Monday, January 26, 2015

I am grateful for my teeth.

WHY HELLO AGAIN!! 

I have survived my first week in the field!  Some highlights from this week:

-I met my fourth cousins. 
-I talked to a lady who had no teeth
-I talked to a lady who was high
-I had 3 cat calls.
-IT SNOWED!!!!
-I got more comfortable in the 'sketchy' areas
-I no longer get smoke headaches! (not sure if that is a good thing or not.)

Wednesday: 6:30am workouts are TOUGH.  I am so groggy and then I have to muster up some courage to exercise.  Not my favorite part of the day.  We met some wonderful people that day! This was MIRACLE DAY!! We talked to a lot of people, we picked up a new investigator AND were able to help an investigator work on her family tree so she can take family names to the temple right away.  We taught our less active neighbor Crystal that night and then called it.  Seriously, wonderful first day.  

Thursday:  The first discouraging day!! No one answered their doors for us.  All our appointments canceled on us.  IT WAS COLD.  I just got in a bad mood.  It wasn't fun.  I wasn't enjoying myself.  It was hard because the first day had set these high expectations.  Even though we didn't do very well that day, we still worked HARD.  We gave it our all.  At the end of the day, I know what I know, I have a testimony and God loves me and is grateful for the work I am doing.  The sweetest tender mercy from today was being able to eat in a members home.  There is a different spirit that resides there that can't be found anywhere else. The peace and comfort I instantly felt when I got into Sister Syme's car was unfathomable.  It was exactly what I needed after the ;longest hardest day.  The meetings we had that day too were a nice distraction from the fact that no one wanted to talk to us.  Thank you district meeting and coordination!

Friday: Things started to look up! We taught Kasey, a girl we found on Wednesday AND SET A BAPTISMAL DATE!!! YES!!! :) A member, Jaden, came with us to teach and it was such an incredible lesson.  When Sister HEiner recited the first vision, I had the privilege of watching her as she listened.  She lit up and felt the spirit SO STRONGLY!! IT was awesome!! :) This is why I am here.  This is why exactly why.  To share peace, joy and comfort.  To allow people to feel the spirit.  To show them that Christ is there and waiting for them! :) We then taught Savanna.  She is less active because of her work schedule, but seriously is INCREDIBLE! She loves the Lord and has the cutest kids!! Dennis: Her 3 year old son was running around in a mini doctor outfit and it was the cutest thing ever!! It made me think of you and Travis's obsession.  He could also name all 11 doctors and their companions.  IMPRESSIVE for a 3 year old.  TRAVIS: I SAW STIRLING. Sorry, side note! This night was also the night that I was able to talk to a high woman.  It was so funny because we knocked on her door and she asked "Who is it?" and so we responded: "The sisters!!!"  So she comes out and straight up is like

"I'm just going to be honest with you.  I am high. WHen I am high, I am honest." 

It was quite the adventure talking to her.  We got some good information out of her and then headed home.  

Saturday: Funky day because I was in a weird mood, but the work was progressing SO MUCH.  We had a lot of set appointments and they all went really well.  We had a wonderful dinner at the Jansinskis and they were so sweet to us.  It was awesome to be able to sit in on their family prayer and scripture study and participate with them.  It is a special time for each family every night:) I can't wait to have that in my own home! ALSO I got my first cat call today.  THAT WAS HILARIOUS. Sister Heiner and I were walking to our first appointment and it was cold.  I was wearing my snow coat and had all my cold gear on.  This creepy guy driving down the road says to us "You ladies wanna snuggle in this cold weather?" HAHAHAHA.  YEAH RIGHT DUDE.  All I could do was laugh! It was also a winter wonderland that day!! It snowed SO MUCH!  

SUNDAY!!! MY FAVORITE DAY!!!!!! 

I can't even express how much I love sundays. The sabbath day is my FAVORITE!! Being able to partake of the sacrament and attend church is my favorite thing!! The new ward is awesome!! My fourth cousins live here too, The Bryners!! We ate with the Russell family and they are incredibly awesome!! We taught Crystal last night about 2 Nephi 4.  IT WAS SO SPIRITUAL.  I am loving her living next door.

The work is awesome, I am loving it here.  I can't imagine being anywhere else.  I can't imagine doing anything else.  The Lord needs me here.  He needs me to find these people.  I am SO HAPPY TO BE HERE!! Even on the hardest days, I know I am doing the right thing at the right time in the right place.  

Stay rad,
Stay righteous.

MUCH MUCH LOVE!!
Sister Hannah

Pictures, pictures, pictures:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GKLM, I have arrived!!

So in the last four days a lot has happened!!
 
