Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2016 07-26 Let's try C19

FIRST THINGS FIRST. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANT!!!! I hope ya'll (remember how I hate the word "y'all"? Yeah well. President is from Texas so him and his family say it all the time. Also, all the missionaries say it. SO I'VE STARTED SAYING IT. But at least I don't have a sister missionary accent yet!) Anyway, I hope all of you are having the best time at Bear Lake! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for sending me pictures! Maggie's haircut is so so cute. I can't believe that Grant is 11! HOW IN THE WORLD DID HE GET SO OLD????? Something I love about Grant is that he has such a big heart. He loves everyone no matter what and I love him for that. He's such a sweetheart and I miss his hugs! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUD. I LOVE YOU! (Ps. I hope you got the card that I sent!) The sisters and I made him a birthday video but for some reason it won't send, but just know that everyone in Darien, Connecticut says "Happy Birthday!"
So I basically love being a missionary so much and I feel like I'm living in a dream because of how great life is. There is SO much to tell you and so little time! AAAAHHHH. I never knew emailing was so stressful. WOW.

Every Thursday Sister Sam and I get to go and serve at the food pantry here in Darien! It's so awesome. They have this cute little church that members of the community donate food to! It's all run by volunteers and I LOVE IT. We are there to help the people do their grocery shopping and make sure they have everything they need to provide for their families. It's a really cool program! Sister Sam and I were there last week and this lady was asking me where I was from and before I could even answer she said "Let me guess. You're from Utah. The God Squad around here is always from Utah." HAHAHA everyone at the food pantry refers to us as "The God Squad". There are so many good people here!

BRIDGETTE. Bridgette is so wonderful. She's getting baptized on August 6th! She's been meeting with missionaries on and off for about 2 years, but she is GOLDEN. We were talking about the temple last week and she was telling us about how excited she was to be baptized so that she could go to the temple. I wish all of you could be here to meet her. She's very sensitive to the spirit and she's very very smart. She bascially knows everything and teaches me all the time. I love her.

OLIVER. What a guy. His wife is a member (SOLID.) and his little girl is probably the most adorable girl I've seen here in Connecticut so that's cool. Something I've learned from Oliver is that we have to be humble to learn from the Lord. That's something that he's working on. He comes from a Jewish family so it's interesting to see his faith grow every day! He's not quite ready to be baptized, but his faith and his diligence amaze me every time we meet with him!

I feel so blessed to be here in CT and to have the Lord trust Sister Sam and me to teach His children the gospel of Jesus Christ. Someone else that we have the opportunity to teach is Monica. She is so brave. She's been going through a really horrible divorce and so she stopped meeting with the missionaries about 2 years ago. BUT. On Thursday, Sister Sam and I were planning AND SHE TEXTED US SAYING THAT SHE WANTED TO MEET WITH US. We met with her last week and we were able to testify to her that she can find peace and healing through the His gospel. The spirit that I feel here in the mission field is something that I wish I could describe in words. IT'S INCREDIBLE. Being able to testify to Monica that her pain can be taken away through Jesus Christ was one of the most powerful experiences I've had as a missionary. Hearing her pray for the first time out loud made my heart burst. HOW GREAT IS THIS GOSPEL.

On Friday, Sister Sam and I got to go to a meeting with President and Sister Smith in Scarsdale, New York! I learned A LOT. I feel like a huge part of why I was called to the NYNYN mission was because of President and Sister Smith. I love them! Something that I've been praying for is for Heavenly Father to help me recognize my weaknesses and what I can improve on. There's always room for improvement! Something I know is that Heavenly Father answers prayers. So I know a lot of my weaknesses now and I know what I need to improve on! HAHA I've been humbled FOR SURE. While I was at this meeting with President and Sister Smith, I was asked to list some of my strengths. It's funny because the night before I had made a list of my weaknesses. SO. What I'm trying to get at here is that if you're going to make a list of your weaknesses, YOU BETTER MAKE A LIST OF ALL YOUR STRENGHTS TOO. We all have them! We can always improve, but I feel like our weaknesses are gifts from our Heavenly Father. This past week I've been able to recognize my weaknesses and ask Heavenly Father to help me make them into my strengths. I don't know if that makes sense but just go and read Ether 12:27. Something else President said really hit me. I've been thinking a lot about Grandma Bain. I was worried about her health and I just wanted Heavenly Father to reassure me that she was fine. President called on me during the meeting to read Doctrine and Covenants 100:1. It says "Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my friends Sidney and Joseph, your families are well; they are in mine hands, and I will do with them as seemeth me good; for in me there is all power." So I'm not worried. I know that my Heavenly Father is taking good care of all of you! God is so good.

