Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 12-26 "Good Bye Connecticut, Hello Manhattan."

So remember how I saw you yesterday and it was the best day EVER. I love you so much and it was so good to talk to you!! 
This is going to be short because I have SO much to do!! 
I'm taking a break from packing for a second.
SO transferring to the city stresses me out hahaha BUT. I. AM. SO. EXCITED. NYC WOOT WOOT. I have sooooooooooo much stuff and only 2 suitcases so yay. I made it work when I came here so I know it's possible, but I just want to throw everything away and have one outfit, one pair of shoes, and a tooth brush and toothpaste. What else do I need? Haha (and my scriptures obviously) 

Okay so remember when I said this was going to be short? Well. It's the truth. I need to get going again! There's so much to pack and so much to clean. 

I love youuuuuuuuuuu so much!!!❤❤❤❤

Love you forever,
Sister Bain 🍍

Sister Bain was transferred to a new area in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  She will be serving in the Manhattan 1st Ward. Central Park is half of her new area. Christmas time and the New Years celebrations in the city. She is very excited!
Christmas Chocolate

Christmas Morning - Look what Santa Claus brought

Christmas Dinner Date

Japanese Nativity

Monday, December 19, 2016

2016 12/19 - Snow and Christmas Memories

Happy Monday!! 
We're all in for surprises this Christmas season! Preparation Day in the New York New York North Mission has been changed to Monday!😘 no more Wednesday emails!

I hope KC had a fun birthday yesterday!! I don't even know how old he is hahaha did you all do something fun?? 


This week was full of wonderful experiences!! We got to see one of our investigstors, Jeanetta! Jeanetta has cancer so she goes to the ER multiple times a week for different reasons. If we go to her house and she isn't there, our next stop is the ER at the Norwalk Hospital. Elder Tanner and Elder Pulu came with us to the hospital to visit her and they were able to give her a priesthood blessing. I know the priesthood has been restored on the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that priesthood authority partnered with faith brings about amazing miracles!! I'm grateful for worthy priesthood holders in my life. I remember dad giving me a blessing the night before I went to the MTC and the Spirit I feel when I think of that experience is incredible. I know priesthood power is REAL!

We had our mission Christmas Devotional in Ossining, New York this past Friday. It was so fun seeing my MTC companion, Sister Hess, Sister Sam and of course SISTER JONES 
What a wonderful opportunity we have to celebrate the birth of our Savior. President Smith asked us all to think of a Christmas that meant the most to us. As I thought about it, I remember a Christmas we had when everyone had pneumonia. Everyone was so sick and we all stayed home-- just the 7 of us. That's a Christmas that has always had a special place in my heart. Of course it wasn't the ideal Christmas-- everyone had pneumonia for goodness sake. But. It was a special Christmas for me when I was able to spend it with the ones that mean the very most to me. I'll be honest, this Christmas season has been nothing but bittersweet. I've missed the family traditions, putting up the Christmas tree, watching A Christmas Carol, and having dad make me hot chocolate at night after I got home from work. Among the mixed emotions of being away from home this holiday season, I've been able to focus on my Savior Jesus Christ. I'm here in freezing cold CT to share the joy of what this Christmas season is all about. I have absolutely loved seeing people's hearts open and change as the spirit of Christmas has come. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He's my Savior and best friend. He was born in a humble manger in Bethlehem and lived a perfect life. He's our perfect example. I know that my Redeemer Lives and how GRATEFUL I am that I have this opportunity during Christmas to share my love for Him with those in Connecticut❤🎄🎁 #Blessed 

I'm excited to Skype you all this Sunday!!! I'll be skyping you from the church so make sure you're all ready!! I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE ALL YOUR CUTE FACES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I'm excited to meet KC!!!

I love you

Find your Jesus this Christmas season.

Love you forever,
Sister Bain 🍍

“The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20). Even in our day, although two thousand years have passed, there are many who say the same thing that was said on that night in Bethlehem. “There is no room, no room” (see Luke 2:7). We make room for the gifts, but sometimes no room is made for the giver. We have room for the commercialism of Christmas and even pleasure-seeking on the Sabbath day, but there are times when there is not room for worship. Our thoughts are filled with other things—there is no room. While it will be a beautiful sight to see the lights of Christmas … , it is more important to have human lives illuminated by an acceptance of him who is the light of the world [Alma 38:9; D&C 10:70]. Truly we should hold him up as our guide and exemplar. On the eve of his birth, angels sang, “And on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). If men would follow his example, it would be a world of peace and love toward all men."

At the Aquarium with Sister Busby

Snow with Sister Larsen

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2016 12/14 "The Book of Mormon is TRUE!"

Today is Sister Larsen's birthday so we took a trip to the city! What a good time. I'm in love with everything about this place.

