Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Okay, I love Stockport! It's so good here!!!! We literally live right across the street from the chapel it takes no time to walk here! Sister Schulze is amazing and the ward is incredible!!!!
We have lots of different countries represented in our district! India, Austria, Germany, England, and Canada than me and another elder from America (the blessed land!)
So Sister Schulze is German and she is sharing all kinds of German traditions with me! They Have St Nikolaus day on Dec 6th where we put the shoes out and he leaves candy in them! They sent us a package this week for a Christmas countdown and stuff for our shoes. I'm excited! She's also teaching me German!!!
So this week was crazy! So two major miracles happened!
1) we are teaching this girl named Heather and she's 16 and so good!! But her mum was not so keen on her seeing us and about the church. BUT we fasted this for her heart to be softened and prayed....like a lot... and Saturday night we got a call from her and her mum all of a sudden had a change of heart and is okay about everything!!! So we are slowly working towards baptism and getting permission and stuff because Heather really wants that. So keep them in your prayers!
2) So the Sister met this man named Eli about a month ago on the street and have been trying to get him to come to church for a while but he's never come. And on Saturday night we were texting everyone to come to church and Sunday during Sunday school he text us that he was on his way. So he showed up for the last hour of Church. We gave him a quick chapel tour and gave him a Book of Mormon and the ward was ACE at fellowshipping him! So many people came up to say hi and introduce themselves and he loved it! He kept talking about "this feeling" that he had while there. It's going to be really good to work with him and he has such a big desire to learn and kept saying that he really just wants to learn everything about our faith because he feels it is good. He also calls the book of Mormon the book of love so that's really funny!
Alright, so I have never laughed so much the first week of the transfer as I have here in Stockport! It has been so good so far!!!! Really funny story! So there's this woman in her 40s that is very much in love with one of the elders. I would call her a secret admirer but it's not secret and she doesn't just admire she stalks him. It's creepy but super funny at the same time. She sent us this text this week and I cried laughing. #yuck
Okay, have a great week folks! Love you all so much!!
Xx Sister Washburn
Monday, November 13, 2017
Happy Monday!! So today is a pretty crazy day so I'm going to keep it short! I'm off the Isle of Man!! It's been a great couple of months living in Douglas but it's time to peace out. I love everyone that I've met here and I miss them all so much already! I'm headed off to Stockport which is just right outside Manchester! I'll be serving with Sister Schulze and she's from Germany (but she basically sounds American!) It's going to be really good I'm so excited!
Yesterday in sacrament meeting, Sister Watt and I did a special musical number! She played the piano and I sang....my biggest fear ever but it was really good! Never doing it again though! Once is plenty for me haha!
I don't even remember what happened this week but that's about it! I hope you all take care and I wish you all the best! Thanks for your love, support, and prayers!!!
xx Sister Washburn
Monday, November 6, 2017
This week flew by (as always)!! So Tuesday was Halloween and we had a pretty good day. We went over to our ward mission leaders house and had tea with their family. We had to be in early that night so we got home and spent that time studying a little more and catching up writing in our journals!
This week was kind of a load of rubbish missionary work wise! We got dropped by basically everyone, even less-actives we have been working with! But there was also a miracle!! We were going through the former investigators in our phone and came across this woman and so we called her and got her voice mail but then later she text us and said that she thinks about the missionaries and the church every day! And it was especially weird that we had called her because she mentioned that it's been ages that she has seen us around, but that morning, she saw us walking on the prom it "sparked some old feelings" from when the missionaries would come around! Then we called her and she said it was really strange!! Coincidence? Try again! Divine intervention folks!!!!! Heavenly Father is SO aware of us and our circumstances!
Yesterday was Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night) but with it being on Sunday, we had a ward bonfire night activity on Friday night. Bonfire night (or Guy Fawkes night) is basically an odd version of the 4th of July but not really at the same time... In a nutshell, a long time ago a man named Guy Fawkes wanted to blow up parliament... but he got caught before anything happened and everyone was safe. So basically they are celebrating that nothing happened. Every year they do a huge bonfire with a scarecrow type thing hanging over it (representing Guy Fawkes because he wanted to kill the king so was killed for treason) and they set off some really lame fireworks! Good try England. Good try.... but it was fun being out with the ward and loads of non-members were there that we got to talk to!
