Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Well hello there family!!  I hope everyone out there in the states will have a great thanksgiving!!!!!  So this week has been an interesting week to say the least!!  Well first to start off, it was transfer calls last night, and wait for it wait for it.........I GET TO STAY IN SHEFFIELD WITH SISTER H FOR ANOTHER TRANSFER!!  Yeah I'm super stoked about it!!  We have some good investigators, and it would be really great to see them get baptized together.  So that is what is going to happen this next transfer.  That and well Christmas.  :) :) :) So anyways, ya.  Since I will be staying in Sheffield, I will continue to be on the look out for any long lost relatives, don;'t you worry!!  
-So last week we met this guy on the street, his name is Abel.  yes, like Cain and Abel.  Anyways, he told us that he didn't go to church, and that he did believe in Jesus, and he would like to come to church.  So we were super stoked, right?  Okay well this week, we had a lesson with him, and we brought our new ward mission leader with us, and it was interesting. hahahahahahah.  Okay so when we got there, we see all of these crosses hung up and all of these pictures, and he ends up being a METHODIST MINISTER.  he tricked us cause he just wanted to bible bash with us.  Anyways, we took care of it. :)
-It was Zone Conference this past wednesday and it was AMAZING.  I loved it so much!  President and Sister Pilkington are so amazing, and so inspired!  Because we had to travel quite a long time on the coach bus, and we had to be there pretty early, the Chesterfield sisters came and stayed at our flat.  So it was really fun to be able to hang out with Sister B again!
-So a while back, when I was on an exchange with Sister B, she told one of the members of my ward that I was a good volleyball player, and she told them to look me up. So now I am doing like a ton of volleyball things for the youth.  Not only the youth of my ward, but also for the whole stake.  We are starting tonight, with Sheffield 1, so I'll let you know how that goes.
-On Sunday morning at about 8:45, we got a call from the bishopric asking me to give the 20 minute talk in sacrament meeting that day.  hahaha oh the joys of missionary work.  Good thing I can basically bare my testimony for like 10 minutes, and read from Preach my Gospel for the rest. HOLLA.
-We got a new ward mission leader, and he is doing work.  Seriously, he is whipping the ward members into shape.  He has a lot of great ideas, and I'm really excited to see them take action this transfer.  
-So just so you know, before I forget, MOM AND DAD: there will most likely be a woman from my ward emailing you about a favor.  She has a daughter in the MTC.  But ya, just a heads up, she will probably be emailing you.
-So our investigators:  M and A are doing so good!!  They honestly will make such good members one day.  It is a little difficult, because their English isn't the best, so there are some slight confusion, and because their religious background (hindu) is completely different to the message that we share.  But they have a lot of questions, and they are interested, AND the ward LOVES them.  K:  We have had a hard time seeing her this week, but hopefully we will be able to help her progress this week.  J-:  He is doing great.  hahah .He has loads of his own ideas and stuff, but he is coming along.  He definitely makes me work hard.  M-:  She showed up at church, and she is so great!!  There are a few things that we need to help her work through, like smoking, and she will have to get her own place to live, but she is doing so good. 
-I will be celebrating Thanksgiving this Saturday at Brother and Sister Wilson's house, so that will be great. 
-Now here is my thanksgiving speech:) :) :)  I am so thankful for such an amazing family that supports me so greatly.  From the other side of the world, I can feel your love and your support.  Thank you so much.  I am so thankful for such amazing parents who have sacrificed so much to give me a great life.  There are so many people in this world who are struggling and who need love in their life, and I'm just so grateful to have been raised so great.  And last, but not least, I'm so eternally grateful to my Savior Jesus Christ and My Heavenly Father.  The sacrifice that my Heavenly Father gave of freely giving this wicked world, his only begotten son, was amazing.  The sacrifice of my Savior, to give of his life, in the most painful and horrible way ever, was amazing.  I am so grateful for the chance that I have been given.  To bring others unto the same joy that I have.  Because of those great sacrifices, everything is made possible.  I love this church, and I'm so grateful to be a missionary.  I love you all!!!  Have a great thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Oh hiya duck (people say that here, its really weird, I still don't get it).  So this week has seriously gone by so fast.  Like I feel like its Sunday then Monday every day!!!  So imma just get straight to it, cause I have a lot of stuff to write this week.
