Monday, June 18, 2018

Chocolate Chip Chickens on a Choo Choo Train (June 12, 2018)

(I promise, that title will make sense soon)

OH YOU GUYS, this has been such a crazy good week!!! This is literally my favourite companionship. We just have so much fun together and have so much love for the work between the three of us that it makes me happier and happier every day to be serving with them! Sister Bond is so awesome and such an incredibly skilled missionary, and sister Silvenoinnen is so funny and sassy and loves the gospel so much! It's fun to get to help her with the language and listen to her bear simple and powerful testimony to the people we talk with. She's so guided by the Spirit! Language study is fun! We all get in on it and our goal is to help sister Silvenoinnen be able to do a Canadian accent by the end of this transfer! Her English is already very good but she has a hard time with the accent and sounding out the words. It's hard for her to make the "Ch" and "Tr" sounds, so we've written out sentences to help her with them, like "chocolate chip chickens on a choo choo train." (Told you it would make sense) Haha, we probably spend the majority of language study laughing!

Anyways, let me tell you about some of the fantastic miracles that have happened this week. 

  We got to see and hear from Elder David A. Bednar on Friday! Oh it was a dream come true! I wish I could give you a full-blown play-by-play of the entire evening but that would take too long. We had to get there about 3 hours early because we (the missionaries) were all ushers. It was so much fun! Elder Bednar and his wife did a question and answer session rather than talks, which was super cool. One of my favourite things he said was when he was talking about the importance of listening to the Spirit during the conference and he said, "the ultimate objection of tonight is for you to hear what we do not say." And it's true! Though I didn't get the chance to personally ask him a question, I took a short list of questions with me that night that I had thought and prayed about and was hoping to get answers to - and through the his answers to other people's questions, he answered every single one of mine!!! I just love that we have apostles and prophets today! What a blessing! 

Another miracle we saw this week was on Sunday! There's this very active family here whose 14 year old daughter isn't baptized because her bio mom wouldn't let her but just this last week she finally gave permission! So she is going to be staying with her dad and stepmom next week (they're both active members) and we will start teaching her then!!! I'm just so excited for them! She's been waiting for such a long time to get baptized and she's so ready for it! I knew that as long as I was obedient and kept working hard, I would have the opportunity to see someone enter the waters of baptism, and now it's finally going to happen! I'm just so happy for her and her family, I nearly cried when her parents told me! 

Anyways. Today was such a fun p-day! We went to haunted house in Kensington which really wasn't super scary and we were the only ones there because tourist season has barely started, so it was a lot of fun! Then we went to Cabot beach which was so beautiful! Next time I go, I want mom and dad to come see it with me, ok? Ok. 

Love you all so much!!! This week I want you to each to pick one of your favourite conference talks and study it again! Then you can send me what you learn! Ever since Elder Bednar's fireside I've just been reminded of how blessed we are to live in a time where we have modern day prophets and apostles. Seriously. So blessed!!! I'm so grateful to be sharing the beautiful message of the restoration with the people here in PEI. Before my mission, I don't think I ever really stopped to think about the impact that a fourteen year old's prayer could make on the world, but now it's really all I can think about and it makes me more and more grateful every day.

Love you!

- Sister Enright 










Miracles, Big and Small (June 6, 2018)

WOW GUYS. What a week. 

First off --- transfer news! I'm going to spend my last transfer as an STL in beautiful Summerside, PEI in a TRIO of all things! My new companions will be Sister Bond and Sister Silvenoinnen!!! What's so funny is that Sister Silvenoinnen and I used to joke all the time that she would be my "STLA" one day (STL assistant) because we swore we would be companions before I went home but she didn't want to be an STL HAHA. So sister Bond and I will be the STLs and Sister Silvenoinnen will be our assistant and personal chef (because she's a licensed culinary artist #praise). I'm super excited!!! I already know that this transfer is just going to be so so SO good! 

