Saturday, 1 August 2015

Golden Moments

Monday 27th July 2015

This week has been so good!

Monday: Went on the mission hike, it was so good to see everyone...For the last time. Then we were running around like headless chickens (nothing new there) trying to get everything done. We had a family home evening with the Plowgians who are a really cool family. And then we were trying to set up lessons with people for the rest of the night and we were successful woohoo!

Tuesday: We had a lesson with a less active in the morning and then we went on exchanges. I went to Holladay with Sister Ashworth (we were together in the MTC) who is over the young single adults! It was a slow day, but we were able to have a lesson with some of them. It was fun to be with people my own age. We shared Ezekiel 33:1-9 and talked about how we need to be watchmen and reach out to others.

Wednesday: Back in East Millcreek! We went to a funeral that was packed! Imagine stake conference or a packed concert, that's how many people were there. Then we saw Joe right after which was good then we did yard work for the Stevens. A squirrel came right up to us and scared sister Tigno so bad that she screamed, it was so funny! And super windy too! I thought we were going to fly away. So we stopped the hard work and shared a message inside. Later on in the evening we had a lesson with Charles, oh my word. I have found out one of the reasons why I am here, so Charles was really opening up to us and he was telling us about his concerns about Joseph Smith but he wants to be able to leave it. And for some reason we got onto the topic of our families and Charles asked us if we have been raised in the church? I said 'yes, but my Dad is a convert' and I shared a small part of his conversion story and how at one point my dad decided 'I need to stop listening to my head and start listening to my heart' and it really helped him and Charles started talking about how his family have been such examples to him by living the gospel. I was nearly crying. I never thought there were blessings of verbal diarrhoea (mine).... But there are! It was such a great lesson, you could really feel the spirit. He is making so much progress! We just love that family. Then we were contacting for the rest of the night, walking in the clouds because we were so happy.

Thursday: Weekly planning... Blah blah blah, I'm not going to miss that! After that we had a lesson with a less active family which went good. Then we were contacting and had meetings for the rest of the night.

Friday: District meeting! It was about finding people so that was good. We did service for a cute lady and contacted. Then we had dinner with Charles which was super delicious, we had sirloin steak! ��super lush! It was great to spend time with them then we contacted some more then we watch fireworks with a Ward mission leader and then we went to have s'mores with Linda, so good!

Saturday: Day of contacting, but we had a good lesson with Yao and Li and we are making progress, with them. They have a lot of questions which is good. Then we were contacting for the rest of the day.

Sunday: #SundayFunDay
Church! We spoke in the 4th Ward, every one said it was really good. I was going off of bullet points because right before the meeting I felt like I needed to change my talk. Man I quaking in my boots so bad! But everyone said that I didn't come off as nervous. That is one thing that the mission hasn't taken out of me, I still hate public speaking. Then we had meetings and then walk about which was fun.

Anyway, life is great and full of miracles!

Love you all!

Sister Hughes

Sunday, 26 July 2015

There is life after death!

Sister Tigno and Hughes

Monday 20th July 2015

Hello everyone!

I just got back from a hike. Which I just realized was my final big mission event so I cried but I am trying to make this informative and as quick as I can because we have a heck of a lot to do. The hike was super fun. Horses were following us to (people were riding them, they were a part of our team) you knew you were slow when the horses was behind you, one of the horses made a snorting noise right behind me and made me jump!
Funny moment this morning: so I was up at 5am to do laundry, just for today though. So I have the bathroom light on and I am just finishing breakfast. So I'm just chilling in my dressing gown and I go past the bathroom and I look in the mirror and I jump I thought "who is that bronzed babe!?" Then I was like "oh, wait! It's me!" You know you're tired when you don't recognize yourself, my tan is looking mighty fine! My white bathrobe really enhanced it!

Monday: We just played sports at the chapel and did the usual stuff. In the evening we had a family home evening with a family in the 6th Ward and for the activity we made them animal balloons. Then we were contacting for the rest of the night.

Tuesday: it was a contacting day and have managed to set up appointments, we did service for a relief society president helping her make a wreath, I felt like one of those what I call "fancy American girls" then in the evening we stopped by the Newman's home so I could say hello to sister Newman and we had a good old chat :)

Wednesday: We were with Teri in the morning and then we had lunch with a part member family which was really good, she is from China so we got proper Chinese food, it was so worth the bike ride, my calves are starting to get big now! Then we had a lesson with our less active who is no longer less active because he just went through the temple, woohoo!! Then we did yard work in the afternoon, though we went a bit chopper happy because we took things out that shouldn't have been but we managed to save our souls! So everything was okay. Then we went to a service project where they were making dresses out of pillow cases for children in Africa which was really fun and then we had a lesson with Charles on personal revelation which was a really good lesson. He is so good he just shines!

