Monday, January 26, 2015

Letter Home from Sister Amber North

Date:  January 26, 2015
Area:  Hyde Park, Illinois
Companion:  Sister Graham

So if I had time to email I would email you but I am partying it up in Valpo it is good to be back. I love it here! This week was grand so many different emotions but all in all great! I had my departing interview and I got my flight info is really happening.

See you next week!

Ahh what?

Theses eyes will see you soon!

Obviously she is done with writing home to us.  :)  So just to give everyone the details if you haven't heard them. Amber's homecoming will be held on February 8, 2015.  Our church starts at 8:30am and you are welcome to come join us for the whole block, if not then she will be speaking in Sacrament and that starts about 10:15am.  Church ends at 11:30am and we will head back to our house for some lunch and visiting with this wonderful girl.  Come celebrate her return with us.

Church address is 2742 W. 14400 S. Bluffdale, UT 84065
Our house address is 4111 Red Tail Drive, Riverton, UT 84065
My phone number just in case you need it and have any questions is 801-449-0088

Look forward to see you all very soon!

Monday, January 12, 2015

It always works out in the end :)

Date:  January 12, 2015
Area:  Hyde Park, Illinois
Companion:  Sister Graham

Hey Family and Friends!

Man! Sister Graham and I have been together for FOUR Weeks!! That just blows my mind!! Time really has gone by so fast! and I know these next few weeks will do the same.  This week has been super crazy and full of Cold! But non the less it is Chicago and I am grateful for the nice winter we have had. 

A lot of things have happened this week and I don't even know where to start!

I guess the highlight would be Tracy!!  Oh my goodness love her so much!! She is the best! She came to church yesterday for the first time and loved every minute of it and just soaked it all in! After Sacrament (we have Sacrament last) she was like it's already over? That is the best thing I've ever heard! She truly is so prepared and I am so excited for her and this journey! She is going to be so sad to find out I can't be at her baptism :( oh that makes my own heart break. She is the best and has been through a lot but is going strong! She has a gift to feel the spirit! She feels it so strongly and I love that about her. She just soaks everything up and is following through with her commitments and it is changing her life. I know as we do what is right we will be blessed! :)

On Tuesday we spent the entire day outside trying to find people we were given a list from the ward of members they
O man it was even colder then this!
don't know where they are and that is what we did all day. It was cold and when we went to the Shurtlifts for dinner they gave us hot cocoa! It was yummy and warm! Also that day my boots leaked! We walked through a lot of snow! But thankfully they haven't done that again but I don't think I will be wearing them home. Ha. Also in the city they use a lot more salt then the suburbs and it just gets all over my black boots. 

I had my last Zone Training this week which was a very bitter sweet experience. I also gave my departing testimony and my mind went blank and words would not come out and tears came. It was one of the hardest testimonies I have given.  I love my mission so much! It has been one of the hardest things I have ever done but it is the best thing I could have ever done. I am so grateful that I have been given this opportunity to serve! I love it so much! And I honestly feel like I'll be a missionary forever! So if I don't come home you know where I'm at. ;) 

This week Sister Allen taught us how to open a coconut! It was so much fun! And something I'll do in the future! Sister Graham cracked hers in one it for me it took a few more times.

Things are going well and miracles are happening! I love serving here in Hyde Park and I am grateful God has trusted me with this part of his vineyard. 

This week I read a great talk on building your faith. Check it out! I loved this quote from it but it all is so so good!

"The more we develop these habits, the more anxious is Satan to harm us but the less is his ability to do so."

This week I got letters written more than a month ago from My Mom and Sister Burr not sure what the deal is with the mail here but it likes to be weird. I also got a letter from Grandma Mary, Rebecka, and the Mission. :)

I love you all! Take care! Stay warm! 

๐Ÿ’•Sister North ๐Ÿ’
800 Waukegan Rd. #203
Glenview IL 60025
How to get a coconut open?

How about a screw driver?

Mabye a hammer?

Yes lets try the hamer.
It worked!  Her brother in Guatemala would say use a machete.

pretty but cold

waiting for the train.

slightly warmer on the train.
Bearing my testimony in our last zone meeting

Last Zone conference on my mission.  :(
Making a fruit birthday cake for a Sister in the ward.

We have mad skills

Isn't it pretty!

Monday, January 5, 2015

The New Year brought the Cold

Date:  January 5, 2015
Area:  Hyde Park, Chicago
Companion:  Sister Graham

Hello Everyone!

So not sure how much time I have, the computer says like five minutes but sometimes it lets me have a little more so we shall see what happens.

I don't even know where to start...hmm...

This week was the week of service!  We have been really focusing on getting members more involved and building our relationship with them.  Something I have been wanting to do but it hasn't happened until now.

We have been making these cute little treats for them and writing notes for everyone and we have only done like nine out of a ton in the ward we are planning on doing more.  Wednesday it is suppose to be SUPER cold like 3 degrees without the windchill so we can see more miracles with the members.  It is working!  Not only are we doing that but my awesome companion has been able to cut ward members hair which has also helped get us in members homes and get to know them better on a normal level.  I have been reading a lot of childrens stories and it is super awesome and fun!  Know the Lorax  book? and the word Theeds I think? 

We did have some other really cool things happen for example we were going to the Cannons to cut their hair and on the way there we meet this lady named Tracy and she is interested in learning more so we set up an appointment with her for the next day!

Friday we met with her and did a lot of listening, she has been through a lot and is ready to change her life.  We taught a little about the Restoration but more about who God is and why it is important to have a relationship with him.

Then Saturday we had an appointment and taught the first haft of the Plan of Salvation and it was a really good lesson and invited her to be baptized on the 14th of February and she said yes!! Super exciting! but sadly she didn't make it to church and her phone was dead yesterday so hopefully everything is alright.

Something that is really cool about her story is that before she came to the bus stop she wrote in her prayer book a prayer to God how she wants to change her life and do better and then she met us.  In our first lesson I testified and promised her something and the spirit was there so strong it brought tears to my eyes, I don't remember what I said but it is so cool when you promise something and God backs you up. That is what happened I promised her if she did the things we ask her to do she will be blessed and I gave her some specific blessings and I know that to be true. 

I know that God gives us commandments for a reason and I know that when we do as he asks he will bless us so much and we will be so much more happier!!  God is so real and wants to help us so much it is crazy!  But he can only do so much, we must be doing our part.

I'll try to send you pictures later my ipad doesn't want to connect to the wifi but we are going to the Sisters apartment later and my Ipad usually connects to their wifi, if not you'll have some next week.

I love you all so much!! I hope you had a great New Years!
I got letters from:
-Tony and Shannon North
- Larsens
-and one of the daughters on her mission in this ward, she sent me good luck pennies from South korea which was cool

Thank you for all the support!! Good luck in School, Keep working hard, Remember to read your Scriptures and to pray!

Oh I also found out that someone from my last area might be getting baptized soon and My Mission Pres said I could go! AHH YAY!! :D So I am praying it will happen :D

I love you all!!

Sister North :D