Monday, December 29, 2014

and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hello Lovelies! Happy new year! Where the heck did 2014 go hey? Just a blur ha I hope you all had just amazing Christmas'! Such an amazing time of the year!! I never get tired of reading the Christmas Story or singing the Christmas songs. I am so thankful for the Gift of Jesus Christ. Without him we would have nothing.
Our week went by SO FAST.
Monday was our Pday and we drove in to Calgary to go ice skating at the Olympic Oval with our zone. It was a ton of fun! I hadn't been skating in forever so I was a little rusty haha. But Sister Murphy didn't know how to skate so we just took it easy and slowly made the loop. She did awesome! The Whitney's took us out to dinner that night and we had so much fun talking about their mission experiences with them. :) Bro Whitney is our Branch Mission Leader. We spent the night in Calgary so we could be there for District Meeting in the morning.
District meeting was great Tuesday morning! Focusing a lot of the Restoration this transfer :) We then made our drive all the way back up to Canmore. We had an AWESOME lesson with David on the Plan of Salvation and brought Sister Velma along with us. She bore the strongest testimony of the plan afterwards and the spirit just filled the room! It was amazing even made our investigator tear up it was so powerful.
Christmas EVE!! We didn't really have any appointments so we went and got some candy canes from the Dollar Store and then passed them out with He is the Gift pass along cards. Went pretty well! It was pretty chilly. Ha the temperature just keeps dropping up here. Im not a fan of it ha, but the work must go on. We had Christmas Eve Lasagna with Sister Falzon, it was delicious!! And we read over the Christmas story with her in the New Testament and sang hymns. It was actually a lot of fun! I love Sister Falzon, and living in her basement...haha. We ended the night by going Caroling with President Yawney and his family to members in Canmore. We even stopped by our investigator Davids house and sang him a few tunes ha he loved it. I love our branch family up here. And we ended the night of course with me reading "The Night before Christmas" to Murph in my Christmas eve pajamas ha.
Christmas DAYYYYY! I love Christmas! Such a happy day! I absolutely loved skyping with the fam. It was so good to see their beautiful faces! And hear their voices! I can't believe that on Christmas day I hit my 15 month mark of being a missionary! They just keep flying by before my blue eyes!!! And I have no idea how to slow them down! We had Christmas dinner at Sister Falzons with David too! IT WAS DELICIOUS, man I love holiday food. :) We cracked our christmas crackers and just had a great time. Watched some Christmas videos and then I taught David how to fill out a pedigree chart for family history before he had to leave for work.
Friday friday friday! AKA Boxing Day up here. I got to go on exchanges with Sister Heslop, my trainer. I can't believe she'll be done with her mission in 3 weeks! Felt like we both just started our missions back in Queensland. I missed her so much! We just had an amazing time catching up.
Saturday I took Slop up to Lake Louise for us to do some follow up contacting from me and Sister Jones. I forgot how much fun we would have working together ha just talked and laughed the whole day. We met this awesome lady who was smoking outside, I walked up to her and just started to talk, long story short she knows about mormons! Actually knew some missionaries in the Philippines. Loves what we teach. Ha she looked like she was gonna jump out her skin she was so excited when we asked her if she wanted a Book of Mormon. Hopefully some good will come of that :) The rest of our time we went up to the actual lake to do some contacting, so many people! Such a tourist place but there were people everywhere! Louise is Frozen right now so they set up a hockey and ice skating rink complete with an ice castle! Ha it was so cool! We ended our night with another lesson with David about the Restoration. So great. He said the closing prayer and it was the sweetest most sincere thing I had ever heard. I told him how much I loved his prayers and he replied, "Well, you taught me!" Made my heart happy.

Sunday was a good sunday! almost 50 people showed up to church, only 25 actually live in our area but hey we take what we can get ha. It was really cold that day! The kind of cold that hurts your eyes when you go outside ha. Gotta love Canada :)

All in all such a great week! I love being a missionary and I don't want it to ever end. I know that the Gospel is true and that God truly is our Loving Heavenly Father. He knows our thoughts and feelings and wants to help us become our best. I know that Jesus Christ is our savior and that he truly died and suffered for our sins. I know that we can be forgiven through him. He's got our back when we feel like no one in the world does.
Keep being amazing! I love you all always!
Sister Jaynie Connor




Scripture of the day:

“Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more. By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them.” (D&C 58:42–43.)
xoxox

You better watch out....