Anyways. Now time for some miracles. I'm going to make this as quick as I can because we have to spend some of the day getting this apartment ready for a trio!

MIRACLE #1: Digital Finding
GUYS digital finding is literally such a blessing! We spend between an hour and two hours a day - in the morning - friending and messaging people on Facebook and it's generally more effective than knocking doors at that time. I'm surprised at just how many people are willing to talk to and friend a complete stranger but it shows that the Lord is truly hastening His work! Another thing I truly appreciate is how unafraid people are to be open and honest online because if they're not interested, they'll straight up tell you (or block you and then it's a given) and then we don't have to waste any time that we could be finding the elect! And if they ARE interested - they'll straight up tell you! WOW. It's literally my favourite thing. So far our little zone has picked up 7 super elect investigators through digital finding just this last week. I love it!

MIRACLE #2: Just the fact that our little zone, after struggling for a little while to find new investigators, found TWENTY new investigators! I don't know how big that is compared to other missions but for us that's a pretty big deal. We've also had 7 baptisms just in our zone this transfer!!! I just love my zone! Every single missionary works so hard and loves the work so much. It's amazing to see the miracles God can do with a bunch of 18-22 year olds.

MIRACLE #3: Last night we taught our lovely investigators, S____ and H____ who have been struggling a little bit with their testimonies of Joseph Smith. We've basically been able to answer their questions to the best of OUR abilities but obviously we're not perfect teachers so we wanted them to understand the importance of directing their questions towards God in prayer. We really wanted them to KNOW that God would answer them! So we brought the restoration movie and we were just going to watch a short segment of it but their cat had lost the remote! So we spent 15 minutes tearing their house apart looking for this remote and then I suggested that we say a prayer and thought to myself, "OK Heavenly Father, this better work because it would be perfect for our lesson," so we prayed and two minutes later we found the remote! Under the couch where we had all looked multiple times! Then we basically began our lesson like, "Well, as we have just demonstrated for you, God answers prayers." Haha it was great!

MIRACLE #4: ELDER BEDNAR IS COMING TO CHARLOTTETOWN ON FRIDAY AND WE ALL GET TO GO. Have I told you guys how much I just LOVE Elder Bednar??? We've been fasting and praying that H___- our investigator - will get the day off for work so she and S___ can come and she'll find out today! So pray hard!!!

WELL. I think that's all for now. Love you all lots!!! Keep reading your scriptures!

- Sister Enright 

 Porch decoration for the win.

 Our investigators' daughters tore flowers up and put them on my head so I could be a "wood princess" 


Itch-A-Bit road

Monday, June 4, 2018

Book of Mormon Stories (May 29 2018)

Hi, everyone!!! I'm writing this to you in the car on the way to Greenwich Beach which is supposed to be positively gorgeous. We're just praying that the skies clear before we get there. 

This has been a pretty solid week. We saw L. M. Montgomery's birthplace last p-day (kind of by accident since we were just driving through the town) and got some yummy raspberry cordial. Then we didn't proselyte for legit THREE DAYS because on Wednesday we went to district meeting and left almost immediately afterwards to drive down to Dartmouth for a leadership conference that took place the following two days. It was SO GOOD. I love being an STL because I've been able to refine so many skills I didn't even know I had. Plus it was nice to get to see so many missionaries, most of whom I probably won't get to see again on the mission. The best part of the conference was when we sang the mission song and a bunch of the elders, as a joke, linked arms and started swaying to the song. Pretty soon all the elders and sisters joined in and one elder ran up to grab President and sister Pratt and make them stand between the line of elders and sisters so we could all be linked together without breaking any rules, haha! It's times like those that I'm really going to miss. 

