Monday, July 27, 2015

Oswego #1: "Off We Go to Oswego"

Dear Familia....

Once upon a time, I was driving with Sister Yancey through gorgeous Vermont on an exchange and we're talking about how I've been in this district for so long. Nine months, wow. I almost say to her "I think I'm ready to move on." but I decided that maybe God would hear that and actually move me onto a new place.... well, it turns out God hears everything and He agreed with me. I guess it was time to move on. I got a call a few hours later and was told there was going to be an emergency transfer. I was being sent to Oswego with Sister Baxter because there was some undignified business going on. Honestly, I didn't hear any of that in that phone call. I just heard I was leaving Sister Hansen and I started to cry.  Missionaries here have asked me how it was being with her or "Eyebrows" and I want to cry because nobody understands her. I tell them it was the best two weeks of my mission. If those two weeks were given to me to meet my darling Sister Hansen, then the sadness of leaving her is all worth it to me. Totally.

So, we ended the exchange quickly. I still got to see Charlann. Oh my gosh, we just cried and hugged each other. She's pretty much the only person I got to see. Oh, and the Johnsons, but Leah wasn't even there. Bummer.

So, I said goodbye to the Glens Falls people. Immediately I started to see so many lessons learned from this call to ET. I shouldn't have taken so long to love the people in the Falls because I just barely feel like I got to the point where I had so much love for them. I can't ever waste that time again. I have already found a few people that I love here in Oswego so I am sure more love will come... with a lot of work for a few of them that have already decided to hate me. Goody.

Friday morning, we did the ET. Weird travel plans. The APs drove us basically the whole way. I think it was like a 4 hour drive then another hour in the car with Sister Baxter. Sister Hansen I think died on the drive there. I am worried sick about her. Probably one of the most stressful parts of this whole situation for me because I love her so much.

So, Sister Baxter just unloaded everything on me. She's had no one but President to talk to for the past three days because her comp wouldn't, but as she felt so much weight lifted off of her, I felt the weight of it all put upon me. Undignified behavior my butt! I obviously won't say anything, but there is a lot of rebuilding to do. Yeah, that's what I'd call this whole Oswego Adventure... Rebuild.

I got a great break of being a normal missionary for two weeks. Everytime I get released from being an STL, I get ETed. Haha Whatever! Now I am over EIGHT sisters. More than any STL. Jeepers. There's so much more to tell, but basically I can feel the Lord blessing me. The Lord is truly strengthening me as I have learned on my mission that He always does! So so extremely grateful for past experiences that have showed me that I can truly do all things through Christ. I love you all!!! 

Thank you for your prayers. They are much needed.

Love, Sister Hallsted

Brynnington. Makes me very happy. In Oswego…
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Hudson Falls #13 & #14 : Transfers and New PREZ

From Julie - I got to go to Brynn's Mission President's Homecoming. I met her companion, her companions mother's, and President Joseph B. Wirthlin Jr.
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July 13, 2015
Hello!
I hope you're having a blast in PR! Email me back as soon as you can. My companion and I are BEEESSSTTTT friends. She already is a favorite companion. It is amazing because  she is Dani Rogers twin. I'm actually now going to write Dani a letter. Sister Hansen and I are going to be roomates at UVU when I get home.

Because I didn't write an email and just partied instead, I have too much to catch up on from these past two weeks.

MLC- The new mission president is amazing! I LOVE him. He just laid down the law, told us that our mission can be raised so much higher and basically that we all suck! I just gloried in it. It's exactly what I've been waiting for. Not sure how the other missionaries felt but I am too excited for the changes our mission is going to see.
Meet and Greet President Rogers- He's really really awesome but I really think it's just a shock to the other missionaries to have a new guys around. Him and his wife keep calling each other by their first names and it's super funny. Sister Rogers is just terrified out of her mind to be here, but she looks kind of like mom so I feel close with her already. We got to ask questions and of course I asked all the marriage ones. I felt it was expected of me :)We had so much fun with the zone leaders. We were with them alllll day long because of these meetings.

Transfer- Sister North went to Glenville and I got..... SISTER HANSEN! Super weird because I was just her STL, but I absolutely looooove her. It's funny because every sister in our zone just got switched up. weird! I'm SO glad I'm not an STL anymore. Hallelujah! I need a break just to see what other STLs actually do because I always felt like I could have been better!

Sister Hansen has been a mystery to the whole mission and now I've gotten to see her real self and I am so grateful. We talk sooo much and she literally thinks I am perfect. and the most hilarious person on earth. It's almost awkward how much she laughs. But I love her so much.
This will be the best transfer of my life.

Love, 
Sister Hallsted

July 7, 2015
This is what we were doing instead of emailing. Haha! Tie dyed shirts!!!
Elder Sander's tie dyed his missionary shirt because he says he'll never wear his short sleeved ones again. But he didn't quite think about the fact that he didn't bring another shirt to wear... HAHA! So he's wearing the ginormous one that he was supposed to tie dye with his tie.
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The Zone Leaders gave us goat t-shirts, of course.
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Oh my gosh. I just found out from my good friend Sister North here that we have not in fact emailed since the Motab concert. I think this has been the longest week of my entire life.
This is before the motab concert in some weird store with some fantastic hats.
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Motab! I felt pretty awesome for being one of the only missionaries prepared with a blanket- ginormous enough to fit all of my favorite people!
Proof that we were at Motab. There was a nice pole in the way and Elder Ayre's big head.
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Ahhhh! Sister and Jessie Finnegan!!!! SOOOO good to hug Sister Finnegan again. I miss them terribly :(
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10:30 at night is when we got out of the concert and the greenwich elders took us back to the parking garage. But I just could NOT drive without eating some ice cream for fear I would fall asleep and kill my dear friend Sister North.... ;)  We definitely got ice cream at like 11 pm!
#justificationqueen!  #sisterhansenwillstraightenmeout
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Then we went home and opened our HUMP DAY package!!!!! We couldn't have loved it anymore than we do!!!! Thank you so so much. Love you!
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Hot air balloon comes right over our heads while we're at Grandma Nicholson's on Sunday!

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North, Rachel Boettcher, Hallsted and Kindel Huffaker.
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FB message from Jim's friend! #newinvesto!!! woot woot!
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Painting the Trussell's house! SO fun! We got transfer calls while we were there. Sister North and I are so in love (I keep telling people that and I think they're worried were gay baha!). No one has ever seen a companionship so unified.
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This is where the pictures get REAL crazy! On the fourth of July, we decided we should sleep in the GF elder's apartment. The one that is empty- don't worry! It was TOO MUCH FUN!!! I slept in Elder Kelly's bed and it was the best sleep I've ever gotten on my mission. If we had more time, I would go switch my mattress with his.
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Surfing on Sister North's back. After we plan or before we start comp study, she always lays on the floor and I know I'm supposed to go stand on her back. Haha And yes, I did buy myself a unicorn tank top thing. #formingbadspendinghabits!
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Post MLC drive selfie.
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Oh! And we gave them these ties and picture frames with nice notes on them. Well, mostly nice.
All Sister North's ideas.
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What? We've had two cell phones the whole transfer! It's been amazing! She uses the elder's old phone and I use ours. We tell everyone we're sister assistants :) Even the APs call us that. Haha! We text each other all the time while the other person's in the bathroom.
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Sister Barnard (you get texts from her husband-they're going to utah and I think may want to see you guys).
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And the Boettchers. They're less actives we work with whom I LOVE. Racheal and I are buds because we both like Alex Rider books.
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I looove the mustaches you sent.
I call this outfit... Mr. Rasheed ;)
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