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Monday July 24 Pioneer Day 🙂
I love pioneer day, I spent my morning reading about all my ancestors crossing the plains and it really is such a neat thing. We then went to the strip again in down town Pittsburgh where I got tons of presents for my siblings 🙂 then to a church to watch the elders play basketball once again.
We played this really fun game at dinner at a members house, you get a measuring cup and pack it with flour then put it on a plate so it's like a tower of flour then you put a candy on top. We all then took turns trying to cut a little section off without it falling and when it fell you'd have to grab the candy out of the flour with your mouth and no hands haha! Supposedly this was a game the pioneers played 🙂

Tuesday July 25th
Found the school where perks of being a wall flower was filmed, can't wait to go there and then to watch the movie when I get home. Everything else today was a blur. I'm getting more comfortable with teaching but still horrified of going up and talking to people but can't find people to teach if I'm not doing that I guess. We got a car wash today that was fun.

Family history is the coolest okay? I love being able to go to Family Tree and see my ancestors and read about all of their lives, it's so encouraging to know that they're on the other side of the veil, not too far encouraging us and cheering us on. Anyone can do family history! It's such a rewarding experience to find one of your ancestors. Just go to:

https://www.lds.org/topics/family-history-alt?lang=eng&_r=1&old=true

Wednesday July 26th
Learned how & then made bread and cinnamon rolls today, boy the best bread and cinnamon rolls I've ever tasted. Hmu after my mission if you want some #wifemeup. We then did service for a ward member who's about to move, tried people then had dinner. Honestly we aren't having any luck and it's really hard but I'm hanging in there.
We need to all stop judging others and that includes ourselves. How do we do that?

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/the-merciful-obtain-mercy?lang=eng

Thursday July 27th
Something I've learned is how to "Overcome the World". In a talk given by Elder Neil A Anderson he states "Overcoming the world is not one defining moment in a lifetime, but a lifetime of moments that define an eternity." And how overcoming the world is being less concerned with our online connections and more concerned with our heavenly connection to God.

So I invite you to take a step back and evaluate if your relationship with Heavenly Father is more important than your online one or with anything or anyone else of this world, if not we need to change so we can overcome the world and draw nearer to our Savior by having meaningful conversations with the Lord. Read the full talk here:

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/04/overcoming-the-world?lang=eng#p39

Today we had a member walk into our district meeting and gave us $50 so we could go out to lunch so we got chic fil a which was bomb then an elder went the wrong way on a one way and that was interesting some lady yelled at him too. Also there's bat's everywhere here, have you ever heard them do echo location? It's so weird.

Friday July 28th
I made a bracelet during weekly planning today so hmu if you want a friendship bracelet.
Cool experience! We had a lesson with a less actives family at their son's football practice and their friend sat in with us, she listened to the plan of salvation lesson and accepted a Book of Mormon and we're going back next week to teach another lesson, such a tender mercy!

Saturday July 29th
The weeks are flying by. Today we helped a member move! Then did studies, went out to dinner at the crackle barrel which was Yum. I used to make fun of those people who get salads at dinner but that's me now, it's so hard to eat healthy out here. We then hard sports night woo, my watermelon picking skills are definitely improving, none of this probably makes any sense but I'm fine with it. We got 2 new referrals today, thanks to elders. I hope things pick up soon since summer is coming to and end and hopefully people will be less busy.

Sunday July 30th
This youth started out his talk pretty funny he said "last week I got a text from this unknown number and I thought it was some cutie but it was just the bishopric asking me to speak today" hahaha oh man. We had a less active and a investigator at church today, the hard work might be starting to pay off! And got to meet with a less active family today after months of trying, yes!! I love this church and I know that it's true. I feel the spirit so strongly in my life testifying of it.

I love you all! Happy birthday to my brother Luke he turns 13 on the 4th, whaaaat I can't believe it, sad I'm not there but I'll be celebrating from here. Also to my baby Brigham he's going to be 5! Ahh!! He's getting so big I miss his funny jokes. I love my brother's. And hope of course. Anyways I hope you all have a great week and email me 🙂

Pictures
«Pittsburgh shopping
»Car wash
»Cinnamon rolls with the Potts family 🙂
«Dinner with the Campbells
»She was a skater girl she said cya later boy she had to go and preach God's word

Side note: Had the cops threatened to be called on me 3 times this week.

