Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 5, 2017 P-Day #62


Transfers are in.....I am staying in Sackville, but the high school reunion was short lived! Sister Osborn is leaving me :( but she gets to go open an area!  I am going to be training now! But, it is kind of crazy! I am training, but that doesn't relieve me of my STL duties, I will just be doing both now (: They are doing a new thing...solo STLs and I am one and a trainer! So I will be training and then in addition I am over 7 other sisters because they added a new area of sisters to my zone and then did a trio in another area! Sooo this is going to be a busy transfer and I am sooo pumped!! 

My little greenie is from Finnland!! Oh my soul, I am so excited! Her name is Sister Silvennoinen (no I don't know how to say it yet either) I haven't met her yet. I get to pick her up at the office at 6:30am tomorrow (: (: I have heard that she doesn't know much English, and that this is the first time she has been in North America so it is complete culture shock for her! I am really really excited to be training again!! 

Okay, okay, now I will jump back to this past week! 
It was wonderful!! We got 5 new investigators since I've last e-mailed!! One of them was a mom and her two kids! Things are really starting to pick up here! 

We got to celebrate Canada Day on Monday because the weather was too bad on Saturday the members BBQ got postponed! We met this really amazing lady street contacting and invited her to come to the BBQ...AND SHE CAME!! AND she brought her 3 daughters, sister and her sister’s boyfriend! It was AMAZING! The ward made them feel so included!! The oldest daughter is even coming to young women’s with us tonight and they are all coming to church on Sunday! 
BUT the weather sure didn't stop us from marching in the Sackville parade! We walked 3k's in the pouring was a blast!! 

Heidi is doing SO WELL!! She is so elect! She is searching, reading and praying EVERYDAY! We had a super solid lesson with her this week about following the prophet and obedience! Every lesson we start with answering her questions from the week before’s commitment and her questions are always SO GOOD! She really absorbs and ponders everything!

Life is goooood here in Sackville!! 
I am so so happy ☀☀☀
I also heard that lots of you got to meet Jackie and Steve 💕 The best recent (except not so recent since they just got sealed this past week) converts in Truro!! It was so weird that Sunday I was in their ward, while they were in mine! Missions are such a blessing because of all the amazing people (like Jackie and Steve) that we get to meet and make a part of our lives! AHHH i just love my mission! If anyone out there reading this is wondering if they should serve..JUST DO IT! I promise it is the best choice you will ever make! 
Okay, rant over (: 

I love you all so so much! I hope that you have a magical week! Everyone watch a Disney movie in my honor this week 💝👑

-Sista Hird 

Only In Canada!

The GIANT dog I met knocking!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

June 27, 2017 P-Day #61

Hey hey fam!

This week has been good! The weeks are just flying by! I feel like I just emailed and now I am already doing it again, mission time is a funny thing!! 
We had a fun week! Of course...the life of an STL is always exciting and you never know what is going to happen!  We had the Bridgewater sisters up for p-day...and you remember those lovely car nanny's I told you about...well on their way up to Sackville they got so many driving violations they lost their driving privileges...leaving them with no way home except us! So they ended up working with us in Sackville for a few days then we went down to Bridgewater and worked with them! Then we had our zone conference in Bridgewater and got to have an ice cream party after and 2 free hours of sight seeing! It was a blast!!! We went to Peggy's Cove (: The most famous light house in Nova Scotia! 
For our training in zone conference we talked about how we teach people the Doctrine of Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the holy ghost and enduring to the end)  But how sometimes we don't apply it to ourselves! So in order to overcome trials in life and reach our full potential we must be applying the D.of.C EVERYDAY!! 
It was really great!!
Our investigators are doing really well! We have a new one named Glena! I actually found her the night before I left Halifax! Her and her grandson were taught there and the grandson, Aiden, was baptized a month ago! They are now in Sackville and we get to work with them! So that is really exciting!! Glena just has somethings to work through before she can be baptized as well, but we'll get there!!
Sarah, our 20 year old investigator is doing really well too!! I just love her! She is seeking SO much and Heavenly Father is constantly giving her signs...and even cooler than that...SHE ACTUALLY SEES THEM!! Woooo!! 
Life is good!! 

