Hermana Millington - Notes from New Jersy

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Welp, there goes 17 months... - July 17, 2017

This is our new friend! He's so cute. He's a good missionary
I hope this week was good for ya :) It was pretty great for me! I hit my 17 month mark, that was pretty weird. Time flies, ya know?

This Monday we had a cool experience-- we went to knock the door of some new investigator we'd met, and she wasn't there. So we knocked her neighbor's door, and he let us right in! His name was Pablo and was so awesome! He talked a LOT. But he was cool :) and we saw him on the street the other day and he had been reading in the Book of Mormon! Woo! 
That night at like 8:30 we went out and were handing out some english class cards. We were getting rejected a lot.. Then I gave one to this young adult guy, and he said he spoke english, but that his step-mom didn't! So we stood and started talking to him and he asked if we were from a church or something. He said he'd seen mormons before, but we were the first ones to ever stop and talk to him! Then he said "okay, give me a thirty second run-down of your beliefs. Who are you guys?" haha so we talked for a second about Heavenly Father, Christ, Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon. He said he'd just moved to UC and was looking to start a new life here, and was even thinking about a new faith! We found him on facebook and scheduled a time to have a facetime lesson. He was really chill and super nice! 
So we met with him Wednesday night and he had a TON of questions about the Restoration. It was sweet! And he said he'd be at church Sunday :) and he came!! He showed up like 40 minutes late.. but he was there! And he loved it! He said he'll be back next Sunday :) but he speaks a lot of English, we think we might give him over to the YSA Elders. But that's okay! His name is Johan. He's the best. 

We also went on exchange!! It was super fun! I went with Sister Owen from Rexburg. She actually graduated with Braxton Stocking! Isn't that crazy?! And her aunt knows Liz! So many connections. She's a super awesome missionary, we had a really good time :) we got chewed out by this one lady because we were trying to help her find some park she was going to.. haha what?! Then we met this nice guy that told us to bring pepper spray with us all over the place. Good guy. 
It was a fun exchange! It was cool to be with some English people and teach in English. 

This weekend was good, we got three investigators at church! Also we had a cool lesson with Sandra, one of my favorite Mexican ladies here. We taught her about baptism and the spirit was super strong. She committed to prepare to be baptized August 13th! Woo! The she told us about her experience at church when she went a few Sundays ago- when the people were at the pulpit talking she saw a light around them! She couldn't believe it, so she closed her eyes and opened them, and it was still there! So she looked around and looked back and it was still there!! The spirit was super strong. She knows God has put a lot of LDS people and missionaries in her life and now it's time for her to act. It was really cool. She's totally going to get baptized. I love her a lot :) 

Sorry I can't think of more things! We also had a fun primary activity and a baptism of some elders in the ward. It was a really good and busy week, I just am losing my mind and can't think of anything that's happened! 

But hey, I finished the Book of Mormon this week! Finally!! Sorry I was a little slow, I was reading in Spanish :) but it was amazing. The Book of Mormon is really really true. I know it is!! It all just makes way too much sense. It teaches the truth and when we truly apply it to our lives we are blessed. I know it's the word of God and when we abide by its precepts we come closer to Him than we could through any other book on the face of the earth! It's powerful. And it's true :) have you guys all finished it yet?! 
(Ps wow I can't believe Joseph Smith translated it so fast!!) 

I love you guys, have an awesome week :) 
Hermana Millington  

Welcome to NJ, President Hess!! - July 10, 2017


We heard the ice cream truck when we were at their house and the kids
got really excited so Sis. Calix bought us all ice cream :) yum!
This week was a good one for sure! Having PDay on tuesday totally threw me off.. But it's okay! It was a really fun day. But poor Sister Hopson got kind of sick that night, and then we didn't plan very well, and then the Cutlers decided not to go out to see fireworks, so we didn't either. Haha ah well. We celebrated with some chocolate ice cream and some coloring pages. It was nice to wind down and rest. There are plenty more forfa julais in my life to party hard!

Wednesday we had our zone conference with the Hess'! It was awesome. We got there at noon when zone 3 was finishing their zone conference and going to lunch, and we all ate together. It was really fun to see Sister Gaytan and Sister Virgin and eat with them. They're awesome sisters. Then we took some group pictures and headed into our conference! The Hess' are really great. They actually just got married like four years ago! Crazy, right? President's first wife passed away from cancer and Sister Hess was single until they got married, she was in her 50s I think. They're a really sweet couple and I love seeing how much love they have for all of us already. President is really different, but I love him a lot! I love how easy it is to approach him and talk to him. He's a really great people-person, but he also isn't down for any disobedience! Sister Hopson and I did a little musical number and I gave my "dying testimony." That was weird. That's the last time I'll have a zone conference, so the other "dying" sisters and I bore our final testimonies. I'm not sure what came out of my mouth really, but I know it's all true! That night a cool thing happened, we were walking down the street and talking about a lady we'd met a couple days before that hadn't come to the apt we'd set and wasn't answering our calls.. And then we walk around the corner, and BOOM There she was!! Marian! It was a really cool miracle. It's not a coincidence we ran into her TWICE! She's really humble and really sweet. So we set another appointment for later in the week. The Lord hears the prayers we say, even when they're "I wish we could find a way to get a hold of her." Super cool. 

