North Dakota Bismarck mission February 2016 to August 2017

Monday, June 20, 2016

4 Months out

Well time flies I have been out for 4 months now.  It was a crazy week and it was a roller coaster of emotions.....
   Monday we went hunted down biking stuff because we are short on miles so we are gonna bike around Sidney.  It will be fun!  We had dinner with a member and they are always entertaining.  Then we went to clean a less actives home we felt kinda gross again but oh well.
  Tuesday we saw our investigator..  We don't know what to do he is slow and doesn't really understand and we don't know if he ever will so we are praying.  Basically all our appointments fell through so we tried people before dinner.  We heard this families conversion story it is super cute and awesome love them stories.  Then we saw a recent convert but awkward the other sisters came into town that day and were there when we got there.....  It was awkward and we felt like we didn't have an area....  We went home afterwards and it was hard sister D'Vaz went with a member that night who did tell her we are doing an awesome job and to not meet with the people who are attached to these sisters but its hard...  We also biked and it kinda hurt not good seats haha
   Wednesday President called.  He knew we were having a hard time so he asked us to go out with the other sisters we did after freaking out for a while because we wanted our area back.  One sister defended us very well but the other one didn't like what we were doing possibly dropping some people....  It felt like we were just hanging out all day.  It sucked we went to dinner at an investigators and we didn't really get to talk with them either..  We had ice cream 3 times this day as well....but pres did say so
     Thursday we had breakfast with a member super good food.  We saw our investigator before going on exchanges.  I stayed here with sister Wells and sister D'Vaz went to Williston.  Sister Johnson came here with us.  We saw a less active who told us about seeing spirits very interesting conversation well not really a convo I guess..  We just sat there mostly.  We tried some potentials no one answered so we walked around Sidney and offered our help to a less active.
  Friday we went and helped the less active move stuff out of one room into another so someone could come stay with her.  Then we had to weekly plan.. also crazy mission life possibility we get high at our weekly Friday dinner appointment...  But we are all good just tired afterwards.  Our lesson with them was awesome he actually shared a message with us and he said he loves having us over it was awesome!!  Oh we also went to a baptism sister D'Vaz talked and we said prayer but it was a lot of fun.
     Saturday we saw some people but our lessons didn't go very well.  We ended up weekly planning again then having dinner and planning a lesson for sunday school.
    Sunday church was so good.  I need the Lord so much.  We had lunch and tried to see people which was hard since it was fathers day and we feel bad interrupting peoples time together.  We saw a less active family and it was like the best lesson ever.  We talked a lot about food storage but its more like life storage cause you need more than just food you need soap and that stuff.  Crazy and now I feel the need to build up some life storage but I'm on a mission and broke plus not a lot of room for all of that...

   Well I have had a tough week.  I have felt very unworthy and a horrible missionary but I know the Lord needs me and he is cutting me down to build me up and make me ten times stronger.  I know that as we turn our hearts toward God and follow Jesus Christ we can be made strong.  I am so grateful to be able to repent because I am not prefect and we all need Jesus.  Life can be very difficult and it may seem that everyone is against you but the Lord is next to you walking beside you always

I love you all have a fabulous week

Sister Haley McDonald
1 fathers day photo this came about because elders kept referring to us as elders so ya
2 about to go bike riding
3 exchanges with sister Johnson
4 we played some games while working

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Well it has been interesting here in Sidney.  Those who may have heard about the tornado it was about 3 hours away and there wasn't a ton of damage.  We got the weather but no tornado.  We did however freak out though when we heard a siren that sounded like a tornado one but half the town just lost power.  But anways I'm alive no big deal.
    Monday we drove out to Culbertson which is an hour away.  We saw an investigator who said he won't do anything until his daughter pushes him.  She is going on a mission to Australia though.  On our way back the member who was driving ran out of gas.  So we had to slowly drive back and get gas but we didn't get home till like 5 minuter before 1030 so it was a late night and we were exhausted.
    Tuesday we saw another investigator who is on date.  He has a mental health issue and we aren't sure whether he understands enough to keep commitments so its kinda hard to know whether to push his date back or not.  We saw one of our less actives who is smoking again.......  She tried to hide it but we are like detectives.  Then we saw a recent convert who we get to talk about the priesthood with which is fun.  Love being able to learn more about that.
   Wednesday we went to help move a family and oh my I wanted to burn my clothes and my skin it was gross......  I'm glad we helped but it was bad hopefully the new place can stay clean.  Basically our whole day fell through though so we just tried people.
    Thursday was Sister Wells birthday so Sister Dvaz made breakfast and I blew up balloons it was a fun day.  Then we went to check out bikes from a family because we are short on miles and its nice out side so we are getting the stuff to ride.  So excited to get in shape more.  Then we had weekly planning which is hard to do when we are so tired.  We went to a members home who made cheesecake for the birthday wohoo it was super good.  We had a huge blitz with the ward to go find people and it was a success besides me being allergic to animals and it didn't end well for my eyes but I'm all good now.
     Friday we drove to Glendive for Zone Training which was amazing we got a little chastised but we needed it.  The elders however said we would be great fathers so we are all men now and can wear pants all the time wohoo.  Some elders joked around with us about it.  Then we came back and saw some more people nothing to crazy though.
      Saturday was intense.  We saw some less actives and got some new clothes which is always nice until you have to pack them up.  We went and saw some people before the elders called.  We were supposed to go to stake conference that night but the elders were at the priesthood session and a general authority basically kicked them out so we didn't go.  We were sad we really wanted to go.....  We went to dinner and then got ice cream and planned our evening out.  We drove out to Fairview through a thunder storm that had the tornado but we are safe.  It was a lot of fun I miss the lightening storms.
      Sunday we drove to stake conference and it was awesome.  We learned a lot and Elder Zwick asked all the missionaries and parents of missionaries serving to stand and feel the love from our parents.  We all got a little teary eyed.....  Sister Hess gave us permission to go to a state park but we didn't because it was Sunday but we will next time we got to Glendive.  We came home saw some less actives had dinner and saw a family who is wrking on a few people for us to teach wohoo!!!!!!
    Well I'm awful at spiritual thoughts so sorry not sorry I'm busy with Missionary work :)  haha I love you all have a great week!!!!!!

