Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Jeffrey R. Holland

Well my week started off by shaking hands with Jeffrey R. Holland. So.
If that doesn't tell you what kind of a week it was, I don't know what
will. I remember seeing a meme once that said "when Satan goes to
sleep at night, he checks under his bed for Jeffrey R. Holland" I am
here to testify that is true.
He came and spoke to us because this is his former mission. England
London Mission for life! When I shook hands with him it really felt
like I was looking into the eyes of someone who has seen Jesus Christ.
He said so many amazing things. One of my favorite things he talked
about was how this Gospel is one of eternal progression and not
U-turns, and so we cannot serve a mission and EVER be who we were
before. As sweet, as wonderful, as we were, we need to be someone so
much better. It made me feel good because I have really changed a lot
on my mission and I'm definitely not who I was before I started it. I
just love him!! It was amazing! I was reunited with my MTC group and
so we took lots of pictures and we look like a bunch of fools, so the
pictures are accurate.
Sister Kinney goes home today so that's really sad/happy. I'm so
excited to see all of the amazing things she will do in her life, I
sure love that woman. She will be missed. She served in Ilford for 7
months and the ward just loves her like crazy! And so do I! And so we
were busy with little get togethers and farewells with members and
Clelia was baptised on Saturday, on her daughters birthday. It sure
was a party, a baptism/birthday bash. I love Clelia and I am thankful
for her example. My convert from Hayes, William came to surprise me!
He showed up to the baptism and bore his testimony. It was he greatest
day! And Shiv was baptised on Sunday. He is so humble and awesome and
I feel the spirit so strong whenever I am around him. It was the best
day. And then after his baptism we celebrated his birthday and Sister
Kinney's departure. I just love these people so much!!!
Yesterday Bank took us to this beautiful Thai restaurant and I had my
doubts because I am a picky eater, but I LOVE Thai food. Oh my
heavens. It was like a five course meal and it was so much fun, Bank
is the coolest guy ever! And then we had a great FHE and a lot of our
investigators came to wish sister Kinney well. It was so awesome. I
get to stay in Ilford!!! I will be getting Sister Lamb, she is from
Utah and is so awesome! I am so excited to stay in this area!
There's this week's essay, it was one of the best of my life.

The church is true!

Sister Barnes

Monday, September 11, 2017

Living in London

This week we basically lived in Central London because of all of our
meetings. We had a really special day with President and Sister
Stevens, they held an STL meeting in their flat in South Kensington on
Tuesday, it was so good to be with them and to talk about our sisters
and what more we can do for them. We stayed overnight with Sister
Gregson and Sister Zeng in Whitechapel. It is such a beautiful area!
Then the next day we had Super MLC in the Hyde Park Chapel. The
meetings were so good and spiritually uplifting! We were able to apply
a lot of the trainings into our work!
Speaking of work, this week we had 10 of our investigators at church!!
Yayyyy! There was a huge Ilford Ward munch and mingle for Bishop's son
who just got back from his mission in Italy. We had so many miracles
this week. Our new investigators we found are amazing and the ones
that we have on date are some of my favorite people in the world.

I love you all!

Sister Barnes

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Physically Strong, Spiritually Stronger

What can I say about this week? We had MLC on Wednesday. I felt the
spirit so strong being able to counsel with the leaders of the
mission. I love President and Sister Stevens so much. We all felt so
motivated and inspired and I'm excited to see all of the wonderful
things that will happen in the England London Mission this month!
We had a couple really fun exchanges this week. Miracles are raining
down upon our sisters! We work with the best people ever, I promise!
This P-day we were personally trained at the gym by one of my ultimate
favorite people I have ever taught. Bank is such a stud. He is our
investigator from Thailand and I have never met anyone more sincere or
generous. We had so much fun this morning, and took loads of pictures.
Here is a sneak peek of me and Sister K getting #swoll.
We have had an amazing week and I wish I could write down all of these
spiritual experiences that we have had but they're all in my journal
for safe keeping. It's cooling down over here and we have a busy week
ahead of us, I can't wait!:)

Sending my love!

Sister Barnes

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eduard's Baptism!

Our awesome investigator from Romania, Eduard was baptised yesterday!
He is AMAZING. He wants to serve a mission of his own and he bore his
testimony that made me and Sister Kinney cry. I love being a
missionary so much! This week has been incredible.

