Monday, 8 January 2018

January 8th, 2018  - 496 days on the mission

Happy first week of 2018! 51 more weeks to go :)
This week has been very crazy but good!
On Monday we drove to Winnipeg for zone conference! And we got to take a picture with the Center of Canada sign which is very cool!
Tuesday we had zone conference which was great! We got to learn about our new baptism goal for our mission 180 convert baptism in 2018! It was very exciting! And we got a lot of training on how to work with members!  and we started out on exchanges.  I went with Sister Jimenez.  And I got to see the Hadfield`s! It was really nice being in an old area even for a day! And I got to see Sister Z who is a less active and I helped with her dishes!
Wednesday I was still in Winnipeg and we also ended the exchange in the evening because everything was closed on Monday we were allowed to do a little bit of shopping so we did that and made it to Warroad at 9 and stayed the night there! It was fun being with the Warroad Sisters.
Thursday we did work in Rainy and we helped Selena take out the carpet in her daughter`s room! It was a lot of fun getting dirty :) 
And then we have been doing some work on the reserves this weekend. And we went to Church it wasn't cancelled so that was nice there were 23 of us there :) 

I hope you all had a great week! 
Love you!

Sister Russell 


Monday, 1 January 2018

January 1st, 2018 The Blackout year has ended

Hello 2018!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy New Year! P-day is today! Zone Conference is tomorrow. So we are driving to Winnipeg after we get our emails done.
And to start off with there will be a full moon tonight so look up and she its beauty.  The old Famers Almanac calls it a “Full Wolf Moon” as opposed to the “Full Cold Moon” in December.  
I can`t believe that 2017 is done with! It really has been a great year with new places, new people, new things and lots of blessings! 
I have never missed going to church on my mission! Until now because of extreme cold they cancelled church so that is really weird.  Mind you minus 40 is weird too. ....
This week has just been crazy and cold .... I really miss summer... 
I hope 2018 treats you well and remember to set goals because they help us stay motivated and to work hard!
Love you!
Sister Russell

--
Ether 12:4 

 Hope is the anchor of the soul

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

December 26, 2017 – Boxing Day

Hello!!!
I hope you had a great Christmas! It is always a fun time of the year!
This has been a busy week it was transfer week so Sister Thomson left and she went to Saskatoon and I got a new companion! Her name is Sister Silvennoinen! She is from Finland that is why there is a lot of "n`s" in her name :) She is really sweet she has been out for 6 months now. 
We got to help make food hampers for those in the area in need and help deliver them :) I also got to do missionary work in Warroad while I was waiting for Sister Silennoinen to come so that was fun! We got a group together on Christmas eve in the afternoon and we went Christmas caroling which was great! It was great to sing to those who need that! I am so grateful for the members out here willing to help us with anything and it is like home out here! I am grateful to be out here and for the experiences I have learn! 
As the New Year is approaching we can reflect on this year 2017 and see how the Savior has helped us through it! I know that he lives and all we have to do is open our hearts and let him in! Set a new year’s goal to let him in and how we can help other in 2018!

Love you! 

Sister Russell
--
Ether 12:4 
 Hope is the anchor of the soul


Monday, 18 December 2017

December 18th, 2017 - Merry Christmas

Hello Everyone,

This has been a busy fun week! The highlight was when Jessica got baptized on Thursday evening!!!!! We had a lot of opportunities to provide service this week including stacking firewood, hauling groceries and helping to clean homes. We also had the opportunity to attend a native sharing circle.  It was nice to attend a function on the reserve.
We had our church Lutefisk Christmas party and there were a lot of people from the community that joined us! The Lutefisk even tasted good! (I think I have been here too long.... if I enjoyed Lutefisk)
We got the transfer Email today and............ I am staying here :) I will be in Bergland for Christmas :) .  At this point who my new companion will be is a little in the air.  It is supposed to be a Sister who is from Finland but since we have to cross the US Canadian border so often that may be changed.
I hope this Christmas season treats you well and that you are enjoying light the world!
I look forward to our Christmas day visit.
Love you and Merry Christmas!
Love,

Sister Russell


Monday, 11 December 2017

December 11th, 2017 - I am dreaming of a White Christmas

Hello!
14 more days till Christmas isn't that exciting :)
So we made it safely to Winnipeg and back! The roads were bad to Winnipeg; it took us 6 hours to drive there but we made it safe so that is what really counts!  I got to go on exchanges with Sister Atwood she is from Cardston Alberta. It was weird going on exchanges with someone younger in the mission than me.... I think that means I am getting old.....

