Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New Member November

Today is my nine month mark! Which is crazy. . . I can't believe I've been out that long already! 

  But anyways. Don't want to focus too much on that piece of information sooo. . . 

  This week was super great! We found out transfers yesterday. Sister Davenport and I will be staying in Annapolis Royal for another transfer! So that's comforting. This last transfer started off slow (as it does when you whitewash or open any area I guess) and at the beginning, I was praying hard to find out why I had been sent here. Not because I didn't want to be here but because I know that the Lord sends His missionaries everywhere for specific reasons and I don't ever want to leave an area feeling as if I never found that reason. During my interview with President, he told me that he had handpicked me and sister Davenport to be in Annapolis Royal. He didn't know why, but he felt very strongly that we should be here. Since then, things really began to pick up because now it almost seemed like a game. The harder we worked, the more blessings we received and the more we began to see the big picture of why we had been sent here. We had a phone call with President just a few days ago and updated him on everything that we were doing in the area and he told us that we were doing more than he had even imagined was possible! It feels good to know that you're doing what the Lord wants you to do and I'm eager to work even harder this coming transfer to accomplish what He needs me to do! WOW, I love the Gospel!

  So. Anyways. This week was grand. The highlight would be the lessons we have with our investigator. During our first lesson with her this week, we found out that she's actually really good friends with a sister in the branch,("Coincidence!? I think not!") So of course for our next lesson, we invited her friend to come with us. She was overjoyed to be able to assist her friend in her search for the Gospel and it really was a beautiful lesson. Our investigator is IN LOVE with the Book of Mormon and it makes me so happy to hear her recount the stories to us and inform us of everything that she's learned from it! What's amazing is to see her growth from lesson to lesson. We've only met with her a few times but  she's become so much happier and lighter since the night we knocked on her door. And the best part is she recognizes it herself! She told us about how ever since she's started reading the Book of Mormon she's felt full and complete, as if a huge burden had been taken from her shoulders. She said before that she had felt empty and lost and confused. It's always been interesting to me how so many converts describe how they felt before receiving the Gospel in the same way! Her description of her feelings was almost word for word what Dad wrote to me in his letter about his conversion. This Gospel is so amazing and I'm so incredibly grateful that I've had the opportunity to meet and teach her. I know that she is one of the main reasons that Sister Davenport and I are here. And what's just as amazing is watching how happy and excited our ward member is for a friend to finally be learning about something she's always loved! #MemberMissionaryWork

  Speaking about member missionary work, sister Davenport and I did a missionary-focused third hour on Sunday! This month, we're focusing a lot on member missionary work (because obviously, it's when members and missionaries work together that we can make the biggest difference) and so we named our presentation "New Member November" to get the branch thinking about who of their friends could be a new member this month!!!

  I don't have a lot of time left BUT I will say that I'm seriously enjoying working with the members here. We've had a lot of success in the time that we have been here and I would definitely attribute it to our relationship with the members. When the members trust the missionaries, they trust them to teach their friends, and that's when the magic happens!

  I love all of you!!! Give a referral to the missionaries this week, or go teach with them. God has blessed us all with the Gospel in our lives and it's now our responsibility to share it! 

  Anyways. Keep praying and reading the Book of Mormon!!!

- Sister Enright

 "Be Gollum!" - Sister Davenport

(Self explanatory)

 Pretty typical missionary Halloween costumes

 A cool skeleton flamingo

 Our Family History booth

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!!!

This week has been so good and so busy! This morning we actually went and met with the mayor to see how we could get some more stuff going in town. I'm so excited!!! We're going to do more Family History booths and #LIGHTtheWORLD booths (when it gets closer to Christmas), we're going to participate in the Christmas town parade, Nativity, and crafts fair, AND (my favourite part) we're going to show Meet the Mormons at the little cinema in town!!! It was an idea we had a couple weeks ago and I've been praying and wishing on every star that it would work out! I'M SERIOUSLY SO EXCITED. 

  ANYWAYS. Now that that excitement is over with, I'll tell you about the rest of my week.

