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


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.


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



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.


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


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


love you all

Sister Leah Hughes xxx

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Here We Go Again

Monday 7 July

This week has been too hot, it has been in the 100s and it is awful. I look ugly. I am amazed that people will talk to us when they see us. Sweaty panting sister...niiicee

"Can I call you back? I'm playing bingo." - One of the ladies during the middle of bingo #OAPLife

This week at The Wellington was priceless, not that it normally isn't.

So we were in the middle of bingo and one of the nurses comes in holding a small cup and it turns out that one of the old ladies had left her bottom dentures on the floor! She looked so surprised! Haha normally she doesn't wear her teeth because they are uncomfortable but seeing her with her teeth was rather strange, I think I prefer her without her teeth....

Also, I was helping one of the ladies who can't hear very well and she got a bingo and she called out "BINGO!" so loud and in slow-mo it was so funny.

Great British Bake Off

This week Sister Melanson and I made Artizan bread, it had a good crust and didn't have a soggy bottom! Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry would be proud.

4th July

So I was woken up at 6:30 to Sister Coleman banging pots and pans singing "God Bless America" she had decorated my room with streamers, American flags and a poster that said "we won" it was a fun. It was a normal teaching day but for dinner we went to a members home and had a bbq, smores and played fluffy bunnies

My bike tyre popped, but my chariot of fire is fixed!

We had a zone meeting which was really good. One thing that really stood out to me was:

His steps, you walk
His words, you talk
His love, you share
His name, you bare

This is why we don't have our first names on our badges, because this isn't our work.

The work is going okay, we hopefully have some more people to teach. We had someone on date (9 year old junior) but we need to push it back because we feel he isn't ready.

Thank you for the letter by the way, I really appreciated it. We have trek on 22nd, I am absolutely petrified.

Today we are off to Fatcatz bowling, but I will write letters whilst I am waiting for my turn.

I can't believe that it is my birthday next week.....
Got to go and shop at Walmart!

Love you all so so much, if you knew how much you’d be blown away

Thank you for everything you do

Sister Leah Hughes xxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

God Save the Queen

It's the 4th of July week, so I will be like Harry Potter this week.  'I'll be in my room making no noise and pretending I am not there"

*JOKES - I'm going to be partying with the Americans!!

This Sunday was funny though we were singing "America the beautiful"  and "my country tis of thee" it has the same tune as God save the Queen, I may have sung the wrong words at the same time.....

It was so funny we were at dinner and Megan is 11 and she was very concerned about my welfare for the 4th of July. So cute.

"Mawiage is what bwings us togevva"

We were teaching Gospel Principles on Eternal Marriage this Sunday went really well. I shared all the experience I have, *jokes,  I have none. But the lesson went really well. We were talking about being together forever and one comments from one of our members who has disabilities said THE CUTEST THING.

"I don't want to get married. I want to stay single, go to church and do fun stuff"

That’s missionary life .... I love her, she is the sweetest thing.

This week at the old folks home Suzie looks at my badge and says "That is a very well-known church here" and she really likes my pink skirt. She really liked my outfit, she thought it was ever so pretty and loved how it matched my top haha. Looks like I am managing to stay a snazzy sister... thank goodness.

We taught lots of lessons this week, mainly to the less active members but they were still good!

We have someone on date for baptism! He’s 9 and we had a great plan of salvation lesson. We got a fair few names to check out too which was nice.


The Book of Mormon is such a great book. I am learning so much of what sort of a person Jesus Christ was. I am learning so much!

I can't believe that I hit 5 months on Friday. Then it will be august and then I only have a year left. I AM NOT READY TO COME HOME YET!

Miracle of the week:


It’s  supposed to be in the 100s this week…..prepare for a funeral invitation!

I’m gonna have some sweet lines....I keep forgetting to put sun cream on... I really feel it is because I am a sister missionary I am not burnt to a crisp! Sister Melanson got burnt this week.

I have gatorade too, I need to replace my electricals that I lose when I bike... I mean electrolytes!


"If I dress ugly, you gotta dress ugly. we go ugly together"

(comp unity at its finest)

Love you all so so so much

Christopher seen as you don’t have a job and loads of time WRITE ME

You all write me!!!! I love post!!!

Thank you for everything that you do

As if I am twenty in 2 weeks! 

Love you all,

Sister Leah Hughes xxxx


It's THAT time again.....

Time is absolutely flying.