I hope you all have a wonderful week!!!
-Sista Hird

Peggy's Cove! I have this weird need to always take little mermaid pictures at the ocean if there are rocks...
it's a problem hahah especially when I almost fall off trying to do it as shown above 

The cutest little town, Lunenburg! I got to work there on exchanges with 
Bridgewater and I found this giant chair...I wanted to keep it (:

June 20, 2017 P-Day #60

What a week!! This week has been one of the busiest weeks ever...and I loved every minute of it!
Wednesday we had our district meeting which is always fun! 
Thursday: We went to New Brunswick for a leadership conference (: So so so fun! We get to see lots of missionaries from all over and that is always fun! Elder Leroy and Madsen brought this pink unicorn statue with them all the way from Newfoundland just to give to me because, "of all the sisters in the mission we knew you would appreciate it most" haha they know me well #blessed 
Friday: I got to go on an exchange with my dear mother, Sister Anderson and we got to spend the whole day together! I love that I have been able to be around her my whole mission! I just love her and learn so much every time we are together! 
Saturday (the BEST DAY EVER) 
Sooo there was this street hockey tournament in Halifax this weekend called "Play On" It is the biggest sporting event in Canada and the guy who started it is a Mormon! SO all us metro missionaries got to be volunteers at it the entire day Saturday! It was a blast!! I got to be with Sister Bair the whole day!! PARTY!! I just love her! We did registration, tracked down people who didn't do waivers (aka watch the games until the players showed up) and man the t-shirt stand! It was pouring rain the whole day...which only added to the fun! 
Fun fun fun times! I love it here! 
Then today Sister Osborn and I decided we needed care bear build a bears....we may have gone to high school together...but we are back in elementary school (: We even got some of the other sisters in on it too! #winning 
Ahhh we are both just it works! (: (: (: 

-Sister Hird 

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 13, 2017 P-Day #59

What a week!!! So so so much has happened...I can't remember a thing hahah 
One of the sisters in Wolfville that we are over has been really really sick, so we went up there to help them in their area and get the sick sisters companion out! They have been cooped up in the house for a week!! So that was fun! 
We have two new investigators this week! Heidi and Michelle. Heidi is SO cool! The other sisters were taught her once then we came in and she had a big work project so we just got to meet with her for the first time this week! She is SO COOL! She is searching for truth SO much!! She read the last 3 books in the Book of Mormon and just loves it!! Its amazing! 
Michelle is super cool (probably because she has the same name as my beloved mother) We knocked on her door and she said, "oh come on in and sit down for a bit" She believes in loose spiritualism, but wants to know if there is a God and what His plan is for us. So we taught her the plan of salvation! (: 
THEN highlight of my week....we did exchanges with the Halifax Sisters and I got to spend a whole day with my love Sister Bair!!!! It was THE BEST!!! And on top of that they had a lesson in Halifax set up that they couldn't I had to go to a lesson with Sister Bair...TO THE MORPHY'S!! Oh it was the BEST!!! They had no idea I was coming so I surprised them and both Isabelle and Laur cried!! It was AMAZING! It was also just fantastic to have a lesson with Laur after she's been baptized!! She has come SO far!! We asked the question, "what do you do when you're baptized?" She responded with, "you make a covenant with God to always walk by His side" I legit teared up when she said that! Its amazing what the holy ghost does for people! Shes amazing!! Belle is still praying about baptism.  She knows its true and is doing everything, she just doesn't like to be pushed.  But she will do it! I know it (: (: (: 
Sister Morphy also told me that they are preparing to go through the temple in August and then be sealed!!!!! Its amazing!! I know Belle can be baptized by then too!!!!! 
SO SO SO good!!! 
I love you bunches!! 

