Monday, May 25, 2015

HOPE

President Burt will send out a weekly email for encouragement and for studying. It is to be studied a lot like a conference talk would be studied and this week it was all about hope. It didn't really click till later in the week, but once I started thinking about it I got really excited and really started wanting to have hope! I related it to the mission, of course. From what I have seen other missionaries start to loose a little but of hope halfway some time though out their missions. I am no exception. 

I want to be a type of missionary that always feels like a beginner missionary and never wants to go home but is always excited to see her family when the time does come. I want to be the type of missionary who works hard to help every person come unto Christ and follow Him. I thought about how when we receive our mission call, we are all real excited and practically ready to jump to get there. 

Then, we get to the MTC and are just about willing to fly or walk on water to get to the mission and we are all just so stoked to go to the next step. Then you get to the mission and you just want to get going as fast as you can and literally talk to everybody, because the offer can't be taken away from anybody. And then you are a couple weeks or months in and realize you have to wake up at 6:20 every morning, or have some other realization that is a little bit harder to face than helping somebody get baptized. I don't have a problem with waking up at 6:20, but it isn't always easy to do it.
 
And then you compare it to life, we were in the premortal life probably all stoked to get to earth and have a body and have our families and be happy together. Along the way we realize we have to do hard things. But it is great because when you read Alma 34:41, you realize that you do all these things, even if there are hard things in the way, because you have hope that one day you will rest in the peace of the Lord. And even better, along the way, 

He blesses us to have those little moments that make life worth it! He has given me so many moments on this mission that make it okay that I have not seen anybody to baptism yet, He has given me so many moments to make it okay that I am not with my family even though my brother is graduating from high school. There are so many things in this time that make it worth it, because all He wants to do it bless us. That is why we are here, so that we can become like Him in a way that allows us to one day be with Him., and all He does is bless us along the way of doing it because He knows it isn't easy, but it is always worth it.

Hope, what a blessing.


We have three area books because there used to be three set of missionaries in this area, we are the long rovers. awesome. Anyways, planning is always a mess because we have that many area books!


Last Weeks Pictures


We had a Victoria Day Chinese potluck in Richmond on P-day, 
and they invited all the Chinese missionaries and all the Chinese members in the Vancouver area, 
it was awesome!


We got to wear pants! 
This is all the Chinese Sisters in the Vancouver area. 
There are three more on the Vancouver Island, 
but they could not come to the party, 
because that would have been expensive. 
Anyways, this is us!




A letter from a lost but now found member. It is so sweet and really shows the depth of how in tune with the Spirit you are on a mission, or when you really want to be. Because we can be in tune, if we want to.

 Hello,

I am writing both of you to express my gratitude for both the dedicated service and sacrifice that your daughter, Sister Allen has made is and a very precious and dedicated young lady. She is committed to the teaching of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am so grateful for helping to become reactivated in this true church of Jesus Christ himself. It was through both prayer and faith that my prayers I become reactivated were answered. 

Through prayer I was inspired to return to White Rock, BC and begin to seek out my now personal start in the reactivation process.

First, I received help to make the trip back to White Rock and to specifically to return to the White Rock ward where I had attended with my two sons and newborn daughter 22 years ago. When I arrived in White Rock I struggled to search out the location of the White Rock chapel. 

When I did locate the building it has doubled in size. After I tried repeatedly to get to church. However it was stake conference. 

The next week I tried again only to realize it was too late. Instead of being angry with myself I had a very humble prayer of sanctity to my Heavenly Father. He testing me to determine my deep desire was both sincere and "seatiful" to be reactivated. 

On my third attempt to return I had again made yet another walk to the chapel but I was too late. I sat down on the steps of the front chapel entrance. Still no one came. I was not angry. The belief was my faith who was strong. That this truly was the true church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He knew in my heart I was not giving up. 