I've been asked to play the piano a lot while I've been here. I've played at mission meetings, district meetings, sacrament meetings, Relief Society, and ward council. It's been really good. I've missed playing! I was also asked to say the prayer in Sacrament Meeting on Sunday AGAIN:)

There have been so many miracles this week. My favorite one was Homer. We were having kind of a rough day. All of our appointments cancelled and nobody seemed to be home when we were out finding. Something Sister Sam and I have been working on is including the Lord in everything that we do. This is HIS work after all! So we pray before we do ANYTHING. I feel like we're praying all the time. Which is good! But anyway, we prayed to Heavenly Father asking Him where we should be spending our time. We felt like we should go through our area book and find someone who hasn't been visited in a long time. So I was looking through the area book and the name Iliana came to my head. I looked for an Iliana and sure enough, she was in the area book. It gets better. Sister Sam had the same impression! So we asked Heavenly Father if Iliana was who we should visit and we felt good about it. We drove to the address that our trusty GPS took us to, and GUESS WHAT. It lead us to some random parking lot on Main Street. We were tired and hungry and very frustrated, but we kept driving. Sister Sam saw some apartment buildings behind this school next to the random parking lot so we decided to check it out. WE FINALLY FOUND HER HOUSE! We knocked on the door super pumped to teach the Restoration and she opened the door and before we could even say "hi" she slammed the door. We still don't know if she was Iliana or not, but that's fine I guess. I really just wanted to cry right there on the doorstep. Sister Sam was done and as she was getting in the car I got this thought "Sister Bain. There's someone here." I told Sister Sam that we should knock some doors. We crossed the street and knocked 7 doors. Nobody answered. So that was a bummer. I was reminded of Alma 26:27 "Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success." MY HEART WAS PRETTY DEPRESSED. But cute Sister Sam looked at me and said "Let's try C19." So we went to C19, rang the doorbell, and waited for a solid 5 minutes on the porch. THEN. Someone answered! It was this HUGE man covered in tattoos and his house smelled like hardcore drugs. We were able to teach him the Restoration and testify of the Book of Mormon. He accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and said that his sister is an active member in Honduras! HOW. COOL. On that day, when my heart was depressed and I was about to turn back, the Lord humbled me and showed me that this is HIS work. He knows who is prepared. He knows where Sister Sam and I should spend our time. I know that God knows us individually and He knows our hearts. HOW GRATEFUL I AM that I get to be here in Connecticut and dedicate my life to Him.

I wish I could tell you every detail of every day, but there's so little time! It's time to get back to His work! I hope you know how much I love you all. I pray for you. I think of you often and I hope you know how much God loves you. If there's one thing I want every person in Connecticut to know, it's that God knows them individually and that He cares for each of us.

I love this gospel. I love that I get to wear His name on my chest every day. The miracles I've seen, the spirit I've felt, and the people I've met will forever hold a special place in my heart. THANK YOU for helping me get here.

I love you so much!! I hope you're having a good time at the lake! Send me some more pictures and keep smiling.

"His example points the way.
When faced with temptation, He shunned it.
When offered the world, He declined it.
When asked for His life, He gave it."
-President Thomas S. Monson

Love always,

Sister Bain
Slurp Smiles, you know it does it to you too.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

2016 07-20 - Fireflies

Hey fam! <3
Happy Wednesday! I feel like I've been here for forever. It's only been one week, BUT it's been such a good week! I LOVE CONNECTICUT. I'm still not over the fact that there are trees EVERYWHERE and that it's all so green and beautiful and wonderful and I love it. WOW. The only thing I don't like about CT is that there aren't any turn lanes or sidewalks. The roads are a mess because people have to sit in the middle of the road waiting to turn BECAUSE NOBODY THOUGHT TO GIVE CONNECTICUT TURN LANES. I didn't know that not having turn lanes would make me so crazy.