Things are going great up here! This might be another famous Sister Connor short emails, sorry bout it. :( 

We had a great week! This week was BC exchange week so Tuesday after district meeting in Calgary me and Murphy hopped in the car to drive 5 hours down to a small town called Jaffray. We spent all of wednesday with them helping out in their area. I was with Sister Cunningham, a brand new missionary, fresh out the MTC. She did awesome ha we ate dinner in Jaffray then drove 2 hours north to spend the night with the Sisters in Invermere. Sister Matheson and Sister Shumway, I absolutely love them. We had an awesome exchange and a great time together. We were back in our area by Friday. Lots of street contacting this week and door knocking ha. But it was good, shared a ton of "He is the Gift" cards with people.

Our investigator David is just doing amazing as usual. I admire the faith of this man so much he's so excited to get baptized! Funny thing is, is that he's afraid of water.....so I asked him if he was nervous for his baptism. He said, "Yes, I am, but nothing good was ever easy. I'll be okay" Such an amazing guy!!!! i feel so blessed to teach him. 

I got to see one of my old companions this week Sister Stucki, we served together for a record of 9 days ha. But she's done with her mission now and came back up to visit with her mom! It was so good to see her.

Well fam and friends, I miss and love you lots. I wish you a very Merry Christmas! Talk to you next week!



Peace on Earth and Mercy Mild....

hello Hello beautiful friends and family! I know that I am emailing a little/lot later than usual but don't freak out, all is well in Alberta.... This morning the Wrights from our branch took us SNOW SHOEING and it was SO FUN. I loved every second of it. But we didn't have time to email during the day, so...we're emailing now. :) See no need to panic.

But as usual I don't have a ton of time, shocker ha. And, I left my planner in the car, so I kinda sorta dont really remember that week that well.

David (our investigator) is doing amazing. HE IS SO EXCITED TO GET BAPTIZED. Ha and we're so excited for him as well. He's just been eating up everything we teach. I love it. Definitely prepared by the Lord. Such an amazing man. 

I'm alive and healthy. :) I thank Heavenly Father every day for that. He has given me so much and I am so appreciative. I love him so much, and I know that he loves me, and you. 

Sorry that this email is lame and not really long.

I saw "Meet the Mormons" this week! SO GOOD, if you haven't seen it yet, go. It really wasn't what I was expecting, it was better ha. :) 

We had our branch Christmas party this Saturday and a ton of people came! It was so fun ha, I love our little branch.

Welp, I promise that next weeks email will be MUCH better. 

Scripture of the week:
DC 6:36 "Look unto me in every thought, doubt not, fear not." 

Especially with this Christmas season, direct your thoughts to your Father in Heaven, and our Savior Jesus Christ. :) With out them we are nothing, with them we can do EVERYTHING. 

I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer.

I love you all more than words can describe. Thank you for all you do.

Until we meet again!

xoxo
Sister Jaynie Connor
 

Monday, December 8, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

Hello Friends and Family!
It's that time of year again where every single picture you see me in I have on my beige huge coat. Ha sorry. Basically live in it.
I'm just gonna warn you right now that this email is going to be all over the place and probably really short. Not a whole lot to say this week honestly ha, things were pretty crazy.

It was transfer week!! And sadly me and Sister Jones are no longer. My new companion is Sister Murphy! Yep, me and Lamborghini Murphy from the MTC are reunited once again for round 2. Hmm what else is new? We drive a huge white mini-van temporarily. I call it the Great White Shark, gets us to and from pretty good ha. I feel like a mormon mother in training when I drive though. Super spacious ha.
Our investigator David is doing amazing!!! He just soaks everything up like a sponge! Still on date to be baptized January 10th. He even watched the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional last night and loved it. I feel so blessed to help him come unto Christ at this time. I'm so excited for him.!!
Things are getting busier and busier with Christmas coming up, I hope all of you are doing well! :)

I miss and love you all. Thanks for all you love and support!
xoxo
Sister Connor

Oh! I need a favor!! Well, more like the world needs a favor! We need to #sharethegift. Don't know what I'm talking about? Go on Christmas.Mormon.Org and find out! Then Share!!!
Scripture of the Week:
Romans 5:31-4

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Oh, the weather outside is frightful.....

