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Week 38 Ireland

24 Dec

Dear Family and Friends,

Ahh so much to say in so little time!! This week flew by but so many things happened!
Monday we had a normal proselyting day so after email and lunch we went out to Balbriggan. We visited Glenda and then went to the Eneh’s for dinner. When we got there Sister Eneh told us that the Elders where on they’re way but they were taking the BUS which takes about 2 hours. So we started dinner without them and they showed up with about 20 minutes left before we had to leave hahaha but the poor lads had just eaten dinner with another member! (Don’t ask my why they didn’t think this through….elders) Plus Sister Eneh makes a TON!!! Sis H and I basically fasted all day for it hahaha. The Eneh family is so wonderful and it is sooo hard to leave them! We were running late so Bro Eneh gave us and the elders a lift to the train station. Our train back was scheduled for 8:20. Just enough time to get home by 9pm. Long story short… we missed the train… by 2 minutes. The next train was at 10:30!! Yep… that’s our bedtime! hahaha it was hilarious! The four of us just could not stop laughing! Bro Eneh had already gone home. Walking isn’t even possible and there are no buses haha. We had to make a few phone calls before we finally found a member to come collect us! Brother Greene is a taxi driver that lives in Balbriggan so thankfully he was willing to take us back into town. We were home right before 10. Not too bad considering we were about to be home at 11:30!! hahaha at least we found humor in it! Good times with the elders!
Wednesday was our P-day. We got together with the four other sisters in our zone and went out to lunch! It was a fun girls day! I also bought new boots! Merry Christmas to me! 🙂
That night we had to sleep over at Sis Lewis and Sis Lowry’s flat because we had to take Sis Lowry to the airport at 5:30am! She had to fly to Edinburgh for some training because she is the new STL. So then Sister Lewis spent the day with us. It started off with weekly planning and then we went to visit a girl in our ward. Her name is Rachel and she is from Korea!She has been struggling with some things lately. She really opened up to us. We had an amazing lesson with her!! The spirit was so strong as we talked about how much Heavenly Father loves her and how grateful we all are for the Atonement. Repentance is hard but the outcome is miraculous.
After Rachel we went to visit Claire, another member. She fed us some yummy soup and sandwiches. I love visiting Claire!
After our visit things got a little bit hectic… We had to pick up Sis Lowry at the airport by 6:30 but we also had a lesson with Raymond at 7. Plus we had to pick up four other sisters at the bus station! (moves week) After we figured everything out we came to a solution. Sis Lewis and I dropped Sis H off at the church where she pared up with Michelle (a member) and they taught Raymond. Then Sis Lewis and I went to the airport and collected Sis Lowry. Then the three of us went to the bus station and met the other four… Sis Cuff, Sis Valadez and their new trainees. Sis Lewis and Sis Lowry took Sis Valadez and her comp (forgot her name!) back to their flat for the night. So I took Sis Cuff and Sis Foster back to our flat for the night. They had to sleep over and then the next morning they got a bus to Limerick. Then after a bit Michelle dropped Sis H back at home. Whoo! We had such a fun night with the other sisters! It’s always so fun to get together and catch up on things! I haven’t seen Sister Cuff in ages!
On Friday we had lunch over at Stephens! His mom made such yummy food! We also had a lesson with Raymond. We talked about our prophet!
 Saturday we met up with a young man named Bruno! We met him a few weeks ago and we finally were able to meet with him. We met him in the city so that we could show him how to get to the church. When we got to the church we had the elders give him a church tour. Bruno is so nice!! And he is excited to attend YSA on Tuesday! Hopefully us or the elders will be able to teach him!
Afterwords, we had lunch with Sean! He took us to an Irish Bar… hahaha no worries… in the afternoon it’s just a restaurant. I had yummy Irish steak pie!
Then we went to see Christy! Remember her? We met her at a members house and then she came to the Christmas party with her two boys! We finally got to visit her!
We gave her a Book of Mormon and explained how it can help her in her life. She loved everything we had to say and she wants to keep learning! She is so so sweet and the spirit was so strong as we were teaching her! I love Christy! On the way out we ran into one of her neighbors. She told him that we were there preaching the word of God to her. When he heard that he said “Can I join in to listen next time??” haha so sweet. Then while we were waiting for the bus he came out to wait with us. Turns out, his name is Alex and he is from Nigeria and has seen elders riding bikes there before! hahaha he mentioned how clean they looked. We talked with him some more and now he wants to meet with us to learn too!!
 At church two random guys showed up! Alan and Carl. Alan met the missionaries months ago and it’s been on his list of things to do to come to see the church! He brought his friend Carl so that he wouldn’t have to be alone. We showed them around a bit and then took them into sacrament meeting. They both asked many questions and were very interested. They were also AMAZED that there were Irish people there! hahaha The Sacrament meeting talks were on testimonies. Afterwords Carl looked at me and said “what is a testimony? How can I get one?” Well… you’ve come to the right place!! We talked with them some more and invited them both to be taught! They are very interested to learn more and gain a testimony of their own! It was such miracle and blessing!
I love you all so very much and I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!!!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!

