Tuesday, November 14, 2017

War Stories

This week started off with zone Conference in London, Sister Sanchez
and I gave a training about becoming the message and it was so fun to
be with all of the other missionaries and President. I was reunited
with Sister Campos, my daughter, and her trainee. I'm a grandma! Give
it five months and I'll be the mother of all Brazilian missionaries in
the ELM. We heard a lot of really inspiring messages and it was a
great day.
We had exchanges this week, I was with Sister Ståhlberg from Sweden
and then Sister Ikavesa from Tonga. Both good exchanges and great
sisters. I'm thankful for them! We celebrated my one year mark running
around Dagenham and teaching people like crazy. I love this area! We
had a Remembrance Day service yesterday and we have had dinner
appointments every night so I've been hearing sooooo many war stories
from all of our old veterans.
Our investigators are doing so well. I truly am thankful for the power
of fasting and prayer. That is real stuff! I love this Gospel with all
of my heart.

Sending my love!
Sister Barnes

Monday, November 6, 2017

That would be a privilege!

This week we had exchanges with the sisters in Romford, they are in a trio so I spent the day with Sister Mühlbauer and Sister Strate, the German duo. We had so much fun! We went to see a referral from the Grays Elders, they baptised a girl this last month and her sister was interested in learning. When we got to the house we had a really good lesson and she is one of the most prepared people I have EVER taught. I almost didn't even know what to do. When we extended a baptismal date to her she just looked me dead in the eye and said, " YES. That would be a privilege!" We went over to her house the next day and her 8 year old daughter wants to get baptised too. They are helping each other to live the word of wisdom! There are so many people here who are willing to accept the Gospel it makes me cry.
We had MLC earlier in the week and it was awesome! As per the usual. This Sunday they had no nursery workers and so the ward panicked and they locked me and Sister Sanchez in a small room with 3 little African children for 2 hours. It went very well as you can see:) 
I will approaching my one year mark this week and it feels unreal, I am so tremendously thankful for my mission in London, England. Always will be! 

Alma 26
11 ​But Ammon said unto him: I do not ​​​boast​ in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my ​​​joy​ is full, yea, my heart is brim with ​​​joy​, and I will rejoice in my God.
​​​​​12 ​Yea, I know that I am ​​​nothing​; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will ​​​not​ boast of myself, but I will ​​​boast​ of my God, for in his ​​​strength​ I can do all ​​​things​; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.

Sister Barnes 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Feliz Halloween!

It's going to be a short email for a long and awesome week! First
thing first, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Since they don't celebrate Halloween
very much in England, yours truly took matters into her own hands and
orchestrated a huge Halloween ward party. It was SO fun! Our amazing
ward came to support and a lot of investigators came! I love this time
of year!
And my new companion is Sister Sanchez, she is amazing! She is my
Spanish twin! We have had an amazing week! So sorry that I don't have
time to write more, but I want you to know that I love this work and I
know that this is the Church of Jesus Christ. He is with us always!

Sister Barnes

Monday, October 23, 2017

An East Londoner for Life

We have done so much this week it seems like a year! We had two
exchanges, I was with Sister San Martin from South Africa and then
Sister Lannon from Australia.
Since Ilford is basically India (this area is 50% Indian, 40% African,
9% Eastern European, 1% English) Ok that is just my guess, but still -
we celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights! The city was going
crazy! And it was so cool because we were just surrounded by fireworks
in every direction on our way home and even in our flat we could see
them from everywhere. It was like being right next to a firework
stadium. So fun!
Saturday was one of my favorite days ever of all time. We went down
to Sittingbourne and went finding on high street. That place will
always feel like home to me! We found incredible people and then we
went to beautiful Canterbury and went finding with the sister there!
Canterbury is so incredible. It was a beautiful fall day and all of
the International Uni students were out. We found a cool new Italian
investigator for the sisters there!
We traveled back that night through Stratford International and when
we arrived to our dinner appointment, Brother and Sister Stevenson
surprised us and we had a fire in their back garden and ate next to
the fire. It was so magical! So fun.
We've been running around like crazy teaching and we have such a good
group of solid, wonderful investigators. Has the day of miracles
ceased? Behold, I say unto you, NAY.
There are some attached pictures of Sister Lamb and I's adventures, we
made fried plantains, an African food that is super popular in Nigeria
and Ghana. All I really eat is that and jollof rice. I'm basically an
African now, and I'm not kidding.
We also visited Chigwell today for P-Day. Sister Lamb's grandpa served
in the area and it is so beautiful. It was so nice to explore nature
for a while!

