Monday, February 24, 2014

"Am I staying or am I going"

Sister Grant and I out tracting
Date:  February 24, 2014
Area:  Gurnee
Companion:  Sister Grant

Hey Family and Friends!!!  Greetings from the Land of Chicago!  and YES it is the Windy City!!!

So I have a little thought for you this week which comes from our ward mission leaders talk yesterday.

Missionary Work IS Friendship!!!!!

Enjoying a warmer day tacting
So what does this mean to you?   You can be a missionary, because you can be a FRIEND!  So how are you going to be a missionary this week?  I would really LOVE to hear how you are being a missionary!  You can tell me a few different ways, you can write me a letter, OR you can go write it on my Facebook wall.  Keep in mind what you put on Facebook needs to be related to missionary work or I will take it down.

FOR Example:

The Book of Mormon is True!!!  I know it and love it!

I am a Missionary By......
"I am a missionary by talking to my neighbors and inviting them over for dinner when the missionaries are over."
"I am being a missionary by being nice to the kids in my class at school."
"I am being a missioanry by shoveling my neighbors sidewalks." 
You can also say I am becoming more like Christ by helping my neighbors.  Being a missionary is really doing your very best to be like Christ would want you to be!  I love you all, and I know that you can have some really cool missionary experiences in your life IF you want them!  I would be thrilled to hear them!  Let me know!
How missionaries celebrate Valentine's Day

By heart attacking someones door!
I hope all is going well with you!  This week we worked with a lot of less actives!  One of them came to church on Sunday!  C**** and her family did as well!!!  C****she has been going through a lot lately and this past month we took ourselves out of the situation and let the ward take over with everything because we couldn't do anything to help.  Well we heart attacked her door for Valentine's Day and she called us telling us Thank You and that it made her day.  It was so good to hear her voice again and even better is she sounded really good and happy.  She told us that she was coming to church but sadly didn't.  :(  but then Yesterday the best ting ever!  It was after the sacrament was over and she came in!  I just had tears fill my eyes!  She missed taking the sacrament and so she asked the Bishop if she could still take it.  It was fun to watch her take charge and really want it.  It is hard to I guess "drop" her, not meeting with her but it has been really good and she told us that she should be here form now on.  Sometimes we all need to have time to ourselves and to decide what really matters.
Suppose to be a Ninja Turtle
Turtle - We had rain the last couple of days

This should be a good reminder because we have decided that we need to drop one of our investigators, M*** this week.  It is going to be hard but we hope that she will come to us really having a desire to know more and that she will notice a difference of us not always being there.  I have Faith that this is the choice that needs to happen even though I don't wan to do it and will miss her.  We need to spend our time with others...even if it is knocking on doors finding them.  I am praying for the best and that she'll have a change of heart, and have a desire to act on what she has learned and felt.

Too funny not to share.  Not sure why I look mad.
Trying to convert Siri
Something that is really cool is I got to teach someone I know on Facebook!  It was really great and I could tell that the spirit was there.  I had been feeling prompted to talk to this person and I am glad I acted on it.  Teaching on Facebook can be a good tool to get people started when they don't feel quite comfortable yet with having the missionaries actually come over.

We had a great lesson with J*** this week!  We planned to teach him the apostasy and I was like June, we have this awesome object lesson to teach you today.  He was like aren't we going to watch that video.  Sister Grant and I had totally forgotten that we were going to watch the restoration DVD with him.  So that is what we ended up doing.  He didn't read which was sad but you can see that things are starting to click.  He told us he does like reading the Book of Mormon which is huge because he always tells us he Hates reading!  He told us how he doesn't want to read just a few verses.  If he starts reading he needs to finish all of it and he doesn't have time.  We promised him if he reads he will have more energy and not be as tired.  He said the most amazing closing prayer.  Him praying really told us that he is coming closer to Christ.  It was so ah just wonderful!  I love hearing investigators pray, and hearing what is in their heart!  :)