cookies and books of Mormons
Thursday was Amber's birthday (she's 15!) and we went to see her on Friday. We searched all over Bergenline for like 20 minutes to find a little gift for her! And we ended up getting a cute little necklace. She loved it! We talked to her about her baptismal interview and she got really excited! We're excited, too :) She'll ace it for sure. That night we had 2 dinners in a row, accidentally, and S Hopson couldn't stomach it. Poor little tiny thing. She literally almost spewed all over the street. So we went home and took a rest so she didn't die. I felt to bad! But she's a trooper. And she loves these people so much! 

On Saturday we ended up having that appointment with Marian, and it was interesting. Haha! It took us a really long time to find her because I couldn't understand her very well over the phone and she was in this little tiny hidden park thing. And then she talked and talked and talked. And while we were teaching the Restoration, I was literally right in the middle of the first vision, she stopped me and said, "wait, why are there two people there? It's only one Jesus. God is just a spirit, right?" and we were like "um... no. So they both have bodies of flesh and bone, actually!" and she gave us this look like "wow, you guys are so dumb. you don't know God is just a spirit." Haha and then she was talking about the virgin Maria and Guadalupe (she's from Mexico, they love her there) and how they do miracles. Oh dear. So we tried to finish teaching it and stress that she just needed to pray and know for HERSELF these things are true, but she was pretty much falling asleep, so I don't know if she captured any of it. Hahaha oh man. But ya know what? We tried! and we have another appointment to see her this week so we'll do our best to explain everything then. Hahaha oh Marian. 
That night we had a really sweet appointment with this guy named Eduardo. He had called us wondering about English Classes, so we gave him the information and then explained that we're missionaries and do it as a service to the community. He asked if we could teach him about Jesus because "he needs Jesus in his heart." Haha so we'd been talking over facebook with him a little bit and he kept asking funny questions (I think I told you a little about him Tuesday last week!), and we finally set a time to meet him in person. We thought it was going to go really bad and he was just going to be excited to meet with a couple white chicks, but it went really well! He really wants to learn about Jesus Christ and how he can return to live with God again. He's already read a bunch in the Book of Mormon and is super excited to keep reading and learn more! And he also brought us juice, that was cool :) Haha but anyway, that was a miracle that the lesson actually turned out really well! Go Eduardo.

We walked down this street and saw this painting! This random guy was selling
it! So we asked him if he knew what it was, and he said he'd read the Book of
Mormon and thought our religion was beautiful! It was super cool! Hopefully
someone bought it and wonders what it is. And then the missionaries find them.
And then they get baptized. 

Yesterday was FULL of miracles as well! (including the miracle that 15 years ago little Clibby was born!!! <3)
So when we went to pick up Amber for church, her mom decided to come with us! That was awesome! Then as we were walking, we decided we might have to take the bus because we were running late. And guess what happened? We walked past a member's home RIGHT as they were walking out and getting in the car to go to church! So they gave us a ride! Hallelujah!! Then when we showed up, Mirtala, an old investigator, was there! And all the less-active families we've been working with! It was so awesome. Wow. Then during primary we had a good time learning about the wise and foolish man:) Then the third hour we taught Susan, the one that has been going to church for like three years and now feels she needs to get baptized. She's awesome! In an hour we were able to teach the plan of salvation, gospel of Jesus Christ, and temples and family history! Boom! She really knows a ton already, and her boyfriend is helping her out. It's funny, I don't really feel like she's our investigator, like it's kind of just obligatory for her to learn from us before she gets baptized. But it's awesome! It's cool we were put in her path right now and that she's so willing to take that step :) We're really excited for her! 
Then that evening we went to see Sandra and Edgar, some of my favorite people on the planet, and we showed up right as they were finishing dinner! So they fed us, too! And it was so good. The food was so healthy and Mexcian and they didn't stuff us! It was amazing. I have a new kind of cheese for us to try, but I don't know how easy it'll be to find it in Boise.. But anyway, we talked about forgiveness and repentance and they super opened up about their families. It was really cool. We have to come back and see them when we come visit. 

Anywayzzz, this week was a good one for sure :) I love being a missionary and I love being in Union City!! 

