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
joy!!:)
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!

XOXO
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;)


XOXO
Sister Barnes









Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Party Hard, Preach Harder

This week was amazing and I have no time so this time there will only
be pictures:)

God lives

XOXO
Sister Barnes










Monday, July 17, 2017

Portugese Power

This will be short, but it has been a wonderful week like always! We
have seen so many miracles and we are so blessed. This week we had
exchanges and I was with Sister Lannan from Australia, she is so
awesome! It was insane. We went finding and all of these people were
so interested in the Gospel. We gave at least 3 church tours to the
most sincere people. I can't even express how much I love the
investigators we are working with, they mean so much to me.
We had interviews with President and Sister Stevens, Sister Kinney and
I were able to share a spiritual thought for that and it was so fun.
It has been an amazing week and we have felt the spirit so strongly
everyday.
Yesterday after church, members invited us all to a Portugese barbecue
and it was the best thing ever, there were at least 6 non-members
there and they all got to know the missionaries in a super comfortable
environment! Blessings. I love this work and things are going so well
in Ilford.
Sorry for the lack of pictures, I've got no time!

Keep on rocking it!

XOXO
Sister Barnes

Monday, July 10, 2017

Agents of Christ










To start the week off, last p-day I had two of Sister Kinney's recent
converts, Shah and Prageeth, come to surprise her in Ilford. We were
so secretive about it and she was so shocked and just burst into
tears. . . It was really sweet! So we spent the whole day with them
and had the time of our lives, it was so much fun!!
Another highlight of the week (there are so many!!) was Amy's
baptism!! It was so wonderful because she was able to be baptised with
her boyfriend and it was a really special day for them. I found a
guitar in the ward clerk's office and so I was able to play a musical
number at the baptism and sing with my companion and the elders! It
was so good to pick up a guitar and be able to play again.
We also gave a training in zone Conference this week about how to work
with members, we coached like 60 missionaries in front of President
and the AP's in central London. Good thing God qualifies the called;)
It was so spiritual and such a great experience! Zone Conference
always is.
We had two exchanges this week and I was able to be with Sister Garcia
from Mexico, and we had the funnest time ever! We all got to celebrate
the Fourth of July at our American members' house. It was so good to
eat hot dogs and be surrounded by American flags. And also American
accents. Our other exchange I was with Sister Kahn from Pakistan, she
is one of my most favourite people in all the land. She speaks Hindi
and so she was able to communicate with all of these people in my
blessed area Ilford which is basically India. So believe me, I was in
Heaven just being immersed in the Hindi language.
Cool miracles!! Me and Sister Kahn went out to visit a referral that
lives super far away and so we had to demonstrate a lot of faith but
it was so worth it because this guy had apparently visited the Hyde
Park Visitors' Center and told everyone he wanted him and his daughter
to be baptised. So we head out and end up meeting our referral's dad.
He was this awesome old man who loves Jesus Christ and was super
interested in the Book of Mormon. Elvis is his hero. He's cool, I love
him, and we are going back to teach him this week.
Sister Kahn and I went to see yet another referral and this time their
dad was he only one home too. Another really cool (slightly less cool
than the first old man) but we shared more of our message with him and
he felt the spirit so strong. It was so cool that God led us to people
who we didn't plan on meeting, but who really needed us nonetheless.
We had an investigator who came into church and we gave him a chapel
tour. He has seen missionaries before and calls us agents of Christ,
he thought we were like some secret group and it was so funny because
I had met him on the bus and he thought I was so open and nice and
that's what made him decide to come see what church was all about. So
funny!

I love this Gospel with my whole heart!

XOXO
Sister Barnes

Monday, July 3, 2017

Cheerio!








We had Mission Leadership Council this week on Wednesday in central
LONDON and the zone leaders drove us. We had the most spiritual
meeting and it was so humbling to get together as leaders of the
England London Mission and to be able to sit there with some of the
most incredible missionaries I have ever met. We all came from
different corners of the earth and we were all able to be focused on
one thing: teaching repentance and baptising converts. The spirit was
so strong. I'm so thankful for these missionaries that I serve with,
they were all so loving to me and didn't treat me like the young
newbie I am. I learned so much!!
My favorite part of the whole thing was driving back through London
and across London Bridge. My head was literally sticking out of the
zone leaders' car for like 2 hours and Elder Hinatsu stopped the car
sometimes and let me hand out pass along cards to people at
crosswalks. I don't know, it was just so fun and peaceful, and London
is so beautiful. We got to drive across the London bridge 3 times
because we made a wrong turn and had to go back. It was so cool. I
love this mission.
We had exchanges with the Romford sisters on Friday and I was with my
beloved MTC companion Sister Abeling! It was so amazing to spend the
day as companions again, we've come such a long way! I love her so
much. We had another amazing week in Ilford, we found about 11 really
awesome investigators and we are busier an I have ever been in my
entire life!! Miracles are just surrounding us though! And we have so
many investigators that are progressing towards baptism. Both us and
the Stratford Elders are preparing for a baptism his Saturday! Woooo
hooooo! Hope you all have a great 4th of July!


