Monday, September 26, 2016

Like A Fire Is Burning

Hello folks! Well, Friday was my HUMP DAY! I've been out for 9 months! Can you believe it? I can.

I got my new companion! Sister Counts! She is the sweetest and silliest person I've ever met. She is pretty much a Disney princess. I love her. The two of us have seen so many miracles this week! We found 4 new investigators from being in the right place at the right time! 2 of them are incredibly solid.

One's name is Jeffrey. He is a college students who met the missionaries when he was living in London. The spirit was incredibly strong as we taught him about the Restoration. He said that it was a powerful message and that he really wanted to know if the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God. We are so excited to watch his testimony grow as he reads and prays.

On Friday we watched the Cultural Celebration for the temple! It was awesome! Philadelphia is so rich in history and I t was such a neat experience for our recent convert Francess to participate in. She just glows. :)

Sunday was the Dedication! President Henry B Eyring came and gave the dedication prayer. We had the great opportunity to go to all three sessions. The last one was my favorite. President Eyring bore such an incredibly strong testimony of eternal families. It was definitely one of the most spiritual experiences I've ever had.

Well, I love you all! I hope you have a great week! God bless. :)

Sister B

Cool chalk art!!
Bye Sister Fuelling!
Have fun in Maryland!
Sister Counts!
Celebrating my hump day at Zwalens!!




Thursday, September 15, 2016

End of an Era

Wow. I blinked and the Philadelphia Temple Open House is over! I feel so blessed to have served here at the temple in the city where our nation was founded. I have had the opportunity to bear testimony to over a thousand people and answer many many questions.

I can quote the entire 10 minute video about what temples are (including the background music). I can tell you what kind of crystals the chandeliers are made of as well as how much they weigh. I can tell you how long it took to build the temple and how much it cost. I can tell you why there's 12 oxen and where the church stands on gay rights. I can tell you why we wear white and where "the bathrooms are in this place". But the thing that I can tell you with absolute assurance is that no matter what happens in our lives, if we are living righteously and growing closer to our Savior, EVERYTHING will work out and we WILL be happy. I've had a few chances to testify of that and every time I have, the spirit has burned in my chest. I know that it's true.

Anyway, it's back to proselyting. We had a zone training focused on the commitment pattern to remind us how to be missionaries, because we forgot and were all freaking out.

We got to see Chris this last week. He was struggling a bit and we had to reschedule his baptism. He is now working toward October 9th and feels really good about it. I seriously just love watching his faith grow! It's my favorite thing!

In other news, there is a week until transfers, but Sister Fuelling is getting transferred early along with quite a few other sisters. I am gonna miss the day lights out of her, but I know that he Lord needs her somewhere else. She'll always be my Philly temple companion.

I love you all and I hope you are doing well.

Sister B

Messin' around...
We are so tired... 
Sherreese! This trooper goes
 teaching with us all the days! 
That Widener Ward tho!
Kisses!
Sister Sakers! She is going
to the temple dedication!
Met these two cuties while
working on the rooftop.
They want to be missionaries!
Workin' those video rooms!
 "This 10 minute video explains
what temples are
and why they are special!"
In between tours
we would take naps in the sun.
Morning Shift Sisters!
My Crew!
The Hancock's have the cutest kids! 
Dying in the heat!
I connect with this cat
on a very personal level.
Touring Philly with my peeps. <3
video
Going through a donation bag! 
One members trash is 
another sister missionaries wardrobe. 

Don't forget

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I LOVE PHILLY!

I'll update you all on my week on Monday. We finish Temple tours tomorrow and today we spent our P-Day in Center City with Sister Maiden and Sister Burrell! We toured Independence Hall, saw the Liberty Bell, got a private tour for the Jewish History Museum, ate at Reading Terminal Market (yes, I obviously got Amish donuts) and went to the T-shirt shop!

We pretty much have the coolest mission ever!

God bless!!

Sister B


Riding SEPTA down to Center City!
Independence Hall
Where they signed the
Declaration of Independence!
 :D
Outside Independence Hall
Playing around at the
Jewish History Museum!

No Time To Say Hello, Goodbye!

Hi everyone. I don't have much time to write today. The temple has been amazing! Thousands upon thousands of people are coming through every day and it is wonderful! Since I'm running short on time, I thought I'd share a short spiritual thought. This morning I was studying 2 Nephi 32 and verse 9 really stood out to me.

"But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul."

I have a strong testimony of prayer. I know that our Heavenly Father wants to be in the details of our lives. Prayer is how we allow Him to do that. If we counsel with the Lord in all our doings he will direct us for good. (Alma 37:37) He will consecrate our efforts so that we cannot fail.

I love you all!

Sister B

Stopped at a Halaal truck
and got Gyro's after the temple! 
Finally got to go running! At night!
It felt soooo good!
Our recent convert Liam
is actually Harry Potter!
I died when I saw this.
Thanks, Facebook!