I'm serving in the Stamford Zone, Sister Sam and I am in the Darien Ward and we live in Norwalk. It's a good time! We tract in the W's a lot-- Google "Darien, Connecticut" sometime and see what the houses look like in Wilton, Weston, and Westport. You'll die a little inside because it's so beautiful. The Darien Ward is AMAZING. These members are so faithful and they love helping the missionaries! They give us referrals all the time and they also give us water whenever they see us outside. BOTTLED WATER IS A GIFT FROM HEAVEN. The water here is no bueno. I miss my White City water. I'm pretty sure I cried about it a little bit the other day because I just wanted ice cold water from Sandy. But it's fine. I'm over it now. Bottled water is fine. I got to meet all the members in this area on Sunday at church. I was also asked to give the opening prayer in Sacrament Meeting so that was cool. There are 280 attending members on Sundays! And they are all so awesome. Just a side note- FEED THE MISSIONARIES whenever you get the chance. The Darien Ward is a sister missionary ward FOR SURE. They're so good about feeding us. But, Elders need food and love too, okay. Just remember that. :)

DAD, You'll never believe this. We had a dinner appointment on Thursday with the Cameron family. They're super nice and they argued about the presidential campaign for 95% of the dinner (HAHAHA) but we walk in and Sister Cameron says "Hi Sister Bain! I hope you like salmon!" Sister Sam and I looked at each other and I had to do everything that I could not to bust out laughing. Earlier that day I had ranted to Sister Sam about how much I hated salmon! (HAHAHA) But, you'll be happy to know that I was a grateful missionary and I ate all the salmon and brussel sprouts that were put on my plate. But then the next day Sister Muray took us to Costco for pizza so that was fine. These dinner appointments are always a surprise. :)

It's rained a few times this past week. Everything smells really gross and musty after it rains, but it's cool to drive in this tunnel of trees while it's raining.

Going back to the fireflies, I LOVE THEM. I'll never get over the fireflies.

On Tuesday afternoons, Sister Sam and I go serve at the Waveny Care Center. It's the top care center in the nation for dementia patients. Yesterday, I made a new friend. Her name is Jean. The first thing she said to me was "How many Chinese restaurants does your dad own in Long Island?" Good times. She's just really sassy and it's so great. Sister Sam and I love Waveny!

Something I've learned a lot this week is to be more grateful for the little things. It's been SO hot lately, but yesterday it was only 80 degrees and there was a slight breeze all day. Sister Sam and I literally stopped in the middle of the road (after checking for cars obviously) and said a prayer of gratitude to Heavenly Father for giving us a nice, cool day. Just that little breeze made our day. There's no such thing as a "little miracle" or a "small tender mercy". All those miracles and tender mercies are a BIG DEAL! Those are ways that Heavenly Father shows us He's there. So, be grateful and live in Thanksgiving daily. :)

I'm sure there's a ton of other things I wanted to say, but I'll just read my journal to you sometime I guess. :) I just love being a missionary here in Connecticut. It's no easy task, but it's been worth it and the blessings I've seen since being here hold a very special place in my heart. THANK YOU for all your love. THANK YOU for all your support. And THANK YOU for building my faith and raising me in a home where the gospel of Jesus Christ is taught.

I love you so much!


Love always,
Sister Bain

The Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ

Selfie smile with Sister Sam

Thursday, July 7, 2016

2016 07-07

Another good week here at the MTC. My spiritual and physical muscles are exhausted and I'm sick of all my clothes. I just want to wear my pajamas all the time. It's already P-day again which means I leave for New York in 4 days! Time has gone by so fast! Thank you all for your cute emails, thoughtful letters, and wonderful packages! Those Krispy Kreme donuts made a lot of missionaries (especially me) very, very happy!! THANK YOU!!

Before I say anything else, tell Ember Hardcastle CONGRATS on her engagement! I CRIED WHEN MAKAIL SENT ME A PICTURE. I am so happy for her!! Tell James I say congrats too (Yes, I know his name is Jeremy but I will always think his name is James.) Happy wedding season!;) Everyone send me pictures and keep me updated!!

I hosted the new missionaries yesterday. It brought back memories of when I was ripped away from my family. haha Kidding. But not really. It was crazy to see how many missionaries are willing to serve! The MTC has over 2,000 missionaries right now! God is hastening His work!

4 DAYS UNTIL NEW YORK CITY. I got my travel itinerary last Friday! I'm scheduled to leave the MTC on Monday July 11th at 3:30 in the morning! I've also been asked to be the travel leader-- I'm in charge of making sure all 22 New York New York North missionaries here at the MTC make it to the Big City in one piece! I don't know who thought that putting me in charge was a good idea...but it's fine. Pray we travel safely and that I don't have to call Church Travel having to report any problems!

