2 more days till Nebraska! 8-17-18

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Only two more days in this place!!

Not a whole lot has happened since Tueday but I’m not sure when my next pday will be so I thought I’d go ahead and get caught up and send some more pictures!
So this week after half our distract left Sister Sumsion and I were praying that no one would move into our room to fill the four empty beds. The rooms are tiny and with six girls it was hard to get any sleep. But the Lord answers prayers and by some miracle no one moved in. Seriously it is the biggest blessing ever!!!
Because we are doing Visitors’ Center training this week we get to spend a lot of time doing online teaching like we will in the field. Basically we get all the chats from mormon.org, call all the free Bible and/or Book of Mormon requests. It was terrifying the first few times but the more we do it the more I like it. The Lord is truly hastening His work.
Tuesday night we had a devotional from the Kearons (of the 70). Sister Kearon talked all about competition and comparison. We all try to compete with others and compare ourselves to those around us. She brought up a super neat thought that I had never considered: “Do you think the Godhead competes with each other? Do you think they spend time comparing themselves to each other?” The only comparing you should be doing is with the person you were yesterday. 
 
Brother Kearon talked about how we should be THRIVING on opposition. That’s what makes us stronger. Don’t be afraid of the storms in your life. Embrace them. And don’t forget to be happy- because you can! 
That’s about all for now! Next time you hear from me I’ll be in Nebraska!! ♡Sister Albrecht 
 
 
 

 

August 28, 2018
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MTC Week 3

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HELLO!!! Ahh pday (preparation day) is the best day and this week is the best week! We start Visitors Center training tomorrow and so we get pday again on Friday!! Plus we get out of this place on Monday and I am so so excited! They knew what they were talking about when they said “days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days here.”
Tomorrow most of our distract and the other distract that came in the same day as us is leaving to head to their assigned place. So on Sunday they had us sing a “departing” song in our branch. We ended up singing a new primary song that is my all time favorite, “I Will Be What I Believe.” I attached a practice session that someone recorded because I want everyone to hear this song!! So excuse our sweaty mess and bad singing 🙂
The smoke here from the fires has been crazyyy. Even the insides of the buildings smell like smoke. It got really bad for a few days but it’s a little better now. Pray for rain!!! I attached two pictures so you could see how bad it really it. soo sad.
Things I’ve learned this week:
• We have an Elder from Wales in our distract and he always gets so annoyed when no one knows where that is or what he is meaning when he mentions Great Britian, the British Isles, and the United Kingdom. But we had a substitute teacher from London one day and she taught us all about it and my mind was blown. The picture is kinda hard to read but hopefully it blows your mind too haha.
•The power of the priesthood is real. A girl serverly broke her ankle playing volleyball and they were going to send her back home to have surgery. But because it was late at night they decided to send her home the next day. So the Elders in her distract gave her a priesthood blessing and she went to bed. The next morning she woke up and felt no pain. She was able to walk on it and so they went and did more xrays. Her ankle was completely healed.
•Sister Bingham (General RS President) came and spoke to us and talked about patterns. It is so important to take notice of the patterns that are in the scriptures. Ask, seek, & knock. Pride Cycle. Look to God and live. Keep the Commandments. Remember that when the Lord repeats something it’s important!!!!
•Set goals. Set goals. Set goals. Write them down and look at them often.
•Our morning teacher, Brother Holmes, is the best. Never in my life have I met a person so in tune with the Spirit. He truly teaches by the Spirit and knows exactly what we need as a class and how to help us best learn. The reason he has the Spirit with him so strongly is because he is SO obedient. We’ve been talking a ton about exact obedience here as missionaries. Some people think we have SO many rules and things we can/can’t do. By obeying those rules perfectly we receive spiritually strength and power which becomes so evident when we are teaching. Hence why Brother Holmes is an amazing teacher.  I encourage all of you to find one thing you could work on to be more obedient about and I promise you that you will feel an increase of God’s love in your life.
I know that Christ lives and loves each and every one of us.  How grateful I am that Christ was willing to go through everything I will ever go through so He could understand how to help me better as He walks with me through it a second time. He did the same for you. His hand is reached out, take it. He wants to help you and He will if you ask Him. 💗
Again, thank you so much for your letters and emails. They mean the world.
Have the best week of your life!!
Sis Albrecht

Distract w/Brother Holmes

Temple Day!

