This blog is about Sister Lisa Haynie and her experiences as she serves in the England London mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints!
Weekly emails will be added with new experience and hopefully some advice for anyone who might want to serve a mission or will be serving in the England London mission as well!
This week has really been a game changer for me. Last transfer wasn't bad but it really wasn't all that it could have been and sister Wright and I agree about that. So sister Wright was talking to another sister whose area just bust out in success and asked her how it happened. The other sister said, "a lot of prayers and fasting." So we decided to start this transfer off right by fasting the day after transfers. But we didn't stop there, oh no, we even invited our ward mission leader and the bishop to fast with us. And then, yes there is more, we worked like there was no tomorrow... every day. We have been so tired this whole week. We have been riding our bikes like crazy and walking everywhere as well. We just have been doing it all. Including crashing my bike :/
Friday morning we were on our way to see someone, and then headed home for a quick lunch, then off again, but on the way back, I was trying to pull onto the sidewalk from the rode and I thought they were even, but the sidewalk was just high enough that when the broadside of my wheel come up against it, my bike was basically tripped. I tumbled off, hit my foot and scraped my knee (mum, don't worry I am ok) Sister Wright was behind me and saw it all. To heather side is interesting. She said I had the most graceful bike spill she has ever seen. Apparently when I spilt, I gracefully rolled off. All I remember is that I realised it was going to happen a split second before I did, and I couldn't do anything about it, and then I was on the ground. We rode hope and played doctor.
We were not able to do much the rest of that day because we think that I sprained my foot/toe, so I was limping, but it gets better everyday.
But the best into come.
Sunday we were able to witness a miracle! We worked really hard, even with my bum knee and foot, and it seemed like we were not moving very far forward. We had no one coming to church so during our companionship prayer, sister Wright asked that God would bless us with a miracle. She asked that someone would come to church.
We got to church, we went to the toilet really quick, and as we came out to head to the sacrament room, Bother Mannouch (our ward mission leader) pulled us aside and introduced its to a man named Roger. Now Roger is a member of the Salvation Army, but they have not been supporting him in his hard times. He also has family who are members of the church, so he thought he would come and learn today.
This was an amazing answer to our prayers! Just after sister Wright and I went and found an empty room and offered a sincere prayer of thanks, and it was not until then that I realised how amazing this was!
We sat with brother Mannouch and roger in sacrament, and at one point, brother Manouch leaned over to me and said, "interesting, this is what comes from fasting."
So we taught him during Gospel Principles and then again Sunday evening, and Roger is so prepared. It is sad when people go through hard times, but it softens people's hearts to the message of the gospel!
I know that this message can help anyone and everyone, no matter what they are going through in life, good or bad.
Love you all! Til next time!
Sister Lisa Haynie!
Sisters p-day at Canterbury cathedral!
This was our Facebook post "Salvation Under-Cover" ... get it?
So this transfer is just bound to be amazing! Mainly because this is
the start of my 6th transfer (6 is my favourite number) and because
finally! I get to keep my companion! That's right the dynamic duo of
Sister Haynie and Sister Wright are staying together! This has never
happened to me before! I have no idea what it is like to be with a
companion for more than six weeks so this will be fun!
Oh! By the way! We got bikes! We are now half a biking area! I am
officially a missionary! My legs will get really tired but I have not
gotten sore apart from my bum hurting when I sit. ;/ Hopefully I will
be able to work off all the weight I have gained :)
Oh and I cannot forget! For my birthday, Sister Wright treated me to a
pedicure at a spa in bluewater. My first one ever. It was really nice
considering all the walking we do.
Not much will change in the Gillingham district accept for my district
leader, Elder Kashari from Albania. And we will be getting none other
than the one, the only... Elder Speiser! He was my district leader in
Also happy Valentine's Day! We went and heart attacked a bunch of
houses and only got caught on our last one at Bishop Bartling's house.
He came out just as we were finishing, we tried to hide behind his
car, but then I stuck my big helmet head out :( but then we got a
surprise dinner! His wife is an amazing cook! I love them! AND...
Bishop is a cyclist so he fixed up our bikes to be the perfect height
and settings for us and gave us a tutorial on how to use bike gears.
Guess what? They are just like car gears... Sort of.
And of course a very happy shout out to Jay! Happy birthday!
I love you all, stay tuned for next week! There is some reason I have
been brought back and then kept here in Sittingbourne, and I am
determined to find out!
