Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hey guys! Another short email this week, sorry /: Things are going great! I'm healthy! I got a blessing this week to help with my lack of sleep and night mares and it has helped so much! I don't wake up at night at all anymore. My companion and I are getting along great. And our ward is continuing to take such good care of us. I'm meeting so many people from so many places! I can add Brazil and Russia to my list ha. So many cool accents too. I love this area and know that I need to be here. We teach a lot of Less Actives and try to get them to come back to church, which is good because ha I myself am a Reactivation. I share my story almost daily ha and people love to hear it. I even got a chance to share it last night at a youth fireside in front of all the youth I encouraged them to never give up on the Inactive, because you never know, they might decide to serve a mission, in Calgary Canada. Well I don't have any time left. But I love you all and miss you dearly. Keep being examples to others! -"None of us is wise enough to make it on our own. We need the help, the wisdom, the guidance of the Almighty in reaching those decisions that are so tremendously important in our lives. There is no substitute for prayer, there is no greater resource." - Gordon B Hinckley Keep praying! Thanks for all that you all have done for me! Be nice to the missionaries! Love Sister Connor!
Greetings from Canada!!!! First off! I love being a missionary! I wake up and go to sleep with a smile on my face everyday. Someone asked me yesterday what my biggest struggle is as a missionary, or something that I don't like about it and I couldn't really come up with anything! I love reading my scriptures, I love praying, I love teaching, I love being an example of Jesus Christ. I literally have no complaints. This work makes me so happy inside. Thanks for all your support and prayers! Scripture of the week DC 58:3-4 Ha, funny stories this week: The Luck of Jaynie Connor kicked in full force on me this week, ha my socks slipped on some member's carpet covered stairs and a slid down them, ( you do know shoes come off in all homes in Canada) WHILE carrying a mop and a huge bucket of dirty mop water ha causing my long legs to bust down the baby gate that was at the end of the stairs kicking all the way to the front door. Ha Ha... I was like REALLY?! I was fine! Ha, Ha, but I couldn't stop laughing, even though I was covered in gross mop water. Funny Story Number 2! Ha, Ha... a family had made roast for dinner and it was kinda tough (really tough) but I still thought it was good. Anyways they were talking to me and and was trying really hard to cut the meat with my knife and my fork but the fork slipped and with the force of the fork and the knife my whole slice of meat slipped in the air... off my plate and landed a few inches in front on me with a slop on the table! Ha, Ha gravy still intact, it was embarrassing, Ahhhh! We now refer to it as "The Great Meat Flop". Only me right? ha. Its 8 degrees F outside right now and snowing ha ha and its only gonna get colder. I'm staying pretty warm though. We heard from Elder Switzer from the 70 this week... so that was exciting! I'll write more next week! I'm alive, I'm happy, I'm a missionary! Life is swell! Smile! Love you! Sister Connor
Hello Family and Friends, I love you all so much! Another short email this week! Just know that I am healthy and happy! And I haven't frozen completely yet ha ha! Thank you for all the support love and prayers, I am so lucky to have you all. I have the greatest friends and family anyone could ask for! Remember to pray! And to share kindness with all you encounter! You never know who needs a smile! And be nice to any missionary you ever see! Trust me they need the love! Stay safe! and don't work too hard! oh! also! we picked up a new investigator this week! We were knocking on doors in an apartment complex and we were supposed to knock on doors 2 and 4, neither of them answered, next thing I knew I was ringing the door bell of door number 8! Had no idea what I was going to say or how I got there but since I did, the woman inside decided to be taught! She's been looking for a church here in Calgary! Awesome right? completely guided by the spirit! Love you all always! Sister Connor Ha ha... isn't this bird sweater AWESOME?!
I'm doing good up here in Calgary! It snowed like 8 inches on Friday! It was insane! as you can see in the pics ha, on Thursday I had on a pencil skirt, flats, and no tights and the one of me in my puffy coat was taken on Friday ha the weather changes so quickly here. Ha I hope you all had a great Halloween! We aren't allowed out past 6 on Halloween so all the missionaries in our zone met at the church and played volleyball, it was way fun! I'm in Chapter 40 of Alma with my Book of Mormon reading, it just keeps getting better and better each day ha This week we have an appointment to meet with a nonmember to help her with her Family History, so all my ancestry knowledge and work is paying off because my companion doesn't know too much about it. Hopefully we'll be able to help her out. I love you all so much and I love getting your letters Thanks for all the love support and prayers. I don't know how I got so lucky to have such good family and friends to take care of me! I pray for all of you each day and I hope all is well! I'm alive, happy and healthy. and not frozen HA Ha. Stay safe! Sorry for such a short update! Until next week! Sister Connor
Yup, it snowed yesterday haha. We went to church at 8:30 for a meeting and it was raining. Came out an hour later and it was snowing, I was like what the heck!? ha of course I had on little flat shoes to walk through the slush haha. Everything has been going great up here! I have officially been out a full month! What?! Time is flying right?! Im healthy and I am happy, me and my companion get a long great and crack jokes all the time haha. I met this super awesome Jamaican man this week! And his two children, he told us ALL about Jamaica and how they party all the time ha, and did you know that they all get married down there on Wednesday? WEDnesday ha get it? I was like what?! I feel so lied to ha. We did a TON of service this week, moving people out of their apartment, and we raked a bunch of leaves, good thing too ha cause theres 3 inches of snow on the ground. I love my ward! They take such great care of us and we have a dinner every night. I truly love each and everyone of them. I read the Book of Mormon each morning and cant help to think after each verse..."How can someone not think this is true?!" I feel like with every verse I read the closer I get to Heavenly Father, and as a result of that I'm truly happy all day. If you're reading the Book of Mormon kudos! Keep up the good work. If not I definitely recommend starting I love all of you so much, I don't have much time but know that I know this gospel is true, and I am so honored to be a missionary and clip on this tag each morning. A lot of people might not listen to me when I tell them I know its true but that's okay, its just not their time, and I tell the next person. With each rejection I walk away with a smile and knock on the next door. I know there are people out there that need this gospel more than anything right now, and Im gonna find them, and Gods gonna help me. Until next week! Say your prayers, he listens! Be good to those around you! XOXO Sister Connor PS these pics were taken within two days of each other haha.