Oh yeah!  We had an awesome lesson with R**** this week, just her!  It was nice to just teach her and no one else.  Guess what?!?  She is going to take us to her neighbors and meet them so that we can teach them.  She is being a better missionary then most of the members!  She doesn't even know if it is true, yet.  She feels that it is good though.  She said that since her and J**** have been meeting
Our new friend C**** and us at lunch at Backers Square
with us that things have just been better in her life.  I almost invited her to be baptized but then it just wasn't right for some reason and I didn't.  I really feel like she will though when the time is right.  She is so great!  This week we are having our District help her with some remodeling on her house.  We are excited for her to see other missionaries have the same spirit about them, which could be good if one of us leaves.  She was also going to come to church but wasn't feeling good.  She told us she would come next week.  YAY!!  So excited for her!  :D

Just a few randomness from this week!
~ MAN Chicago sure can be windy!!  This week I had fun watching the stop signs dance to me!  It was pretyt lovely!!  :)  hahh!  I thought about going and dancing with him but I didn't feel the need to.
~The power went out yesterday, the church was a little dark, but it came on before we had church so that was good!
~ I have been on my mission for seven months!!  SAY WHAT???
~This week is transferes?  DIdn't we just have them?  Hmmm.  Wonder what will happen NO CLUE!!! so "am I staying or am I going" ha!  The Lord knows and I'll do whatever he wants me to do!  :D  He knos better than us!

Transfer calls come on Saturday night but transfers don't actually happen until next week.  So on Monday she will tell us if she is leaving or staying.

Letters this week from my two number one fans!
- My momma!  Happy late Birthday!  :D
- My Grandma Mary!  Your card made both my comp. and I laugh!!  :D 

P-day fun at the church
More P-day fun

I lov eyou all so much!!  Thank you for all the prayers!!  I know they help!!  Don't be afraid to follow the spririt!

Sister North

WRITE ME, I love to hear from everyone!!!
Sister Amber North
Illinois Chicago Mission
800 Waukegan Rd #203
Glenview, Illinois 60025 

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 We had a couple of days in the 40's and it rained and cut down the piles of snow a bit.  We have had 70 inches of snow since the start of the year.  The warmer weather was great but now it is back to the 20's and below and feels even colder!  O well

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sometimes Tag go bye bye, Drop Phone in Snow for hours, Get hugged By Males....

Date:  February 17, 2014
Area:  Gurnee
Companion:  Sister Grant

....Or the above statement just happen to Sister North....

Statements above:

1.  I lost my tag after our Zone Meeting on Friday.  I even remember hearing it drop but didn't know what it was until it was too late.  :(  Sad day.  I for sure will be calling and getting a new one because having one tag in this cold, well it can be annoying to change your tag from coat to shirt a lot during the day.
2.  Yep, Saturday I dropped our phone in a snow bank for hours!  We heart attacked a less active and that is where it chilled.  We are grateful that we found it and that it still works after chilling in rice for a few hours.  Thank you to our awesome neighbors on the first floor who gave us some.
3.  Ha!  yep another male gave me a hug!  Not sure what it is, it never happens to Sister Grant just to me!  This time it was at church one of the Elders Investigators came to church  and I haven't seen him since the Halloween Party (so its been awhile) we talked and then when we left he gave me a bro hug.  He is cool and it just made us laugh.  Sister Grant likes to tease me how all the males like to give me hugs.  HAHAHA :D

All the Chicago Illinois Mission Sister Missionaries
I had a cool experience yesterday!  It was personal study time and I was pondering about this week and was bummed that it was Sunday and we haven't even gotten one PNI!  I know numbers don't really matter, but they sure are nice!  :)  Well I asked the Lord to help us get a new investigator.  I was thinking it would be one of our current PNI's because we planned to meet with one of them.  The day was young and we had some big plans, including tracting!  I was like, oh yes, we are going to get at least one PNI.  Well, we didn't have plans in the morning so we prayed for a street to tract and that is what we did before church.  We didn't get any potentials but the sun was out and it was peaceful and nice and even kind of warm unless you are in the shade then it was BRR!  :D  We met a few guys and I think we made their day a little bit better even if they didn't want to hear our glorious message.