I began my journey back to my residence still believeing the missionaries would find me, even if I could not find them. I had walk several blocks but this time I had felt inspired to walk down a different path to my place of residence. This trail was brand new to me. 

As I turned around a bend I looked up and there were two young lady missionaries with their name tags on. I knew instantly. Heavenly Father had heard my plead, I was embraced with a muster of personal humble feelings of love and compassion from both these young sisters. Tears were running down my face as were the young missionaries also shed some tears. 

The gift of the Holy Ghost was so pronounced in all their hugs. We could not stop embracing each other. It followed the Saviors path and these two special missionaries, Sister Chan and Sister Allen had both followed the same prompting to walk the same path I was inspired to follow also. The tears were flowing with all three of us. 

The witness of the Holy Ghost was so profound. All I could say to them was I know I have come home and He sent these two young sisters, Sister Chan from Hong Kong and Sister Allen from Colorado. I am very humbled by the grace and mercy of Heavenly Father and know he does love each one of us. He does love us, He does try our faith and He does hear our prayers and He does answer them when He knows the time is right and have been tried to be trusted. 

As a parent writing to parents I want to thank you both for the life you are living and the example you are setting and the sacrifices you are making.

JohanneCraig

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Missionary Work

When I thought of missionary work as a kid, I thought about suits with ties. When I thought about missionary work as a young woman I imagined baptisms, like big family baptisms. When I started going out with the missionaries, I started picturing doors. 

Then I became a missionary, and now when I think of missionaries, I think of Preach My Gospel. It is the best thing that can happen to anybody! I still see the ties, I still see baptisms, I still see doors, but I always refer to Preach My Gospel. I study it every morning, I use the techniques when talking to people, I teach the lessons it provides, and it is just a missionaries second best friend! Next to the Book of Mormon of course.

I love it!



This morning I was studying the part about missionary work from lesson five. It was great, it is all blessings! I prayed for Heavenly Father to help me understand this from a member's perspective and then from a missionary's perspective because I need to figure out how to teach it too. 

When I looked at it as a member I was like, "Dang, that's a ton of commandments." and then as a missionary I felt like "Holy cow! These people need to get going! Look at all those blessings happening if you share the gospel! No wonder why missionaries are always happy!" I mean seriously, if you look at missionary work at a perspective as if you are being blessed in the process of allowing others to be blessed, you just get happy. I then realized that we are asked to share the gospel in times of serving others, beautiful. 



I can not tell you how genius Heavenly Father is. First of all, if you are already serving somebody, you're happy, they are happy for the help and things are more open to conversation, why not bring up the gospel? Perfect time for them to accept it, and hopefully be able to have a good idea of the church. That's the thing too, just because the people you talk to about the gospel don't always accept it, does not mean that God won't bless you for your efforts. I see that all the time as a missionary. Pretty quickly, you forget about the things that hurt because you share it with everyone and find somebody who is ready or willing. 

Missionary work can be different for everybody, and can mean different things to different people. I encourage you all to go read that section from Preach My Gospel and find somebody today that you can share a spiritual insight with. I promise you that you will be blessed by the Lord to know what to say and when to do it, and as you pray for those missionary opportunities to come, they will.


Something that stuck out to me yesterday when I was on the skype call with my family, which was great, was that they all had experiences to tell me about the church. It was awesome. Some time of missionary experience to share, and they were happy when they were doing it too, because even if they hadn't recognized it, the Lord's hand was there. 

Right now, my dad teaches the stake missionary prep course and he told me that they use the Preach My Gospel as curriculum, it gave me bounds of joy hearing that! Right now, my missionary work is 24/7, it isn't going to be that way for others, maybe it is shoveling a snowy driveway, or unflooding a basement, but there is always something to do, an act of service a day, will be guiding you to those opportunities to share this plan of happiness. 

Love you all! Thank you all for the emails!