Love you!
Sister Barnes

Monday, August 21, 2017

How Great Thou Art

Oh my gosh. OH MYYYYY oh my. I sure have a few miracles to share with
you all. Sister Kinney and I were able to attend the temple today and
it was one of the best days of my entire life. Going through meant so
much more to me than it ever did now that I am a missionary. We had a
wonderful time and were taking pictures on the grounds. Suddenly, we
saw a bunch of members from my area in Hayes. Sister Kinney served
there as well and so we started to walk towards them. I got closer and
saw my recent convert, William standing in front of the temple all
dressed up in a suit and tie, he was overcome with joy and told me
that he went to the temple today and was baptised for his parents, who
passed away many years ago. Words absolutely cannot express my joy.
There was a lot going on but my eyes were filled with tears the entire
time. Families are forever! These are truly the moments that I live
for! To make it better, Shah was there as well, Sister Kinney's recent
convert. It was such a tender mercy that came straight from the Lord.
I am still speechless. I love the Gospel with all my heart. We have
seen so many more miracles and tender mercies this week, and I want to
type them but I honestly will never be able to express the things that
I feel, I just want to leave you with my testimony that I know this is
the restored Gospel of our Saviour Jesus Christ. This is true. God
loves us. And he is always there to show us the way.

Alma 26:16
Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will
rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever.
Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much
of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering
towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the
smallest part which I feel.

Sending my Love from London!

Sister Barnes

Monday, August 7, 2017

It's Time For Africa

This was a very African and adventure filled week. We had a munch and
mingle after church yesterday and there was more food than I've ever
seen before in my life. Like buckets of jollof rice and plantanes for
as far as the eye could see. . . . We got out of relief society and I
could hear the munch and mingle before I could even see it. Ilford
Ward is the best!
We were able to travel to Ashford earlier in the week and do a blitz
wi the sisters down there, I love being able to travel and help out
the other missionaries, we see so many miracles from it.
We have been meeting with C and her daughter R for a really long time
and she has told us that she just doesn't feel ready to get baptised.
On Saturday we went over eight he Portugese elders and had a lesson
with her. She cooked us dinner and everything! After awhile she said,
"Sisters, I just don't feel ready. I want my baptism to be in November
or after." And of course we were so heartbroken but we just told her
hat we love her and we'll keep teaching her. AND THEN she told us she
was just kidding! She goes on holiday to Portugal until September and
she decided she wants to be baptised on September 16th, on her
daughter's birthday when they get back. We were crying tears of
That morning we were traveling to play football with our investigators
and we were running late. We were talking with people on the bus and
for some reason that morning I just woke up feeling discouraged. I
talked with this man who wasn't interested and then went to get off
the bus and realized we had missed our stop! I was even more
frustrated. We got off and were walking in this weird street we had
never been in before. We started to get close to this intersection and
there was a man standing there looking at us. All of a sudden he
walked up to me with this big smile and was like, "Sister Barnes!! I
want to come play football!" It turns out I had met him before and
invited him to play football and learn more about the church. He is
amazingly cool. We walked with him up to the field and were able to
teach him because everyone was running late. It was a miracle that
brought me close to tears because I realize how much God is in the
details. He knew I needed it that morning and he also knew exactly
where our investigator was and had us miss our regular bus stop. I
love our Father in Heaven so much. What a joy it is to be serving as
one of his missionaries.

Blessings from England!

Sister Barnes

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Spirit of God

Oh I do not even have words for how miraculous this week was. For
starters we got to travel to my birthplace, the blessed land of
Sittingbourne, England to do a blitz with the sisters there. They
ended up cancelling while we were on the train, but we still went
finding to get them some new investigators. It's so odd how when I was
in Sittingbourne I would get homesick for Utah, but now when I get
homesick, I get homesick for Sittingbourne. Weird how that works:) Got
ruthlessly slammed on high street for a couple hours, just like the
good old days. We found some awesome people nevertheless!
We had such a good time last night, one of our investigators had some
wood in her backyard she needed to burn and so we brought a bunch of
investigators, recent converts, and s'more equipment and had a Gospel
Bonfire. It was wonderful!
The people we are working with are doing great and there has been so
much progression these last weeks as we have focused on our
investigators on date for baptism. We got transfer calls and I am
staying in Ilford with Sister Kinney. I finally get to stay with a
companion for more than one transfer! And this is going to be her last
transfer. Miracles are going to be wrought in the land. I love being a
missionary more than anything.

The spirit of God like a fire is burning;)

Sister Barnes