Hello family! I'm alive! My second week was great! It's hard to think that in 4 days I will have been out a month?! So crazy! I miss all of you so much and I hope everything is going good down in the states. I finally bought me a Canadian winter coat today haha I cant wait to wear it and be a fluffy haha. It goes from my knees to my chin and has a fur lined hood haha cant wait to send you pics ha. It actually hasn't been that cold here, I don't wear a jacket most of the time just a shirt or cardigan. The weather has been absolutely beautiful. We are currently searching for new investigators to teach. Our main focus right now has been visiting less active members Some have been really nice ha and some hide and don't answer the door. Ha but things have been so great! Im happy and I'm healthy and I am learning so much! Canadian Vocab: Washroom = bathroom, don't call it a bathroom haha So far in Canada I've met people from: USA Canada Guatemala Chile UK/England and Ireland The Irish family from our ward is one of my favorites, they noticed my Irish last name and immediately loved me haha. We have been fed dinner pretty much every night since I've been out My ward takes great care of me! My favorite is eating at families homes that have kids ha, cause we all know I communicate best with them. My trainer has been taking great care of me and we get along great! I sent Mom some pics and she should post them on Facebook, if not email her and ask to see them. Short email this week I love you all so much, thank you for the support and for the prayers and all the LOVE. Scripture of the week: 2 Nephi 28:28, build your foundation wisely. Until next time my loves! Be good to each other! Sister Connor
Hello my lovely family and friends!!!! Ah I miss you all so much! Canada is amazing and it is so beautiful, I am so thankful to be serving here! I love my trainer and I love my area. I'm running short on time, so next weeks email will be longer, and it will have pictures! But I want you to know that I am healthy, not frozen, and the happiest I have ever been. New Canadian Vocabulary- Gongshow= like a hot mess, or chaos Tuque= (tooooke) A beanie or like a knit cap Its chilly, I wear a coat in the evening and mittens on my hands. In the morning we have to scrape the ice of the windshield already haha, my companion is from Southern California, so when winter comes we are going to freeze solid haha. We have a car! But sometimes we walk just to get some fresh air. I am learning so much about the gospel and about myself. I love being a missionary. I love my mission president and his wife. They remind me of Santa and Mrs. Claus. They'll take good care of me I just know it. We have been fed every night but one since I've been here. And in the next two weeks only two days haven't been signed up for. Everyone wants to meet the new missionary from Las Vegas ha. Since I'm new all I do is talk about my self all day everyday ahaha, and I'm okay with that. New foods I've eaten. Sweet Honey Mustard Chicken with curry. and Carrot loaf? ha I thought zucchini bread was weird, and now I'm eating carrot loaf ha, it actually wasn't bad at all haha. Yesterday was Canadian Thanksgiving! They eat all the same foods we do and a member had us over to eat with them. Its not as big of a deal here as it is in the states but the food is still delicious. They made their sweet potatoes with like an inch of marshmallows on top and it made me feel like I was home sitting at the table with you guys at grams house. I am so thankful for such loving friends and family. I am also so thankful for this gospel and I smile everytime I put this name tag on next to my heart. This gospel can change lives, and I cant wait to share it with EVERYONE I come in contact with. even if they think I'm annoying. I look at my pictures of all your beautiful faces everyday. I love you all so much. Spiritual story of the week: I forced my trainer to let me go tracting (knock on doors). Knocked on the first answer left a pass-along in their mailbox. Kept walking waiting for that spiritual feeling to knock on the perfect door and got nothing I thought eh screw it and just knocked on a random door. A woman answered and we introduced ourselves and she said "Well would you like to come in?" ha what?! we talked with her for like an hour and we're coming back to share a lesson with her this Sunday!!! How cool! My trainer was like WHAT that never happens! It's you!!! Moral of the story- dont wait for the spiritual prompting to do something, just do it and have faith that the Lord will take care of the rest. Go out there and Just DO IT! I love you all! Thanks for the love, prayers and support. Sister Connor
Hello..from the MTC, Things are going great here, its hard, but so easy at the same time, hard to explain. I have never been so tired but I have also never been so happy, I sing and whistle all the time to myself ha, ha, don't worry I am taking TONS of pictures! Love, Sister Connor