Sister Allen


By the way, those mountains are America. I love seeing America! Every time I do see them, I tell my companion in Chinese that it is America. I love it, and we see them all the time too, so just wanted to let you know that I really am close. :)



I was in Vancouver on Tuesday, it hailed like crazy. And the air is super polluted, who would have guessed. Anyways, got this super cool picture!


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Priesthood is the Best

April 27, 2015



I saw Americans! That isn't uncommon in Canada, especially in White Rock because it is only about 5 minutes away from the border. We literally have Americans in our ward. 

Last night I was able to go door knocking, casual Sunday night thing to do. Sister Chan and I were able to be out by the border last night, it is always comforting to me how close to America I really am. 

Anyways, we didn't find any doors that were angry with us, everybody was very polite in telling us they were not interested and many people were very kind in talking with us about how Christ has changed their lives, some were even willing to come by the church and check it out next Sunday! 

Always a great thing to happen.

When we were walking it felt a lot like an American base, it felt a lot like my home in Colorado, a neighborhood in the middle of nowhere, combined with the warm neighborhood feeling. It was great. 

While we were knocking, we found these two men with "US Navy" T-shirts on and it made me so happy! I ran after them and told them I was American and that I grew up in the US Air Force. They were so happy to see another American too! It was such a blessing to talk to Americans! I should have got a picture with them. 



Anyways, it was so good! It was quite a tender mercy too, we did not have a lesson all day, but seeing them just helped me feel like I was at home getting to know my neighbors. It was a blessing sent from the Lord.

Now I (Alyssa's mom)  am going to get a bit nostalgic and post some of my favorite pictures of living in North Yorkshire, Harrogate.






I encourage you all to get to know your neighbors, and really just do your best and loving your brothers and sisters. Because let's face it, everybody could always use some extra love in their life.

Really cool fun fact, somebody we ate dinner with last night, served in the mission where I used to live in England! And he remembers the base to be his favorite area! It was so cool when we realized that last night!
I love White Rock!

Be good, be happy and follow the commandments,
Sister Allen



May 4, 2015

Pictures that my companion take while I am not noticing are the best. This Wednesday I was really able to feel the power of unity in our companionship. Part of it was because we had an incredible zone conference that allowed us to connect to the Spirit really strongly. 

We then went to the office to see President Burt. We had asked him for a blessing, and it was so good to be involved in that. I have not received a priesthood blessing since I was in the MTC. I went with Sister Chan who had been needing one. 

I talked to President and we discussed the district, things that we can do to make it better and keep progressing, I had asked for a blessing to help the district, but then I actually received the blessing, turns out that is not where my concerns were. It really was a blessing of comfort, it was incredible.

It lasted about 10 minutes and the first half was all about how the reason why I was able to do this was because of my faith in the priesthood, Heavenly Father was telling me how strong my testimony of the priesthood was. That was cool, then it kept going. 

Heavenly Father blessed me to become fluent in the language, which is really comforting, and to help my companion's testimony grow, and that I will be a leader in the mission and through out the life I live. 

It was a really humbling experience, it was incredible, I loved it. 

The best part was after, I felt like Dad was giving to to me, it felt like Heavenly Father was talking to me and that Dad's hands were on my head. It was so hard to not just hug President Burt right after, it was great. I am so thankful for the priesthood power of the Lord. I am so glad that we have these things to be grateful for! 

Love you all tons!
Alyssa


Sister Chan sent a few pictures of the Sisters wearing their new CTR sweatpants and Alyssa's new "Allen Boys" hoodie. They sure look happy together!!

Love,
Jeni Allen






Monday, April 20, 2015

So I Ran a Red Light... and other Life Lessons



Life Lesson:  Always check what color the light is before following a great big truck....