Pday twinning!!

exercisssee

Distract w/Sister Shaw

Me and my cute comp

Super duper smoky yucky day.

UK, Great Britian, British Isles

August 15, 2018
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Two down. Two to go! August 7, 2018

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Hi there 🙂

Hope you all are having a great week!!  Thank you all for your emails throughout the week. I read them all and love them. Sorry if I don’t get time to reply to every one.
Life here at the MTC is super great! We hit our half way mark yesterday, thank goodness!!
-Sister Shaw finally said my name right!
-Sister Sumsion and I get told we look like sisters multiple times a day.
-They had Chick-fil-a the other day and I’m pretty sure it was straight from Heaven.
We’ve been reading Jesus the Christ in companion study and it’s been the best. Our goal is to finish the book before we leave the MTC. Our testimony of the Savior has grown so much from reading that book. We’ve also been doing tons of Book of Mormon and Bible study in class and woah how grateful I am for my Savior, Jesus Christ. On Friday, our entire focus was on repentance and how hope is NEVER lost. Repent and He’ll forgive! And once you’ve repented stop looking in the rear view mirror and focus on the road ahead!
On Wednesday Sister Sumsion had an doctors appointment off campus so we got to skip class & go into the “real world” for a few hours haha. It was crazy going out as real missionaries with name badges because some people literally won’t even look at you. If only they all knew the joy that could come from the message we share. 😉 Anyways, we were waiting for the shuttle to come pick us back up when a kinda scary guy came up to us. But no worries he just told us about how he had been reading the Book of Mormon and really liked it. It was super neat being able to talk to a few people and share a brief testimony with them.
I hope you all know that you a son/daughter of God!! You have divine royalty. He loves you so much more than you could ever imagine. He truly only wants the best for you. He truly is our loving Heavenly Father. He loved us so much that He send His Son so that we could return to Him someday.
If you ever have any questions about the great message I am sharing, please email me!! I would love to tell you more.
Christ lives & you are awesome.
 ♡ sista albrecht

 

cookies!!! We pretty much live off junk food that people send us. (As I’m literally stuffing my face with candy)

temple today! Pretty much our entire zone was there and it was so neat to be in the temple with them. I LOVE the temple and peace that it brings. The Spirit is so strong in that building and there is no where I would rather be.

crappy elevator pic but we fit so many people into the elevators its probably not safe…hahaha. I swear seeing how many people we can fit into the elevator is like the most fun thing for the elders. I think the most we’ve gotten is 23 or maybe it was 26? Basically you don’t breathe on the elevator. But I’m not walking up 5 floors so say a prayer we never get stuck in one haha.

the new mtc buildings are super nice and there are SO many cool murals & pics. We always pick a new room to study in. What a blessing to be able to have new buildings. They are so nice.

August 14, 2018
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Sister “Albberchez” July 31, 2018

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Hello!!

Just here to let you know that I am alive and doing well at the MTC!  Life is super good here expect the food and community showers. Haha but other than that it has been a great week. Although, I am SO SO SO grateful I don’t have to be here for 6 or 9 weeks. That has to be rough.
We stay super busy here and are in classes ALL day. We are learning SO much and the Spirit is SO SO strong here. With all that we are learning it has been very evident that we can only retain this much information because the Spirit is here helping us learn.
My companion is Sister Sumison from Springville. We actually had met before so it was super fun that she gets to be my comp. We are the only two headed to Winter Quarters which is kinda cool. She is 6′ and super great!
Funny/happy things:
-One of our teachers, Sister Shaw, can not pronounce my name. She’s been trying all week and still calls me “Sister Albberchez” or “Sister Albertchet.” It cracks me up but it’s great because then she never calls on me in class haha.
-I know SO many people here. There are tons of people that I knew from BYU here and it is so fun to see familiar faces.
-On Friday we finally got exercise time and holy cow it was the best. I thought I would hate it (because duh I hate exercise) but turns out after sitting inside for 12 hours it was my favorite part. AND BEING OUTSIDE. Oh my. The weather is incredible and we do all the studies we can outside. So now my favorite part of each day is the hour of exercise time.
-I’ve ate more cereal in the past week than I have in my entire life but Friday they had Papa John’s pizza which is my favorite so YAY!! Also one day they had BYU creamery ice cream and I was pumped.
-We got to go to the temple today and it was so nice. So we ate in the cafe there and let’s just say that was some celestial pecan pie and soup. Enjoy your home cooked meals, folks.
-The video on Character of Christ by Elder Bednar was LIFE CHANGING. Oh my. I hate that it is only offered here in the MTC because I would send it to everyone.
-Lol… a dryer literally just exploded and everyone is screaming haha.
Please please send me an email or a screenshot of your recent Instagram post haha. I can read email all day everyday but I can only reply on Tuesdays. Just know it makes my day when I get one so send lots 😉  Thank you to each of you who have emailed me this week. I LOVE THEM! Also here is my address (until August 20th) for those asking:
Sister Halee Albrecht
AUG20  NE-OMA
2005 N 900 E Unit 216
Provo UT 84602