-So last monday we went to Chatsworth, otherwise known as PEMBERLEY.  It was pretty much the best thing of my life.  I was practically crying the whole time.  But since it is close to Christmas,they had some decorations up which kinda made it look a little tacky, but it was still great.  It was a Lion the witch and the wardrobe-Narnia themed.  haha.  But it was amazing. 
-While we were at Chatsworth, we wanted to check out the hunting tower that is about a mile up the hill in the forest, and it is the same tower that they kept Mary Queen of Scotts in.  So we (me, Sister H, Sister Wilson and her three  year old son jack) start like hiking up the hill to get there.  And the people at the desk gave us directions which were super super vague directions, so we ended up hiking for an hour and a half, and then we decided that we were lost.  so we some how ended up at this creepy little lake in the middle of the forest above Chatsworth, and Sister Wilson called the place and so they sent out search and rescue vans for us. hahahahahahahah.  So after about 20 minutes it is completely pitch black, and her poor son is crying, and I'm not going to lie I was freaking out. ha.  So we decided to start walking towards this tree, and then all of a sudden I see some lights, so I book it down the hill, like no path or anything, and finally reach the car.  They were just about to give up and go back, and luckily we found them.  They told us that the lake that we were at is called ELEPHANTS GRAVEYARD.  I have no idea why its called that, and I'm not sure I want to know hahahah.
-So this past week we worked a ton with the less active families from our ward, and it paid off, cause we had FIVE yes five less actives at church, so that was great.  #winning
-okay so before I forget, I need you all to do me a favor.  Or I guess its a challenge.  It doesn't matter, you can look at it whatever way you want.  I want you ALL to go to the temple this week.  I am out here dying to go to the temple, and I just miss it so much.  SO PLEASE JUST GO TO THE TEMPLE THIS WEEK, AND THINK OF ME THE WHOLE TIME OKAY.  That is my grown up Christmas list.:) Well that, and for Karen to stop smoking.
-So before I forget as well, next week is transfers, so my p-day will be on Tuesday, so I will get to email on Tuesday, not Monday.
-So I love living in the city during Christmas time, they have a ton of cool markets up and its so fesstive!! 
-For some reason no one can pronounce STAHELI, they call me sister STEELEEEEEEYYYY! Gosh, I hate it.  So I told them instead of insulting me to just call me Sister S.  So that's what they do. #staheli'sunite
-This morning I had a huge delivery of food to the flat, so THANK YOU SO MUCH FAMILY!!!  Now I can have a good thanksgiving dinner:) :) :)
-Karen's liver is still not fully healed, so she has been in and out of the hospital all week, but she is getting better.  She has set a date to stop smoking, for Christmas day.  So hopefully that can happen.
-This week we have been so blessed, and we have found a bunch of new people to teach, and so that means that we are going to be even more busy than we usually are.
-We handed Liam over to the other ward, as he does not live in our area.:(
-I love the scriptures. SO MUCH.
-People still think I'm from london, and its weirding me out.
-I have become very good at eating the way that people do here, with the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right hand.  I feel very proper.
-I have heard that it will snow this week:(
-We have walked so much this week, probly at least 20 miles.