-Sista Hird
The Morphy's!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017 P-Day #58

Hey team!!!
This week has been good!! Full of miracles!!! Soooo I am just going to share them with you, so brace yourselves for an email full of stories! (:
1. We were out knocking and the Street we were knocking wasn't very promising, the people were either not home, not interested, or catholic haha. But, Sister Osborn just felt like we needed to keep going on this street! While walking up the drive away from another "not interested. Leave" I saw the cutest puppy just standing at the top of the drive way! I was thinking "what a miracle, Heavenly Father gave me a puppy to make me happy on this rough street" So we keep going and the puppy keeps following us! I felt like we should figure out its home and return him. So we decided to knock a house and ask if they knew where the dog belonged so we could return it and they pointed us to the right place (a house a ways down the street that wouldn't have gotten to that night because it was about time to head home).  We knocked on the door and this older man answered, and was very grateful we had brought the dog back. We told him about the message we shared and he wasn't really interested.  He told us that he was going through a hard time and that he doesn't like to talk about....but then he said, "my wife died 6 months ago after me being her caretaker for the past 6 years.  I'm just taking one day at a time licking the wounds, trying to heal and missing her always." My eyes filled with tears and I was overtaken with gratitude for the knowledge we have that families are together forever and even more gratitude that through a puppy lead us to this sweet hurting man, so that he could know to.  We shared briefly the plan of salvation and left him with the pamphlet to read over on his own.  By the end of our talk with him his heart was softened SO much and as we were leaving he said, "I'll read this tonight! You've brought me a lot of comfort!" We are going back in a week to see what he thought of the pamphlet!!! 
Lesson learned: always follow the puppy (and the spirit of course) 

2. We were stopping by a former investigator and it was an apartment building that you had to be buzzed into.  We buzzed twice, no answer THEN a pizza guy came out! But, we didn't act fast enough! The door closed before we could grab it and we were like, "DANG ITTTTT" Then I  grabbed the door handle, and said "God if you want us to go see Dianne I will open this locked door!!!!" And I pulled....AND IT OPENED!!!! The door that was very much locked, that no one buzzed opened! How great is our God!!! It was really cool!!! Funny, but cool (: Our faith was definitely strengthened even though Diane actually wasn't home haha 

3. We stopped by another former investigator and the lady had since moved! The guy, Steve, who now lived there talked to us for a minute but was really closed off to the idea of God because he was experiencing some trials. He told us he really wasn't interested so we left him with a plan of Salvation pamphlet with our number on it. Then, that night we get a call from him!! He said that he just kept feeling like he needed to call us and tell us he would learn he did!! So we set up to go over the next day! We taught him fully the Plan of Salvation and he said he felt the spirit so strong tell him he was doing what God wanted him too just like when he felt he should call us!! So we were able to pick him up as a new investigator!! BUT it even gets better!! An hour after the lesson we get a call from him and he tells us that he feels really strongly that his teenage grandson needs this in his life too!! He asked if he could come to the next lesson too!! WOOOOO WOOOOO

Miracles miracles miracles!! 
Goooooood week!!! 
I love you alllllllll!!! Thank you for the prayers, letters and support!! It means the world to me!

-Sister Hird 

Wooo! Highschool reunion! This Elder went to Alta too! 
Sister Osborne, Elder Clark & Sister Hird

Monday, June 5, 2017

May 30, 2017 P-Day #57

Hey hey! Happy Tuesday!!