  On Wednesday we had District Meeting and the elders surprised me with balloons and a cake. We all had breakfast, they all signed a card for me and then sang happy birthday to me, then they we all split up and did a blitz in our area. It was pretty awesome. 
  We had supper with a couple of members, Sister Devine and Sister Appt. They made me chicken cordon bleu for dinner! And then gave me a gift bag full of sticky notes because, well. . . I'm kind of obsessed with sticky notes. . . 
  Altogether it was a pretty great birthday and I was touched by the kindness of the members and my district. Throughout the rest of the week, basically every time we've had a dinner appointment the members had a birthday cake for me and then insisted we take home the leftover. Sooo. . . To say I've eaten a lot of cake this week would be an understatement. 

  One of my favourite dinner appointments we had was with this cute little family (their four kids make up the entire primary). The kids are so smart and so generally our dinner table discussions (led by the 8 and 10 year old) tend to revolve around European history, cryptozoology, and books usually with some comments about Batman or Lego thrown in there. This particular night we were discussing Henry VIII and every five minutes or so, the 8 year old would say very loudly, "I just don't understand. How could Henry be so CRUEL!?!?"  Haha! I love that family. 

  We did a couple Family History booths with the Greenwood elders this week. I love booths so much and I'm excited at the prospect of doing more!!! It's so awesome to see how many people have been touched by the Spirit of Elijah, especially in the Maritimes. Everyone LOVES Family History here. 

  Anyways. . . I think that's about all. This week has been a blast and I'm so excited for the things we have planned for the Christmas. I'm really hoping I don't get transferred! I love this town and this branch so much! If I do get transferred, I'll be grateful for the time I go to spend in this little town and serve the people here. One of the biggest challenges of being sent to a new area is finding God's purpose for sending me there. It's fun and sometimes frustrating when I feel as if I'm not accomplishing what I need to do, but President Pratt reminded me that as long as I continue to be an obedient missionary, then I will accomplish the things that God requires of me and I will have the successes that He intends for me to have because, after all, when we do what He says, He's bound to His promise of sending us blessings!!! We listened to a talk by Thomas S. Monson last week called, "Believe, Obey, Endure." and ever since, those three words have been running through my head. If we live by those three principles, we can be promised a happy and blessed life!

OK, that's all. I love you all lots!!! Thank you for your emails and your prayers!!! :)

- Sister Enright

PICTURES: Pday with Sister Street at Peggy's Cove!
(I'll send more, hold on)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

"You shall become as Nephi of old."

Hello, mein family! (and all you other people who are pretty much family)

  This week has been a roller coaster of emotions. I've had some of the best days of my mission this week but I also had the first experience of crying on someone's doorstep, so yeah. But I'll focus on the happy days, of course :)

  So first off, my birthday is tomorrow and I'm turning 20 and I'm not emotionally prepared for that. Birthdays have always stressed me out, since I was little even. BUT tomorrow is also district meeting AND this week we're doing a District Blitz week. So since it's my birthday and blitz week, we're going to have a pancake breakfast before district meeting and afterwards, the elders are gonna stay in Annapolis and blitz our area to help us find some new investigators. BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER. Plus, one of the blitz challenges that Elder Smith made for tomorrow is, "20 points if you sing Sister Enright Happy Birthday!". So basically I have the best district ever and I'm pretty excited for tomorrow. 

  This week was fun! Here are some of the highlights.

  On Thursday we did a Family History booth with the Greenwood elders. I. LOVE. BOOTHS. Seriously, they're basically my favourite thing ever. It's nice to have the people come to us for change, rather than us going to them. Every time I do a Family History booth though I feel guilty about how little I know about my own genealogy. I can't believe I didn't do more family history work before my mission! I always wanted to but then. . . Never did it. Sorry, Elijah. So when I get home, I definitely want to focus on it a lot more. Seriously, it's such an amazing blessing to be able to do temple work for those who weren't able to when they were here on earth. God is so merciful in so many ways!

