Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Three Muskateers

January 4,2016

Wow!! Another great week!!! 

I just LOVE the members here!! They are so missionary minded and giving us referrals like crazy! The only problem is that we can't contact them fast enough because transit and walking takes forever!! There are always set backs right? 

We helped a lady move some things around in her house because her mom just died so she wanted to change up the place and she is a nonmember!! And a medium!! So it was really interesting talking to her about her views on spirits and the after life. A lot of it was the same stuff we believed she just had different names for it. So we got to teach her what we believed as well and agreed to have us back!! We just haven't been able to get in contact with her yet... But that will change!!

We also have another investigator who is 84 years old and we are pretty sure she has some form of dimensia so we are dropping her because our lessons really get no where. She is a super sweet lady but can't really keep commitments. We will definitely keep visiting her though. And we just picked up another really old investigator, he is in his 90's. (I don't know why we keep finding old people to teach) But he doesn't have dimensia so he should be good to teach haha:) We are just still searching for more people to teach as always! But I love being outside all the time so we actually can find people!

Oh and guess what?? We got permission to watch a movie on New Year's Eve from President so we watched Big Hero 6!! Crazy right?? It was awesome but it also made me realize how much I am ok with not focusing on media. YOu might think I am crazy but I really don't want to watch t.v. at all when I come home. There are just so many more incredible things you can do to fill up your time. Don't get me wrong, I will still watch it occasionally but not like I used to. 

You guys I just love the mission so much!!! I just want to keep this incredible amount of the spirit with me forever!!! I am so afraid that when I go home I will fall into bad habits and I don't want to! I love you guys and am so grateful for all your love!!

I also figured out I am 16 days away from the D&C countdown which means I will only have 138 days left in the mission!!!! AHHHHH!!!! I am freaking out!!! I am trunky but not at the same time! I'm so confused with my feelings!!

But I am truly loving life!!!

Love you guys!! Stay beautiful!!!

Happy New Year!

December 28,2015

So I guess I don't really have much else to tell you about this week because I just talked to you, but the rest of Christmas was pretty great! I just got your email. That is crazy that you had no heat!! But it is all about the right clothing. Once you have the right clothing you can go for a long time in the cold haha:) 

We had a pretty chill week since no one really wants to talk to missionaries on the week of Christmas so we spent a lot of time with our Zone and baking and playing games in the apartment. Or eating at members houses haha:) I have had way too many turkey dinners this past week!! 

But we figured out on Sunday that the Mandarin man we met on the street the other day is now taking the lessons and is so solid!!! Even though we aren't teaching him it is still great to be a part of his journey. I keep replaying over and over again how I was debating in my head whether to talk to him or not and what would have happened if I hadn't!!! I think that was mostly a testimony builder to me that I need to act on promptings and talk to EVERYONE I see on the street because you really have no idea who is ready and who is not!!! I hope he gets baptized one day and maybe I will still be here to see it:)

Anyways life is still good. Trying to fight through this cold I have and keep up the energy!! And it is snowing again today!!! Love it!!!! Happy New Years!!!! 

Sister Hatch 

This is their little trip up to Canmore close to Banff. Sis Hatch was so excited to go their!

Merry Christmas!!!

She's in a trio! Her companions Sis Allard and Sis Jensen
December 21, 2015

Oh my gosh!!!! I am on top of the world!!! This transfer is exactly what I needed to get back into the missionary spirit because I  feel like it has been gone for a long time!

So I am now on a 3-leg with Sister Allard (from Quebec) and Sister Jensen (from St. George, Utah) and it has been a blast!!!! Trios are!!! We are in West Calgary, so right next to the temple AND Banff is in our Zone!!!! I have been wanting to go to Banff my whole mission and today we are going for Pday!!! It is pretty much just the most gorgeous place in the world!!! In the mountains!!!!:) I am so excited! I will take lots of pictures!!! And our zone is so unified and fun! Our wards are awesome also and we have so much work to do in this area, I am pumped! The only problem is that we don't have a car so we can't accomplish a lot in one day because our area is huge and we either have to walk or take transit which takes a long time! But it has been a fun adventure. I haven't taken transit my whole mission and so it has been a different experience! The other night we were stuck at a bus stop for 2 hours waiting for a bus to come so might have gotten home a little late... :) It was a long day! But we might be getting our own car soon! It has definitely been harder on my body and I am so much more exhausted but just like anything else my body will get used to it:)

And since we are walking all the time we are now able to talk to tons of people on the street and last night we ran into a guy named Meng that said he had never met missionaries before and that it was perfect timing in his life because he has a lot of questions about God!!! What??? That NEVER happens!!! He speaks Mandarin though so we will probably pass him off to the Mandarin Elders... But it was so cool!! 

I am just loving every minute of this area!! We are going to do great things here, I can feel it!!! I love you guys so much and can't wait to skype this week!!!! I want to see your faces!!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

Sister Hatch

Sis Hatch and Rolo the Dog 
Sis Hatch's District

The Cree Family

The Olsen Family. (They are the grandparents of some girls from our home ward.)

Ceri and the sis missionaries

Sarah one of their investigators.

Transfer Week!!

December 14,2015

Wow it has been such a wonderful, stressful, anxious, crazy week!!! There have been SO many changes!! First of all, last Sunday I forgot to tell you that the stake boundaries changed all around Calgary. SO that means that all our zones are changing and because they are changing this is going to be a crazy transfer! President is also switching up Elder and Sister areas so I really feel like this is going to be a whole new mission up here in the North. 

I also found out I am being transferred this week!! Our area is also losing Queensland ward and getting a new ward but I won't be here to see that I guess... Sister McDonald is excited about that though because she at least gets some change even though she is staying. And I am staying in the North of the mission again so it looks like I won't be going down south my whole mission:( (because I am thinking this will be my last area) But you never know what will happen... I am just ready for change even though I will be somewhere new for Christmas.

But other than transfers we picked up another new investigator named Joseph who will actually be passed off now that we are losing Queensland. But he is from Liberia and has been investigating lots of different churches and just keeps saying how all of them contradict each other and that there is so much confusion in religion. But we are going to change that for him! Or the new missionaries now I guess. 

And then we met with Sarah this week and she pretty much put herself on date to be baptized!!! AHHHH!!! She has asked for 3 Sundays off in a row and then she wants to be baptized and we know that because she is willing to put forth this effort to come to church she will either have a desire to quit one of her jobs or another job opportunity will come up that she will be able to not work on Sundays. Miracles happen guys!! I am sad I will be gone for the baptism but oddly enough I am ok with it because all that matters is that she is getting baptized!!

Life is so wonderful right now!! I am loving the mission and I can't wait to see your faces on Christmas!! Sorry I can't give you more information about what time and everything until next week but it will work out! Also I sent you guys a package for Christmas but I want you to open it on Skype. Brenna's birthday present is in there too so she can open it real fast and grab her present before Christmas (it is in a brown paper bag) but then you have to close it back up for Christmas. 

Have a great week!!! And Happy Birthday Brenna!!!! I still can't believe you are turning 16!! Ahhh!!!!
I will let you know next week where I will be!!! Talk to you then!:) LOVE YOU!!

Sister Hatch

"For what doth it profit man if gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift." D&C 88:33

Brunch with some of the Senior Missionaries for Sis McDonald's Birthday