Love,
Sister Higley

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Modern Day Pioneers

“You always hear about people today saying they don’t know how the pioneers got through all their hardships, but I’m sure some that are in heaven are saying the same things about us today.” – A talk given by Sister Janette Hales Beckham in May of 1997 titled "Modern Pioneers".

When we think of pioneers we imagine this:

Faithful, courageous, sacrificing, brave children of God. Hundreds of years ago our fellow members of the church, our brothers and our sisters left the east to come to settle in the west to get away from religious persecutions.

An article from the friend stated:
"Between 1856 and 1860, eight Latter-day Saint handcart companies crossed the plains successfully. Only the Martin and Willie Companies
suffered such tragedy. Out of 576 people in the Martin Company, at least 145 died. Approximately 67 out of 500 Willie Company
members died. Yet members of these companies were grateful for the Spirit they felt and the testimony they gained through their
experiences. Francis Webster, a member of the Martin Company, said, “We suffered beyond anything you can imagine and many died
of exposure and starvation, but . . . every one of us came through with the absolute knowledge that God lives”.

Today we're not being killed for our beliefs, but we are still made fun of, judged and treated poorly. We're not being asked to pick up all of our belongings, families and walk thousands of miles across the country but we are asked to make sacrifices for our families, church callings and serving those around us. We're not dying of the lack of food or water but we are dying spiritually. We weren't asked to cross the plains on a wagon to save our lives while risking them but we are asked to stand up for what we believe in, to have faith enough in the Lord to do what He asks of us, to follow promptings, share the gospel and be courageous, brave and to sacrifice for our religion.

They had to have faith enough in God. Enough faith that they would trust His prophets to lead and guide them to a better life. Faith that they would make it and if they didn't, faith that they would see their family again. They had to have courage that the Lord knew what was best for them and there are always better things lying ahead. They had to be strong in dealing with their trials and afflictions. They had to be brave, not knowing what laid ahead of them. They had to believe, trust, and rely on the Savior.

The pioneers had to do all of these things, and now so do we because we are modern day pioneers. Yes our trials our different but more alike than they seem. We each learn and grow from the hardships we endure. We have to embrace them and let the Lord lighten our loads.

We have to be modern day pioneers and we can do that by:
» Standing up for what we believe in & being an example to others regardless of what they do to us or think of us
» Sharing the gospel in all times & places
» Believing that God has a plan for us & we can see our families again
» Having faith in and trust that Heavenly Father provided a modern day prophet to guide and direct us in these latter days
» Letting the Lord lighten our burdens by prayer, reading and praying about the Book of Mormon and worshiping Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ by partaking of the sacrament
» Sacrificing our time, talents and efforts in our callings & serving those around us

So I challenge a of you to be a modern day pioneers, to stand up for what you know is right and to lead and be an example to those around you. Endure your trials and hardships with faith in Christ. You can do this, don't give up.

I'm a member of the church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints. I'm a missionary and I'm a modern day pioneer.

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MTC must haves 

Hey yall it’s Sister Higley I wrote this article from the MTC itself. I’ve compiled a list of all the things you need or need to know before you enter the MTC, also thank you to my lovely sister Hope for posting these for me 🙂
-Water bottle

-Shower shoes

-Your own sheets and blanket for comfort and because the sheets here smell bad

-Stuffed animal, I brought one and DO NOT regret it

-MINTS, MINTS, MINTS, MENTOS AND MINTS you’re not allowed to have gum so this is seriously a life saver haha get it? the life saver mints, they’re the best

-Pictures of your family to hang up and to show people, but don’t look at them for too long or too much because it’ll just make things harder

-3-4 journals, 1 to take to class like a notebook, one to write down tender mercies or miracles or blessings or anything really sacred or spiritual, one to write down what your day was like and just an extra one for whatever you need it for

-Cards! Another Sister got these card sets that said hello on them and were decorated really -cute and had envelopes which were so fun to leave for other sisters and use as thank you or -welcome notes

-Envelopes and stamps for letters

-Decorations! I just brought a couple of like banners I could hang up on the wall with tape 

