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God is OH SO GOOD!

Here’s my marriage advice I learned:

Never go to bed angry

Don’t marry a project

You’re welcome.

General conference is coming up I am BEYOND EXCITED! It is a chance to hear from God’s modern day prophets and apostles and invite all of you to think of questions about life or the church or anything at all, ponder them and pray and then watch general conference and I know they’ll be answered.

Visit: https://www.lds.org/church/events/october-2017-general-conference?lang=eng&cid=HP_FR_15-9-2017_dPFD_fCE_xLIDyL2_

For more information!

If yall don’t have time to read all of this go straight to sat/sun.

Monday September 11th

Walked around my cute little town today Ridgway and got to go to little antique shops and local bakeries! It was the best 🙂 got tons of little souvenirs! We later that night had lessons with our gators!

Brian is the sweetest man I’ve ever met. Get this.. So he had a son die as a premie and so apparently little beanie babies the nurses in the NICU used to use them under the babi system legs to help stretch them out! So he collects beanie babies and takes them to the NICU every Christmas! And so when we went over there he let me pick one 🙂 I picked a lamb! A cute little sheep, why did I pick out a sheep?

3 Nephi 15:17 That other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

We know in the Bible the Lord visits those in Jerusalem and what not but in the Book of Mormon he has more “sheep” aka children more folds whom we loves and cared for just as much. We know the book of Mormon contains the account when Christ came to the earth and appeared to the Nephites. I know this to be true and I love the book of Mormon with all my heart.

Tuesday September 12th

My desire to write weeklys are less and less each week so don’t be surprised if I only send home pictures lol. Tonight we had a book of Mormon class and you guys, I LOVE THE BOOK OF MORMON SO MUCH. I learned so much just from 2 chapters it was so amazing it made me so excited to continue reading it and how much it applies to these latter days is crazy all yall need to read it because it is TRUE!

Wednesday September 13th

“never go to sleep angry” – the hess fam

Thursday September 14th

Today we had our zone conference with a seventy! What’s a seventy? Find out here https://www.lds.org/topics/church-organization?lang=eng&old=true

It was Elder and sister Nielson! His wife started off by talking to the sisters about finding a stellar guy and told us “don’t marry a project”! That we need to find an amazing husband who’s testimony matches our own!

We always need to submit cheerfully to the Lord as well! A lot of times in life we are asked to do things we don’t want to do and we go through trials that we don’t want to go through. But we are closest to the Lord when He is stretching us and that can only occur through trials. If we submit cheerfully to whatever we are going through or what the Lord asks us to do we will be blessed. It’s all about perspective.

Friday September 15th

Our investigator Brian the one I talk about in Monday is like so kind. We volunteer at the food bank and he brings us this bag with little homemade pumpkin bread in it just for us, what a sweetheart! ALSO we were talking to him about this lady we had met and how she couldn’t afford food and she would always buy her dogs food before her (because Pennsylvanians are crazy) so Brian goes out and buys her a whole dang box full of food. Saint? Um yes! Then later during dinner we got to go to a little festival in one of our towns, I live and love for these things. I bought a cute t-shirt (I’ve bought like 10 so far) and some stickers. Definitely a happy Sister Higley.

Saturday September 16th

SO MANY MIRACLES TODAY. So we went to try to find this house and I put the wrong address in because I’m a dip so we get out walk around and then go to ask this family but get this the mom is like you came here to see me and we’re like whaaaat and she’s like yeah I was baptized in Salt Lake years ago and haven’t been since really. She’s married now to a nonmember and has two cute little kids anyways that dads all like “wow you guys are an answer to my prayer, we’ve been having such a hard time and I know this is no coincidence and that you’re an answer to my prayer that this will really help me and my family, I want to come to church with them. I know God brought you here. ”

*BAM* MIRACLE.

We were in the right place at the right time with the right people. God is oh so good and mindful of us and our situations. He will answer your prayers like he answered this man’s and like He everyday continues to answer mine.

THIS GOSPEL IS TRUE.