We are silly sisters - Happy Valentine's Day
Me on Valentine's Day
We went to church, it was awesome!!  We had TWO INVESTIGATORS COME!!!  :D  I told Sister Grant, man it may have been a slow week but this is the most investigators we have had in a long time that have come to church so it pretty much made up for the slow week!  :)  The Elders are on fire and having so many awesome investigators at church.  They really are doing an awesome job and it is so fun to see their investigators at church every week and watch them grow!  WOW, it is so powerful.  It is cool to watch from a distance.  I really do see them coming closer to Christ.  I love seeing and saying Hi to them.  I just love this gospel, it really does make us so much more happy.

After church we did some stop by's, people weren't home.  Our dinner with a member got cancelled but it was a good thing!  Why?  Because we got to see J**** and talk to him and then we had an appointment with R**** and J****!  Well dinner didn't happen but teaching was so much better than eating!

Okay so we pulled up to R**** and J**** and their is a truck we don't know and so I was joking around like, Oh who do they have for us to teach today?  Last week they had their friend C**** (she loved what we taught, R**** told us and we told her that we really can and would love to send missionaries to her, but I guess she is moving here in two weeks, so we might get to start teaching her as well) and when we ate there for
Hazy day today
Thanksgiving they had another friend over!  So they are already introducing their peeps to us!  It is awesome.  Well we go in and J**** isn't there but M****, who is L**** dad, was there and we had an awesome lesson with R**** and M****!  It was crazy.  It can be hard teaching more than one person at a time but something that was really cool was R**** had to go help L**** with something and we explained to M**** how the church functioned, with a Prophet down to Bishops.  R**** missed that and when R**** came back M**** taught what we had just taught him to R****. It was really cool to watch M**** change.  He said he doesn't like organized religion and has a problem with it but as we talked we kept answering his questions and then he wanted to know more!  They both really like what they are learning and it was a cool lesson.  They both just asked such awesome questions!  We are meeting with M**** and R**** this coming Sunday and are hoping to set up a time to meet with R**** and J**** this week as well as help them with their other house in Gurnee first ward.  We are so excited for them!  The funny thing about this all is M**** tells us where he lives and well GUESS what?!?  It so happens to be the street we
J**** took us to Olive Garden
tracted on this morning!! YEAH!  Meant to be!!  We still plan on going back to that street because there are still houses we wanted to knock on but ran out of time.  So we got a new investigator today...well Yesterday!  The Lord really does bless us with the desires of our heart!  I need to make sure I am putting my trust in the goals that he helps us set, because with His help we really can reach our goals, and beyond!  :D

The rest of the week was good!!  We went with a member to go and visit Sister P****, a less active.  She had read all of first Nephi in just a few days!  It is so amazing and makes me so happy.  :D

Back from Christmas when I was sick
hmm..well I can't really think about what else to say, but I love it here!
I love you all so much!  Thanks for all the love you send me!!

Letters this week:
- Grandma Mary
- Mom
- Sister Victoria Jorgenson (funny/weird thing is she was in my dream the day I got her letter.. I just felt it coming I guess hahaha)

Have a GREAT week!!!  I love you all!!!

Sister North :D

This week I had sent Sister North a picture of Ceaira and I at the end of our almost four mile hike in the beautfiul 45 degree weather.  She had replied to the picture.  STILL SNOWING!!!  With this picture attached.   Her brother Jered who is in Guatemala with lots of humidity and 80 plus degree weather said, where is the sweat.  They both are in such extreme weather.  

Write Sister North she loves to get letters!!!

Sister Amber North
(make sure you don't use nicknames because otherwise they cannot forward it on to her)
Illinois Chicago Mission
800 Waukegan Rd #203
Glenview, Illinois 60025

Monday, February 10, 2014

Happy Valentines Day! Who loves you? The Lord loves you!!!! :)

Sister Grant and I at the training meeting.
Date:  February 10, 2014
Area:  Gurnee
Companion:  Sister Grant

As I like to say to My District Leader when he calls us every night,

Yo Yo Wazz UP?  This is Sister North and Sister Grant!

So My awesome Peeps!  Wazz UP?  From Chicago?

