North Dakota Bismarck mission February 2016 to August 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

1 Transfer left!

 how is it my last transfer only 6 more weeks? today was transfer calls and me and sister weeks are staying. we didn't receive a call but heard we will be in a trio with Sister Bennett. so we will find out for sure on Thursday.
   Monday we saw the Burke's and he committed himself to be baptized on the 5th so that was awesome. he wants to be baptized with his daughter on that day.
   Tuesday we stopped teaching an older lady she wasn't super interested but was really nice. we had dinner with some members and their friends showed up so we got ice cream with them and that was fun.
   Wednesday we went up to Crosby. it's a cute little town but our investigator lives up there and she is so ready for the gospel she already knows what she is going to wear when it happens. it was pretty great. then we saw a less active sister in the ward.she is pretty prepared to come back to church so that's pretty sweet.
   Thursday we taught a family and weekly planned so that was fun. nothing too crazy happened.
   Friday we had district meeting. it was good. that we saw the Burkes and taught them about the word of wisdom. it was good they accepted it and want to work on it so that's sweet. 
  Saturday we helped the Clarks move out. it was good we got a ton of food so that was sweet. we taught the Burkes again ad then went to a baptism it was sweet. after wards we put our other investigator on date she is so ready and we can't wait.
   Sunday good not too much happened but there were some great lessons.
  
1 p day selfies
2 I drew on the mirror
3 best district
4 Sunday selfies

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Sister Haley McDonald






17 months

what the fruit how has it already been 17 months? well, I have been serving a mission for 17 months today and it's the best thing I could ever do. I can't believe how fast time has gone. 
  Monday we had dinner with a family it was a good time sweet lesson with them so that was good. 
  Tuesday we went with a member to a lesson and the lesson was bomb the couple has decided they want to come back to church and it was so sweet how everything happened. then we went to try someone but their address was wrong so we ended up at some ranch it was kinda awkward haha. we tried lots of people that day so that was fun.
  Wednesday we went out to Crosby which is about an hour away our appointment canceled when we were half way up but we were able to try some other families so that was good. then we went to go exchange with the sisters for a while. sister weeks decided her and the car door aren't friends needless to say the car won and now sister weeks has some damage to her finger. she went to the ER on exchanges I was worried but she is still alive so that's good. 
   Thursday we weekly planned and helped a family who is moving out so that was fun. then we tried some more people that night.
   Friday we had district meeting and then basically tried people all day. this week was definitely a try people all the time kind of week but hey it's great.
  Saturday we walked because after attempting to ride bikes sister weeks popped her tire, haha but it was all good. that night we went to a baptism it was sweet our part member family came and the daughter wants to be baptized so we put her on a date for August 5th so that should be fun.
 Sunday we went to church and the Addiction recovery class so that was fun. good times
have a great week!
1 car selfies
2 the sky
3 when we had the truck... but hey a Rav is pretty sweet too
4 we have to wrap the finger everyday haha
5 another selfie
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Sister Haley McDonald








Another week gone by...