After the leadership conference and another 4 hour drive back to the island, we went knocking for an hour before it was time to go to bed. It was weird to have gone so long without proselyting. But on Saturday we did a sick Book of Mormon booth in Charlottetown so that kind of made up for those three days. For the Book of Mormon booth, we invited everyone to simply read one page - and random page of their choosing - from the Book of Mormon and mark every time it mentioned Christ. It was so awesome! The very first guy I went and contacted was K____. He agreed to come over and read a page. He opened up to none other than good ol' Jacob 5 and I was thinking, "uh oh." But he got so much out of it! He told me about how he had been an alcoholic for many years because he had grown up in an abusive background - but he's been sober for 7 years now! He read about how the Lord of the Vineyard planted a tree in poor soil and yet because of His care for and nurturing of the tree it still grew and was able to produce fruit. K___ said, "That's just like me!" So we got his phone number, invited him to read Alma 32, and handed him off to the elders who reported just yesterday that they had their first lesson with him and picked him up as a solid new gator!!! It's amazing just how much a person can get out of any chapter of the Book of Mormon when they're simply looking for Christ. Not for faults or something to disprove it, but just for Christ, then they'll find him on every page. Another kid I contacted was from Vietnam and he was Buddhist. He said he had almost no understanding of Christianity. I gave him a Book of Mormon and invited him to mark any time it mentioned Christ or God. After he'd finished reading (somewhere in Helaman 12) I asked him what he'd learned from it about God. He said, "That we used to live with Him before and He wants us to become like Him and then live with Him again after we die. . . " WOW. Spot on. Literally, it was my favourite thing we did this week. I love booths!!!

- Sister Enright 


Tag pics cause I'm cliche

The most delicious fish 'n' chips


I saw sister Bush (from Kentville) in Dartmouth!!!

Sister Degraffenried

When you spy the elders contacting


 Aaaaaand I'm out of time so you can guess the rest! Bye!






Milestones (May 22, 2018)

Welp. This week was quite the milestone for me, guys. I think I finally figured out what President wanted me to figure out! *cough* after 16 months *cough*

Through out my entire mission, when anything would go wrong I had a tendency to immediately blame myself, even if it was something that wasn't necessarily my fault (when investigators would drop us, lessons didn't go according plan, sisters in my stewardship didn't learn something we'd hoped they'd learn, etc.). So my entire mission I've been adjusting everything I can to ensure I'm doing the best that I can (obedience, effective personal studies and comp studies, my real intent, etc.) but still feeling as if there must be something I'm doing fundamentally wrong because I wasn't seeing the outcomes I expected or wanted to see. Every interview with President he would tell me, "Sister Enright, you're an amazing missionary and you've just got to believe it! Stop beating yourself up!" This last interview I had with him we got right down to business and he gave me this pep talk about how I can better apply the Doctrine of Christ in my life to help me feel adequate in my calling. Anytime I got down on myself or I felt discouraged or weak I would get even more upset with myself because I knew I was failing to implement president's counsel. Every time my response to Him would be something along the lines of, "I'm TRYING, President and intellectually I know HOW, but I just don't know how to APPLY it." SO. At the beginning of this transfer, President gave me a talk to read called The Power of Our Words (actually that may not be what it's called but that's the idea) and the speaker talks about the importance of having a "power phrase," a phrase that you can tell yourself when you're feeling discouraged and derive power from. Anyways, all transfer I've been trying to think of some sort of power phrase but none of them seemed to really work. THEN, as we were driving back to our apartment last Sunday I was stressing about something, worried I hadn't done my best when this phrase came into my mind: "I will control what I can control and leave the rest up to he Lord." Almost unconsciously, I started applying that principle into my everyday life and started to realize just how many things there were that I COULD control! If there was something that was bugging me I would have to determine if it was something that I could control or not, then I would do whatever I could in the given situation and allow whatever outcome to happen. If I couldn't control it (other people's agency) then I wouldn't stress about it. AND GUYS, I'M SERIOUS, I'VE FELT ON TOP OF THE WORLD. Our ZLCs, key reviews, stewardship reviews, exchanges, phone calls, lessons, etc. have just been so good lately because I know my potential and thus the Spirit is able to work through me. I no longer feel awkward or silly in expressing my opinion because I know what the Spirit is telling me to do and I'm going to do it. I'm going to control everything that is under my control and allow the outcome to happen, trusting that I did what I know I was supposed to do. My missionary scripture is Alma 29:9 and it says, ". . . This is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God," I know that as long as I've been an obedient missionary, I've been an instrument in God's hands but I didn't always realize it. Now that I realize that and am able to trust in my obedience and in my real intent - trust that my offering is sufficient - I can become the fully functional instrument that God intended me to be and it feels GREAT.

