Monday, July 27, 2015
Just kidding. So Sister Ranck had the brilliant (once agin) idea to type up our email before-hand on the iPad and then we can do our emails at the chapel since we are going to a members house nearby on Monday evenings anyway. So here is the rest of my letter, and hopefully this will answer all the questions you all had this week.
This week sister Ranck and I visited a sister who just got baptised, named Vicki! She is one of the most sincere people I have ever met and I can't wait to see more of her! It is people like her that makes all the hardships worth it!
On Sunday, we had talks in sacrament meeting! I know, right? First week there and let's slam the new missionaries with talks. But it was actually really great! This way most of the members will already know who we are, plus we can let them know that we are here, ready to work hard to build up their ward! The members are so sweet! Our first night here, we had no idea where we were going but as we were leaving London, where the mission office is, and heading out to our areas, luckily we had a set of elders headed out the same direction and they were able to help sister Ranck and I with our six bags (between us). And then a couple from the ward called us and asked if we needed any help and were able to give us a lift from the train station to our flat! It isn't too far of a walk, but with our bags, it would have been a nightmare! Any one who is wanting to go on a mission, unless you know you are in an all driving mission, pack really light! Half the stuff you don't really need anyways, it is just comfort stuff.
Anyways, the talks went great and we got to meet a lot of the members. The ward is so small though! It is pretty big for these parts, but compared to the wards back home, it is tiny. Our primary would probably be half the size this ward is. But everyone in attendance, you know is strong and faithful, because out here it is really easy to go inactive. There are so many listed in our area book as inactive or less active. The youth is tiny. There are probably 10 between the young men and young women's. But sister Ranck and I are going to change that. We are also going to get more people out there. I don't think I will ever complain again about an American ward again. Besides, this way it will be easier for us to get to know everyone!
The classes on Sunday were amazing as well! We were teaching the gospel principles class (only learned that we were, like two minutes before) and one of the members had brought a friend and she was very interested in learning although she said she didn't have religious beliefs. But while we taught/the friend and her mom taught, I could tell that the spirit was touching this woman's heart. It was something wonderful to witness. And really it was the whole class that taught her.
Oh man! The strength and testimony of the people in this ward is incredible!
The last thing I really want to say is that everyone needs to help the missionaries! The members really are the best way to find. Finding people on the street is almost, not totally, pointless. People already know the members and trust them. They have that relationship with them that can't be made with a 2 year or 18 month missionary. So help the missionaries! Please just invite a friend to church or to an activity! You would be amazed at how receptive people can be!
- Sister Haynie
Week 1 in the Field
Wow! It feels like it has been years since I have been able to send a proper email! And I still won't be able to read all your mail though I desperately want to.
But the question I am sure you have all been dying to hear the answer to, is the mission area I have been called to .... Sittingbourne!! It is a on the South eastern side of the UK. If you look it up, we cover the town of Sittingbourne, Rainham, the Isle of Sheppy and our chapel is in the city of Gillingham. It is a huge area and we don't even have a car. But that is a blessing because neither Sister Ranck or I know how to drive here. Oh! By the way, Sister Ranck is my trainer! She is amazing and is just what I needed. Oh again! We are white washing this area (see the post titled "Shoes and Knock-Off's" for definition) so both of us didn't know a single soul here or where anything was! But Sister Ranck is brilliant and got to work right away! We bought a map at the store and looked through the Area Book and our phone and started visiting people and calling members of the ward we are in right away!
To be honest, it was really hard for me to adjust to this life, and am still adjusting. The Preston MTC is really cozy and felt very safe. We came out here both new and it just felt scary at first. But as we worked everyday I came to feel better about everything.
So some random info about England/Sittingbourne/living here:
-Padestrians do NOT have any sort of right of way! It is ridiculous. The people on the street have to look out for cars, not the other way around. Cars don't care. They will just mow you over! Also, as hard as I try, I cannot seem to get the driving-on-the-wrong-side-the-road straight in my head. Even trying to say to myself "If you think it is one way, then it is actually the other way," doesn't work! These roads are so strange. The lights and signs and road marks... Good thing I am not driving yet!
-The streets are so small everywhere and everything builds up, even in these smaller towns.
-As a missionary we are always on our knees in prayer! (not literally all the time) But we pray when we wake up and go to bed, before and after personal study, before and after companion study, before we leave the flat and when we get back, and anytime in between like when we are about to knock on a door or teach a lesson. I always knew to pray a lot, but missionaries pray a LOT. I like it though because now my prayers are much more sincere and unique! I don't say the same thing all the time. I have to get inventive and it is great!
- As we have met with the members and less actives, it seems everyone is sick or in poor health! So be thankful siblings, that mom and dad were able to bless us with really healthy bodies!
-As anyone would have guessed, the weather here is bipolar. Our first day in Sittingbourne, it was sunny and almost even hot. But then on and off the sky will change from being blue to being gloomy gray and rainy! Friday, sister Ranck and I got caught in the rain on our way to meet the Relief Society President for dinner. You all will be happy to know (I think) that my little rain jacket from Target, and my Arizona boots survived the water. And my bag was very dry! Thanks mom for the waterproofing spray! The only thing that did not work was my dumb cheap umbrella from Wallmart! It leaks for crying out loud!
-Also I have to get used to writing the date day/month/year instead of month/day/year. I confuse myself all the time!
I wish I could send you pictures, but once again, I don't have time. We have to email from a local library and there is an hour limit! We have iPads but the wifi at the library doesn't work. We may just go to the chapel next week. Hopefully we can figure something else out.