Today, Sister Watt and I did something a little crazy (not really that crazy actually)... We bought a Christmas tree!!!! How could we resist!? So we rushed home and played some festive music and put it up. With no Thanksgiving here in this blessed land, it's straight to Christmas folks and I'm loving it!
Hope you have a FANTABULOUS week!! Love you all!
xx Sister Washburn
|getting ready for a cold night out!|
Monday, October 30, 2017
Happy Hop-Chu-Naa everyone!!! This week was great! Sister Watt and I worked really hard and saw loads of miracles! Recently, our mission has had a really big focus on getting our friends (investigators) to attend church! And so we went crazy this week and invited EVERYONE and went above and beyond to make sure that we had as many people as we could, commit to coming to sacrament meeting on Sunday! Sacrament meeting is a great place for them to really feel the spirit and be taught. We have a pretty small teaching pool at the minute but we had 3 people commit to coming and they all came!!!! There was one man that sort of committed but he didn't show up...it's alright we'll get him this week ;)
Saturday was a really special day! President and Sister McReynolds came over the visit the Isle!! We picked them up from the airport Saturday afternoon and then they took the car to go do some of their own stuff then we met up for dinner. They took us to this really posh restaurant to eat and it was so good but I felt really bad. Then we were able to go visit some people with them that evening! Sunday was church (obviously) and then we had a munch and mingle afterward! Sister Watt and I made sugar cookies and they were gone in the blink of an eye. But then we had to get them back to the airport for them to go back to Manchester so after we did a couple of things and got to have interviews with them, we drove them back down south to the airport! We took a nice selfie together and said our goodbyes. It was SO GOOD having them here and we were literally spoiled because it's just the two of us. Never again will I ever get that much time with them hahaha.
Today for p-day we went with a member and her daughter to this little village called Cregneash and we picked turnips and carved them! On the Isle of Man, the Manx people celebrate Halloween (Hop-Chu-Naa) differently. It's really interesting but so fun getting to know different cultures and practices.
Nothing really that exciting but I love you all!! Thank you so much for all of your love and support! I really need it right now lol. Have a great week!
|Dropping President, Sister McReynolds off at the airport. With Sister Watt.|
Monday, October 23, 2017
Hello, my wonderful family and friends!! I hope you have all had a great week! I don't even know where this week has gone! On Tuesday we got to sail over to England and spend a few days there as go to our Zone Conference in Manchester! I love going over but it was especially good this time because we got to stay with Sister Wamsley and Sister Lim! Sister Lim goes home at the end of this transfer and obviously sister Wamsley is one of my best friends so it was great to see them and spend time with them!! Early Wed essay morning we set off from Liverpool to Manchester for the day and it was crazy! It took us something like 3 1/2 hours to get there when it normally just takes about 1-1 1/2 hours. Crazy train traffic and they were crammed full of people! But we made it and it was good!
Thursday we did a little bit of an exchange before heading back on the boat to Douglas! The boat ride was really good on the way back. When we went over on Tuesday, because of all the storms recently it was super rocky!!! Thank heavens for motion sickness medicine! But the boat got in around 10 Thursday night and then we had to walk home.....in the pouring rain..... Good times though!!
Saturday we went to go see one of our "eternigators" (eternal investigators) named Iris. She is this 79-year-old woman who is super bitter about life but we just try to serve her and help her feel God's love. But this time we went over and ended up teaching her more about the book of Mormon, completely different to what we had planned earlier! But the spirit was so strong in that lesson and I know it touched her heart! Every time we see her, we invite her to read the book of Mormon and pray about it but she never does! Super frustrating sometimes, but this time, she promised us she would read it and pray. It made my heart so happy and I know that none of it was possible without the Holy Ghost there to help each of us!
