Monday, April 20, 2015

Hudson Falls #3 "faithnotshaken"

"I'm on a roller coaster that only goes up." -TFIOS

Dear Family,

I am so full of gratitude right now, I am bursting :) This whole week has been so filled with tender mercies and miracles as the Lord has seen us working harder than ever before. and working hard even when it's been discouraging.

I'm sorry I've been so bad at updating you on everything for that past.. month, but I am slowly coming back to life again and it is great!!

So, I never told you about transfer calls. I'm excited I'm staying in H.F. with Sister North as STLS!!! Wahoo! I've been in the same district my whole mission and me and the new zone leader, Elder Holt are competing to see who can stay in the zone the longest :) Elder Holt and Elder Sanders are the zone leaders now. Bennington's staying the same and so are the elders in our unit in Glens Falls! But, the most exciting news is that Sister Collette is a STL too!!!!!! I have been waiting for this day because the mission needs that woman to be in leadership. I don't know what was taking them so long! This means we can call each other and that we'll see each other at MLC in two weeks! The APs sent out the list of STL numbers and a few minutes later we get a call.... SISTER COLLETTE!!! I was pooping my pants. Love her.

We had a great week to start off #dreamteam transfer. We never ever thought we'd be together but we're working hard to show Pres. that we're NOT just gonna party.... we're mixing in party with work. Because I've been a little bit on the poopy side from last transfer, we do fun things during our working! We made a sick blanket fort during our lunch break, sing really loud as we tract, planned outside so we could get tan (fried.. ha), started going on morning adventures through the woods (aka exercise) and found the most gorgeous magical land, we make up songs and music videos... the list goes on and on! 

At the beginning of this week, we weren't having tons of luck. Just no one was home! But we kept trying our best and at the end of the week, the Lord opened doors for us that we never thought would open!!!

  • Jeff: We met him at the Glens Falls library, he whispered at the computers that he liked my nametag, I thought he liked my sweater, but we eventually just figured out that he loves Jesus! We followed him like spies out of the library and started talking to him. He's studying to be a pastor. He's 42. We've met with him twice and think he just wants to learn but he seemed serious about reading the BoM so the Spirit will work on him through that if he's really reading so we'll see!
  • Rudy: Met him as we walked out the G.F. library too! We meet all these people in the elders area... I don't like sharing an area. It's weird. He called out to me and said he'd met with a little blonde sister a year ago... Sister Gochnour! I love meeting people who knew and loved my little friend. Rudy's from Manhattan and it felt EXACTLY like Manhattan as we talked with him. One of my fav little moments so far in H.F. I love when people say my name with an accent. Hallsted like Hallie. He's a total hippie!! and oh, he's black. We took the elders with us to his house yesterday and watched the Restoration dvd. He was talking all about aliens and big foot and stuff. Elder Kelly thinks he's crazy, but he's totally not. He just hasn't been taught anything about religion so he just doesn't know. We had to give him to the elders because he's in their area. You're welcome boys. Now they have one investigator! I'm bummed cuz I know Rudy and I would connect well with my hippieness.
  • Jackson: Getting baptized May 9th!!! He's unbelievably amazing. He's the man from Bennington. He still lives out of his car and travels the world and is still in love with me but respects my missoinary-ness enough to have it not be creepy. He's doing so well!
  • Katrina and Laurie: Mom and daughter. Formers! We stopped by and they want us to teach them again! They kept talking about how much of a miracle it was for us to come at this time. Looove when that happens!

Ugh! no time to write about our miracles but it's great finding these new people this week!

Love you all and thanks for the support! It means soooo much.

Love, Sister Hallsted

#faithnotshaken Jacob 7:5 My favorite scripture right now

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hudson Falls, NY #2 "May 9"

Dearest Family,

Things are SOOOO much better!

Things are going sooo great here in Hudson Falls! We have been seeing lots of miracles. We've picked up two new investigators this week and set one of them on date for May 9th! He is so prepared and it's really amazing because my testimony grows in every single lesson with him because I've been able to see how the gospel really makes sense to people who have never heard it before. We taught him the plan of salvation last night and he said it feels like he's heard this before, but not in this life. It was amazing how the Spirit tell people these things are really from God!