My oh my ha, this week was intense ha. Just pure craziness, or I guess I just keep telling myself that its serendipity. I had an amazing week full of happy random events ha. But Im running out of time for my emails so I'll try to summarize it as best as I can.


ser·en·dip·i·ty
ˌserənˈdipədē/
noun
  1. the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
    "a fortunate stroke of serendipity"


Monday: Pday, so we were in Calgary for the day and played Volley ball with the Calgary West zone. Then we had dinner with our Branch Mission Leader :) We then drove out to see the Cochrane sisters and to go on splits with them in their area. It was a lot of fun! Ha, I was with Sister Schell, and not one person let us in. But it was fine because she's one of the funniest people I've ever met. :)

Tuesday: District Meeting in Calgary. It was awesome! Focused a lot on the Atonement. Super powerful and spiritual. Then me and Jones head out for Jaffray, British Columbia to go on exchanges. There was a huge storm in Banff so we had to go the long way around, crazy drive! So much snow! But we got there safely in our little malibu. Ha I was so tense from driving ha.

Wednesday: I got to go on exchanges with Sister Clabaux in Jaffray. She was born in France and is the sweetest little thing. Funny story actually, Sister Clabaux and I actually knew each other for a few weeks before our missions! Well, on Facebook haha, and we went into the MTC the same day too. :) We had a ton of fun knocking doors in a small town called Elko in a blizzard. That night me and Sister Jones then drove over to Invermere BC to stay with the sisters there. Also in a blizzard haha, it was coming down hard! But we made it, felt like we were driving for ever! We had an awesome time with Sister Shumway and Sister Matheson.

Thursday: AMERICAN THANKSGIVING! It was so hot that all the snow melted and all I wore was a cardigan, gotta love BC ha. I got to go on exchanges with Sister Matheson. She is AMAZING. Such an amazing little missionary, I learned SO MUCH from her. We had originally planned to then drive back to Canmore that night, but due to weather we had to stay another night. Which was fine, we had thanksgiving dinner that night with their branch. Yep, their whole branch! Ha Elder and Sister Rash made Thanksgiving dinner for everyone. So fun :)

Friday: Friday morning the storm was STILL raging. We were thinking of just leaving but we decided to pray about it since my gut told me not to. Holy Ghost confirmed, so we stayed ANOTHER day. By this time I was starting to run out of clothes ha but we managed. I then got to go on exchanges with Sister Shumway! Who I love dearly, she has become one of my greatest friends out here on the mission. I feel like we've known each other for years. I look up to her so much, such an amazing example. We had a great exchange and I got to meet a huge pig named Roxy. Win win. Ha since we couldn't drive back we stayed for dinner again and ate left over turkey sandwiches with the Rashs, and folded out the couch bed for a 3rd time. Good thing we love those two haha and they love us, I hope ha. 

Saturday: The weather was FINALLY good enough to drive back! Ha we came back to our area to find it had snowed almost 2 feet!!! Like no joke the snow almost went to my knees! We had a good day contacting in Banff and then went and shovelled some driveways in Canmore. WE had an amazing lesson with our investigator David. He is on date to be baptized on the 10th of January and we are so excited! We went over the law of tithing and the law of the fast with him. Went great. :D We finished our night by doing some service for our new friend Monica.

Sunday: IT WAS -37 C. -___- Thats almost -22 F for my Mericans. It was so cold it just hurt to exist. Church was good though! Me and sister Jones both spoke. Jones, agency and opposition, 2 Nephi 2. Sister Connor, endurance and oppostion related to snowboarding (obviously), 2 Nephi 31:17-21. The rest of our day was spent planning and catching up on all the things we missed when we disappeared to a different province for a week. We ate dinner with Sister Falzon (who we live with) and then head out for a lesson with Keven. 

All in all, awesome week. I really learned that Heavenly Father is in charge and that everything happens for a reason. We can choose to align our will with his and just roll with it, OR be stubborn and try to do it our own way anyways. I like the first plan :) 

I love and miss all of you so much and I hope my email wasnt too boring. THank you for everything all of you do continually for me!

Love you miss you Merry Christmas!

Sister Jaynie Connor.

xoxox




#sharethegift
 

 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Where did November go?

Tomorrow is November 25, that means that I have been on my mission now FOR 14 MONTHS! What the heck? I cant believe how fast it has gone. I feel like I was in the MTC and I blinked and now I only have 4 months left!! I don't want it to end :(

I don't have much time today, so todays email will be a bit quick and most likely scatter brained.