Thinking about leaving my district makes me real sad so we don't ever talk about it. These elders are incredible. Their love for the gospel is inspiring. The other sisters in my district are some of my best friends. I've come to love these missionaries-- they're my family here at the MTC. I am so grateful. There are 4 elders and 2 sisters that are going to the Chicago West mission and then the rest of us (6 missionaries) are going to New York. I'm sure going to miss those Chicago missionaries.

Something I won't miss about the MTC is all the Seagull Book outfits that I see every day hahaha I die a little bit inside every time I see something from Seagull Book but it's also funny because I think of Sharon, Heidi, Candace, and Cathy every time-- good times....

I'm teaching Relief Society on Sunday about baptism and the Holy Ghost so pray for me, okay! Sister Hess doesn't have to teach so that's lame. I just have to teach BY MYSELF! :(

Sister Hess and I are teaching Sophia here at the MTC and she's so awesome! Sister H and I taught her the Restoration the other day and it was POWERFUL. It was like that scene in The Best Two Years when Elder Rogers realizes why he's on his mission. I had Sophia read Joseph Smith History 1: 16-17 and she started crying while she read it. I asked if she would share with me why she was crying and she said "I know this is true. I feel it right now." IT WAS SO COOL. She's also meeting with missionaries outside the MTC and she's getting baptized! Teaching someone about the Restoration for the first time is such a cool experience. I realized how important it was for me to be here and how much I need this mission. I love testifying of Jesus Christ!

On Saturday, we went to the MTC International Celebration of Freedom. It was a super cool devotional and then after we got to watch the fireworks that the Stadium of Fire was doing! I LOVE FIREWORKS. I hope all of you had a fun 4th of July!

Everyone in my district thinks Makail and I are twins. I have a cute picture (okay actually a lot of pictures) of us on my tablet that I basically show everyone because she's so cute, but everyone always asks me how my "twin" is doing hahaha we're pretty much the same person anyway so we might as well call ourselves twins!:) The first time I showed my district our family picture, everyone asked me if Jacob, Grant, and Bryson were triplets. hahaha

I hope Jacob is enjoying my room/queen size bed. (I love him.) Send me pictures of him with braces!

Something I'm grateful for this week is THE ATONEMENT. I've learned a lot about my Savior's sacrifice for me this week. I was reading Alma 7 during my personal study and verses 11-13 talk about the Atonement and all that the Savior suffered. In verse 12, it says "he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities." The word "succor" means "run to". So when you reread that verse, it says "he may know according to the flesh how to RUN TO his people according to their infirmities." When we're hurt, the Savior will literally run to us. There is power in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I've thought this week about all the times the Savior has run to me. He runs to me and succors me thousands of times every day. And I know He does that for YOU too! I know our Savior lives. I know He suffered in the Garden because He loves us. He was obedient to His Father's will and I know that obedience really does bring blessings. I know the Atonement covers more than just sin. I know that through the Atonement we can be healed. I'VE FELT IT. There are trials that I've been through that have made me bitter and angry, but this week, I've started to heal. I feel the love of my Savior Jesus Christ and I feel His love for those other people that have caused pain in my life. The Atonement is a beautiful thing. I can't comprehend it and I don't know everything about it, but I know that it's real and that it's powerful. I know that we can change through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and I know that through our Savior's sacrifice we can feel real peace. I am so grateful for the Atonement!

I'm grateful for the time I've had to learn and grow here in the MTC. I'm nervous to go to New York because I've made the MTC my comfort zone-- and it's scary to leave that. But I'm excited to share the gospel with those in New York and I'm excited to continue to learn and grow. THANK YOU for all the love, support, and prayers. I can feel it! I pray for you every day!

Tell Melissa Jones that I see her niece Hermana Romero all the time:)

P-day is on Wednesday in New York!

I love you!!
Love always,
Sister Bain


Go watch "Because He Lives" on LDS.org (I. Cry. Every.Time.)

  • Sister Hess and I on our Sunday Temple walk :)

  • Sunday Temple walk: Provo, UT Temple. 
  • There are pineapples on my shirt but you can't tell so that's a huge bummer. 

  • Makail and Keauna at the MTC

Keauna and Makail's name tags

  • New York New York North Missionaries: (left to right) 
  • Elder Murray, Elder Bradley, Sister Hess, Me, Elder Smiley, and Elder Norton