Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Another Wonderful Week in South Ribble

Hello my wonderful family!

You will be pleased to know I took a million pictures this week. Here is my absolute favourite picture of all time. Rachel made the beautiful cake!

My birthday was such a great day! I had so much fun from district meeting in the morning to celebrating at Rachel's in the evening. We worked hard in between the fun stuff :)

It was also a sad time to say good bye to Sister Nelson this week. But Sister Brimley and I have had the most amazing 5 days ever. She is SO spiritual! And the most diligent missionary I've ever seen. South Ribble is going to see miracles because of her. I absolutely love and respect her so much.

Sister Brimley and I are seeing miracles and working our little tails off. Saturday we went finding basically from 10am to 6:30pm. We didn't see success all day until about 6:15 when we finally found a new investigator named Kayleigh. We have an appointment with her Tuesday night! It just shows that sometimes God tests us to see how dilligent we will be. I was so tempted towards the end of our finding time to just give up and go call by a member and get some hot chocolate to warm up our frozen bodies. But something just kept me going (probably a mix of Sister Brmiley and the Spirit) and it all was worth it. A great thing about being with Sister Brimley is that we are able to have fun while finding. We met so many weirdos that just made us laugh and LAUGH. Laughing is good for the soul when you are freezing cold :)

Also, the Christmas season is officially in full swing! I've been singing Christmas songs for companion study since June, but now the world has finally caught up. It has been such a joy to talk to everyone we see about the true meaning of Christmas. People are so open to talking about it! I love England all year 'round, but Christmas is definitely a special time.

Well, I hope that all of you are well! I'm grateful for all of you.

Here are a few more pictures for ya :)

(Sister Nelson made home made cream puffs for my birthday treat! She is amazing!)

(Rachel made me this cute bunting for my birthday and made Sister Nelson a cute little good bye gift too)
This is the Cooper family whom I love dearly. Brother Cooper is the ward mission leader and Sister Cooper helps us out SO MUCH!

Sister Bement

Monday, November 24, 2014

With Blessings Unmeasured

Dearest family,

Hello! This is pretty fun to email you when I know that you will all be together in a couple of days. This email will be one of gratitude. "With blessings unmeasured my cup runneth o'er" is my theme.

What am I grateful for? Too many things to count or name. I will focus on the three things that surpass all others on my list of gratitude.

1) The Gospel of Jesus Christ (and all that it entails). 
I'm grateful that Heavenly Father loves us. "God loves us to He sent His son. Christ Jesus the Atoning one" (Hymn #87). My entire purpose in life rests on the foundation that I know God lives, Jesus is the Christ, and that "Salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent" (Mosiah 3:17). The gospel of Jesus Christ defines me in every way possible. I'm so thankful that it is REAL. It is not only simple steps that lead to eternal life (although it is that-See Article of Faith #4) but it is an enabling and living power that changes my character, weaknesses, and abilities. I love the gospel. I do my best to live the gospel and "Press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men." I know that if I do that for the rest of my days I will "have eternal life" (2 Nephi 31:20). I am thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

2) My Family
I truly was "Born of goodly parents" (1 Nephi 1:1) and "blessed be the name of my God for it" (Enos 1:1). In some of my darkest moments and most confusing times of my life, the lessons that my parents taught me of "the coming of One Jesus Christ, a Son of God, to atone for the sins of the world" (Alma 36:17) saw me through and brought happiness, steadiness, and light. I love my parents and miss them very much. 
I also was blessed with the best sisters! They are women of "sound understanding and they [search] the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God. But this is not all; they [have] given themselves to much prayer, and fasting...and had much success in bringing [their sister] to the knowledge of the truth" (Mosiah 17:3-4). They were such good examples to me in countless ways. They only saw the good in me when I saw a whole lot of bad. They truly are my best friends and I miss them. 
Both my parents and sisters have supported me every step of the way on my mission. Without them, I never would have made it past the first week of the MTC let alone 14 months! I am grateful for my family.


