Monday, October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016 P-Day #27 Happy Halloween!!

HOLY!! This week has been complete madness!!!
I am here in Halifax! Lemme give you the lowdown on my new area! So I am over TWO WARDS!! I just came from one tiny tiny branch and now I am over a family ward and a YSA Branch!! So that is super exciting!! The area is absolutely booming!! We are also technically the office sisters as well! But we don't have to do much office work because we have a WONDERFUL service missionary, Sister Street! She is also technically our companion as well! #Quadgoals But she doesn't live with us or live the same way missionaries do, but when we are with her the same rules apply as they do to regular companions! She does lessons with us sometimes and we come in a help with the office work when she has a lot! So we are kept nice and busy! Which I LOVE! It makes me feel so productive and I just work well when I have lots to do(:
My companion is Sister Dutson...I LOVE HER!! I have been hearing about her my whole mission because missionaries are always telling me we are so alike! Which we are! Its going to be a seriously fun transfer! She is from Logan, so our home is pretty similar(: this is actually her last transfer! So I am killing (mish lingo) her off!
We are serving in Halifax! So we are in the city! There is a constant hustle and bustle always! Everything is go go go, which I love!
This week was complete madness! I flew out of St. Johns on Wednesday morning.  Then I landed in Halifax where I was greeted by my adorable mission mother (more mish lingo) Sister Anderson! I got to spend their P-day with them, yes, I got two P-days last week! P-day in Newfoundland is a day before the rest of the mission since we have too fly to our new areas, so I had P-day before I left and then again the day I arrived #blessed
Then I met Sister Dutson Wednesday night and it was instant love! We are seriously going to have too much fun! Then Thursday we got to go to the temple!!! I LOVE the Halifax temple! New favorite temple for sure!! It was so so so wonderful to be able to go there and really remember that that is the end goal for the people we are working with. The temple.  Baptism is a step, a necessary step, but only a step.  The end goal is the temple and going in with that mindset made the session so much more meaningful! Since I am serving in the metro I get the opportunity to go to the temple at least every transfer and possibly more if we have recent converts going (which we do have some lined up)
Then we got our third companion, Sister Champoux! She is from Quebec and will be with us for a week! She is going to the Arizona mission and was waiting for her visa, which came so she will be leaving the 8th of November (:
Then Thursday night we had a lesson with our investigator Helene.  It was the last lesson before baptism!! She was baptized yesterday!! I had only been in the area 4 days and I already got to see a baptism!
Then we spent all day Friday packing because we had to move apartments! Our apartment was meant for 4 sisters, so we had a lot more space than needed.
Then Saturday was spent actually hauling and moving everything and doing all the baptism prep!
The new apartment is SO NICE!! WOW! It is brand new and b-e-a-utiful! Everything is still in boxes basically, but other than that all is well!
Then Sunday we had Stake Conference and the baptism! Helene is a Less Actives 12 year old daughter! I feel so lucky that I was able to be there! It really tugged at my heart strings, because it reminded me so much of Nathan and Natasha's situation. In this moms efforts to come back to church she was also able to bring her sweet daughter into the fold of God. It was a beautiful day!!
Happy happy happy! I am so glad to be here! Saying goodbye to St. Johns wasn't easy, but I know that I am exactly where I need to be! (:
 This is really going to be a wonderful transfer!! I am so excited to be in the metro! I am around so many missionaries!! Plus we are over the YSA Branch!! So we go to two full wards every Sunday! 6 hours of church! Which I am sure sounds like a lot, but as a missionary church is the most relaxing chill thing we do all week(:
Life is goood!! I am happy happy happy! Busy bee up in here!
Love you so so much!! Thank you so much for all the love and prayers!
-Sister Hird

Thursday, October 27, 2016

October 25, 2016 P-Day #26

***The news is in!!! I am going to Halifax!!!! With Sister Dutson from Utah! I have heard so many good things about her so I am sooo excited!! I'll be serving around Sister Anderson again!!!***