so I have this theory that each week goes faster and faster and it's crazy. how is it already p-day again? this week was awesome though we accomplished a lot,
    Tuesday was a great day. we played softball with the 1st ward and all the missionaries then we had a water balloon fight that was fun! then we played sports and roasted mini marshmallows and made smores. after p-day ended we went to a members and hung out with them then went to another members to watch some fireworks but it was still too light out for us to really do that so we came home and watched some from our apartment since we still had to be in at 1030.
    Wednesday we saw one of our investigators and taught the plan of salvation but we are probably going to drop her this week. we don't think she is super interested. then we saw another investigator and she has a ton of questions its great! we werent really able to teach anything but it was good the member basically taughter the restoration and the spirit was so strong holy cow! then we had dinner with a member and then taught our part member family and they are doing good. so we taught 4 investiagtors in 1 day it was awesome
   Thursday we weekly planned and basically got it all done wohoo. havent done that in a while! then we tried a potential wasnt home so we tried another one and we got an appointment wiht her so thats cool. then we read with the part member family and that was good. the daughter is really starting to understand.
  Friday was chaos. we had a tonof appointments set but a lot fell through. we still met with some people though so thats good. we were able to see a semi active sister who i love she is struggling but we are gonna help her because thats what we do best haha. we also got  a new investigator by trying some one a member asked us to see.oh also we got a call that we will be getting a new car that has a bike hitch so we can ride bikes but we get to drive the zone leaders truck for a day so needless to say im excited haha.
   Saturday we helped someone pack and then re deep cleaned our car(we had permission i swear) it has to be super clean cause its going back to the mission office today. then we saw a less active who has decided himself to come back to church get the priesthood and a patriarchal belssing so that was awesome. then we tried some more people. it was a great night.
   Sunday was busy as usual. we went to 3rd ward and stayed the entire time but a member brought her friend and in class she asked how does one become a member.... so now we are teaching her it was awesome. we were all kinda shocked. then we had ward council it was bomb then the next ward council haha it was good too. then we went to 2nd ward we werent gonna stay the entire time but then part of the part member family we are teaching came so we stayed and were able to show them the baptismal fount and the duaghter really enjoyed it so that was good.then we had dinner and then did some paperwork stuff which was nice to be able to sit and breath since being at church for 11 hours is very draining but still really good.
well i hope you all ahve a great week love you!

1 selfies
2 Happy 4Th of July!



Zone conference!

as the weeks go by they just get busier and busier! we haven't been able to tract at all which is actually super great! we love it!
Monday we met some families in the 3rd ward trying to get to know people so we can best work with them.
 Tuesday we worked on some paperwork to help us in 3rd ward get some things done. then we did service at Bethel. tried some less actives and then had dinner with a family helped someone move and talked to the non-member friends helping so that was sweet then we taught our investigators. we took them off date for the 15th it was too soon but should be just pushing it back in August. they are good though. oh then we exchanged
 Wednesday we helped some investigators move for 4 hours that was fun cute family! then we did some studies and then had dinner and we did a young women's activity. I should have gotten pictures but it was great we answered questions and made them ride bikes in skirts haha it was a fun time!
 Thursday was weekly planning. we tried a potential that night and not only had she read a lot of the book of Mormon but her husband has also read and her daughter wants to read!  They invited us for dinner tomorrow and a lesson.  We are super excited.  So many miracles!
  Friday was district meeting which is always fun! then we tried some potentials and found some cool guys that might want to learn so that's sweet! then we meet some more members in the 3rd ward! 
  Saturday we tried less active and rode our bikes all day! we had interviews with the president which is always great love him it's great! 
   Sunday we had church we taught the young women in 2nd ward and that was really fun. however also had to call the cops. it's a great story. we were sitting in young women's some guys were setting off fireworks in the apartments right by us. they started a fire put it out then set another firework off let it run and then walked away when it was done... well the fire restarted so we found someone to put it out and it was fun. the young women enjoyed watching us outside haha apparently we saved the day haha. 
yesterday was zone conference and we went to Sidney so that was weird I got to talk to the stake president and get some updates so that was nice! it was weird being back but we had to leave right after to get to dinner. it was a good day though
 Well, happy 4th of July have a fun time but don't set anything on fire!
love you!
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Sister Haley McDonald
1 selfies
2 sister Allen and sister Bennett stayed with us
3 on the road to Sidney
4 the Bruhs! from rapid we are missing sister Wright!
5 most of the group that came out with me








what a week!