  On Saturday we headed to Kentville for our interviews with President. I feel like every time I go into interviews I have a list in my head of things I need to tell/ask him but when we get to the point where he asks, "Do you have any questions for me?", my whole mind just goes blank, which is either the Holy Ghost telling me that all those little worries don't actually matter that much or a sign that I have short-term memory loss. Hmm. Oh well.
  After our interviews we went to help the elders at a booth in Wolfville. The University was having a football game that day so we handed out free hot dogs and chips, cards and pamphlets. It was so much fun! The elders got permission from Pres to go watch the game so we just held down the fort until we ran out of hot dogs. My favorite part was when this guy walked by and said no, he didn't want a free hot dog but he was sure there were plenty of hungry college students who would be extremely grateful for one. When he said that, this kid that was walking past heard him, stopped, turned around and said, "WAIT, I'm a hungry college student." and came to grab a hot dog. Hahaha! He kind of reminded me of Noah to be honest. And yes, he was super grateful for that hot dog.
  That night we had permission to stay for a baptism the elders were having. The last baptism I had been to was Danny's in St. Stephen, so I was super happy we had the opportunity to stay. The elder's investigator was Daylen and he's so awesome! When he came up out of the water, he just looked so happy! That's what I want for my investigators; that joy and those blessings that come after they make that first step to follow their Savior!

  Yesterday was hard but good. We had service in the morning which was such a breather for me. Sometimes it's nice to take a break from getting doors slammed in your face and just serve someone. We also went knocking for five hours that day and set up some lessons and found a new investigator! Whoo hoo! 

  On Sunday I gave a talk about gathering Israel through missionary work. I had some good studies this week as I prepared for it. I told dad's conversion story and cried the whole way through which was just great, haha! But for reals. I'm so grateful to be a missionary. I'm grateful to the missionaries who taught dad. I'm grateful for all my siblings who have served missions and those who are preparing for it. I'm grateful to my parents for stressing the importance of the gospel in my life and who helped me early one to realize how important it is to share the gospel! One of my favorite scriptures that I found this week is D&C 33:8. It's promise that God gives to missionaries and it says, "Open your mouths and they shall be filled, and you shall become even as Nephi of old." I can't tell you how many times I've read the book of Mormon and thought to myself, "Wow, I wish I could be a missionary like Nephi/Ammon/Alma and Amulek/etc." but God has promised that anyone who has the desire to share the gospel can become like those ancient prophets and legendary missionaries!!! Now whenever I'm scared or nervous to go talk to someone I think of that scripture and say to myself, "HECK, I want to be like Nephi." and then it's so much easier to remember my purpose as a missionary and to go over and talk with that person, and everyone else we meet that day.

  Anyways. There's my spiritual food for thought. Thank you for all the birthday wishes!!! I love you all!

- Sister Enright

Pretty leaves, and me being cold.

Erin is home!!!

A few pictures at the airport. Her flight came in at 11 pm, so everyone, especially Erin, was feeling a little wiped out and she was definitely a tad overwhelmed by how tall her siblings had grown and by the prevalence of English all around her!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Winter is Coming

 Well. This week was a week. Let's just say it ended with me waking up Monday morning with a hideous cold sore on my face. Now Mom and my few siblings who have also been cursed with cold sores, understand my pain. 

  So yes. This week has been a bit stressful. But that's fine! We had exchanges yesterday and those are always nice. 

  Anyways. Winter is coming and it's starting to get very cold here. But no snow yet! DANG IT. We were going to go to the zoo today but it was closed for the Winter season already! Needless to say I was a little upset. That's the one thing I've always wanted to do for a p-day and we've never been able to figure it out until this week! But, *sigh*. It wasn't meant to be. So we went to see the Titanic and Halifax Explosion grave sites instead. Kind of a morbid alternative but it was still cool. It made me kind of sad that most of the people were just buried with a number because they were never able to successfully identify them. ​​

  WELL. I'm trying to make this email exciting and failing miserably. . . 

  This transfer is already halfway over and I can't believe it! We had zone conference this week and it was a blast. Except for the part where they made me do a roleplay in front of everyone. It's so frustrating for me that I can't speak well in front of people. It makes me feel like Moses does in Exodus 4:10. I need an Aaron. 

  WELP. Sorry this is such a lame email. I love you all! I'm so happy that Erin made it home safely! I can't even tell you how happy it makes me to tell people about my family and just watch their jaws drop as I tell them how many of my siblings have served missions. The most common response is, "Oh, your poor mother!" Haha! But I tell them not to worry. My mom's tough :)
  Seriously though, our family is the coolest, and I can't believe how awesome you all are. I'm grateful to all of my siblings who have served missions, for their examples and their testimonies. I'm grateful for my younger siblings, for their desires to serve and their support and admiration for all the older kids. I'm grateful for mom and dad, for raising in the gospel (not just in the church, in the gospel) and for helping us all realize our potentials as sharers and representatives of Christ and His gospel.