Things are going awesome in our area. Our investigator David has agreed to get baptized!!! So exciting to see how much he has grown just in these past couple weeks! Such an amazing man. He is 74 and just proves that you are never too old to accept Jesus Christ in your life. I love teaching him because he just accepts it all, makes it so easy. He was definitely prepared by the Lord.

We have another investigator that is doing amazing as well! His name is A and we just started teaching him this week. He's also accepted everything we are teaching so far as well! He is just soaking it all up ha. He is 20 years old and moved here from India. I love teaching him because he is so real and just wants to do the best he can in this life. We taught him the Plan of Salvation this week with little pictures. He loved it so much he pulled out his phone and took a picture of the diagram haha. While we were teaching him about the Celestial Kingdom he said, That is now my motivation, I want to be there, I want to be there with God and Jesus Christ. Ha multiple times during the lessons with him my mouth will just fall open with shock and the things he does and says. We found A while we were walking around last week when our car was in the shop, Heavenly Father definitely wanted us to cross paths.

I feel so blessed to be a missionary and to share my testimony of this Gospel. I know that this is the Lords work and that it is true. If you EVER see misisonaries, ANYWHERE, listen to them. If you are a member or not, listen to what they have to say. Its from God.

I love an miss you all so much! I hope you are all happy and safe. Thank you SO MUCH for all your love and support. :)

xoxo
Sister Jaynie Connor 

Scripture of the Week:

Doctrine and Covenants Section 58 verses 3 and 4.

 Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory‍ which shall follow after much tribulation.
 For after much tribulation‍ come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned‍ with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand.

Heavenly Father has a plan for you, we cant see the whole plan, but that's where faith comes in. Trust him and just keep going. I love you and so does he!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bring on the POUTINE...

Hello Family and Friends! Good news! I'm alive. Bad news? I'm freezing haha. Man I thought that if you can survive one Canada winter you're good to go. Lie. I'm still cold. And its not like I'm not dressed right. I wear a down filled coat, leggings, boots, mitts, and a tuque everywhere I go. Ha I'll survive don't you worry.
 
 
 
This week was a long one and a ton of stuff happened. But, I don't have enough time to type it all. SO..... bullet points here we come.
 
Monday-
- We went to Calgary for Pday, but since it was so snowy and gross we didn't get there until dinner time. But we had and awesome dinner with the Alvarez sisters from the Brentwood ward.
- I got my mind blown with some scriptural knowledge with Brother Pitcher. He's so smart! And knows so much about the scriptures. So he shared some knowledge with me and gave me a new perspective.
 
Tuesday-
- I gave my first training at a Zone Training Meeting as a Sister Training Leader on the Atonement.
- Then I got to go on exchanges with Sister Kolodisi from Fiji! SO FUN
 
Wednesday-
-Went up to Lake Louise with Sister K for lunch with the Wrights and to look at the beauty.
- Taught our investigator David who's doing awesome, agreed to be baptized!
 
Thursday-
- Helped some members move
-Way cold.
- Had some car mishaps :( Temporarily with out a car now. But its being fixed as I type. :D
- Miracle after Miracle with street contacting.
 
Friday
- Sick in bed.
 
Saturday-
- Saw a herd of at least 40 elk!
- Contacting miracles continued.
- Had a super Saturday event up in Banff with the Branch Relief Society.
 
Sunday-
CHURCH.
 
 
 
I love how in each of my areas there's a specific food we always eat.
Queensland- Donairs or FiveGuys
Shawnessy/Evergreen- Brothers Chinese Food
Raymond- Subway
Canmore/Banff? - La Belle Patate POUTINE
 
It is soooooo good! Ha this place specializes in poutine so they have a ton of choices. My favorite and the one pictured below? Shepherds Pie Style. #heaven 
 


Haha sorry this email is not the most informative. Know that I love and miss you all. Thanks for all that you do for me. Keep praying, he's listening. All we can do is our best.
 
Love you Always!
 
Sister Connor :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

You've had an extra pair of gloves this whole time?!

 
Welp, ha finally got a card reader that worked!!! Ha that collage sums up the last 3 weeks pretty well I think haha.

