Monday, September 28, 2015

Josie b! :)

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Apple festival!

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The Final Starskey & Hutch

Somerset, week 18! A baptism and a curveball! 

This week. Man. Week before a baptism, satan always hits us hard. I will always gladly take the hit though if it means that my investigator is able to enter the waters of baptism and make those covenants with our Heavenly Father! 

Monday we ate with the cute Petersons and we played tag with the kids. Noah is their oldest and he is fast. I for sure wore the wrong shoes... The kid chased me down and tagged me more times than I was able to handle! It was so fun though, it made me work for my dinner. They are the cutest little family! I love them so much!

Tuesday was kind of a mumble jumble day, so many things happened. We caught Cora at her place and had an extremely bold lesson with her. She is so close to full activity and the temple, but the word of wisdom is holding her back.  It is so devastating to see her holding herself back because of an addiction. The lesson we had with her was really straightforward, blunt and bold. It was what she needed. We now have a pack of cigarettes in our possession, again. :( it is satisfying leaving with our peoples setbacks, but it breaks my heart knowing they are letting Satan slip into their life.  We told her straight up "every time you smoke you are choosing the telestial kingdom! YOU DONT WANT TO GO THERE." She expects God to take this away from her, but He won't. We have to TRY. We have to endure. We have to show forth an effort. It is a process, it takes time, but we can get through our trials and our setbacks! There is hope! There is always hope! 

We taught Billy! We taught the law of chastity. He thought it was hilarious that 19&20 year old girls were teaching him it. We do what we gotta do! Necessities for baptism! It was a really good lesson! 

We also saw Kristina and she has seen so many blessings in her life recently! She got a new apartment and it moving in next week! That was something she had been stressed over and was working towards! It is so amazing to watch God answer the prayers of my investigators! Promised blessings are even cooler when you promise something specific and then it happens so quickly in the investigators life. There is something so special about feeling the spirit promise blessings through me. It is indescribable! I can feel that it truly is from God and not from me! 

Wednesday we had our weekly time at God's Food Pantry. Miss Brenda, the head honcho, called us into her office and said "do you girls want to hear some blessings?" Uh yes, of course! Ok, let me preface this with the fact that miss Brenda is one of the sweetest and most kind and giving person you will ever meet. She is selfless and loves the Lord so much. She has incredible faith! So she goes on to tell us how God is blessing her and the pantry for some time, giving both sister Starkey and I goosebumps! She expects miracles. I love that about her. She puts all of her trust in God and knows that He will take care of her. She has no doubt about that. She sees those blessings daily too! :) I love her and her example!

Tuesday night my permanent retainer, that I have had for 6 years, broke! It was so bizarre! I finally started to do what my dental hygienists had been telling me to do for years, floss under it, and look what happens! Haha! It was annoying, but I got it taken care of. It was a total tender mercy of the Lord too. I called around the branch to find an Ortho and I found dr. Petrey. He was able to fit me in right away. When we went in, he knew exactly who we were and told us how he went to dental school with a ton of Mormons and then updated us on byu football-you know, the important things in life. We got all the deets on taysom hill. Hahaha. So he removes my retainer and then tells me to have a nice day and to not worry about anything. He didn't make me pay at all.... I was shocked and so grateful. It is the little tender mercies like that that make me so much more aware that God is there and that He works through other people! :) 

Following that appointment, we proceeded to walk 4 miles all over town and tried some people with no luck. It was hot and sweaty. No better way to welcome in fall than by 80 degree weather. Am I in California? 

Thursday was weekly planning and Sonia prep day! She tried on her baptismal clothing and we taught her some last minute stuff to prepare her for her interview tomorrow! She is the cutest, she kept saying "I'm so excited and I'm so nervous!" She is so ready! 