Sunday September 17th

Today was probably the best day of my mission. The family I talked about above, the Coles came and loved church and want to come again, Tanja our investigator came for the second time too and never wants to leave! Just pray she can quit smoking so we can dunk her on October 15th! Yesterday on a whim we visited a less active of about ten years and invited him and his non member wife to come, they were very hesitant but today he showed up, he really came my jaw about dropped!!! He said his wife would’ve come too but he decided to come so last minute but we are so happy!!! We had so many other less actives come today it was such a blessing to see all of the hard work I’ve put into these past couple weeks pay off. It was all Heavenly Father! I am a tool in His hand in hastening the work and I am so grateful I get to be a missionary 🙂 He is amazing and truly answers our prayers and blesses us. I am still on awe today was everything I could’ve asked for.

Email me if yall wanna talk

Stay outta trouble and pray and thank God every day

Also pray for me I’m sick lol

Love yall

Pictures

My homie pose

Train rides

Penn state football field!

My cute new stuffed animal

Other things

Tried kissing a frog but he didn’t turn into prince charming, not yet at least

Xoxoxo

Sister Higley

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania mission

May 2017-November 2018

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Dear Future Husband

One Sunday school we talked about eternal marriage and where much is expected much is required. President Gordon B. Hinckley counseled: “Choose a companion of your own faith. You are much more likely to be happy. Choose a companion you can always honor, you can always respect, one who will complement you in your own life, one to whom you can give your entire heart, your entire love, your entire allegiance, your entire loyalty”.

So dear future husband,

Always honor me and my worth. Show me respect. Compliment me often. Give your entire heart, your entire love, your entire allegiance and your entire lotalty. Please be patient. Be kind, caring and helpful. Be gentle, understanding and honest. Tell me you love me every day. Be forgiving. Be selfless. Serve me and others. Love and make time for our family. Be responsible. Be truthful. Be open. Be affectionate. Be charitable. Be hopeful. Be faithful. Be determined. Be humble. Be diligent. Be obedient to Him. Keep me on track. Be positive and happy. Help around the house. Talk to me about everything and anything. Help me to change for the better and to come closer to my Savior. Come to me with concerns, don’t keep things inside. Be concerned for my well-being. Be committed. Be focused. Be fun. Be overprotective of me. Don’t judge me. Love my family as much as you love me. Just be there for me.

Take me on dates, let us make time for each other. Let’s be kids and have fun. Tell me jokes, hug me tight, comfort me and lay with me every night. Listen to me. Look at me like I’m your entire world. Cuddle with me and always hold my hand. Kiss me often. Dance with me in the kitchen. Cook with me every night. Play with my hair. Try new things with me. Take me on adventures. Always hold me close. Make sure you feel butterflies everytime you look at me or think of me. Buy me flowers. Have good taste in music. Spoil me on my birthday. Bring me breakfast in bed. Take pictures with me and capture those memories. Support me in all that I do all my crazy ideas and hobbies. Watch scary movies with me. Kill all the spiders because I’m too scared to. Keep me in shape. Tickle my back during church and always offer back rubs. Tell me I’m beautiful even after I just woke up. Just be my best friend.

Be worthy. Follow the commandments and be determined to live them. Be an example to me. Take me to church and encourage us to stay and partake of those blessings. Help me to always remember our focus. Let’s make goals. Take me to the temple once a week. Live your covenants. Be a worthy priesthood holder and access those blessings often. Pray with me, for me and our family. Make time to play with the kids. Honor and fulfill your church callings and as a provider. Read the scriptures with me. Strengthen my testimony and have a strong one yourself. Have faith in Jesus christ. Fulfill your roles and duties as a husband and father. Continue to develop the attributes of Christ. Lead and guide our marriage and family by the Spirit.

But most importantly.. Love God more than you love me.

Remember Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve said: “There is more to a foundation of eternal marriage than a pretty face or an attractive figure. There is more to consider than popularity or charisma. As you seek an eternal companion, look for someone who is developing the essential attributes that bring happiness: a deep love of the Lord and of His commandments, a determination to live them, one that is kindly understanding, forgiving of others, and willing to give of self, with the desire to have a family crowned with beautiful children and a commitment to teach them the principles of truth in the home.”