WHEW. So there's that. This week has just been so full of blessings and I feel like they've all been magnified because of the new perspective I've gained. Our investigators are doing so good. We had a Skype scripture study with K___ and her girls one night and her oldest daughter said the closing prayer! We've also been doing a digital finding blitz of sorts and so have been doing LOTS and LOTS of online missionary work. Literally it's like knocking but on Facebook. We friend as many random people as we can (who live in our area), some of them will friend us back and some won't, then we just start conversations with them over messenger! Honestly, I'm surprised at how many people will accept and just be ok with messaging a random person they've never met before. But hey, the Lord is truly hastening His work! Our mission has been able to see lots of miracles come from it! New investigators and a wider audience for us to share the gospel with. What a day to be alive and in the mission field! So if you see all the random posts I make, feel free to comment or share or send them to a friend because this is the new way to do missionary work and it's crazy how much it WORKS! 

Well, folks. I think that's it. Mission life is a blast. PEI is still as gorgeous as ever. We have leadership conference this week and I'm so excited! Also! WE HAVE AN APOSTLE COMING TO CHARLOTTETOWN IN JUNE. We don't know who yet but I'd be happy with any of 'em. 

Wow. Guys, do you even know how crazy amazing the gospel is????? I sure hope so.

Love ya! 

 - Sister Enright 


Exchanges with Sister Rodrigues!

She killed a bug and was so proud of herself. Haha

This random couple we knocked into let us in and fed us lobster because they were shocked that we had been in the Maritimes for almost a year and a half and had never had it. It was really good so we're gonna go to the wharf today to see if we can buy some haha

Canadians sure loves their fries. Mmm and so do I 


Because Book of Mormon jokes are the best

Saturday, May 12, 2018

#BLESSED

Well, folks. It's been another blessed week in the mission field. I can't believe how lucky I am to get to serve in this part of the world. I hope you all get a chance one day to see Prince Edward Island in May. 

SO. This week we've seen lots of blessings! One being a new potential investigator with a LOT of potential. She just moved here from British Colombia with her 3 little girls. She had been investigating there for almost a year and contacted the branch Facebook page to let them know she was planning on attending church here when she moved! We haven't been able to pick her up as an investigator yet because of different circumstances BUT she's currently living with a member's family while she looks for a place to live and they do family devotional with her and her kids every night before bed! Have I mentioned how incredible the members are here??? That's another of Summerside's many perks. 

Another blessing of this week was interviews with President because they're literally the best. It's like having dad on the mission with me. I know God knew what He was doing when He made President Pratt my Mission President because I can't imagine my mission without him. I wouldn't have learned as much as I have and I wouldn't have felt as loved as I do! President Lowe, our new President comes into the field about three weeks before I go home, so that will be weird, but it will be good, because God is good and knows what He's doing. 

We had Zone Conference yesterday and we talked a lot about the power of the Book of Mormon in conversion. If I was to name the most important thing I've gained from my mission I would say a testimony of the Book of Mormon. Who would've guessed that such a little, plain-looking, 531 page book could have the power to change so many billions of lives? And that the words written in it could apply to the various daily challenges, trials, and experiences of each of those people individually and personally, no matter their age, upbringing, or social or cultural background? It's kind of mind blowing. We discussed President Nelson's talk from October 2017. In his talk he asks everyone to consider three things about the Book of Mormon. If we didn't have it in our lives, what would we 1) not know? 2) Not have? And 3) what would your life be like? I encourage each of you to answer those three questions and really think about just how much the Book of Mormon truly offers us! I know that for me, it provides an understanding of the Doctrine of Christ and thus a purpose to my life. 