-Wrinkle releaser 

-Tide to go

-MEDICINE 

-Mini febreeze and perfume and lotion if you use it

-Jewelry 

-Nail Polish and remover and cotton balls 

-Mini sewing kit 

-Elastic bands, headbands, Bobby pins and all other hair accessories

-SNACKS such as popcorn, granola bars and whatever else you want! They have vending machines with snacks and ice cream but I wish I had popcorn because there’s microwaves out in the lobby. They feed you at like 5 for dinner but after you work out or get done with classes you’ll want something to snack on

SIDE NOTE: Tell your family about Dear Elder, it’s a website where they can send you letters instantly like you’ll get them the same day and they put together packages together for missionaries with goodies in them
ALSO: Don’t worry if you forget something, chances are the book store will have it or your companion or even another girl in your room or your district or zone so don’t stress!
I’m sure I’ve forgotten other things that are a MUST In the MTC but just as RMs for advice, check out Sister missionary blogs on Pinterest and just be prepared!
Good luck, I love you all!

xoxoxo

Until I write again

Love, Sister Higley 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania mission May 2017-November 2018

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Some ward members definitely roasted me this week, nice thanks guys. See Tuesday for more details lol. 
Are you saved?

Lol @ everyone who tells me they’re saved. 

Also imma about to get second hand smoke here so pray for my lungs. 
These emails are definitely more novels lol but it’s fine at least I’ll have them to read when I get home, if yall read anything read Thursday’s lol literally the life of a missionary right there. 
I loved this article. We are all called of God being His children to do missionary work. We all have a responsibility to share the light of Christ with others, like the article states “Whether or not we serve as full-time missionaries, each of us has the opportunity to share the gospel and serve those around us.” it then goes on to give examples and ideas for all of us, full time missionaries, members, young or old on how to serve. Visit lds.org/go/6176 for ideas! Article below 🙂 
https://www.lds.org/liahona/2017/06/called-to-the-work?cid=HP_TU_30-5-2017_dPFD_fLHNA_xLIDyL1-A_&lang=eng

*Monday, May 29

Pdays are definitely the hardest days so far. Today we had a ward BBQ, yummy. Got to email, took a nap, nice. And went to Walmart, fun. That’s about it. 
*Tuesday, May 30

So like boring today really, cleaning out the area book and finding who’s interested and who’s not and it takes a lot of work and is hard so that’s that.

WEIRD STORY TIME:

So we went to do a service at a members house and so she’s like I wanna make a frame for this mirror like okay cool who do we look like we are? So she gets out an ELECTRIC SAW AND STARTS CUTTING WOOD IN HER FREAKING BASEMENT LIKE ON THE CARPET?? WHAT? She got sawdust everyone like I inhaled some I’m pretty sure and almost died, got sawdust on her, the carpet, the laundy, furniture.. everything.. I’m not sure what she was thinking or if she was at all.. I just sat there and plugged my ears and watched for a solid 2 hours. 

While cleaning out the area book a less active member let us in who turns out to be a Presbyterian pastor lol what? She was super sweet though and had a cute dog, we talked about family and faith with her.. why can’t everyone be this kind and accpeting? We then had dinner at a members house, they’re older and super rich by the looks of their house lol. They have 2 young kids though, both toddlers and reminded me of my brothers 😦 I miss you brigham and kai. So the little 2 year old Jj was hanging with me, more like he kept stealing my chips, nice. So they asked me what my major is I said communication then they both went on a rant for a good solid 10 minutes on how that’s an awful major lol I zoned out but as soon as they were done talking I said you know what? I DON’T CARE I WILL MARRY RICH AND BE A STAY AT HOME MOM OKAY? they laughed but I’m serious, rich boys where you at? Anyways we roasted hot dogs and they roasted me, end of the story, end of the day.  
*Wednesday, May 31

Wow everyday I wonder if my life could get any awkward and it does. Members, investigators and just people often make us uncomfortable lol 24/7 but it’s fine. I’m getting more awkward though, help. 