3) My Mission
Besides my family, this mission experience is the greatest blessing the Lord could ever have given me. I can't even describe the happiness and joy that I have experienced while being "made an instrument in the hands of God to bring about this great work." Serving the people of England has been such a joy! I "have entered into their houses and taught them, and have taught them in their streets; yea, and have taught them upon their hills; and have also entered into their temples...and have been cast out, mocked and spit upon...that perhaps [I] might be the means of saving some soul." And I can tell you that "there never [was a woman] that had so great reason to rejoice as [I] since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God" (Alma 26:29,30,35). Every area, companion, and experience has "[worked] together for [my] good" (D&C 105:40). I have met people that have changed my life, changed my character, and changed my destiny. I'm grateful for my mission. And I'm grateful I still have time to fully develop and become the person I'm supposed to become.

That is my gratitude list for this week of Thanksgiving. I love you all and hope you have an amazing week. I can promise you that I will be having a great week in England counting my many blessings.

All my love,
Sister Jenni Bement

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Beautiful Reunions and Scenery

Hello my beautiful family!

Okay, I don't have that much time, but I want to try and communicate how great this week was.

First of all, we had a really good specialised training zone meeting on Friday. I just absolutely loved it! It pumped me up to keep being obedient, keep finding, and have higher faith that there are people out there who want our message. Here is a couple pics of the meeting.

Sister Jordan is another Chinese speaking missionary. We matched so obviously had to document it.

Sister Nelson and me :)

Also, we have an investigator who is in love with Donny Osmond. And her whole life she has wanted to meet him. And then, funnily enough, a month after she met us there was a cd signing in Manchester that she could go to. So what did she do? She brought her Book of Mormon and asked him to sign it! Isn't that great!!! He actually signed it although she said he was kinda awkward about it. Oh well, the Book of Mormon is true!

I asked her if I could send you this one too. Isn't that great!!

Also, Sister Nelson and I took a walk last p-day to the River Ribble where the first baptisms in Britain took place. It was a really sacred walk and was such a beautiful day. The River Ribble is really a spiritual place and I'm so grateful to be close to it. 

The next great thing is that the adult session of Stake Conference was in Lancaster so I got to see my Lancaster family! It truly was a joyous experience. Sitting in the midst of all the people that I served with for more than 6 months of my mission was a really nostalgic experience. Mom and dad-they are still counting on you singing next April. So ya better warm up!
This is Sister Rae (My Lancaster Mother) and me. I love her!

As far as missionary work this week, we saw more miracles! We met a boy named Stu yesterday when we were walking with the map to find a less actives house. He is really interested and actually met the senior couple just a few days before! So God really put him in our path. We were able to give him a Book of Mormon and set up a time to come back and meet him again. Yay!!!

Okay, last thing! I got to go on exchange with my lovely trainer and mission mom Sister Lau! She came to South Ribble and we had the most glorious 24 hours together ever. I'm so grateful to have her as a best friend. She helped me so much on this exchange and it was so fun to go finding with somone who can basically read my thoughts since we have spent more than 6 months together. I love her and was so grateful for a chance to serve with her AGAIN :) One of the best things about the exchange is she got to meet Rachel and the kids. It was so great to have her actually know the people that are so near and dear to me here in South Ribble. 
This is Sister Li, Sister Lau, and myself. Sister Li is from China and is Sister Lau's second mission daughter. I try not to be too jealous.

I love you family! I hope that this email finds you well and safe. Thank you for supporting me through the greatest experience of my entire life (and probably eternal existence).

Sister Bement

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rachel's Baptism and Finding Investigators

Dearest family,

I don't even know where to begin this week. The past 72 hours have been so miraculous and I'm full to the brim with gratitude and praise for Heavenly Father. First things first, Rachel's baptism!

Sister Dushku was able to come back which was so wonderful. Just like old times :) But the baptisms itself was also absolutely wonderful! Rachel looked beautiful on this day she has been working towards for months. Everything went smoothly (Sister Nelson and I even managed to fill up the font on our own despite the lack of faith of the Elders) and the ward came and supported her. As Sister Dushku says, I will praise God forever for letting me know Rachel Mason!