Have an AWESOME week, don't forget to look for all the miracles! 
Hermana Lexi

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Happy Forfa Julai - July 3, 2017

Sorry I haven't been able to write and this email will be way short..
but today we had a zone barbecue and it was super fun! We went to a
park and had a little water balloon fight and all kinds of good stuff.
I love the other sisters in this zone- they're super sweet. It was fun to hang out :)
Zone 4 Sisters
July 3, 2017



This week has been really good! We've found a couple awesome new
people- one lady because Sister Hopson approached her with an English Class card! Woo! That's my girl. She's so awesome :) also Amber isprogressing super well, we taught her the word of wisdom and law of chastity the other day and she took it like a champ! Totally willing
to give up her Dunkin. Haha I love that girl so much. It's crazy to
think she's as old as Chloe- she's actually 3 days older!! Haha but
she seems so old and her problems are so real. I'm just so so glad we
grew up in a house with such loving parents and a foundation in the
gospel. Wow. But I'm excited for her to be baptized here in a few
weeks, it's going to be sweet!

We also met this guy, Eduardo, who is pretty funny. We mostly talk to
him over Facebook but hopefully we'll meet him in person
tonight.yesterday he asked us what God's name is and where He is. He
told us he wants to see Him. Oh Eduardo. Haha and he said "Jesus
Christ is a good guy. He's nice. I like Jesus Christ." Haha me too,
Eduardo. So that'll be interesting tonight!!

Other than that the work keeps moving along! We had a new
investigator, Rosa, at church this week and she really liked it! Also
a sweet sister who comes every Sunday (and who I thought was already a
member) came up to us after sacrament meeting and told us she wants
the lessons! We'll start teaching her on Sundays, she's super busy
during the week. But I honestly believe she could be so ready to be
baptized super soon! And she really wants to learn. So I'm excited
about that :) hopefully we get it done within the next 5 weeks!!....super cool miracle, though :)
waiting for a video lesson in the apartment


In other news, life is good :) poor sister Hopson's stomach is
adjusting to the absurd amounts of food were given most days, but we
eat really healthy in the home so it's okay! We attempted to make some
cookies for some members at the beginning of the week and I'll send
you a picture of how the first ones turned out... the second and third
pans were much better, I promise! Haha! I'm working on getting
everyone to teach me how to make their food from their country so I
can come home and cook for you guys :) some flautas and elotes and
tostones and pozole. And hopefully pupusas and baleadas! Those are
some of my favorites :) hehe if not, I'm sure they're on Pinterest and
I can just FaceTime whoever here and ask :)

I  love you guys! Have an awesome week!

Friday, June 30, 2017

"For unto us a Sister Hopson is born..." - June 26, 2017


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bed Bugs..??!! - June 12, 2017

Cool blue wall :)
This week was super good :) nice and busy!! One thing
cramped our style-- we may or may not have some kind of bug eating us.
This week I got a total of about 22 bites, mostly on the back of my
calves. So weird! But we checked the mattresses and washed the sheets
and everything and haven't really found anything.. but we got some
strong bug spray stuff and are in the process of spraying down the
whole apartment, so that'll be good. But all good in the hood anyway :)


Last Monday we had our all-mission conference, that's why I didn't
really write anyone. It was so fun!! So fun to see all my friends :)
all the zones were assigned different parts of the Book of Mormon and
we did funny skits of the whole book. It was awesome fun! Then
President and sister Taggart gave some little trainings. This is their
last month on the mission, so they talked about what they've learned
and gave us some last advice. We all sang "God Be With You Till We
Meet Again" at the end and everyone was crying. Really tender. I love
the Taggarts so much. It'll be a weird month & 1/2 without them!
That night we saw Lina, she's doing okay. She was actually kind of
sick so she wasn't feeling too hot. But she's awesome, she'll be okay
The Taggarts

Tuesday I gave a little training in district Meeting, that was fun.
Our role plays went really well, I actually enjoyed them. It's funny-
a year ago I HATED role plays. I hated them more than anything ever.
But now I understand how awesome they are and I feel like I can
actually teach a little bit so it's not as uncomfortable. Haha
missions change you.     Oh! And before district meeting we had interviews
with President and Sister Taggart. It was so awesome. Wow. When I met
with sister Taggart first we talked a lot about how I've changed on my
mission. And it didn't really click until I was talking with both of
them, but I've really learned on my mission to take a chill pill, love
myself, and trust the Lord. I knowit'll be different when I come home and it'll still be a challenge to
feel like I'm doing enough, but I've built a foundation of
self-acceptance and trust in the grace of the Savior that'll carry me
a long way. When I asked President for his final advice for me, he
said "keep your celestial shades on. Keep the big perspective.
Remember who you are and what you're really doing here, and don't let
little things bring you down. Trust in the Lord, really trust him.
When you get all stressed and tense like you do, walk outside, look at
the clouds, take a deep breath and say 'I know it'll be okay. You've
got my back.' Because He does and He always will."
Anywaysss it was an awesome interview. I really love President Taggart.