WELL. I love you all! I can't believe Mother's day is this Sunday! I swear it was just Christmas! Honestly I kind of struggle knowing what to say during Skype calls because really all I want is to see your faces and hear about YOUR lives! So if you have anything specific you want to know then email me so I'm prepared haha. 

Talk to ya soon!

Love,
Sister Enright 


The sun is finally out!

Creepy weeping Angel like thing above some guy's garage

  *Canada

 This guy just randomly had a train caboose in his backyard. He wasn't interested when we knocked his door so we just asked "well, could we at least take pictures with your train?" He offered to give us a tour of the inside and we ended up talking for about 15 minutes about he gospel and he ended up taking a Book of Mormon! 


 My very own street sign

 This town just liked trains I guess 'cause they were EVERYWHERE

 Service with our investigator Heidi!

The Anne Shirley statue right off the bridge!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sunshine in My Soul

Good morning, everyone! Happy May! AH I can't believe it's already May. This year has gone by so fast! Time is just a crazy thing.

This week has been a pretty great week. We're still trying to find people to teach. A lot of the zone has been struggling recently but a couple of our sisters, who have been working hard for a couple transfers now without any luck, found three new investigators this last week!!! So they're killing it which makes me happy. 

The highlight of my week was when we knocked into a dad whose 9 year old daughter and her two friends were preparing for a sleepover. The dad opened the door looking fairly distressed, with the three little girls peeking out from behind him. When we told him what we were there to do he stood there, thinking for a moment and then said, "Well, would you like to entertain them for a few minutes while I get supper started?" Luckily I had my little Plan of Salvation visuals with me, so we taught the girls a twenty minute Plan of Salvation lesson. As we taught, I was reminded of the Savior's plea for us to become as little children. Little children are just so humble and ready to learn. They're willing to do anything to learn more about something that makes them happy. I wish EVERYONE was as willing to learn as those little girls! Hopefully we're going to get to teach the dad and his daughter later this week!

This Sunday I had the opportunity to speak in sacrament meeting on the subject of light - which is literally my favourite gospel topic so it was great. In my talk I shared something that I learned during my personal studies a few months ago but I don't think I ever told you guys so I'll tell you now. 
*Ahem*
We're all born with the light of Christ inside us. Simply because we're sons and daughters of God, we automatically have that spark of light with the potential - and expectation - to make that light  more powerful throughout our mortal existence. God's plan is to help us reach that potential, to increase that tiny spark of light inside us to become a more self sufficient light full of brilliance and warmth. This is how I like to think of it; our goal is to one day be Celestial beings in the Celestial Kingdom - the Kingdom of the Sun. The sun gives off its own brilliant, blinding light which gives life and warmth to everything here on earth. That is our goal, to get our spiritual light to shine just as bright so it can be a more reliable source for others. The second kingdom is of course the Terrestrial Kingdom, which is compared to the glory of the moon. Now where does the moon get all it's light? The sun! The light of the moon is simply a reflection of the Sun's light. The moon doesn't create it's own light and thus it can't provide the same life, warmth, and blessings that the Sun can. Then there are the stars, the little pinpricks of light which are bright enough just to be recognizable but you can't see anything relying only on the light of the stars. They're not bright enough. So I like to think of it like this. We're all born with the light of Christ, the light of a star, which is only a mere pinprick but with the potential to become as bright as a sun. During our lives, we move from being Telestial beings to becoming Celestial beings. We start with just a pinprick and we increase the light naturally as we start to grow and learn. When we're younger, we may rely on the light or testimonies of other - our parents, older siblings, or church leaders. That's when we become Terrestrial beings because we start to REFLECT the light of others. Neal A. Maxwell said "The ultimate form of admiration is emulation." When we admire others, we automatically want to be more like them. But simply reflecting another's light isn't going to make us worthy of the Celestial Kingdom. President Monson said that if we want to give light to others - just as the sun gives light to us - we first have to glow ourselves. In order to become Celestial beings we have to produce our own light. We accomplish this as we take part in the saving ordinances. You can't merely "be a good person" to receive Celestial glory. You have to be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. We have to obey the commandments, and take the sacrament to renew the covenants we make at baptism. As we take the sacrament we are reminded that God has promised us that as we are obedient, we will ALWAYS have His Spirit to be with us. The Spirit will help us to gather more light into our lives as we make the right choices, which will ensure that we remain worthy to one day enter the temple to make more covenants with God. It's only as we make and keep these sacred covenants that our light can grow powerful enough to be worthy of Celestial glory.