I really love being a missionary and every day my love for the Gospel
increases. I thought I loved the Savior when I left! It is nothing
compared to now. We are truly so lucky to have the exact Gospel that
Jesus Christ himself taught while He was here on the earth. Count your

Transfer news! It is unexpected but I will be staying A FOURTH
London, in the crazytown of the mission! I will be training a new
sister training leader, her name is Sister Sanchez and she is from
Barcelona, Spain. Oh yeahhhh! Sister Lamb will be whitewash training
in Milton Keynes, I will miss her so much! I am so happy to stay here

With love from your fav East Londoner

Sister Barnes

Monday, October 16, 2017

Siiiick man that was lit!

The subject line is a tribute to our dear investigator who came to
church with us while he was completely stoned and proclaimed how "lit"
it was to the entire congregation right after we all stood and sang
Families can be Together Forever. That's what you get in East London.
He's right though.
And the phrase is how I feel about our week too! On Tuesday I was on
an exchange with Sister Gade from FIJI. She's totally awesome. We were
both trained by the same person! I loved being with her and she is
such a spiritual giant!
We went finding on Thursday and we were in Dagenham, a town in our
area that is just perfect because it's full of humble Africans. We
went into the library because we had an appointment and there was a
full blown party going on! People from like every country in Africa
had brought food from their countries and so it was a food festival.
We went around and it was such a perfect finding opportunity. We
handed out so many Book of mormons. This is such a blessed land.
After church on Sunday we were rushing to the Europe Broadcast in
Romford and we stopped by an investigator's. He has such a nice family
and he is the pastor of a church, they had a birthday party and they
gave us cake and jelloff rice and sent us on our way!
The Broadcast was amazing. I won't reveal too many secrets because it
was exclusive for those of us in Europe:) Elder Ballard bore such a
powerful testimony. I loved what he had to say. He promised us all
miracles if we simply believe and shared such powerful experiences in
his life. I love him so much! The spirit was so strong at the
Broadcast and we had  two recent converts with us, Ben and Curtis,
they are amazing.
Also we got a surprise this week, the legendary Sister Ranck and
Sister Epicoco knocked on the door of our flat! They used to serve
here and came back to visit Ilford! I serve around the most fun people
ever. Sister Lamb is incredible. We both love talking about so mannyyy
things. Last night we stayed up having a serious talk about deep sea
trenches. There's a random fact for you.

The work of God continues!

Sister Barnes

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cheers to 20 Years!

Another Autumn week in blessed England. . . Miracles are rampant in
these parts. We met with a super cool investigator after praying and
praying and PRAYING for a miracle. We were able to teach this amazing
lesson that was completely led by God and by the spirit. He is on date
now and is doing so well! We went on 2 exchanges this week, I was with
Sister De Oliveira from Brazil and Sister Reichling from Germany, I
love these sisters! We also had an amazing zone Conference in Hyde
Park and me and Sister Lamb gave a training that was really fun!
The pictures really say it all:

1. They surprised me in the wee hours of October 4th and dumped
balloons all over me. Yay for birthdays!!

2. Recent converts, members, and investigators came in clutch and
dropped off gifts all throughout the day. . . Flowers, perfume,
chocolate, and lots of birthday wishes. It was the greatest birthday
ever!! #partyinengland

3. A digital birthday card from a recent convert

4. ZONE CONFERENCE!!!!! The Romford, Canterbury, and Hyde Park zones of the ELM.

5. Goodbye to the Irish Elder Jackson. . . He has been either my zone
leader or AP for my entire mission.

It's been a wonderful spirit-filled week of hastening the Lord's work along.

I love you all so very much!
Sister Barnes