Holy Cow what a week.

29 December 2014

Oh my word, I have almost been out a year. at the end of this week I will be saying i come home this year ....
Monday: So we had P-day... nothing really happened that was life changing. In the evening we had dinner and a lesson with the Turgeon family. We had Sushi for dinner and it was LUSH and then we had a lesson on Tithing, we used skittles so naturally it was a good time. Then we went carolling with the whole district and our zone leaders for the rest of the night. It was so much fun!

Tuesday: So we spent the morning with the Westenskow's and opened the presents that they had given us. THEY WERE AMAZING! We got a jigsaw of Salt Lake, a pillow case the S.Westenskow made herself. Mine had bees on it because "I am the bees knees" and then a couple of other small things. Then we had an appointment with some new move ins. The mum is less active but the boys are completely active. We had a great lesson with them you could feel the spirit even though the dog threw up half way in the lesson. Then we went carolling for a couple of hours then we were contacting until dinner. Then both of our 6 and 7 o'clock's cancelled so we were stopping by on a couple of people and then we had a lesson with a guy who had previously been taught by missionaries. It was a great discussion, but he isn't interested. But he loves us enough to give us some frozen cinnamon rolls as a Christmas present!


So we dropped of the last of our Christmas cards and then we stopped by the Leatherbury's who are the sweetest people. We shared a Christmas message with them and you could really feel the spirit. As we were watching the "He is the gift" video and the "Angels we have heard on high" It just really hit me the true meaning of Christmas. Then we were ding dong ditching members with Books of Mormon and giving them a challenge to give it to someone before the New Year. Then we headed over to the Taylor's home for dinner. They invited Edna who is a Methodist and we had the best Christmas Eve EVER. We had Thai food which was to die for. I am asking sister Taylor for the recipe, then we shared a Christmas message and the spirit was really strong and it was just a perfect evening. After The Taylor's we went carolling and then we headed up to the Olympus Stake and had a musical fireside which was amazing! It was done by Deane Kaelin and it was a duo of piano and organ.. then there was a guy that did a piano solo and sang The First Noel, Sister Knight and I died. His voice was REALLY beautiful. That didn't finish till 10, again we felt like sinners. I am going to be such a party pooper when I get home. "it's 10 o'clock, I need to be in bed by 10:30!!" Yeah I am such a party animal.

Thursday: IT WAS SNOWING!!!

Despite getting  to sleep later than I have in a while I woke up at 3am... I can't help but get excited about Christmas... plus I had a sore throat but still. Then at 6:30 Sister Knight and I opened our presents. Thank you to all those that had sent me packages. I was very thrilled to see that I got sent Malteasers! That is what made it officially Christmas morning for me. Then we got ready and studied and all that and then headed over to the Coopers for breakfast and then I skyped them fam and that was a good time. It was nice to have a refresher of accents even though I sound slightly American! Then we headed over to the Roylances (he is on the stake presidency) and had lunch with them which was really nice, then we skyped Sister Knight's family... well, tried. They were all still asleep or shopping. So we did some weekly planning for 2 hours and then she got to skype her family! They are the best and really funny and their accents were great! Then we went to our dinner appointment at the Webb's in the 17th ward (we spent Thanksgiving with them too) They had got us a present too!

- Scarf

- Farting Putty

Yes, that's right. Farting Putty! I am not sure what made them think "hmm.. the sisters will like this" but hey! We had a blast playing with it at the Webbs! I guess it just means that we are really close. We LOVE that family. Then we were weekly planning for the rest of the night.

Friday: We had the best district meeting. It was about the Word of Wisdom and we had some really awesome roleplays with how to help people who have word of wisdom issues. Then we had lunch and we had to take a trip to the mission office because somebody knocked us whilst we were in an appointment on Christmas Eve (the rats, they didn't even tell us) then we were contacting some referrals and then we had dinner and then it was contacting for the rest of the night.

Saturday: we went to the widows, well the ones that were home and just chatted with them and shared a message. it was basically a contacting day.

Sunday: church church church. Then we had dinner with the Creer's who are really cool and hilarious. They got up google maps and went to our houses! It was really funny! Then we went contacting and stopped by the mills, they had a party and we wondered if there was anyone we should stop by. THEY MADE US BUTTERBEER like from Harry Potter! It was the best. Then we stopped at the cooper's for numbers and then they showed us their family christmas video AND WE WERE IN IT!!! We felt really loved.
So the message that we are sharing now is for the new year:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
1. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6. A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace
We also like to add to that "a time to change" With the new year coming up, reflect on the year that you had in 2014 and set some goals that you want to achieve in 2015 so that you can get the most out of this year.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all the best for the New Year.

Love you all

love you all to the moon and back

You are the bestest family ever xxx

Sister Hughes xxx


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