On Wednesday we had our Christmas zone conferences! Those are the best ones! The spiritual high! I got to see some old companions which is great! And I got to be with Sister Kostiuk all day. It was so nice seeing her again!!!! I just wish we had more time to catch up. We got to watch a movie as well!  We got to watch “It's a Wonderful life”! It was 2 hours long which was also nice. A lot of it could be related to the gospel but there was too much kissing for my missionary mind....

So we had a lesson with Jessica and she was telling us she even had a countdown until she is getting baptized on Friday and everything.  We left her home and we got a text from her 30 minutes later asking us if she could get baptized in January instead. We were like she was so excited to get baptized on Friday what happen. I kinda had to go the bathroom and so I was like let’s just go back and see what happen. She did not want to wreck her sister’s birthday party by having her mom and her gone and she wanted her siblings there as well and we were like, how about you get baptized on Thursday instead and see was like okay! And so Jessica is getting baptized on Thursday at 7! So we are really excited!

We went over to the Johnson`s and joined their family for going in the bush and cutting down a Christmas tree!!!!!! I think I should do that with my family next year ;) It was so much fun! 
We had an all time record church attendance since I have been at Bergland.  We had 37 people at church!

So transfers are next week! And that will let me know where I will be for Christmas!

Love you! Enjoy lighting the world!
Love,
Sister Russell

Ether 12:4 
 Hope is the anchor of the soul




Monday, 4 December 2017

December 4, 2017 - It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Wow it is already December!
Where did November go! 
The First Presidency Christmas devotional last night was amazing! The middle speaker was very funny!
Well we got to do a lot of visiting teaching on the 30th because it was the last day of the month our bad... we will be better this month!  Our landlords who are not members took us out to a little Church for Supper on Saturday! It was so cute! And there were so many people in that little church and after the meal we got to sing Christmas carols! It was a great way for the people to see us out and about! We got a text from Jess Selena`s daughter telling us that she want to be baptized before Christmas and she leaves for Kenora on the 16th so we have a baptismal date set for the 15th so we have to pretty much teach her all the lessons before that date so hopefully we can see this miracle through! 
One of our local members just got back from her mission to Sweden.  She agreed to help us with a lesson this week. It was more like tripanning than a member present lesson which was really nice
Well today we are off to Winnipeg in some snowy weather to do exchanges with the STLs and for Christmas zone conference! I am so excited for Zone conference, it is the best one! But the weather is really bad today so I am not excited to be driving there today
Have fun lighting the world this week!
Love you!
Sister Russell

--
Ether 12:4 

 Hope is the anchor of the soul

Monday, 27 November 2017

November 27, 2017 - Have you watched it?


Have you watched the light the world video!?!!!! I am getting so excited! Tonight we are having a FHE/fireside on it to get the members here ready for it! The video is so good!.   I watched it on Friday on President Craig’s phone with 7 other missionaries! You should see if the Elders have the little light the world booklets like last year. Our mission did not get them this year so if they have one you should ask for it so I can have it as a keepsake :) 

That is exciting about the football team! Wow Chris babysat?! How did that go?

You remember last week I talked about Lutefisk being a big thing here. I got to help at the Bergland Hall at the Lutafisk supper that they have every year! We went and started helping them at 1230 and we finished helping 830! They really enjoyed our help they did not have a lot of help so it was much appreciated! I am glad we got to help and let them see us in the community as well not just knocking on their doors.

Well we went to International-Falls for district meeting and interviews.  I got to have a good visit with President Craig! My district and I also went out and had district lunch! It is always fun being with other missionaries! On the way back we got to take some pictures of this really tiny church! 
Well I am running out of time! I hope you have a great week! And don't forget to light the world on Friday!  
Love,
Sister Russell

--
Ether 12:4 

 Hope is the anchor of the soul