The past few days have been BUSY!!! Wow!! Whitewashing is always hectic, but doing it in the city is even crazier!
Since I am back in the metro I got to go to the temple when I came in!! WOO it was SO wonderful!!! I sure missed the temple! Everyone take advantage of the temple for me!(: 
We have just been working like crazy to meet all the investigators the sisters had before we both came in and find new people to teach! 
We also came  into a talent show run by us!! Haha so we had to pull all that together!! Its been an adventure for sure!! 
Sister Osborn and I are having SO much fun! It’s always a party!! 
I am so happy to be back in the city!! I missed it SO much!! It is really fun because we are stl's over the Halifax Sisters so I get to hear about all my people in Halifax!!! #blessed
The investigators we have here are SO cool!! Sister Osborn and I have decided we are having two baptisms this transfer and I KNOW we can make it happen!!
We got three new investigators on our first full day in the area! This area is just booming and we got lucky enough to be here for it!!! 
The members in the ward here are just amazing!!! They do SO much for the missionaries!! They are amazing member missionaries!! I am really excited to be working with them!! 
LOVE LOVE LOVE you all!!!
Have the  bestest week!

-Sista Hird

Shout out to my best friend Kara who enters the MTC this week!!! Woooo!! She is going to do wonders in North Carolina!!! LOVE YOU KAR!!!

May 24, 2017 P-Day #56 Transfers!!

Transfers are in AND SURPRISE my (short) time in New Glasgow has come to a close! I will be heading back to the metro! I am going to Sackville, Nova Scotia.  I will still be an STL and I will be companions with....Sister Osborne, will be a high school reunion (: Crazy crazy! She is new to Sackville as well, so we will be whitewashing the area! Woo! Three transfers in a row with a new area and companion! I am sure learning packing skills, and how to get rid of things hahaha! I am excited to be back in the hustle of the city and see the ocean everyday again!  (:  Sad to be leaving here so soon though! BUT I am lucky and Sackville is the ward Jackie and Steve go to!! So I will get to see them every Sunday! WOO WOO!!
Well my week, last two considering I missed last week haha! 

We did the Cabot Trail up in Cape Breton for P-day!! Which was SO FUN!!! I have lots of pictures this week to prove I do in fact have the most beautiful mission!! 

All our investigators are doing really well! Jason is SO ready!! We asked him about his baptismal date and he said, " I have been praying about it and I just feel good! I don't see why I wouldn't do it, only good can come from it." He is just so cool! Since I will only be about an hour and a half away and the baptism is so soon, I should be able to come back for it! WOO

So yeah!! Thats my life at the moment (: 

-Sista Hird 

Sister Hird and Sister Kiser 

Cape Breton

May 16, 2017 P-Day #55 No Time to Write ;)

I'll read and respond to everything next week sorry!!! Crazy day we did the Cabot trail in Cape Breton so no email time :( LOVE you!!! I didn't respond to anyone this week so if you wanna post a group blog post and say I didn't email you can!!! Sorry!!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 9, 2017 P-Day #54

What a week!! 
We were all over the place this week!! 

We were in Truro all day Monday.  Then Wednesday we left New Glasgow at 6:30 am to travel 4 hours to Cape Breton to go to our district meeting from 10:30-12:30 then we traveled another 4 hours back to New Glasgow where we were for a few more hours. Then Thursday morning at 6:30 we left again to go to New Brunswick for a leadership counsel. This is when all the leaders in the mission (stls, zone leaders and the Pratts) meet together to discus the needs of the mission and how we, as leaders can help the missionaries. We were there from 9-5 in counsels and training's and then we packed up and headed home and arrived just in time for bed (: Sooo busy busy few days! 

Inspite of all these things going on we were still able to meet with all our investigators.  We met with Patrick in Truro and that went well.  Then Bernie, who is SO cool!! He is just like a sponge! He absorbs everything we teach and asks so many good and genuine questions! I just love teaching him! 

We also were able to meet with Jason 3 times this week!! I love when we have investigators that are willing to meet more than once a week!! It helps them to progress so much more! We had some really spiritual lessons with him! He knows he doesn't know much about God, but he also knows that he really wants to.  So he is willing to act and do what he needs to to get the answers he is searching for! He related to the Joseph Smith story SO much! It was sooo cool!! When we read James 1:5 (If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.)
And he explained (perfectly) what that scripture meant and then he said, "this makes me think...if God would answer Joseph Smiths question, he would answer any question we have for him. 
It was like...WOW this kid gets it!! It was awesome!! I love teaching him! I can just seem him in a suit with a badge one day...(: He'll be a killer missionary! I know it! OH OH OH and he's on date for May 30th, that's coming up quick! He even picked the day himself!! 

