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


PICTURES

 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

PICTURES:


 Mein new companion, Sister Davenport!


 Moi

 My cute companion and I


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

 I WON :D

 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 

10-2-17 Erin's (Probably) Last Email

Okay, so I don´t know if I will be able to email you all next Monday, so this might possibly be the last email you guys receive from me in the mission. That´s super sad :(

I want you all to know that I love you and I´m so darn excited to see you!

I will miss my mission deeply. I have learned so much here in Mexico and every day I am so glad I made the decision (a super hard one at the time) to serve. It wasn´t at all like I expected, to be honest. And some days were super duper hard, but I feel like everything I went through has helped me become a better person. I am eternally grateful for all the experiences I have had, the good and the bad. 

One of the most important things I have learned is about my Savior. I cannot express my infinite gratitude for what Christ has done for me and everyone here on earth. I have come to understand more fully the importance of the atonement, of the plan of salvation and the doctrine of Christ. I love my savior with all my heart. I will be forever in his debt, but the greatest news is that he has made it possible for me to pay my part. I know without a doubt that Christ is the Son of God, that he is my redeemer and that ONLY through him and his doctrine can I return to the presence of God and live in the Celestial kingdom. I am so amazed by the perfect plan that God has given us that we have the opportunity to become like Him. He is such a loving Heavenly Father and I have been able to feel that love for the people here in Puebla. It as been amazing to be part of His work here and to teach and serve His children. 

I have come to better understand the importance of obedience. Please be obedient guys, it´s the only true way to happiness. I have come to better understand and love the commandments of God. I have listened to far too many sad and tragic stories of families and individuals who have been destroyed for their disobedience. Obedience to the commandments of God is the smartest way to live. Its our protection from Satan. There is so much power that God wants to give us, but he cannot when we do not follow His guidance. I have also come to truly understand how good and fast Satan his at his work to tempt us and make us believe that we cannot win. The saddest part of this trap is that it´s so far from the truth, but so many believe it. God will ALWAYS have more power than Satan. Satan cannot win, he never will. The power we receive from covenants and the priesthood will enable us to overcome the temptations of Satan, but we have to believe it will and work hard every day to be worthy of those promises and blessings. 

I will be very sad to leave Puebla. I feel like I will leave half of my heart here in Mexico. I have truly come to appreciate the culture and the language. Goodness I love Spanish. I love that people are kind and friendly here. I love that it is so easy to talk to others here about God and Christ. The people here do not live the easiest of lives, but so many of them do everything they can to be have a living, to be happy, and to support their families. They are truly hard workers. I feel very privileged to have been able to preach the Gospel in this country and help the promises in the Book of Mormon come to pass. In the Book of Mormon there is a part where it explains that those who wrote it and guarded those plates with all their strength did so in hopes that in many many years the descendants of those Lamanites would read their writings and come to accept the gospel and Jesus Christ. I love this part because I had the opportunity to help these very people come to the knowledge of the gospel. 

I truly cherish the Book of Mormon and all it´s stories. It gives me strength when days are hard. I love the stories and truths it contains and I hope everyone of you are reading it every day, like the prophet and apostles have pleaded us to do.

 I feel like my mission has really helped me prepare for my future. To be a better wife and mother, and to be a better daughter of God. I want my future family to be safe, to work together for eternal life, to be obedient, and to serve one another and others with love. I want my home to be a safe haven for my children and thanks to my mission I feel like I am so much more prepared to help others and especially my future family. 

Okay, well I love you all so stinkin' much and I love this gospel,  I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I will see you all soon. Be happy! 

hermana Enright

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Blitz Week and Transfers (Aislin)

 WOW this week was CRAZY and I'm going to have to sum it up as fast as I can because Sister Barlow and I still have to finish packing and cleaning and saying goodbye to members. Yup, we got our transfer news yesterday. We're both leaving Wolfville! And they're not even replacing us meaning that the elders will control their area and ours. Weird. Sister Barlow is headed to P.E.I. and I'm going to Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia to open the area! My companion is going to be Sister Davenport. She came out with Sister Barlow so she's a newer missionary. I'm super excited for my new area!!! They haven't had proselyting missionaries there for a few years (they had a senior couple there but they went home at the beginning of this last transfer) but they still managed to get 3 baptisms in their tiny branch over the last year. It sounds like it's got a lot of potential and I'm excited! I'll still be in the same district (I'll only be about an hour from Wolfville) so on Wednesdays, when we have district meeting, Sister Davenport and I will be able to spend some time in Kentville to continue to teach Maddy! And I'll be able to attend her baptism and the baptisms of the other 2 investigators that Sister Barlow and I had in Wolfville that we had to hand over to the elders. 