Today was weird, we met with a potential investigator and it was weird, she was on the phone with her boyfriend and was giggling while we were talking, probably wasn’t us being cute. Anyways enough of that a lot of times when people don’t want to talk to us I think they pretend they don’t speak English lol cool. But we did meet with a guy today, Miguel who hardly speaks english, I’m working on my Spanish so I no luck with him lol but he did show us all of his horses that he takes care of, THEY WERE MASSIVE. *don’t mind my hair

See picture below.

We had a dinner appointment and they have the cutest kids, see the drawings in the picture below. We then went street contacting and no bueno. We kept saying hi to people and they’d look away, nice. One guy saw us then crossed the street but that’s okay because he was scary. Also this old man tried to give us money, too bad we couldn’t accept lol we tried to teach him but he said he was a pescapalian whatever that means then told us a weird story, pass. We knocked on this one door and saw a girl keep peeking her head around the corner, still didn’t answer, just waited for us to leave.. nice. Someone asked us if we were Jehovah witnesses LOL NOPE. So overall awkward and uncomfortable day lol welcome to the life of a missioanry. Gonna keep pressing forward in a steadfastness in Christ though.

2 Nephi 31:20 Go read it.

My sister graduated high school today, all the feels. My little brother Luke also graduated the 6th grade wooooo I love them. 
*Thursday, June 1

Today was AMAZING. This is the first time I’ve felt the spirit so strongly on my mission. We had district meeting this morning and talked about revelation through prayer, the elders in our district are so funny and just the best! We then had a lesson with Joy and her family, it was her, her 15 year old daughter, 16 year old daughter and then Joy’s sister, they all had a special need of some sort. The Spirit was sooooo strong. We taught the plan of salvation and about how Jesus Christ loves us and suffered for us, we taught the garden of Gethsemane which they had no knowledge of. I started to tear up while teaching them about how all this pain and guilt and suffering and inadequatecy they were feeling could be taken from then through our Savior. The daughter started crying you could tell she was feeling the spirit so strongly, the other one is like an athiest so we’re working on that lol. But joy opened up to us so much and told us so many personal things about what’s happened to her allowing us to help her with this gospel. We invited them to church so hoping that they come, cannot wait to teach them again. You can tell how ready they are and excited about this gospel, the truthful restored gospel.

Well we had another lesson right after this and nope. That’s all I need to say, the house was CRAZY. The grandma was yelling at her daughter the whole time who was yelling at her daughter who was like 6 running wild and then there’s the grandpa yelling at the dogs who wouldn’t stop jumping on us and sadly ripped and ruined Sister Rs skirt, it was tough like couldn’t even get a message out they were too distracted lol but it’s fine we got a cupcake outta it.

Later that night we had a dinner appointment, had Mexican pizza, yum. I always hang out with the little kids because that’s way better than adults duh, and I miss my little boys 😦 after that we went to check out a referral that the elders found for us and THANK GOODNESS FOR THE ELDERS AND THEIR WORK.

Michael is his name, he’s this big guy with tattoos with the biggest heart, wanting peace and answers and to know if God is there because he’s struggling with his mom passing away years ago and just needs some help, good thing that’s our purpose 🙂 We got back to meet with him next week when he’s off work! he accepted a book of Mormon and seemed very anxious to read it! 
I’m falling in love with Pennsylvania but most importantly the people. This is definitely the happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. 
*Friday, June 2

Weekly planning: *eats 4 cupcakes, washes it down with root beer*
*Saturday, June 3 (CLICK DAY IDK WHAT IT STANDS FOR BUT I KNOW IT’S MY 1 MONTH MARK OF BEING A MISSIONARY HOLLA HOLLA)

It is so hot. We tried a lemonade stand, let’s just say the only good thing that came out of it were cute and funny pictures. Honestly it was a hard day.. we had a triple rejection, walking down the street and started talking to this lady and she was like nope but then a guy was walking in front of us and he asked us if we were “opus” whatever that means but once we said Mormons hes like uhh nope then a black guy walking behind us came up and was like you don’t wanna talk to these mormons, nice, thanks. 
BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY MISSION OKAY LISTEN.