Sis. Gaytan
Wednesday was awesome!! Sister Gaytan came to union City with me on
exchange! Man, it was so fun to be with her again! I love her so much
:) we had appointments all night, we stayed nice and busy! We had an
awesome lesson with s new investigator and her husband. They'd been
visited by the missionaries like three years ago, but the husband was
telling us that he'd had a lot of questions but the poor elders didn't
understand a lot of Spanish so they couldn't really help him. But he
loved that we could communicate with him and he really began to trust
us! It was cool. We have another appointment with them tomorrow. I'm
excited :) plus they have two kids! Woo! Families!
We also saw Lina and a couple brothers from the ward came and gave her
a priesthood blessing. She's felt a ton better since! It was cool,
they really connected to Indira, actually. It was really good for both
of them. And we read 2 Nephi 31 together and they really liked it.

Thursday morning a Venezuelan member made us arepas for breakfast-
they were SO GOOD! It made me miss Sister Troconis :) she's married
now! Crazy, right?? To an elder from here! Haha so funny. We also did
service at Salvation Army, planned, and had dinner with a sweet
member. English Class was fun that night, we had a few new people! I
love teaching English :)

Friday we finished planning, saw a few people, including Lina! Oh and
when we were walking around on the street we had a weird experience
with this guy that jumped in the middle of the sidewalk and said
they're looking for people who like Joseph smith.. then he asked us if
we had to be virgins to serve missions. It was very bizarre. There
were some other creepy guys on Bergenline later, but we had a brother
from the ward walking with us, so all was well :) thank heavens for
the angels we have around us. We had a good lesson that night with
Lina and our member, Libardo. He was baptized about three months ago
and is just amazing. We talked about the word of wisdom and Lina had
some doubts about coffee.. pray for her. She'll make it, we have
faith. It just takes work, ya know?

Saturday we got in trouble for chalking on the sidewalk.. haha this
man was so angry at us. It was pretty funny, actually. Hahaha but it's
okay, we talked to a lot of people while it was there and I think
that's a success! The cutlers bought us burritos for dinner and we
found some sweet new people while talking to everyone. Union City is
the bomb.

Yesterday was a good day! Unfortunately none of our investigators
could come to church, but we had some good meetings anyway. After some
studies at home, we went out and found some more new investigators!
Woo! And we just happened to run into Amber and her mom, some
investigators we've been working with. We walked to the laundromat
with them and then had a little lesson there. Amber said she's been
reading and praying! Woo! She's fourteen, but she has a mature soul.
She's a really sweet girl.

A way rad sunset. The city can be beautiful too,
 just in its own way.   6-8-17
Anyways this week was great! I wasn't sick anymore, but do have some
gnarly bites on my legs. But I'm happy and healthy and life is good :)
sister McCoy is the bomb and we're hopeful they leave us another
transfer together here in union! We'll find out next week...
I love you guys! Can't wait to see you all again :) I'm praying for
you! Keep up the good work, keep pounding though the Book of Mormon!
That book is  true. I love that book. It's probably my

Have a great week, sillies !

Hermana Millington
New Jersey Morristown Mission

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Busiest week EVER - May 29, 2017

Zone trip to the NYC temple
This week was seriously awesome. I think I had the most lessons I've
ever had. On Tuesday we literally taught all day. There was one hour we
did service and taught math and English and then an hour of
correlation, but from 11-9 we were working hard and teaching all over
the place! It was awesome. We came home super super tired every night
this week.

My cute comp and I going through the
  Lincoln Tunnel on our way to the Temple
Some of my most favorite sisters
in the world at the NYC temple

We also went to the temple as a zone this week! It was really
beautiful. Every time I go I learn more and I love it more. When I was
sitting in the Celestial room I was pondering and praying a lot. I
asked Heavenly Father what He wanted me to know. I opened the
scriptures to Isaiah 63:16 which says "16 Doubtless thou art our
father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us
not: thou, O Lord, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from
everlasting." From that I learned that sometimes I just need to
remember he's our Father :) He loves us, no matter who we are or what
we do. Our worth is infinite in His eyes. But that also means that
those around us are His sons and daughters too, with an incredible
eternal potential. So we ought to treat them that way! There's so much
darkness and dumbness in the world (I was exposed to some of today's
pop music at a Dominican barbecue yesterday-- wow. So dumb.), but we
don't have to live like that forever! In Alma it talks about how the
way to find hope Christ offers us is through repentance.