Thursday: Happy birthday to me! So when I got out of the shower sister Tigno had made me a card and breakfast and sticky notes happy birthday on my wall. She is so cute, I love her. We were weekly planning blah blah blah but we did have a sister’s lunch because our STL wanted to meet with us all. No one knew it was my birthday because I wanted to keep it quiet but sister Tigno told them and they all sang me happy birthday. Miracle though, a man paid for our food (there was a heck of a lot of food) which I am really grateful for because it turned out that I didn't have my wallet! We had meetings and contacting for the rest of the day.

Friday: District meeting on how our iPads can hasten missionary work which was really good. Then we went out to lunch... We got covered for again, another miracle because I forgot my wallet! Heavenly Father is good. I heard Mumford & Sons "I will wait", though I felt slightly guilty this time. Then someone said "Sister Hughes, it won't be before long that you can listen to this without feeling guilty." Then we went to a member’s house to do balloons for her grand kids. Then we were just contacting for the rest of the night.

Saturday: We had a funeral. There was a lady who sang a soul version of amazing grace, it was so beautiful I cried. But the funeral was so positive and I am just so grateful to have a knowledge of the plan of salvation.  Because there is life after this, if there wasn't then what would be the point of life? Mosiah 16:7-9 is one of my favourites. Then we stopped by a less active lady and had a chat with her.

Sunday: #SundayFunDay
We hit all the sacraments and then had meetings, we had dinner with an Aussie family and they had proper roast potatoes!!!! It was the best thing ever and then we had cake and ice-dream, just how mummy Hughes
does it, I was in heaven! Then we were contacting for the rest of the night.

We have had so many miracle not just having my lunch paid for, but I am out of time.

Hope you're all having a great week!

Love you all!

Sister Hughes ❤️

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Animal balloons, Held hostage, Hugs and Kisses!

Monday 13th July 2015

Well I am now in civilization!

So I am now serving in the East Mill Creek Stake. I cover the whole stake which is 5 wards so it's enough to keep us busy.

Monday: The day I got kicked out! So it was just packing and washing the car and stuff. Then at 4pm we went over to the Snow's and spent some time with them as well as cooking and eating dinner. Then it was saying goodbyes! So we stopped by the Goats and had root beer floats and they made me a little farewell gift which was super cute! Then we stopped by Sharon and said goodbye to her, it was so sad we were both nearly in tears and then we saw the Hamblin's quickly before coming home. It's was so sad to say goodbye to everyone but I got hugs from all my favourites so it was great.

Tuesday: Transfers! I moved to the East Mill Creek Stake and now serving with Sister Tigno who is from the Philippines and she's been out 13 months and she is super cute. So we were contacting for the rest of the night until we had Todd who is super nice and wanting to get back to the temple. It's really funny because we all get a little distracted in the lesson and then someone shouts squirrel and then we get back to topic. It's pretty funny.

The only problem with being in a new house is that I have to work out how the shower works (I still haven't gotten it down) and we have a sticky door. I have been reliving my childhood by being trapped in the bathroom. Sister Tigno always comes to my rescue, the poor girl.

Wednesday: We had a lesson with Joe, he opened the door and I said "Hey, I know you!" He is recently divorced from someone that I taught when I was in butler and I had actually spent thanks giving with him and her family how crazy is that! Then we had a lesson with Charles who is married to a member and has 1 son who just returned from his mission and a son who is still out on his mission, we had a great lesson on the commandments and Charles is making good progress.

Thursday: Planning, I won't miss this when I get home. But it was good, just blah blah blah! Then in the afternoon we saw a lady called Linda who is super cute. To me, she slightly reminds me of Eliza Dolittle when she speaks sometimes. She gave me a spontaneous birthday present which was super cute of her. Then we did a little bit of gardening I was pulling out weeds, turns out that they were herbs! Weeds and herbs shouldn't look the same. Then we had a meeting with the Ward mission leader in one of the wards and then a street party to finish off the night. We like to party!

Friday: Zone meeting! So that was good, we stopped by a guy and spoke to him about family history. Then we were just contacting.

Saturday: We did service in the morning for a lady and contacted all afternoon because our appointment fell through, then after dinner we had a lesson with Yao and Li who are from China about this plan of salvation which was good, they have a lot of questions.