Sister Haley McDonald
1 we found a mission street so naturally we took a photo
2 sister dvaz didn't like the watermelon
3 birthday breakfast it was good
4 we like our trio
5 its lemonade I swear

Monday, June 6, 2016

Well I'm the only one from my group that is still with my trainer but hey I love her to death so its all good!  Sister Wells joined us this week but I'll tell more about that later
    Monday we tried to do stuff but everything was closed so we did emails at the church and got more cinnamon rolls.  If I didn't say this before I have had like 10 cinnamon rolls in the last 2 weeks I think.... One of the elders hand made them and they are good but then we went to the Daniel family home because they love us and bought us pizza.  Pretty awesome then we had to go to another dinner with our ward mission leader.  That was really good.  Then we saw our less active who needs to move into assissted living she can't do anything on her own anymore which stinks.  We ended at the Daniel home again because that always happens on Monday apparently so we were given more food and it wasnt healthy.
    Tuesday was an odd day.  Well the whole week was but tuesday we visited a member who has mental health issues and its bad but she won't let anyone help it sucks seeing it.  We saw another less active who is super sweet and gave us more food.  We had dinner and talked about family history I so wanna do this dna test so bad but thats not happening right now so it's on my to do list.  Then we had ward coordination and we have to figure out when we are gonna do the temple trip.
    Wednesday we spent a lot of time moving and cleaning becuase we had to move back to the other apartment to fit the trio.  We had the elders move a bed for us because we didn't want to do it.  They took a bunch of stuff for us.  We got a new investigator it was awesome!  He seems interested and we are building up the kingdom!!  We switched cars with the elders...  We have the rogue so excited it drives way better love it.   It was sad to see the elders leave though having two sets of missionaries in the area is fun so now we are alone :(
    Thursday we spent 4 hours moving and unpacking so it would be all ready for Sister Wells.  I forgot I really hate moving......  We went and saw some less actives before the Zone Leaders texted us to go pick sister Wells up.  We drove to Glendive and got her.   She has been out as long as Sister Dvaz.  We drove back to Sidney and got some good bug spray that fights ticks because we have to check for those now bleh.  We were given it from a member mom here.  She is pregnant super excited she is an awesome mom.  Then we went to the Daniel home for dinner and it was good and always entertaining.
     Friday we had to drive back to Glendive for district meeting which was really short because we only have 3 sets of missionaries now.  It's small but still fun we are now the only sisters in our entire zone though..  We saw a less active afterwards and it was an awesome lesson she also gave us pins and jewelry super sweet lady.  Then we went to dinner and that went long as usual.  Then we had another lesson but she was grumpy with us when we told her we were running late but oh well we couldn't change it.  Kinda a crappy day
    Saturday we spent a majority of our day weekly planning..... Elders didnt make it easy they don't write very much about lessons and ya..  We didn't even finish that day.  We went to dinner and Sister Wells shared this awesome message about our worth.  Then we went to our investigator who is finally getting out of the house wohoo.
     Sunday was good awesome fast sundays here.  We had a lesson with our investigator on date and she is doing so awesome.  Super excited for them.  We saw some less actives the elders were working with but we played uno.  They are kids and need to warm up to us.  I won wohoo.  We had dinner and oh my at dinner we were sitting there and orange juice exploded!  It was crazy all our ears were ringing.  We have no idea what caused it but we will go with almost died by orange juice...  Then guess what more weekly planning but we finally finished.   It took like 5 hours this week we were going to loose it.  Then we had a recent convert lesson and I need to study priesthood more so I can teach better I know hardly anything ugh!!!
So apparently I am picking up an accent it is a little southern with Utah and North Dakota so ya I love her haha.
 This week has been really odd sorry I don't have a spiritual thought I can't think my brain is gone but I love this gospel and I'm so grateful for the atonement and the help it gives to eveyone including me!
love you all!!!!!!!

Sister Haley McDonald

1 our cute wall decorations we did
2 we got bored during lunch before we got Sister Wells
3This is Sister Wells super sweet
4 a giant snake we saw gross
5 our trio
6 our new car we named him kessler after saturday warriors
7 we are having fun