Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Has Come and Gone!!!

December 26, 2016

Hello Family and Friends!!

Wow, I cannot believe Christmas has already passed! I hope you all had a wonderful, Christ centered, day!

My Christmas was fantastic. As soon as the clock hit 6:30am, Sister Hall and I said our prayers and went to open presents!!! It was so fun. Church was great! The congregation pretty much just sang for the whole hour, and I loved it :) Then, we had a fun brunch with a lot of the sisters from the Trail Center. The Crandalls, the Trail Center Directors, put it on, and it was delicious. Then, I was able to facetime with my lovely family! That was such a blast :) It was definitely a quick hour!! We had dinner at Dr. Fischers house, and that was so fun. There was A LOT of food, but it all was so delicious!! For the evening, we ended up going to President and Sister Gardner's house. It was just us, them, and the assistants! So it was quiet, but so much fun! We ate some more, and then we played charades. Our car was pretty much out of gas, and we didn't want to break the Sabbath.... So, we prayed super hard that we would make it home safely without it running out, and President Gardner followed us home to make sure we were okay. All is well, and we made it home safely. It was probably the funnest Christmas I have ever had in my life. I want to just relive it every day!!!

This week was awesome!! It was pretty Christmas-filled, obviously. We had our Christmas Zone Conference, which was super fun. It was all based on the Atonement, and how we can use it more fully in our lives. I am so grateful for the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for me. He did it because he loves us, and there is really no greater gift. After all the Zone Conference trainings, we had a talent show and a white elephant gift exchange. The talent show was super fun. My zone did this workout video/dance talent. It was a lot of fun!! I have such a fun zone. I also sang a duet with an Elder. Yes it was a tad bit awkward, but it's fine.

We are working with a pretty good investigator named Dil. He is from Nepal. He understands pretty well, and was previously taught before! But, he tells us that he is constantly reading and praying about the Book of Mormon, so we are hoping he will start progressing even further. Pray for Dil!

Sister Chappell and I were on exchanges this week, and that was a lot of fun! I was able to be in her area with her, and we saw a lot of miracles! She is such a great missionary :)

Christmas Eve was a lot of fun!! We were able to go Christmas caroling at a retirement home just down the street. It was neat because you just know that all of those who were listening to the carols were feeling the spirit. They constantly were asking us questions about why we were here, and what we believed. We ended with "I Know that My Redeemer Lives", and they were in love with that song. I love being able to see the spirit soften hearts right in front of my eyes.

All in all, it was a fantastic week. Thank you for everyone who contributed and made it so wonderful. You are in my prayers. Have a great week :)

Sister Hutchison

The best Zone

Me and Elder Boggess (who I sang the duet with)

Me and Sister Chappell looking at the stars on exchanges

14 months!

I love the Crandalls!

Our evening with the Gardners (not sure why Elder Olsen is holding a jug of milk)

Monday, December 19, 2016

-9 degrees...!!!

December 19, 2016

Hey fam and friends!!

It was another great week in Nebraska :) It has been SO DANG COLD, though. My subject line says it all. As we were driving to church in the morning, the temperature literally said -9 degrees. I couldn't believe my eyes.

Since it has been so cold, me and a few of the Sisters wanted to boil water and throw it outside to see if it would freeze! So, I had the pot of boiling water and threw it... on myself...... The part that didn't get on me froze and it was pretty cool. It spilled all over my hand. At first it didn't hurt, and I was like "WOW SCIENCE. IT WAS TOO COLD OUTSIDE TO EVEN BURN ME." But, about 10 minutes later I started to feel it.. Oh, I felt it alright. My hand burned SO. BADLY. I had to sleep with pounds of Aloe and an ice pack on my hand. It feels okay now, but my hand has some good burn marks. Dumb move made by me. I own up to my idiotic attempt.