Do all these things for me and I’ll do all these things for you.

Love,

Your future wifey

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God squad

Monday August 21

As everyone saw I went and hiked a thousand plus steps today it was awesome. I miss my Idaho mountains though, also I’m jealous I missed the eclipse. There’s a lot of spiders in my apartment so pray for that to just stop.

I’ve been doing an activity where I look for the good in others like qualities, talents, gifts and things that they do and say well and then complimenting them on it. It truly helps us to love everyone as a child of God and to see them how Heavenly Father sees them and loves them as well as turning outward instead of inward. 

Alma 62:51 “And they did pray unto the Lord their God continually, insomuch that the Lord did bless them, according to his word, so that they did wax strong and prosper in the land.” 

When we serve others, compliment them, pray continually and follow his commandments and the gospel he has given us that He will strengthen us and help us to progress in this life and stay on that path for us to have eternal life with our families. 

Tuesday August 22

Alma 60:11 “Behold, could ye suppose that ye could sit upon your thrones, and because of the exceeding goodness of God ye could do nothing and he would deliver you? Behold, if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain.”

We have to do our parts in order for God to bless us!

Took a bomb nap today. Cleaning up the area book so the people that are, have been and potentially are interested in learning from the missionaries didn’t have much luck 😦

Wednesday August 23

Man today wasn’t something else. Taught a lesson but this guy is too hung up on his ex girlfriend and that’s all he talks about but he’s super interested in the gospel he just talks all day giving us the “not to do’ s” in relationships lol @ that. We had a member feed us dinner also we got to go to a tennis match for her it was so fun! We love the foltz family they are home away from home 🙂

Also had the best district meeting today, I felt the spirit so strongly. 

The Spirit is so amazing because He speaks to us each individually and personally because He knows us and our needs. Heleman 5:30  states “And it came to pass when they heard this voice, and beheld that it was not a voice of thunder, neither was it a voice of a great tumultuous noise, but behold, it was a still voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper, and it did pierce even to the very soul”

He is a still small voice and if we are caught up in the noises of the world we won’t be able to hear the promptings and comfort He is willing and wants to give us. 

Thursday August 24

Today was our service day! We folded clothes and painted at the salvation army! I then made biscuits and pesto today for the soup kitchen! It’s so amazing to be able to see so many different religions work together and have one purpose to help and serve God’s children just like mosiah 18:17 in the Book of Mormon says “And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” 

Friday August 25

So we had a special meeting today where our mission president threw down and rebuked everyone for not being strictly obedient. It was intense. Then I was able to receive a priesthood blessing of comfort and peace. It’s amazing to see how someone who just met me but has the priesthood- the power and authority to act in God’s name gave me such a beautiful blessing of guidance and reassurance. We believe that we have the priesthood that Christ once had and that it’s been restored to the earth today by the prophet Joseph Smith. I am so very grateful for those worthy priesthood holders and than I am able to access those blessings from that.

I encourage you all to read this!

 https://www.lds.org/ensign/2014/06/priesthood-power-available-to-all?lang=eng

Saturday August 26

Learned how to French braid today which made me super happy. Jesus loves you. 

Sunday August 27

Only like 40 people came to church today, it’s so weird I don’t think I’ll ever get used to branch life. The talks and lessons were amazing though talking about eternal marriage in gospel doctrines and its always nice to be able to reflect on expectations I want for my future husband and for myself as a wife and a mother and how as I gain these Christlike attributes like in the video below how that’ll help me prepare to be a wifey and a mom one day soon!

https://www.lds.org/video/mormon-messages-for-youth/2014-01-001-christlike-attributes?lang=eng

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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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Self Care Activities 