Hello hello! Sister Hird here reporting from Newfoundland for the last time! That's right! I just found out that I will be leaving the Rock that has been my home for the past 6 months! CRAZY! I won't know where I am going until later tonight when they post the transfer letter! So I'll hop on right after and just sent a quick message to let you all know where I am headed!
I can't believe I am leaving!! I hit my 6 months this past week and all that time has been spent here in St. John's! I am excited to see more of the mission but sad to have to say so many goodbyes at the same time! I know that I am going where Heavenly Father needs me, so all is well (:
This week has been crazy! We had a lot of branch activities this week! We had a sports night with the young men and young women Wednesday, and then we had the branch babysitting night Friday, then a chili cook-off and Trunk-r-Treat Saturday! Which I got to dress up for!!  Ahhh yes!! It was awesome!! I was Cruella Deville! Which was my cheapest costume to date! Angela our investigator gave us a ton of coats last week and one of them was just perfect for Cruella! The rest was stuff I had! So all I had to buy was the hair spray(: Gooood times!! My cute Sister Lofgran was my dalmation! Sooo Fun!
This week you are going to get so many pictures!
Last P-day after e-mailing we went up to Bay Roberts and spent the day with the Elders there and the Senior Couple, The Domans! Who are like my favorite people ever!!
We met with a lot of Less actives this week, which I always love!
Have a good week! I love love love you!
Pretty please pray that I can get my bags to the necessary weights before I fly out tomorrow(; Hahahah I wish I was kidding... (:
Love you!!
-Sista Hird

A sweet woman in their ward took them to Costco!!  

Sister Lofgren (Dalmatian) and Sister Hird (Cruella)

Sister Hird and Sister Lofgren

This seem creepy for a missionary :) 

Sister Cruella

Signal Hill 

Signal Hill

Signal Hill 

Sister Hird and Sister Bair

Hiking at Bay Roberts

Sister Hird and Sister Lofgren

Monday, October 24, 2016

October 17, 2016 P-Day #25

Another week has come and gone already??? Man that happens fast!! I hit my 6 month mark this week and I can't believe it!! 1/3 of my mission right there!
This week was great!! First off, Canadian Thanksgving was great!! Sooo yummy! I've never been so full!!
Remember the investigator Angela I told you about last week? And her niece Meg that I asked you to pray for?? WELLLLL our prayers were answered!! She was at our lesson this week and we were able to pick her up as an investigator!!  The lesson went sooo wonderful!! We, with the help of Angela haha taught the whole restoration to Meg! We went over the intro to the Book of Mormon with her too! It was SO GOOD! HOLY!! Meg was holding the BOM and looked at us and said, "I just feel like I need this so bad.  I am searching for something.  I just need something that I can just hold on to" As she clutched the Book of Mormon to her chest! On the inside I was crying happy tears and shouting "YES YES YES", but don't worry on the outside I played it cool(;
We were able to meet with Aelia twice this week! She's great! She just loves the Wickham family so so so much!! It's great!! So we do our lessons with them! I love the way Nathan and Natasha both contribute so much to the lessons! It brings such a power and also shows how much they have grown and continue to grow in the gospel!
Life is oh so good out here on "The Rock" that is Newfoundland! Transfers are next week, which is just maddness to me! I can't believe it! Right now I feeling like I am going to stay here...but who knows?? That would be a really long in one area...but I'd be 100% happy with it! I just love it here!
When I e-mail next Tuesday I'll know if I'm staying or not, so stay tuned folks(;
Well, have a wonderful week!! I love love love you all and hope you are happy happy happy!! Remeber, "Happiness is a state of mind.  It's just according to the way you look at things." -Walt Disney
Be happy always, because it’s a choice my friends(:

-Sister Hird

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 10, 2016 P-Day #24

Every week is a good week...and this week was no exception!!
We were able to teach our two elderly women investigators and they are just great!! It is hard for people who have grown up in a religion to change and accept something different, but they are both trying so hard to understand and know for themselves what God wants them to do! 
Angela, one of these investigators surprised us by having her 19 year old niece there when we showed up for our lesson #dreams 
We were originally going to teach the plan of salvation, but, Angela hadn't read from the Book of Mormon since the last time we had taught her so instead we read where she is at in the BOM.  Before we could even start to explain the Book of Mormon to Meg (her niece) Angela started to teach her the restoration using terms like "apostasy and priesthood" and she really emphasised how our church was RESTORED "not like the other churches where man just changes things" It was AMAZING!! She really knows her stuff! The lesson was so great! We are excited to go back to Angela's this week and see if Meg comes again.  We invited her but she wasn't sure if she would be able to make it! So pray for Meg pretty please!!(: 

Aelia is on date for November 5th, which will be next maybe I'll just stay in Newfoundland again?? That would be a really long time for one area, but I just love everything about this place so much I could serve my whole mission here and be completely happy!! 