Today for p-day we don't really have anything exciting planned. Sister Watt doesn't really like going and doing stuff and we have a lesson this afternoon with an American that we found a little over a week ago! So that kind of interrupts p-day a bit, BUT you do what you gotta do for the people!
This weekend President and Sister McReynolds will be coming over to the Island and we are SO PUMPED! It's going to be great! But I hope you all have a fabulous week and thank you so much for the letters and emails, you're the best!! Keep it coming ;)
|Vino and me. Last night with her before she moves back to |
Sri Lanka! 😭
|Sister Watt and I with Vino.|
|Love getting letter thank you ❤|
Changos Burrito bar in Manchester. SO GOOD!!
Monday, October 16, 2017
Hello everyone!!!! What a wonderful week on my wonderful island in the Irish Sea!! The Isle of Man is expecting the effects of hurricane Ophelia so people say we should be getting some really harsh winds and lots of rain the next couple of days. I don't really see how that is different from any other day here in the wonderful British Isles but....
Sister Watt and I just found out about 2 minutes ago that we get to go over to England this week for zone conference in Manchester! The sisters in the past never got to go over this often so we are truly blessed! Pray for us and that we will be able to have smooth sailing tomorrow!
Last week I mentioned a lot of miracles! Well, sadly all of our dreams were crushed. Sister Watt and I were blessed to find so many new people that we were excited to meet with this past week but as we called to confirm appointments or called by their home when we said we would, we haven't been able to contact anyone! Yay!! And we also got dropped by an investigator of ours that was golden for the gospel out of the blue. I mean, everyone experiences hard times. I changed the wallpaper on my tablet this week to a quote from President Monson; "So much in life depends on our attitude."
So Sister Watt like I said last week is really good at exercising!! So I am proud to announce the progress I have made in the past couple of days! We have been waking up early and running for an hour on the promenade and I am up to about 4 miles without stopping. It kills but it feels oh so good at the same time! We even went out one day this week while it was "raining"! It was just a mist so we thought we were okay but by the end of it, I was dripping wet. But all is well, it was a good exercise!
Sunday evening we had a Europe Area broadcast with Elder Ballard and Elder Clayton. It was so good!!!! I love listening to the leaders of the church and their counsel! One of the favorite things that Elder Ballard talked about was seeing miracles in our lives. He talked about how he went to Ethiopia one time and they were experiencing a big drought but he felt impressed to bless the land with rain. Oddly enough, about 3 hours later the skies cracked open and it was pouring rain and it rained the rest of his time there. Crazy!! Then he said, "Miracles begin on our knees". I have so much faith that if we ask our Father in Heaven in faith, that we will be able to see miracles in our lives and in the lives of others!
Sorry that I don't have any pictures this week! We have been so busy that I have just totally forgotten! I hope you all have a great week and always remember that I love you and keep you in my prayers!
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Another p-day! wow!! So last week was really good! Sister Wamsley and I made it down to Manchester in the car safely! We had train the trainers that night and it was really good!! Funny thing... I hate chicken enchiladas! Like, I don't know why but I just can't eat them! And so Monday with all the traveling I really didn't eat much and by the time I got to the mission home, I was starving!!! And they feed you dinner so I was so pumped. Then my dreams were quickly crushed when they said we would be eating.....you guessed it! CHICKEN ENCHILADAS!!! no thanks! but I was so hungry I ate it anyway. Heavenly Father really does bless his missionaries! haha. But we had a really good time there and I got to see Sister Menlove one last time before she goes home at the end of this transfer!! And then we also got a new car!!!!! It is so nice! And it smells like brand new and it's only like 3 months old or something.. super sick ride!
Tuesday we got up early and started our track to Liverpool to drop off Sister Wamsley and her stuff then we headed to Warrington to pick up Sister Watt then onto Heysham to get to the ferry to get us back onto our quiet, little island free of big scary motorways and traffic! I love it!
