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!