Bad news, winter finally hit. :( Yep, it was -10 C this morning and it snowed all night. I finally caved and got out my boots and leggings ha, It was time.
This weeks emails going to be a bit short.
BUT I want you all to know some things.....
1. I'm alive
2. I'm healthy
3. This gospel is TRUE!
We had a dang good week for teaching. We picked up two new investigators and made some awesome progress with one of our other ones.
One of our new investigators is from Ethiopia! We gave him an Amharic Book of Mormon and he started to read and he was so surprised that two white girls had a book written in his language ha.
Our other investigator lives up in Lake Louise and we just knocked on his door. I was on exchanges with Sister Shumway at the time and while we were teaching him the first lesson he was like, "Yknow its weird that you guys are here, I was just thinking about God this morning. I want to follow him but I don't really know the right way." Pretty sure my mouth fell open.... So that was way exciting. We were teaching him in lawn chairs under a car port while it was pouring rain. I love being a missionary. End of story.
This Friday was Mission Leadership Council, so we got to drive in to Calgary. So that was fun! I got to see some of my favorite missionaries. :) And then afterwards since MLC was in one of my old areas, I took Sister Jones to my favorite chinese food place for dinner. But even better...we got it to go and I went and knocked on Sister Peters door in Evergreen. (The one we used to live with) Such a blessing to be able to see her again, I love that woman. :)
I'm kinda spacing on what else happened this week.... must not be too urgent haha.
I hope that all of you are doing well and that things are going good. Im so thankful for all of you and all that you have done for me. I want you to know that I have a testimony of this Gospel. I know that it was restored through a prophet.
scripture of the week:
Doctrine and Covenants 11:28-30
 "28 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the life and the light of the world.
 29 I am the same who came unto mine own and mine own received me not;
 30 But verily, verily, I say unto you, that as many as receive me, to them will I give power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on my name. Amen."


Receive him. And don't turn back.


I love you all! Have a marvelous week!! :)


Check out my sick new sweater!!! Yep.

xoxox
 
Sister Jaynie Connor

Monday, November 3, 2014

This is Halloween....everybody make a scene?

