Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Week 22- moving !

Sorry, not much of a letter today! Things are so crazy, I promise I'll be better next week! We've been cleaning ALL DAY so we can move's been crazy and we can't really send email from home....
I love you guys, Sister Hodgson

YEP...that was all we got for a "letter".........She was able to answer a few questions we had asked in an I shared some of that :)

Tell us about your comp:
Sister Brielle Rasmussen!  She's from American Fork Utah!  She went to UVU before coming out on her mission.  She is THE BEST!  We have so much fun together!  It's going to be an awesome transfer.  Sister Rasmussen and I have made some really awesome goals for this transfer and with the Lord we can learn and grow and accomplish those things and learn from it and hasten the work!!  Because that's what we're here for.  It doesn't matter much that i feel awkward or inadequate, it matters that the Lord's work continues and it WILL!

So are you liking Helena?:
Yea it's beautiful!!  Lots of history.  We are going on  a tour of the big Cathedral today!!  Super pretty and fun downtown.  The work is going to be SO different here than in Great Falls but I'm so excited to learn more.

What does a typical day look like? 
The days look pretty much the same except for Sundays....haha Sundays, we have church and meetings STRAIGHT, like one after the other from. 7:30am-4:30. Haha it's insane...but it's good!  Keep us moving!! 

How are the Sister Training  meetings going?
SO INTIMIDATING! Haha we meet with President Bingham (our stake president) and the high counselors and the zone leaders every other week to discuss the work and the wards and the missionaries.  But as I'm getting to know the people and the area more it's easier to speak up.  It's just weird coming from an area where every name sounded familiar and I knew lots of people to coming here where I know nothing! Hahah  But it's so awesome cause it makes me learn fast!! 




How have you seen Gods hand calm and/or lead you this week?
Oh goodness.  Every day.  He truly is there for all of His children.  It's honestly been kinda stressful with new responsibilities and new area, new missionaries, etc., but Sister Rasmussen has been feeling it a bit too.  So the first night we sat down and prayerfully got down some goals that we both want to work on so we can help each other.  We found some scriptures that we are memorizing as a companionship and we pray.  A lot.  It's so funny how prayer just becomes a part of decision making! Haha  Like, often people sit and think about pros and cons and the decide.  As missionaries we  have learned to write down the options and the first thing we do is pray about it and pray for guidance!  Then we think about pros and cons, and logistics and stuff. Then we listen for promptings and watch for feelings. Then we decide. Then pray again for confirmation.  Literally, we don't do something unless we feel God's hand leading us.  It's such an amazing blessing to know how much God cares!  Even about the little things that we don't think would matter to Him. I've never felt so nervous and stressed constantly but I've also never received the peace and comfort that I do as soon as I start trusting the Lord and doing those hard things with Him.  Wow. Missions are HARD.  But even after just this short amount of time, I can't imagine my life without my mission.

Best and worst part of the week?
I think the worst was the stress.  Us and the zone leaders and the stake president have been doing training.  On Monday we had a zone breakfast at President Binghams house, I swear, I always learn WAY more in the training we do than those who are listening.  I was super nervous about it. ---I don't like to stand in front of people and give them advice on how to do missionary work!!!  Especially because I've been out way shorter than all of them except for the 2 new missionaries. --But I suppose that's why we teach by the spirit!  I know that anything "right" that comes out of our mouths isn't us-it's the Spirit.  And that's what makes it okay.  We also had mission leadership training so we got together with a few other zones and President and Sister Wadsworth came up and we did training...STRESS! Haha   But D&C 11:20-21 helps.  We first have to obtain the Lords word before we go about declaring it!  So preparation and the Spirit are real things. Haha

Best was Sunday I think.  I've been gaining a stronger testimony of he importance of the sacrament.  Although Sunday is the craziest day of the week, I can't wait for Sunday's because I know that's when I can partake of the sacrament and renew the covenants I've made. Gosh it's the best feeling to take the sacrament!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WEEK 21- what lack I yet?

Hello hello!

Wow. Things have been insane. Haha they always are with transfers but
this was my first time actually moving for transfers so that was even
more crazy. I packed up and said some tough goodbyes

 Leaving Great
Falls was hard...REALLY hard........

They mandate Flu shots here…….Here's photo evidence that I did.....I look like I'm smiling but on
the inside I was thinking "get that thing away from me". I hate
vaccinations. But you know...exact obedience......

Right now we live in a little trailer park. It's been a party! The bed
broke so we're sleeping on a mattress on the ground...the toilet seat
is broken so you have to be careful when you sit so you don't slide
off. It happens. Especially at when its dark. Haha  You can't run more than 2 sources of water at the same
time! If your showering and have the faucet on, you can't flush the
toilet.   Its all good.... it's usually just a nice, steady trickle of water to shower in.   So it's way fun!   I was spoiled in my last area....But change is good right?? Every day is an
adventure here.

Transfers last 3 days here in MBM. Haha they start
Tuesday and the last vans get to their spots on Thursday. I got here  on Wednesday and met with Sister Rasmussen. She's from American Fork Utah and has been here for a few transfers.
Oh my goodness, I haven't laughed this hard
 in a long time. Yes, we're pretty goofy but we're ready to WORK
this transfer! It's gona be the best. The first few days were stuffed
with a billion and one meetings.

 Sister Rasmussen and I split the 2 wards with the zone leaders…So….
 we met with both bishops,
both ward mission leaders, the stake president and high counsel, and
now we're meeting with all the auxiliaries for both  wards. It's been
insane. literally. But it's good!  It's such a learning
experience. Way more busy times
to come. But I'm SO grateful for this opportunity.
A little terrified too but it's great!