Example:
So I ran a red light. Without knowing it was a red light because there was a huge truck in front of me who was also running the red light and I could not see anything in front of him. He did not slow down at all, so I ran the red light thinking it was still green and nothing had changed at all. I was in Vancouver.The office made up for it though, they felt really bad, they fed me homemade strawberry shortcake and gave us a new car. A really nice car, the Assistants old car. Anyways, it wasn't my fault, the office knows, but the church is not supposed to have that publicity, and Canada is weird about this stuff, they would make me go to court if I didn't pay it or even if I told them why it wasn't my fault, so, I will be paying that soon. 

Life Lesson: The Temple is beautiful any day of the week!

Example: 
We got to go to the temple on P-day. Which meant the temple was actually closed, but we got to walk on the grounds because it was close to a body shop we had to take our car to. So that was exciting!






Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pancakes, the Ocean, and the Language

Things are good here in Canada!

We have been making pancakes for lunch a lot, and for dinner too. They are pretty easy and quick to make and they are always worth it too. Kind of like our lessons. They are not always easy (obviously) but they are all pretty quick. They go by really fast and every single one of them is worth it because you know that you were doing your best, and hopefully they understand the things we taught. 

Then it comes to the syrup! The best part that everybody still expects with the pancake. We all expect a baptism with our investigators, eventually, it will always come. Some times it happens after a long time, sometimes it happens after a short time, but it eventually always will happen. We give all those little lessons in hopes that they will be able to go to the waters of baptism. 


We pray it doesn't just stop there, we pray that the pancakes will "nourish and strengthen our bodies" we pray that one day it will nourish and strengthen their seed. That one day they will go to the temple, make those covenants and be sealed to their families for time and all of eternity. That would be wonderful! 

We are talking more than just syrup now, this is like strawberries and chocolate and yummy goodness. And it is available to all people! 

This yummy goodness is for all people. All they have to do is learn how to make a pancake, (take the lessons) add the syrup, (blessings of baptism) and then just keep it going (adding all that other good stuff). 

Missionary mind, I know. Not a ton of people relate the gospel to a pancake. But why not? Everybody eats pancakes, everybody can read the Book of Mormon too. They are totally alike!

The gospel is available to so many people that the church lets the all the resources to be available in any language you can think of. I watched General Conference in three different languages this year, and almost had two more. 

We watched conference in English, Mandarin, and Korean. We almost watched it in French and Spanish too, all because one person needed it. 


Yesterday we got an oil change and met a member who was down in Salt Lake translating for a local Indian language that I had never heard of. It is awesome! God's kingdom is moving forward! Things like that, do not just happen. Ultimately, it all comes down to the language of the Spirit. It doesn't matter what language you use to speak with, you learn new things with the language of the Spirit, which can communicate to you so specifically and so personally that it we all kind of have our specific language. And yet it is all connected. 

Like the ocean, it all connects. 

There is no missing link, when the Spirit talks to you, you can't deny it, He talks to your spirit. He communicates with our hearts, and only we can understand. That is why it is so difficult to explain to people what the Spirit feels like, because it is different for everybody. Because He gets personal. 

I know that the Lord has given us the Spirit so we really all can learn, there is a scripture in Alma 5:45-46 that explains to us that He will testify to you of all things, but it doesn't tell you how He does it. Heavenly Father is so personal. He made us our own language, and has helped us get our own pancake, with our favorite type of toppings. 

I love being a missionary.

Here is the cute funny Alyssa tidbit I got in my letter. It shows that some Alyssa's will always be Alyssa's. I promise I brought her up as a good Christian. I'm not quite sure why she thinks Good Friday is a Canadian Holiday! 

Hey mom, sorry I didn't email yesterday. All of the libraries were closed still because of Easter. They celebrate it differently here than in the U.S.. They have it stretch for the course of a couple days. It starts on Friday, they have their own holiday called Good Friday, which I guess is the day that Christ was crucified. Then, on Monday is when they celebrate Easter, they have Easter Monday instead of Easter Sunday, because He was resurrected three days later. Pretty cool I guess. I like remembering the resurrection more than the death, but hey, both things needed as a part of the Atonement, so good that they all remember the whole process. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Jesus Take the Wheel

Today we received our transfer calls and things are changing again! They called in the middle of studies, weird, but it was good because it helped me direct my studies for sure.