Ello Loves!
This week was interesting and exciting haha. I think eventful is the proper word for it.
I bought a card reader this morning so I could send home pictures finally! Plugged it into the computer.....doesn't work. Typical haha. So I need to exchange it for another one. Sorry bout that.
I love being a missionary.
Mmkay, Day by Day run down time.
Monday:
Monday was PDay!! So we emailed and did some quick shopping, then took off for Calgary. We played flag football with our zone at a park and then all just hung out with each other at the Olgeins in the Arbour Lake ward. Sister Olgein's the sweetest! She found out that we didnt have a dinner and invited us to stay and eat with their family and all of the Mandarin Elders. That night we spent the night with the Arbour Lake Sisters, Sister Butler from Utah, and Sister Kolodisi from Fiji.
Tuesday:
Tuesday was Zone Conference!!! I love zone conferences, so spiritual and amazing. We (the Calgary West Zone) combined with the Calgary Central Zone. I learned so much!! It went by so fast and I was so sad when it was over. I am so thankful to be out here on a mission surrounded by all these amazing people, and missionaries. I'm so thankful that I decided to come on a mission, best decision I've ever made. Tuesday night we went on exchanges, I stayed in Calgary in the 17th Ward with Sister Davis from Arizona. SHE'S AMAZING. Convert to the church at 18 and has a burning testimony. She has been on her mission now for 17 months. I learned so much from her and felt so blessed to even be around her. We had so much fun doing work in their area.
Wednesday:
I was still with Davis for Wednesday during the Day and we went around their area and walked around trying to contact some less-actives. We had a good time! :) Then it was time for me to come back up to Canmore with Sister Jones. We came back just in time to eat dinner with Sister GP. She lives in the 3 Sisters area of Canmore, there's tons of apartment buildings, so we decided to contact some people that we had found the week before tracting. No one answered. Ha. So we tried a door across the hall from one of them. A lady answered the door and was so frazzled, she looked down at our tags and immediately sighed a sigh of relief. She then proceeded to tell us how crazy of a day she had and her whole life story, complete with tears. She finished looked up with us and then said, "So what are you guys doing? Going around sharing some sort of message?" We were like ummmmmm yeah! Ha then proceeded to tell her the miracle of the Restoration and gave her a Book of Mormon. She was so grateful and even said that we could come back and share more! I'm excited :) I love how comfortable people get around us, they see JESUS CHRIST on our name tags and immediately open up. So amazing to be a servant of the Lord.
Thursday:
Lake Louise Thursday ! Ha once again we made the trek up to Lake Louise. I love it up there, so many missionary opportunities. ( running out of time so these days are about to get real short ha) We came back to Canmore and taught one of our investigators named David the Plan of Salvation. And he loved it. We asked him if he came to a knowledge that what we taught was true if he would get baptized and he said YES. I was like wait what? Super exciting! We're hoping to meet with him again soon to teach him more :) Super sweet grandpa. Thursday night we went on exchanges AGAIN with the Sisters in Cochrane!  I got to go with Sister Cheney. She's been out now the same amount as me, we were in the MTC together. She's from Wyoming and is a convert to the church as well. She joined at age 19. I feel so lucky to be able to serve around these amazing sisters and to hear of their amazing stories. And I just love sister Cheney anyways ha we get a long so well!
Friday:
Friday was HALLOWEEEEEEEEN! Kind of different to be a missionary for Halloween but hey its all good ha. Me and Cheney brought out or Black and Orange outfits for the occasion. We had to go into Calgary to drop off their gas receipts and had a spare hour before we were going to do some zone contacting in Tuscanny. So we decided to get permission to go downtown street contacting in Calgary. My favorite thing ever! I hadn't done it for 6 months so I was a little rusty, but it felt so good! We only had a short amount of time once we finally got there on the C-Train but we were able to give a copy of the Book of Mormon away to a guy. I hope that he reads it, it's life changing. Then we went to do the Zone finding activity with the other missionaries in the Tuscanny ward. Me and Sister Cheney were out contacting and ran into someone who was putting on a HUGE haunted house that night, it was massive, built with wood pallets in their drive way. So being a missionary of course I walked up to them and asked if they'd like to learn about Jesus Christ. They said no. So I asked if they knew anyone who did. They said, "No, but if you want you can do a walk through of our haunted house and then tell us what you think!" I was like, "Shoot, sure! see you in a bit!" And walked in. Ha things havent changed much, still hate halloween. But they did a really good job, I was quite impressed.  Since it was halloween we had to be in by 6 pm, so me and Sis. Cheney went to our dinner and then went back to their house to meet Sister Jones and Sister Schell. We ended up just spending the night with them because we had to go to a relief society conference in Calgary the next day.


Saturday is a special day....
Ha we went in for that Conference, It was over on the East side of Calgary and we got to hear from Sister Carole M. Stephens of the General Relief Society speak. It was amazing, she has such a good way with words and I loved learning from her. We were sitting there and the phone rang on my lap, it was Sister Martin! One of my favourite Sister Missionaries who has recently finished her mission. She was in CALGARY, AND I GOT TO SEE HER!  Ha I was so excited!!!! I love that girl so much. Absolutely made my day to see her. :) After the Conference the Cochrane sisters and us went to the infamous Peter's Drive Inn for lunch and then headed back up the Mountain....IN THE SNOW. -___- Welcome November eh. hahaha 



Sister Blomhaert, Martin, Sister O'Dell, ME, Sister Jones.

K, Out of time for real now, sorry for the novel of an email!!! I love you guys so much! Keep being good!
Sister Jaynie Connor!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lean on me....When you're not strong.....

Greetings Earthlings! Bad news kids, I have lost my memory card reader.....I'm way bummed cause I took A TON of sweet pictures this week. Stay tuned till next week I guess. /:

This week went by so fast holy cow!!!! I can't believe it! This Saturday I hit my 13 month mark of being a missionary........I could have sworn that I just hit my year mark. -___-  MAKE IT STOP! 

No seriously, the week went by so fast I don't remember what happened. So this might be the most boring email I have ever sent.

Hmmmm .....

