got Jimmy John's, which is like a fancy subway. I LOVE it

Then we were contacting

Saturday: So we met with one of our ward mission leaders and then the elders in the next stake over had a baptism so we brought one of the people that we are teaching to it. He loved it and really felt the spirit. He is solid!!! Then we biked like maniacs to The Wellington for Bingo, I am going to miss those grannies and grandad's so bad! We had four lessons with a member which was amazing!

Sunday: It was church so we didn't have as many lessons as we would have liked and we were walking because it was raining. I welcome the rain!
So today and tomorrow morning I am packing up my life,  putting it in the back of a car and heading up to the mission office and finding out my future!
I have grown so much since I have been out here. I can't believe that I have been out on my mission 6 months!

I know that this is the true gospel, this is Christ's Church on the earth. The Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith was a prophet and it was by the power of God that he translated it.

"No wicked man could write such a book as this, and no good man would write it, UNLESS IT WERE TRUE AND HE WERE COMMANDED OF GOD TO DO SO" - Jeffery R Holland

I know that the gospel bring us happiness that lasts forever.

Until next week


Love Sister Hughes

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

'Put your shoulder to the wheel, push along'

Monday 28 July

So this week was trek week. We were at the mission office at 6:30 (I know!) and we had breakfast which consisted of fruit and bagels, it felt like the MTC again.

We all got on a bus and took an hour and a half drive to a ranch in Wyoming that the church owns and we trekked 10 miles. We all had a handcart and we were all grouped as districts. What was really cool was that our whole district had dressed up in pioneer clothes minus the nikes and trainers - we had a real experience! We all had fun, Sister Melanson and I pushed THE WHOLE TIME! We didn't take a break at all. It was super hot though, everyone got sunburned... except me. I don't know the science behind that one, seen as I put on as much sun cream as Sister Melanson, she had some bad lines. Sister Melanson and I have had to provide several Elders with Aloe Vera and lotion. They were redder than lobsters!

Elder Castillo: "Sister Hughes, you look like a big English baby"
(He was commenting on my bonnet)

"Come on Sister Hughes push, push!" Elder Castillo, you should be a birth coach.

The trek in total was 10 miles and we had dinner and testimony meeting at the end and we sang "Come come ye Saints" I'm not joking, there were angels singing with us it was so special.

This week we have picked up 3 new people to teach. One of them being a miracle: a man and his girlfriend/wife (we're still trying to work that one out) is a member who is not active and they both want to change their lives around. We walked into 3rd ward sacrament meeting and there they were. It was like Heavenly Father just put them there. We were fasting that day too (no food only, we still want to be able to work in the heat) miracles happen when we fast!

We also invited one of our investigators to be baptized this week and he said yes which was really cool so we are working with him for that.

Overall, it has been a really good week, despite it being a little crazy because of Trek.

This week at the wellington was priceless, they are doing a film for some competition and they were showing us one of their songs

"Show me the way to go home, I'm tired and I want to go to bed. I had a drink about an hour ago and it went straight to my head! Oh, show me the way to go home."

For the matinee film they were watching '7 Brides for 7 Brothers.' I was so excited. "Bless your beautiful hide, where ever you may be" oh my word I was very in love with Howard Keel's voice. You know you have been out a long time when you start referring to movie characters as Elder or Sister..... Elder Keel.

So on Wednesday was 7th ward splits night, so we went by our ward mission leaders home to pick up the list and there were two stray dogs walking around the neighbourhood. As I have found my dog whispering ability whilst being out on my mission Itried to get them and look at the collars. One of them was really pleasant but the old tiny cocker spaniel put me in my place (she was a stubborn one) Sister Funk saw me jogging around this dog and she said "Sister Hughes, when you were trying to get the dog you reminded me of the scene in pride and prejudice Colin Firth version of when Elizabeth is dancing with the dog." such high praise in deed. My life was made.

Anyway love you all!

Sister Leah Hughes xx


PS. Also, please make sure that everyone knows to send to the mission office only. Transfers are next week and I am pretty sure I am leaving. So if all packages and mail be sent to the office, then that would be great.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Who let the dogs out!? #IamtheDogWhisperer‏


Monday 21 July

So this week has been a little difficult for various reasons. Lack of sleep but it is all good.

