Monday, November 16, 2015

Hello My Fellow Children of God! (November 16th, 2015)

image1.JPGYes, that is all of you! Every last one of you who read this and then also everyone else!

If I have learned one thing in my young age of being a four-month-old missionary (is it really four whole months?) it is that every single person on this planet is a child of the loving Heavenly Father! And because of that we all NEED and will benefit from the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ!

And especially during this Christmas time, it is so important to remember the true meaning of Christmas and what it means to every last person on this earth! It is the celebration of the gift that God gave us, the saviour was born and that means that today, and every day onward we can have a perfect brightness of hope for this life and in the next! Because He Lives! No matter who we are, no matter what we are going through, the fact that all can and will be made right is such a strength to me and should be to all! And not just it being made right, but be alright. He is a strength, a comfort, a guide in the darkest, lowest times and in the highest happiest moments!

I invite you all to really think about what you mean to Heavenly Father, and after you have done this pray to know how he really feels about you! He will let you know! And then share! With the world!

Sorry to be so short, but seriously consider my invitation! My companion, sister Fillmore had me do it this last week. And this message is what I want to share with you all!

Love you and thank you!

- Sister Lisa Haynie

P. S. Just one more thing, we had zone meeting a few days after we had a mission wide fast/blitz and the Stevens are amazing. They went right along with us full time missionaries fasting and going out and talking to people for an hour and a half! They do all that they expect us to do. They are truly inspired and inspirational leaders!

Patience is a Virtue! Always! (November 10th, 2015)

Hello everyone! I just have to say that God is great!


You have to have patience in order to be able to witness his greatness. Sister Fillmore always says that patience is one of the lessons you will always continue to learn over and over... And over again.

So for the last little bit, I have been struggling talking to people on the street, on the bus, on the tube, etc and I am sure you have all heard enough of it. I should be able to talk to strangers about the Gospel like a pro by now. For whatever reason I have not gotten it. BUT...  this week a lot of things happened. Thursday morning we had a powerful Zone meeting. It wasn't the run of the mill zone meeting where you feel the happy spirit because you are with other missionaries, but it was an intense and serious spirit. We talked a lot about picking things up and working harder and being accountable to the Lord. And it really sparked a fire in me. I want so badly to be a great servant for God and his children but I just don't have the hang of it yet. ( A lot of it has to do with exact obedience, in the smallest things. More on that another time.)

Then directly after Zone Meeting, I went on exchanges with one of my Sister Training Leaders, Sister Pan Scorciello ( born in Argentina, raised in Spain. She is really wonderful!) in Watford. We sang to old folk and it was so fun! Just like back home, I almost forgot that I was a missionary! But then the interesting stuff start happening!

The sisters area in Watford is a biking area, and I have never biked on my mission, so I was nervous at first. I am in a skirt for crying out loud! Any ways, riding wasn't too bad but the best part was that it was POURING RAIN! I am not even joking about how it was the best. I felt like a proper missionary! Biking in the rain and dark and everything! We were soaked but miracles happened anyway. We stopped by a potential investigator that the Watford Sisters had tried to stop by so many times, and this time she let us in and the lesson was so amazing. And then we went to see a ton of other people but they all fell through and we ran out of back-up plans. So we had about an hour and a half before our next appointment. Uhhhhm? Was my first reaction. But sister Pan decides to just find/oym (open your mouth) until then. So pretty much talking to people. Now just picture this. It is about 5:30 in England which means that it is already very dark and it is also raining and fairly cold. And we are going to stop strangers and talk to them? Now if it had been up to me, I would have just given up and gone back to the flat but sister Pan just started stoping people. And people stopped and talked to us! I know! Surprising! Not everyone but way more than I would have ever thought would. So this was something else that added to my amazing week. I no longer fear the early darkness here in England. People will still talk to you! Huge obstacle removed in one evening!

Then the next day was just as amazing. Plans went wrong but miracles were abundant! It was really cool to be a witness of them!

And then, the next day (Saturday if you are lost) we had a mission wide fast and blitz (see previous email for definition of blitz) and I actually went and talked to people by myself! I know Heavenly Father was preparing me for that!

Moral of this whole email is have patience with Heavenly Father and his blessings, they are always on the way if you know you are doing what you need to. Heaven knows he is patient with us and our imperfections!

Just quickly, I must say that Sunday is always such a relief out here! No matter how stressed out I get in the week, whenever I go to church, all my cares and worries just seem to melt away... At least for three hours. I love it!

I also love you all! Thank you for the prays and I hope you are all doing splendid!

Last second challenge! Talk to someone you don't know this week. It can be as simple as complimenting them or as intense as a full blown conversation. Just try it. The feeling is amazing! Just try to uplift them!


- Sister Lisa Haynie

Christmas is Coming! (November 2nd, 2015)

Hello all!

It is really different out here in England because everyone goes straight from the little bit of Halloween they do have, to Christmas! I feel like something is missing and then I think, "oh yeah,  they don't celebrate thanksgiving, duh! That is purely American." But it is nice to see how a lot of shops and stores go all out on decorations! I can't believe Christmas is so close! I remember when September seemed light years away!

This week, once again has been all over the place. Sister Fillmore and I were invited to join the missionary Christmas choir because we live so close to London. We went to our first practice last Wednesday and it was crazy. The choir conductor is Sister Ashby (who is from Arizona and one of her kids lives in Vail!) works so fast! I can sing and read music alright but this is something different. We will see if we can keep up.

On Halloween, we went on what we call a blitz. It is where you and your companion split up (staying in sight and sound of each other of course) and you talk to as many people and cover as much area as you can. We did that for an hour and it was really interesting. We were able to find two people who seem really solid, but that isn't the best part. The best part is that my confidence was restored! For the past couple of transfers, I have gotten scared of talking to people. I had over thought the reactions people might give me or what they might to say, pretty much, psyching myself out. But then we went and talked to lots of people and even though some said no, everything was fine! And I realised, I can do this! It helps to feel confident about what you do. And don't get me wrong, it wasn't just me. I had to lean on Christ for it all, and man does it help!

We also had a lesson with one of our "eternal investigators" (which just means that we have been teaching them for forever) Danny, and it was amazing. So he speaks French more than English so things get lost in between. But this time we had a member who is actually Portuguese but speaks like 4 languages and one happens to be French. OH MAN IT WAS SOOO GOOD! However, at one point Danny tried the " you-only-say-these-things-are-true-and-this-is-the-only-true-church-because-you-were-born-in-it-and-have-never-tried-anything-else" card. I hate it when people say that to me and as my mind was racing to give him the I-have-asked-for-myself spiel, sister Fillmore was taken over by the spirit. It was a sight to behold. She straightened up to her full sitting height (and she is tall so it really added to the feeling) looked Danny in the eyes, and bore a powerful, undeniable testimony of our call from THE prophet of God as representatives of Christ and the authority we have as missionaries set apart by the priesthood to testify of these truths! All was quiet for a few moments. For a second I thought that Danny would be upset and it would that awkward moment after someone is rebuked, but Danny quietly and reverently said thank you.

That room was filled with the spirit so strongly! I have never seen anything like that before but am excited to see more as I come to know the spirit better in this work!

I love this work! It is the lords work and I invite you all to be a part of it! And if you think that you can't or it is too hard or takes too much time, email me about it! I can give you a hundred and one ways to simply do missionary work. It really doesn't take turning in your papers and 2 years of you life to do it!

Thank you all for you payers and support! I really do love you all!


- Sister Lisa Haynie