Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Healing Physically and Spiritually (September 28th, 2016)

Kia ora!

This means 'Hello!" in Samoan.

I am picking up some fun words from my amazing companion! I am so blessed here in the Enfield area! Our ward is incredible diverse, but to sum
it up it is made up of Africans, Portuguese, Latin, and a sprinkle of
English. I love it because I am being exposed to all sorts of cultures. And it goes to show that no matter where we are from we can so easily be united through Christ and his gospel! I would have never thought that I would have so many life-long friends in such a short time from so many different places. A few times, the little Spanish I know has come in handy.

However, this week has been rough. Tuesday, we stayed in because Sister
Fuimaono got sick and then later in the week I got an ugly cold and am
only just getting over it. That seemed to set the tone for our week.
Negative and down. As unfortunate as that is, I have learned so much
from this week! For a while now, I have been feeling a lot of pressure
from myself as well as others to be much better than I am. I knew that
I could do better, but was just really struggling to reach that. I felt weighed down with having to do everything, by myself, perfectly and I thought I was going to break. But we had interviews with our mission president, President Stevens. I was so excited for this because the last time I had one was when I first came to the
mission and our interview was cut short. I was not disappointed this
time around. I could feel the power and spirit of his calling through
his eyes and he said all that I needed to get back up on my feet. What
is funny is that it wasn't even long, but it was a powerful 5 minutes.

I will never forget what he said. He said that you cannot do this on
your own. Plain and simple. But... That is what Christ is there for.
Lean on him and ask for his strength and you will be able to support

Now this is something I had heard all my life. But this time it meant
something totally different. I always had the idea that Christ took on
the burden of our sins and sicknesses, but he really does take on the burden of our struggles even with things that we are trying to do that are good. I was trying so hard to do so much, but I can't do anything
with out Him.

Reading over this, I am realising I cannot put it into words how huge
this is for me. So just remember that if any of you who are reading
this are struggling with ANYTHING continue to do your best, but PLEASE lean on Christ! LET him help you, because we are all going to fall
short without him.

I love you all and invite you to come closer to Christ!

I love this gospel! I know it is true and I have been able to feel the
peace and relief from the Atonement of Jesus Christ! God is great and
Christ lives!

- Sister Haynie

We Are Family! All The Elders, Sisters, and Me! (September 21st, 2015)

God is great! At this time in my life, away from my family and
friends, God has given me a family away from home! In the Endfield
area, we have three sets of missionaries in the same ward and we are able to see each other and help each other all the time. In my las area, we only saw the other missionaries every once in a while, but here we don't go a day without seeing each other. We all are like a
family! Sister Fuimaona is the mom (literally, Elder Abreu always call
her mom, and she calls him son.)

And also there is a member family who at times reminds me so much of
my family. And they are so good to the missionaries.

But also this week I have realised how much everyone truly is our
family. We are all children of God! Sometimes when I talk to random
strangers, I get really strong feelings of love for them and just wish
I could give them my testimony for a second so that they could see
what a blessing the Gospel is.

Sorry for the short email this week (we went into London today,
#britishmuseum #camdentown)
But I love you all! Thank you so much for all the support that you all
have given!

- Sister Haynie

Monday, September 14, 2015

Highs and Lows!

This week has definitely been a week of hills and valleys! At the start of the week we had that mission wide conference and it was incredible and both my companion and I were pumped to implement the things that we learned but as the week went on we went a little off track. But the most wonderful thing about the atonement is that when we fall we can get back up again. I have heard many times that failure is not falling, but not getting up. And even though we may not be as tall as we were before we fell, each step up is progress and eventually we can be higher than ever. Not only higher but stronger and less likely to fall again.

And that is what we did. We evaluated ourselves and had a long conversation about what went wrong and what thing that we are going to change so that it doesn't happen again. We were re-psyched and we were able to visit an investigator on date! We are so excited!

Another thing that I learned this week was that planning is so important! Preach My Gospel, the book we teach from, says, "a failure to plan is a plan to fail!" This is so true. And more importantly, not sticking to your plans and your back-ups will yank you off track. I know this next week will be all highs because this week we planned our week all the way out and we are determined to stick to it!

The last thing I want to share from what I learned this week, is that, when all is said and done, it is not how we compare to others, it is how we stand with God. We may not know where exactly we stand, but we know whether it is in the right or not, and if we are doing our best then we can have that confidence with God.

I love this! I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It is the only true church on this earth and it is the only way to achieve true happiness!

I love you all and I love to hear from you!

Thank you for your prayers and love!

- Sister Haynie

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oh My Days and Everything In Between!

Hello everyone! Sorry to have had such a short email last week, but as I said before, it was MY FIRST TRANSFER!
I am now serving in Enfield! My oh my! This area is so different from my last area. My last area we walked everywhere and there were not many people to talk to but here, we take buses everywhere and SO MANY PEOPLE!
I am now being follow-up trained (for missionaries, the first 12 weeks are the training period, aka I am still a Greenie) by Sister Fuimaono! She is from Australia, was born in New Zealand, and her parents are Samoan! Simply she is polynesian and so much fun! We laugh so much together!
It is really interesting being in a new area so soon! I was just getting to know the area and the people back in Kent, and then they moved me. Now I am new all over again, learning names and which bus routes to take. It has nearly done my head in!
But I love it! I can easily see why the Lord has sent me here to Enfield, it is so apparent, it is almost like a slap on the face! God knows what I need and what to give me to aid me in my growth as a missionary.
The reason why my email is so late is because yesterday, we had a mission wide conference. There was a speaker who came to talk about a case study he wrote especially for missionaries. His name is Clayton Christensen!
Dad! He served his mission in Korea as well, but I think he is much older than you so, I don't think you served at the same time, but still cool!
But it was so incredible to see all of the missionaries in the England London Mission get together! We are such a force to reckon with! And just think of all the missions with all the missionaries! What other church has that kind of force of young men and women who give up  so much time in their prime, to spread what they believe in? NONE! That is just another testament to me that this is the one and only true church on this earth with all of Christ's teachings.

I love you all so much and I hope you are all well and happy. If you are not, then I only have one answer for you. God. Turn to him in all things. It is as simple as that!

- Sister Haynie

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Just got here, but they didn't like me, so... I'm leaving! 1st Transfer! (September 1st, 2015)

Just kidding, but yes ... transfers are here and I have been called to
work in Enfield! It is actually really interesting because my trainer
is staying here and follow-up training a sister that came out with me,
but was serving in Enfield, and I am taking her place! So we are
companion/area swapping! Too cool.

I am so amazed at how much I have come to love this place, the people,
the ward, and even the quaint little towns! I will miss them
immensely! But I know that the Lord knows what he is doing! It is
going to be hard to get to know a new place with new people and a new companion, especially since I was feeling like I was just getting to
know Sittingbourne and the Gillingham 2nd ward. But recently I have been learning that the Lord knows what is needed and thank goodness he has control over that!

I love the Lord, I know this gospel is true, and that is really all one needs!

Short on time but I love you all!

- Sister Haynie