I want to share a cool miracles that Sister Hall and I had this week. Last Monday, we didn't have any appointments, and so we had a few people we wanted to try and contact! We felt strongly that we needed to go try a former investigator named Bijou. So, we drove on over to her house and it looked pretty abandoned. We tried knocking anyways but nobody answered. We figured we were sent to her area for a reason, so we went and knocked on the door across from her! A nice woman answered the door whom who talked to for a while. She invited us back and when we asked her for her name, she said "Bijou". It was such a miracle! The previous missionaries wrote down her address wrong, but obviously we were meant to find her again. :) Then, Bijou gave us like 6 referrals. The first referral we contacted was a young man named James. Even though it was like 0 degrees he stepped outside and let us teach him the whole message of the restoration. He told us he grew up catholic, but the catholic church never answered his questions. The spirit was so strong as we were able to testify to him about how we know The Book of Mormon will answer any question he has. It was such a neat experience. I love missionary work.

Sister Hall and I were able to train at the Omaha Zone's Zone Training this week. It went really well! I think all of the messages were received well, and we were able to train by the spirit. :) I think I say this every time I train, but I love training! Being a Sister Training Leader is such an incredible opportunity, and I love every second of it.

We were able to take the Kanesville Sisters on exchanges this week. I was with Sister Young, and it was a lot of fun. It started out super awesome! We met this woman named LaJohna, and she was super interested. We were able to teach her the full message of the restoration, and she listened intently! Afterwards, I asked her if it would be okay if we kept daily contact with her, and she said "Of Course!". So, she gave us her number and as we were walking away, she yelled "don't forget to text me!!" to us. It was cool :) But then, the exchange got crazy! There was an ice storm, and our dinner appointment lives in a mansion, so their driveway was about a mile long and steep.. So, they came to pick us up because our 2017 Malibu wouldn't get too far up that driveway. As we were there, the power went out throughout the whole city. So we were stuck there for a while, also because our cars were now grounded! We sang Christmas songs and had a good time with all the flashlights haha. After about an hour, the lights came back on, and it turned into a wonderful object lesson about the light of Christ LOL.

I was able to sing at a missionary musical fireside last night! It was so fun, and all centered on Christ, and this Christmas season. You could cut the spirit with a knife! I am so grateful I get so many opportunities to bear my testimony with others through song.

I am excited for Christmas, and for an extra chance to reflect on my Savior. I would just invite you all to watch this video sometime this week: It is such a great video, and I have watched it many times these past couple of weeks! I cry every time :) I love my Savior so much, and am grateful of the strong relationship I am developing with Him. I know that God sent us His Only Begotten Son because He loves us. Christ is truly the best gift of all, and I am grateful for the opportunity I have to exercise His Atonement daily. I pray you all feel the same. :) Have a Merry Christmas!!

Sister Missy Hutchison

my lovely Omaha Zone!! 

we tried to look cute but instead it looked like little flurries in front of our faces!

This one is better

I SAW COURTNEY THIS WEEK. She informed me she is going through the temple in the spring and wants me to be there. She makes my whole mission worth it <3 I love her! I can't believe I was teaching her a year ago from right now.


Monday, December 12, 2016

The Weekly E :)

December 12, 2016

Hello, Family and Friends!

Wow, it was another awesome week here in Nebraska.I love it here so much. :) It was definitely a full week, so hopefully I remember everything!

I will start off by talking about how Kale is doing! Kale is doing great, and is on fire with the gospel! :) He loves all the assignments we leave him with, and understands The Book of Mormon really well. Something exciting that has happened is yesterday Kale was able to receive the Aaronic Priesthood, and he was able to get a recommend to the temple, so he can go to baptisms. :)The elders in our ward have a baptism this weekend, and he was asked to be a witness! The elders have also used him as a team-up quite a bit! He is super excited about all of this, and it is so fun to watch him grow and love the gospel.

I WAS ABLE TO GO TO THE TEMPLE THIS WEEK. IT WAS INCREDIBLE!!!! I hadn't been since July, so it felt like home. While sitting in the Celestial room, President Gardner came up to me and told me that I "looked like an angel", and he wanted to "tie a rope to me so I wouldn't ascend to heaven". It made my whole day!! He is such a sweet man. He probably just was able to sense how happy I was to be in the temple.:) I was on cloud 9 the rest of the night!

Sister Hall and I had a good chunk of time trying to find people to teach this week! It was awesome! We found a handful of potentials, and people actually let us in their home. It was a miracle! Usually they try and get us away as fast as they can so they can shut the door and get out of the cold.