Anyway, Lina and Indira are doing super well! They came to church on
Sunday and both loved it! Except Lina thinks our songs are too slow
and boring.. haha! She said she was falling asleep in the first hour!
But she got into it in relief society and it was good. The sisters
were good to her and Indira. Indira even shared her story with the
sisters-- why she went inactive 30 years ago but how because Sister
McCoy and Millington are visiting her she's finally coming back. Wow.
It's amazing the love I have for them and the love they have for us.
When we teach them the spirit is so powerful. I know they were people
I was sent here to find because I need them. I seriously adore them as
my sisters. I didn't understand before my mission how big love can be.
I can't believe there's still room in me to love these cute Hispanic
people I hardly know, but it LOVE them! It's going to feel weird to be
in a white people ward. Way too white and organized and quiet. Hahaha!
Oh man.

We had a cool experience last night. The Cutlers are awesome. They're
the senior couple for our zone and they work in the ward here. Sister
Cutler is the primary chorister and the pianist and pretty much
oversees everything. Haha and Elder Cutler is the second counselor in
the bishopric. This is their 2nd mission together (the first was in
Nauvoo!) And they've got their act together. They're so awesome. They
actually took us to Walmart, lunch, and froyo just now. Wow. I love
them so much, they're so loving and giving. But Sister Cutler doesn't
take any crap. Haha she's so awesome. Anyway! She decided the YW need
help, because we have about 15 but only like 2 are active. So we
planned a cupcake wars activity with the YM and then last night Sister
Gaytan and Virgin (our STLs there in englehood) came down and we all
split up and visited all the YW and brought them invitations and
cupcakes :) it was cute! But we went and met his cute girl, Marilyn,
who asked us if her mom had sent us. I laughed and said I was new and
didn't really know anyone, I didn't know who her mom was.. she said
her mom is active, but her dad isn't a member. She said she'd been
thinking a lot lately and had felt like she'd been getting hints that
she needed to come back to church. She was really surprised that we
were there! It was just hard because her dad doesn't agree. But she
was super sweet and thankful we thought of her. It was really cool to
see that the Lords timing is perfect and He remembers us all
individually. And he'll inspire and send people to help us when we
need it :)

This gospel is the best, you guys. I love it more and more all the
time. I'm so blessed to be a missionary and to meet and love and serve
these people here.
"Alma 26:37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every
people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people,
and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy,
and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God
forever. Amen."

I love you and miss you all! :) have a great week and keep plowing
through the Book of Mormon! I don't know if I'm going to make it with
all y'all there next week.. im in Alma 26.. ouch. Haha! But I'll try!!

Love of the loves.

The Promised Land - UNION CITY - May 22, 2017

Me and Sis. McCoy
Union City

Wow. This week was SO GOOD. Honestly. Holy cow. Santa vaca. My feet have never hurt so bad and I've never been so tired. But I've never been so HAPPY!! Being a missionary is the BEST. We saw so many miracles this week.

Here's one that was especially awesome: Friday evening we were doing finding and walked past a building. Hermana McCoy recognized it and said we should try a former that lived there. As we went up and knocked the door, a man walked up behind us and recognized Sister McCoy! We stood and talked to him (Julio) for a minute and then another woman came home to the door across the hall. We said hi to her and she said she was baptized in our church! We set an appointment to come back the next day. When we went back, we found out Indira and Julio were members (they're friends; they were baptized in their country but have been inactive for a long long time), but their friend, Lina, wasn't. She got pretty emotional when she told us about a bad experience she had at another church recently. Julio and Indira were really excited to have us over and to come back to the church. And Lina said she knew the Mormons were good people and she wanted to learn more and come to church! And that she'd bring her 12 year old daughter! Her and Julio were having a side-conversation at one point that I overheard and were talking about how they feel our "vibe" and they love it. Lina said she feels super comfortable and super loved by us! That's the Spirit!! There were a couple moments during the lesson I honestly had difficulty speaking because my heart was so full and the spirit was so strong. I'm so excited to work with them. And before we left they had us sign their Book of Mormons! Haha! They are super sweet. I know the Lord put us in their path at this time 100% on purpose. 
That night we got home and we're flipping out we were so happy. We went out on the roof outside our study room and Sister McCoy did some parkour (sp??). Hahaha we just laid on the roof at look at the stars (there were like 5 we could see) and smiled. It was the happiest ever :) 

This was us on the roof later that night :)   (If you look closely you'll see it has an avocado with a cape on it)
This week we literally found FOUR people (including Julio and Indira) who were baptized and we don't have them in our records! Crazy town! So it makes me wonder how many people of all the thousands in Union City are actually members.. haha! Did I tell you guys this city is the most densely populated in the US? Yeah. It's because in one house there's like 4 families and in every apartment there's like 2. It's crazy. There are always people out on the street! Especially this one street, Bergenline. If you go google maps this place and go to the street view of Bergenline you'll see it's just lined with stores (mostly Hispanic stores-- the city is about 80% Hispanic) and there's always people there. Today we're going shopping there for a little bit. I had a really sad moment this week: remember that Ann Klein watch Matt and Seth bought me for Christmas last year? It was my only surviving watch, my others stopped working like a year ago. Well, this week it stopped working too :( so I could put a new battery in it, but at this point I've been wearing it a TON and the band is super ratchet and torn up. So I think I'll get a cheap watch today and then repair it when I get back. It was so sad, though, I've LOVED having that watch every day!!