  I love you all! I hope you all take a minute today to just realize how awesome you are. Think about everything you are and everything you've become and are continuing to become. God has blessed us with so many Spiritual gifts! We should take Elder Pingree's advice to us from conference and really take time to discover and develop our individual Spiritual gifts because it's when we use the talents that we've been given - for good - that we bless and make a difference in others lives.

  Seriously though. Y'all are so cool. How did I get blessed with such a cool family?

  Love you to the moon and back!!!

- Sister Enright


 We knocked on J. Rowling's door! (Don't worry, we took the picture after nobody answered)

 Me and Sister Silvenoinnen. I love her so much!

Sister Davenport, Sister Silvenoinnen, and me (notice the handy collar hiding my cold sore)

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!!!

 Hello, Family! And happy Thanksgiving!!! Today we have an all day P-day so we're gonna go over to the branch president's later today for our Thanksgiving meal and a movie!

  I don't have too much to say about this week but seeing that it's Thanksgiving, I just want to tell y'all about some of the many things I am grateful for in this beautiful world.

1. I'm grateful for my family (duh). I can't even begin to tell you how truly grateful I am for my brothers and sisters, Dion and Harmony, and my amazing mom and dad. Seriously, you guys are amazing. I'm grateful for the many, many family dinners, family home evenings, vacations, holidays, walks to the park, hours spent trying to get one or two good photos, laughs, road trips, Skype calls, zoo trips, bike rides, and scripture studies that we have had together. The more often I am away from my family, the more and more I realize that that time I've spent with them is more than precious - it is priceless. I can't even tell you how grateful I am for the knowledge that I can live with my family forever, because Heaven wouldn't be home if my family wasn't there.

2. I'm grateful for The Book of Mormon. I've been studying chapter 13 of 1 Nephi this week and it's made me realize - yet again - what "a marvelous work and a wonder" the Book of Mormon really is. I'm going to quote Elder Holland here because no one can say it better. 
  "I want it absolutely clear when I stand before the judgment bar of God that I declared to the world, in the most straightforward language I could summon, that the Book of Mormon is true, that it came forth the way Joseph said it came forth and was given to bring happiness and hope to the faithful in the travail of the latter days." 
  That is my hope as a missionary, that I can always bear powerful witness and testimony of the truthfulness and the divinity of the Book of Mormon, because I know it to be true and it is now my responsibility to share that knowledge with the world.

3. I'm grateful for nature! Seriously, Fall is the best time to remember how grateful we are for the beauty that is all around us because nothing is prettier than a world in Autumn. Every day, whether we're on the road driving past miles of red and orange forests, or standing on the docks admiring the blue, blue ocean, or looking up at all the stars in the sky, or the clouds on the horizon, jumping in rain puddles, running up hills, or picking wild flowers, I just think to myself, how could someone look at all that beauty and not believe there is God in heaven who loves us? Alma 30:44, "All things denote there is a God. . . and do witness that there is a Supreme Creator!". 

4. I'm grateful for my  best friend, Sister Rivera who is without a doubt, the best friend I could ever ask for! She's an amazing example of spiritual strength, faith and charity, and is doing wonders in Arizona! I'm grateful for all my missionary friends who are spreading the gospel throughout the world and fulfilling the prophecies of ancient and modern-day prophets, that “. . . the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly,and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done." I love this gospel with all my heart and cannot thank my God enough for giving me and thousands of other young men and young women my age the opportunity to represent our Savior and share His message with the world!

5. Last of all, I'm grateful for my Savior. He has done for me than I could ever imagine anyone wanting to do. He has loved me despite my faults and helped me through every trial and every challenge of my life. He has brought me peace and joy when the world would tell me that it's impossible to have either, and it is because of Him I have so many things to be grateful for :)

  I love you all!!! I could go on and on about the things I'm grateful for today but I don't have enough time! I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the Fall! :)

- Sister Enright

 That blue, blue ocean I was talking about

 A baby crab!