  Anyways. Now that's out of the way, I can tell you about our Blitz week which was crazy busy and full of blessings! Each day we had specific challenges we had to work with and it made the work so much fun and also helped us to realize our capacity to work hard as missionaries. Seriously, this week we worked SO hard and at the same time, at the end of the day I always thought, "Wow, that was easy. Why haven't we always worked this hard?", so I definitely feel more determined to work that hard every week now!

  On Wednesday our challenge was to share a scripture with as many people as we possibly could. So we basically walked around downtown Wolfville all day, stopping everyone we saw to ask them if we could share a scripture with them. A brilliant finding strategy that I wish I'd thought of earlier. Most people were willing to stop and listen and a lot of them became potentials simply because the power of the short verse we read with them. It was so awesome to see how the converting power of the Book of Mormon can come through even the shortest of verses (no, we didn't share, "And my father dwelt in a tent." though we tried to work it in somehow)! 

  On Thursday we had three lessons and they were all amazing. The first was with our new investigator Helen (I'm really sad that we have to hand her over to the elders but I'm also pretty confident in her "elect-ness" and trust that she will progress no matter who teaches her). She is a student at university here so we had to meet with her between her classes. We met at a little restaurant for lunch and discreetly taught her the restoration because we weren't sure if we would get in trouble for teaching in the restaurant. So we just slid pamphlets to her across the table and all, it was kind of funny, haha. But anyways. We started off the lesson just by telling her about our families and how we have lived the gospel growing up and how it's affected us. I told her about Dad's conversion story and it made her so happy! She told us that she loved hearing the stories of people who have been religious their whole lives, but that there was something about someone finding the gospel after years of searching that made her excited to learn. She expressed to us how jealous she was that we had had the knowledge of the restoration our whole lives and how badly she wanted to be a part of it (I know, every missionary's dream-investigator, right!?) and so we told her that she could be and we invited her to be baptized on October 21! I think Bayley would agree with me that that's the perfect day to have a baptism :) One of my favorite parts during the lesson was when we talked about the Book of Mormon and I handed a copy to her. She held it so gently and you could see the reverence she had for it. When we told her that she could keep it, I thought she might cry! I'm so excited for her and I hope the elders take good care of her.

  Our second lesson was actually with this guy named Nathan, who Sister Barlow and I met a few weeks ago. This was our third lesson with him and - funny story - our last lesson we had with him, we talked about the Book of Mormon and invited him to read it. Then, this week we called him to set up an appointment and asked him how his reading was going to which he responded, ". . . You didn't leave me a book." WHOOPS. *Awkward* So Thursday night we brought him a book! When we first met him, we thought that it would be the best idea to let the elders teach him, so during our lesson we told Nathan about the elders and set up a time for them to come back. Then we texted the elders all the details and reminded them at least twice a day over the rest of the week to call him and confirm the appointment. Anyways (I promise there's a point to this), Sunday night we got a text from the elders that said, "Just called Nathan. He's on chapter 13 of 1 Nephi. Great job!", so that was our blessing of the day!!! He's on date for the 28 of October but we allowed the elders to change that if needs be. BUT if the 28 still works out, I'll be able to come down from Annapolis Royal for his baptism! 

  Our third lesson was with Maddy and it was on scripture study. We showed her our scriptures with all our markings and shared why we loved them and what we learned from studying them. We brought her some colored pencils so that she could mark her scriptures up too and committed her to read her Book of Mormon every day and find a favorite verse she could show us the next time we came back. When we came back the next day she very excitedly pulled out her Book of Mormon and gave it to us and showed us the verses she had marked, and then her scripture study notebook where she wrote down the verses and what she liked about them! AH, my heart just about melted at that. I love to see my investigators truly loving the Book of Mormon!

  On Friday our challenge was to share the Doctrine of Christ with everyone and so. . . We did. Another brilliant finding strategy that worked super well. We walked around downtown Wolfville again and caught all the students walking to and from class. Bus stops were my favorite because we could stand there and preach to 6-8 people and they couldn't go anywhere or else they would have missed their bus. Ha! It was pretty sick though. I love the Doctrine of Christ and it was amazing to see how simply we could teach it. Often our contacts were less than 3 minutes because people were on their way to classes and such. The doctrine of Christ is so beautifully simple and yet so intricately interlaced with every facet of missionary work and our lives as children of God. That is why I love it so much! 