Getting to workout (walk around haha) at the field by the temple.

Sister Sumison & I.

View from our classroom

our distract. They are all super great! We have a blast. Sister Crook from AZ, Sister Brustad from UT, Sister Tonaguchi from OR. They are the trio and share a room with us. Sister Crook and Brustad are so funny and keep us all laughing. Sister Wallace from Draper UT, Sister Griffin from Spanish Fork UT. Sister Crosbie from UT, Sister Jong from CA. Me and Sister Sumsion. Trio of Elders: Elder Hughes from Vegas, Elder Spear from AZ, Elder Horman from TX.

Temple day! I can’t keep my eyes open in any picture haha.

August 14, 2018
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Sister Albrecht

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If you were wondering why I’ve been pretty inactive over here and on Instagram it’s because 1) I just honestly needed a break. 2) Becuase I have been preparing to serve a mission!!!

I never really thought of myself as someone who would serve a mission until I got my patriarchal blessing. That changed it all. It made it very clear that I was to serve a mission and from then on I knew that I would be going. It always seemed far enough away that I didn’t really have to worry about it. Until I came to BYU and everyone started to receive their mission calls. Then the doubts and worries started creeping in. I didn’t want to go to some random place for 18 months where I couldn’t call home. And as dumb as it sounds I didn’t want people to think I was simply going because that’s what everyone else was doing. I wanted to make sure people knew that I going because I LOVE this gospel, not because I wanted to. I loved the college life and would have been perfectly happy with staying where I was at.

But I still knew I had to go despite my worries and so I started my papers. Every day was different for me. One day I would be so excited to go and the next I would just assume not go.  But I went forth with faith knowing that the Lord had a plan. As soon as I submitted my papers I felt nothing but excitement to receive my call and serve the Lord I loved so much. Each day while waiting for my call the excitement levels just grew.

Finally, I got the notification that I had a package to pick up and IT WAS HERE!!! The moment I had waited for.

“Dear Sister Albrecht:

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Nebraska Omaha Mission. Your primary assignment is to labor in the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters as a visitors’ center missionary.”

Never have I been so relieved in my entire life. I didn’t have to learn a language (heaven knows I can barely speak English) and I didn’t have to leave this great country. Needless to say, I was and am pumped!

I’ve been pondering a lot about why I’ve chosen to serve a mission.

I’m serving a mission so that someday I can be a better mother to my children. A better wife to my husband. A better friend to those around me. And so I can be a better me. I’ve chosen to serve a mission so that I can be a better disciple of Christ. 

But more importantly, I’ve chosen to serve a mission because I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, & His gospel. There is nothing that brings me greater joy or peace than this gospel. I am leaving everything for 18 months so that I can serve Him & share His glorious message with the people of Nebraska. I will do everything I can to spread the good word so that everyone will know of the joy & peace that the gospel brings. ❤