We also taught Billy this night and the lesson was a little hectic, but everything ended up fine. Billy's friend showed up and kept asking me after I bore my testimony of how I knew the things I was saying I knew. It was such a cool testimony building to me to then be able to tell him "I know what I know to be true because of the Holy Ghost. It has testified it to my heart and no one can take that away from me, ever. It is my witness and that is how I know that God is there and that He is real. That is how I know that my savior is Jesus Christ and that is how I know that this is Christ's church!" He sat there quietly after that. He was completely playing the devils advocate, but the spirit was so strong after that he was confounded.

Friday, what? That's about how I felt all day "what?" Day before transfer calls and Sonia's interview and district meeting. Stress, medium. Sonia passed her interview with flying colors! She is well on her way! She didn't realize it was 10 am when it was, but she got to the interview and it all worked out! She is one incredible daughter of God! 

District meeting followed and we were trained by the wonderful sister Patterson on extending commitments. If we don't invite our people to do anything, they can't change, they can't repent and they can't progress! They need that invitation, a solid straightforward invite. It was a powerful training! As Elder Caldwell said "in president brough's wise words, 'a person who doesn't have a baptismal date isn't going to get Baptized!'" Truth. We then got permission from Elder Polson to go to the apple festival in Liberty! Yep, we ended up in Liberty at the apple festival with the Working family! It was so fun! We ate a corn dog that was a foot long, tried Amish fried pies and rode the tornado. The best line of the night was when the tornado siren went off and the lady selling us the tickets said "yeah... Our ride doesn't make that noise." Ha. Funny one, but the actual tornado siren was going off. No tornado this time, just a false alarm. The entire time we were at the festival it was pouring, we of completely soaked and had the best time. When we rode the tornado, sister Starkey and I were going nuts. We just sat there and laughed the entire time it was going, I don't even remember what is so funny, but we had a blast to say the least. We got off and were soaked to the bone from sitting in a pool of water, but we still had a grand old time! 


Sonia was finally able to enter into the waters of baptism! There is nothing more satisfying in this work than seeing a beautiful daughter of God work so hard to come and make sacred covenants with Heavenly Father! Watching the change in her has been inspiring to me. Sonia is the kind of woman who when she puts her mind to it, she can do it! She radiates the light of Christ and her baptism was exactly that too! She was so excited to be baptized and that is how the baptism was, exciting! We had a great turn out from the branch and there was so much love and support! The spirit was  undeniable as she was baptized! :) we couldn't wait for her to be confirmed!

We also were able to attend the General Womens session of conference and it was AMAZING!!! We had a little dinner with our cute sisters in the Branch and then watched it all together! I am so excited for general conference!!! :) If you missed it, you can watch it here!

Sunday was a beautiful sabbath. Yes indeed. Sonia was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! She was promised that she would be a blessing to her family through her example. She will be. She is glowing. When we asked her after how she felt she said "it was everything I expected and more. I could barely sleep last night because I was so excited knowing I was getting the Holy Ghost today!" Ok, how awesome is she? 

The talks in sacrament were inspired. Brother Eames spoke on the testimony of God the father and the son, Jesus Christ and how they are separate and real. They have faces, like us. They have bodies, like us. We are made in their image. President Malar spoke on the spiritual inheritance we leave our children and families with. He said that the decisions we make now have a huge impact on the lives of our children and how they view the gospel. It was an awesome talk. Brother George also spoke and he spoke of the "ifs" in our lives. When we stand before God, we do not want to say "if I had done this" or "if I had done that..." We want to say that we did do this and we did do That! We can't just expect to get into heaven with a bunch of ifs! 

Later on in the evening we had the last supper with the workings and it was delicious food! They are the greatest family! :) we then went to the family history class being offered by sister Loesevitz mom, sister Hudson! This was the biggest tender mercy of the week because I found so many people on my moms line that has never been done before! Sister Hudson helped me fix a ton of stuff and add a ton of people- People who still need their work done and are just waiting to be found! It was a huge huge blessing!  On we found a link to the entire tree. I don't know how much is done, but I look forward to finding more people! It was an exciting breakthrough!!!