Anyways, this area is the bomb. I'm literally living the dream. I feel like I've finally hit the point in my mission (after 15 months) where I know what I'm doing. I speak Spanish well, I know how to teach, and I'm not afraid to find. I'm working as hard as I can and giving 100% of myself every day. I know that's why we've seen so many miracles this week. We're being obedient, we're working hard, and the Lord recognizes that. 

The members have been good to me this week. It made one less-active really happy last night that I could speak and understand so well and that I love Valentina! We hit it off really well, which is really good because she needs a lot of help. It was cool :) 
The members are really willing to have us over and the ward is big and pretty organized! They have their weaknesses, but it's getting there. We have a senior missionary couple, the Cutlers, that do a LOT for the ward. They live right next to us and are super awesome! I got to play piano in the primary and for one song in sacrament meeting because Sister Cutler couldn't play. I love to be able to serve :) 

Sister McCoy is from Bicknell, UT, a really tiny town! She knew Seth in the MTC! How funny, right? So she's that old in the mission-- about 7 months. She has such a strong desire to work hard and improve. It's super great! We get along really well, she's so sweet and genuine. I love her a lot :) 

Have an awesome week!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

On my way to UNION CITY!!! - May 15, 2017

 Hermana Millington in the rain
Sis. Gaytan


This is a busy pday because I'm moving!! I'm going to Union City with
Sister McCoy :) I'm so excited!! It's a walking area and I'm praying
the shoes I have will hold up for 3 more months. So I'm in the process
of packing up and heading out! We're seeing a bunch of my favorite
people tonight (and eating my favorite pizza) so that'll be fun.

It's been a really great week, I don't really know how to sum it all

"group hug"
Mother's Day 2017
up! But it was such a joy to see you all and especially talk with
Sether yesterday :) it's amazing to see how much he's learning and
growing. His Spanish is super good! He's a champ. And his testimony is
becoming so strong and awesome. I'm so proud of him :) it's crazy how
fast time flew on that call!!

In other news, Sister Pace goes home tomorrow! My own mother!
 It's going to be an awesome week in Union :) there's people everywhere! It's going to
be such a party! Plus we're going to the temple soon (I think this
week?) and my new zone has a ton of really awesome people. Sister
Flinders and a Court and Sister Davis and Allen!! It's a non-stop
Keep reading those scriptures and saying your prayers:)

God has NOT ceased to be a God of miracles - May 8, 2017

Our mouths are on fire.
Also our souls with CONSECRATION MONTH 🔥 🇲🇽
#wereallin #consecrationchallenge #fuego
Folks. This week was loco.

Tuesday was pretty chill actually, we had district Meeting and then
went on exchanges with Sister Allen and Mora from Jersey City. It was
fun! We also took Elder Spencer and Samson home to West New York and e
Spencer told us all kinds of transfer gossip. Haha! But we'll see what
happens Sunday night! Our exchange was good, Sister Mora and I had a
good time. She's ancient in the mission (haha) and she's had some
crazy experiences. But something she said really stood out to me: we're
all here for a different purpose. Our purpose as missionaries is the
same, yes, but as individuals we have people, experiences, or places
we've come here for specifically. Anyway, I'm figuring that out :)
it's a process! We had fun teaching and finding together and we went
to the RS activity that night and learned how to make bailadas!
They're a typical food from Honduras. So yummy. 🇭🇳

Wednesday we did service in the morning at the nature park and it was
so refreshing and nice :) that afternoon we spent a long time walking
around accidentally.. we went to try to find some less-active members
and it took us a long time to walk there and then we walked all over
the place. Haha! But we found these nice girls that were in high
school and got their numbers so we could come back and see them
sometime. They seemed cool! We saw a couple other people that day as
well, and my feet hurt pretty bad. It was sweet :)