Thank you everyone for the happy wishes! My birthday was one of a kind! We went to visit some members who reenact in a museum sort of thing of what the time was like in the 1940's, during the war. They dress up and tell you all about what it would be like to live then. Very amazing experience! They do it also for the school children to bring to life what they learn in class.
Then we went to stop by our bishops house and he and his family threw me a mini birthday party! It was really nice. She made this cake with crime puffs that are to die for and strawberries!
This whole week has been interesting. There have been some cool things but also some sad things.
I am learning a lot about myself and others. All I can say that I have loads to learn still about everything. I am discovering what is really important and what isn't. From the very beginning I have seen that the Spirit must be involved in every part of the work. I thought I could come out here and explain everything. I thought I could tell everyone why it was logical that the church was true and how God existed, but you cannot.
I was reading in The book of Alma this morning, and Alma totally understands this concept. So the people are starting to get really wicked and bad, even though they know better. So Alma decides to step down from being Chief Judge to work with the people, and it says,
"19 And this he did that he himself might go forth among his people, or among the people of Nephi, that he might preach the word of God unto them, to stir them up in remembrance of their duty, and that he might pull down, by the word of God, all the pride and craftiness and all the contentions which were among his people, seeing no way that he might reclaim them save it were in bearing down in pure testimony against them."
There is no way to help others, accept to bear pure testimony to them in hopes that they will feel the Spirit testify to them the truth of the things.
I testify that God lives and loves all of us and that His Son was sent because of that love. I know that the things He asks us to do (key word: asks) are only for us. He wants us to be happy. And no matter what we have done or who we were, His hand will always outstretched, but we are the ones that have to take it. Again, He won't force us. Choice is a gift given to us so that we can learn, grow, and reach all our potential.
Anyone can know these things for themselves, they just need to ask with sincere desire to know and real intent to act on what they come to know.
I love you all! Again thank you for all the emails! I love getting them! Keep going in all the good things you are doing!
So in England there is a personality type, it's called chav. And it is
something comparable to getto back home. And they say things like
"init (in-it) fam" which means isn't it family or right guys? Chavs
are usually from Essex, a part of england. Fun fact of the week :)
Anywho, we had a really cool miracle Sunday. Everything seemed to be
going wrong, but out of no where one of our amazing members brings a
friend to church! We were able to teach her and her son about the
restoration and we will be seeing them again on Thursday! Oh and
sister Wright and I gave boss talks in sacrament meeting btw!
I love you all and hope that life is good and you are all finding the
miracles in everyday!
We went to go stop by a potential investigator that we had listed on
our map. We were just passing through the area and thought we would
stop by to see if they were in. It was the wrong address. So we spoke
to the residents for a minute and then said good night. I saw the
light on at the neighbours house so we thought we might knock and say
hello. We had time and why not?
So we knock on the door and start talking to this lady. Her husband
comes to the door as well and invites us in.
Now if you have ever knocked on strangers doors in the evening,
especially in England, you know that this does not happen. So it took
us a minute to accept. Anyways we come in and start talking to this
guy ( the wife hardly said two words unless directly asked a
question.) We will refer to this guy as M. So we get talking to M and
he was raised Catholic, but became atheist when he went to uni, and he
thinks we could probably be spy's. Oh and when we told him our nick
name, Mormon, he straight-up said that we were idiots. ( this is due
to his extensive education from one program he saw on the telly)
Anyways, he asks a lot of questions which we try to answer, but don't
have the time so we ask if we can come back the next evening. He
thinks about it for a bit and then says, sure, why not.
Now you can imagine the way we feel about this guy. He has been
brutally honest about what he thinks about us and the fact that he is
atheist ( he literally said that we would not conquer his soul ) and
we are supposed to see him again the very next day. Let me tell you,
we were very tempted to stay at the flat.
But we don't. I have been learning lately that when I get a feeling
that I don't want to get up and do something, it usually means that I
need to. Everything was working against us to go back to M's. The
trains, the distance, our own motivation.... You name it. But we get
there finally, a little late I might add, and M's wife was waiting for
us. She waited and thought that we decided not to come. But we did and
M said that they had talked about us after we left the day before.
And the lesson went fine. And we are going back on Saturday! He is
still atheist but you never know. Atheist or not he is still a child
We also had exchange and I went to Illford with Sister Fenu! She is
from Italy! Super Fun!
Other than that the week is just going great! Sister Wright is great,
I am great and our p-day was great! We went to the white cliffs of
Dover! And to Canterbury cathedral! Way cool!
I am always learning and usually growing each day!