On a sad note...Steve Aucoin is in the hospital, it happened yesterday so we spent the whole day with Jackie (that's what president asked us to do) And he is doing much better, but if you all would pray that he can continue to recover quickly I know that would help so much! 

I love love love you all!! Have the BEST week!!! 

-Sista Hird 

We went Canadian bowling!! Woo! The balls are tiny! Sorry America...Canada's bowling is better(;

Sister Kiser and Sister Hird "Bowling"

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 2, 2017 P-Day #53

What a rainy week here in Nova Scotia!

We met with Patrick down in Truro, Monday.  It went really well! He accepted living the law of tithing and he has now been to church two weeks in a row! He is progression to baptism, slowly but surely. I really like being able to go up to Truro once a week! We go every Monday and do all our skype calls, then we have lunch with Jackie then we go visit people, then a lesson with Patrick and then dinner and a lesson with Jackie and Steve (: Mondays are always fun! I love the Aucoins!! They are too good to us!!! 

We were able to meet with Jason and teach him the restoration and went so well! He is cool! He just listens so intently to what we say and takes it all in.  Sadly, Kesteal couldn't meet this week! She is really sick :( 

Saturday we went and stayed in Dartmouth with Sister Richardson and Sister Anderson (yes, my trainer) and it was a blast! They are the STLT's (sister training leader trainers) So, they are the STL's of the STL's (: I always love doing exchanges and learning skills from other sisters, especially when one of them is my mission mother (: 
Love you all!!! You are the bestest

-Sista Hird

We found this really cool red wall this obviously we had a mini photo shoot (; 

We tried to take a selfie and I forgot I had the camera all zoomed in...but I think the picture turned out pretty cool (: 

Sister Kiser and Sister Hird

April 25, 2017 P-Day #52

This week was SO good!!! 

Patrick, Kesteal and Jason all came to church!!! 

We met with all of them all this past week and it was really good!! After church Jason text us (and we didn't even text him first) and thanked us for inviting him to church and told us it felt good to be there! WIN!! We were so happy!! AND while he was at church he slyly mentioned, "yeah I'll probably be baptized" WHAT?! Is this real? It really is! We are so excited to work with him! 

We also got a new investigator this week named Bernie. He is SO cool! He is originally from Newfoundland (so that must be why he's so awesome) He is in his 60's and has such a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. We taught him the Plan of Salvation and he just really wants to do what God wants him to do. So he committed to being baptized on May 20th!! AND when he said the closing prayer he specifically asked to know that that date was right for him!! 

Sister Kiser and I are loving being together! We teach really really well together without even trying, its a dream (: 

I am loving it out here! I can't believe I only have 6 months left! Time flies when you're having fun 🐦
Love love love you!!! Have a magical week! 

-Sista Hird 

"four eyes, four eyes, you need glasses to see!!" 

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 19, 2017 P-Day #51

Whatta week!!!! 

Well it’s happened, we are all moved in to New Glasgow!!! We went to church there for the first time this Sunday and the branch was SO welcoming!!! Two new Sisters and they were great!! AND best Easter surprise ever.....The Morphy's showed up in New Glasgow!!! They have family in Truro so they go there once a month and with transfers they found out I would no longer be there, but that I would be in New Glasgow (about a hour farther) and so they came there instead!!! They walked in the doors and I was like, "WHAAAAA!! What a coincidence!! Why are you here this week?!?!" And Sister Morphy goes, "um because you got transferred here!!!! DUH!!"  BEST. DAY. EVER. I was so surprised...and I may have teared's fine (: 

They were working with some amazing people up here!! There is a recent convert husband and wife here, Daryle and Sharon that we get to have lots of lessons with which is great! There two kids are now investigating the church! Their son Jason is 17 and their daughter Kesteal is 15, they are so awesome!! And they just started being taught so we will get to go through everything with them (: I always have the teen investigators...and I LOVE it!!! 