  Anyways. That's most of my week. Not all of it, but the best of it :) I'm super pumped for General Conference!!! Seriously, we've been counting down the days and reading/listening to a lot of the talks from last conference in preparation. I hope you all enjoy the weekend!!! I look forward to hearing about all your favorite talks! I love you all and am grateful for you every day!!! Stay awesome and keep reading the Book of Mormon!

- Sister Enright

9-25-17 (Erin)

Hey guys, so...I´m sick! YAY!
This morning we woke up super duper early to get to Xonacatepec around 6am so we could see some of my converts before they took off to work and school. Then like half way through our visits my compa got sick, so we booked it back to Grajales. On the way I got sick and we had to get off the bus, uck. So yeah, we´re back safely in Grajales thankfully. 

Let´s see...Women´s conference was awesome. I loved Uchdortf´s talk. We only got to see like half of the talks because it kept pausing on us, but I´ll jsut re-watch them later. I´m super stoked for next week and have all my what-the-heck-do-I-do-with-my-life questions ready so I can get some inspiration and not panic too badly about going back home. 

Um...what else...OH I started playing the piano for sacrament meeting because literally no one plays and we have to put in the CD´s, so I thought, "I can play a little, maybe I should be a good sport and serve my fellow beings with what little talent I have". Ha. It´s nice because I really do love to play, but it´s kind of like the first time ever that I have played while people sing and it doesn´t help that no one can really carry a tune, so if I mess up it kind of messes everyone up. And plus like 2 or three REALLY IMPORTANT and often used keys don´t work. But that´s fine. 

So yeah, I´m gonna I was gonna send you photos but it´s not working, so you get to wait again. SORRY!

Love you all!
Ern

Thursday, September 21, 2017

September 18, 2017 (Erin)

Well, I was gonna send you guys pictures, but it`s not working. Also I`m super sad because I think I officially lost for good my USB with all my photos. i kind of just want to cry. I have looked everywhere and asked in all the places that we have used computers in the last couple weeks and its nowhere to be found. So if you guys want to pray for my USB and that it will magically show up, that would be great. 

I got my information about my flight home today, which is super weird. My plans for leaving are coming along as well, kind of. This last week we had intercambios with the sister training leadesr, which was a definite need. I got to go to Loma Bonita, in Tlaxcala. I`ve always wanted to work in this area, but never got the chance till intercambios. I even got to see a member from one of my old areas that was staying with her aunt. I may or may not have planned that, but whatever., 

Let`s see...well in my "spare" time I have been crocheting a hat. We`ve been having relief society activities and we all get together crochet or cook, which has been fun and helpful since when we first got to Grajales, there was not a whole lot of unity in the branch, but it`s growing. 

I`m going to go visit my first area next Monday and see my first converts. I`m super excited but we have to get up super early to get there in time to see them before they take off for work and school. 

This past friday we went home early because of independence day here. The park was full of fairground stuff and little rides, but today they`ve packed up everything. 

What else...we`re teaching this woman named Marisol. She has a baptism date and everything. She`s the girlfriend of a recent convert. Her life is a pretty sad story and when we first met her she was a pretty sad sight. She didn`t smile, she wasn`t happy or positive. But with only a few weeks with her, she has changed so much. She`s happier and has a little more hope for her future and for her family. We had a family home evening with her, some members, and her family, last night. It went really well. Now we`re just waiting to see what will happen between her and her boyfriend. They`ve been together for years.

Well, I love you all lots. I`m so excited to see you guys in a few weeks. It`s super weird, but oh well. Right now I`m gonna go get to work.

LOVE YA!
Hermana Enright

Catching Fire (Aislin)

 Hello! This has been a long and pretty stressful week. So this P-day was much needed. Whew!

  First off, we had to move Maddy's baptism because she didn't come to church this Sunday (and won't be there next Sunday) due to some family issues. It has been soooo stressful trying to figure everything out. She's now on date for October 28 which seems a million years away! And transfers are next week! I've been keeping my fingers crossed all week that I'll be here for her baptism! But if not I'll find plenty of more people to teach in my next area :) And Maddy will still get baptized which is what really matters.