Sister Connor Missionary Stats:
Months: 13
Companions: 11
Areas: 5
Copies of the Book of Mormon Placed: over 90, ( ha I forgot to keep track there for a while)
Copies of the Book of Mormon Placed so far in Banff: 38
Testimonies born: 

See what I did there? ;) Haha there really is no number for the amount of times that I have born my testimony out here. I feel so blessed that I am a part of this gospel and that I know my purpose and my goals. I love my Savior and all that he willingly did for me, all the love. And what I love to do is share that with people. Because, I've found that there are people, just cruising through life. With NO IDEA that Jesus Christ can take away their; sadness, depression, guilt, shame, hurt, pain, everything. In fact he already has. That's the message that us missionaries carry. That Jesus Christ has already suffered, and endured everything, for us. But, there are so many people that are doing nothing with that, and in result it's as if he never did it. I've had it explained to me like this:

Picture that one day you're just walking, and you climb to the top of a very high hill. You take a step and thump, you're at the bottom of a very deep hole. It's too far down for you to get out yourself. So you pull out your cell phone and you call your friend who lives just at the bottom of this hill. You explain the situation and he says, "Dont even worry, I'm dropping everything right now and I'll be there soon with a ladder to get you out!" So you sit there in your hole and you wait. While your friend carries and drags this heavy ladder up the hill. He finally gets there, exhausted, and he puts the ladder down into the hole. You look at it and say, "Hmmm, no thanks, I think I'm just gonna stay down here"

WHAT. Ridiculous I know! In that story the friend represents Jesus Christ, and the ladder is his Atonement. It's already been done, we are sitting in the hole right now and the ladder has been let down. But most of the world is sitting there, ignoring the ladder and choosing to stay in their dark hole. 
Ladies and gents. Get out of the hole. Climb the ladder. It's free. And you are going to be the happiest that you've ever been. Let go and turn it all over to your Saviour. He knows exactly how to help you. I promise.

Scripture of the week:
Book of Mormon ALMA 7:10-12

 10 And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being virginprecious and chosen vessel, whshall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the HolGhost, and bring forth sonyea, even the Son of God.
 11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
 12 And he will take upon him deaththat he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to thflesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

Ha welp, ponder on that this week friends. :) Happiness IS obtainable. 


This week we did a ton of street contacting and door knocking. We've started to explore our area a bit more and went all the way up to the village of Lake Louise. We found a small street of apartments and started to try and find people to teach. We found a few potentials and gave away a few copies of the Book of Mormon, and we're going back again this Thursday :) WE MEET SO MANY PEOPLE. Taught some good lessons this week though so that's good. :)This upcoming week is going to be a busy week! We're going on exchanges twice, so I'll actually only be in my area 3 nights out of the week ha, Should be fun!! Going to Calgary and then to Cochrane to be with the sisters there. 

Sorry this email is not too exciting. We'll get em next time kid.

I love you all and miss you SO MUCH. And am so grateful for the support that you all give me! I hope you all have a magical week! 

Smile more.

Love you always!
Sister Jaynie Connor



Lake Louise. I'm spoiled.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Soo.... I made it to heaven....

 
Ha or the next best thing! I have been transferred to the Canmore/Banff branch. Where is that you may ask?  Ha it's about an hour and a half out of Calgary way up in the mountains. I forgot my SD card reader so here's some google images of the area haha. We cover a lot of area but focus mostly on the cities of Canmore and Banff.
 
 

 
I get to be surrounded by mountains all day every day! I seriously just stare in wonder at the beauty of the mountains. Ha its funny though that I'm serving here, because it's one of the biggest ski/snowboard towns in Alberta. Sick joke I know. BUT I most definitely will be coming back after the mish to ride. :) I have been made a Sister Training Leader in the mission, we cover a certain amount of other sisters and go on exchanges with them and do trainings and what not. :) Should be fun! We cover all the sisters in the Calgary West stake and the Sisters down in British Columbia, we do a lot of driving ha. But I'm excited for this new adventure! My new companion is Sister Jones from around Logan Utah! She's been on her mission 9 months now.

 
I went from covering a Stake in Raymond, to covering a Branch in Banff. There are about 15 active members (people who come regularly). Ha so a little different. But hey thats okay, that just means that there is A TON of missionary work to be done. In the 3 days that I have been here me and Sister Jones have given away 9 copies of the book of Mormon. And have met so many fun and interesting people. I love it here! So many different cultures and languages.

 
AND AND AND, everyone here is my kind of people! They all love the mountains, skiing, snowboarding, chilling etc. Ha literally everyone has on a snow coat and a beanie/tuque. They look like me, act like me, talk like me. I fit right in ha. I feel so blessed to be in this part of the mission. I'm so excited to see what the future holds here. I know that this is where I am needed right now.