Sunday: We went on splits so that we could go to all 5 wards. In one of the wards there was a homecoming which made me think "I'll be doing that in a little bit" which was strange, then after church we had a meeting then dinner and then we were contacting for the rest of the night, we stopped by a less actives home and his nephew and his non-member wife has just moved in and we have a return appointment which was a miracle and they came to the ice cream social and they had a good time!

Anyway that's been my week!

Love you all!
Sister Hughes ��

The Star Spangled Banner!

Monday 6th July 2015

Well transfers are in and I am getting kicked out of the boonies! I am only a little surprised.

My final 6 weeks, in some unknown place! Well, all will be revealed tomorrow at 2pm. Sister White told me last night that this was the final transfer call where we didn't know what would be happening, well that was weird. Sometimes I feel like such an oldy, this was one of those times.

Monday: Wow that was a strange day, I just cleared out my stuff really. Then we were at the Hamblin's and then we were contacting for the rest of the night because our appointments cancelled.

Tuesday: we did a little bit of service at the Brigg's we didn't pack anything because Gray was sleeping and Urijah didn't want to go play at the Erikson house, I love how honest little kids are. "Do you want to go play with Carter? No." It was the funniest thing.

Then after lunch we had a lesson with Alexis, we taught the restoration which went well and she wants to get baptized which is wonderful. Then we had a lesson with the Tanners On the plan of Salvation then after that we did some contacting.

Then it was dinner time and we didn't have a dinner so we decided to go to the diner. Whilst waiting for our food Mumford & Sons "I will wait" came on, thank you Heavenly Father! You really know how to make me happy, Sister White and I found it quite comical that this happened last week. Once we got our food we decided to take a 20 minute road trip to a massive hill that looks out over Robertson and had our dinner out in the country over a beautiful view, it was beautiful. It was the
most spontaneous thing I have done on my mission! Then because we had 200 miles to burn we decided to drive ourselves to lone tree (25miles away) to see some people there, then we went home.

Wednesday: Service at the Brigg's in the morning and it was a day of contacting and nobody being home, which was a little tough but we got through it!:) We went over to the Snows for dinner which was super fun
because they were with their neighbours so I was with all my favourites which was the best thing ever.

Thursday: Weekly planning blah blah blah, we had lunch at the Snow's. Then we had a lesson with the Tanner on the gospel of Jesus Christ which we related to video games which went well. I love how you can
relate anything to the gospel. #Skills then our whole evening cancelled so we were contacting....again.

Friday: District Meeting! On how we can help our people that we teach be more Christ-like. Then we did a little contacting then we saw the Brook's. Then after dinner we had a lesson with the Coles went good
and they said that they would be at church on Sunday woohoo then we had a meeting with Ward missionaries and then we were contacting ....Again.

Saturday: 4th of July! We went to the parade. Sister White and I were talking to the Goates and this random man comes up to us and pinches sister White and says "we need to talk" it was so crazy because we didn't know who on earth he was, I won't lie I was preparing myself to be bashed at....turns out to be the Cole’s Grandad! He was hilarious! The we were stopping by everyone and joining them on the festivities, no comments about being English! #Winner

Sunday: Church! We had 4 people at church which was amazing! And JD Cole got up and bore his testimony even though he wasn't a member. He asked me what a testimony was and then he said that he wanted to go up and bare his, ski helped him a little bit but it was so cool.

But it got me thinking - what is s testimony? Things that we know to be true:

I know that God live
Jesus is the Living Christ
Joseph Smith is a prophet
The Book of Mormon is the word of God
And that Families are forever

Hope you're having a great week!

Love Sister Hughes

Sunday, 5 July 2015

It's the Final Countdown......

Monday 29th June 2015

Hello Everyone!

We have had an amazing week this week!

Monday: just the usual, but in the afternoon we had a lesson with Alexis who is 9 and wants to be baptized. The lesson went really we
good stuff.

Then in the evening we were doing cookie visits for the people that had birthdays. We 10 people on our list and all of them were home! This has never happened before so that was really good. Because we had
almost half of the people and with everyone wanting to visit this took a little longer than expected so we just went straight home after that.

Tuesday: we had a great lesson with the Goates, we were talking about tithing and it went really well. We just love that family. We then went over to help the Brigg's pack up the house, we just love them and their kids are the cutest, we were packing up one of the games and Urijah was wanting us not to pack it up. Then he asks me if I want to play with it and bring it back. I said sure so he gave it to me and I packed it up without him looking... Sorry Urijah!