The entire week, we were wondering about transfers. All week, I thought I would be leaving. I felt like I was leaving and so we prepared for that. Well, Heavenly Father threw us a curve ball- well two. Normally, president is done calling people by 10:30. (He calls to tell specific missionaries of their leadership roles, training, district leader, zone leader or sister training leader) He starts up in Indiana and works his way down. So after 10:30, I thought, ok I am in the clear. we aren't getting a call from president. For some reason I felt like we would be getting a call from him, which isn't unusual since I have every time I have been transferred! Our district leader, elder Polson, had already gotten his call from president so I really believed We were in the clear! We then called our sister training leaders and they said president had called them and they told us what their news was. Mid call with them, president Brough calls us. My heart dropped to my stomach. Sister Starkey and I had a mini panic attack and then I answered the phone, I agreed to something the president asked me and then he said "so sister Starkey, we will need to see you at transfer meeting. You'll be going into a three-ship!" And then it all clicked as to what just happened! Sister Starkey is leaving Somerset and I am training a new missionary again! Yeah! CURVEBALL! What just happened? Did that really just happen? What on earth? But that is what is going on with transfers! My prayers were answered! I will be staying in Somerset for another 12 weeks! I am so thrilled! I am sad to see sister Starkey go, but she is going to kill it in her next area! Here's to another fresh missionary and miracles in Somerset! :)

I know that my redeemer lives and I know that God is in control of everything. He has a much greater plan for all of us than we can ever comprehend! I know He is all knowing and that He loves each and every one of us! 

Much love,

Sister Hannah

The brother stettler quote of Sunday school: "it's more fun to sin than to repent"

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Sorry, my camera wasnt working earlier! Here are some pictures! :) Enjoy!

Much love,
Sister Hannah

Apple festival

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The largest corn dog ever!

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Filling the font

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Happy fall!

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Sonia's baptism!

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Happy Fall!

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Crazy Wild Ride

So many things to report on and so little time! 

I'm going to jump right in!

On Monday we were privileged to go to the Stettlers home and eat with them. It was awesome! They live in the most beautiful country and the ride is awesome! Their house literally popped out of no where and you have to go "off roading" (drive through a creek) to get there. Pretty adventurous for two sister missionaries in a Chevy Cruze, ok! Dinner waS wonderful and it truly felt like I was home! I love the Stettlers so much! I have definitely adopted them as my Somerset mom and pops! What made the night even better was we were all able to go to Sonia's home and teach her about the priesthood and callings! It was a super powerful lesson! Sonia loves the gospel so much and is so excited for her baptism! She is the cutest! When we extended the invitation to prepare to accept a calling she said "if the Lord calls me, all I can do is try my best! But I want to follow the Lord!" How cute is she? She is amazing. It has been so rewarding to see the change in her countenance since we started teaching her. She is so much happier and energetic. The more she internalizes the gospel, the more she glows! It is beautiful. The change that Jesus Christ can bring to someone! It is absolutely wonderful! :)

Tuesday we went out with sister Syphax. She is so determined to magnify her calling! She is over the YSA in our branch and what a hard calling that is! The YSA here are a struggle. They either don't have a phone number or address or both and are pretty much MIA. She took us to find some of the YSA and we had some success! We were able to find a few lost souls and get some updated information! Sweet! Blessings of the Lord!

Wednesday we bound the Lord! We were determined to find a new investigator and did everything in our power to do so. We had an appointment fall through so we went and tried a potential. Well, this potential, Lois, is the cutest girl ever. She is a young mother of the cutest baby girl and is expecting another boy soon. She let us is and we were able to teach the first lesson and we committed her to baptism! It was awesome! She said "I'm just so confused as to which church is right." And then at the end said "I'm so glad yall have the answers!" It was an extreme tender mercy! :) we found the new investigator and set a baptismal date! Also, we had pie night! It is an annual branch activity put on by sister cooks son, Dylan. The branch members bring their best homemade pie and then the sisters and glam taste test to pick the winner. So much pie. So much. I think there were 14 pies to try. Yeah, it was a lot. The best pies were an extremely tart but sweet razzleberry pie, followed by a peanut butter Oreo cookie crust pie and then in third was a French silk pie. It was a great night and Sonia and billy came and got to know the branch better! :) 