Put yourself first 

Go for a run


Talk a walk 

Read a new book

Diffuse essential oils

Write in a journal

Burn candles 

Take a bath 

Practice yoga 


Listen to your favorite music 

Apply a face mask 

Organize something 

Pray

Cozy up in a blanket and watch a movie

Doodle or color in a coloring book 

Go and explore nature 


Give yourself a manicure 

Dance 

Go for a bike ride 

Eat/drink something healthy 

Take a nap 

Meditate 

Excercise 

Spend time with someone close to you

Read scriptures 

Serve others 


Bake 

Cook 

& try a new recipe 

Turn off your phone 

Do an activity you like 


Write a letter to a friend 

Get a massage 

Drink some herbal tea 

Go to bed earlier &

Wake up earlier 

Take a drive 

Visit a museum 

Go get some ice cream 

Write down everything you love about yourself 

Paint 


Drink enough water 

Stargaze 

Buy/pick yourself some flowers

Play a game 

Take your vitamins 

Soak up the sun 
Eat a healthy snack

Go swimming 

Watch a motivational TED talk

Clean

Do a fun craft 


Breathe, just breathe.

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God Is Oh So Loving

A couple nights ago Ren took a night to himself so that left me a night to myself also. I wasted a lot of time by watching Netflix for an hour or so. I then thought to myself how i should read my scriptures and so i did.  I just felt an overwhelming feeling of peace and happiness. That everything would be alright.

The spirit is strong, firm and overwhelming but all in the good ways. It really is just a warm and fuzzy feeling inside you. The spirit is one of our greatest gifts given to us by our Heavenly Father that we need to be worthy and willing and ready to listen to.

"As you obey, the impressions from the Spirit will come more frequently, becoming closer and closer to constant companionship." —Henry B. Eyring #LDS:

I then started reading out of preach my gospel then following started watching Mormon Messages. My heart immediately just filled with joy. This is a feeling that i want everyone to have, an experience that everyone deserves. God wants this joy and happiness for all of us. That’s what he intended but its up to us to fulfill our true happiness.

As i was praying before bed i was stressed about finances. Unsure of how i’m going to pay for rent for the rest of the semester and for next. I was praying that i would figure out a way and a strong, stern voice in my mind told me “pay your tithing”. This is something as members that we should all do, even if we think we can’t afford it. I promise God will help you and you will get those ends to meet.

I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me Print

These past couple weeks have been especially hard for Ren and I. Between him working and a hard class load and my heavy class load we were struggling to find the time to get everything done and to be able to spend quality time together.

Ren had started indexing that first week. Once a day and he just did a batch or two, at first i would just start on my homework while he focused on that but then i started doing it with him. A PERFECT couples date. It is so sweet, innocent and pure.

The next week still stressed with school work and exams we still found the time to get everything done leaving us some time to enjoy each other and to relax. You might just think to yourself that we managed our time better or had a lessened homework load that week but i honestly believe that we accomplished and succeeded in all our doings because we gave some of our time up each day to serve and index.

"As we make Christ the center of our lives, our fears will be replaced by the courage of our convictions." —Thomas S. Monson #LDS:

I promise you that no matter how much you think you can’t afford tithing, you can. No matter how tired you are, you can get down on your knees and thank Heavenly Father for everything He’s blessed you with. No matter how busy you are, you can always find the time to serve the Lord and His people.

I know if you make these sacrifices that you will be blessed. God will recognize your efforts and won’t leave you alone or helpless. There is always a way. God is the way.

15 LDS Quotes to Share With Your Loved Ones on Valentine's Day:

He loves you and cares about you. He is mindful of you and is always there for you. He speaks to you through the Spirit and all you have to do is listen and take into account what He is saying. God will never leave you alone.

"We were not placed on this earth to walk alone." -Thomas S. Monson #lds #mormon #sharegoodness:

I bear my testimony that i know that this gospel is true. That the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only and only true church and will shower you in love and happiness if you choose to live the commandments. I know that Christ died for us and has unlimited amount of love for us. He is our Savior, he is on our side. I know that President Monson is His true prophet and we should all pray for him each and everyday to have strength. I know that when you pray, God hears you. I know that God loves me and each one of you. I know that He lives. We are oh so blessed to have this knowledge, don’t take advantage of it.

Live, love and share the gospel.

The great thing about the gospel is that we get credit for trying, even if we don't always succeed.  Jeffrey R. Holland.: