Missionary Monday: Sister Dunnaway Serving In Chile

Editor’s Note: I apologize- something went wrong with the formatting and the post didn’t appear when we originally posted the article, so we are sending this out again so you can be up to date on the wonderful Sister Dunnaway!

 

Hello!! Wow this week was incredible I dont even know where to start!!

 

So on Saturday, we woke up and at 9 am got a call from a ward member that we were supposed to have lunch with but she said she was outside of our apartment with food because she isnt going to be able to be there for lunch. So we go down and she has a car full of food for us!! 2 lasagnas, pizza, 2 bags of candy, 6 drinks, a cheesecake, 2 tubs of ice cream, it was insane!! we didnt even know what to do with all of it!​ We are stocked for a long long time! Then after that, we went to our ward party, because 18 of september is like the 4th of july x1000! its SO fun!! so our ward had a party saturday to celebrate it! One of our investigators, Cristian, came to it and he even danced Quaka! Its like the cultural dance here so they were doing it near the end and I love it! The culture here is so cool and fun!! Also we ate So much at it! Like stuffed there was a point I thought I was going to throw up! They brought out empanadas and this like hotdog thing and steak and we thought that was all but no that was just the appetizer! so then they had salads and big meat and loads of desert! Oh my it was a struggle to eat it all they go hard for the 18th! So much fun though!

 

Our most incredible investigator right now is Pablo! Hes 22 and already SO dedicated to the church! This week we set his baptismal date for 14 of October!! He has been to church both the last two Sundays and even arrived 10 minutes early this week! And we had a fireside Sunday night in Puente Alto and he came to that too! Investigator of gold!!! Also the fireside was incredible! President Morgan spoke and some missionaries from the other zones sang! It was super fun to see some of the people I hadnt seen since leaving the MTC!! And on the drive back, Pablo was reading the testimony of Joseph Smith! The Lord has sure prepared him for the gospel!!

 

We also have been teaching a lady named Maria Jose and she is incredible! This week we set a baptismal date for her for 21 of October! Shes so ready too and such a great person! After teaching her a couple days ago, we met a family of 4, theyre Evangelic but have SO much potential in this gospel we are so excited to continue teaching them! One more incredible investigator we have is Luz, shes 10 and the cutest thing ever! She came to church this week!

 

So much more happened this week but those are some of the best highlights and miracles! Im so grateful to be serving here I love this work so much! thank you for all the love and support! Hope everyone has a great week!!!

 

Love,

Hermana Dunnaway

Pictures:

  1. food from Hna Ann saturday morning
  2. ward party for 18 de Septiembre
  3. smily alfajore from a ward member!​

Missionary Monday: Sister Dunnaway Serving In Chile

Editor’s Note: I apologize- something went wrong with the formatting and the post didn’t appear when we originally posted the article, so we are sending this out again so you can be up to date on the wonderful Sister Dunnaway!

 

Hello!! Wow this week was incredible I dont even know where to start!!

 

So on Saturday, we woke up and at 9 am got a call from a ward member that we were supposed to have lunch with but she said she was outside of our apartment with food because she isnt going to be able to be there for lunch. So we go down and she has a car full of food for us!! 2 lasagnas, pizza, 2 bags of candy, 6 drinks, a cheesecake, 2 tubs of ice cream, it was insane!! we didnt even know what to do with all of it!​ We are stocked for a long long time! Then after that, we went to our ward party, because 18 of september is like the 4th of july x1000! its SO fun!! so our ward had a party saturday to celebrate it! One of our investigators, Cristian, came to it and he even danced Quaka! Its like the cultural dance here so they were doing it near the end and I love it! The culture here is so cool and fun!! Also we ate So much at it! Like stuffed there was a point I thought I was going to throw up! They brought out empanadas and this like hotdog thing and steak and we thought that was all but no that was just the appetizer! so then they had salads and big meat and loads of desert! Oh my it was a struggle to eat it all they go hard for the 18th! So much fun though!

 

Our most incredible investigator right now is Pablo! Hes 22 and already SO dedicated to the church! This week we set his baptismal date for 14 of October!! He has been to church both the last two Sundays and even arrived 10 minutes early this week! And we had a fireside Sunday night in Puente Alto and he came to that too! Investigator of gold!!! Also the fireside was incredible! President Morgan spoke and some missionaries from the other zones sang! It was super fun to see some of the people I hadnt seen since leaving the MTC!! And on the drive back, Pablo was reading the testimony of Joseph Smith! The Lord has sure prepared him for the gospel!!

 

We also have been teaching a lady named Maria Jose and she is incredible! This week we set a baptismal date for her for 21 of October! Shes so ready too and such a great person! After teaching her a couple days ago, we met a family of 4, theyre Evangelic but have SO much potential in this gospel we are so excited to continue teaching them! One more incredible investigator we have is Luz, shes 10 and the cutest thing ever! She came to church this week!

 

So much more happened this week but those are some of the best highlights and miracles! Im so grateful to be serving here I love this work so much! thank you for all the love and support! Hope everyone has a great week!!!

 

Love,

Hermana Dunnaway

Pictures:

  1. food from Hna Ann saturday morning
  2. ward party for 18 de Septiembre
  3. smily alfajore from a ward member!​

Missionary Monday: Sister Burrup Serving In Paris France

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Here is a recent blog post from Sister Burrup:

Crepes and More Crepes
On Friday this week I had crepes for two meals in one day- it was heaven on Earth. We had district meeting which was wonderful as always and we talked about light and what it symbolizes. When there is light the darkness can never win. And light can overcome darkness but darkness can never turn off a light, only a light can choose for itself to not shine. There is so much darkness in the world right now (and there always has been) but it will never win. Christ is the light and all things good in this world are because of Him. And in the end the light will prevail and the darkness will end, which gives me such hope to think about. I love the scriptures about it but I’ll just share a couple here for now; in 3 Nephi 18:24 “Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up- that which ye have seen me do”. Doctrine and Covenants 93:36 “The glory of God is intelligence, or in other words, light and truth”.
And after talking about that wonderful imagery we had crepes for lunch! So so good. And then that night we had a lesson with an investigator family and they were so sweet and fed us dinner (he’s a chef so it was extra wonderful)- provincial chicken and then crepes and ice cream for dessert. Twas a good day to say the least.
Exchanges and Double Fasting
This week we had exchanges, so I had a new companion for 2 days which was so fun! The sister training leaders came to Calais (my city, they are serving in Lille) and we saw lots of miracles and blessings this week with them. We were able to find  a few new people who are interested in taking lessons! And on the second day with them we had a fast for a family that the elders in our district are teaching, so we didn’t eat breakfast or lunch that day. And it was a rainy and cold day. We didn’t have any rendez-vous (aka lessons) so we felt like we should go porting (aka door to door talking to people). We prayed and went to a street where we were guided to and started knocking on doors. People here are so so kind and polite, even those who don’t want to talk to us are sweet and say “good luck” and “have a great day”. Also part of that kindness was definitely because we were fasting and also because it was cold and rainy so they felt bad for us too haha. But I was so happy doing it. And thats whats crazy cool. Who would think that being cold and wet and hungry and speaking in a foreign language going door to door to people who don’t want to talk to you would be an enjoyable experience, but it is. I was happy as could be doing it, sure it wasn’t the easiest thing but the joy that knowing the Gospel has brought me in my life is what lets me be here and be happy doing it. I’ve grown a deeper testimony from fasting this week (once during the week and then this Sunday was fast Sunday as well)- it made me rely fully on God instead of trying to find comfort in food. And I know that some of the miracles we’ve seen this week in finding new amis (investigators) and with some of our current amis are from fasting and the greater Spirit that it brings to my life.
Fun fact I saw England this week! So exciting, on a clear day at the beach here by our apartement we can barely make out the cliffs and shore line.
A man we walked by in the street told me “vous etes Barbie” aka “you are Barbie”. Haha I loved it, I was wearing my bright pink sweater and a black and white skirt and black bag and shoes so he certainly wasn’t wrong. It made me smile, its the little things in life:).
I will try to write more next week! Our weeks have been full and brought many highs and lows but God is constant through it all. I know with my whole heart that I am here in Calais for a reason, and I love these people here. God truly knows us better than we know ourselves so when we let our will align to His our lives can turn into something beautiful. There will still be trials but He will help us bear them.
Gros Bisous!
Soeur Burrup
1. Soeur Buchannan and I (the sister I was with on exchanges), shes from Texas too!
2. Last pday at Cap-de-Nez where there is monuments about the world wars and you can see England
3. Cool statue for all those lost at sea
4. Gorgeous coastline
5. Same place
6. Cute northern french beach, so many people were out enjoying the sunshine and the end of vacance
Sister Burrup is serving from the Summit View Ward. You can read more about her mission by visiting her blog HERE.

Missionary Monday: Sister Oswald Serving In Kobe Japan Mission

OCTOBER 17, 2016 – TO QUOTE MY COMPANTION, “WE HAD A BOSS WEEK!”

Wow this week….such a good week in Shimaiville!  

Monday we went to a 400 year old house and that was cool, but I got way car sick….I can do bike and trains but old Japanese woman driving over sized van, oh…I looked like a ghost and not the holy kind. (Yeah, I know bad pun….) and then the rest of the night wasn’t that exciting because I stayed in because I was about to keel over….sigh. It sucks to feel guilty about being sick. You can be in the hospital because you’ve been hit by a car and still feel bad about not going outside to dendo. (Reviews mistakes from past..) Anyway Monday night was very bummy but Tuesday and the rest of the week was fantastic!

So Tuesday we went to Yonago to have interviews with President, that was good.  Later that night we talked to Franco our shigansha or person with baptismal date (I don’t know how English missionaries say certain things when Japanese has a perfect explanation of five words in one word….) He is a Filipino, and he loves the gospel.  His English is pretty good and Japanese so so.  We aren’t sure if he is actually understanding what we are teaching him or if he’s just nodding along.  That has been our worry for a bit but we taught about the priesthood and how he would be able to bless his daughters. The spirit was really strong in that lesson. 

Wednesday and Thursday, again not really exiting…which doesn’t really relate to our title now does it?  We went to a rojin (old person’s home) and played cards.  Oh, I love old Japanese people because they are so cute and like to cheat or speak in old people speak (specific to Japanese peeps).  There was this one old lady who called an old man O-chan. ( So ojīsan is grandpa or old and chan is tied on the end of names of children or people you are close too) and all the workers were way confused and laughed it was kinda funny. 😹


These days were good, we taught lots of people (whether they are actually interested in our message or not is a different story) but a lot of what makes it fun is that my lovely doryo has like a billion universes in her head and because of this and her love of talking.   I have been entertained by fantasy, adventure and sci-fi stories. She is also an amazing artist and draws her characters and so its like tv!  Because we are so unified, we teach many people, and occasionally dress similar….like this morning. She had showered and gotten dressed then I showered and got dressed.  It turns out that we are both wearing purple stripped shirts and black skirts….the unity is real.


Friday we had district meeting but it was a little special because there are only two Elders and two Sisters so we can’t have a meeting together unless we get a member to tag along but everyone was busy so we had district meeting via Skype. We are so far out in the boonies that we have to skype meetings.  Really though, we are in the middle of nowhere but man is it beautiful!  I don’t have a lot of photos but I’ll send some of my new misty mountains and fields of gold 🙂 


After DM we went out housing, teaching more lessons and we saved a catapillar from being run over by a car….we also experienced some extremely annoyed obachans then later that night we had another lesson with Franco but we had a special guest :3 JHEFF!!  I gave him a call and asked if he could help translate a bit and so I got to see him and he is as happy as ever! I love him so much since being baptized he has gone out every day with the Elders and now Marugame has since seen like five baptisms! Two of which are Jheff’s friends that he helped teach!  I love Jheff.  

So he skyped in and he is already a pro at teaching and asking inspired questions and it brought the spirit and you could see Franco open up and he knows that this is the true church.  Later that night Jheff texted us, “I’m planing on coming to his baptism, when is it?” We tell him it’s on the 30th of October and he replies, “Cool! I’m praying and fasting for him!” They had swapped FB accounts and phone numbers. 
Can I just tell y’all how much Joy I feel for the gospel when I see it through my Brother Jheff’s Eyes? He loves the gospel! When I heard him testify of the Book of Mormon (even though it was Tagalog) my heart was filled with this electrifying feeling! I smiled for the next few days after that! The gospel changes people!  It is a switch to a light that allows us to truly know who we are, that we are children of the Most High! Oh!!! (Does happy dance) 💃🏾 My heart cannot be anymore full of joy!

Saturday was a festival day.  So there were these people who essentially carry a shrine around and shout and they’re all happy and they wear all white with black coat things. They take it to people’s homes and the kinda pronounce a blessing on people’s homes and such…it’s a little strange.  Obviously not our people but fun to watch.  I got hit with a bamboo reed by this guy in a red demon mask and because I was on the side I got blessed haha. They were fun!  We went to another area and there was another group and we were on a higher road and they looked up and saw us and started shouting and smiling and telling us to come join…my adventure side was heck yeah!  We didn’t though but still fun to make them smile :3


We taught like 8 lessons before 3 pm and it was insane!  We later went to Omae Kyodai to teach him (less active) and we started talking about these treats (taiyaki) that have delicious fillings and look like pancakes in the mold of a fish.  He’s like ya there is a good shop down the way do you want to go?  And we looked at each other and had this mental conversation, “Do we go? Do we say yes?” He answered for us and grabbed his helmet and said lets go!  We followed him on his scooter for like ten minutes to this shop and we just got taiyaki.  It was an adventure! I love Omae Kyodai. He kinda reminds me of the Beatles and he owns a garage for fixing up cars.  It was really a good day.  Like we got home that night feeling so accomplished! 
Sunday was also amazing! I finally met the ward and I already love everyone! Our ward is really young! Ward…actually more like Branch, but our Branch president is like 26? And he has dyed hair, works with small children at a school, he’s a sweet heart. His counselors are also young.  Our recent convert Hayase is this 15 yr old kid and for the first time passed the sacrament and it was so awesome! The members like to give hugs!! Yay!!! 

We had a feeling to go out to this one area to house and visit a potential gator and when we knocked on her door she let us in!! Her name is Sonia and she is Filipina:3 (Dad they are everywhere!!) We taught her the whole Restoration and because we didn’t have an English BOM with us we gave her the English pamphlet to read about the restoration. It was so cool! Such a miracle! Everyone pray for Sonia and Franco! They so amazing and need the gospel!!

To end the week we went to a devotional broadcast. The speakers were the Asian area presidency and Elder David A. Bednar!  Wow it was so good.  We went over time talking about the spirit and joy of the gospel. It sounds simple but he talked about how we only receive spiritual gifts to bless other people.  It will never be for our gain but to serve.  Now this doesn’t mean we don’t ever feel the spirit for comfort, that is different, That is the spirit acting on the atonement to comfort our ‘troubled hearts.’  We can’t receive these gifts just to have them, we need to serve others, to turn outward, like Christ and serve. It was mind blowing! So so so good!  He talked about how feeling the spirit is so that we can feel and recognize joy, happiness, and love! We do things like pray, read and go to church, not to check it off the list but to become closer to the third member of the God head and to feel, Joy!  This is how I ended my week, also busting into laughter at night with my companion.  Man my joy is full!  I am so happy!I love you all! I really do! And more importantly He loves you, so does Heavenly Father and the Spirit! They love you!

Love Oswald Sister

Sister Oswald is serving from the Summit View Ward. You can read more about her mission by visiting her blog HERE.