And because this will probably be my last post for 18 months I’d just like to share my testimony with all of you. I KNOW that Christ lives. I know that it is only because and through Him that we can return to our Father in Heaven someday. I know that as we do our best to keep the commandments that we will prosper in the land, meaning that we will be OKAY. I know that life is rough and is far from easy but I know life with Christ is so much better. I know that He has a plan for each one of us and it is far greater than what we could ever imagine for ourselves. Learning to trust His plan isn’t easy but it is SO worth it. I know that He does hear and answer our sincere prayers. I’ve seen it in my life too many times to deny it. It isn’t always in the way or time we want but He answers. I know that the blessings of the temple are REAL and that as we strive to keep the covenants we have made there we will be blessed. I am so incredibly grateful for the knowledge that families can and will be together forever if we do our part and follow Him. I know that we are sons & daughters of God. We have divine royalty and a special purpose here on Earth. I know that we are of infinite value and are oh so special to our Heavenly Father. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that when we take the time to read and ponder the messages, there is a power that comes into our lives. I know that Joesph Smith was a prophet of God and that God and Jesus Christ did appear to Him in the Sacred Grove. I know that Russell M. Nelson is the prophet of God on the earth today. I know that as we heed his counsel that we will be okay and that everything will work out. I could go on and on but know that I know that this is the true and living church on the earth today and I am oh so grateful for it.

I wish everyone could understand how much JOY & PEACE came from truly living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Life is hard, no doubt, but life with Christ is SO much better! I can not imagine my life without it. There is nothing I want more than to help others come to understand this for themselves which is why I am dedicating 18 months of my life to serve the people of Nebraska.

If you have ANY questions about what I believe, want a free Book of Mormon, or are just wanting to know more please see mormon.org. Or if you’d like you can email me at halee.albrecht@myldsmail.net and I would love to help you.

See my post on Sister Missionary Tips here.

much love & I will see you all in a quick 1.5!

sister albrecht

*Also, my sister will be posting my weekly email updates on here, not me. 🙂

July 11, 2018
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Learning to Reach Up by Katelyn Johnson

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(Links to download the song at the end of the post!)

I caught myself in a conversation the other day saying “yeah….I think this song has saved my life.”Haha. It might sound strange…but I really do believe it. I believe in the power of music, the remedial process of songwriting, and most importantly the message that is in this particular song I wrote called “Reach Up.” It is my first faith based, inspirational song which is why I thought I’d attempt to write and share my experience and testimony. After all, if this song “saved my life”, I figured it’s worth documenting right?

Part of the story started with not a “little tender mercy”but in my heart… a “big tender mercy” that occurred one day. One particular morning I was in a really dark place. I truly felt my world was falling apart at the time. I had never felt more helpless, hopeless, confused, discouraged and completely heart broken in my life. I felt what I was going through, was the hardest thing I have ever gone through before. Right before I started my drive to school for the day I said a prayer (I think I broke my record for the amount of prayers I said that week) asking for help to make it through the day. Right when I opened my eyes before I started driving, I received a text message from my friend, role model, and spiritual hero Calee Reed. Some may know, but Calee Reed is a Deseret book inspirational music artist and speaker. Calee and I became good friends after a conference I put together I and have kept in touch ever since. She is AMAZING…. I love and admire her so much. (If you ever get a chance to hear her speak or listen to her music, I truly encourage it.)  She knew I was going through a hard time and right then sent me a message saying “Hey <3 This is a track from my new album (shhhh) that is making me think of you today.”She sent me a drop box link to her unreleased song called “Cleanse You” (it is now available on her album Believer, so everyone can go listen.) I turned it on in my car so I could listen on my way to school.  As cliché’s as it might sound I immediately felt every word was written for me. That song not only helped me through that day but I credit her song as well for helping me throughout my difficult time. I listened to it every day countless times. I will always be grateful for Calee’s friendship, testimony, her musical talents she shares, and her listening to a prompting to text me that day. The album didn’t come out until about two months later and I feel like I wouldn’t have known what to do without the peace that beautiful and truthful song brought me. Because of the impact Calee’s song and other Christian, inspirational music has had on me particularly during that time. I had the desire to write my spiritual thoughts into a song as well.

When I first had this idea, I was still struggling and wasn’t sure what exactly to say or if I was in a place to do this. That next Sunday I was sitting in a relief society lesson during church which became another part of my healing process and inspiration for writing this song. I so badly desired to feel closer to God and receive more guidance and peace.I was trying hard to listen to the lesson, but found my mind wandering back off to my problems instead of focusing. Thankfully, one slide of the teacher’s power point caught my attention.