First off I want to share some of my thoughts from church yesterday!  It was awesome!  The best way anyone can receive the energy they need to go through another week.  Don't believe me?  Try it!  It really does work!!  I promise!!  :D

My baby - Sister Winn.  My momma - Sister Kershaw
and my sister in the mission Sister Hawkins
The Bishopric spoke in sacrament and some of the thoughts I wrote down are:
- Adversity and trials should lead us to The Lord.
Along with this I want to share what I read in the Book of Mormon this morning in Mosiah 20.  It talks about the people being put into bondage and how the Lord needs to chasten us to see what we will do and to see if we will put our trust in Him and ask for His help.  We really should be asking for His help in EVERYTHING!  I know he WILL help us!!!
- Exercise your Faith and turn it into Action
- WE CAN NOT DO IT ALONE!!!  We need His help!!
- We can see the Atonement in our own life, how can we use the Atonement, how are we going to use it?
It is up to us to use the Atonement in our life.  It is something that Christ did for each one of us!  He can help make our burdens lighter, the question is are we letting him?
- It is God's will not ours
- Are we willing to give up everything for our Savior?
- Are the things people died for important to me?  Christ, Joseph Smith, what did these people do for you?  What are you going to do about it?
- What am I doing with the blessing I have?
- Am I proving myself to God?
- We knew life would be hard but we shouted for Joy!!
- We wanted to and were willing to come to earth, there is a purpose!!
- Our happiness is the ultimate goal, so how are you going to be happy?
- Repentance provides us with the opportunity to feel peace.

Just some thoughts to think about this week  :)
Jacket for 5 bucks!

This week has been slow but still good.  We had exchanges this week and Sister Kershaw came here with me and ALL of our appointments feel through including our back ups!  It was lame but we still had fun!  It has been the week full of things getting rescheduled or not happening.  Needless to say I was getting a little discouraged. 

The next day things kept not working out but we had an amazing dinner at the Woods and talked about prayer and they all shared an experience and it was awesome.  The spirit was strong and just so amazing!!  It is cool to see the Lord help you ask the right questions and hearing others bear their testimony and in this case how they gained/strengthen their testimony with prayer.

Pday lunch with Sister Bratcher, Smith, and Spencer at Chilies!  YUMMY
Teaching Paul - Paul, Krystal,
Sister Grant and I
The biggest miracle this week was meeting Tiesha!!  We left there a little later then we thought but still had about a half hour or so before nine.  Early that morning we planned to go see a PNI and her name was Sonora.  So that is just what we did.  It was at least 8:30 when we knocked on the door lightly and it wasn't Sonora or Pat, which are two people we have met at the house before, and Sister Grant was like, "You aren't Pat or Sonora" so she yells back into the house saying "They Know you!"  It was pretty funny and then we asked if we could talk to her and she let us in.  We started talking about the Bible and I asked her what her favorite stories are.  She told us a few and we talked about it and then we started talking about the first vision and the Book of Mormon.  She was excited to have her own copy!!!  The spirit was SO strong like I'm pretty sure her neighbors could feel it!  It was crazy awesome.  All of us almost cried, we got all teary-eyed and if she would of cried I know I would have.  We talked about some things and something that was really cool is she prayed two days before to help know the way.  I don't even know what I can tell you about this lesson but it was amazing!!  She was excited for us to leave so she could read her "homework".  We left her to read 3 Nephi 11 and she was so excited!!!  She said we could come back the next day, but things ended up not working out but we are meeting her tonight.  Sister Grant and I both left that lesson just awe struck and hearts so full.  It was just WOW!!!  I just had my heart full of gratitude for my Savior.  He knew I was having a hard time and I just wanted to teach people and help them enjoy that ultimate happiness that this Gospel brings and then we met Tiesha!  It was such a blessing and I just canNOT wait to teach her and help her know how much her Father in Heaven loves her and the He has a plan for her and all of us!!
Me and my Momma Sister Kershaw
on exchanges together this past week.

Miracles really do happen!!  Some are big and some are small!

The next miracle I would like to share is that I know that the Lord will Protect us!!  We went to stop by a PNI and as soon as we got there I just had this huge feeling and was like hmmm...So as Sister Grant was praying I was saying my own prayer trying to figure out if this is a good feeling or not.  After she was done praying I turned to ask her if she still felt good about going and knocking.  She wasn't sure so we asked and still wasn't sure so we decided to act.  We got out of the car and walked a few feet and then we knew right away that we needed to leave.  I don't know what would have happened if we went and knocked on the door but I do know that the Lord didn't want us there at that time.  He was protecting us!  

