Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017 10/18 "...we are to find the one and minister to them."

Sister Holmes makes a treat every night after we come home (I'll probs be 15 pounds heavier by the end of this transfer. It's fine.) Treat of the week: Apple pie. Fall has arrived in NYC 💛  I LITERALLY HAVE TO WEAR TIGHTS NOW AND IT'S REALLY TICKING ME OFF. Ugh. Love/don't love fall. (Fall also means Halloween so you defs know I'm not excited about that............) Transfers happend and Sister Horton is on a plane right now going back to San Diego. Lame. I miss her. But! I'll be spending my last 6 weeks with Sister Holmes in Harlem. #HarlemForDayz YAY! 

In church on Sunday we talked about Visiting Teaching and all the sisters were like "well I never had super great examples of diligent visiting teachers because of reason xyz" and I was sitting there thinking "well my mom is a rockstar and does her visiting teaching and always makes cookies and writes cards so come to my house and my mom will teach you."  To me- visiting teaching is SUPER important. SISTER HOLMES AND I WOULDN'T HAVE TO CLEAN UP THE WARD LIST IF EVERYONE DID THEIR VISITING AND HOME TEACHING. I'm just sayin. But it got me thinking about the purpose of visiting/home teaching- we are called to find the one- the one that's lost, the one that's broken, the one that needs extra love, the one that needs a friend, the one that needs a hug....Christ ministers individually to us so if we are to FOLLOW HIM and do as He did, we are to find the one and minister to them. WHAT AN AWESOME OPPORTUNITY! Because my brain is fried from a head cold/sneezing literally every 10 minutes, here's a quote by President Kimball that explains what I'm feeling.

"I have always been impressed that the Lord deals with us personally, individually. We do many things in groups in the Church, and we need organizations of some size to allow us to administer the Church well, but so many of the important things—the most important things—are done individually. We bless babies one at a time, even if they are twins or triplets. We baptize and confirm children one at a time. We take the sacrament, are ordained to the priesthood, or move through the ordinances of the temple as individuals—as one person developing a relationship with our Father in Heaven. There may be others nearby us in these experiences, just as there are others in your classroom, but heaven’s emphasis is on each individual, on every single person. When Christ appeared to the Nephites, he said:
“Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet. …
“And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record” (3 Nephi 11:14–15).

That experience took time, but it was important that each individual have the experience, that each set of eyes and each pair of hands have that reaffirming, personal witness. Later Christ treated the Nephite children exactly the same way. “He took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them” (3 Nephi 17:21).
It will be hard for you to give all of the personal attention some of your students both want and need, but try the best you can to think of them individually, to let them feel something personal and special in the concern of you, their teacher. Pray to know which student needs what kind of help, and remain sensitive to those promptings when they then come. Remember that the very best teaching is one on one and often takes place out of the classroom. In your search for individually teaching each student, you will most certainly discover that some are not doing as well as others and that some are not making it to class at all. Take personal interest in such students; give extra-mile effort to invite and help the lost sheep back into the fold. “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (D&C 18:10). An incalculable price has been paid by our Savior for every one of us, and it is incumbent on us to do all we can to assist Him in His work. It is incumbent on us to make sure that the gift of the Atonement is extended to every young man or woman we have responsibility for. In your situation, that means keeping them in full activity in your classes. Give special attention to those who may be struggling, and go out as necessary to find the lost sheep. A written postcard, a telephone call, or, if possible, a personal visit to a home in many cases will have a wonderful result. Personal attention to a young person just beginning to stray may save hours and hours—indeed, years and years—of effort later in our attempt to reclaim that person to activity. Do all you can to fortify the strong one and reanchor the wayward ones at this age."

I love that! Sister Cole from the RS shared a story that shows this concept of  finding and ministering to the one. She said that her mother-in-law was asked to visit teach this girl that had been inactive for most of her life. She had gotten into some trouble with the law multiple times, had become addicted to many illegal drugs and was all around in a bad spot in life. Sister Cole's mother-in-law would go every month to drop off a card, a little treat, called, texted, sent Christmas cards...everything....but never got a response back. Then one day, Sister Cole's mother-in-law was doing her daily routine when she got a phone call- from this girl that she was assigned to visit teach. This girl had gotten into some trouble again and was in jail and needed someone to come and get her. She called her visiting teacher and said "I knew you'd come and help me because I know that you care about me." We never know how much good we do as we act on our faith to reach out to the one. I know that Jesus Christ does this for all of us. And I know that we will see miracles as we reach out and minister to those we are called to teach.

I love this work. I know it's the Lord's. I know that our Heavenly Father loves His children and I know that He will always find us when we are lost BECAUSE HE LOVES EACH OF US. 