Love Sister Jones

Week 37 Ireland

24 Dec

Dear Family and Friends,

Well where should I begin? First and foremost… I am staying here in Dublin for another 6 weeks!! And Sister Huntsman is staying with me! We are so relieved we aren’t getting moved around right before Christmas! We were over at Babs house last night for dinner and we were so nervous for moves call! It seriously is as bad as waiting for a mission call! hahaha so nerve racking! (Oh and an update on past companions…Sis Rob is training again and Sis Ricks is a Sister Training Leader! I’m so proud! And Sis Brand is staying in Aberdeen) And as for the Finglas ward, Elder Andrews is moving to Clonsilla (still in the Dublin Stake) to be Zone Leader with Elder Lee! And Elder Lauricella is getting a new comp that I don’t know ha. So it’ll be so great!
Well we’ve had a load of miracles this week. I love all of the people we are teaching! It is so fun for me to know these individuals and their unique stories.
Raymond is getting BAPTIZED on December 22nd!!! Stephen is going to baptize him and it is going to be such a good day! Ray is awesome and he loves the church so much! 3 weeks ago he didn’t even believe in God… it is so incredible to see the change in him! He told us about a really cool experience he had and I hope he doesn’t mind me sharing it with all of you 🙂 He stopped drinking tea cold turkey (like 15 cups a day to none! Also without us even asking him to) and one day he was sitting watching TV and he started to have withdraws like to the point of shaking. So he decided to turn the tele off and say a prayer. He asked God for the strength and power to resist the temptation and to get through the withdraws. Then, only a minute after he said amen, Stephen phoned him to see how he was doing. He also told him that felt a prompting to phone him! Raymond instantly felt the spirit and knew it was an answer to prayer! He has been doing fantastic! He loves the Book of Mormon and has such a desire to understand it.
The ward Christmas party was wonderful! The decorations were beautiful, the food was yummy, and Santa came! Even the primary kids put on a short play. There was a short program at the beginning where they read the Christmas story and there were a few musical numbers. One of them being Silent Night sung by us! It well! Christy and her two boys were able to come! They had a good time and we are going to see them this week.
I love you all so much! Thank you everyone for your sweet emails! Thank you for all the support! I can’t believe I am almost half way through my mission! It goes by way too fast and there is so much more for me to learn!
I hope everyone is preparing for the Holidays! Christmas is just around the corner! I am so grateful for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Merry Christmas everyone!
Love Sister Jones