  This week our mission is having a Blitz Week so we've been working extra hard! I LOVE blitz weeks because they make me realize how easy it is push past my limits and work harder than I have before. But at the same time I feel bad that sometimes I need competition to persuade me to work harder, ha ha! Anyways, the theme of our Blitz Week is Catching Fire just like the Hunger Games. Luckily, there are exactly 13 districts in our mission so it works out perfectly! We're District 8 and are leading the games with 4000+ points! Our last couple days have been super busy trying to meet all the challenges and we've seen lots of blessings come from it! I love being busy!!!

  We've had some fun experiences while out finding this week. One night we were out knocking and as we were walking up this lady's driveway, she came out onto her porch to watch us. When we got up to her house she said, "Oh! I thought you were the Girl Scouts coming to bring me some cookies!" Oh. Sorry, it's just the missionaries. We talked with for a while. She told us that she loved to listen to missionaries and about how she had let the JWs over a few times in the past. Then we said bye and left her with a pamphlet which must've been kind of a disappointment after the prospect of Girl Scout Cookies. As we were walking back to the street we remembered that we had an unopened box of Chip Ahoys in our car left over from FHE that week. So we ran back to our car to grab them and walked back to the lady's house. She was sitting on her porch smoking and when she saw us she jokingly said, "Back to bring me some cookies, huh?" and then we showed her the box of cookies and she just laughed and kept saying thank you. She may not have been interested in learning more, but at least we made a good impression. I bet the JWs never brought her cookies. HA! Top that!

  Another night, as we were out knocking we met this sweet mom and her adorable 3 year old boy. He came running out of the house as soon as the door opened and his mom yelled, "Donnatello, come back here!" I asked, "Aw, his name is Donnatello!?", she just sighed and said, "No, but he won't respond to anything else." Haha! He was obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and was so excited to introduce us to his baby sister, who he kept referring to as "Mikey". They weren't interested either but it was fun to talk to them.

  Friday night was the night that we were trying to figure out all of Maddy's baptism details. We were on the phone with her mom who was telling us about how self-conscious Maddy was of the fact that she didn't have any nice clothes to wear to church (her family is super, super poor). After we hung up I looked around outside and noticed that we had coincidentally parked right near a thrift store. So we ran in there and bought a few outfits for Maddy and brought them to her Saturday night. We insisted she try everything on and she was more than happy to. 

  On Sunday, after the whole kerfuffle of Maddy not being at church and finding out what happened with her family and everything, we went street contacting in downtown Wolfville which, by the way is PRIME because that's where the university is and so there are literally students EVERYWHERE. Every now and then we'll be street contacting on one side of the street and look around to see none other than the elders contacting someone on the other side of the street. Anyways, Sunday evening we met the most elect human being ever. When we asked her if she wanted to learn more about Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon, I thought she was going to cry! She was so happy to see us and was so willing to let us say a prayer with her before she went off to finish her studying. After we closed the prayer she looked up and said, "WOW, I feel SO much more ready to go study now! Thank you so much!!!" AH she was so cute and I'm so excited to teach her! 

  Anyways. I love being a missionary. I love talking to people on the street about Christ and the Book of Mormon. I love seeing how willing people are to listen or to take a pamphlet or say a prayer and that's because the Spirit is there, softening their hearts as we testify. I love when I meet people like Helen who get so excited when we say that we're representatives of Jesus Christ, and it makes me want to be better about speaking with everyone. How many people do I walk by every day who may be just as elect as Helen? But because I got too nervous to talk to them, I may never know! That stresses me out honestly. One thing I love about Book of Mormon prophets and missionaries is how sad they get when the people don't listen to them or when they think about the multitude of people there are in the land who haven't had the opportunity to learn about the Savior. I think about that when I walk by someone without at least attempting to share my message with them. I just think about how disappointed the sons of Mosiah would be in my missionary skills, ya know? D&C 61:3; there's no need for us - missionaries - to keep on walking, not talking with everyone, when there are people on every side "perishing in unbelief". I can't wait til the day when there are twice as many missionaries as there are now, because there are SO many people out there who need the message of the Restoration in their lives! And every day, no matter how many people I talk with, I realize that I'm only accomplishing a small percentage of the work. 

  But, hey. It may be only a small percentage but it's a small percentage that wouldn't have gotten done if I weren't here. I love the quote from Mother Teresa, "What we do is nothing but a drop in the ocean. But if we didn't do it, the ocean would be one drop less." :)

  The Blitz challenge for the day is to leave as many commitments as we can! So will all of you do me a huge favor today and share your favorite scripture with someone? Or any scripture. I know it's hard to pick a favorite. If you want to do more, perform small acts of service today; text a friend and tell them why you love them, hold the door open for someone, bake your neighbor some cookies, give the missionaries a referral (double service points for the missionaries AND the person you send them to!), call your mom and tell her you love her, call MY mom and tell her I her! Haha!