Love always,

Sister Keauna Bain 🍍

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017 10/11 "WE FOUND A FAMILY OF 7!"

First of all, I'm so mad that "Sushi" was the answer to my password question. HE WASN'T EVEN MY PET and let's not forget the hermit crabs we had. My first pets name was ACTUALLY Sebastian ugh. #ripSebastian What was I even thinking? 😂

Anyway, we visited Anne and I asked her if she liked Halloween and she said "no, it's a devilish thing. It's Satan's holiday." 😂 HAHAHAHA I've taught her well 😉 (KIDDING. I didn't brainwash her okay.) Madeleine is doing great. She's been really sick this week which has been sad, but she's on her way to a quick recovery! 💗

I'm excited about this new stake presidency! Jared Wood is an ALL-STAR 🤙 I super like him and ALSO I'm so happy for his daughter, Meg, serving a mission. She's so awesome. I've learned so much from President Brown and will forever be grateful for him. He's taught me a lot about the importance of the temple and always keeping myself in check so I can always be worthy to attend the temple. #Grateful 👍idk who President Rasmussen is but I'm sure he's cool.

I'm on my way to the Bronx zoo right now so yay (pics coming soon) I SAW THAT KIM WAS AT THE BRONX ZOO A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND I WANTED TO GO WITH HER UGH 😭😭😭 It's fine though 😉 Also, can you keep sending Brandon's emails to me? Thank you! 💗

This week was a week fill of miracles! Because I have .5 seconds to write, I just wanted to share a super awesome one with you! WE FOUND A FAMILY OF 7 PEOPLE. WOOT WOOT. CAN YOU CAN MIRACLES FOR DAYZ OR WHAT!!!! 👍 The dad ordered a bible from and so we went to deliver it. We get there, and he's not there, but the mom is there with all 5 of her kids! So. We teach them the Restoration and they accept an invitation to be baptized and they're comin to church!!!! PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED AND FASTING WORKS.
Sorry gotta run.
Here's some pics 😂
I love you all so much 💗
Lot of love,
Sister Bain 🍍

Sunday, October 8, 2017

2017 10/04 “What are your goals now that conference is over?”

First things first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUNT MICHELLE!!! 💗 And! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GRANDMA BAIN on Tuesday! Birthdays are thee. best. I hope you all have the best day ever!
Wasn't General Conference just AMAZING???? 😍 I LOVE GENERAL CONFERENCE. It was nice to see that Kent's look-a-like is still in the choir. There was also a guy in there that looked like Bryan Dickerson 😂 I always love the music at General Conference. My take away from conference was to be kind. I was asking a lot of questions of what more I can do these next few weeks to bring myself closer to the Savior. I loved the messages of us being children of a loving Heavenly Father and that we all have potential. We are all capable to accomplishing so much more as we are yoked with the Savior. We are all commanded to forgive. So, I made some goals and plans about how I show love towards others and just a nice person. 
What are your goals now that conference is over? I also loved Elder Anderson's talk about continually learning from general conference throughout the year ❤ #blessed 
I hope you all have a good week this week! Sorry I'm lame sometimes and don't write good emails hahaha 
I still love you though! 

Good luck speaking at Stake Conference, mom!! I'll be praying for you!! 💗
Love always,
Sister Bain 🍍
"Many people hear the word disciple and think it means only “follower.” But genuine discipleship is a state of being. This suggests more than studying and applying a list of individual attributes. Disciples live so that the characteristics of Christ are woven into the fiber of their beings, as into a spiritual tapestry."
-Elder Robert D. Hales 💕 (I LOVE HIM and will miss him so much!) 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

2017 09/27 "CONFERENCE TIME IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!"

Dear home,
First of all, I am DYING because of Bryson and the bacon story. I love that boy. Oh my goodness. ALSO. Dean's home-teaching companion, Nikita, is engaged to my bff Ivis. Yay. I took the Emergen-C on my own and used my agency to do it THANK YOU VERY MUCH. As I was drinking it and gagging because it's awful, the spirit said "Remember when dad told you to warm it up?" It changed from being the most vile thing ever to Christmas in a cup. Thanks, dad. You're pretty smart! ❤😉

CONFERENCE TIME IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!!!!! 3 more sleeps, kids! I am SO excited. Wasn't the women's conference just the best???? Instead of explaining the thoughts in my head, here's a list of things I loved:

Sister Eubank:
- Distinct and different: in happy ways!
- Integrity is more valuable than visibility.
- Righteous does not mean being perfect
- Practice living the gospel before the emergency.
- "Sisters, will you be righteous?"

Sister Marriott:
- Priority sifting: Some things matter, some things don't. Some things last, some things won't.
- Sacrifice your personal agenda
- Simple love, honestly expressed, brings hope and value to all of God's children 💗💗💗
- "Will you please give me a portion of your love so thst I can love her too?"