Then after that we went contacting because our appointment with an active member fell through. The. We had dinner and because we didn't have a dinner we went to the drive in because we get to eat there for free. So I was just eating my chicken wrap and then I hear Mumford&Sons "I will wait, I will wait for you" I died of happiness, I won't lie I have missed modern music. Thanks Mumford&Sons, I knew there was someone waiting for me at home, I'm waiting for you too.

Then after dinner we had a lesson with the Coles which went well. We spoke about the plan of salvation and we were able to have the young men's president come with us to that lesson so he was able to help us
out ☺

Then we stopped in on a less active who we adore. She has the cutest grandson too who pretends to be riding a bull:

1) He gets on the bull
2) Shouts "okay boys, okay boys, OKAY BOYS!!!
3) Tries to stay on for as long as he can

It is the cutest thing! Especially when he says to his mum "the girl missionaries come to me to talk about God". His final words to us were "if you ever want to stay here, you can sleepover", cutest thing.

Then we went to an active member and it turns out that Sharon (one of our people we are teaching) was there too which was a pleasant surprise! So we had a great lesson where Sharon was able to ask a lot
of her questions. So good. She said "I'm not sure if I can do tomorrow, but I will make it work" I love that woman so much.

Wednesday: We saw Alexis again which was great and we taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and she wants to be baptized, woohoo then we had lunch. After lunch we went to an old ladies house and washed her walls for her because she can't do it herself anymore. Then we were contacting until we had a lesson with Rhea. Then we went to the Brook's to read the Book of Mormon with them. Then we had dinner with the Sidwell's and I just love that family and we had a really yummy dinner too ��. After dinner we had a lesson with Sharon and we taught the restoration. Then we went over to the walkers to share a message with them. Then we went to the McCreary's and had a powerful restoration lesson with them. You could feel the spirit so strong. When President Brisko was baring his testimony I was in tears. Then it was bedtime.

Thursday: weekly planning.... Blah blah blah then at 2:30 we started driving down to the Salt Lake Temple! We got there in plenty of time. I drove in downtown salt lake, I won't lie I felt like such a grown up, downtown stresses me out, on several occasions I said to Sister White "take me back to the boonies!" I prefer our type of traffic which is cows rather than cars. I'm not the problem when it comes to driving, it's everyone else! But that was really good. I was just sat in one of the waiting rooms waiting for the session to start and the organ is playing "Nearer My God To Thee" and I was just reflecting on my whole mission and how I am closer to God and Jesus Christ, and it slightly hit me that I was nearing the end of my mission so I start to shed some tears. This was my final temple trip with my district (group of missionaries) but we had a great session and we got out at 8:30pm and it was super hot! We then went to my first area winder west to sleep over, it was so weird being in my old bed. Again another reflecting moment because I wasn't the same person.

Friday: Zone Conference!
We had to be at the mission office for 8am to practice a song. But it was so good! I didn't bring my notes, but there were lots of great take aways. So I said my first goodbyes too! The Salt Lake Zone (avenues etc) are moving into the Central Mission. So I had to say goodbye to my baby Sister Melanson and some missionaries that I came out with. Then we travelled back and went contacting before our lesson with the Gines.

Saturday: We were at the Brigg's in the morning and then we had a lesson with the Tanner's who have unbaptized grandchildren which went well, the boys are cute 8&11 the 8 year old kept asking us throughout
lunch when we were leaving so he could show us his gorilla run, it was the funniest thing. Then it was basically a day of contacting because the rest of our lessons cancelled.

Sunday: #SundayFunday

So we managed to go to all 5 sacrament meetings ��. In the 4th Ward I was just listening to the prelude music and I heard a song and I was like "ah, they're playing God Save a The Queen" and then I try to sing it and out of my mouth comes out "my country t'is of these... Sweet land of liberty to thee I sing.." And I was
horrified, I can't sing my own anthem without singing without singing the American words! #Corrupted
Sister White likes to say that I am now an American because I have pledged allegiance to the American flag, sung the star spangled banner (their anthem) and she thinks I am a what I call a "fancy American
girl" (all the girls here are super crafty, just think Pinterest women). Somebody help me! I need to keep my Britishness!

Then we were in meetings and we had a lesson with the Walkers which went really well and then we were contacting for the rest of the night and had a lesson with the Madsen's.

Hope you're all well!

I am having the time of my life out here and cannot believe that I hit 17months on Saturday.

Love you all!

Sister Hughes