  I love you all! Put your drop in the ocean today! You're all awesome and I don't want to think about who or where I would be without your love and friendship! Stay awesome!

- Sister Aislin Enright

Thursday, September 14, 2017

*Insert Clever Title Here* (Aislin)

 Well, well, well. It's P-day again and I'm struggling to come up with a clever title for my email. Hmm. . . I'll think of one later

  This week was pretty awesome. I love Wolfville! This area has progressed so much since Sister Barlow and I first got here, and now transfers are coming up in a couple weeks and I'm scared I'm going to leave. I love our investigators so much and a few of them are just weeks away from baptism! I really, really, REALLY want to be the missionary that continues to teach them and helps them into the waters of baptism but I know that there's a high possibility that I won't be. I shouldn't be a selfish missionary and I know I should be happy as long as they're being taught by someone but that doesn't stop me from wishing with all my heart that I stay another transfer in Wolfville! I've just been praying for the strength I'll need to leave them behind if I am transferred, because I know that no matter where I go next, it'll be the place I need to be, whether or not it's here in Wolfville - but if I do leave I know it's going to be HARD.

  Let me tell you a little bit about these amazing investigators. 

  MADDY - Maddy is the sweetest little 11 year old who is on date to be baptized on September 23. We taught her 3 times this week and it's so awesome to see how she just soaks it all up! My favorite thing is how she just lights up whenever she talks about her baptism! She's so excited for it! She's been telling all her friends at school about it and even wants us to make invitations that she can hand out! She missed church this week because she was really sick. We were worried that we would have to move the baptismal date (it's recommended that investigators attend church at least 3 times before they are baptized) but we called President Pratt to ask about it and he told us that it sounded like she was progressing really well, and gave us the OK the go ahead with her baptism, as long as we thought she really understood the importance of church attendance! 

  MANDY - Mandy is the girl we met at the ward activity a couple weeks ago and she is AMAZING. We had our first sit-down lesson with her this week. Going into the lesson we didn't really know what to plan for because Sister Silvenoinnen and I had taught her so much already. But we knew she would have a lot of questions so we planned to answer all of her questions and teach an in-depth Restoration lesson as a back-up. We drove an hour to Middleton, picked up a member from the branch there (she's the granddaughter of Sister Wade in our ward here and so we met her and her family when we went over to sister Wade's for supper once), then had the coolest lesson with Mandy. We got in there and she whipped out her notebook and the Restoration pamphlet we gave her and started bombarding us with questions about prophets, revelation, and priesthood authority. Luckily, I'd recently been studying the book , A Marvelous Work And A wonder (which is FANTASTIC by the way) so I felt confident when answering all her questions about the priesthood and church organization. She and the member, Rebekah, know each other from school so it worked out perfectly. Especially since she would be in the Greenwood branch so we wouldn't be able to be there with her on Sundays. But now she already knows someone there and Rebekah is totally up to inviting and driving her to church! Member fellowshipping is so important, especially in the CHM because everyone in the Maritimes is very friendly but they're all recluses too. So getting people to church can be hard if they don't know anyone there. 

JOCELYN - Jocelyn is this sweet little old lady we met a couple weeks ago when we knocked on her door. At the time she said she was really sick but that we could come back in a week or two. So we've gone back 3-4 times and she's never been home, but I'm a firm believer in persistence (Spirit-led persistence at least)! So we went back yesterday and she invited us in, we shared the restoration and invited her to come to church. She explained how she had been baptized in the Baptist church and believed that every church was the same. So we explained to her priesthood authority and how her priest had authority given him by men, not by God. Then we invited her to be baptized and she said yes! She told us she would get her friend to drive her to church on Sunday so she could "see what it's all about". She's so cute and I can tell she has so much potential! I'm excited to teach her!

  Anyways. This week has been fabulous. We've knocked into members a couple times which is always awkward but hey, it's a good way to accidentally get to know the members! We got ice cream (twice in one day!) to celebrate my 7 month mark, we played volleyball with a member and all her nonmember friends for FHE, we taught lots of lessons and talked with lots of people. . . Basically it was a good week to be a missionary! I love you all and pray for you every day! Stay awesome!!!

p.s. I'll come up with a better title next week :)

- Sister Enright
 Me and my companion

 Smarties! They're way better than American Smarties


Sister Bush!

FHE!