Sister Jones:
- I have value as an individual (YOU DO TOO)
- God created me with value and purpose. (YOU TOO)
- We have the capacity to become like God
- Why not me?
- Comparison is the thief of joy
- Let's not be confused about who we are

President Uchtdorf:
- Don't let others opinions bring you down
- You are not a victim (Be an agent for change! -President Smith)
- Don't let others control your feelings
- Remember who you are
- Don't surrender yoir happiness to others
- I am responsible for my own discipleship
- Let go of things you can't control

We went and watched conference at the Manhattan Temple chapel and all the women in the stake were there as well. It was interesting to see how nobody was paying attention when President Eyring and President Uchtdorf walked in. Nobody listened to the music. People were still talking even after it had started- chatting and catching up with friends. What's your focus when you watch conference? What's most important? YOU CAN CHAT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AFTER CONFERENCE OKAY. I love conference because it's a time for me to review my goals and revise them with the counsel the prophet gives. Have you written your conference questions down?? I hope so! Refocus and open your heart to the spirit. I know God talks to man on the earth. President Thomas S. Monson is our prophet today. 💗 How grateful I am for this time.
I love you!

Love always,
Sister Bain 🍍

Story time

Train ride Selfie

Note: We went to IHOP while Makail and Deena went to the Womon's Conference. Bryson loves bacon but ordered a waffle for dinner. Jacob's dinner came with bacon and he shared a bite with Bryson. Bryson took a bite of the bacon and apparently did not like the taste of it and proclaimed "Well that pig died in vain". 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017 09/20 "Good job, Madeleine!"

Yooooooooooooooooo what's up 👋
I hope Jacob survived his 22 mile bike ride 😂 That honestly sounds awful but it's fine 😂 That's like biking the whole island of Manhattan 😂 (SOUNDS LIKE DEATH.)

Sidenote before I forget: there's a town in New York called "South Bainbridge". Joseph and Emma were married there! Also, I'm getting over this little cold thing or whatever and I literally have to pray for help to sneeze 😂 it is so pathetic.

Okay, last random thing: Do Grandma and Grandpa Wood know a Russell or Reid McKenna? Brother and Sister McKenna in our ward sent you that picture of us on Sunday and they're from Logan! Brother McKenna has 2 brothers that live right by Grandma and Grandpa! (We looked it up on Google maps 😂😂😂)

Well ANYWAY. This week was GOOD. Madeleine is officially a member of the church! 💕 She was SOOOOOOOO happy on Saturday and Sunday. And the ward just adores her. She was asked to share her testimony, which she was very excited to do, but ended up just crying the whole time because she felt the spirit so strong. After, the ward provided a little lunch and while I was talking to her she said "Sister Bain, I couldn't even get the words out because I've never felt the spirit like that before. I felt like Heavenly Father was standing there hugging me and telling me "Good job, Madeleine!" It was such a sweet moment for me and to see her so happy was the best ever. 💗 My heart is so full 💗
Nothing super big to report on this week besides Madeleine's special day! We've been able to meet a lot of cool people and haven't had anyone bring alcohol to church so that's a win! 👌

I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve my Heavenly Father. As the days have started to go by faster and faster, I've reflected a lot on all the special moments and the special people that I've met on my mission and looking forward to meeting so many more incredible souls in the coming weeks. I seem to end up crying every time I do that, because the people I've met in CT and New York hold such a big part of my heart. The miracles I've seen have changed me and I've been able to more fully recognize the hand of my Father in Heaven in my life 💞 I know that God truly is my loving Heavenly Father and I know that He loves each of us, individually.

I love you all and hope you have the best week ever.

All my love,
Sister Bain 🍍

Sisters in Zion

Break time, which means it's time to take another selfie.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2017 09/13 "Remember when I would throw a fit"

Remember when I would throw a fit when I had to drink that Emergen-C stuff? And I always threw an even bigger fit when dad told me to warm it up? 😂😂😂 Well, turns out dad was RIGHT and it's better warm 😂😂😂 but that's all I'm going to say about that 😂😂😂.

We didn't do anything special for 9/11 (Happy Birthday, Kyle!!!!!!!) But we were able to see the remembrance lights from downtown. It was so beautiful. The City definitely had a different vibe that day. 