Friday was actually pretty interesting! We went to MLC in the morning
and it was awesome. It was the best MLC I've been to! And sister
Gaytan and I gave a small training about following the spirit in
lessons and teaching the gospel by the spirit. It went well, I think!
We got some nice comments back :) we talked a lot about consecration--
May is consecration month for NJMM. It's all about giving more of
ourselves to receive the blessings and the miracles the Lord has in
store for us! So the spirit was really strong and we were stoked about
sacrificing for the Lord, and then we got hit with a doozie- we aren't
allowed to leave our area on PDay. That's how it is throughout the
world, but I guess we weren't aware of that 100%? I don't know. Either
way, it's not too bad for us here in Englewood because our area is
huge and we have a car, but about half of our zone is walking and they
LOVE zone sports on P-Days. MLC took it well, but we were worried
about how others would take it..
but as you can see in our Facebook group we're all stoked about being
"all in" for the consecration challenge :) it's an NJMM movement! It's
After the meeting we were waiting for the elders we drove with and
doing some phone time. I got a call from the dad of one of the girls
saying he was going to call the police and to "take my cult somewhere
else." Man! Poor guy, he doesn't know who we are. Either way, we won't
be seeing those girls again.
The day ended well, though, we found an old potential in Teaneck that
was super nice! He's way involved in his church but agreed to read the
Book of Mormon and give us a call.

Saturday was INSANE you guys. So crazy. Here's what went down.
We woke up at 4 am so sister Gaytan could go to the temple with a
recent convert from Elizabeth. So I spent the morning with Sister
Murphy and Virgin, studying and talking about our missions and all
that good stuff. It was nice :) but they came back a little late, so
we couldn't make it to District Leader Council, where they were
telling the district leaders about the pday thing (we saw the zone
leaders later and they said it was probably better that we didn't go,
the other elders were NOT happy about it..). Also that morning
Patricia had called us and said she was doing bad and wanted us to
come over asap. So we were driving back from Elizabeth to go see
Patricia in distress and I had to go to the bathroom really bad and I
accidentally barely ran a red light on a turn and I got PULLED OVER.
Man! So i apologized to the officer and said "I'm so sorry, were on
our way to go see someone right now and I really have to go to the
bathroom so I'm in a hurry I'm so sorry!!" And he just asked for the
papers.. so we sat there and waited and prayed and I was like shaking
I had to go to the bathroom so so bad. Then he came back and said
"okay I'm going to let you off with a warning. Just know that if you
hadn't run that red light I wouldn't have stopped you and you could
have gone to the bathroom right now." MIRACLES!! Hahaha it was so
awesome. So we went to KFC and went to the bathroom and then prayed
and thanked the Lord for that miracle.
Then we saw Patricia and she's doing okay:) she's kind of sick and
feeling pretty down and stressed about life, but she's hanging in
there. I love her so much.
Okay now I have to give you the back story. So Monday night I had this
dream we found a family-- a mom, dad, and two little kids-- and they
wanted to be baptized ASAP! I don't remember what they all looked
like, but I would probably recognize the dad's face. Then the next
night I had a dream we were driving to see them, and we had to drive
to Teaneck (a little town thats mostly African and Jewish). Then the
NEXT night both sister Gaytan and I dreamt that we were teaching a
family of four. Anyway, we KNEW we had to go to Teaneck and find them.
So we were driving into Teaneck and we saw this mom and her two little
boys walking. I commented that I liked the little boy's shirt because
it had sharks in it :) but we kept driving. Then we went to Franklin
Rd and found a former we had there, and she actually spoke English.
But! We got a return appointment and she seems solid. We also met some
other really nice people in that street! None Hispanic, but they told
us where all their Hispanic neighbors lived! We knocked, but they
weren't home.
Then we decided to go try another potential we had in the area Book,
Emilia. As we were driving there we saw the mom and her two sons with
the shark shirt again!! Sister Gaytan said "sister! That could be our
family! We have to talk to them. They've been put in our path TWICE."
Plus they were conveniently right next to the apartments of Emilia. So
we frantically searched for parking before they went in the building
and ended up parking on a totally different street and walking over!
As we walked over the mom was talking to someone and then this guy on
the other side of the street started talking to us! So we talked to
him and showed him a video and the whole time we're checking over our
shoulders to make sure she didn't go inside the building! When we
finished talking with him we ran over and she was on the phone and
walking into the building. She hung up right as we walked in and we
asked her if she knew Emilia. She said she did and then we said
"actually, we've been looking for a family to show a video to. Can we
show it to you and your kids?" She agreed and called her two ADORABLE
little boys over. We started the video, but about 30 seconds in she
asked us to re-start so she could read it to her kids. As she read it
was really powerful. She told us that she'd been trying to teach her
kids about Christ, but had distanced herself from him personally. We
testified that he's there with open arms and that we're here to help
her get back. She said some people had come once and left a book for
her dad. We showed her the Book of Mormon and she said "yeah! That's
it!!" Wow. But she said she'd never read it because she doesn't really
like to read and her dad had taken it when he moved. We gave her one
and she said she was honestly curious and wanted to know what it said
and how she could come closer to Christ. Man! So we got a return
appointment and we're really excited :) I really feel it could be our
dream family. But if not, it's an adorable family with two little kids
and she feels really prepared. We both saw it in her eyes. It was a
really powerful experience.