Friday was Mission Leadership Council (or mission prom as I like to call it. Everyone is looking their best!) It was interesting because all the District Leaders came as well. So there were like 50 million elders and only 6 sisters. It was intimidating at first...not gonna lie. But after a couple hours I got used to it. Although, the sisters still isolated themselves during lunch at a table in a corner. :)

BUT, the main point is that I learned a lot at mission leadership council! I learned that I haven't been planning as effectively as I should and that I simply waste a lot of time throughout the week. I also was just spiritually rejuvenated and had the strength to repent and start anew.  

So, to show Heavenly Father that we valued the revelation he gave us, Sister Nelson and I started to pray, plan, and FIND. President Ulrich wants us to spend less time calling by less actives and more time actually finding. So we took out our map and prayed about where we should go the next day. Sister Nelson felt prompted to go to a certain street. 

The next day we went and found a new investigator! The first new investigator I have had in TWO WEEKS. We were overjoyed and so grateful! Saturday night we did it again, prayed over a map and waited for revelation. Sunday morning, in one hour we found TWO MORE NEW INVESTIGATORS. The whole time I've been in South Ribble I thought Sunday morning was a useless time to tract. Well, I was WRONG! If the Lord is guiding you, anytime works! 

But the miracles don't stop! Sunday night we had about an hour left to go finding in the darkness (a time I also previously believed was ineffective). The 4th or 5th door we knocked on was this cute young couple who we taught for about 30 minutes. We shared the restoration with them and they said they didn't really believe it, but for some reason they still want us to come back to share more. When we walked away Sister Nelson and I did the biggest happy dance/ hug ever and prayed right there on the street to thank God for the miracles we had seen. 

I've never seen this in South Ribble before! Heavenly Father really rewarded our efforts and ended the investigator famine we were in! I'm SO PUMPED for this next week! The Lord really IS preparing people. This is HIS work, and we just have to tap into a little revelation to know where we need to be.

That's about it for the week, folks! Here is a little picture of our district meeting on Tuesday. It's not centered because the camera was on self timer and everyone moved. So sorry. And yes, I think we have the largest district of all time. But it's the best!
I love you all! I hope everything is well and that this week will be a happy one for all of you. Miss you!
Sister Bement

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Hello my wonderful familia,

It has been another wonderful week here dwelling in the lovely land of Penwortham (that's the actual name of the place I live. Not Preston). We had a wonderful exchange, Rachel's baptismal interview (which she passed with flying colours), Halloween, and the mission fireside! Needless to say, time flew by.

I went on exchange with Sister Hunter. Basically, we are the best of friends. We have a common best friend-Sister Manning. We all go to BYU-Idaho, end our missions the same transfer, and are going to be roommates! Yay! It was a really fun exchange. I could just be myself and work hard. Here is us saying goodbye.

Next, Halloween! We were so spoiled because we got to spend the evening at Rachel's house! Apparently it was too dangerous to be out proselyting so we had to be inside somewhere. We ate really yummy gluten free fajitas, went with Rachel to take James to his friend's Halloween party, decorated sugar cookies, and read the Book of Mormon. It was so fun and was nice to be able to just relax and have fun for a couple hours. 

Last night we had a miracle at the mission fireside. We brought a less active who struggles a bit with the Word of Wisdom. Amazingly, a lot of the speakers talked about it and President Ulrich especially told a really powerful story about overcoming addictions through Priesthood blessings. On the car ride home, the lady we were with said she had never thought about having a Priesthood blessing to help her with this trial but that now she would. We had a really open and honest discussion about it and now Sister Nelson and I feel like we really know how to go about helping her come back to full activity. It was such a tender mercy from the Lord and a direct answer to prayer.

I also was with 3 of my 4 companions in the same room which was really special. Sister Lau and Sister Dushku both mean so much to me and it really is a joyous reunion when I get to see them. I miss Sister Shih a lot too but she emailed me today which was wonderful :)

Well, that's about it for this week! Sister Nelson and I are working on finding new people who want to learn more about the gospel. We are praying hard and working hard and see little miracles everyday. The Gospel is true, Heavenly Father loves us, Christ is the Saviour, and families are forever. I'm so grateful for the simple truths that the gospel has sealed into my heart.

I love you all! Have a great week!

Sister Bement