We had our exchanges this week, so we traveled up to Gander for that! I got to do a familysearch booth at a craft fair there! Soooo fun!! We use family history as a way to find people to teach (: Sister Olsen (my sister training leader who I was on the exchange with) and I had a wonderful exchange together!! LOVE HER! 

Happy thanksgiving by the way!!! Today is canadian thanksgiving! So yesterday we ate thanksgiving supper with two families in the branch and then today we are being fed at noon by Lori and then again at 5:30 by the Wickhams! 3 Thanksgivings, 2 days, I am living the dream people!! 

Its constant smiles around here, I love being a missionary (: 

-Sista Hird 

I got this wonderful shirt this week..."if you met my family, you'd understand" TRUE

Sister Park, Sister Hird, Sister Lofgran and Sister Olsen

Sister Hird and Sister Olsen

Friday, October 7, 2016

October 3, 2016 P-Day #23

Whatta week!!
This week has been wonderful!!  We were able to teach our investigator Rachel..and she had a friend there! So we got a new investigator from that as well!! So great! And we took Nathan and his family to the lesson, which was soo great! Nathan was able to simply testify of the truth of prophets and why we need them today! It was amazing!!
We are also teaching Aelia again!! My 14 year old investigator from when I first got here! She called us this week and said. "You know that baptism thing...yeah I know I need to do that" So we are teaching her once again and she came to ALL of general conference with us!!
CONFERENCE!! Wow oh wow!! We are so so lucky to live in this dispensation! We are blessed with all the guidance we could ever need in life! We have a living Prophet who spoke to us! I loved this conference! It was so cool to know that all around the world we were doing the same thing! As I sat there watching I knew my family was doing the exact same thing and hearing the exact same words! AMAZING! It's funny, conference here was at 1:30 and 5:30! So not so much morning and afternoon sessions haha!
I love being a missionary!! It brings me so much joy and happiness everyday! I love being around missionaries, members and Gods children.  I love the opportunity I have to remind people of their divine heritage every single day! We are children of the Almighty God and He loves us.  How great He is and in turn, how great YOU are!
Find a reason to laugh...hard, everyday this week (: I promise it makes life SO much better!
-Sista Hird


Sunday, October 2, 2016

September 22, 2016 P-Day #22

The long lost has returned! Haha sorry I missed last week! Crazy times! 
This past week has been BUSY! But, so so goood! We got two new investigators this week! Met with a lot of less actives/ Recent Converts and have had just a swell time! 
We had zone training this week as well, so we traveled up to gander, then on to grandfalls for the meeting! I love trainings because being around other missionaries is always just so great! It helps so much to meet together and find ways to improve our missionary work! 

We also got to watch a re-broadcast of the women's session of General Conference.  Because we are 3 and half hours ahead of you folks in Utah, it was too late for us to watch it live! So the branch women gathered together last night and we watched it together and ate ice cream and it was wonderful! How lucky we are to live in a time where we have a prophet and general authorities to lead us to do Gods will for us! 
That is one thing as I have been on my mission that I have realized I took for granted! Living in Utah and growing up in the church I never realized that to people that are not of our faith the fact that we claim to have a living modern prophet is craziness! To me growing up I just always knew there was a prophet and didn't realize where the rest of the world was at! I am so grateful that I KNOW, beyond know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God and that he is called to lead us back to our heavenly home with our Heavenly Father. I CANNOT wait for General Conference this week!! WE ARE SO BLESSED!! 

I love love love you all and hope your week is as magical as you are!! 

Peace and blessin' 
-Sista Hird  

Fun fact: If you know me, you know that I have this need to constantly change my hair and on a mission that isn't always easy or practical...but if you know me, you know I find ways! 

New Bangs!