Today was hard, no one was home and no one cared to listen. As we were on our way home we drove past these people on a street just like normal but once we were half way home I couldn’t shake the prompting to go back so Sister Roper turned around. We parked in the right spot and there was this lady sitting on her porch, she has been going through a hard time with life and finding a job so we were totally able to help her out and she’s super interested! She also said her daughter was tired of being Catholic and was needing something different, THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS IS FOR YOU AND ME AND ALL OF US. She also said her mother would LOVE coming to church so that’s awesome, then without even asking she told us about all her neighbors and who to go and visit! Wow, I’ve never been so happy before, I am so grateful that I followed that prompting God is so good. God is mindful of all of His children and knows what’s best for us, He loves us and knows what we need. Pray always, He hears you and answers you.
*Sunday, June 4

Studied lehis dream, in my dreams. Totes accidentally fell asleep during studies lol.
P.s my birthday is in a month, July 5th don’t forget about me
2 Nephi 22:2

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also has become my 
Xoxo 
Sister Higley

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania mission 

May 2017-November 2018

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Group email 

So I’m still at the MTC and haven’t gone home so that’s good right? Let’s start off with some jokes because we all know I’m so funny.. 

What’s the difference between jail and the MTC? You’re allowed to have visitors in jail. 

Also did you know the MTC ACTUALLY stands for marriage training center? I have a testimony of that. 

I’m definitely learning the language very well.

Anyways I promise I’ll get better at this whole emailing thing.. 

This week was so much better than last week. KEEP PRAYING FOR ME I NEED IT. 

I’ve met some elders going to pittsburgh and i LOVE THEM i am so excited to get to know them all more too! The elders in my district are like going to New Hampshire so thats cool for them! Yesterday we got our flight information, SCARY! I have one more pday before the field, we leave next sunday at like 3:30 in the morning, pray that we’ll have a safe flight. 

Sunday

Sister Liljenquist and i got called as sister training leaders, holla. So that’s been not bad we just help the newbie district that came in this past wednesday, still getting to know them haha the elders are a little crazy but its totally fine right? 

Something i’ve had to come to learn is that FAITH, its so weird not being called that and everytime its said i look.. anyways faith needs to be built off a firm foundation. Doctrine & Covenants 11:24&28 READ THE BOOK OF MORMON IT IS TRUE! anyways To build that foundation of faith we need to 1. go to church 2. read our scriptures 3. fulfill our callings 4. partake of the sacrament 5. pray 6. attend the temple 7. family history work and SO MUCH MORE. If we continue to strive to do these things our foundation will get stronger and stronger making it harder to be knocked down ya know? Also that a testimony isnt enough, we need to be CONVERTED to the Lord.

Sunday nights we get BYU ice cream from the creamry and its great so that brings happiness to my life. 
Monday we did service so mopped and cleaned bathrooms, boys are gross btw. We have been having TRC everyday.. not sure what it stands for but what we do is we teach “investigators” 100% sure they’re members getting paid to act out their conversion story or maybe someone elses.. they wont tell us so not sure but ive come to realize that that doesnt matter because Heavenly Father wants all of His children to be brought unto Christ so if i can help in their conversion to Christ.. I WILL. Gwen is our hardest one.. enough said. Wan Yu Chen is another one of our “investigators” SHE IS SO CUTE. I love them both and have loved learning how to teach but have loved teaching by the Spirit even more, the Holy Ghost truly is amazing and i’ve said things that aren’t even my own and i know they come through Christ.. isnt missionary work SO COOL?! I LOVE IT. I leave here May 22 so its coming up so fast, excited and nervous. 

Me and the girls in our room/ district have lots of laughs so that gets me through the days. 

Tuesday we had an AMAZING LIFE CHANGING LIKE FOR REAL DEVOTIONAL given by Elder Clayton of the seventy. He got up there and was like “okay so i had something prepared but the spirit has told me to share something different and it touched every missionary in that room, no doubt. I learned that we should all not just “endure to the end” BUT ENJOY TO THE END, BE HAPPY. And that the Savior, Jesus Christ will take us as we are after everything we’ve done.. and make us into something so much greater but only THROUGH HIM. 

Moroni 10:32 (Book of Mormon) Put your name in it and it makes it so much personal i love doing that with myself and investigators! 

I’ve been struggling to let go of my pre mission life but im getting there, focused on the work and where i need to be! It’ll be so good when im out in the field and i know that if im faithful and obedient, miracles from God will come. 