This was the best week of my life because I love my companion, Harlem was nice to us 75% of the week, AND PRESIDENT NELSON CAME TO TOWN. Woot woot. He winked at me and told me I play beautifully on the piano so yay for that 👍Thanks for the piano lessons, mom. You're THE BEST 💗 So, basically I wish you all could have been here with me and my friend President Nelson because he is just too cool. We had the opportunity to hear from his wife as well at a women's conference and Madeleine was able to come with us!! 💕 President and Sister Nelson came, Elder Gong from the presidency of the 70 and his wife, Bishop Waddell the presiding bishop and his wife, and Elder and Sister Buckner from the 70 were there as well (they live in the Manhattan 1st Ward so I've been in a general authorities apartment before so 👍👍👍) Okay now that I'm done bragging.....😉😂

Here are some of my favorite quotes from this weekend:

️Sister Nelson--
Come to terms with things you cannot change
Move forward with total faith
You can't say "lead me, guide me" and then say "just kidding"
The world is a spook alley so ya better be careful kids!
So the church built Heber Valley Girls Camp. Yeah, the church loves the YW so much they bought them a mountain. So, there's that.
Premortally, you were awesome.
You have 16 million people praying for you. You are never alone in this work.

️President Nelson--
Tell your family "thanks" from Brother Nelson for supporting you & praying for you
Wow, it's like it's my birthday or something! Oh wait, it is my birthday! And there's nobody else I'd rather spend it with than you!
Repent and move on. Go forward with faith.

Another WONDERFUL part of this week was at the women's conference when I saw Sister McMullin and Sister Davis from DARIEN!!!!!!!! MY FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!! ❤❤❤ They told me that Bridgette, our recent convert who was baptized when Sister Sam and I were there, blessed her baby in church on Sunday AND her non-member husband and parents were there!!! Sister McMullin's husband blessed him and Bridgette specifically asked Brother McMullin to bless him that he would serve a mission!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM LITERALLY CRYING RIGHT NOW JUST TYPING THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 💖☀🤗😊👍💕💗💓😍😁😊☺🙄😋 I AM SO HAPPY. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I AM DYING 😊☺😍😁😋
Also, Madeleine is getting baptized this week and we are SO excited. She is just too wonderful. She tells us every day how grateful she is to be part of the "Mormon church of Harlem". She is the absolute best 😊

Well, that's about all from here. We're just living the life here in Harlem 🤗
I love you!

Love always,
Sister Bain 🍍

Madeleine, Sister Bain, & Sister Holmes

President & Sister Nelson with the NYNYN mission

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 09/06 "God is so good and He will always come through"

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GRANDMA WOOD TOMORROW!!! WOOT WOOT #25YearsOld AMIRIGHT? Love you love you love you Grandma!! 

The remodel is looking SO good. I'm glad Grandpa Wood will be comfortable when he comes to visit hahaha I love him. 

This week was good! We had I'll be finishing my mission in Harlem because........I'm training a new missionary again! Her name is Sister Holmes! I picked her up YESTERDAY and she is just too wonderful. I super love her already. Dad, who was your trainer in Japan? What did you love about him? 

The theme of the last couple of weeks has been "I can do hard things." We had MLC this week in Scarsdale and that's what we talked about. It was all about accomplishing hard things through Jesus Christ. It was fun to reflect on all the times that dad has said that to me. IT'S SO TRUE. I thought about Nephi and how he NEVER complained against the Lord because he was asked to do something hard. Right after MLC, President Smith called me into his office and told me the Lord had called me to be a trainer and I literally just started to cry because the first thought that came to my mind was "Training is so hard though." HAHAHAHAHA President just smiled and said "Well Sister Bain, you can do hard things." hahaha it made me laugh because I pictured dad standing in front of me telling me that hahaha Mom and dad, thank you so much for teaching me and loving me enough to help me overcome hard things. I am so grateful for you!

Madeleine is doing well. She's still on date to be baptized on September 16th!! We are so excited for her. We taught the word of wisdom this week and at the end we said "Madeleine, will you live the word of wisdom?" and she looked at us and said "Ugh. Sisters! Why would you even ask me that? Do you think I wouldn't want to live that? OF COURSE I will live the word of wisdom". hahahahaha IF ONLY IT WAS THAT EASY TO TEACH EVERYONE IN HARLEM. We love our Madeleine. She's taught me so much about trusting in the Lord in ALL THINGS. She always says "Sister Bain. Quit your worrying. God is so good and He will always come through." I am so grateful for Madeleine and the love that she has the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that it's all true and I know that our Heavenly Father wants us- His children, to succeed. And that's why He gave us the gospel of Jesus Christ. #BLESSED. 

I am so grateful for this time that I have to be a missionary! It's the best full-time job anyone could have. I have loved every second, even the hard times, because I know that through Jesus Christ WE CAN DO HARD THINGS. And I know that in the end, we'll look back and realize that it wasn't really that hard. It could be a lot worse, but with Jesus Christ we can always overcome. I KNOW THAT THAT'S TRUE! 
I love you all and I know that you will be able to overcome hard things this week as you rely on the Lord and His love and grace.

