Monday, March 12, 2018

Welcome Spring!

Hello friends and family! This week we were visited by Elder Paul V.
Johnson, General Authority Seventy and the Area President of Europe
and he shared so much with us. I felt so inspired and instructed on
how I can be an even better missionary. The spirit was so strong. One
of my favorite things that he talked about was how in the Olympics
there is a podium, and only those that won gold, silver, or bronze get
to stand on the podium because there is only room for 3 people. It
doesn't matter if someone performed the better than they ever have in
their life, if they are not the best, there is absolutely no room for
them on the podium and they don't get a metal. He compared this to how
sometimes we feel this way in the church, we feel like if we aren't
the best or if we don't have that one calling or if someone's
testimony is more progressed than our own than we will not get to
stand on the podium and get a metal. When in reality, there is no one
that can knock us out of getting into the Celestial Kingdom. If
someone does better, if they fulfill a calling, if they progress in
their testimony, that has nothing to do with you or your salvation.
There is room for everyone in the Celestial Kingdom. The only person
that stops you from going there is yourself. And the person that makes
it all possible is our Savior Jesus Christ. I just love Him so much.
Being His Representative out here in England is truly the best thing I
have ever done or will ever do in my life, I can't say it enough!!
It has warmed up and feels a lot like spring!:) We extended so many
baptismal dates this week to some amazing people. It was really
fulfilling. We are excited for them! We also were able to participate
in Stake sports day! It was THE biggest treat for me because I got to
be reunited with all of my friends from Watford and Hayes. It was
awesome. Such an epic reunion. Members over here just love with all of
their hearts, I was so happy that they all remembered me so well from
serving there a year ago. And there were some recent converts as well
that were SO good to see. All day I would hear, "Hey it's Sista
Bahhhns!!!" (Now I almost don't even respond when someone says my name
and it's not with an English accent because it sounds so foreign when
it is said differently) It was all around a wonderful week and I am so
thankful for my lovely companion Sister Pail and all of the work we
have been able to do here in Enfield! We are living in a 4 man flat
and so we have 2 other Brazilian sisters with us and it is the
funniest thing ever!

Wishing you a joy filled week!

Sister Barnes

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

Sorry for being so negligent, I just have really had no time!
Transfers came and although I wasn't expecting it President told me
that he had a special assignment for me. . . It was the most intense
transfer call of my life, we were with our Bishop and he was so
enthralled listening to it haha! But I will be training a new
missionary from Brazil who is learning English, she comes into the
mission in 3 weeks, so for now I am with Sister Pail (from Austria and
from my MTC group!) in Enfield. In 3 weeks I will go open up a new
area in Northampton with my greenie. Pretty crazy stuff! So this week
I said goodbye to Sister De France and all of the amazing families and
people in Colchester and headed to London again!
I have LOVED this week in Enfield. It feels so good to be back in
London with the awesome bus system and a super African ward.  It
stormed really hard this week, there was actual snow in England and a
lot of it! Apparently we got some cold air front from Russia or
something that hit us, they called the storm "beast from the east". To
be very honest, it was the coldest I have ever been in my entire life.
It was FREEZING! Heavenly Father blessed us so much and we were still
able to find people that were willing to talk with us when we went
finding. That says a lot because the world shuts down for English
people when it snows, they really hate it and don't know what to do.
This week there were so many miracles, I think one of the biggest ones
was when we met a guy at a bus stop who basically came up to us and
asked us what we were doing. We had like 5 seconds to talk to him
because our bus came right at that exact moment (thanks satan!) so we
quickly got his number. And then he came to church and brought his
brother!!!!!!! They are both super good and they loved the service, we
are seeing them again this week! Also in the midst of "beast from the
east" we met this other guy and it felt like we literally had to force
him to talk with us. But, after church yesterday he came for a lesson
and is now progressing towards baptism. Miracles have not ceased my

Sending my love from across the pond!

Sister Barnes

Monday, February 12, 2018

Hard Work Pays Off

You can't tell by the pictures, but this week Sister De France and I
worked harder than I have ever worked in my life. And it paid off so
much. I'm so thankful for the amazing people that we were able to
find! And we extended new baptismal dates to someone every single day
this week! The Lord has really blessed the efforts that we've made.
I don't have much time to write but I just want to quickly bear my
testimony that I know that when we put in work to our prayers, our
efforts are blessed. The quote "Pray as if everything depends on your
Heavenly Father, work as if everything depends on you" is TRUE. I am
so thankful to be a missionary. I love it with all of my heart. We
were able to spend some time on the beach today in Clayton-on-sea and
it was super fun!

Happy Valentines Day!
Sister Barnes

Monday, February 5, 2018

Faith is the Power

Hello this is Sister Barnes coming at you live from Cambridge! We are
here for p-day this morning and I don't have much time but I'd love to
tell of a celestial miracle that we've experienced this week. Straight
from Heaven, let me tell you!