We are silly
After that we went and stopped by Kayyla for a few minutes just to say hi and see how she was doing.  For all I know that is why we left was to go and help Kayyla know that she is loved and that someone is there for her.

I will probably never know the reason we didn't feel like we should be at that house but I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for giving us promptings from the spirit that can help us.

We got to meet with June this week and he took us out to dinner.  He even said the prayer, in a public place!  I was so proud of him!!!

We also visited with Mary and she also asked if we'd like to have dinner with her.  It was very nice.  We watched the restoration DVD and re-invited her to ask if what we are teaching her is true.  She is a sweet lady and is enjoying reading from the Book of Mormon and learning.  We are doing our best to help her understand.  She was going to come to church this week but then was invited over to her daughters house.  So hopefully she will come next week.
Sister Grant and I
back together after exchanges

There are three of me!
We had a great lesson with Paul.  He rescheduled like four times, no lie!  But we finally met with him and he picked out three verses that he wanted to talk about!  That was really cool.  He is also going to Boise this week for work and spending time with his daughter who is a member.I guess he is going to call us with her, and we are going to try and have a lesson over Skype.  We think that would be really cool, so hopefully it works out.  We hope she can help clear up some of his concerns but we will see.

We met with Rachel and Jay this week!  We haven't gotten to teach them since Thanksgiving!  We had a great lesson on prayer and they even had a friend there.  Oh how I just love prayer.  It really so wonderful and is the key to receiving the help we need in life.  I know it really does work!

We also had a sister training meeting this past week.  ALL the sisters from the Illinois Mission got together and we even learned how to choke people.  HA!  We learned a self defense move :) and some of this we can do in our apartment to exercise.  We of course had TONS of spiritual food and I would love to share what I learned but I wouldn't do them justice at the moment.  It was cool to be in a room of all the sister missionaries in our mission and President Woodbury.  How I love that man!  He is so amazing and such an example to me!

package came total destroyed and in another bag.
Time is well spent and I love you all so much!!

Letters this week!
- Grandma Mary!
- Package fro my Mom
- Taylynne
- And yes Mom I did get the letter for Ivette, she loved it!  It caught Sister Grant off guard when she saw it and I was like yep that is my momma!  :D

Sister North :D
Pictures from the Sister Training Meeting!!!
Sister Matta and I
Sister Leal and I.  Sister Leal is from my Grandma and
Grandpa's ward in West Jordan.
Sister Lepule, Sister Winward and I
Sister Training Meeting - It was AMAZING!
Hermana Wilki and I

Sister North LOVES mail so please take the time to write to her.  She would love to hear what is going on with you in your life.  She loves pictures to.  If you you have gospel questions you can send them to her via Facebook.  She is listed as Sister-Amber North.  She can only talk about the gospel since she is on a mission and has devoted this time to preaching the word of the Lord.  She is really good about writing back though if you would like to send her a snail mail.  Thanks for your love and support it helps letting are daughter go for 18 months easier knowing there are so many who care for her.

Sister Amber North
Illinois Chicago Mission
800 Waukegan Rd #203
Glenview, Illinois 60025

Monday, February 3, 2014

A helping hand Goes a Long way! Right Time Right Place!

It's ME!!!!
Date:  February 3, 2014
Area:  Gurnee
Companion:  Sister Grant

My wonderful family and friends!!!!

It is Monday again and it is crazy to think of all the things that have happeneed!  Part of me feels like it was just Monday and then the other is like WOW finally Monday again!  Ha!  Crazy how that works!!!