-I think that we will have to focus less on Sophie, Maria, and Suzanne.  They just keep flogging us:(
-I love you all so much, and thanks for all the support!!!  You have no idea how much it means to me!!  This church is so true, and we need to keep fighting.  We can;t give up, god has a plan for each of us!!  Please keep going strong!!  I love you all!!  #1 Peter 1:6-9 #cheers
                                 Chattsworth  (Pemberly- from PRIDE AND PREDJUDICE)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hello!!!!  Oh my gosh I can't even believe that it is already monday again!  Seriously, I feel like I am losing my mind because these days are just going by so STINKING FAST OH MY GOSH!  FLIPPING HECK- Everybody here uses that phrase, hahahah so I thought that I would give it a try.  But anyways, seriously.  My weeks go like this- p-day, then on tuesday its a meeeting, on wednesday its district meeting, and thursday and friday I am on exchange, then on Saturday Sister H and I do weekly planning, and then its Sunday AGAIN!!!  Seriously it flies by.  But this week was great!!  It was kinda a hectic week, but it was great!!  Oh and before I forget, ATTENTION TO EVERYONE THAT IS READING THIS--I need some good jokes.  All of the little kids here expect me to be funny, and I'm not living up to their expectations...:(  so I need everyone that is reading this to send me a joke that is funny.  Okay good deal.  
-So our investigator John is amazing hahah.  He is hilarious, and he is really progressing.  He brings up baptism every lesson.  But he has had a bad experience at church in the past.  But anyways, he is like a bible hoarder. HAHAHAHA. Seriously.  I mentioned something briefly about trying to find a pocket bible cause its too heavy to carry around my quad, and he like freaked out and got so excited.  So then the next time we came back for a lesson, he had pulled out, no joke like 50 bibles!! And there was still 2 whole boxes of bibles that he just didn't pull out!  So all of these bibles range anywhere from 250-50 years old.  They are all super super old, and like original copies.  It was really really cool.  I guess everytime he passed a bible, he would take it. ha.  And so he gave me like 20 bibles seriously.  He gave me a good pocket size bible, to carry around, some to give out to people who I teach, some really really old bibles to take home, and then he gave me a really special bible to him. It is called a Rainbow bible, and is made in 1850, and it is in stellar condition, and he said it was his favorite bible, but he wants me to have it.  So now, I love the bible haha.
-Karen is in the hospital.  She has been there for about a week, and she should be getting released in a few days.  She has a lot of health problems, but her liver was like failing or somethigg, and its due to her smoking and drinking.  So this is great news for us, -MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED-cause now the doctors have told her that if she continues drinking and smoking then she will like die or something, I don't know what they told her, but it was something like that.  But yeah its great news for us.  Cause she was already trying to stop, but she was having a hard time.  Now she HAS to stop.  And everytime we have gone to visit her in the hospital, she doesn't feel the need to smoke, which is a big deal for someone who has been smoking for 35 years.  But yeah she is great, and she is so excited for church and for her baptism.  Because of transfers, we have to have her baptism on the 30th on november..but I'm super excited!!  And she called us one day, and asked if we could get someone and come and give her a blessing.  She is amazing, and I love her so much!!
-So the weather this week has been super weird, it almost reminds me of utah weather:)  It will be like sunny, and then it will start hailing, then it will get pitch black dark, and then it will be warm, and m then it will freezing/raining/windy.  I don't really understand, but everyone keeps warning me about this supposed horrible winter that will be the worst winter in 100 years, HA  I WILL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT.   :)
-Sophie, Maria, and Suzanne are doing good.  They tell us every time we see them that they will come to church and that they want to get baptized, but yet they never come.  We have plans for them, and hopefully they will come to church this week.  But I still love them so much.
-Meha and Anand came to church!!!!  They are the super cute hindu couple from India.  They came to church, and they were super intrigued by it.  THey left after the second hour because they had a busy day, but they really enjoyed Gospel Principles class.  I love them.
-And get ready for this one....:)  To all of my sisters, and mother:  Be prepared to be extremely jealous. I am going to Chatsworth in about an hour, and I'm so excited!!  ITs that home from Pride and Prejudice with the beautiful gardens and statues and all.  I am going with Sister Wilson, she's been like begging us to hang out with her ha jk.  But ya it should be pretty fun.  