Monday: P-day. I wrote letters, emailed, I can't really remember too much so... yeah

Tuesday: BIRTHDAY EVE

We had our Book of Mormon class that went really well, we taught Ether 12. Our salvation depends our how charitable we are. Be lovely and serve those around you everyone! We had lessons with a member present which was awesome. And we saw progression with one of our investigators that has Aspergers which was lovely to see :)

One of our ward members invited us over to lunch for a birthday eve party which was really nice.

Wednesday: BIRTHDAAAAY

So I turned the ripe old age of 20.... i kept forgetting it was my birthday because I was just focused on being a missionary hahaha

We had a really good lesson with a catholic :) We have a knack for finding muslims or catholics hahaha

We had 7th ward splits and that was really good. We went to active members and talked about a missionary work presentation that President Anderson gave which was really cool and the ward mission leader Bro.Funk found out that it was my birthday so during splits he went to dairy queen and got me an icecream cake! The other sisters finished it last night ahaha.

Oh and all the sisters went out for lunch with me and the member that we went out with on Tuesday dropped in and she had brought me a present!

But before splits we were going to contact someone and we saw this older puppy wandering around with no collar on, a man came out and we helped him (turns out he was a less active member) and for like 10 mins we were chasing this puppy around 11th and 45th he was going all over the place. It was quite a sight a young puppy and a young sister missionary jogging after him. but I caught him and the less active member put him in his yard.

I did my good dead for that day hahah

Yeah I was pretty bummed that I didn't get the parcel, I was super excited. Grandma Watson sent me a nice scarf. Tell her I got it and say thank you!

Thursday: So we went to the Johnston's and had a belated birthday party which was so lovely. We had such a wonderful time and there was a banner cake and presents, it had everything! The Johnston’s have done so much for us. I LOVE that family. We were weekly planning.

Friday: district meeting was really good, thanks Elder Andela (he is a wonderful district leader) we had some good lessons with the chuck and Jerry (both Catholic) and we were contacting people.

Saturday: BINGO! Highlight of my week. The old people are just so funny. Nobody was home or too busy so we didn't have that many lessons.

Sunday: So we went to church. Sister Melanson, Sister Hales, Sister Jackson and I sang "Nearer My God to Thee" acapello which sounded amazing in sacrament meeting. It was so good, I was proper loving it!

So this week pday ends at one and our real pday is tomorrow for the trek (pray for me)

Because it was mine, Elder Ledbetter and Elder Castillo’s birthdays all within 2 weeks for lunch we are having a party! hats, cake, balloons and everything. it’s going to be fun :)

Scripture I really love at the moment is Mosiah 3:20

Okay I have to go now, the family history is closing and kicking us out!

now its time for a birthday party whoooo!!!!

Love you all

Sister Leah Hughes xxx

Ooooh! Really quick. PLEASE CAN ALL LETTERS AND PACKAGES BE SENT TO THE MISSION OFFICE. TRANFERS ARE THE 4TH AUG AND IM 100% SURE GETTING TRASNFERED.


LOVE YOU XXX

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Knock.knock,knocking on heaven's door........well more like randomers


Monday 14th July

Oh my word it has been in the 100's, I am too hot. Though my tan lines are looking pretty sweet. I haven't been (or ever will be) so brown in my life!

This week we are trying to expand our teaching pool so we have been doing a lot of door knocking. We have found a small handful that look promising. We picked up 3 new people whoo!

We had a ward breakfast with one of our wards and we got to meet a fair few non-members which was really cool.

This week has honestly been a blur. Though Sister Melanson and I had a bike accident. I was focused on biking and I biked into her and my back wheel lifted a little, enough to scare me silly but no injuries hahaha. I am a bull in a china shop!

I can't believe that it’s my birthday this week and I celebrate 6 months in a couple of weeks.....

Saturday at The Wellington is the highlight of my week. They're so sweet.

Quotes:

"So will you follow the example of our fathers and mothers and marry me?

yes...

I know that you will be blessed and that you will have the best husband"

hahahahha

love you all

Sister Leah Hughes xxx