I LEFT THE MTC!! Thank heavens!! Saturday was such a great day! We had a lot of class and said goodbye to all of our teachers.  We packed, ate and packed some more.  PACKING WAS STRESSFUL because of the weight limit.  48 and 52 pounds on the scale in the basement... so I was a little nervous.  I don't have my journals to look back on right now either so I don't have details!!
 
SUNDAY: The last day at the MTC.  Literally was a countdown ALL DAY.  I couldn't wait.  I knew I would be leaving at 3:35 am that morning so all day I was just anxious and excited!! It was awesome!! The day was extremely spiritual and church was amazing! :)
 
3:35am Monday morning, Sister Rickords and I loaded up on the bus to the airport!! WHAT?!!? YES This is real life!! We traveled to the frontrunner station in Provo, took the train to the SLC airport and then got on our plane to Atlanta.  I slept for 3 hours of the four hour flight.  Atlanta was crazy huge and from there we got on our connecting flight to LOUISVILLE.  It was like 1:30 hours long... which felt so short.  When we landed, Predisent & Sister Brough met us at the exit and we were off!! I AM IN LOUISVILLE!!!! We stayed the night at the mission home, ATE REAL & delicious food (it wasn't from a cafeteria!!) and then got to go to bed early!! YES! :)
 
Tuesday: TODAY!! Transfer meeting!! (ok, so I have been to many many transfer meetings.... so it didn't feel too different) THIS WAS MY TRANSFER MEETING!!! WHAT?!!? I wasn't nervous until I got called up and assigned a trainer!! I am with Sister Heiner and she is SO sweet!! We are in Richmond, KY!  Woop woop!! It is about an hour and a half from Louisville, east.  I am stoked!! It is also a biking and walking area!! EVEN BETTER!! We have our work cut out for us!! I got a bike (it was free!) and checked my packages, finished up some last minute stuff at the mission office and then we took off to Richmond! :) Kentucky is BEAUTIFUL.  Yes, everytihng it dead because it is einter, but yet somehow it is still GORGEOUS.  There are mansions and tiny homes, barnes and amazing fields.  Some of the barnes for the horses look like mansions and they are indeed bigger than my house.... I mistook some barnes for houses a lot. HAHA. The horses have it better than I do!  We arrived home and threw my stuff inside with enough time to change and get started on our first task, helping Crystal clean out and sanitze her car of all the ashes from her cigarettes.  She is trying to quit smoking.  It was so incredible to help her overcome this habit through the simple step of cleaning her car.  Mom & Dad: it reminded me a lot of grandma's house except covered in ashes. When we were done there we quickly changed and walked to our dinner appointment wit hthe Wright Family.  They are so sweet and fed us really good food! :) Chicken on the first night! Haah, good thing I love poultry! I am so excited to be here!! YOu have no idea!! I wouldn't trade this experience for anything!! I have already grown so much and look forward to how I am going to continue growing.  It will be hard, but the Lord is on my side!! I am so grateful for my knowledge of the gospel and the love Jesus has for me!! I am so grateful to be in Kentucky!! Here's to the best 18 months!!
 
Much Love!!
Sister Hannah

Friday, January 16, 2015

easier way for pictures

SO sorry to mob you all with emails today.. still getting the hang of things.  I have a website where ALL of my pictures will be: 


enjoy!!

Much love, 

Sister Hannah

​the famous MTC picture!

Friday, January 9, 2015

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Letters: 
Provo MTC Address (Jan 7, 2015-Jan 20, 2015):
Sister Madeline Hannah
JAN 19 KY-LOU
2009 N 900 E Unit 170
Provo, UT 84602

So Far, So GREAT!

HELLO!! 

Yes, I am alive and well! It has been a total of TWO days... yes, almost exactly right now.  I have been at the MTC for 48 hours and it feels like 48 days.  The days are long but at the end of the night it feels like it went by so quickly.  I am not sure if P-day coming this quickly is more of a tender mercy for me or my mom.  I feel like I have SO much to tell you, but I can;t type fast enough!!!

Wednesday: -arrived at the MTC.  Bye bye mom and dad!  As soon as I walked inside it was a whirlwind of everything.  I was SO excited to be here!  I got my name tag and everything was perfect.  I love being Sister Hannah. The name tag made me feel so official! I was taken to my hall and then my classroom.  Sister Rickords, my companion was already in the classroom.  I knew her from before the MTC because of facebook.  I kept wanting to call her Katelyn.  Sister Rickords is fun getting used to.  We met the MTC presidency and they all spoke.  At the en, we sang "We'll Bring the World His Truth" (Children's Hymn book 172) and I just started to cry.  I was so overwhelmed with the spirit and being here and yeah.. it was powerful.  The MTC president happened to look over at me right as this was happening and made a special welcome to Sister Rickords and I after.  It was super special! :) Dinner was pretty funny.  Sister Rickords and I tried to be social and so we sat next to these two sweet sisters.  Talking to them was like pulling teeth.  SO awkward.  They said maybe 10 words and then walked away... HAHA.  We laughed about that for some time.   They clearly were not social.  From dinner we went to "People and your Purpose." It was cool, but my favorite quote from that was "I am just meeting this person (my investigator) but Heavenly Father has known them FOREVER!" I love that because it is so true.  We may be just meeting them, but HF knows exactly what they need! The spirit will guide us!! 