This week we got a MEDIA REFERRAL???  SAY WHAT???  And it gets even better, the referral was from Serbia!  It was this past Tuesday, the day it was REALLY COLD! (Again...) and we were just about to go out still, not sure who we would try and see and then we received a text and Sister Grant was like, "We got a referral!"  I was like, "come again?"  Before all of the messages could come to us we received a phone call from Sister Taggart who also was super excited as well about the referral.  She called and told us what was up.  So the referral cam from this dad who is a Priest in Serbia at a Greek Orthodox Church.  He wanted missionaries to go say hi to his son or something.  They have a family friend who are Mormons.  Well we acted on this referral right away.  It took us awhile to find it but we FOUND IT!!!  YAY!!  Turns out M*** (his nickname) is going to school to be a Priest as well.  We get there and it is like a small boarding school I guess you could say and we don't know ehre the main door is.  We looked around for a little bit and then started walking back to the car when someone drove up and we were able to ask him if he new M...(I still can't say his name) and so he went and got him for us!  He came out and was like what
Yup I still drink applesauce with a straw!!!

the?  Then ran back in to get shoes and a coat.  When he came out he was like oh yeah my dad said two people would come and see me.  He has a good impression of Mormons from their family friend but doesn't really know anything that we believe.  He was like come on so we we went for a walk with him.  In my head I was like cool, we will have a short little talk.  Well he shows up his church which was very pretty and we talk about a lot of different things.  We had to go and we told him we would e-mail him and he would e-mail us.  He hasn't e-mailed us back yet but he was very interested in meeting some of the guys from the ward.  I am looking forward to seeing what happens and teaching him more of what we believe.  He is really cool and has a lot of respect for Religions.

Bishop A**** gave us some names to visit this week.  It was great!  Usually these people are not home but when we went and visited them this time ALL of the family was there!  It was crazy and awesome!  At MCM (Mission correlation Meeting) Brother D**** was like WOW do you realize that it is a miracle that you got to talk to these two families withy all of them being there?  It was pretty much awesome!  I love that he gave us names of people he felt like we should go see.  The Lord knew we could see them this week!  :D
It is soooo cold here.  We do anything to stay warm!

We got to see a lot of less actives this week!  One of them we tried to visit but she wasn't home HOWEVER as I was bucking up Sister Grant, there was a girl on the side walk so I went and talked with her.  Honestly sometimes I can be a very awkward person and not know what to say and things just come out.  Well it worked because she told us we could come teach her the Purpose of Life and where we came from the next day.  Sadly she wasn't feeling well so we didn't get to see her but I have high hopes for her and she has the desire to learn!  Right Place Right Time.

If a missionary needs to back a car up the other missionary has to go out and physically be behind the car and clearing them to prevent accidents.  And maybe just maybe to put people in the right places at the right times.  :)

Me and Sister Luple being twinners.  Isn't she adorable!
G****& came to church yesterday!  It was awesome!  We met him two weeks ago at the Library and had a lesson with him that week.  We haven't really talked to him this past week because he lives in the Elders area.  He said he would come to church in February and wanted to meet the Elders before having them come over.  So we called him on Friday and left him a message and then called him on Saturday and he was like, "I am coming to church".  Not gonna lie, Sister Grant and I were surprised!!  So we met early before church and taught him more yesterday then our lesson because he gets off topic SO easy but we are getting better at leading people back to the lesson.  He really enjoyed Sacrament and he even sang the Hymns!  It was great!  He is a cool guy!  He didn't stay for the rest of Church but he told the Bishop that he will be back and that he likes it here.  He'll soon come to the three hours of Church.  One step at a time.  We will hopefully have a hand off lesson with the Elders this week.  :)

Sister Wells and I last P-day
We met with W**** this week, we were bummed because we had a lesson with him Thursday with our ward mission leader but he ended up having work.  We got to see him on Saturday and talked about the fall and how it was a good thing.  He is slowly understanding things.

We met with E**** who is an 85 year old who this summer we would help with his yard and now we just go see him once a month or so.  We go see him now lately as a back up with a member.  Oh my goodness he is starting to have a desire to know more.  He told us sorry for not coming to church the other day but was like I still want to come one of these days.  We told him that he is always welcome.  HE asked if he would see me again and I said Yes.  I am here at least all month and he was like good.  I should at least see you one more time before you leave.  He is cool!  It is fun to watch him not really care about what we do, to start asking a few questions.  Service does help, it showed him that we care.

We love the T**** family!