-But besides that, we have just been doing a lot of service this week for the ward, and stuff.  I am getting really good at painting.  Oh and somehow the ward found out that I can conduct music-THANKS A LOT MOM-  and so they have been making me conduct the music in Sacrament meeting the past few weeks.  its been interesting. 
-Anywasy, I love you all so much, and I think/pray for you all daily.  But I love my mission and my Savior Jesus Christ.  He has given me everything for the past 19 years, and I'm going to give everything to him for the next 15 months.  This church is true, and we need to all step up and live the gospel.  D&c 19:15-19.  I love you all!  Have a great week!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

                      McKell with one of their investigators
HAHAHAHAHAHHA whats up !!!!  Okay so this week has truly been incredible!!!!!!  Seriously, sooo many miracles happened this week, it was unbelievable!!!  So before I get started, I will fill you all in on the drama/gossip that has been going down (not really, but I like calling it that cause its the closest thing I get to some drama :) ).  So the Sheffield 4 sisters (my flat mates-sister b and sister g) have been emergency transfered!  For a couple reasons, but mostly because the area that all the slovaks live is super super dodgy, and now that it gets dark at like 4:30 every day, we work more in the night time than in the daylight, and its sketchy.  So they have been transfered to whitewash Rotherham, and its basically like 20 minutes down the road hahah so its not too far, but they did move zones.  So now it makes exchanges a little bit more tricky, especially since they got transfered in the middle of a transfer.  So on thursday I was on exchange, and I was in Rotherham.  And it is basically doing the exact same thing that Sister h and I did, like a month ago ahhahahaha so ya.  But now its super weird, cause its only Sister H and I are in our flat.  So I mean its WAY more clean now, which is a good thing,but also its very lonely and quiet.  But ya there are definitely pros and cons to the situation.  But also, since they moved, they randomly decided to have sister h and I move districts?  who knows why haha.  But now Elder Syndelick is my district leader, and we have the Allens in our district and the zone leaders- all of which work with the slovaks in Sheffield 4.  OH YA AND 1 MORE THING, they took away our car!!!!!  Well actually we voluntarily gave it up!  Which might be weird, but I'm super stoked about, cause now I don't have to worry about getting in a car crash.  Seriously, I almost died like 20 times this week cause driving is sketchy.  And now it wil be easier to find people to teach, because bus contacting is like my favorite.  OKAY NOW FOR THE GOOD STUFF. :)
  This week we SCHEDULED!!!!!!!!!!!!LASDJFLAJKDLAFJLDJ!!!!!  And we scheduled 1, 2, 3 People!!!!!!  oh my gosh! So we rescheduled Karen for the 27th of november (I KNOW SHE WILL BE BAPTIZED), Liam for the 23rd- We met him like 2 weeks ago on the street, and he is great, and then we scheduled Melissa for the 30th.  They all have problems with the Word of Wisdom, but ya know I don't care, cause I know that they are great. :)  Oh ya, Kwin-the car we had was a Toyota Versa s-2013 you can look it up, it wasn't as cool as bundy(my car) is:)  So apparently, people think that I am from albania, cause both my first adn last name is very common in Albania?  Any chance that I'm adopted??  weird.  Okay next thing.  I had my first fish and chips this week, actually on halloween!!  it was honestly the best thing I have ever tasted besides Cafe Rio!  I was like crying!  no joke.  it was delicious.  And so this week there has been like a huge party week for a lot England, and so we aren't allowed to go out much at night, because of where we live, and the culture.  Everyone look  up Poppy day here in England, and the 5th of november.  Its like a huge celebration, and they have fireworks, and we have to wear poppies on our clothes for the next 2 weeks, otherwise people get super mad and stuff. everyone keeps saying "remember, remember the 5th of november!'  who knows, peple here are crazy!!  Anyways.  Things are going great, and I got your package, and so THANK YOU SO MUCH THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS!!  I LOVE YOU ALL.   and thats basically it!  Happy birthday shout out to Andy, to my Avi:)  have a great week. peace and crumpets all.
                Sister Staheli and one of her cute flat mates in Sheffield.