It read “how can we gain more access to God’s help in our life?” Right then I sat up straight in my seat anticipating the answer.  The next slide told us to look up the scripture Luke 17:5. I quickly looked up the scripture. I was ready for an answer but I was notexpecting thisanswer. It reads “And the apostle said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.” That was it? That was the whole scripture and supposedly the answer to the initial question I so readily awaited? At first this answer felt unexpected and disappointing. Increase my faith…? Three simple words just like that? I had already heard this concept over a million times and I didn’t feel that this primary answer could help me. But then I paused and reflected for a minute. How much faith was I trulyhaving right now? I may have heard this concept before, but was I remembering what faith truly was? Was I actually applying this principle in my life through my trial? The truthful answer was no. At least not enough.As simple and silly as it seems even writing this….all of a sudden it hit me. I told myself “Okay Katelyn, now YOU have to do something.” All of a sudden this “primary answer” I received in Relief Society (that I didn’t want to hear at first) wasn’t so primary anymore. It became the most profound answer. It was what I needed to hear, and ultimately the inspiration behind the song I wrote. I started to better see God’s hand in my life and realized I had to reach up myhand to his as well. This is why the title and hook line of the song became “Reach up”.  I know it’s a very simple concept, but it was a life changing reminder I really needed. From then on, I promised myself to better act infaith. Not just wish or want or wait for God’s will to reveal itself, but to be a better believer and do what I could personally.

Neil A. Anderson summarizes my thoughts saying Drawing the Savior’s power into our lives requires us to reach up to Him in faith. Such reaching requires diligent, focused effort. It is mentally rigorous to strive to look unto Him in every thought. But when we do, our doubts and fears flee.”

I know these words are true and wanted my song to echo this message.

As I started writing this song based on these beliefs, another meaningful experience begun.

I actually write songs quite often but I had never written a “church” song before so this was a new concept for me. I initially thought it might be difficult to do this…I didn’t want it to sound preachy or cheesy and I know people feel the spirit differently so I wasn’t sure if I could come up with a song that would resonate with anyone let alone myself. “Reach up, reach up, reach up!”I just kept thinking to myself. I continued to have that visual of me reaching for God’s hand and I knew I wanted to write about that thought. I questioned if I could do it, but surprisingly, it transpired in about twenty to thirty minutes. Before I knew it the song was finished. It was unlike past songs I’ve written in the sense when I look back on it, I didn’t think “oh that’s clever, or witty, or rhymes nice. I just thought…well there’s my testimony,”so that was that haha. Although it was a short process, I loved every moment of combining my faith and testimony with my passion for music and writing.

The lyrics to the song read:

I’ve fallen to my knees more times than I can count

Crying up for help uttering my doubts

Why don’t you see why don’t you care

Father why did you lead me here, just to leave me? Did you leave me?

 

I’ve cried in anger I’ve cried out in wrath

With great frustration to this meandering path

Where is the way? Where do I go?

What’s the purpose? Do you know?

If you do…why aren’t you telling me?

 

Chorus:

There might have been something to add in my prayers

Answers are further seen when faith is there

God wants to hear my every plea

But how can he lead

With out more faith what can align?

I had to reach up my hand because his was already reaching for mine

 

I wanted answers I wanted them then

Is that faith if it’s already given?

Faith isn’t by chance it’s by choice

We listen more to his voice more intently

when we don’t know the answers

 

Chorus:

There might have been something to add in my prayers

Answers are further seen when faith is there

God wants to hear my every plea

But how can he lead

With out more faith what can align?

I had to reach up my hand because his was already reaching for mine

 

Faith without works is dead being alone

Reach up your hand, he’ll carry you home

Through every peak and valley in between

Reach up your hand, for miracles will be seen

 

Broken down chorus:

There might have been something to add in my prayers

Answers are further seen when faith is there

God wants to hear my every plea

But how can he lead

With out more faith what can align?

I had to reach up my hand because his was already reaching for mine

 

Reach up reach up

Reach up your hand, he’s reaching down for ours everytime.