Love always,
Sister Bain 🍍

Ps. Will you have Jacob read 2 Nephi 2:2 and email me what he liked about it. Please and thank you!

Cute Sister Brooklyn Holmes from Cedar Hills, UT! She is the sweetest ever. Also, when you see her in person...she looks exactly like Melissa Mitchell. (Ps.Tell Melissa I love her.)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2017 08/30 - "The Secret of the Camel"

Hey Fam! Good luck remodeling the bathroom. That is quite the project! AH.   Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sally tomorrow!! She is getting SO OLD. AND! ROOMIE WENT TO COLLEGE? I'm sure it was hard for Dean and Jo to go up and down all those stairs and stuff helping her move in 😂😉 I hope she's settling in and having fun! Everyone is growing up so fast. BRIANNE WENT BACK TO COLLEGE TOO? I hope she enjoys my car haha (but seriously.) Okay actually, speaking of my/DAD's car, is the bluetooth speaker still in there? Because I need that. I don't need it as a missionary obviously, but a few months...I'm gonna need it 😂😂😂 Okay well anyway.

Something I love about Harlem is that you can do whatever you want and nobody will say one word about it. For example, a person can go to church with a suitcase full of alcohol and start mixing drinks right in the middle of sacrament meeting and then offer some to the sister missionaries sitting next to you. Oh wait, that wasn't an example. THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN REAL LIFE THIS WEEK 😣😭😂😑 It's. Fine. #HarlemLife 

A story was sent to me a couple of days ago that I wanted to share with you. Let me know what you think! 

**The Secret of the Camel**
The camel is an interesting animal. It's not one of the most beautiful. It has thick matted hair that falls off in clumps. It has knobby knees and a big hump on its back. It is referred to as a "ruminant" because it regurgitates its swallowed food to chew again, and then swallows it again. However, the camel is a wonderful pack animal. It is used for transportation in many countries. Camels can carry up to 600 pounds and average twenty miles a day over rugged terrain. They can travel in hot conditions and go for long periods of time without water. They truly are amazing animals. Regardless of its looks or mannerisms, a camel is loved by its master, for it is useful, obedient, and needed.

Here is the camel's secret....each night, at the end of a long day, the camel kneels at the feet of his master. His master carefully lifts the burden from the camel's back so it can rest comfortably through the night. The next morning, the camel kneels again before his master, and the master gently places the burden on the camel's back for another day. He is careful to rearrange things here or there if he sees that the pack is wearing a sore spot. This enables the camel to carry his burden for another day.

Throughout His life, the Savior was referred to as Master. He loves us regardless of our looks or mannerisms. He desires for us to be useful and obedient. May we practice the secret of the camel. As we kneel each night at the feet of our Master, may He lift our burdens, that we may rest well and comfortably. As we kneel each morning, may we realize that He knows of our pain, our suffering, and our sorrows, for He has felt them all. May our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ be sufficient to help us carry our burdens...for just one more day.

Isn't that SO. COOL??? 💞💖💕😊 As a misison, we're studying the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I've always had a hard time grasping the concept of the Atonement because there's no way my little brain can even comprehend the reality of what Jesus Christ went through. But as I've studied the ENABLING power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I've come to understand that we are given strength through our Savior. Physical strength, emotional strength, spiritual strength...etc. Because our Savior knows each of us individually, He knows of our pains and our sufferings and because of His perfect LOVE for each of us, He is 100% willing and able to take those from us. And when we wake up in each morning, He's willing and able to give us the strength we need to faithfully endure. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know that because of Him, I have the opportunity to have my burdens taken from me. I don't know how it all works and I don't know the logistics of everything, I just know that when I ask for strength to endure, I am always okay in the end. I know He lives and that Jesus is the Christ. I'm grateful for the knowledge that I have of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and for knowledge that I have of my Savior. I know that His Atonement really does work in my life. 💕💕💕

3rd Nephi 20:38
For thus saith the Lord: Ye have sold yourselves for naught, and ye shall be redeemed without money.