I keep having these feelings of inadequacy.  This is pretty crazy.  Every time I start to worry though, I am overcome with peace and comfort.  I know I can do this.  I am freaking out for no reason.  As long as I prepare, HF WILL help me.  He hasn't failed me yet and I know He won't ever.  I then looked at the sisters trying to learn English and realized I am going to be just fine.  I have my language down, I only need to learn the doctrine! LOL, I mean I know it, but just making sure I know what to teach and HOW to teach it! I CAN DO HARD THINGS!! I don't know what makes this so hard, but it is hard! It is a weird experience, but so much growing already! :) AHH I LOVE IT!!

I kept looking at my name tag today and checking to make sure it was real.  YEP.  THIS IS REAL!! This is happening!! I am officially Sister Hannah!! :) AHHH!!!

Thursday: First full day in the MTC.  Waking up at 6:30 wasn't bad.  There was a lot more of feeling scared and inadequate, but I am not kidding, EVERY SINGLE TIME I was overcome with the spirit and felt at peace and so much comfort and love from my HEavenly Father.  We did a lot of classes and planning and reading and more planning.  It was great! I loved being able to share my insights with Sister Rickords and vice-versa.  My favorite quote from a class we attended was "NEVER be afraid to trust an unknown future to a KNOWN God." I just absolutely LOVE that because I struggle with not knowing what is going to happen in my future, but I need to trust God more!  That night we met our Branch President, President Laney, and he is just a character.  Great sense of humor and knows his scriptures REALLY WELL. He taught us so much in the little time we had with him.  I was then called as a Sister Training Leader!! Woop woop!! I am also the senior companion.  Wow.  All on my second day.  The Lord trusts me with so much, I hope I can live up to all of it!! Life is just beginning!!

Friday: Today!! WE WOKE UP LATE.  7:10... when we were supposed to be at breakfast! HAHA, whoops!!! We got ready so quickly.  Being a low maintenance sister in the morning has its perks.  Glasses and earrings and GO.  No make up- no worries!! LOL.  So nice.  So far the day has been wonderful. Personal and companionship study and lunch.  We started laundry and now emails! I can't wait to be in Kentucky though!! This is going to be amazing! OH real cool, we got to practice teaching in class and as I testified of the truthfulness of the gospel I was overcome with another reassurance that I am supposed to be out here preaching the good word to these saints.  When Sister Rickords invited me to be baptized (we were practicing) I was so touched by the spirit that I started crying.  It was so simple,. yet so powerful.  That is what the gospel is.  SIMPLICITY.  God isn't complicated.  The Gospel isn't complicated.  I love this so much and am SO grateful I have the opportunity to SHARE IT!!!!

Loving life and LOVING THE LORD MORE,

much love,
Sister Hannah


PS./  I have pictures but I don't have a camera cord right now.  I might be able to send them later but next week for sure!! 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

And So It Begins!!!

In a few short hours I will be leaving behind everything I know to start the most incredible journey of my life.  I CANNOT WAIT. Yes, getting to this point has been so extremely difficult, but I know it is exactly what I am supposed to be doing.  I know that everything I went through, emotionally, mentally and physically was all so worth it.  I wouldn't trade those experiences for the world.

Now, it is my time to share my love and experiences and joy with the wonderful people of Kentucky! I am so beyond thrilled.  This is going to be the most exciting time of my life.  I know it will be hard, but the good days will overshadow the bad days.  This is it! This is real! This is happening!!

All my best wishes to those I am leaving behind.  I love each and everyone of you so much.  Keep in touch and don't forget about me!! :)


madeline.hannah@myldsmail.net




XOXO,
Sister Hannah


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Saturday, January 3, 2015

12 Months of Dennissimo!

Wow, this year has flown by so fast! I always LOVE looking back at pictures and reliving those moments!  This year there was a huge presence from an amazing best friend, the ENTIRE YEAR.  HAHA, we are just stuck together like glue. Dennis is just awesome! :) 

Here is a year of best friends in review!

It is amazing to think that exactly one year ago today, I met the best friend of my life! 
Time FLYS when you're having fun!

HAPPY ONE YEAR of BEST FRIENDSHIP DENNIS!! 

January
January brought many things!
  • January 3rd, 2014: WE MET!!
  • We went on dates
  • We jokingly started dating..
  • We actually dated.