Also, it is so much fun to see Sister North so excited about missionary work :) We're having a party!!! This is the first new investigator she's had all transfer and the first person she's ever set on date. This will be her first baptism too! She felt like Hudson Falls was just a dead area, but it's amazing to be here as she's learning that miracles are possible in ANY area if you believe they can happen and show the Lord that you're willing to WORK for them. She hasn't been this happy in SO long!
We have an amazing relationship that is so balanced. We've always had lots of fun together, but since she helped me out with the mess in Bennington, we've developed this close, spiritual bond that motivates in all aspects of our companionship and missionary work. We're SO excited to see what other miracles the Lord works through us this transfer!!
Thank you for everything!


Sister Hallsted

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hudson Falls, NY #1 "ET Phone Home"


Things have been so strange. I got emergency transferred this week. I'm no longer in Bennington. I miss it terribly.

This ET was a shock, so I hardly got to say goodbye to anyone. This has probably been the most emotionally draining week of my lifetime. Along with the ET, I became a sister training leader again and went to mlc the night we transferred... I was a mess, but those stls helped me sooo much! 

I'll explain more in my letter to you. I'll try to send one today! :) My companion's no longer from Pakistan- she's now one of my best buds, Sister North, so I am feeling super blessed right now.

I'm not sure where I'm going after transfers next week, but we're assuming I'm gonna stay here in Hudson Falls, NY and that we'll remain stls.


Sister Hallsted

"I got one word for ya. Don't. Hate. God." -Michiko
"Call me when you make some cupcakes!" -Michiko's last words to me
"If you don't have fun, you miss life." -Pres. Wirthlin
"Thanks for letting me speak. Me and my cat will go now." -Bro. Plotts (classic stake conference talk in NY: brought a stuffed animal cat and set it on the pulpit)
"Heavenly Father. Bless my parents. Don't eat my baby. And Heavenly Father, amen." -Michiko's prayer
"Speak engilshhhh! --Her's still not speaking english." -Mickiko, while Sister Rasheed's trying to pray... hahaha
"I can't love my parents.. when I hate them." -Michiko
"Do God has a girlfriend?" -Michiko
"How can we keep you?? We'll start a new program. Adopt a missionary!" -Marybeth
"Is Santa a God??" -Tye Johnson
"But Holy Spirit, he say, Just chill... I am with you." -Sister Rasheed
"You know, Tiwi must be a girl... because she's crazy." -Elder Thompson
"I need to make it! It's a major world event!" -Marylou about Dylan's baptism
"Like how I know cats... God knows us." -Charlann
"The name is awkward... peep or poop?" -Sister Rasheed... she won't eat peeps cuz it's too close to poop
"She looking fiiiine. She looking fresh." -Sister Rasheed... finally becoming a gangster :)
"She got frocket lint in her mouth." -Elder Brittan
"No, I think her like fire cuz she's... hot! Hot like, 'you're hot baby'!" -Michiko
"What's your name?"-"Sister Hallsted"-"Sister Hot Stuff?"-"Yup :)" -Bro. Haye, super old man who can't hear.

Sister North on her crutches!

putting on her socks for her since she's... broken

us on exchanges

watching general conference at Emily and Waynes! Both recent converts that I knew from exchanges. SOOOOO fun! so strange having other missionaries around. Feels like an invasion....

GREATEST PICTURE EVER!!! I don't know how I caught this so perfectly, but it was definitely inspired. This is Marylou. The cat funeral lady. My first re-activiation. Her new cat had babies and I held one and everything!

straightening my hair during district meeting

she needs couch cuz she's... broken :) We also got to sit on a couch at MLC. We felt so fly! Sister Wirthlin got pics... I get them someday

Saying goodbye to the boys. Oh, they'll miss me so much (not).

Jessica White!

JACKSON!!!! Tender mercy! He happened to come all the way from Georgia to randomly see me. He still wants to get baptized and still doesn't smoke! woot woot

me and Maggie- sad faces

me and Michiko!!!!

me and Marybeth

I said goodbye to Charlann last of course. I just bawlllled :( She kissed me on the cheek. It was amazing. I adore her so much and still miss her each day.

Blessings List in Bennington

Signing the missionary sign

Phyllis sign from Bennington!!!