 That awkward moment when you match the dog​​

Car photos. Classic​​

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy October!!! (Aislin)

Happy October!!! 'Tis the best month of the year, and I'm living in the perfect little October-y town with an awesome new companion and a beautiful apartment. I'm sorry, did I say apartment? I meant house. That's right. We're living in a two story, beautifully furnished, Austenian-style HOUSE. It belongs to one of the members who build for his son to sell antiques out of (which is why it looks Austenian) but I guess his son sold all his antiques because now we get to live there. And I'm not lying when I say it's gorgeous. I feel so ridiculously spoiled! The last people to live in it was actually a senior couple and we were told that they left some food in the pantry for us. When we got there we found a lot of weird bran cereals, but also a half full jar of Nutella, so I was pretty happy.

  Also, Annapolis Royal looks like it's straight out of a fairy tale. I LOVE IT. I feel like I'm in Europe or somewhere equally magical (like Canada!). The first night we were walking around, I was pretty close to tears but also couldn't stop laughing because of how happy I was to be here. There is SOOOO much history here! So many museums and historic sites to visit for P-day - Like Port Royal! Dreams do come true, guys. 

  Anyways. I'll try and start from the beginning. *Clears throat*

  Sister Barlow and I spent a lot of our day last P-day cleaning out our apartment, then that night we drove down to Sackville to spend the night with the sister there, and to be ready to head to the mission office for transfers early the next morning. Thursday morning, we drove to Dartmouth and I helped Sister Barlow to pack her things in the trailer and then, just as I turned my back they drove off with her before I could say goodbye! 
  Then I went on exchanges with Sister Cahoon for a few hours as we waited for our new companions to come! Also, the office senior missionaries gave some brownies while we were waiting and I had a really bad allergic reaction which means I greeted my new companion with a very fat lip. Nice. 

  After I picked up Sister Davenport, we drove all the way back to Wolfville to grab all my stuff from the apartment there, do one last visit to my investigators, and then onward to Annapolis Royal! 

  So. Down to business. This area has never had sisters and they haven't had proselyting missionaries for at least two years, so we went to visit the branch president first thing. He's from Northern England and so basically has the best accent ever. Our branch is pretty small with just about 35 active members, and they're all so excited to see missionaries again! I'm so excited to work here!

  Conference this weekend was SO GOOD. There were so many talks on service, humility, and self confidence. I also loved how many people brought up President Monson's Book of Mormon challenge from last conference and shared their experiences with it. I loved When Russell M. Nelson mentioned how he's been reading the Book of Mormon every day for 50 years, but that didn't mean he could just blow off President Monson's challenge, so he decided to follow the prophet's counsel and take his reading and studying of the Book of Mormon more seriously! I loved that so much because I feel like there have been times where general authorities will extend an invitation for us to live a gospel standard, but I'll think, "Oh hey, I'm already doing that so I'm good." and by doing that, I'm missing out on blessings I could be receiving if I were to follow the prophet - whether or not I think I already am - and improve that aspect of my discipleship by studying my scriptures more thoroughly, praying more sincerely, appreciating the sacrament more, etc. We can always be improving our discipleship. The Doctrine of Christ is an upward spiral! We don't endure to the end by walking in circles. Continuing repentance and ever-strengthening faith will continue to push us upwards and onwards! UGH I love the Doctrine of Christ. I love General Conference. In institute a couple weeks ago, the teacher asked how we would feel if we were among the crowd that listened to King Benjamin's sermon, and everyone agreed that it would've been an amazing and humbling experience and just like the Saints then, they probably would've had, "no more disposition to do evil but to do good continually," - but we get that every six months! General Conference is our very own King Benjamin experience, I hope we appreciate it as much as those Nephites did! I'm so grateful for the opportunity I have to listen to prophets and apostles every six months!

  Well. It's time to go, but I want you to know how much I love you all!!! I love the Book of Mormon with all my heart! I've decided that reading it every day isn't good enough. I need to be really honestly studying it, harder than I ever have before! I love General Conference, I love this gospel, I love my Savior and His apostles, and I'm so glad that I get the chance to testify of my faith every day!

  I love you all! Stay strong and keep praying! :)

- Sister Enright


 Mein new companion, Sister Davenport!


 My cute companion and I

 We made our own battleship game because we got bored one night


 Our beautiful house

 I had to do some work on the computer and sis. Davenport had to practice the piano for her new branch calling, so in order to keep the computer-use rules we decided to move the RS piano out into the hallway. Problem solving.

Port Anne's