I love you all so much and I'd invite you to think about your personal testimony of the Savior. What are you doing TODAY to build your testimony? 💛💛💛


Love always,

Sister Bain 🍍

We got cages put on our windows so nobody breaks in hahaha it's the worst. Sister Horton said "Good morning prison mate" to me today 😂

Madeleine and Anne came to Stake Conference with us (Madeleine called it "the Mormon convention" hahahaha 

Anne made us dinner the other night. Plantains for dayzzzzzzz 

Madeleine-- she's getting baptized on September 16th! She is so fabulous. She's Anne's best friend! <3

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017 08/23

WHAT'S UP You can write November 29th in pen 😊 It's a big day! 😉 I'm excited that everyone is starting school!! Yay!! Kids in NYC are usually in school all year long so count your blessings that you get summer vacation.... #blessed 

I am so excited for Evie and Johnnie to be baptized this Saturday! Evie has grown up so much!! I'm glad all is well at home and that Jacob has the opportunity to take part in missionary work! THAT MAKES ME CRY BECAUSE I AM SO HAPPY AND EXCITED FOR HIM. What a rockstar. Jacob, Grant, and Bryson are such good examples to me. (I'm still low-key dying that Jacob is going into high school. 😂

Anne is doing well. Thank you all for always asking about her! She just received a calling to be a gospel principles teacher!! 🤘HOW. COOL. We had the opportunity to do family history with her and she was able to remember all the information for her parents, her grandparents, and her great-grandparents! It was super cool because she was telling us that because of all the civil wars in her country, there aren't a lot of records left so all of her family tree will have to be from the memory of her and her family. While Anne was doing Family History with us and she said she has a grandpa who is 99 years old and still living!! She said, "He only eats greens so he's still goin strong" 😂 I LOVE HER ❤❤❤ Also, she remembered that my favorite fruit is pineapple SO SHE BOUGHT ME A PINEAPPLE. #BLESSED I also gave her some swedish fish and she didn't like those 😂😂😂 Something that I've been studying a lot this week is charity. When people say "What is charity?" 9 times out of 10 someone will say "it's the pure love of Christ." WHICH IS TOTALLY RIGHT, but what does that really mean??? What really is the pure love of Christ? I looked up charity in the Bible Dictionary and it says that charity is the highest and nobelest of love. It's the same love that our Heavenly Father and our Savior have for each of us. We are to become like Jesus Christ and to love as He loves- we develop Christlike charity by serving those around us and showing them our love. What have you done this week to serve someone else? What something that stops us from serving those around us? For me, it's usually because I think I'm too busy or I think I'm too tired. But then I thought about different things that I can sacrifice to show others that I love them. Sometimes, we must sacrifice A LOT to serve someone but we have to remember that the Savior gave up His life in serving us. Serve is an opportunity for us to turn outward instead of inward-- because turning inward is a whole lot easier. Serving people in Harlem has forced me to look outside myself and my own life and see others the way the Savior sees them. We also have to make ourselves available to serve others. When I think of charity and love I first think of mom and dad because their the best but I also think about King Benjamin. He was chosen to be king but chose to work for himself and create his own means. He didn't just chill in his super nice air conditioned palace and order people around, but he went out and labored among his people. He didn't want his people to think of him as a burden. He wanted to lighten their load. First of all, he was a righteous leader but he was also very considerate of his people and he wanted to show his love by serving them and serving WITH them.

<< Mosiah 2:14-15 >>
14 And even I, myself, have labored with mine own hands that I might serve you, and that ye should not be laden with taxes, and that there should nothing come upon you which was grievous to be borne—and of all these things which I have spoken, ye yourselves are witnesses this day.
15 Yet, my brethren, I have not done these things that I might boast, neither do I tell these things that thereby I might accuse you; but I tell you these things that ye may know that I can answer a clear conscience before God this day.

So, who are you going to serve this week and what are you going to do to show your love? How are you going to become more like the Savior through service? 

I hope you all have the best week ever full of opportunities to bring others closer to Jesus Christ through service!

I love you!!

Love always,
Sister Keauna Bain 🍍

"Therefore, continue your journey and let your hearts rejoice; for behold, and lo, I am with you even unto the end." Doc Cov 100:12

I think you underestimate my awesomeness

Me and Harlem

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017 08/15 "What do YOU know to be true?"

Hey y'all!

I hope you're having a good time getting back into the school stuff. JACOB IS GOING TO JORDAN HIGH SCHOOL??? What the what. He's not supposed to be that old.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Uncle Jim on Monday! I hope he had a fun day.

It's so weird to think that both Keith and Kevin are home.

AND BRANDON LEAVES NEXT WEEK!!!! AAAAAAHHHHHHH. I AM SO EXCITED FOR HIM! Is he going to the Mexico MTC??? I am so so excited for him.

President Nelson, Bishop Waddell, and Elder Gong are coming to the NYNYN mission in September! We are so spoiled here in NYC. Seriously.