Our mission is the only mission in the world that has sister districts, as in, no elders and only sisters. Recently, our first Chinese zone was established, just this transfer! So we had two Chinese districts, one of the elders and one of the sisters.

I was asked to be the district leader of the Chinese Sister District this morning. Elder Rolfson, (the assistant who gave my companion and I the news) told me that I have to represent President Burt in being a district leader because he does not speak Chinese, and he has to make sure that there is no language barrier between the missionaries and him. Scary.

As soon as he hung up the phone, I thought of an experience and really awesome companionship study sister Chan and I had.

A couple days ago we had an exchange with some other sisters in Vancouver. Neither of them drive, so I was the one driving us to their middle way bus stop and we were going to switch companions at the half way mark. On our way home, we had a pretty scary experience while driving. Like really scary.

Like we almost died scary. And I went into shock. I was driving in shock. I do not remember how I got home. There was no recollection what roads I took. There was no GPS. I didn't look at the map. I just somehow drove all the way from the heart of Vancouver sky train station to White Rock. I was so scared! I remember the person I was with, sister Xie, was very calm. She was working to help calm me down too. heavenly Father really took the wheel from me and just took on the trial for me. Took it all away, there was no stress, just driving along to make sure we made it to our next appointment on time.

The next time I was with my companion in companion study, we realized how driving can relate to life. We have to be humble enough to let Heavenly Father drive all the time. We have to be open to being humbled, not making Him just take over when we can't anymore. Heavenly Father has NO blind spots, so we don't have to worry about getting hit or getting scratched. We might get into scary situations like that day where we almost died, but we have the ability to stay in the middle lane, on the straight and narrow, making sure that we don't get dents or scratches. Our car is totally fine, we lived without any physical damage. And if we take care of our car, take care of our spirit like reading scriptures daily and praying often, we aren't ever going to have those problems of not being able to be repaired. The Atonement is so good! Christ really takes care of our car, and lets us repair all the time! 

Today, I was asked to be a district leader and continue training Sister Chan in White Rock. I've really got to be the humble person I can be so that Jesus can take the wheel every time without me trying to give Him directions. I've got to help take care of my car so i can let others hop in when they need a ride. Things are good, but they are going to keep improving because Jesus is going to be driving.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Answered Prayers and Priesthood Power



Family and Friends,

I love being a missionary!!!


I have been praying for new things to happen, been actually praying for miracles, and really just looking for Heavenly Fathers guidance. I have been making an extra effort to just do what I can. 

This week was crazy, we had a really great start on Monday, we had a member visit and an MPL with somebody who said she would be willing to accept baptism once she learns more. We are going to continue to meet with her for sure. Then, Tuesday came and every lesson fell through for the week until Thursday night. No big deal, because we were able to set another baptismal date, who is actually the son of the current baptismal date we already had. 

Their names are Megan and Derek. They are wonderful. Megan's back is pretty sore, she tore something (I think, they were using Chinese, something really bad happened) while gardening and she currently cannot walk or sit up for any period of time. She has been sleeping on the ground this entire week because it is the only thing that is hard surface enough for the healing to happen. Anyways, she was not able to go to church this week, and her son was at home taking care of her with his twin brother Jimmy. 

When we were writing the teaching record this Saturday night we thought of what we could write under the "Help wanted from the ward" category, we thought of a priesthood blessing but we didn't know if she would really understand what it was, because even though you teach about the priesthood, people don't really understand about it until they see it, she has only seen them bless the sacrament. We decided to write it down anyways. It was Priesthood council instead of ward council this week so we were not at the meeting, but our ward mission leader and the elders were giving the information in the meeting for us about our investigators. They mentioned about how she might need a blessing and the priesthood were so WILLING to help! 