I JUST WANTED TO SHARE HOW AMAZING MY TEACHERS ARE. I have a teacher Sister Knapp and she is seriously so great like I LOVE HER she has helped me so much and encouraged me and is just amazing, i am so grateful for her you all need a sister knapp in your life. 
So there are these Elders.. one of them is going to my mission but his comp is this big polynesian guy and i wish yall could just see this, but everytime i see them he is totally just yelling at his comp (in a loving way) like “get over here boy, you cant run from me” and i just crack up everytime i see them, they even taught me a handshake so im one of them now. Hahah they make my day and they also share a spiritual message everytime we run into them, truly uplifting hahah i love it.
I just wanted to ask everyone to just keep praying for me and if you havent yet, PLEASE DO. Also send me nice emails please i need them they make me happy and the end of a hard day to read something loving, yall dont even know how hard missions are but how WORTH IT it will be, i come home November 19 2018 in case anyone was wondering.. Anyways life here is not bad. Its seriously a rollercoaster each day something different thrown at you but i wouldnt want to be anywhere else.
I know that this church is true with all of my might, mind, heart and strength or trust me.. I WOULNDT be here and if you know me you know thats true. I know that even if this isnt where i want to be that this is where the Lord needs me to be and ill get there! 2 Nephi 25:27

I know that the Lord has been preparing me for who knows how long for this experience, and i only have 9 DAYS AHHH until i get to teach the people who the Lord has prepared, I LOVE THEM SO MUCH ALREADY IM SO EXCITED. I know that this gospel, i have felt the light and the happiness and comfort that this gospel, that Jesus Christ has brought into my life and i am so grateful for it, im grateful for the atonement and i wouldnt want anyone in their life not to have the wonderful gospel that i have and a relationship with their loving Heavenly Father because He knows all of us and loves us and He hears our prayers and if we listen to that still small voice, humble ourselves and soften our hearts HE WILL answer your prayers and He knows what you need and what you need to hear because He knows and loves us all personally and individually. I am so grateful for this knoweldge i have and im grateful that im learning so much for myself and for those i will be teaching 🙂
I seriously love you all and miss you all, please send pictures of you, your kids, your neighbors.. I dont care it just makes me so happy to hear from and see you all 🙂

XOXOXO

Lots of love, seriously.

 ALSO email me until 6 tonight id love to hear from everyone because i miss you all indvidually!

Thanks for all of the love, support and prayers. 

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My 18 Month Adventure 

Well this is it! I get set apart as a missionary of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints tonight! I will report to the MTC tomorrow afternoon and learn there until May 22 which is when I will head to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! 


I’ve never been so excited yet nervous for anything in my entire life, everyone please pray for me and those in my emails!

I know the church is true with my whole heart and if you’d like to learn more check out Mormon.org or email me!

My email is faith.higley@myldsmail.net!

I will be able to email on mondays my preparation day or “P day”.


My sister Hope and my mom Rebecca will help keep up my blog with a weekly update or aka my mission emails! 

Thank you all for the love, support, prayers and kind words. This is going to be an amazing experience and I’d love for you to all hear about it!

The church is true I know it with all my heart. President Monson is a true prophet, Joseph Smith restored the true church, the Book of Mormon is full of truth, light and knowledge. This is the only true church and it will bless you and bring so much happiness to your life.

See you in 18! ❤️

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Choose The Right

Yes I chose to serve a mission but that’s not all of it.

What does “serving a mission” really mean?

I’m choosing to serve the Lord. I’m choosing to serve His people. I’m choosing to put my life, schooling and job and other opportunities on hold for the next year and a half of my life. I’m choosing to make sacrifices. I’m choosing to put everyone else before me. I’m choosing to love and to humble myself. I’m choosing to learn, grow and change. I’m choosing to learn to love my God more than anyone else and to always put Him first. I’m choosing to strengthen my testimony.

I’m choosing to do the scariest, most stressful yet wonderful and happy experience of my life.

I’m choosing to serve a mission. 

I didn’t want this, I didn’t choose this path for me God did but it’s my jobs to choose to follow His will and to trust in Him that whatever plans I had in store, that His are way better.