Today, I just want you to know that I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father and that He knows me and loves me. The Plan of Salvation is a plan of happiness and I know that as we do the small and simple things here on earth that we will find true joy in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that because God loves me He's given me all the tools that I need to return to Him. That's my ultimate goal! To return to my Heavenly Father with my family. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that he's the prophet of the Restoration. I know that he saw and talked with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know that because he saw Them, he was given the ability and power to translate the Book of Mormon. If you're not reading the Book of Mormon every day, please do so. It will change your life and you will come to know the Savior through the Book of Mormon. I KNOW THAT JESUS CHRIST LIVES. I know that He is my Savior and my Redeemer. His Atonement and His love have changed my life and have given me so much hope and strength. I hope that as you go throughout this week you'll think of your own personal testimony. What do YOU know to be true?
As a mission, we are studying the Atonement and reading the Book of Mormon together. I read Matthew 26-28 this morning and I felt a deep love and appreciation for my Savior. Something that stuck out to me was in Matthew 26:63 when it says "But Jesus held his peace". Jesus Christ went through all these horrible things and endured so much, yet He didn't complain. He didn't whine. He didn't say anything. He went through all that He did out of love for me and for you and for the love that He has for our Heavenly Father. I know He lives and that brings me so much joy.
"He lives to grant me rich supply.
He lives to guide me with his eye.
He lives to comfort me when faint.
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears.
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart.
He lives all blessings to impart."
What are you going to do this week to build your faith and increase your love and appreciation for the Savior?

I love you all and hope you have the best week ever.
Love always,
Sister Bain🍍

“Our focus must be riveted on the Savior and His gospel. It is mentally rigorous to strive to look unto Him in every thought. But when we do, our doubts and fears flee.” - President Nelson

"What are you Grateful for?"

Sidewalk chalk

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2017 08/09 "I needed someone like Anne"


Thank you all for the prayers. I love you all so much. Seriously. Also, this week I found out that Uncle Dean's old home teaching companion from Tempe, AZ is in my YSA ward and he's dating one of my very favorite members! (His name is Nikita Turley or something like that...?) 😂

It's super hard for me to introduce Sister Horton as my companion because I'm from Utah and don't pronounce my "T"s......😂 awkward. So I just say "this is my new companion!" And let her do the rest 😂 it's fine.

I bet Grant is the cutest priesthood holder 😍 I am so happy for him!! Anne is doing well. THANK YOU SO MUCH for praying for her. She has opened up so much since becoming a member of the church. She has already helped SO many people! I often think about why Heavenly Father has called me to serve in Harlem and I know one of reasons is because I needed someone like Anne in my life. She has such a loving heart and a sweet spirit. I WILL GO ALL THE WAY TO KENYA IF I HAVE TO WHEN SHE GETS SEALED TO HER FAMILY. Also! She's a wonderful friend to our investigator, Madeleine, who has accepted a baptismal date of September 9th! Anne came to our lesson with her and she was the one that extended the baptismal invitation hahaha Madeleine is also from Africa so they LOVE talking about home with eachother. I LOVE THESE PEOPLE.

Miracle of the week: when we were at church a lady named Genivive came up to us and said that she met missionaries in Ghana and she wanted to join the church hahahahaha WHAT? We met with her after church and we have another appointment with her on Friday! SHE LITERALLY JUST WALKED IN AND WANTED A BOOK OF MORMON AND STAYED FOR ALL 3 HOURS OF CHURCH.

I'm not really sure what to write about this week, so here's a list of things I'm grateful for:
The Book of Mormon
Sister Horton
Air conditioned trains
Potstickers (I haven't had any recently but I'm craving them so....)
Clorox wipes
Clean sheets
The bus
The spirit
My name tag
Ice water
Bottled water
Cold water
Hot water
Free water
The Priesthood
The sacrament
The hymnbook
Piano music
Most of all, I'm grateful for the opportunity to be in New York City and teach people about Jesus Christ. It's brought so many wonderful people and experiences into my life 💕💕💕 
Love you forever!!

Sister Bain 🍍

Ps. Sorry I am so lame and boring, I literally have no idea what to write about any more 😂😂 but I still love you!! 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

2017 - 08-02 - "I LOVE YOU"

Hey fam ✌
I hope you all had a wonderful time at the lake. Those pictures you all sent were SO cute. I love seeing how much Jacob, Grant, and Bryson are growing! IT'S UNREAL THAT GRANT HAS THE PRIESTHOOD. What an awesome young man he is becoming. Bryson is almost there! I love them so much. MICKELLE GETS MARRIED THIS WEEK SO YAY FOR HER. 

Anne's baptism was nothing but wonderful. She is such a sweet soul. She kept telling us how happy she felt and how much she loves Jesus Christ (SAME.) Thank you for praying for her as she prepared for her special day! The Harlem 1st ward was so awesome and a ton of them came out to support her. She felt so loved by so many people which made US very very happy. An even bigger miracle this past week was that Anne found out that the family she nanny's for lives in the building that the assistants live in!! They met her in the elevator and one of the assistants is one of Anne's first missionaries!! It was cool to see the AP's there to support her because she loves them so much and was able to run into them 3 times during the week leading up her baptism! I know that God is real and that He is blessing us here! I know that He loves all of His children and that He knows each of us by name. I am filled to the top with gratitude that I have the opportunity to know Anne. We went to lunch with her after her baptism with President and Sister Smith and she told us that at first she felt as though she was coming to America to take care of her husband but she said that the reason for her journey to New York City was to find the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I BASICALLY CRIED ALL DAY BECAUSE I LOVE BEING HERE. 