We found two brothers that day at church to come to Megan's house that night to give her a blessing. But we still had to tell Megan that we were coming over, because we hadn't yet. So we called and she didn't want to inconvenience anybody, she did not want to make them come over and see her sick. We assured her that it would be fast and easy and that the reason why we have invited them over was because that we and they loved her and wanted to see her get better. She agreed to having them come over and so later that night we went over.

The veil was softened yesterday night. I felt like I was literally walking with God. The Spirit was SO STRONG. We asked the brethren to explain what they were going to do and why they needed the oil. We let the brethren explain what the priesthood was again so she could understand and have it fresh in her mind. They started with explaining to her that the blessing would be dependent on her faith, she was a little nervous about that, not knowing if it would be enough. The ordinance was performed and then we all started to cry in silence. 

Sister Chan and I shared our testimonies and it was incredible. We asked her how she felt, and she said that she was extremely more comfortable. ("bi jiao shufu" for my Chinese Speaking friends) It was a miracle.

Love Sister Allen

Monday, March 9, 2015

I'm teaching English!

I teach English class now! It has been very new and it is so exciting! I love teaching these people! They are people who come from China and move here with their kids and grand kids. Most of their families can speak English because they learn in school, but these people have not. This week they were all learning how to say "Hi, my name is ____" and "I am from China" some basic starters! They are great!

We start out with a prayer, and explain to them what prayer actually is. Once they know what prayer is and that it helped me learn Chinese this fast they are more willing. 



Because prayer has to do with God and religion, a couple of them have started calling us and wondering how to learn more about God! Wonderful! We are finding a lot of good success from it. 

The class really just helps. It helps us get excited to help others to learn, it helps the Chinese people learn English living in Canada, it helps people get into the church and it helps me just be happy.

It was such a blessing that we got to teach English this Friday! It really set up my day for some successful happiness. Stuff that you can't take away. I was so happy. Friday's plans changed like crazy. The only thing that stayed on schedule was the actual English class itself. 


We had three other lessons planned that day and a member for every single one of them locked in and ready to go. Every single investigator then called within minutes of the lesson and canceled. 

The great thing was, neither my companion or I freaked out or got upset. We knew that we were needed somewhere else at that time. We just stayed happy and did our best to have that good attitude. But we got better, we moved on with the day and found miracles. And we smiled all day, it is incredible how influential it is when you just choose to smile. 

That night, we were writing three things we were grateful that happened in our planners during daily planning. We both realized that because we had been so happy in English class that day and chose to smile throughout the day, things were good. 



We were both a lot more grateful for things even though every single appointment changed. We were so happy to be out on a mission and to be able to tell people that we were missionaries and that we became missionaries because we know that Jesus Christ was resurrected, and that God loves us so things were good! 

Anyways, I know that English class was a part of what I needed to have happen that day. I know that it really was a part of God's plan for that day so I could choose to be happy. 

So I could remember those big things that happened that can make a simple difference in my day. I know that God lives and that He loves me. I know that Jesus Christ was resurrected and that's why we want to go out and let people know that because He was resurrected we can be too! Being a missionary is so good.

Sister Allen

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A light turned on won't flicker or blow out


Dad was asking me a ton of questions when he emailed me this week. And one of them was who are our top investigators. I started thinking and the thoughts like "I wish I knew" were coming into my head and I started typing thinking that it was going to get better. 

I really am trying to lose myself and go to work. It has been one of my biggest concerns since I got my call, knowing that I would need to NOT worry about myself and just make sure I grow with my investigators. I have always been worried that I won't do enough.  I am trying to be a better example with Sister Chan, which isn't hard because she wants so badly to improve. 

I am studying Preach My Gospel like crazy and read my scriptures every morning with a question written down on a paper so I can help my companion and our investigators. I am pretty sure it is helping a ton! I see it making a difference in my efforts.