                                       first date^

                                                    How we told my parents^

                      still one of my favorite pictures of us.^



February
..was a little rough. 
  • Kelly Canyon! I tried snowboarding... it didn't work out! 
  • We BROKE UP!! But remained good friends! 
  • Two weeks of awkward hell followed.. haha those were the weirdest two weeks. 





March
..the beginning of the best friendship. 
  • We started to build the most wonderful friendship after breaking the awkwardness of the breakup during a trip to Utah. 



April
..When people started to become jealous of the relationship we have.
  • General Conference Snuggles
  • Many IF trips
  • Spring Break in Vegas!  The LINQ
  • The most stressful week of my life turned most horrible week of my life, but Dennis was there to catch me.  He fixed my tire when I needed it done. :)





May
..we started to get healthy!
  • The weather became warmer and we spent more time at Porter Park! 
  • We binge watched Sherlock.  We almost kissed.. but didn't. 
  • We would cruise often, just because the weather was so nice. 
  • We began working out together! :) healthy lifestyle! 
  • We hiked R Mountain and I thought we were going to die.
    • we started the hike at dusk... I didn't want to be hiking in the dark.  We booked it, got amazing pictures and arrived safely back to the car in time. 








June
..brought our egos up even higher when I got my ray bans and we both realized how good we look together in pictures with them on. 
  • We walked to class together.  We took Book of Mormon together.  Actually, every day we were able to walk to class together! :) 
  • We went to BWW, many many times.  
  • Devotional snuggles, always. He loves a good back rub. 
  • We participated in the Ivy Amazing Race competition. 
  • DENNIS INITIATED ME INTO THE RAYBAN CLUB. It just so happened to be national Sunglasses day too.  Not sure if he planned that or not. 









July 
..We completed another year of school!

  • We ran a 5K!!!
  • Dennis makes the most bomb diggity sandwiches. 
  • I finished my first year of college and he was there to celebrate with me!
  • Our first Benihana date! 





August
(the most fun month of my life.)

  • Chad and Makayla got married.  Dennis and I (plus Travis and Cory) drove up to the wedding in Utah!!!!!
  • We attended the Vegas reception as well. 
  • Snuggles.
  • Dennis came to California for a week and we PARTIED. 
    • we went to the beach
    • we hit up an Angels game
    • we went to the San Diego Zoo
    • I took him on a date to Coto!
    • We spent a day in LA
    • We went to the aquarium in Long Beach
    • We kissed.  Oops. 















September
..turned the tables.

  • We face-timed for hours on end because there was 11 days until we could see each other again. 
  • Dennis shaved his beard. :( Sad day. 
  • We started class!! Fall Semester 2014! We took Doctrine and Covenants together! 
  • We saw We Are The Strike!!! 
  • We snuggled.  A lot. 
  • We ended up in Jackson Hole, WY. 
  • We attended the Ivy Stoplight Party wearing green? 
  • Dennis turned 24, I got my mission call and we kissed... oops! 
  • We heard Elder Holland speak at devotional! 


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October
..gave us insight! 
  • General Conference in Utah! 
  • We attended the P2B Conference!
  • We saw the Piano Guys at BYU-Idaho and they were amazing!! 
  • I got endowed and we started going to the temple once a week! 



November
..we snuggled and struggled a lot.  School was hard and it was cold outside.

  • BWW many many times! Dennis loves his wings! 
  • We attended I-Cover and it sucked. 
  • It started to get really cold! 
  • Travis surprised everyone for the weekend, I was in on it, and we went to the temple! :)
  • Dennis started listening to Christmas music.....in November. Blasphemy.  
  • We took many random pictures, like we always do! 





 



December
(the craziest month!)
..made everything so real.

  • It started to snow and I was so excited, Dennis was not happy. 
  • We drove to SLC.. and by we I mean Dennis drove Stella. 
  • We went on our second Benihana Date. 
  • We attended our last devotional together!
  • We started to get in the Christmas mood! 
  • We snuggled, a lot. 
  • We had two white girl moments at Starbucks, in the same week. 
  • We jokingly proved Daniel right.. the bracelet might not have worked, but we kissed.  Get over it. 
  • We tried to convince my dad that we studied for finals... 
  • Our cars matched
  • The last meal, the last class, the last clean checks, the last IF trip together! 
  • We did a session at the Las Vegas Temple & were the witness couple!
  • Dennis came to my farewell. 
  • I surprised Dennis for NYE and flew to Vegas on a whim.
  • We got our NYE Kiss. 







 



 







This year was the best year of my life.  I can't believe how fast time has gone by.  I can't believe how many crazy, insane, silly, and fun things I have done either.  So many of my most precious memories are found in this year! It is ludicrous to think that a little over a year ago I met a stranger on twitter and now he is my best friend.  I am excited to see what the years to come will hold!

Here is to the best year of my life and many more to come!

XOXO,
Maddy