so one of the craziest weeks of my mission it was great!
  Monday we went and rolled around in a tire! that was fun. so that day we called the mission office because we are supposed to be moving into 2nd ward where we serve well some how it didn't get passed down to us on transfer day but we are now covering 2 wards so we aren't moving and we are serving in 3rd ward as well so that was a little crazy. we had dinner with some members of the 2nd ward they are cool it was a fun time. then we went to a BBQ and then tried to figure out our lives with 2 wards.
  Tuesday we worked on figuring some more stuff out with 3rd ward then we tried a potential and got a new investigator. her name is Joyce she is an older lady but sweet.then we did service at Bethel and the people there are so nice. then we went to dinner they are awesome. then we saw our part member family. I decided I could be having the worst day ever and we could go see them and I would be on cloud 9 haha its great I love them.
  Wednesday we saw Joyce again kinda hard to teach got really distracted but she read what we had left with her so that's good. then we saw a member in the 3rd ward that had her baby.  she is sweet. then we made some calls trying to meet people. then we got to meet with the elders in 3rd ward to get some info about the ward but they were on exchanges so we didn't get too much but it's okay.
   Thursday we weekly planned but it was very broken up so we didn't get to finish. we were able to meet with our ward mission leader in 3rd ward and he is pretty great so that's good.we had dinner with a family that recently moved in but they aren't liking it here so not sure how long they will stay but they are really nice.
   Friday we had district meeting and then got info from the zone leaders so that was fun. we had dinner with a sister in the ward her husband was working but they are getting sealed next week and they are so cute. her story is awesome and it's like the best meal conversation we ever have it's amazing. then we saw a less active who we are gonna start teaching the discussions and she is super excited. also, she has a fox so that's pretty cool. fox tongues are super soft haha!
   Saturday we planned more because it needs to be done. then we went to an appointment with awesome members. they are great I love them.  Then we walked because our mission is doing a car fast every Saturday so unless you have an appointment you aren't supposed to use your car.  I like it we are gonna start biking this week. we had more meeting with 3rd ward then we had dinner and then went tracting it was a good time. then we saw our investigators and it was awesome they were very determined about coming to church and it was super good. they are so ready for the gospel!
    Sunday was a long day... my brain was done by the end but it was still awesome. we got to church at 730 for 3rd ward. president and sister Hess spoke in all 3 wards so that was awesome!  after church we had ward council for 3rd ward then we scarfed down food before next ward council started. then we started 2nd ward church. OUR INVESTIGATORS CAME!!!!!!!!!!! it was awesome and they loved it ahh. so we were at church from 730 am to 630 pm so we were both exhausted but then we went to dinner and they had a non-member friend there who we are now teaching so that was sweet. then we stopped in on our investigators to see how they liked church. it was a wonderful day.
    it was a wonderful week. I hope you all have a great week love you!
1 an oil rig playground toy
2 16  months!
3 the fox Gigi
4 the fox again!











Sunday, June 25, 2017

6/5/17 to 6/18/17

Well sorry I missed last week but some great things happened so I'm gonna tell you all about it.

       Monday the 5th we met with our investigators we taught the daughter and mom who is less active but we got to know where she stands better and it was really good. we are helping the daughter to understand more and it's going really well.
        Tuesday we tried lots of people then we did service at the nursing place they are so nice and like to ask questions which is awesome! then we went tracting and handed out a book of Mormon to a lady that was recovering from surgery and she said she would read it. we also met this less active family and they are awesome but need to come to church. we are going to get them back!
       Wednesday we tried some people and then we weeded a garden that was fun didn't take as long as we thought so that's good!
      Thursday we weekly planned and went to a relief society activity. it was based on the 5 little pigs so it was cute.
       Friday we tried a ton of people so that was fun and we did some planning.
       Saturday in the morning we tried people but then we were running late everywhere. we meet some new people in our ward they were super nice and it was just crazy but it was really good too!
      Sunday we had ward council which was awesome then church where some of the best talks i have heard were given they were awesome.she talked about understanding the gospel and how them moving up here has truly helped them. it was great! then we had dinner with an awesome family they are great and then we taught our investigators the plan of salvation and put them on a date for baptism! it was awesome. they are doing so good too!

