Monday, September 28, 2015

Weekly Email September 28, 2015

Monday: I was reading lesson one in preach my gospel and i flipped to 2. Nephi 28 where they are talking about our generation. The false churches and false doctrine and i felt this burning feeling in my chest and i knew that what i was reading was TRUE. We went to sister youngbloods and we had lunch and then we went fishing. SO fun! i caught 6 fish!!! I thought it was going to be the worst pday ever...because well fishing sounds sooo boring. But it was super dooper fun. especially bc i was good at it...thats not a good reason but whatever. :P

Tuesday: we had district meeting and that was super fun. I love the elders in my district and i love my companion! she is so awesome! We all bore our testimony on who our favorite scripture hero is and mine is Nephi. Who is your favorite scripture hero and why? I brought elder nelson a durag but the canadian elder thought he would steal it and wear it. lol we visited the hansens and sister brewer. I have so much love for the people in snellville, they are so incredible and have won my heart over. (: We went to bible study and that was fun. i found weave while we were tracting and i picked it up and stuck it in the elders car and said " weave loved having you in our district, yall ready for round TWO?!" 

Wednesday: TRANSFERS! I saw emily bell! She is so stinkin' cute! I am so excited for her and this journey she has chosen to embark on. i got sister lawson! She is from riverton utah and she is quiet. So that will be some getting used to on my part... lol (: I got a sweet letter from Kamiliah! (: 

Thursday: weekly planning. ate at steak and shake. that was fun!

friday: .....idk...

saturday: womens general conference sesh was seh good. (: 

sunday: I love sundays they are my favorite as well as tuesdays! I always am so spiritually edified and i just have a renewed love for my savior. it just deepens with every talk, lesson, song and testimony. 

I am not bffs with my companion yet which is a bummer. I know that service & love is the answer to all. i hope we can get closer this week.. pray for us! (: Have a great week yall! sorry i dont have much input for the past was a kind of crazy week. 

Sister Russell

Monday, September 21, 2015

Weekly Email September 21, 2015

monday: went to the library. grocery shopping. napped. read my scriptures. We had dinner with sister ladd and she is such a sweet, christlike woman! We didnt know where to find so ended up going home and just making calls and then we heard a knock at the door. Sister Hunter looked out the peep hole and said it was a man...she was about to open it but i said NO! Wait! I have to grab a knife just in case. Then she opened the door and it was RUSS HILL!!! Oh my heavens. I was taken by surprise!! I just started to cry. This was the man that helped jumpstart my testimony, my desire to serve a mission, to be a powerful example of the savior in all that i do, to not be afraid of inviting people to learn of the gospel. This was someone who i had looked up to since i was younger and he was at my doorstep. It was so cool.

tuesday: we had district meeting and that was an awesome experience! I love the elders in our district they are led by the spirit and it inspires me! I love that we have the oppurtunity to meet each week and support one another. Elder Nelson shared that he has been having a rough time with not having anyone to teach and he shared helaman 10:1-5. What a powerful scripture! We then had lunch afterwards and then we went out to our car and the elders had pranked us. They put streamers all over our car, silly string, and birthday cards. We wen to the odells home for dinner and we shared D&C 84:88 and in that moment i realized that because my mom decided to take a leap of faith and read the book of mormon and the fact that she raised me in the church has not only changed my life completely but for all the generations to come. missionary work is POWERFUL. 

wednesday: we met a guy who sings in a group called the spinners....i have no idea who they are but yeah anyways.. we went to lunch with the nalders and that was fun. We went to china chef. I love them, they are such a fun couple! We then went to ollies bargain outlet, so cool!!! We then went to sister parkers, she has really bad migraines and was telling us she has tried everything. as she was saying that i got the impression to ask her if she had fasted before, but i didnt want to ask because she had said she already tried everything. so i pushed it aside. then the prompting came again. I then asked and she said..."well no..i hadnt even thought of that." It was a powerful conviction to me that the lord works through us by the power and gift of the holy ghost! 

thursday: oh i forgot to mention i have been sick since tuesday....I refuse to go to the doctors. My allergies are killer here. any who. We had weekly planning and then we wet to the cahills for dinner and then we went finding because all of our appointments fell through. 

friday: we did service for sister shaffer that was super fun! We also were able to go to panera bread with her for lunch.  we went to a few people homes and invited them to continue to read the book of mormon and found some more people who are interested. Then i took sister hunter to waffle house because shes never been. i dont love waffle house...its not super duper great but you've got to experience it. we went to sister youngbloods house and she has a star wars bathroom. she is going to make a list of movies i need to see and were going to watch them when i get off my mission in her movie room! 

saturday: met some fun people finding.

sunday: 8 less actives came to church!!! (: whoo hoo! We found out that sister hunter is leaving to centerville ward and i am staying and training a new missionary. I might train Emily Bell! how crazy would that be! (: lol 

I could be here all day telling you about my eventful, dissappointing, but most rewarding week ever but i wont do that because well no really has the time for that. (: We have been really good on leaving committments and follow up with them and calling people and scheduling appointments. We had two days straight where everything fell through and i just got so discouraged. I just didnt understand why all of this was happening, but then it hit me. I thought of the savior and how he has felt exactly how i have felt and i found great comfort in knowing it. I loved the comfort that came to me instantly when i turned my thoughts to the savior. Then this sunday we come to church and there are 8 less actives that came. It was such a blessing to see so many people at church, and two of the members came up to us and asked where can i pay my tithing. When i heard that my heart was touched, the first thing they felt they needed to do was to pay their tithing. Another member received her patriarchal blessing and that was so great because she was less active when we got to this area. Allowing people to have those spiritual experiences as well as ourselves is so important. This morning reading I was reflecting upon why its so important that the restoration occured. I started reading 2 nephi 28 and i just felt the spirit testify of the truthfulness of the restoration. It brought tears to my eyes because i had felt that burning feeling and i knew that god loved me, loved me enough to provide me with direction to follow him more fully and thats why i want to be apart of this glorious work. I want the book of mormon to flood georgia and the earth. I want people to know that they are not alone and that God is the same yesterday today and forever. Jesus christ is the savior of the world and that we can turn to him when we feel inadequate, when we feel we dont measure up he fills the gaps. I love this work. This was a trying but yet so rewarding week. 