God bless America!

XOXO
Sister Barnes

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ilfordstan





This week has been wonderful, lots of changes for sure! I really love
my new companion Sister Kinney, she is from Utah and is loud and
hilarious! It was hard to say goodbye to all of my friends in Hayes
who I love SO much, we had an awesome time all together one last time
and played with water balloons and then two recent converts took me
and Sister Campos out to Five Guys and then the most amazing ice cream
place, I am so spoiled.
My first day in Ilford, we were walking down the sidewalk and we had
all of my luggage with us, we stopped this guy and he ended up being
the coolest new investigator of our lives!! In Ilford, we play
football every Saturday morning and we invite all of the people
throughout the week to come and so even if they aren't super
interested in learning about the Gospel, they are in an environment
that is so fun and wholesome. It is so cool! Our new investigator came
to football, had two lessons with us and came to church in like a span
of 3 days. He is such a miracle! Me and Sister Kinney are so focused
on being exactly obedient and diligent and it shows so much in the
work!
The ward in Ilford is mostly African and everyone is SO nice! It's a
place where you just really feel like you can be yourself, there's so
much diversity. Last night we had dinner with a member and her Welsh
Atheist husband who made us Welsh cakes and told us hilarious stories
and then played the piano for us so we could sing a long. Every day in
Ilford we have moments like that, they are just so special and
random:)
I am so thankful to be serving a mission here and I know that God
loves us all and has blessings that he is just waiting to give us, all
we need to do is trust Him.

Sending my love from england/the middle east;)

XOXO
Sister Barnes

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Apostles, Baptism and HEAT










I know I say this every week but I'm for real this time, this has been
the best week in my entire mission so far. This is going to be kind of
long but oh well because I'm having the time of my LIFE!
To start off, William got BAPTISED!!! We are so happy for him. It was
really special because he was baptised on June 17th and exactly one
year from that day was when I opened my mission call. What blessings.
He has got probably among the strongest faith of anyone of all time
and just clings to the Gospel. He gave a speech at his baptism, that
was beautiful, and another talk the next day on Sunday after he
received the Holy Ghost. I'm so thankful that Sister Campos was able
to see her first baptism, I remember how much it meant to me when I
was in training and I just can't thank Heavenly Father enough for
leading us to William and for helping us teach him all transfer long
until it led to this. William is so happy! And the baptism was great,
even though it is SCORCHING here in England. It is so hot you would
not believe it, and I'm not just being a baby because even my
companion who is from the hottest part of Brazil is suffering! Even
though it is so hot, so many people from the ward came and the Elders
even surprised us and cleaned the baptismal font for us. What studs.
Also, on Friday, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, an Apostle of the Lord
Jesus Christ came and talked with us. The things he said were amazing
and will help me all throughout my mission. I even got to shake his
hand! It was so awesome! And it was great to be with the whole entire
mission!
This week we had a really hard time finding new investigators, and in
order to meet our goal we had to find 6 in one day. We set off on
sunday and started street contacting in Uxbridge. It was fiery hot and
not a lot of people were outside in town, but we knew we could do it.
And we did! Heavenly Father blessed us tremendously and as we
demonstrated our faith we were able to find these 6 prepared people
who are interested in learning more about the Gospel. It has been a
week full of huge spiritual experiences that I will remember for the
rest of my life.
We were able to have some super fun family home evenings at the
Shattuck's (They're American!!), they have a huge yard and yesterday
we were with some recent converts and the elders and investigator and
we just played with water balloons and ate in the backyard. It was the
funnest thing in the world!
We got transfer calls yesterday and I have been transferred to Ilford
to serve as a sister training leader. My companion will be Sister
Kinney and I love her already! Ilford is basically India so that will
be really fun, I'm excited.

"Let your covenants be paramount and let your obedience be exact. Then
you can ask in faith, nothing wavering, according to your need, and
God will answer. He will sustain you as you work and watch. In His own
time and way He will stretch forth His hand to you, saying, 'Here am
I'."
- Elder Christofferson

Love you!

XOXO
Sister Barnes