 

 

After it was completed I found an amazing producer named Greg Hansen to help me arrange the music. This was another special process and experience. Every week I delighted coming into the studio. It always gave me something to look forward to despite the hard time I was still facing. My problem didn’t go away after the relief society lesson…just my approach to things. “Reaching Up”was a continual process day by day that I had to persistently strive for.

 

Brent L. Top taught “Taking hold of His hand allowing Him to lift us doesn’t happen automatically or quickly. It is a spiritual skill that has to be learned and re-learned and that learning must be continually applied.” (When You Can’t Do It Alone, 12)

Going into the studio not only gave me something to look forward to, but going over the lyrics reminded me of the message I knew to be true but at times failed to remember. Even my mom would text me when she knew I was having a hard day and say “Remember the words to your song honey…. Reach up! Reach up! Reach up! Don’t forget to reach up.” Ha-ha…sometimes I found humor in the fact my own mom would have to remind me of lyrics I wrote but it was a good lesson that acting in faith is a continual process and a spiritual skill I could endeavor.

A couple months later and the song is finally completed. I don’t know if it will impact anyone the way Calee’s song impacted me, or illuminate the same message I so urgently needed that Sunday, but I am grateful for the opportunity to share my testimony through music, writing and the experience that lead me here in the first place. It invigorated me to reach up more intently than I ever had before. Despite the heart break, the feelings of darkness, heartache, and sorrow… I have never felt closer to my Savior.  And for that…it has been worth it.

Our beloved prophet has said “When you reach upfor the Lord’s power in your life with that same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours.”

–Russell M. Nelson

I have a testimony these words are true. I know and am eternally grateful for the power and hand of our Lord and Heavenly Father in our lives throughout our journey. He loves us, he is aware of us, and is “reaching down for our hand every time.”

iTunes 

Reach Up on Spotify

July 4, 2018
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Spread JOY: A Kindness Challenge

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The truth is that we all need to be a little kinder and a little more loving. So in an effort to help myself become more Christlike and focus on others, I decided to start another week-long kindness challenge. I’d love it if you’d join me and together we can help spread a little more joy!

Monday: Compliment a stranger

Tuesday: Write a thank you card to someone

Wednesday: Choose not to judge and give someone the benefit of the doubt

Thursday: Leave a note for someone to find

Friday: Send a letter or email to a missionary

Saturday: Leave a nice comment on Instagram

Sunday: Be kind to yourself and give yourself three heartfelt compliments

Sometimes the greatest love is not found in the dramactic scenes that poets & writers immortialze. Often, the greatest manefisations of love are the simple acts of kindness & caring we extend to those we meet along the path of life. Joseph B. Writhlin

And that is my goal. To help us all extend a few more simple acts of love throughout our daily life. None of these will take more than 10 minutes. But, I know that if you will take a little bit of time each day and be a little kinder, your life will be blessed.

love you all!

May 14, 2018
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Advice for those Leaving on Missions

A while ago I shared on my Instagram stories asking for advice for those of us leaving on missions soon! I had a lot of you ask me to share that advice with you so here it is!! Also at the end, I added links to every blog post and website that I found useful so check those out too. 🙂

@meredithduffield –

“- follow your mission’s FB page (basically everyone has one)

– shop at TARGET (that’s where I’ve found allll the good stuff- luggage, clothes, etc.)

– get in contact with someone who just returned from there

– duolingo, freshly.com, and YouTube language sites”

@krapylime –

“Know that it will be hard. No matter how strong your testimony is, there will be hard times where going home seems a lot easier. But enduring to the end of the mission and finding joy in the little things is so worth it! Focus on the people. Find durable but comfortable shoes. They don’t have to be ugly, cliche missionary shoes. You can find good ones for less at places like Nordstrom Rack and through online sales.

Bring exercise ideas because if you’re stuck inside during workouts, it can get repetitive and boring! Take pictures with people. Those are the most treasured ones afterwards! Also, be super diligent with journaling every day. Sadly after you come home, you forget people’s names and little things that happened. If you can in your mission, take a variety of efy songs and Motab. Every mission is different about that, but the music gets pretty bland after a few months of listening to the same songs

This is so long sorry 😂 also! Don’t forget to just love your companions. It’s hard to live with a random stranger who might not have a similar background or opinion. The only way for your companionship to have the Spirit is to stop looking for bad things that annoy you and serve them everyday and pray to love them more. Hugging and saying I love you helps too! Just remember that you were called to that mission because the Savior needs you there. You’re not called to a place, but you’re called in place of the Savior. Everything will work out! Love every second! It goes by soooo fast.”

