Sunday, 22 November 2015


 "Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever."

Being a missionary in America I have now come accustom to all the American holidays. My favourite American holiday thanks giving. I like being thankful, to read about my very first thanks giving dinner.. or three click here

Even though I won't be having a turkey dinner or a piece of pumpkin pie I have been doing a lot of reflecting on the things that I am thankful for.

I am thankful for...

My Famalam, aren't they cute? They're the bestest

My mission, I am forever changed #USLCEM
Jesus Christ who is My Saviour, Redeemer and Friend
Christ's Church being restored to the earth again
This list could really go on for a while... I mean, I haven't even mentioned food..

And clothes..

For my friends, that we got to meet

social media, to keep in contact with those I love around the world
"Because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about"
- I think it's pretty bloomin' lovely too Marilyn


Wednesday, 7 October 2015


In the world of Mormonism it is considered "it's the most wonderful time of the year!' (please tell me that I am not the only one that can only say those words through one) Yep, general conference is where it's at. 

If you're not overly familiar of the whole gerneal conference concept, general conference is where we all have to opportunity to listen to our prophet (leader of our church) and apostles and they receive revelation from God and tell us how to better our lives, I mean who wouldn't want to improve their lives right?

Here's the man himself, President Thomas S. Monson. He's the current prophet. I love this man, he is one of the nicest people. I've never met him, but why I was on my mission I was able to go to the conference centre and see him. #LifeMade I've heard so many stories about him and his acts of kindness, it was cool to see him in the flesh. This is the prophet that received the revelation to lower the missionary age and told me to go on a mission, which changed me life, so I will love him forever because of that. So yes, I love this man. Plus, he can wiggle his ears so you should love him too because he is cool.

This is what my conference notes looked like....

...jokes, I was on my couch with my 'Hey Girl' Ryan Gosling note book in my scratty handwriting and a box of Heroes for everytime someone speaks. I have to say it's a very efficient was to get through a box of chocolates. Don't count the calories, but its General Conference so you get blessed so obviously all the chocolates I had contained no calories.

Here are some of my high lights.

(Don't y'all just love that southern drawl?) 

and no, this isn't my fridge. my dreams...

Anyway, just wanted to share something's that I loved about conference. 

Something that everyone is getting into and I am trying to implement in my scrpture study. 

I know that our leaders of the church are inspired men called by God and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to watch conference every six months so I can keep my life on track. I know that as we act on the words that we hear our lives will bring us more peace, and we will be able to recognise the hand of God in our Ives more. 

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Things I wish I would've known before my mission

When we first get our calls we feel like we need all the help that we can get no matter where we are. 

Before the mission:

Strengthen your testimony of the gospel by reading your scriptures, saying your prayers, going to the temple. (Go as often as you can)

Especially Chapter 1 'My purpose'
^ this was the biggest lesson that I learnt on my mission and I will be forever grateful to Elder Schmidt and Elder Butikofer for helping me truly understand my purpose. I was out a year and I WISH I understood this sooner. 

"I cannot live with a missionary who doesn't know his/her calling" - Elder Jeffery R. Holland

GO OUT WITH YOUR LOCAL MISSIONARIES!!! They are living the life that you will be living, go out with them as much as you can! Ask them questions! They are there to help!

In the MTC:

"When you are set apart by your stake president, you are blessed that you are able to do the work." <~ never forget this.

When you talk to people about the MTC they either say "I loved the MTC" or "I hated the MTC and couldn't wait to get out" 
^ the MTC is a 'what you put in is what you get out' kind of a place. If you go Ito the MTC thinking you're going to hate it then you will. I LOVED the MTC because I had an open mind, but haters gonna hate I guess...

"If you make it to Sunday, you've made it" <~ you will understand how true this is when you get there. Just make it to Sunday in your first week.

On your name tag you're going to be given an orange dot known as the 'dork dot' which basically the whole of the MTC will say "WELCOME TO THE MTC!!!" Brace yourself, it's like Disneyland except the rides are all emotional and mental.

You're probably going to feel overwhelmed and that you can't take everything in, that's okay! Just take notes and you're gonna make it. THERE IS LIFE AFTER THE MTC 

In the bookstore you can buy lots of stuff, you get discount too so go wild!

- buy the black extendable clip attached (super hand for keys!)

- by the shader shirts if you're serving out of the states, they are life savers! 
(Get your fellow sisters to be your mirror too! They can see things you can't, it saves embarrassment)

Whatever you forget to pack at home, don't fret because you can buy it in this place. IT HAS EVERYTHING! 

Be patient with your companion, remember they are adjusting too. 

Have a personal study journal! It's always great for when you can't remember things

Take as many pictures as you can! You're only in the MTC once! #YOLO

Set a each day to a member of your district and shower them with compliments, this really improves district unity. 