Speaking of the cold.... OH MY GOODNESS IT IS SO COLD. It.Hurts. The humidity and the wind chill kill me. The other day, it was about 10 degrees in the morning, but with the windchill it felt like -11 degrees. Dry cold > Humid Cold. I just get flashbacks to how cold I was last year whenever I walk outside. Somehow I survived, so that is what I am holding on to.

We had a Christmas Fireside at the Trail Center this week! It was awesome! I was able to sing an amazing song called "When Love was Born",and so many people were able to attend! The spirit was so strong the whole time,and it was a great program.

Last thing!(I told you there was a lot).We had MLC (missionary leadership council) this week. It was so fun :) I always love being able to learn from President and Sister Gardner and the assistants.So, after were learned from them,we were able to train all of the missionaries in the Council Bluffs Zone over in Iowa about all that we were trained on!That was awesome!Training is probably one of my favorite things in the world, because you just feel the spirit speaking every time you open your mouth. It is so cool!

Like I said, it has been a full week! I hope I have a lot to say next week too :) I love you all so much, and I hope that you have a great week! As everyone says in North Omaha, "Have a blessed day". ;)

Sister Missy Hutchison

Squad pic

the zone at the temple!

Me and Sis. Hall at the temple

Close up!!

We found a sad Christmas tree the basement of our house, and lots of 90's Christmas decorations. I think it looks good.... 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Woohoo!! Baptism!!

December 5, 2016

Hello, Family and friends!!!

It was a good week here in Nebraska!! We had our first real snow fall, so that was fun :) But... It is all melted now. This week will be super cold, though! Apparently it wont get above freezing all week (because of the wind chill). So, that is exciting!!

Yes, transfers happened again this week! I am with my baby, Sister Hall!!!! It is funny because I was her trainer, but now I get to train her as a Sister Training Leader! My posterity is just following the trend :)

Transfer week is always super crazy for us, so we had almost no time to do anything. But, we were able to make the Trail Center Schedule for all of the Sisters, and do a little orientation for all of the newer sisters. President took two Trail Center Sisters and put them full-proselyting(Sister Orton included, she is still a Sister Training Leader, she just isn't at the trail center. She will be back though :)  ) Then, he put in 3 full-proselyting sisters as Trail Center Sisters. Kind of a crazy transfer, but everything is great!

Saturday afternoon, President was able to get EVERY SINGLE sister in the mission together, and we had a private meeting with Sister Oscarson, the General Young Women President. Oh my goodness, it was such a good meeting!!! She is such a sweet woman, and she definitely inspired all of us. She talked a lot about how challenges are the way that God shapes us. She told us that God truly knows our potential, and has our whole life planned according to His will, and so we need to rely on Him, and trust Him. We need to keep the commandments and make the gospel a priority in our lives, forever. It was an incredible experience. I was even able to give her a hug!

Saturday night was KALE'S BAPTISM. That was awesome!!!! It was a neat experience. SO MANY people were there. Our ward mission leader got up and asked everyone who has participated in His conversion to raise their hands, and pretty much the whole room lifted up their hands. It was neat to see that. He is so fellow-shipped by the ward, and they all just adore him and his funny personality. He even got up yesterday in testimony meeting, after his confirmation, and thanked everyone for all that we have done for him. It was more of a "thank-mony" than a "testimony", but it was still sweet, haha. He is a funny guy, and is so excited to receive the Aaronic Priesthood and to do baptisms in the temple.

This week will be busy, too! I actually get to participate in a big Christmas fireside at the Trail Center, so I am excited. :) One of the senior Sisters actually recorded the song I am singing, and sent it to me to send everyone since you wont be there. It isn't the best recording, so don't judge! But I hope as you listen, you will be able to feel the spirit and feel the true meaning of Christmas.

I love you all and I hope you have a good week :) Thanks for all of the support you show me each week. It means a lot :)


Sister Missy Hutchison

The vacuum wasn't working. We found out why..... #hair

#COMPUNITY is back at it!

Kale's baptism!!!!