Thursday was also amazing. The tender mercies poured out upon us. We were able to see sweet little brother Alexander and we taught Sonia. Sonia's lesson was crazy hectic, but we managed to get some spirit in. She is seriously progressing so well! Please continue praying for Sonia, that she will continue growing and moving forward! We then went to contact some referrals. A few weeks ago, our iPads loaded all of the referrals from the last 5 years onto our iPads. We are now responsible for contacting them all again! It has been a task, but we have seen miracles from it! We went to contact one lady by the name of Susie J. She lived at an address that when we pulled up was a trailer park. We had no trailer number and there were 10 trailers. I felt impressed to pull up to the very last one and knock on it to see if they knew the woman, Susie, that we were looking for. Well, we knocked and this lady let us in right away. We started to talk to her and she said she had talked to some people from our church before... Come to find out that we are talking to the Susie we were searching for! It was such an incredible tender mercy and we got two referrals from it! SCORE! She was a tad bit on the crazy side and she didn't accept the message we had to share because she believes Christ's church was never lost, but she was freely giving referrals. She even invited us to 'study' with her and her pastors and ministers, she has a few. It was a unique experience to say the least! She told us before we left that she could see Jesus in our souls, so that's good! Haha! 

Friday! Friday's are fun! Normally, we have district meeting but because of special circumstances we didn't have it today. It was a full day of proselyting! I love these days! We taught Sonia about the temple with sister Loesevitz and it was a powerful lesson! I love teaching with members because their testimony adds so much to the spirit present! Sonia got really excited to go to the temple and start working on her genealogy! She is on fire with the gospel! We then ate lunch with sister Loesevitz and it was delicious!  We then, on a whim, were able to teach our newest investigator, Lois! She didn't read from our last appointment, but we were able to see her and help her understand more about the covenant she will be making!  Later in the day we got a call from a member who wanted us to come over right then to teach his buddy. This referral was actually a good one from him! He normally gives us flaky referrals, but today, it was a beautiful one! We ended up teaching Kenny the first lesson and he completely accepted everything we had to teach him. He is prepared for us and he knows that! When we followed up with him, he was excited to meet with us again! 

Saturday! The highlight of the Week!  We had a district service project! It was wild and fun! Brother Syphax has a brother who lives down by lake Cumberland and he put on a service project called "clean Cumberland". Steve invited us to come and participate a few weeks back when we had dinner with sister Syphax. I thought it would be a great idea to get all of the missionaries there. I coordinated with elder Polson and we made it happen! We had a stellar group of 14 missionaries! We worked hard too! We grabbed our gloves and trashbags and went to work! All together we cleaned up 1/2 a mile of shore line and collected 20 black bags of trash! We all had a blast!  We had an awesome district meeting about the zone culture, which is an attitude of love, obedience, diligence and success. I was so tired because the sun took it out of me, but I made it through the meeting! The rest of the day, with what we had left, we taught Kristina and the Dillons, and went to dinner with sister Orantez! It was a great day! 

Sunday:) the beautiful sabbath! It was overcast and a tad bit chilly. A perfect Sunday. Church was awesome and Kristina came! She loved it! She had to leave early because her baby was sick at home, but she came! That is some dedication, especially with a sick baby! We had a wonderful Sunday school lesson On baptism, by brother stettler, and a great relief society lesson on "being aware of pride" by sister Peterson!  We ate lunch at the cooks and then tried a million referrals- all of which have moved and the people who weren't there were not interested... No matter how boldly we testified. We were able to talk to a lot of people walking from house to house and they were all nice, but not interested. It was hard, but we were able to fine tune our contacting skills and bear powerful witness! We tried one last referral and sister Starkey almost got eaten alive by some labs, but she kicked a dog, hard, in the face because it tried to bite her. I am thankful I have an obedient companion who follows the rules, even when she is terrified of dogs and has to back me with 5 labs running wild. She survived and didn't get bit! 