Ice cream is served on Wednesdays and Sunday's, it's to die for. 

The Field:

"Everything you do makes history" - Elder Jeffery R. Holland

Never underestimate the effect you will make on your mission.

"I want you to dream dreams and see visions" - Elder Jeffery R. Holland 

LOVE LOVE LOVE the members!!! When they love you they will trust you with their friends. The work is just a million times easier when the members help you.

When helping the members to do missionary work.. 
"Be what you want them to be. Feel what you want them to feel." - Elder Jeffery R. Holland

When people slam their door in your face or are just unpleasant don't take it personally. It's not you as a person that they have a problem with, it's just what you stand for. We don't know what experience they have had with the church. 

"Im not interested."
"What is it that you're not interested in?" <~ helps you understand where they are at.

"I was a member of the church, but I don't go anymore" 
"If you don't mind us asking, what made you leave?" <~ opens up into a conversation to resolve their concerns. Less actives are just as precious as your investigators, some of the sweetest memories of my mission involved less actives.

Utah missionaries -
when you're walking down the street and somebody honk their horn at you 99% of the time it's a member saying hello, it will alarm you for the first couple of times. 

"Sister, who was that?"
"Just smile and wave Sister, just smile and wave"

Utahans sometimes think that Utah isn't the mission field because of the high member population and when they talk about out of state or something they would refer that as the mission field.... It had me confused for a while.

Back to everyone...

Be unified with your districts and zones, some weeks or days they will be your saving graces. But they will definitely provide you with times to remember. 

Have a lanyard for your car keys! Since you have everything but the kitchen sink in your bag it makes them easier to find, I had a cute red polka dot one from Cath Kitdson. 

You get sent to every area for a reason, pray to know why. You will see miracles. 

If you have the paper planners (my mission got the iPads in the latter part of my mission) write a miracle that you have seen in the day. 

WRITE IN YOUR JOURNAL EVERY NIGHT! Don't sacrifice that, I wish I wrote in my journal more, I had one companion that would write in it every night, I admired her for it. You will thank yourself or regret it later.

Don't move on from the first lesson until your investigator has a testimony of it, this is what makes us stand out!

Make sure you treat yourself on Mondays! Whether that is buying something sweet, beauty product, taking a nap! Life gets pretty stressful as a missionary sometimes and you just need a little bit of TLC. 

Mary Jane shoes are not the only shoes that last in the world. I can promise you that there are cute and comfortable shoes that last! I got mine from and they lastest me my whole mission. They also have an American sight for those of you across the pond.

"Pray as though everything depended on God, work as though everything depended on you." ...or whatever that quote is, you get the idea. 

Well, that's a wrap! There are a couple bits of advice. Another blogger that I found helpful was 'Bella in Berlin' with her post. Here is her link you should totally check her out. 


Monday, 17 August 2015

One 'n' done... I'm coming home!

Monday 17th August 2015

I'm comin' home, I'm comin' home,
tell the world I'm coming home
Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits and they've forgiven my mistakes
I'm comin' home, I'm comin' home tell the world I'm comin' home.

It's been nearly 2 years and I'm comin' home to know honey foam, car, job, money clothes gonna feel weird like a hit to the funny bone, but I trust God so it's sweet as a honey comb
Coz I'm in the runnings and I'm sprinting to finish, satan wants me to fail but I'm in it to win it, making plans and setting back up from minute to minute

... Well, you get the gist

This is the final lowdown....

Monday: Final preparation day, did the usually laundry and everything and then we went to the church building and played basketball. We had spontaneous dinner with the James' and then for the rest of the night we were trying names that had been given to us.

Tuesday: Contacting in the morning. Then we went over to the West's for lunch and they had their daughter with her kids there and we tied them animal balloons and it was really fun. In the afternoon we went over to the Rowe's home (Ward mission leader) and we did some yard work for them. After that we did some more contacting and then after dinner it was more contacting.

Wednesday: We were contacting in the morning then after lunch our appointment with Joe cancelled so we tried some other people... It was just another contacting day we also did a lot of yard work and filling
dumpsters because they come only once a year so we got a really good arm work out!

Thursday: Weekly planning, not something that I am going to miss. Though it was strange planning a life that I wouldn't be there for. After that we had a meeting with our Ward mission leader then after
dinner we were contacting and had a massive stake meeting.

Friday: District meeting! I gave training on being 'one' with your companion in using the iPad. After that the YSA sisters picked me up and we dropped off sister Tigno so she could work in the area and we headed off to the Jordan River temple for our final session together, it was super fun.

I got to see the Covolo's because they brought the Wyoming bunch down, I died of happiness. After Tate it was dinner time and we had a lesson with Jenny which was good because she has a basic understanding of Jesus Christ.