This week was so good! It started off with me losing one of my name tags. Haha. I was looking EVERYWHERE for it on Sunday and I couldn't find it ANYWHERE. All during church I was thinking about where I would have lost it. I was praying all day that I would find it.
Side story: I lost my winter hat last week and I prayed all day that I would be able to find it. I was prompted to call a less-active to ask her if I had left it in her house the night before and GUESS WHAT. She found it outside in the parking lot. Prayers are answered. 
Name tag story- I was prompted after church to call a less-active to ask if I had lost it at their house the night before. He said he would look for it and call if he found it. It was like 5 hours later and I hadn't heard anything so I just accepted the fact that I had lost my name tag forever. We went to dinner and I said one last prayer. "Heavenly Father, I know you know where my tag is. Please help me." We went to our dinner appointment and after that I checked our phone. GUESS WHAT. BROTHER NIEMANN FOUND MY TAG IN HIS DRIVEWAY. It was a miracle that he found it because he lives in the middle of no where, with no lights in his driveway, AND it was snowing. We went to get it after our last appointment of the night and when I saw it, the clip was broken because it had been run over by a car. Haha. But Brother Niemann was able to fix it and all is well. I have my name tag back. I know prayers are answered. I know that the things that are important to us-- my winter hat and my name tag-- are important to Heavenly Father. 

Another side story-- on the train this morning I saw a guy that looked exactly like Dr. Jarman.  

Something else that made this week so great was that I finished reading the whole Book of Mormon! I know with my whole heart and soul that the Book of Mormon is TRUE! It was written by inspired Prophets who were called of God. I know that because Joseph Smith is a true prophet, he was able to translate it by the power of God. And how GRATEFUL I am that I have the Book of Mormon in my life. I know that as we read it with an open heart and pray with real intent to know if it's true, that our Heavenly Father will give us the answers we're looking for through the Holy Ghost. Remember- what's important to us, is important to Him. We just have to have the faith to ask the question- like Joseph Smith did. The Book of Mormon has changed my life. It's the most correct book on the earth and as we apply it's teachings we will find eternal joy in our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that's true. 

I hope you're all reading the Book of Mormon every day. It'll bless your life. 

THANK YOU everyone for the Christmas packages. I appreciate you thinking about me! I only opened the one from mom. I'm trying to practice my self-control and wait until Christmas to open the rest. Haha. 
Also, the Bain family wins for the cutest Christmas card. #BainTrainForever

I love you!! 

Love you forever,
Sister Bain 🍍

Elder Jeffery R. Holland said,
"Now, with the advantage that nearly 60 years give me since I was a newly believing 14-year-old, I declare some things I now know. I know that God is at all times and in all ways and in all circumstances our loving, forgiving Father in Heaven. I know Jesus was His only perfect child, whose life was given lovingly by the will of both the Father and the Son for the redemption of all the rest of us who are not perfect. I know He rose from that death to live again, and because He did, you and I will also. I know that Joseph Smith, who acknowledged that he wasn’t perfect,15 was nevertheless the chosen instrument in God’s hand to restore the everlasting gospel to the earth. I also know that in doing so—particularly through translating the Book of Mormon—he has taught me more of God’s love, of Christ’s divinity, and of priesthood power than any other prophet of whom I have ever read, known, or heard in a lifetime of seeking. I know that President Thomas S. Monson, who moves devotedly and buoyantly toward the 50th anniversary of his ordination as an Apostle, is the rightful successor to that prophetic mantle today. We have seen that mantle upon him again in this conference. I know that 14 other men whom you sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators sustain him with their hands, their hearts, and their own apostolic keys.
These things I declare to you with the conviction Peter called the “more sure word of prophecy.” What was once a tiny seed of belief for me has grown into the tree of life, so if your faith is a little tested in this or any season, I invite you to lean on mine. I know this work is God’s very truth, and I know that only at our peril would we allow doubt or devils to sway us from its path. Hope on. Journey on. Honestly acknowledge your questions and your concerns, but first and forever fan the flame of your faith, because all things are possible to them that believe. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

--Elder Jeffery R. Holland

NYC Cathedral

NYC - Rockefeller Center

NYC Temple Lobby

NYC - Train Platform

NYC - Trump Tower, Wait! What?

NYC - With St. Nick (See Grant and Bryson, Keauna just gave Santa your Christmas lists personally.)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

2016 12/07 "His promises are REAL"

Hey fam
So. This week was so good and I bascially cried all week because it was WONDERFUL. Guess what made it so great.........

BRIDGETTE CAME TO CHURCH!!!!! I burst into tears just typing this because I'm still so happy. Seriously. Prayer and Fasting WORKS. God really does love each of His children and will do everything He can to help them. I know that's true. 

Also, it's super easy for missionaries to get into hospitals. (I don't know if that's a good thing...?) But. We went to the hospital because our investigator, Jeanetta, is there right now. Jeanetta has ovarian cancer but sooooooooooo much faith!! We were super scared to go into the hospital because hospitals freak me out (hahaha) but we walked right in and we were able to find her right away! She's getting a priesthood blessing tonight and is planning on coming to church this Sunday!! 

Something I learned this week is that Heavenly Father doesn't joke around. When He promises us blessings, He WILL give them to us if we do our part!! He's not kidding around, His promises are REAL.

The second thing I learned this week is that it's not about what I want, but what the Lord wants. I know God's plan is real and that everything that happens in our lives is because He knows what will bring is the most happiness.

Sorry this email is so short and scattered!! 

ALSO, the Christmas tree looks so so good. GOOD WORK!! 10/10 for sure.

Love you always,
Sister Bain 

Ps. We're going to the city next week for Sister Larsen's birthday!! Yay!! 

It's the Christmas Season


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