Sister Melanson and I are both staying which I figured. Though this will be my final transfer I think. #CrazyTimes

So with it being another week means another bike accident. This week it involved a member honking at us on our way home and we heard a horn and Sister Melanson stopped and I slowed down but we got too close and I fell off, a sore ankle for like a day but no biggie. My legs look like they have mould on them with the amount of bruises I have....

This week has been a massive blur....

We have had a fair few names given to us to check out which we have. One of them we have started teaching and he is so golden.... he just needs to come to church, he didn't come this Sunday because he slept in, which I understand. He is a 13 year old boy after all…..

This week Colt and Courtney are getting married which is SO EXCITING!!!!!!! I don't think we can go because it is out of our mission boundaries... we're going to ask President for special permission.

We have had 2 deaths within a week of each other, both old men with heart attacks :(

When it rained on Tuesday, BOY DID IT RAIN. I felt like I was at home and then it felt like it was in the 100s another day, turned out it was only in the 90s but I was almost on someone’s  lawn next to a heavy duty sprinkler. Everyone has a sprinkler in Utah.

I got the packages thank you! Thank you soooooo soooo much. Thursday Morning there was a door knock and there was Elder Connell with all these packages FOR MEE!!! It was a wonderful experience. That's how I like him best, when he has my packages and post hahahahha. The shoes are AMAZING SOOO COMFY. I am actually wearing the blue lace ups right now! hahaha All the girls in the house love them. I'm not sure about the pink ones, I need to have another look at them, but I like them.

I love it when you send me things, I put them on my wall, I loved the princess one.

A member gave a card that said "Keep Calm and Preach the gospel" it was the best thing ever haha

My eczema is clearing up, I had a week of pills and some cream
Today I have been out 140 days (someone told me, I definitely wasn't counting) I can't believe how time is flying. I have grown so much, but I have so much more to learn. So happy I am staying in Winder West, it really is the best stake to work in. It is Missionary Heaven.

Goodbye everyone, I am off bowling now!
We get in free!

Enjoy Italy, send pictures!

Thank you for everything that you do for me. You give me the support  I need
Love you all so so so  much

Happy 140 days to me

Speak to you next week which will feel like 3 days haha

I love you all so much

Sister Hughes

Thursday, 19 June 2014

"I get knocked down, but I get up again. You never gonna keep me down"‏

Monday 16 June

So, in 2 weeks I have had 2 accidents that involved me falling off my bike. I don't know where my guardian angel was……she was probably napping. I have amazing bruises and a holey pop sock (my shoe fell off) I keep asking my district leader for his car because being on a bike is a health risk, but he hasn't given in.... yet. He drew me a picture of a car which I think is the closest thing I going to get right now!

This week has been AMAZING.

Monday: P-day .... we went bowling, I forgot how bad I was... when that ball smacked the floor I died every time, but it was good fun. Lots of old music like "can't touch this" "uptown girl" "come on Eileen" and all those jams that reminded me of papa and then "pompei" which reminded me of YSA times.
Tuesday: We all went to the Salt Lake Temple for the 8:00am endowment session which was really cool and I went in sealing room number...3? I think and I was completely blown away. I saw eternity in the mirrors, it was beautiful. The SLC Temple is so gorgeous. I've done temple selfies and everything so that will be on its way... at some point in my mission.
A former stake president in our stake was one of the temple workers for our session which was pretty cool. He said on Sunday he thought he recognized me hahaha.

Wednesday: We had zone conference from 9-4 it was really good and made notes on it. I got a snazzy fish key ring from Sister E that glows.

Thursday: Weekly planning

Friday: contacting

Saturday: we were calling bingo at the wellington and one table of old ladies were comparing bruises, I showed them mine and Norma said "that doesn't compare to mine" I LOVE old people, they're hilarious.
Sunday: went to church.... the usual. We got invited to a Tongan family’s home so we went there for a little bit. And just visited.

This week really has been a blurr and lots of miracles. So many I can't count them all.

No baptisms on the horizon but people are looking promising.

I went to the doctors this morning and found out that my leprosy is actually eczema, so I have some cream and pills to take. That's better than washing in the Jordan River 7 times. My skin is just freaking out because of the heat. Though the weather today is like England’s, gloomy. It is lovely.

Today we are doing frisbee and american football with the Holladay zone!

Hope you're all doing well.

Transfers next week, can't believe it. I'm positive I am staying though.

Love you all so much


Christopher, get  the ysa to write and tell Sam Wiles I'm still waiting for his letter or email.

I just want letters

Love you all, yo da best


Sister Hughes