Saturday: We went over to Diane and did yard work for her, I sawed down a little tree. We didn't think we would be doing much so we were just in our frocks, we were the fanciest girls ever! I was so proud of
myself that I sawed down a tree (the saw wasn't electric either!) Then we went out to lunch as a district for the final time and right by where we live is an Italian import store and they do the best sandwiches, like real life Italian style. 

Then after that I had my final interview with President and that was just a hoot, we had a
really good laugh ☺ and he just gave me some counsel. When he brought up marriage I burst out laughing! I just love natters with President , then after that we went to a birthday party and tied balloons. Then we had dinner at the Windes which was super delicious and they are super wonderful. We had stake conference so that was a good sesh.

Sunday: Not the normal day but still #SundayFunDay
Conference really throws you off. We had brunch with Jenny and then we headed to conference after that we were contacting people and then we saw Linda for the final time and she gave us a healthy people book
about fasting which will be a good read. Then we had a correlation at the Rowe's and goodbyes then after dinner we had a lesson with Yao and Li, so sad to say goodbye to them we had a great lesson and discussion one of the best that we have had. Then I realized that I was going home and needed to say goodbye to people so that was that!

Now I am done!

My mission has changed my life

2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”

My mission means the world to me and I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to serve these past 18 months. I have met so many people that will be in my heart forever. This is the truth guys, the real deal. It brings happiness. My testimony has grown so much!

Anyway my battery is going to die on the iPad.

Americans - see you tonight at 7!
English - see you on Wednesday!

Love you all dearly

Sister Hughes GB

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Sisters, do you like this cake?

Monday 10th August 2015

So I don't really know what to call this week, so you can think up of something creative yourself.

Reminder for all my beloved Americans!

Monday 17th -  3487 S 1300 E at 7 pm is my final testimony, I would really LOVE TO SEE YOU THERE so I can say a final goodbye before I fly back to the motherland. ✈

Monday: We spent the whole day cleaning. In the evening we had a family home evening with a new family that moved into the ward, the Larson's, they are so nice and we taught them the restoration. Then we were contacting for the rest of the night.

Tuesday: More contacting really because our appointment fell through. So we stopped by this old lady and she opened the door and she said that she was busy, so we replied "that's okay, we were just wondering if there was anything that we could do for you today" and it was cool to see her facial expression change, she looks touched and chatted to us for a bit and let us inside her house and we then set up a return appointment.

We then went out to lunch with the Sisters. It was so good to see Sister Owens! I miss her hick accent so it was so nice to catch up! We were contacting for the rest of the day.

Wednesday: We spent the morning at the beehive house with the old ladies which was good, then after lunch we had a lesson with Joe...well it wasn't really a lesson because he showed up late and then was updating us on life, but it was still really good to see him.

Then we went over to Mary's and helped her fix her lights and do some yard work. She gave us some fairy lights and we put them in our bedroom and they look really cute! We have bunting too! You'd never have guessed that this used to be a guys place haha! After dinner we were contacting and then we had a lesson with Kristie which was good and she told us that she is really interested woohoo!

Elder Weeks came over to our house with a cake mix in his hand, 'Sisters do you like this cake?' I said 'so what you really mean is, sisters it's my birthday tomorrow and I want you to make me a cake', it was really funny.

Thursday: Weekly planning... Blah blah blah!!
Just a day of contacting and a meeting with our Ward mission leader, we also made Elder weeks his cake and decorated his door.

Friday: Zone meeting my final one, they asked me to bare my testimony. I shed a tear or two, it was so sad! After that we saw Betty who said she was busy, but she chatted to us for an hour, old ladies are funny.

At dinner our member recited 'Albert and the lion' which was really funny. Then after dinner we went contacting all the names we had received. We stopped by a member and we made animal balloons for them and then it poured it down and we managed to get a ride to our appointment with Jenny. We had a good lesson and she is willing to have the lessons. We also did service for some members in the 2nd Ward.

Saturday: We grabbed our bikes from the Tippets who were babysitting our bikes. And we were contacting all morning. No one was interested, but it was good! We then had a surprise birthday lunch for sister Muños which was fun. Then we had a lesson with Yao and Li which went well and then we did service for a Catholic lady, yard work is growing on me!

Then we had dinner with the Newman's, it was the best thing since sliced bread! It was like being at home and it was so good to catch up with Matt & Ella again. Seeing friends is soooo good! The food was lush too then we had a meeting with another Ward mission leader. And we were out contacting for the rest of the night.

Sunday: #SundayFunDay
Church! No one was at church because of sickness or work which was really sad :( but it was a good day all the same. One of our less actives came, woohoo! Though he ran off after sacrament meeting when he said he wouldn't, rude! We then went to a Filipino home for dinner, I left that home fat! It was so delicious! And we were contacting names we had been given.

Well that was my week.... Just one more to go.... So sad and weird.

Hope you have a good week, love you all!

Sister Hughes GB