A lot may question why 18/19 year old young men and young women would go to a place that’s foreign to them, learn a language they’ve never heard of and leave behind their family, friends, work, schooling and life for 18-24 months.

There isn’t just one reason but many…

 To share the truth

The gospel is true. The gospel brings hope, light, happiness, peace, comfort and love to all those who are humble enough to accept it.

Selflessness 

I know what families can be together forever, what comfort this sweet sentence gives. How can I go about my life knowing that so many people don’t have this knowledge? So many others in the world believe that after this life is over, we are over. However that is not true, we are much more than that, we are eternal beings. We can be sealed together for time and all eternity. This knowledge can bring so much peace and comfort to everyone who believes in it defeating heart break and sorrow.


To share true and everlasting happiness 

Nothing in my entire 19 years of living has made me happier than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Nothing has ever made more sense or comforted me more than this gospel and nothing ever will. 


To teach forgiveness 

We believe that Christ atoned for OUR sins. He suffered, bled and died on the cross for US. Christ lives, He was resurrected and He LIVES today. Through the power of the atonement and repentance we can be forgiven no matter what we have done. We don’t have to carry around that heavy burden because Christ will carry it for us, He died for us so that He would not only know, feel and understand what we are going through but so that He could help us through it because He will never leave us alone.


The church is true. I know it, I live it and I LOVE it.

Visit https://www.mormon.org to learn more.

Stay in tune for my missionary blog posts starting next week. 

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Am I Good Enough?

I’ve been struggling.

I’ve been struggling really bad if I’m being honest. As the days come faster to when I leave for my mission (18 days in case you were wondering) my head has been flooded with doubts all from Satan…

“You won’t have any friends when you get home”

“You’re not smart enough”

“You’re not strong enough”

“You can’t do this”

“Why would you leave your life behind, you’re wasting time”

“You’re not good enough”

“Your testimony isn’t strong enough”

“Why would God send you?”

“You know nothing”

Every single day I wonder these things, and every single day I have to constantly fight these negative thoughts away, and sometimes I don’t win the battle.


Tonight as I was writing another article, “Choose The Right” which is about my choice to serve I realized something so so so important. It changed my entire outlook and immediately gave me peace and comfort.

I realized that there must be some talent or passion or anything that I could use to reach out to someone and touch their life, even if it only is one person, they matter. I realized that something I will do or say or show will change someone else’s life forever. That there has to be something special about me for the Lord to call me, that the Lord knows I am good enough, strong enough and smart enough.

Then the heartwarming thought came to me that God trusts me.. ME, Faith Rebecca Higley to represent Him and His church. What an amazing feeling that is that the Lord knows that I can do this. He knows that I will teach and preach and give it my all. He knows that I can accomplish the things which I have been sent to earth to do. He knows I can accomplish hard things and He knows that I can change people’s lives forever.

He knows me and trusts me, God believes in me and I’ve learned to trust and believe in Him.


Scary right? But so exciting and so reassuring at the same time. God does not call anyone and everyone on a mission. I’ve had plenty of friends who have wanted to go on missions so badly but when the prayed for the answer to know if they should go, they got the answer no. That it wasn’t right for them, that God has something else in store for them.

So I realized how blessed am I that I get the opportunity to choose to serve Him and His people for 18 months! How blessed am I for the Lord to send me to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to teach His people! How blessed am I that the Lord has prepared me for this next step in my life. I am so blessed for the chance and opportunity to change my life and others by bringing them closer to Christ.

I am so blessed.


So if you have the opportunity to serve the Lord do it! You don’t have to go on a mission to serve, teach and change lives around you. BUT “if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;” -D&C 4:3.


And if you know in your heart and in your mind that you’re supposed to serve a mission but have no desire, pray. Pray for that desire and don’t give up. Listen to the promoting of the Holy Ghost. God will help you.

Everything won’t just be alright when you get back, but better than you could’ve imagined.
The church is true! God loves each one of us and knows that is truly best for us. We must trust Him and align our will with His.

We are all not just good enough, but we are more than enough.

Keep an eye out for my next post “Choose The Right” for my reasons on why I’m choosing to serve the Lord.