This week was a crazy ride. Looking back, it was bizarre, but all in the plans of our father in heaven. I know He is real. I know He loves me. I know he loves me so much that He sent His only begotten Son to suffer and die for me. I know my Savior lives. I know He is there. There is no doubt that the Father and the Son are intricately involved in this work of saving souls. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that we have a living day prophet, Thomas s. Monson! I know that the plan of salvation is true and that it is Heavenly Fathers plan for us! I love this gospel with all my heart! The church is true, the book is blue!

Much love,
sister Hannah 

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District Service Project

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the district, round 6

Elder Scjheuning, Stanley, Caldwell, Viewhig, Hicks, Osbourne, Patten, birky, Polson
Sisters Patterson, Nicholas, Starkey, Schuening, Hannah
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the longest road

Brother Alexander

The latest and greatest on snapchat!

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We have an investigator who showed us the latest and greatest on snapchat!
Kinda weird! I am so far removed from the world I completely forgot
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Perfect weather.

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Bohannon girls! :)

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Pie night!

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The bet picture Dylan could get. All the rest were awful.y blurry.

Monday, September 14, 2015

On the way to Lexington fun with Nora!

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Triple Zone Conference, Elder Zwick

"We're in a DROUGHT?"

This week. Oh man. Things went a lot better.  We taught so many lessons and the spirit was so strong! I love this work so much, even when it sucks sometimes and when people cancel and it seems like the world is falling apart around me, I love it, I love it, I love it! First, the people of Kentucky thought they were in a drought.  It was the best joke they have ever played on me!

The drought broke. I got bit by a dog. President came down to Somerset for interviews. Yes, the people of Kentucky thought they were in a drought. It didn't rain for three weeks. I told them, talk to me when it hasn't rained in 8 months. I then got an email from mom saying it was pouring. Coincidence, I think not. I did indeed get bit by a dog. It hurt but no skin was broken! Nothing too bad that tough sister hannah couldn't handle. President interviewed us and it was awesome! We received a wonderful training from Elder Polson, as well, about using the scriptures more in our work! The spirit was incredible!  I have come so far and have yet so much farther to go! I am so thankful for a supportive branch! I never want to leave Somerset! I am so in love here! I will be back, temporarily or permanently! I love it so so so much! 😍 

We had blitz and my day was so fun! I was able to work with Sister Taylor from Jessamine and we had a blast working Somerset for the day! It is always stressful leading up to blitz, but the day always works out! :) I love these sweet Sister Training Leaders!

Tonya is one of our tender mercy investigators.  We ran into her while we were syncing our ipads outside the courthouse and she was genuinely interested! We started teaching her and Tonya is awesome. We taught her three times this week and she is on point. She takes everything we teach her with stride and knows exactly who we are and our purpose as missionaries. She loves God, so much, and she knows that she is growing closer to Him as she learns more from us. She has the most sincere personal prayers I have ever been apart of. She talks to God so humbly and reverently, it truly is a conversation with her father and not a rote presentation. I love Tonya so much! Pray that Tonya will continue to have strong converting experiences! :) 

Traci and CJ. They are the cutest couple ever. Traci is a convert of a year and a month and just went through the temple. Cj, well, CJ is slowly coming around to the gospel. We went over to teach them and he sat outside with us and listened and drew sister Starkey and me. It was the most beautiful sketch ever. Seriously. I am attaching a picture. He also fixed my scriptures which were falling apart and gave us mace! We are sufficiently taken care of! He has come so far since Traci first started investigating. He went to the temple and satin the lobby while she received her endowments and was actually commissioned to paint a picture of the temple for another patron. He showed us the paintings and I was blown away! He is an excellent artist!from not wanting to let the missionaries in from the beginning to now painting the temple, he has come so far! One day, he will join the church. He is slowly but surely getting there. Traci is an amazing example too. She is so diligent and steadfast in the gospel! Her faith increases mine! 