So, there's my spiritual food for thought this week. I this gospel. There's a never-ending abundance of things to learn! D&C 130:18 says, "Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection." That just makes me so excited for the many years ahead of me I have to continue to learn and grow within this gospel. When 93 year old President Nelson gets up in General Conference and talks about all the things he's learned most recently, all I can think of is just how much I still have to go! 

Anyways. I love you all!!! I love this gospel and there's nothing that brings me more joy than having the opportunity to share and teach it to others. When we first got here, I noticed that the youth didn't have a Sunday school teacher, so I asked the Branch President if we could have that calling - so now we get to teach the youth every week! Now, even if we don't get to teach an investigator throughout the week, we'll still get to teach a lesson! After all, the youth in the church are some of the most important investigators.

Well. This is a long email. Sorry about that. Hopefully it's not boring!

I love you all so much! Thank you for being the light in my life! Have a happy week!

- Sister Enright

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Unconquerable

This week, Sister Kesler and I listened to a talk by Hank Smith called "Unconquerable". In the talk, he tells the story of 3 people with unconquerable spirits: Earnest Shackleton, Joseph of Egypt, and Meg Johnson (I'll let you guys look them up). Brother Smith told how each of them were able to overcome opposition in their lives by sheer determination, forgiveness, and selfless service. As I listened to their stories, I was also reminded that my life is pretty easy! Yes, missions can be hard but they're doable. And most of all, worth it. Life in general can be hard but because of the ultimate unconquerable spirit - Jesus Christ - "all things are possible to him that believeth." Isn't that comforting? No matter what happens in your life, as long as you trust in Christ and are obedient, you can overcome all things and He will be by your side every step of the way!

We got our transfer news yesterday. Sister Kesler and I will be staying in Summerside another six weeks! Since this is Sister Kesler's last transfer and the one after that is MY last (which is kind of hard to believe so I just try not to think about it that much), I'll probably be on the island for the rest of my mission! What a blessing. It's so unfair how short a time I have to do this because I feel like it's only been within the last couple transfers that I've become confident in my teaching and contacting skills. I feel like I only just started getting really good and now my time is almost up! So I'm determined to make these next two transfers the best yet and work harder than I ever have before! 

Well. I love you all so much! I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for the amazing family I have. Eternity is a really long time and there's no one I'd rather spend it with than my crazy siblings, Harmony, Dion, Maebh, and all the future family members still to come. I love the Book of Mormon with all my heart and can't think of a better way to spend my days than testifying to the people of Prince Edward Island that it is true. I love my Saviour and I'm extremely grateful for the privilege I have to represent Him. I hope you all realize what a blessing it is to be part of this church and to have the testimony that you have!

Love you! Have a good week! :)

- Sister Enright 


 Charity, one of the young women we take knocking with us sometimes

First time in months it's warm enough outside to go without leggings!

  Arthur Weasley's car



Ice from Newfoundland washed up on the red PEI beach