Monday, October 16, 2017

Believe in Miracles! (Oct 16th 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! 

xx

Sister Washburn

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Welcome to Hawaii!! (Oct 9th 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!

xx

Sister Washburn 

Pictures!!
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

Motherhood & Conference (Oct 2nd 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

xx
Sister Washburn








Monday, September 25, 2017

7 months? 7 months!! (Sept 25th 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!! 

xx

Sister Washburn 










Monday, September 18, 2017

Gospel Jeopardy (Sept 18th 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!

xx 

Sister Washburn



Monday, September 11, 2017

When you get the guac for free (Sept 11th 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 ;)

Xx
Sister Washburn









Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Not a channy (Sep 4th 2017)



Well, this week was really good! I guess some pretty big news to share is that the England Manchester Mission is now a Facebook mission!!! This week we were all able to download Facebook and Messenger onto our tablets and begin using them to help further the work around the world! Super exciting!! I created a new account and I'm not allowed to message anyone from home so if you wanna chat, keep the emails coming on Mondays! 

Sister Wamsley and I get to go over to England on the boat tomorrow to participate in our zone conference which will just be a bunch of different training on how to use our new technology and everything! Yay!! Love "road trips" haha

This week we also did a YSA activity and had a huge bonfire up on our Bishop's farm. It was really good!! We roasted marshmallows and had really good chats with the ones that came because all of the YSA in our ward are struggling with coming to church at the minute.

Also, yesterday we had a lesson with our investigator Sophie! She's 12 and has been coming with her friend for the past couple of weeks, but we saw her yesterday and invited her to be baptised and SHE SAID YES!!! She just said that she would have to talk to her dad about it. Her mum was right there with us and said that it would be fine, but they needed to make sure with her dad first. Please keep her and her family in your prayers if you could! She is honestly one of the cutest and sweetest girls I have ever met. 

This week has just been so good! I seriously love being a missionary and having this privilege of representing my Saviour Jesus Christ every day! I hope that we can all take those littler opportunities each day to share our testimonies and invite those who may not know, to learn about the Restored gospel of Jesus Christ! 

"And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophesies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." 2 Nephi 25:26

Have a great week!!! Love Ya! 

Xx
Sister Washburn













Monday, August 28, 2017

Machine Gazelle Shaft (Aug 28th 2017)

Hello again!! Well, I don't really have too much time today, but this week was good. It was really hard with the work and everything but I still love being a missionary and serving my Heavenly Father. On Thursday Sister Wamsley and I got to go down to Castletown and help one of the elderly women in the ward with her gardens (from and back yards)! she is getting ready to sell her house and the yards needed some fixing up so we gladly lent a hand! We found loads of slugs in her yard so we may or may not have poured salt on them to see what would happen... don't worry we repented afterward ;)

Today for p-day, everyone over in England got to go to the temple for the bank holiday, so I am kinda bummed that we missed out on that... BUT we had a really good day with some members. We went on this really neat hike to Dhoon Glen and it was so pretty! The trail ended us on this super gorgeous pebble beach and I loved it! 

Thank you all so much for the emails and the support! I love you all so much and hope you have a fabulous week! 

Xx

Sister Washburn