Ok, normally when we go over to teach Patsy and Sonia, Patsy's house is a mad, crazy, nut Ball of a house. People are running around, screaming and yelling, there is a baby crying and a five year old complaining and at least two people are smoking. The phone rings off the hook, the neighbors come down and try to anti us and then there is pahpa, who "swears off the ying yang"(sister Starkey). You could say it is quite literally INSANE. we had the greatest tender mercy on Friday night as we went over to teach Sonia. Because the drought broke, it began to rain and one by one, all of the distractions slowly moved outside to play in the rain. We had a good solid hour of peace and quiet and the phone didn't ring, once! That doesn't sound like a big deal, but it was. The spirit was SO STRONG. Sonia is always so reverent and respectful to the message we have to share and with no distractions the spirit was 10385759302millon times stronger. It was just amazing, i can't even give you words to describe it! 

Steak 'n Shake is the closest thing to in n out and we ate it this week! It was a crazy hectic day where we literally had 10 minutes to eat dinner because we were teaching so many lessons, but it was delicious and easy! I like Steak 'n Shake, but in n out still has my whole heart!

Time out for sisters was incredible. I was spiritually uplifted in so many ways. Not only did it feel like General conference because we had a seventy there and three auxiliary leaders from SLC, but I was reunited with all of my favorite Richmond homies! I was warmly greeted by Sister Marchant, Schlesser, Bryner, Ahrens, Simmons, Cochran, brown, Ellis, orchard and so many more of my wonderful sisters. It felt so good to be with them and made me totally miss Richmond! They all make that Ward amazing! The conference was beautiful. It was all about gathering spiritual light and how it is the quest of a lifetime. ("The process of gathering spiritual light in the quest of a lifetime" dieter f uchtdorf) the sisters spoke of how we can personally grow in our spiritual light by the small and simple things in our life, the basics: prayers, scriptures, temple, service and sacrament.  we had Sonia and Cora with us there and they loved it as well. Sister Carole Stephens Was my favorite speaker, I don't remember much of what she said, but I do remember how I felt and the spirit was so strong. She testified of truth and my testimony was strengthened! It was a wonderful time up in Lexington and I am so so so grateful I got the opportunity to attend. I am now PUMPED for general conference! (As if I wasn't before, now I am pumped on steroids pretty much. I also can't believe it has been 6 months! What is life?)

Sunday, so many things from Sunday.
1. Billy didn't show up to church so we had to push his baptism back. it is so sad! When we went and saw him and told him, he was devastated! That is good because we know how truly dedicated he is! He is working so hard on coming closer to Jesus Christ! He then confided in us that he isn't the most regulaR church goer because of a falling out he had 4 years ago. We are trying so hard with him! He is making progress! :)
2. We sang "come thou fount of every blessing" in sacrament today and it was beautiful! The spirit was so strong! We had a tiny choir and it sounded so good! Here's to small branches! 
3. Today was actually chilly! It was a crisp 54 degrees when we left our apartment this morning and only got to be about 72. Beautiful beautiful weather. Fall is literally around the corner! We have another week of 80's it looks like and then it should be cooling down! :) I can't wait to see the gorgeous greenery go orange, red and yellow!
4. We had a cockroach play dead. Ok, this is why I am master bug killer. Sister Starkey attempted to kill a cockroach and it just played dead on her and then ran away and hid under some papers as soon as she walked away! Haha! I had to come back out and finish the job! Needless to say, we are now one less roach in the apartment! 

Pray that I stay in Somerset and PRAY HARD! I love it here so much!

I know that God lives. I know that Christ is my Savior and I know that we have a living day prophet! I know that this is Jesus Christ's one true church and I am so grateful I am apart of it and that I have the privilege to share this sweet message! The church is true, the book is blue!

Much Love,
Sister Hannah

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church signs in Kentucky...

lil baby Seth

Patsy's cute son, Seth!

it was "cold" and I wanted to be bundled up

CJ with "sisters"

some cows

Josie's Birthday!

the tire rooster

Labor Day fun at the workings

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Sunday night wifi walk

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"Sisters"'by CJ Bray

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For the beauty of Kentucky!