Week 36 Ireland

24 Dec

Dear Family and Friends,

We had such a great Thanksgiving!! It wasn’t really the same but it was still really good. The McKendricks provided all the YSA and Finglas missionaries with the best food! Stephen’s mom made the turkey and my golly!! It was delish. Plus the stuffing was to die for and some made orange rolls… omg. I requested black olives so I basically got my own bowl of them! It was absolutely gorgeous and I had plenty of helpings. Sister McKendrick also made pumpkin pie but I was too full. The YSA decorated everything like Christmas! Ah the Holidays are here!! Christmas is so so soon!
Our ward Christmas party is this Saturday! Sister H and I are singing Silent Night at it! We’ve only practice with Jenny a couple of times but since we’re pretty familiar with it it shouldn’t be too bad. Wish us luck!
Stephen’s younger brother Raymond went to the Thanksgiving dinner AND church on Sunday! Raymond is way cool and we’ve starting teaching him more about the gospel. He has felt the spirit and just loves how happy everyone is. We taught him a quick lesson during Sunday School. We had to do splits so Sis. H went into Gospel Principles with Desmond and Edith and I taught Raymond with Jenny and Stephen. It went really well! We talked a bit about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. He has already seen Stephen change his life and he desires that for himself. Isn’t it incredible what the gospel can do?!
We’ve spent some time with another YSA named William. He brought his sister to the Thanksgiving dinner and church as well! She isn’t a member and she told us that she really felt the spirit at church on Sunday. We also had dinner at their house last night with the elders and Stephen. They are from Venezuela and they taught me a few Spanish phrases… however I don’t think I remember them! They made us some yummy pasta! They are so much fun! But sadly, Will is moving to Dundalk for work! And his sister actually lives in another ward boundary 😦 sooo… we wont see much of them anymore except when we go to YSA.
Last night we helped Dorrie move some things to another flat! Her flat complex is putting in a new lift and since she cant do the stairs she has to move for two weeks! Almost like a mini vacation haha. We took everything over and helped her move in so she felt settled. It’s just a tiny one room accommodation. (It’s kind of like the mini apartment that was in the back of Grandma and Grandpas house.) Dorrie is so sweet! She even walked us all the way back to the city! I love her so much.
Sweet Babs fed us dinner on Friday night! I love going over there because she helps us feel so relaxed and at home! We laugh and joke and just have a good time. Our spiritual messages go ok but when it comes time to pray… oh my goodness. It’s nearly impossible! hahaha we just LAUGH! So bad. We’re working on it! hahaha
Saturday night we were able to visit a member, Desmond, and his family. They are so so so wonderful! His wife, Edith, isn’t a member and they have two adorable little girls. Alexia and Ariette. They had a non-member friend, Christy, and her two kids, Trust and Godstime, over so we were able to share our message with them as well! Christy then invited us to come to her house and visit them so they can hear more of Gods word! Plus they are all excited to attend the ward Christmas Party on Saturday!
We had a mini tour of the Family History Center that we have here in the Stake Center. It got me so pumped to do Fam History work! It really is the coolest thing. And you know what? The church has only asked everyone to do four generations. Four! Not bad at all. So everyone, do the work!!!
Moves call is this Sunday!!!! Sister Huntsman and I are both eligible to leave the area! But you just never know what will happen! I’ll give you the news next Monday.
Nollag Shona Dhuit! That means Happy Christmas to you in Irish 🙂

I love you and miss you all so much!!!!
Love Sister Jones

Week 35 Ireland

24 Dec

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was one of those roller coaster weeks! Really though…. it started off terrible then went to awesome then went to sad then went to fantastically fun hahaha. “Number” wise we had a really good week and we were able to get many new potentials! But Sis Huntsman and I both got way overwhelmed at certain times throughout the week. But we’re fine now!
We had Zone Conference on Thursday! President Brown and the Assistants were here and we had a wonderful conference. However, during conferences like these there is a TON of evaluating taking place. It’s all about how we need to improve. That can be hard to take in sometimes when you feel like you’ve been doing pretty good. But we were given some really great advise and motivation to do the Lord’s work! The conference was about 5 hours! We had to soak in as much as we could really fast. Haha I just realized that everything about a mission is rushed… maybe when I get home I get a chance to breathe again hahaha.
After Zone Conference, Sister H and I went on exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders! I went to Rathgar with Sister Lewis and Sister H stayed here in Dublin with Sister Morgan. (Her first time leading the area! She did so good!) My time with Sister Lewis was so great! I was privileged to meet some amazing people in their area. We went to visit a Chinese woman who has a hard time coming to church because of her job. As we sat in her home she made us Rose Tea! (Hot water with Roses in it…. not actually tea) It was so yummy! And she told us that it was meant to make women more beautiful. After hearing that Sister Lewis and I both asked for a refill hahaha. We talked with her about the sacrament and then she told us all about her baptism. She said she doesn’t remember much but she has a very vivid memory of feeling very “bright.” Birght and full of the spirit! It was so wonderful to see her smile spread across her face as we reflected on the Savior and the warm sweet spirit that we are promised to receive. All in all we had a really good exchange. I always learn so much from other Sisters!
During exchanges, Sis H and Sis Morgan found a really good potential! Sis H and I taught him Friday night and he is so wonderful! He is YSA age and from Brazil! He accepted the invitation to be baptized! But he hasn’t answered our phone calls since so fingers crossed!!!!
I gave a talk this Sunday in Sacrament meeting. My topic was on Spiritual and Temporal Self-Reliance. It was a strange topic but I learned a lot from it. The Lord has commanded us to be self-reliant! Which means we need to learn how to work as well as gain a testimony for our selves. We can’t rely on anyone else! But we must seek for the Lord’s guidance in all that we do.
The McKendricks (Senior couple in charge of YSA… basically our second parents) are giving us Thanksgiving!! They’re actually doing it for YSA and they’ve invited the missionaries! I am sooo excited! But it’s really weird going into stores and not seeing turkeys and cornucopias everywhere haha I miss the spirit of it all. But it also means that Christmas is right around the corner!!!!
It has been very cold here recently! But all the locals are telling us that it’s only this bad for a couple of weeks and then it’s beautiful once Christmas hits.
I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!