The family that we have been working with is absolutely incredible. We
went over there twice this week and taught the plan of salvation and
the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We met their mom and invited them all to
church, but usually they go to a different church closer to London so
they told us hey would try their best but not to count on it. We
showed up to fast and testimony meeting and they hadn't arrived so we
just greeted some of our other investigators and members and sat down.
During the meeting, I got up and bore my testimony of following the
spirit. I told the congregation about the experience we had in the
street when the Holy Ghost led us right to a door and now we are
teaching a super prepared family. I testified that the spirit helps us
and is always there. As soon as I sat down, our phone buzzed with a
text saying that they were on their way! Then Sister De France got so
excited and bore her testimony! By the time it was over, the ward was
so excited for this family to arrive and when they got there they were
greeted so warmly. We took them to each of their classes and they all
loved it. Their mom came to relief society with us and even signed up
to cook us dinner. It was such a miracle!

I really do know that faith is real. It is an actual power. It cause
things to happen that need to happen. I know had we not demonstrated
our faith in this family, they would not have come. Have faith, have
hope, and remember that good things come to those that put their trust
in God. Faith is the power! Love you all!

Sister Barnes

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Dynamic Duo

We had zone Conference on Wednesday this week and it was my first time
ever going to Conference in the North part of the mission. It was held
in Ipswich! Usually I go to zone Conference right in South Kensington
so it was a fun little change:) Sister De France and I gave a training
about working with members, it went really well! It was a fun day that
was completely led by the spirit:)
The family that we found last week is AMAZING. There are four kids and
they are all super cool. We went back this week and taught them all
about the restoration. They loved it!! And they could really feel the
spirit, they all wanted their own Book of Mormon! Sister De France
said that when she imagined her mission, she hoped that there would be
moments like that. It was so good!
We had a surprise at church as well, one of our old investigators that
had been preparing for baptism but then disappeared just showed up!
She was super keen to just start over and meet with us all over again.
I love when they come back:)
I think we saw so many good things happen this weekend because we have
a zone goal where a companionship will fast for a day and the rest of
the zone will pray for them. We were the first companionship to fast
and we could literally FEEL the other missionaries prayers. I know
that fasting and prayer is something so real. Never underestimate the
power it can have in your life. I know that the Savior lives and that
He loves us.

I love you all so very much!

Sister Barnes

Monday, January 22, 2018

Tropical Splash

There is a new Caribbean twist to Colchester and her name is Sister De
France. When she arrived, the sun came out for probably the first time
since I've been here:) It's about time we get some tropical vibes over
here. It has been a long and miracle filled week with my new hilarious
Our days have been packed with crazy tender mercies. . . On Wednesday
we met with a couple of our recent converts and they all wanted to
come finding with us! Bless them. So they came out and hit the streets
with us. It was so fun to stop people when we had our little posse
with us. They were so good and handing out pass along cards and
everyone was rejecting us as per the usual. (There's always a miracle
though so don't worry;) It even got to the point where security came
and asked us to leave the street, so we left and went to another
street they said was okay to go to. THEN we ran into the most awesome
person and we all got to testify to him, I almost started crying as
our recent converts bore testimony to this guy and told him why he
should meet with us and why the Book of Mormon was true and how it
helped them in their lives. It was SO sweet. And they were all so
The very first day of the transfer, opposition hit Sister Barnes HARD.
Our investigator's friend called us and told us to never contact our
investigator again and he's not interested and don't even try and just
yelled and yelled and yelled at me. And I know that's not what our
investigator really felt like because he was scheduled to have his
baptismal interview that night, so needless to say I was completely
gutted. SO SAD. But then, later on in the week we had a member
appointment, we knocked on this member's door and our INVESTIGATOR
answered it! Since this member helped teach and fellowship, she said
there was no way she was going to let our investigator not be able to
learn. Biggest miracle ever!!
We also tracted a family this week and they are super awesome! It was
so amazing to see the spirit guide us literally right to their door.
We had a baptism in Colchester Ward yesterday for sweet Antonella to
finish off the week! We are having a wonderful time and I'm so
thankful to be a missionary.

Wishing you all the best this week!

Sister Barnes

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Good morning from Colchester!! We have seen so many good things happen
this week. Our two investigators that are preparing for baptism, J and
T, both came to church yesterday and they both absolutely loved it.
The ward was so welcoming to them and it was so exciting to watch.
Both of them felt so much love from those around them and from the
Lord. I love bringing people to church when the sacrament actually
means something to them, and the sacrament means so much to both of
them. J is getting his baptismal interview on Tuesday so we are
praying hard! I am so proud of him.
We had exchanges is week and I was with Sister Gade from Fiji. I sure
love that girl. It has been the funnest thing to watch all of the
younger missionaries learn and grow. The England London Mission has
some legends, I learn from all of the missionaries around me everyday.
We have had a lot of really awesome member appointments as well and
have been stretching the Europe Area plan to Bring a Friend. I love
the Ipswich Stake! They are all so on top of missionary work and they
really care!
We got transfer calls yesterday and I will be staying here in
Colchester and training a new sister training leader, Sister De
France! She is from Trinidad & Tibago! I am SO EXCITED!!!! Sister
Abeling will be whitewash training in Canterbury. I am so pumped for
her, I love Sister Abe more than life. Last night we were talking
about how old we are in the mission, don't know how it happened but we
feel about as ancient as Colchester castle.
I have such a strong and undeniable testimony that this church is
true. I see it bring light and happiness to the people of England
every single day. Testifying of Jesus Christ brings more joy to my
life than anything else! We are so blessed. Not to mention, I really
love England. More than I can even say!!

Have a wonderful week!

Sister Barnes