Okay and wow, we have an amazing zone!--I'm pretty sure everyone says
that about their zone though. Haha but I'm just so extremely grateful. We started off
this transfer with a zone fast to consecrate ourselves and give our
hearts to the Lord
 As we fasted, we thought about and prayed
specifically of what we can give to the Lord to purify ourselves.
We are here to do His work. There is
No other time like this to totally serve like  RIGHT NOW. So each of us kneeled down and once again,
recommitted ourselves to our purpose and to our Heavenly Father. The
beautiful thing is that it is not just for on our missions.
We can ALL turn our hearts over to the Lord.
I LOVE Elder Lawrence’s  talk about "what lack I yet?".
We can ask Him right NOW, anytime,e "what lack I yet?" What can I do better? What can I change
to become more like You? It really does work. He answers I can promise
you that. So I invite you to do it. :)

I love you all so much!!!! I miss you! But I love this work and I know
we're all where we're supposed to be right now. Love you love you!!

Sister Hodgson

PS really gonna miss these ladies!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

WEEK 20- Transfers.......

Sorry, so things are SO insane I'm not sure if I'm going to get a weekly email out.  Struggle of sharing a car...we have to drive around saying bye to people.  But I'll email later if  I can and try to answer questions.

So yes, the big news....TRANSFERS.....I don't actually get to stay for the wedding and baptisms.  I'm getting transferred to Helena.  I have totally mixed feelings about it! Haha  I'm excited for something new but I'm also SO sad to leave Great Falls.  2 more weeks and it would have been 5 months here. The ward is incredible and I LOVE the people were working with.  I'm going to miss everyone so much!  I think it's turning out to be harder than I thought to say bye to people. And I'm also going to miss everyone's baptisms... Beth, Dion, Rhonda, Leanna, and Trevor.  But I'm super excited for sister Crosland and her new companion (she is getting a greenie) to get to carry the work on!
So another terrifying thought.  As well as getting transferred to Helena, I was also asked to be a Sister Training Leader. Eek.  The other 5 Sister Training Leaders are amazing and have been out in the mission for over a year.  So I'm a little-actually a lot-intimidated.  When president called I said “are you sure"?

What would you say is one of the hardest parts of the mission?
I think the hardest time is the love.  Honestly, we just love people so dang much!! And when they're hurting its hard to watch.
And saying good bye ….its been really hard.

This was our cheap missionary meal ....$4 pancake and we could not finish it.  GREAT restaurant run by a mom and daughter. Sweetest people EVER!!

This is the Bailey family.  They have taken such good care of all the missionaries in Great falls.  They are truly angels.

 Saying good bye is hard...........

I love you and think of you soooo much!!! Thank you for your
support and everything. Love you love you.
Sister Hodgson

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WEEK 19- a few highlights

GAHH I love conference weekend!! Oh my goodness.  Words of living
prophets.  Wow we are BLESSED.
Holy cow.  This week was amazing! So fun!  Conference was SUCH a
highlight of the week!  And real fast before I get on my
conferenceisamazingandblesseslives rant, I wanted to touch on a few
other quick highlights from the week.

Pday was great we washed cars and other house keeping and made rings :)

The first one is D and R.  D has taken the lessons before a while ago but he and his girlfriend  just faded away but they were on our records.  Then Wednesday, one of our appointments canceled so we decided to go try to find this D.
We were riding out bikes down the street saying hi to everyone...then this
couple sitting on a bench yelled something at us...we figured it was
just another day in downtown--normal--haha but then we felt like we
should talk to them.  Guess who it was. D AND R!!  Gosh they're
so sweet!  We have met and talked a lot.  We have a wedding planned in October!!
and their baptisims in November!!!  So exciting.  And holy goodness.  D has the strongest
testimony. He's had the lessons before and has been reading so as we were talking
 he just started crying and bore the
sweetest testimony of the restoration.  And wow.  The gospel changes
lives.  And being able to see the change of someone you barely know but
already love so much is such a blessing. They are literally  finding us in the
streets!  People’s hearts remember!!

Second one!  Idk really if it's a highlight or not but it snowed this week. (notice her bare feet) Hahaha so highlight for my companion from Utah!  But I'm still
deciding.  And to make it even better we were on bikes this week! I don't think I've ever sang "Come Come Ye Saints" so many times in one
day. Haha and I'm having a bit more sympathy for the pioneers.  But it was a
good character building experience! And thankyouthankyouthank mommy
for sending my coat in perfect timing!! You're truly inspired.

  And now for conference.  (mom we watched at the sullivan's they ROCK and we made cookies!!!!!)....



couple three highlights from the weekend:
--Elder Lawrence - "What Lack I Yet?" I LOVED it! It's amazing how
personal the Holy Ghost is....haha He is always there to help us
become more like our Savior. We always say, ask specific questions to
get specific answers! And it's so true. We always want to be
progressing right?!
--Elder Clark - I LOVE the "ponderize" thing.  Mine for the week is Mosiah 7:33 :)
--Elder Christofferson - About why we need the church! One of the most
common things we hear here in Montana is "I don't need religion"
--President Uchtdorf - during women's conference - choose to be happy and
find joy!!  The message I really got from this is how so many of us
constantly say things like "they made me so mad!!" or things like
that, but truly it's our choice to find the joy in situations!! And we
are blessed to have that choice:)

We love anyone who we can good for the heart...but not always my shoes :)

My goodness.  I LOVE the Lord.  I love His church.  We are so blessed to
have this church from a loving Heavenly Father and His son
Jesus Christ.  I absolutely love you all and I love being a missionary!
I love you all and hope you have an incredible week!!

Sister Hodgson

We have to be creative when traveling on a bike :)