That night we went to see Brenda and Jorge and they told us again and
again how the Book of Mormon had changed their lives. And honestly. If
it can change that family it can change anyone. We decided when they
get baptized we need to call whoever is in charge of the "I'm a
Mormon" videos and have them make a video of their family. It's the
craziest thing I've ever seen.

Anyway, Saturday was FULL of miracles :) it was an amazing day for
sure. I really know it all happened because we've made the conscious
effort to re-commit ourselves to this work and consecrate all we are
and all we do for the Lord. We also followed the promptings we
received, prayed our guts out, and did all we could to find Susana and
her family and to help Brenda and Jorge see the power in the book. And
also to not get a ticket :) hehe

I might have some transfer news when i see you Sunday.. well see :) but have an awesome week! Don't forget to see the
miracles, big and small 🌸

Hermana Millington
New Jersey Morristown Mission



Hey family!! Guess who came to church this week?!? BRENDA AND JORGE
AND ALL THE NIÑOS!! Greatest ever. The niños we're running around a
lot during sacrament meeting.. but they enjoyed all the classes and
everything! And the members were super good to them. This branch is
the best :) and Brenda even called us this morning to tell us that
Abby (the 3 year old girl) was telling her all about how much she
loved Primary. Haha! They're hoping to be able to go next week and
keep going :) it was awesome, we gave them a little tour before church
starts and we saw the baptismal font. Abby asked if they were going to
take a bath there, and Brenda said "yeah, someday we'll be there
taking a bath" :) I know it was a huge and hard step for them to take,
but they're already seeing the blessings of church attendance.
It was a funny Sunday, I actually spent the last two hours in primary.
Haha! The primary President knew I knew a little about music so she
asked my help with the Mother's Day songs next week. So I went in
prepared to play piano, and then she left and turned it all over to
me.. haha so I played the music on the iPad and taught them the songs!
I drew on the board to help them learn the words and they told me I'm
a bad artist. Hahaha it was fun though :) mom I wish you were here to
help them! You are THE primary music lady, you know.

This week was really great, though! Nice and busy :) we had a bunch of
appointments and two exchanges! One sweet miracle we saw was when we
went to Noches de Columbia with sisters Fernandez and Hernandez and
I love these sisters. We had a great exchange!
this random worker walked over and said "so who are the Mormons? What
do you guys believe?" And he was genuinely interested! He's looking
for the true church!! So that was cool :) we got his info and we plan
on telling him all about what we believe! Then this guy that was
probably not very sober asked us for a Book of Mormon on the street
and that was funny. Haha people are funny. We also had a really good
time drawing the Plan of Salvation in a busy park in Englewood :) it
was super fun!

We also did this great new service on Wednesday morning where we went
and cleaned up this community nature preserve. It's a bunch of old
retired hippie people who love the earth and gardening. Haha and the
old ladies just adore the elders. So that'll be fun to keep going! It
feels so nice to be outside and in dirt and stuff. Yay nature!!

We had some awesome lessons this week, one in particular with an
investigator in a member's home. That's the dream! They connected well
and he learned a LOT. We're excited to talk to him again soon. We also
met this new investigator in a park and the lesson went well! We're
trying to figure out how to teach the Restoration and help people
understand what a big deal this actually is. We've come to the point
of telling them really clearly "this is THE church of Jesus Christ on
the earth again and we're the only ones with the right authority to
baptize people to be able to be saved." I don't know how to say it a
lot clearer than that.. but sometimes they still don't get it!! Silly
gooses. They just don't understand their eternal salvation is in the
balance. Man.

This week I had a great time reading in the Book of Mormon! I finished
2 Nephi this morning. I'm probably way behind.. but I love that book
so much. It's amazing to think about Nephi and his family and that
they were actually real people with real lives and feelings and
friends and situations. And yet Nephi especially was SO faithful. He
put the Lord and the commandments first in everything he did. And he
was so blessed for it! And I think sometimes I lose sight of what's
really important. It's not what other missionaries think of me or what
members think or comparing myself to my friends at home that are
married and having babies or whatever. This life is so much more than
a lot of little things, it's a journey back home to our Heavenly
Parents. It's doing our part day by day to receive the grace of the
Savior to be able to live with all of them again and have peace and
success in this life. It's amazing how the Book of Mormon helps us put
our lives in an eternal perspective and understand what true happiness
is. Keep reading it, folks :) it's trueeee!!

Have an awesome week! See you on Skype soon 🙃

Hermana Millington
New Jersey Morristown Mission

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