Friday, August 16, 2013

Welcome to Nuneaton!!!

 Hey family.

well here we are in a brand new area. nuneaton. there are three towns here really that we work in. nuneaton, bedworth (which is where i live) and hinckley. yes that is really. i love that. because well i love president hinckley.

it was really hard to leave lincoln. on tuesday we went to the mulliss families house and spent some time with them and then they brought us home. that was so hard to say goodbye to them. it was like saying goodbye to my family all over again. heather and i just cried and hugged for awhile. i took some good photos with them so i will send those so you can see. you will absolutely love them. i am so excited for them to come over next year, and glad that i can be there when they do. oh itll be awesome! i am going to miss that area and everyone in that place, they are wonderful people and i made some really great friends there. ones that i will always remember. i was and am very blessed.

nuneaton is great though. the ward is awesome. it is a bit nicer of an area than lincoln. like a bit more posh. there are quite a few families in the area and they are great. i have already made some friends. the work is going well here. they have two investigators on a date that we are now working with. my companion is sister moser from ogden. she came out with sister curtis group. she is aweomse. i lover her already. we get along really well. getting used to a new companion takes time, but it is good. we are having a good time. and figuring out work together.

we had one expereince last night that i want to share with you. we were about to head in for the night and saw a few kids playing in the park we went to talk with them. a few skaters. they knew jeremey jones so i told them to check out his video on <> . and got contact info for one of them. so hopefully we can start to teach him.

i am excited for this week and to see the work progress here. i love being a missionary. it is the great est thing. sorry we are out of time, but i love you lots. keep working hard and praying and talking with everyone you know. you will never regret serving anyone!! love you guys

sister j 

With her old district

cute Sophie Mulliss

Loving Hinckley!!

Will she be transferred?????

 hey pals.

it sounds like you all are doing so wonderful. i cannot believe that summer is almost over for you guys. it flew by. soon it will be christmas and we can all chat together again. yeah! i am already a third of the way through. isnt that absolutely nuts. i love being a missionary though, you guys it really is the best thing ever. to talk to strangers everyday about this great gospel.. oh its amazing. try being a missionary every day because you never know who you will help.

transfers are this week and we find out tonight what is going to happen. i have really no idea. i could stay, i could go. it would be cool to go somewhere we have fam from. yesterday during fast and testimony meeting i was bearing my testimony and it hit me how much i love all of these people. they are wonderful. i cried a little. especially when heather mulliss bore her testimony. they have become my family and i feel so at home. i am excited to become that close to many other people as well though. there are so many more to meet. i am excited.

ryan good luck this week at tryouts. you will do great. dad what are the containers like for nitro? i am excited about that. cool for mar bear to be baptized already. i love baptisms. they are awesome.

i saw scott this week at zone conference which was awesome. he is doing good. love that kid. we also did teach our chinese investigator this week, tracy. she is awesome. she wrote my name in chinese. i want to learn that so bad. one day i will go to china. and we saw her the day after we taught her, she said she had prayed and that it went well!!! it was so neat. i love when people see the way the gospel can help them.

we were finding on saturday and talked to a girl that looked like natalie portman. she was really cool.. but lives in york. i was able to invtie her to pray and she excitedly said that she would. that was really neat as well.

guys it is so hard to tell you how great it is to be a missionary. it is unlike anything else in the whole world. changing lives and helping others is wonderful. this morning i was studying willingness. and i can across a scripture in 1 corinthians. we have to be willing to do the work of the lord and to do all we can to help him, then we will see success and receive rewards, as we are willing. that is especially important as missionaries and member missionaries. we have to be doing it for the right reason and the right purpose.

oh i am excited for this next week. it will be good. i hope that you all have a wonderful week as well. thank you for your prayers and love. i feel that all the time and i am excited to share more with you. keep reading and praying and learning. i pray for you everyday and love you so much!!

sister j


Some good finding

 hey folks.

sounds like you had a really fun time at the lundberg reunion and in ak. I love hearing about all that you guys are doing and the fun experiences that you are having. yeah that they half is over. I think im going to run it. and I now have on my bucket list to run a marathon. dani and mom and kacie? you in? oh I am way excited for matt and jake and to see elder hainey maybe soon. so cool that he is going here to the ebm. lucky kid. this is the earths best mission for sure. I hope you two younger kids have fun at rob and shelleys. I love their family. they wrote me letters a bit ago and it was so good to hear from them.

this past week was really good. I have to tell you about one of my favourite parts of the week. so we were doing some street contacting in city center. in an area that we like to call golden dragon finding area. it is right by the university and there are usually loads of students there. and Chinese students. they are the best. we stopped this Chinese student and started talking with her and walking as well. she was really cool and was telling us about her studies. we asked her how to say certain words in Chinese and asked if she would be willing to teach us. she said yes and that we could teach her about religion. so we are going to see our friend tracy this week to learn Chinese and to teach her! it was a neat experience. I am really excited!

we also had an exchange this week with our sister trainer leaders. that was really good. I love to learn from the older missionaries and get their input on certain things. they are both going home soon, but are still rock solid missionaries. I love them. and they brought me my package finally. yeah! thank you guys so much. I was loving that. especially the granola bites!

we were able to teach my good friend Gordon this week as well. Gordon is an older man that we met in the park one day. he pats my face and its slightly weird, but he is cool. he took a book of Mormon and said that he was going to read it cover to cover! what a stud. and we met another man from London who wanted a book of Mormon as well. it was just a really good finding week and we are excited to do more of it. I love finding.

oh the mulliss family are amazing. heather and I had a great chat this week after dinner while we did the dishes. I was just sharing lots of things with her and she gave me some good advice. and their kids, I just love them. baby jude is pretty cute! so they were going to come to America this year, but they have decided to wait until next year. they are planning on coming next august, right when I get home. so you can meet them. and they are trying to help elder watt get there as well so he can maybe go to byu to play football (soccer). they are some of the most generous people ever. you guys will love them.

family. I love you all so much and I really miss you. I know though, how important this work is. it is hard, but it is the lords work. if it wasn't easy for Christ, it will never ever be easy for us. we are here to serve and to further the work. we can all do our part to help him. there is one of him and so many of us. through us he can accomplish his work. so don't be afraid to do the work. I know that this church is true and our prophet, Thomas s monson, leads and guides us with inspiration from the lord. the book of  Mormon is the way to grow closer to Christ. we can learn more about him through that book, than I think any other book. it is awesome. read it. I am so grateful for this chance that I can dedicate my life to the lord and his work. it is something that I never thought I would do.. but here I am. and I love it. you can receive so much joy through this work. no matter what. even on days when it cant get any worse, you find something to make it better. a miracle. I am grateful for all that you do for me to support me while I am serving. as you serve, you realize the things that matter most, and that is family. and the gospel. so I am so grateful for all of you. I love you. more than you know.

I hope that you have a great week and see many of your own miracles!

love, sister j