You can probably tell I am getting too locked up in the numbers, I am working on that. It is something my mom and dad have raised us up telling us that it is not about the numbers. They encouraged us all to serve missions. They served in Italy (neighboring missions) and my mom had one baptism her entire mission, my dad had four. They had to make sure they weren't caught up in the numbers, so I have been hearing stories like that all my life. I just need to remember that it really doesn't matter if I see people to the waters of baptism as long as I am being an effective missionary and bringing people unto Christ.

We currently have Megan Chen as our baptismal date, she has March 21st planned for a baptism. But she hasn't been to church for a while, so we've got to work on that. Also, her boys are very likely to be baptized when she does. Which would be great! She has finished reading the Book of Mormon and is reading it again to understand more. 

We also have Sabrina and her family. Sabrina had a baptismal date for February the 28th, she wasn't baptized but she came to church by her self yesterday! She doesn't have her license so she can't drive, but she found one of the people who come to church every week and got a ride! It was such a tender mercy for me to see that. And then one of our new investigators came to church. She did not make it in time for sacrament but brought her daughter to primary and went to Gospel Principles class with her husband. It was such a blessing to be there with them showing up. 

I went to church not knowing if any investigators were going to come, it didn't seem likely that any would, Heavenly Father definitely blessed me. Things are getting so good. 

Yesterday was my 5 month marker for my mission so far and my companion and I celebrated after getting back to the house. We were just going to have hot chocolate but she gave me a gift. She told me to close my eyes, so it could be a surprise. 


She gave me a plastic candle, the kind that take batteries. She said that even if it gets dim for a couple seconds, it can't ever be turned off unless we let it.

I thought it was a really cool analogy. It might not smell like a normal candle, but it wouldn't ever flicker on and off. It would always be on. I liked that because no wind would be able to blow it out. Then she related it to me which was sweet. She said that no wind can blow me out as long as I am working on keeping the light turned on. All I have to do is those easy steps like reading scriptures and going to church and really praying. Heavenly Father makes it so easy for us to have that light! I am so excited to go keep working. Things can only get better! Not that they are currently bad, but things can really only get better. I just have to keep my light turned on.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I'm Training Someone From Hong Kong!



So my week has been insane!

I started off by saying goodbye to my trainer on Sunday/Monday because she was going off with another missionary to visit all of their converts together. So even though she didn't leave till Wednesday, she was gone. 

That was hard, but at the same time I knew she had done her best to train me to the point that I was ready to take over the area. I felt pretty good about it. 

Then President Burt told me that night that I would be training. Crazy! I knew exactly who it would be because there was only one Chinese speaker coming in. Awesome! I was pretty much jumping around all over the place after he told me. Then I realized I was training, boy did I hit my knees real hard. Crazy.

Tuesday, my new companion was not in the country yet so I was with another companion for a bit. She was good and while we were there, her sister training leaders came over to help clean the apartment and get it ready for her new companion. We found some pretty nasty things in the 72 hour kit. That is a sandwich from who knows how long ago. 

That night we went back to my area for ward coordination meeting, and then had a surprise lesson with one of our investigators while we were up in White Rock. It was good. The bishopric is trying to see her more now too, it is pretty cool to see everybody trying to get involved!

Wednesday I was helping with transfers. Being in the lower mainland I got to help with transfers all morning, till they were done. Then I went to a new area for the night till the next day when my companion would be in the country. 

Thursday, got caught up in traffic so we barely made it to the transfer meeting in time to meet our new companions. But we got there! Since then we have been working hard. She is always looking about always improving, a skill I could learn form her. She is awesome! I love her tons! things are good.

I have just been working on my prayers a ton lately, and when I found out that I would be training, I really found reason to personalize my prayers, they are a lot less robotic now, it is good.

Also, just a side note, March 1 is my 5 month marker on my mission! Ahh! It is going so fast!

Love, 
Sister Allen

Sydney Allen

Sydney Allen
Where are we off to now daddy??

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