Sister Russell 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Weekly Email September 14, 2015

Monday: LABOR DAY! we went out with many members! it was super fun. we hungout with sister remund and sister coble. I love them both so dearly they have the sweetest testimony. also if they are looking for a good Mormon message they need to do one on sister greta coble, the sweetest lady in snellville and the best conversion story. we went to berens frozen custard place and that was a delight! we went out to provinos an italian restaurant in snellville. it was pretty good. nothing like oregano's... but it'll do. We talked to the centerville elders for about 30 mins, elder hollingsoworth played his ukelele for us and sang. lol 

Tuesday: PDAY...I drove around trying to find a ukelele and couldnt find one. #LAME

Wednesday: We brought elder solomons bright green birthday cake. The zone leaders were there and that was fun! Elder Alade and i talked about the good ol days back in ATL. I received the most comforting blessing from the elders. I appreciate men who honor and hold the priesthood. I have come to appreciate it so much more on my mission. Sister despain left and i got a new companion sister hunter! She is from Alpine, Utah and is so cool! Sister shaffer took us to walmart so i could buy a gps and then we went to my new favorite place Zoes Kitchen! I love mediterranean food! (: SO GOOD! We have been able to see the power of the book of mormon in our tracting and teaching!! 

Thursday: WEEKLY PLANNING! Sister hunter and i have established nicknames white lightning and chocolate thunder. You can tell this next two weeks will be a blast! (:  I love her! 

Friday: We went to chat & chew for relief society! that was super fun! baked potato bar and salad! (: yumm! we went tracting and that was super fun! We went and visited lots of members! i love the snellville ward they are so loving and accepting to everyone! 


Sunday: Stake conference. picnic with the shaffers. We went to atlanta...i wanted to cry because i  miss the city. 


Sister Hunter and I are truly working together so well! We are determined to help those we come in contact and not only invite them to come unto christ but ourselves as well. I am grateful for the book of mormon and the strong conviction i got years ago that jumped started my desire to follow the savior and since then it continues to help me be the person i want to become. The things i once valued and loved when i was of the world all seem so miniscual now. I treasure the knowledge i have of my savior jesus christ, that he is there and his love is constant, amongst all the changing trends in the world and caos i can count on him. I treasure that i am a woman that makes and keeps sacred covenants. I desire those same things for my investigators to value the things that will help us become who he wants us to become. Lots of miracles being seen by myself and my companion. There will be many more to come. have a great week yall. LOVE YOU!

Sister Russell 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Weekly Email September 8, 2015

Monday:  I read alma 5 for personal study and that was super fun! I also went to walmart to print out some pictures because well i can. I wrote some letters because sister despain had to go to the doctors. I am going to take up the ukelele...well more like try and figure out how to play it. lol We did mostly finding today.

Tuesday: We went and visited Fay and she has the best southern accent!! We then went to lunch at sister Nalders and she sounds so much like Nonie it isnt funny. She even laughs like Nonie. (: I love her, i dont feel too far away from family here in GA. We then went to Brigettes and she is awesome! Such a sweet spirit she has! Then we went to the shaffers and well we get treated like family there and thats the best! (: 

Wednesday: I woke up at 4am and i couldnt fall back asleep so i took a long ready and started heading to Jonesboro for the zone conference! (: It was so cool...when we got there I saw too many familiar faces! Dimanche, Aiono, Muhlestein, Waite, Manzer, Campbell!!! AHH! It was a super awesome conference! It was full of great insights! I love president foote and the spirit and humor he brings to the mission! We went to the Davis family for dinner and they made us breakfast! BEST MEAL EVER! I love breakfast...simple and its always good. You cant screw up breakfast! I love brother davis he is hilarious and has such a strong testimony of the gospel! 

Thursday: Weekly planning by myself...and i cried. 

Friday: I didnt feel good today and havent been feeling too well...but whatever. Sister Despain is going home and i am getting a new companion. We went finding and we had 3 appointments fall through.

Saturday:  We met with Santana and she is so amazing! She is so excited to read the book of mormon! We went and visited sister coble and she is awesome! She has been working at the high school she graduated from for 45 years! CRAZY!! We were able to see centervilles baptisms! It was such a great experience! (: We had a mission wide call and that was so spiritual. I loved it. I took some melatonin with this bliss ( fizzy drink tastes like soda) and i totally clonked out.

Sunday: I woke up and got ready couldnt decide what shoes i wanted to wear and i ended up putting one of each on to see which one i liked more...then i continued to get ready. Got to church...still had one of each shoe on my feet... I was still in a daze. Sister despain had to drive because i wasnt feeling good. I dont even remember taking the sacrament...but any who. I love being a missionary. Please if you havent been already...pray for opportunities to share the gospel with people around you. 


<3 Sister Russell