We also had our zone conference this week! It’s really fun to be able to gather together with lots of missionaries and discuss and be trained on how we can continually refine our skills to be better at what we are out doing all day everyday!

We also go the gift of the wonderful "tiwis" Which is just basically a car nanny (: (: It monitors our speed, how fast we accelerate, if we stop too fast, or go over big bumps at high speeds....then it reports it to our car coordinator and if we aren't driving well, they take away our car privileges (: Its fine...I didn't want to be able to drive a car anyway hahah (;

Life is really good here in New Glasgow! Sister Kiser and I get along really well! We are laughing lots!  

I hit my year mark tomorrow! WHAT?!?! How did that even happen?? 6 more months! I can't believe it's come so fast!!! Thank you all for the love, support, letters and e-mails (: They mean so much to me!! You all got me to this point!
I love you all!!! 
Have the best week!! 
-Sista Hird 

The elders even surprised us by decorating our house for us before we moved in.....yes, yes those are poop stickers...and yes, yes they are ALL over our apartment (: They even completely saran wrapped the fridge and tied our toilet shut...what nice guys (: 

One year older and wiser too....

The Morphy's
Their apartment “decorated” by the Elder Leroy and Elder Fairbanks (:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 12, 2017 P-Day #50!!!

Hello hello!! It’s been awhile!! I have lots of news for you!!

Transfers are in and I am going to New Glasgow, I will still be an STL...but not with Sister Kilmer :( 
It’s actually kind of a weird thing, I am moving to New Glasgow but I will still also be over Truro! They used to be two separate areas but they will now be combined and I will be over both with my new companion Sister Kiser! She is great I was actually her STL last transfer and now we will be STL's together!! (: She’s really sweet so I am really excited! 
New Glasgow is about an hour away from Truro and we will be whitewashing (neither my companion or I have served there so we know nothing about the area)  Its still a branch there, but a bigger branch than here in Truro and we will be attending church in NG. So we will be up in New Glasgow must of the week and then we will be down in Truro once or twice a week to teach Jackie and Steve and our investigators ❤❤
Which I am really happy about because our investigators are doing SO well!! 
Ross is so great!! We have had three amazing lessons since I last updated you AND he came to church this past Sunday!!!! It was seriously the best thing EVER!!! It was testimony meeting and everyone bore testimony of their conversion and it was SO powerful! It was like the whole meeting was for Ross!!! 
Patrick is also doing really good! We taught him the Word of Wisdom and Law of Chastity and he has committed with no problem to live both and he is preparing to be baptized on the 29 of April!! Things are happening here people!!! Its sooo good! 
So now I get all these wonderful people here in Truro and the awesome people New Glasgow!! Best of both worlds!! 
Some info for ya:
My P-days are now going to be on Tuesdays! President is changing our schedule around and that's the new norm! It'll take some getting used to! But this next week it'll be on Wednesday again because of zone conferences (: 

Also since I am going to New Glasgow I have a new address:

438 Shelburne St

New Glasgow, NS B2H 3K6

Now I am just going to warn you, I am going to go crazy with pictures this week....
Last week we got to go up to Cape Breton!! It is SO beautiful and it was sooo good to see the ocean again!! I have seriously missed it! Truro is too inland to see it, this is the first time on my mission I haven't seen the ocean every day! I always seem to be right on the coast🏝

I love you all!!! 
I hope you have the best week!! Spread sparkle wherever you go!
-Sista Hird 


Sister Kilmer and Sister Hird at Cape Breton

Cape Breton

YEP THEY DID!! Elsa and Anna photo shoot before leaving each other!  These two will be friends forever! 
Sister Kilmer (Anna) and Sister Hird (Elsa)
Photo Credit to Jackie Aucoin (baptised 1 year ago!)