@faithdanielle08 –

“Just love the people and the Lord with ALL of you that you possibly can. Serve hard when you don’t feel like you can anymore. Pray it out. Serve your companion every day. And when you look back at the end (and every day) offer it as your sacred offering to God. Remember that you won’t be perfect- ya repenting is the most precious thing to our Savior, so if you mess up, don’t get discouraged, just trust the Savior, take His hand, and step forward.”

Links to Blogs/Blog posts that I’ve found helpful:

Things to Know about the MTC

Mission Advice

Sister Missionary Guide

Working Out as a Sister Missionary

10 Things You Wish you Would have Brought With You

Sister Missionary Packing List with Pictures

LDS Mission Index (Click on your mission and there is tons of videos, blogs, and stuff about your particular mission!)

I wish I would’ve known

I wish I would’ve known Part 2

My Mission Pinterest Board— Full of outfit ideas, advice, links, and much more!

Places I’ve found good mission clothes:

MIKAROSE!! I couldn’t find any skirts I liked or the colors I wanted but I went into Mikarose and got four! Highly recommend.

Downeast. Great for dress slips and undershirts.

Roolee Boutique

Called to Surf

Sister Missionary Mall

ASOS

Bohme

-Thrift Shopping!!!! Seriously, go to DI, Savers, Plato’s Closet, etc. They really have some good things for cheap!

-Check FB Marketplace. EEspeciallyif you are in the Utah area. There are LOTS of good skirts and dresses on there!

-Join “Many are called but few are Sisters” Facebook page. This page has been so helpful. So many of those little questions you have are answered on here as well as many other helpful tips and tricks! And don’t forget to join your missions FB page!!

I will be adding to this post as I find helpful things so be sure to check back 🙂

May 13, 2018
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Choose to be Happy!

Posted in Life Lessons

It seems like lately, I catch myself thinking “Oh, I’ll be happier when I am at college and out of high school.  or I will be a lot happier when I am married.  or I will be happier when I get this big project done.” You get the point. It is so easy to blame our happiness on our circumstances. But the truth is our circumstances don’t determine our happiness. And they never will. It’s easy to think they will but really our happiness is really dependent on one thing: YOU.

You make the choice to be happy or not. Your circumstances don’t decide whether or not you can be happy or not. YOU do. Choose to let your thoughts be uplifting and positive and watch your world change. When you make an effort to not dwell on negative thoughts you see the world in a new light.

Happiness doesn’t come in a place, person, or thing. It comes with a change of perspective and mindset. It comes when you realize that you have a choice. A choice to be happy or not to be happy. That’s it. Nothing determines your happiness except YOU. Yes, somethings things happen and it’s hard to be happy but with a determined faith-filled mindset you can be happy. Because with the gospel there is always hope and always something to be grateful for.

February 19, 2018
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My Word for 2018 + Why You Need a Word for the Year

(Also, I have this image as a computer screensaver and for an iPhone wallpaper. If you want them shoot me an email and I’ll email them to you!)

I don’t know if you remember but last year I choose a word to focus on throughout the year. I set some of my goals for the year around my word to help me focus on it and I can honestly say that it was a great idea. My word for last year was ENJOY. With so much of my life changing I wanted to be able to enjoy the journey more and fully embrace all the opportunities that God had placed in my path. Looking back I can see that because I took more time to enjoy the journey I was able to see God’s hand in my everyday life. He is real and He is involved in so much more of your life than you ever thought possible. But, I was only able to see this when I was enjoying the moment and not focusing so much on the future.

So this year I choose the word TRUST. I want to put my trust in the Lord and His plan for me even when it’s not what I want. I know that when I put my trust in Him this year I will be able to look back and see that He truly has a plan for me and that everything worked out the way it was supposed to.

I want you to take a few minutes and think about something you need to work on and a word that embodies that and then take a day or two and pray about it. I know that as we set goals and strive to be better the Lord will help us become the person He wants us to be.

Share your word of the year below!

January 23, 2018
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