       Monday the 12th well this day we did nothing basically. I was super sick so we had to stay in but I finally watched the best 2 years so now no one can be super shocked that I hadn't watched it. we got transfer calls sister Spendlove has left me and is in Bemidji now so that's awesome!
       Tuesday I was feeling better so we got right back to work. we met some more members of the ward then did service at the nursing home and this sweet old man was talking with us and might want to learn about the gospel so that's awesome! then we saw a single sister we just love her so much then we had dinner with this family and she offered to etch on cups stuff for our mission I haven't fully decided on mine but sister Spendlove was pretty awesome so I'm excited to have that one day! then we did more service for some less actives who have a fox I need to get a picture but its pretty cool.
      Wednesday we met another family in the ward and then went to see the single sister again she fed us lunch and we helped with some little things that needed to be done. then sister Spendlove packed and I did some other things around the apartment. then we saw some members so sister Spendlove could say bye. we saw our investigators and got a lesson set up they are awesome the daughter was sad to see her leave too!
       Thursday was transfer day we didn't know who my comp was but I hung out with sister Beutler and Myers and we may have done a transfer board and guessed my companion was sister weeks! it was fabulous. we picked up sister weeks and I and her got her all settled in.
      Friday we had district meeting which was really good our district made up this great movie based off a would you rather question wish we would have filmed it but oh well.we mainly weekly planned that whole evening. we had a lesson at 2 which was really good.
    Saturday was good we stopped in on some people then we helped with the scouts day camp that was fun played some awesome games with them. it was raining basically all day we went to try people but when we were outside there was a good amount of thunder so we went back in. then we had dinner with a fun family then taught English class someone finally showed up! then we had a lesson with our investigator the dad he has a strong desire to come to church and change but his work is the worst it keeps getting in the way! it's awful!
     Sunday was fathers day it was great we gave the men pie and then we got some haha it was wonderful! then we tried most of the referrals we have and it was good they weren't really interested but it was good that we met them.

so for fathers day, we shared this video and it's a good one you should watch it really fast! 


1 the pigs from the relief society activity
2 ice cream after service
3 the view from a member home
4 morning of transfers
5 New companion after rain storm











Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June

Well its crazy how it is already June i feel like that cant be true but it is,
Monday we taught Amy an investigator and it was good she comes from a mexico break off colony so kinda hard when they know a lot of the stuff but its just a little bit different so its interesting teaching her. after our lesson we saw a sister who recently moved into the ward. she is awesome i love her!
Tuesday  we started doing service at Bethel Lutheran rehabilitation center and we serve ice cream to the people there! great perk we get ice cream too haha and its the good stuff. the rest of the day was spent trying people.oh and we started exchanges which were fun!
Wednesday i spent the day in williston 1st ward. we did service for a few hours in the morning. then we taught a recent convert who cant come to church because she works from like 7 am to 10 pm its nuts! then we had dinner with some bomb members then we went to ward correlation but they weren't there yet so we swung on some swings it was great! then we exchanged back it was fun!
Thursday we had district meeting and then we meet with the relief society president it was a great meeting and now we know some people we need to try! then we weekly planned and then tried some people before dinner with a less active who is super sweet!
Friday was crazy we went visiting teaching which was fun! then we tried some families before an appointment with this sister who feels doomed because she made some mistakes we arent sure how to help her know she is loved. then we had dinner with this awesome family and then we shared a message with some members they are awesome. i told them i haven't seen the best 2 years. i have been scolded so much for saying that but they are buying it so i can watch it haha soon i will be able to say its a great movie!
Saturday we did service with other missionaries then we had lunch with the sisters which was awesome! then we tried a ton of people and then had dinner with a member at qdobas and her non member friend we had just been talking about showed up it was awesome #miracles
then we tracted and it was great!
Sunday morning are very interesting.... we can go tracting but everyone else seems to be at church during that time odd.... haha we meet this sweet catholic who truly follows what is taught and she believes very similar to us.  its great we arent that different. then we had church it was bomb! we went to gospel doctrine the teacher is my favorite always learn so much! then in relief society we talked about patriarchal blessings and got great study tips! then we had dinner with this cute family and we are going to go visiting teaching with them this week so thats awesome.
I just love being a missionary and am so grateful for the opportunity to serve!
have a great week love you!
1 comp selfies
2 Sunday selfies
3 zone conference group pic from last week
4 swings with sister Myers!

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Sister Haley McDonald