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Left to right: sister Taylor, sister hannah, hermAna butts, sister Starkey

Josie B :)

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Dinner with the sweet Bohannon Family!

Monday, September 7, 2015

The 5th District!

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Elder patten, Caldwell, hicks, so ourne, Hansen, Waite, polson,
veiwhig, scheuning
Sisters: spencer, baker, starkey, hannah

At the Syphax's for district lunch! :)


This week, things are starting to look up again. My mission is teaching me endure and the true meaning of "never give up."

We started off the week with a massive spider scare. It was terrifying. A huge wolf spider showed up on sister starkey's chair, she screamed, I screamed, the spider got lost. I had to kill it, I missed it once, it disappeared, we ended up on our chairs and when all was said and done, the spider ended up dead. We were the biggest girls on the planet about the whole situation. It was hilarious and we did indeed survive! The following day we got more clear information on the correct use of permethrin, the chemical we use to stay bug and critter (cockroach free) so we went to TOWN in our apartment. We cleaned up down and around with the stuff. We pulled out the fridge and oven and the Roaches went everywhere, we killed them all, bombed the place and most definitely got them under control. It is a good thing sister Starkey and I are clean freaks! That was the bug situation for the week. 

We taught the most awesome lesson to Cora this Saturday. She has been struggling with the word of wisdom and we were really trying to attack the deeper concern to help her move past this and get to the temple. We prayed and felt strongly that we needed to show her how Heavenly Father treats his people who don't keep their covenants and those who do. We read with her alma 9:23-24 and Helaman 15:14 and explained that that would happen to her if she continued to break her covenants. We then helped her see how she can exponentially increase her happiness by keeping her covenants. We read with her Alma 24:17-19, Alma 53:17! and Alma 56:56. Cora started to cry, she was so touched by the spirit. She then said "you girls are doing gods work. I know that he is telling me something." It was such a tender and sweet experience to be with her for. We were then able to bear testimony of how we prayed and received this direct revelation for her! I know that as a missionary, success doesn't come through numbers, it comes through knowing the Holy Ghost testified to another child of God through me. It was the highlight of my week! 

We also taught billy and he is progressing well! He loves being able to draw closer to God through the Book of Mormon and Christ's church! He was given a priesthood blessing and it was so powerful! Elder Polson, our district leader, who uses language like "oh buddy" and "YALL better round yourselves up" (he is a proper Idaho boy.) gave him the most beautiful blessing and it was such a testimony builder for me. I know that the words that came out of his mouth were from God. The Holy Ghost truly did fill his mouth and helped billy feel peace and comfort in his life. It left everyone there edified and uplifted! 

We saw some amazing answers to prayers this week. We had lost touch with an investigator and thought something had gone seriously wrong. We couldn't find her anywhere or get a hold of her and some facts weren't adding up. We were extremely concerned. We prayed all week that she would be safe and ok and on Saturday we found her, safe and still gaining a testimony. She was completely fine, she had just lost our number and was sick. It was a miracle! 

We traveled up to Lexington again this week and we were privileged to ride with the sweet scheuning's and Monticello elders. It was a great drive and we were truly spiritually fed at zone meeting. Something I loved that was said was "there is a difference between vain repetitions in our prayers and earnest repetition." It is so true. I am grateful for inspired leaders! 

I know this gospel is true with all of my heart! I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and I know that God loves me specifically and individually! I know that Christ is my savior and that with him, I can accomplish anything, including the hardest of days and weeks! This is the truth. This is it! :) 

Much love, 
Sister hannah

Quote of the week: "We all appreciate you dressing modestly, but I think you would get more converts if you taught in the clothes you run in." -our neighbor, John, the 55 year old funeral director. We busted up laughing. Thanks John, thanks. 

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This was the view coming home from Lexington. The tobacco fields are
turning golden!