 
Miracle of the week:

 
Me and Jones were walking to an appointment but had to pass through the hotel/condo part of Canmore. We were walking down a trail and this lady with a bright purple coat was walking up the trail. I was like "Hey! I love your coat!" and then Sister Jones started to try and talk to her. She quickly kept walking and was like "Nope, dont have anytime, bye!" I was like oh ouch. haha But we kept on walking, as missionaries do. Later that day, like literally 2.5 hours we were walking back up that same trail, and THE SAME LADY WITH THE PURPLE COAT was walking down it. I was like "HEYYYYY! So we meet again!" And Sis. Jones asked if we could walk with her. She said yeah sure why not, so we started to walk and talk with her about the book of Mormon. Eventually we were stopped on the sidewalk talking about Christ and she started to tear up, and open up to us about her life. The spirit was SO strong. She said, "Yknow ladies as I was walking away from you I thought if I really needed to hear what you had to say, that fate would make it happen again." I was completely flabbergasted, like my mouth fell open. We ended up giving her a Book of Mormon and testifying on the plan of salvation. She wouldn't give us her number but she took ours and said that she might call us, I really hope that she does. :)
 
This whole week was full of miracles but that one was my favorite! Thanks for all the love and emails! I miss and love all of you so much! I can't believe time has gone by so fast :(
Its a lot different up here compared to Raymond. I am so thankful for the time I got to spend there and all the members that took me in, I will never forget them. Thank you to all the Raymondites that will get this message. TELL RAYTOWN I LOVE THEM.
I LOV
E BEING A MISSIONARY. Holy cow. Each day gets better and better. Im so thankful for the Gospel and for my Savior.
 
I hope that you all have a terrific week!!!
Miss you
Love you
Merry Christmas.
 
Sister Jaynie Connor

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Until we meet again Raytown.....

​Welp, It's transfer week! And I am being transferred back up to Calgary!! I have spent 4 transfers (almost 6 months) here in Raymond. My feelings are pretty bitter sweet about it. I have met some of the most amazing people here and they have taken such good care of me. And I have seen so many miracles. I am truly so blessed to have spent as long as I did here in this amazing town. I'm excited though for what lies ahead in Calgary. I have missed the city life. I don't know where I will be yet but I will tell you all in my next email :) Thank you to all of the Raymond Alberta stake for all the memories!! 

This week was pretty dang good! We had a few of our investigators come to church! Which is a pretty big deal!! Me and Sister Egbert along with our friend Sister Roach did a musical number in Sacrament for the 8th Ward and for Good Sam's. We played a mix of "Come ye thankful people come" and "For the beauty of the Earth" to the tune of "If you could Hie to Kolob." It WAS AWESOME! I played the violin, Egbert the piano, and Sister Roach sang. It was a lot of fun too! I just love the spirit that comes from music, just fills the soul in a way that words cannot. :) 

This week Elder Burrows hit his 18 month mark! And so in honor of that of course he burnt a pair of trousers. And since my year mark wasn't too long ago and I hadn't burnt anything yet I burnt a pair of my flats that had gotten pretty worn down. 

I dont really have much to say this week sadly. Not too many crazy or funny stories. But I do have some fun pictures? haha Enjoy!


Bahahaha me and Egs found our twins at Sister Robsons. The cocker spaniel and the lamb.


Just call me Sister Connor the Hornet Wrangler.



We went to go do service and then were going to change and go to a lesson right after....I forgot to pack some church shoes and flats..... ha thankfully we had time to run home so I didnt look like a TOTAL scrubby.


Oh yknow just some Russian Book of Mormon handing out in Raymond..... ha.


                                                                          #tallpeopleprobs

I honestly think I grew even more.

Alrighty then enough of that nonsense haha. Before I sign off I want you all to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is Christs Church. There is no doubt in my mind. I want you also to know that I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it works hand in hand WITH the Bible. I know that the heavens aren't closed and that we have a living prophet here on the Earth today. I know that we are all children of God and that we lived with him before this life. And that we can live with him again after this life eternally with our families if we live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you haven't prayed for a while pray, if you haven't read your scriptures for a while read, if you can't remember the last time you went to church, its time to go back. Your Father in Heaven cares about you and wants you to be happy, He's even provided a way. Don't let it go to waste.

I love you all SO MUCH that there are not words to describe it. I miss you, I miss you, I miss you! 

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!!!

Sister Jaynie Connor.
This video is SWEEEEEEEET!