Sister Watt is great!!! We are having a lot of fun together and have seen so many miracles the past couple of days! Seriously she is great! AND she is super healthy so we have been waking up early and exercising really good and eating super healthy. Praying for a miracle and I get my cheeks to shrink back to their normal size and my muffin top to fade away ha-ha-ha-ha TMI sorry.
It has been really cold and rainy and windy so I'm breaking out all my winter gear and the locals are saying it's not even bad yet so PRAY FOR ME!!! This AZ girl is going to freeze to death this winter!
But yeah I hope you all have a really great week! I love you all so much and appreciate the emails and your prayers for me! You rock!! If you're ever feeling crazy, feel free to send me a letter or an email! I love hearing from you and seeing your beautiful faces!
|1) Sister Watt and I doing face masks her first night!!|
|2) us and the new car|
|3) I have no clue... we're cute though|
|4) Sister Menlove!!!!!!! 💗💗💗|
|5) Elder Barker ruining our pic|
|6) quick stop at the temple last Monday on our way down to Manchester!|
|7) the new whip 😍🚗|
Monday, October 2, 2017
So much has happened the past couple of days! Life is so crazy (but oh so good!!!). As you might guess from my subject, I'M TRAINING!! (For those that are mega confused, when a missionary trains another missionary, they're referred to as their mum). Sadly, this means I have to say goodbye to my beloved friend and companion Sister Wamsley. She's ace and I'm going to miss her so much. BUT thankfully she is only leaving me to go be my STL in Liverpool!! Tender mercy from Heavenly Father that's for sure!
So yeah this week.... it was so cold and rainy most days but we made it through! Tuesday afternoon we got a call from the member that signed up to feed us that night and she said that they wanted to treat us and take us out to eat instead. So their whole family took us to this place called Barbary Coast for dinner. It was so good!! The Clagues are my favorite!
My mind is kinda going crazy at the minute so I can't remember too much but Friday afternoon we got a call from President McReynolds and he asked me to followup train a sister who is coming from Warrington, just outside Liverpool. Her name is sister Watt and I am so excited! Freaking out.....but excited for sure! So we are currently making our way to Manchester for a meeting for the trainers and then I'll get Sister Watt on Tuesday and bring her back to the Isle! The mission is switching the cars we use so we got to bring the car over on the boat. Driving over in England and is a lot crazier than our tiny little island!
This weekend was General Conference and it was A-MA-ZING!! I love hearing the words of the Prophets and leaders of the church!! I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S Monson! And I know that he has been called of God and speaks the loving words of our Heavenly Father. We sadly didn't get to hear from him this conference, but I encourage you all to accept his challenge from April; read the Book of Mormon every day!! Henry B Eyring talked about it in the Sunday morning session. He mentioned something about how he has read the book of Mormon every day for 50 years! But yet, he still took that invitation from the prophet! You can NEVER get enough of the good word of God! I know the Book of Mormon is true and it will bring peace and love into your life as you not just read it, but study it and apply it each day!!!
Have a fabulous week!!! Love you all
Monday, September 25, 2017
Okay, I think it's been like two days since I emailed home but whatever! Time is just flying by!
This week was really good despite the rubbish weather! I was seriously about to freeze this week and talking to the members and stuff about it they just laughed because this isn't even winter yet. Help me!!!!
Kind of a funny story from this week. So Thursday evening we were doing a YSA activity and we all went to McDonald's and we had them get out their phones and each message one of their friends that they could invite to church on Sunday. It's was really good... no one came thou. BUT while we were sitting there and talking, this woman came up to our table and asked us what state we were from. Her 14-year-old daughter about flipped out when Sister Wamsley said Utah because this little girl is DYING to go to BYU and stuff. Not a member of the church or anything but is obsessed with Studio C. So that was really good. We asked them if they wanted to meet with us to learn more about our church and they said no sadly but she'll get taught the gospel at BYU so it's fine haha.