But, I love you all so much and I pray for you! And thank you for all the prayers! I will try to write things down in my journal so one day I can tell you all the things that won't fit in an email!
Love you all so much!
The Church is so true and even though the work is hard, I am coming to know its worth!
- Sister Haynie
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
So this is just a quick email to say that tomorrow will be transfers and I won't be able to email you properly. You will get a better one hopefully on Monday. I love you all so very much! Thank you for all your prayers! I have been learning soo much!
I love you all again!
- Sister Haynie
Friday, July 17, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
- Sister Haynie
Thank you for all the emails! I really do appreciate them!
The last week has been crazy.
Wednesday 8 July 2015:
Travel was quite easy for me compared to half the missionaries traveling that day. I had no issues other than it being my first time on a plane and I was homesick as soon as I left mum and Carson and sat down to wait for my flight to board. But lucky for me the Wilkes family was all there and so I wasn't completely alone. I am so grateful to Heavenly Father for sending them to me! The flight from Tucson to Houston was delayed only slightly because there was a dumb coyote on the runway.
Houston was really muggy and I never even stepped outside. I found my flight quite easily and waited for everyone to board.
The flight to Newark was nice, I got to sleep, and I couldn't resist. I watched The Avengers Age of Ultron on the plane :/ It was really good! Right before the plane left, a young man in a suit got on and I was guessing he was a missionary but I wasn't sure.
The flight to Manchester was really long. I had a window seat thank goodness and I slept a few hours, so I was quite blessed. On this flight there was that young man from before and then two sisters that I knew were missionaries because they were talking to each other and the people next to them.
And the accents began.
Most of the passengers on the plane had accents, the people right behind me were from Liverpool and their accents were sooo thick. I loved it.
So that young man I thought was an Elder is and he is actually from Arizona too! Queen Creek! His name is Elder Rivera.
When I say my travel was quite blessed, I mean it. 7 missionaries had delayed flights and came the day later! United Airlines was having some issues and all the missionaries from Utah and one from Colorado were set back a day. Including my friend from Facebook I was hoping to meet on the plane from Newark to Manchester.
It is beautiful in England and the MTC is on the England Temple grounds so it is even more beautiful.
There are so many accents here and not just British. German, Ghana, Swedish, Australian, Brazilian,Chinese, Japanese! There is one Elder in my district that grew up in China but studied in Australia, so he has a Chinese/Australian/British accent. It is brilliant!
So far we have been in classes and had study time. Emphasis on the study time. Anyone wanting to serve, learn how to study with a purpose so you can get the very most out of the loads of time you have for study! I was baffled by how hard it was for me to study! We teach investigators already, and as of now, I am sometimes good at teaching them. It is harder than I thought it would be. but I am getting better.
My MTC companion is Sister Phillips!! The one I had been talking to on Facebook for the last three months. That was such a blessing to get someone I already knew and she is so amazing! She is such a fantastic example!
I also have the best room mates! She isn't in my room but Sister Swan is the one from Australia so of course I love her. Everything she says is either beautiful or just cracks me up!
Airports are ginormous! I had to take a train to get from one terminal to the other in Texas.
Here they leave the windows open all the time! Big no no in Arizona summers!
I am so surprised by how tired I am, but I always have a smile on my face!
Fruits and vegetables always taste like they just came out of the ground, they probably did.
I am slowly learning the words here. Like pitch is the field and as everyone knows soccer is football.
The weather is actually quite nice but it does get cold. Especially when it rains. And it rained all of Sunday and Monday. We were stuck inside for our exercise but thats okay because they have a weight room and ping pong tables. I am not good at ping pong. I will get there eventually. I am much better at football. I think the Elders were really surprised that I could actually play at all. I scored twice!
If you know me at all, you know that one of my favorite words to use is awesome! and my mission president has asked us Americans to refrain from using awesome, guys, cool, and super. That covers the whole of my excitement words :( So it is now Fantastic! or Brilliant!
We went to the Temple today and it was magnificent! It just reminded me of home because it is just the same here as it is back home.
Sorry! No pictures this week. I cannot figure these laptops out! Just think green and British :)
Love you all!
The Gospel is soooo true! I love my Savior and my Heavenly Father so much!
- Sister Haynie
Thursday, July 9, 2015
It is beautiful here in England! I have not seen London yet but one day... And the weather is quite nice right now. Warm for the Brits, a little cool for me, but at one point it was sunny, blue skies.
I really am doing well. I met up with three other missionaries when I landed in England and all my luggage was there, thank goodness! There were like seven other missionaries who missed their flights/had delayed flights so they are staying at a hotel tonight. Jemma is one of those:( I was really hoping to finally get to meet her in person.
Did you know how hard it is to switch from saying Lisa Haynie to Sister Haynie? It is really hard! Three or four times I have had to correct myself. And I have already said pants instead of trousers and one of the sisters here that lives in England gave me a funny look for a second until I corrected myself.
I did try to call you from the the Houston airport but I couldn't figure out how to get my calling card to work.
Everyone has been really nice (accept for the one guy who was checking passports.)
I am now officially, officially a Sister missionary! Badge and all!
Carson, you and I should have a talk right before you leave your mission if you are nervous when you leave. After the first flight it really isn't that bad at all!
I love you all and miss you (for now.) Thank you for all you support and great examples. Day one down! Many more to go!
Oh and badges are awesome! Their virtual power is incredible!
- Sister Haynie