Tuesday, January 19, 2016

My second group email to let you know what's up

Hey!!!

I'm in Vegas!! I'm greener then green and super pumped to get to work.
My companion is Sister Reed and she is AMAZING!!!!
Right after we left the church building where we met, we arrived at the casita where we live. I dropped off my stuff and immediately after we had dinner, went to FHE, and met some other members in our ward. (It's a YSA(Young Single Adult) Ward.)
Next day was super good but two of our appointments canceled but on the plus side we met a guy named Michael, gave him a Book of Mormon and scheduled a meeting with him for not this Thursday but next Thursday. (It's a test of patience on my part.)
(No. Seriously. Is it normal to be this excited?!) We texted yesterday to see if he's read the introduction to the Book of Mormon yet. He said he hasn't. (COME ON!!)
Sister Reed says it s normal though because it's like all we can think about and they get busy throughout their day and completely forget about it so we just send reminders every once in a while. We are going to ask again on Wednesday. (Another test of patience for me.)
I met some recent converts and they are like ULTRA awesome. I am blown away by their joy and testimonies, their excitement is a great reminder just how important this work is.
We also recently got another investigator (actually just yesterday.)
We went over there to visit with her sister. (She's never there when we go.) We have talked with the younger sister twice now-both times were door visits. (But they count because a lesson consists of a prayer, a lesson taught, and a commitment given.)
I'm pretty excited though. There's a woman getting baptized this month. SUPER EXCITING! And there's another woman that I haven't met yet, praying about baptism next month. (She sent us a scripture on Tuesday!!!!)
Again their excitement just fills me with joy. One of the most amazing things I've seen though is when my companion Sister Reed is telling Joseph Smith's account of the First Vision and the room gets quiet even if there was loudness and laughter only minutes before and as she tells them not only do I feel my testimony grow, but I can see it in the people's eyes that we are teaching. It blows me away how we can already know something and believe it with all our hears but within three minutes it rings true again and we feel it even deeper then we did before. If that makes sense.

Talk to you all again soon. I love you and don't forget to smile!!!

Love,
Sister Hayes

Yes I'm ALIVE!!! :D

Hey!!!

Thanks for your emails. I absolutely loved them!

Sorry I'm not attaching pictures. Not exactly sure how to them on here.

First week has been busy. I've been learning TONS!!!
The food is good, the new year has thrown some confusion in our schedule, its been cold so I bought tights.... If you can imagine me being desperate enought to wear them. The Elders think I'm being dramatic about the cold so I have to remind them that they are wearing pants and I am stuck in a skirt, the tights help a LOT though.
Already our district is close and tight, kind of like family away from family. We swapped emails last night. We enjoy singing as a group. (Though sometimes we have difficulty with our notes and then we end up laughing.)

Our zone got bigger yesterday because of all the new missionaries. So that's going to be exciting actually meeting them.

Yesterday we were joking about how the most common questions you get here are "Where are you going?" Shortly followed by "Where are you from?" So one of the teachers said a better icebreaker is "What kind of toothpaste do you use?" It's a pretty clever icebreaker I must say. Haha

As I mentioned before I have learned A LOT! And I think the message has finally hit me. I'm not here to answer the investigator's questions. I'm not here to share all that I know. I'm not here to solve their life issues. I'm not supposed to make sure they have a life changing experience where the Holy Ghost is there during the lesson. It isn't our job to be eloquent in our speech and words because sometimes they might not have the faintest idea what we are talking about. Amazingly enough I'm not even here to get them to be baptized.

My job is to INVITE. I can't make them do anything. But I can invite them to read the Book of Mormon, invite them to be baptized, and invite them to pray to their Heavenly Father.
As my teacher said last night. When my companion and I leave and the lesson is over, if we have invited them, they might just open up the Book of Mormon and pray and all of that happens when we are on the other side of the door. More growth happens when we are not even there.
We need to invite and let them and the spirit do the rest. What's really important is that their relationship with God grows. And I think that's what matters. Okay so maybe they say no and completely refuse. AT LEAST WE INVITED. Because if we don't then they DEFINITELY won't be baptized. Besides at least we gave them the idea, we planted the seed, let them have something to think about.

Oh this entire week has brought me to my knees in tears praising my Heavenly Father more than I ever have in my life time, and I will praise Him till the day I die.
He loves me, He cares about me, He knows what I am going through and what I feel. He wants me here and even though I am far from perfect he wants me to start the way I am and become better. And because of this it doesn't matter how hard my mission gets or my life after my mission.
God loves, hears, and answers us and that means the world.

I love you all dearly and I can't wait to hear from you!

All my love,
Sister Hayes

Thursday, January 14, 2016

And She is off!!!!

Two weeks ago, Makayla left on her mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and reported to the Provo Utah Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. Its been such a blessing to be able to help her prepare to serve the Lord and to see her off! God be with you 'til we meet again Makayla! We all love you!!!