On Sunday it was really good because sacrament meeting started and none of the investigators that we had planned on coming, had shown up so I was kind of bummed. But like 5 minutes in, Sophie came in and sat down next to us and afterward we were talking with her and she apologized that she was late because she was at play practice. But she was saying that she left really early because she wanted to come to church!!! She's so good! We met with her and her parents that night and they said they don't want her to get baptized until she's 18 (she turns 13 in December). Sophie wasn't too happy about that, but we have to respect her parent's wishes! They did say though that she is more than welcome to keep coming out to things though if she wants. Keep her in your prayers though!
Today for p-day we went to this place called Cregneash and the Sound. Cregneash is just this really old village that has some AMAZING scones (they pronounce is sc-ON-s). And I don't really know why it is called the Sound but its just the very southern tip in the Isle and it was really pretty! It was super foggy so we couldn't see too much but it was nice!
Oh yeah and this weekend we find out about transfers so I will let you all know what is happening next week! Wish us luck!
Hope you all have a lovely week! Thank you so much for everything!!
Monday, September 18, 2017
Well, this past week was interesting. Last Monday I literally felt like dying! I was so sick and my body just hurt so we ended up just going home for the rest of the evening and I took some medicine and passed out for the night. Thanks, NyQuil!!! Then Tuesday I woke up and could hardly talk or move so we obviously stayed home again. It was rough! Staying home all day is NO FUN! On the bright side, I listened to loads of General Conference talks and read a decent amount of the Book of Mormon so that kind of made it better.
On Wednesday evening Sister Wamsely and I were in charge of the youth activity so we decided to do Gospel Jeopardy. It was really good! Our investigator Sophie came and did a pretty good job answering most of the questions! It was loads of fun.... I love seeing what competition does to people.
On Friday evening we had our Book of Mormon class again and that was really good! More and more people are coming each week and they all seem to enjoy it and have a great time? Who doesn't love learning more about the Book of Mormon am I right?!
Yesterday at church it was really good! We were talking to Sophie after sacrament meeting and she was saying that she REALLY wants to be baptized (yay!!) but her parents aren't too sure anymore (boo) so we are really praying hard that we can know how to better help her parents understand and support her!
Missions are hard! They challenge you in a lot of different ways, but they are so good and so rewarding! I love teaching about the gospel each day and just trying to help them better understand the love their Father in Heaven has for them!! This week I came across a scripture that I really love!
"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of day, harden not your hearts." (Jacob 6:5)
I hope you all have a great week and always remember to CLEAVE unto God because He loves you and will never leave you alone!
Monday, September 11, 2017
Okay so as usual, this week FLEW by!! On Tuesday we hopped on the boat over to England to go over for a meeting! It was so nice to go over and see friends and missionaries! We learned all about Facebook for our mission and how to use it properly so it was really good! President McReynolds talked a lot about just being good and obedient. We've been given a lot of trust recently with the use of social media, so he really just drilled into us the importance of being obedient and holding ourselves accountable!
I guess to explain my subject, after the meeting in Manchester before we caught a train back to Liverpool, we went with some other sisters to this burrito place. It's was heaven! AND you could get guacamole for free with your burrito....no extra charge. #blessed. It's the little things ya know?
On Thursday night we got back on the boat to come home and it was MISERABLE!!! The seas were seriously so awful and rocky and I got super sea sick! But when we finally got home and off the boat I was okay, just those three hours sitting down and rocking back and forth were no bueno!
Friday we taught a Book of Mormon class for some of the recent converts, less actives, and any investigators that wanted to come. It was really good!! Sophie came and she loved it! We also had a less active come that hadn't stepped foot into a church building in like 20-30 years. Everyone was so amazed that we got her to come, but it's really just all about showing love and inviting! Hardly ever will someone act until they are asked, so invitations are key!!
I have super sick the past couple of days with a nasty cold so it's been hard but for some reason, we've still gone out and worked. No days off! The work is far too important haha. But I love you all so much! Thanks for all your endless support and love that you send my way! I hope you all have a fab week! Shoot me an email or mail me a letter if you ever feel like it! They're always welcomed ;)