We have a YSA investigator named Felicia and the other day when we said good bye Sister Horton said "Bye Felicia!" I died of laughter. If you don't get the joke, it's okay. Just move on. 

I've been thinking about prayer this week and what a special privilege we have to gain a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father through prayer. I know that Heavenly Father really does listen. 

"As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings."

I love you all so much and hope you have the best week ever!

Love always,
Sister Bain 🍍

Baptism Day!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 07/26 "WAY too BLESSED to be stressed"

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANT!! ❤ I cannot believe that he is 12. What. In. The. World. He is getting so old. I hope he has the best day ever 🎉 Okay also I hope you're having the best time at Bear Lake. I'm sad that Kell & KC weren't able to stay the week. That makes me super sad 😣 MICKELLE IS GETTING MARRIED NEXT WEEKEND. Please send her lots of love 💕 This week brought big changes!!
Sister Dismuke was transferred to the Bronx (haha the one place she didn't want to go 😂😭) and Sister Horton came to me in Harlem! I met Sister Horton my very first day in the mission field. We were roommates in Connecticut and I absolutely adore her. Heavenly Father has blessed me SO. MUCH. with all of my wonderful companions 👌😍

ANN IS GETTING BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY WOOT WOOT. ❤❤❤ We are so excited. And the Harlem 1st ward is SO. EXCITED. I have learned so much from Ann. She is one very sweet soul 🌟 AND! She prays for you all! The other night when we saw her she said, "Please bless Sister Bain's family. Bless her good parents that they will continue to be strong and faithful, bless her little brothers that they will grow up healthy. Bless her sister and brother-in-law that their marriage may be strong. Bless them to have experiences to bring them closer to Christ." Those sweet prayers bring so much peace to my heart. Ann is so faithful and she knows that her prayers are always answered, therefore my sweet fam is being extra blessed ❤

I am so so grateful for this time in my life. WAY too BLESSED to be stressed 👌Something I've realized a lot this week is that it's SO easy to go through the motions and to get into a routine. The other day we helped a woman who was visiting from Oregon learn how to use the subway. To us, swiping our metrocard to catch the 2 train to 96th street to transfer to a 1 train to go up to 103 street because only the 1 travels on Broadway is super easy and it's just part of life. But for this woman from Oregon, it was so magical. To us, it's easy to let Central Park fade into the background because we see it every day. But people come from all over the world to see Central Park. We see the Empire State Building every day. We see thousands of people from all over the world every day. We run like crazy people to catch the M116 so we don't have to walk crosstown 45 minutes to get home-- you would NEVER see me running to catch a bus in Utah. But stuff like that is normal for us and sometimes I feel like I'm just so use to it that I don't even see the "magic" of New York City anymore. But that's what happens when we just get lost in the routine. that what happens with your daily scripture study? Daily prayer? Weekly church attendance? Are we just doing these things because we know we should? Or have we found purpose in our studies and in our prayers? Have we found our own reasons for attending church each week? Are we in a mundane routine of small and simple things that we've lost the magic of spiritual experiences? Here's some questions I really want you to think about:
1. Do you remember the first time you felt the Holy Ghost?
2. Do you remember the last time you felt the power of the priesthood?
3. Do you remember the last time you felt the Book of Mormon was true?
4. Do you remember when you have felt God answer your prayers? 
Are we putting ourselves in a position to have these experiences each day to renew our faith? Are we actively searching for ways to feel the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost? Are we actively looking for our own testimony of the power of the priesthood? Are we keeping a study journal to remember the promptings we receive as we study our scriptures and look for God's hand in our lives? It is SO insanely easy to create a regular routine which eventually turns into regular, normal motions. When was the last time you marvelled at the blessings you've been given because of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Marvelling at these blessings is a sign of faith!! I believe that it shows that we believe in God and that we believe in Jesus Christ. And we believe that our Heavenly Father loves us enough to bless us every day!  
I hope you all have a wonderful and SAFE week at the Lake!
I love you!! 💕💕
Love always,
Sister Bain 🍍

"I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt!
Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?
No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat,
Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!"
- I Stand All Amazed hymn 193 
(I cry WITHOUT FAIL every time we sing this song.) 
Saying to Sister Dismuke

Hello Sister Horton