We had another lesson with J****!  Sadly our member couldn't come :(  Sad day but when we first got there we got to talk with his daughter for a few minutes.  Hopefully she'll want to learn soon, but June is so interested in learning, we talked a lot about the Book of Mormon and the different people.  He told us he couldn't meet this week because he has family coming in town and then later out of nowhere he was like, "I could meet on Thursday."  We could go to dinner or something.  I was like Uh YEAH!  hahah  We have a meeting at 8pm but we could even go get ice cream or something.  So sounds like we still get to meet with him!  He was also really bummed that Sister Cook couldn't come, he really likes her which is AWESOME!!!  :D
I got my hair cut!

Wow this letter is long and going to be long because well I still have a lot more time...Hope you guys like something and learn something!  :D  and sorry if I bore you...

But here are some things I learned this week:

First off I got to teach in District Meeting this week.  A little about Inspired Questions but I wanted to teach something that we didn't know and I came across this talk and I invite you all to read it!  It is SO AWESOME!!!  It is called..."Teaching Helps Save Lives" by Russell T. Osuthorpe October 2009

IT talks a lot about aiming hirer then you think you can reach.  One of the quotes I like is "The goal of gosepel not to 'pour information' into the minds of class member...The aim is to inspire the indivdual to think about, feel about, and then do something about living gospel principles"

With our awesome neighbor I****!!
And form this I just want to say it isn't hard to share the Gospel with your friends, just keep being an example to those you love and sharing those simple truths that make you who you are.  I love this Gospel and I know that I can be with my Family Forever!  So great!

Here is a link to the whole talk

A few quotes I like from church yesterday are:

Just because we know the way something works doesn't mean it isn't a miracle - Elder Bangater
Gods hand is everywhere and in everything we do!!  What has he done for you today?
We love Sister C****!

From my studies this morning:
"You are responsible for who you are and you are responsible for who you will become." - Fourth Missionary
It is up to us to become the person that we want to be!! So who do you want to be?

Can I just say I feel SOOO loved this week.  I was reminded of all the people I have cheering for me back at home.  I just want to say THANK YOU for all of your letters, prayers, and support!  You are all so wonderful and I care about you so much!

Mail makes me soooo happy!!!
Letters this week:
- Marissa Lawrence
- Sister Mikela Burr
- Elder Bryce Mitchell
- Grandma Mary
- Karly Willes
- Karoline!
- Fawn Shields
- Mommyu (2) the one you wrote like two weeks ago finally came HA.after your other one...sometimes mail is just weird ;)
- CD's from Kenn and Amy! Oh my GOODNESS THANK YOU I LOVE THEM!!! :D
- Sister Spraktes
- Nutty

WOW!!! It feels like Christmas again!!  :D  thanks again!!!

The random story of the week is from, oh I think it was Tuesday.  We came home for nightly planning and I was praying and the next thing I know we both jump because we hear this beeping noise.  I finish the prayer pretty confused and our CO thing was being stupid again but all is well.  We actually bought a new one and we are fine.

I like to make funny faces
Answers to Momma's questions:
- G**** was the only one we had at church this week.
- PNI's:  We will be contacting them this week :D  We did stop by some but no one was home.
- HAHAH Oh boy 20's for the next ten days? HUH?  Well I'll take that, it is warmer than the negatives HAHAH
- Facebook:  Mom I love that you keep saying stuff on it, I get so excited when I see people say something on it or share it because it means more people see it!  I have been asking questions on there for awhile now but this past week people finally are responding and it is great to see!!  The work is moving in so many ways!  What ways can you share the gospel today?

Things are going great!  I sure love it and living it up!  I don't feel like I have that much time in this area but I am going to leave it with a bang!  The work is growing and we just need to keep moving on step at a time! 
I like to take pictures while I wait for Sister Clark!
The Lord is in charge!  After writing this I'm like WOW what a week it has been!  I know there was more that happened!  HA

I love you all!!!!
Sister North :D

Thanks for your love and support of Amber, it means a lot to not only her but to us as her parents also.  It is not easy letting your kids go on a mission where you don't get to have normal contact with them and it helps so much knowing she is surrounded by people locally that take care of her and also her family and friends that love and support her.

Sister Amber North
Illinois Chicago Mission
800 Waukegan Rd #203
Glenview, Illinois 60025