Posted in Gospel related

Anyone And Everyone Can Feel The Spirit 

Many don’t know but I work with special needs adults for my job. I was at work one day and I went to check the time on my phone. One of the clients in my group asked to see my background..


She then stared for a moment at the picture and looked at me with honest eyes and said to me, “that’s my brother”. Not discussing the topic of religion anymore we moved on to our activity. My heart was softened and my eyes teared up when this wonderful client had said those words. They were right Jesus Christ is our brother, our Savior, Redeemer and best friend. 

Today, April 3rd I went home to meet my family to go out to dinner in Idaho falls for my dads birthday. After dinner I headed back over to their house for an hour where B, my 4 year old brother asked me to watch a show with him, hesitant because I needed to get back to study for finals I said yes because he is definitely too cute to say no to. 

We sat down and were watching animated church videos about the Gospel. B calls them “The Jesus show”. As we were watching the one where Mary was traveling to Bethlehem to give birth to our Savior, B turned to his mom and said “mommy this show makes me feel good inside”. My heart melted and once again tears flooded to my eyes. A little 4 year old boy was feeling the spirit. B then turned to me and asked if I was feeling the same way, I nodded yes but then just proceeded in awe amazed and what my little brother had just said to me. What an example that he was.

He was so excited to be learning about the church and those who were apart of it. He knew Nephi and Lehi’s name and would be able to tell who was wicked and who was righteous. He would gleam and scream with joy when they were being righteous. He was so happy and loves learning about the church and that’s how we all should be.

When you go to church do you radiate with happiness and excitement to learn that day about the Gospel? Are you as willing to feel the spirit and recognize Him in your life?

Well we all should be.


From these 2 experiences I’ve had in the past week my testimony has grown and strengthened and I couldn’t have kept it to myself. 

So take your time to learn about the Gospel, ask questions and be excited about and love the Gospel and your testimony will strengthen.

Posted in Friendship, Gospel related, Love

Random Acts Of Service 

Recently I’ve been hanging out with one of my old friends a lot, and we’ve been struggling of finding fun things to do together.
I had the idea to do random acts of kindness/service for those serving in the temple, but really you can just do it anywhere!


It was really simple we just cut up some notebook paper and started writing inspiring and kind quotes and encouraging scriptures on them.


Before we knew it we probably had over 50, we even watched Lilo & Stitch in the process. We then drove to the temple and placed them randomly on people’s cars. We totally underestimated how many cars there were and wished we had notes for everyone, but now we know for next time!

We then sat and watched for a little while. This couple came out and we saw them grab the note and smiles flashed across their face and then they hugged each other. They then took a picture with them and the note and happily left.

That made our whole night. Seeing how happy you can make someone by a simple gesture is just the best thing in the entire world.


Here’s some random acts of service ideas for your Friday night date night or girls night out!

  1.  Write kind/loving  notes or letters for your friends, family, roommates
  2. Write thank you notes for a teacher, police man, mail main, UPS/FedEx worker, fire fighter, a dr/nurse or a solider over seas
  3. Text or call a friend or family member something kind
  4. Give compliments to everyone
  5. Donate old clothes
  6. Donate to a food bank
  7. Make lunches for the homeless
  8. Pay for someone’s food in a drive thru or restaurant, pay it forward
  9. Leave $5 in a red-box movie or $1 on a vending machine so someone can grab a snack!
  10. Take flowers to a nursing home or hospital (for patients or nurses).
  11. Wash your roommates dishes for them
  12. Donate your blood during a blood drive
  13. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  14. Help a friend with a task
  15. Donate books
  16. Smile at everyone you see
  17. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  18. Babysit for free
  19. Make a meal for someone in need
  20. Bake cookies for your neighbors
  21. Make a care package for someone in need
  22. Sign up to be an organ donor
  23. Pick up liter
  24. Pay for a strangers library fee
  25. Buy groceries for the person behind you
  26. Donate old toys
  27. Give someone a hug

Places to leave kind notes

  1. The temple
  2. Churches
  3. The hospital
  4. Nursing homes
  5. Campus- on cars or in classrooms
  6. Apartment complexes
  7. Businesses
  8. Roommates door/friends apartments
  9. Elementary, middle & high schools
  10. Library
  11. The gym
  12. Schools 
  13. Anywhere!