Monday, 11 December 2017

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

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!
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!  
Sister Russell

Ether 12:4 

 Hope is the anchor of the soul

Monday, 20 November 2017

November 20, 2017  - I ate Lutefisk

Transfer week was here and gone and I didn't even know it right?! :)
Lutefisk, well it is a big thing here this time of year. We were at a member’s house and they fed it to us just in case one of us got transferred so we could say that we have tried it before we left. It was just jelly like jello texture but it tasted like fish.... ya 
(For those who don’t know Lutefisk or lutfisk is a traditional dish of some Nordic countries. It is traditionally part of the Norwegian julebord and Swedish julbord. It is made from aged stockfish or dried/salted whitefish and lye. It is gelatinous in texture)
Well not a whole lot happen to talk about this week! 
We got to help out with the Bergland craft sale on Saturday! It was a lot of fun we were in the canteen! And I got to flip burgers so it was pretty easy.  They had about 21 tables and that is the biggest one yet! It was fun to see the community come out and let them see us here, and then we come knocking on their door right!  
We got to paint for a member this week to which was a lot of fun! Ya
I hope you have a great week and look for miracles around you  they are there. 
Sister Russell
p.s. watch the Light the World video on Friday!!!! It will be amazing!!!!

it is hunting season can't you tell!!!!

Walking to save K`s :)

Monday, 13 November 2017

November 13, 2017: Hello! 

It is transfer email today! AND my whole district is staying the same how often does that happen?! Like never!
So I am going to be with Sister Thomson another transfer! I am excited I just love this time of year! 
Well this week has been good but went by so quick.... 
We had a Family home evening with Barb and Derek! It was so much fun! We played a game where you cannot say the word you are describing and the person that is trying to guess can only ask questions trying to figure out the word or the saying! 
We got the last of our wood so we should be good for all winter! 
There is just so much to write about we have found 3 new investigators this week which is great! 
And we had 20 people at church yesterday including us missionaries!
We had a Branch book of Mormon read that we have every Sunday night and we were in Mosiah 3 and 4! It has been a good week! And I am excited for the next one!
Love ya!
Sister Russell

District photo
Sister Thomson and I 
Landscape this is Rainy River.... notice all the houses

Monday, 6 November 2017

Monday November 6th, 2017 – chinchillas

Hello I don't have a lot of time today! But it was a good week!
We drove to Winnipeg on Monday
Tuesday we had zone conference and it lasted most of the day and we got to Talk a little bit about light the world! Which I am so excited about that again. We also got told that our mission is going to get smart phones which is a really weird thought. Well we were not allowed to go out on Halloween night so we ordered pizza and had a little party while updating our area books and eating! It was a lot of fun! 
Wednesday I went on Exchanges with Sister Jimenez and had supper at a member house and they have chinchillas! It was really cool! It was nice being on exchanges too! 
When we came back there was a fair bit of snow here and ice is forming. 
We got to have a Family home evening with Selena and her family which was a lot of fun! 
Well I love ya! And hope you have a great week and look for miracles in this winter season! 
Sister Russell

Who was I for Halloween any guess? :)

Monday, 30 October 2017

October 30, 2017 – 2 Holes in My Boots
Well, we got the first snow of the season which was a blizzard....
I found out that one pair of my boot have holes in them.... I guess I will have to wear them when it is dry out....
Wednesday- Well in the cabin that we live in it heats with wood and there is a church member that said we could have 2 cords of her wood because she wasn't going to use it and wanted to give it to us. Well she said that we needed to get it before the snow came so we called one of the members and ask if he would help us and we could load it into his truck and he was more than willing to help us. And even brought a trailer so we could load in the trailer and the back of his truck so it was the three of us doing it because it was going to snow the next day and the other members could not help us until evening and it would be to dark at that time so we loaded it and then we followed him to our place to unload and we were making good time, we even thought we could get the last of the wood unloaded before it got dark well as he was driving out his truck stalled just like my car did a few years ago so he called one of the members to tow him home and so that was very eventful but it was a miracle that it did not break down on the high way and that we were able to get the wood unloaded before it got rained and snow on.
Sunday- Well at church we kinda ran the show well sort of any ways. We got asked on Thursday night if we could both speak and give a musical number as well at sacrament meeting. So we did that,  I spoke on Elder M. Russell Ballards from this conference this trek continues or something like and Faith in every footstep from him in October 1996 talk it is really interesting you should read them! We got a call that morning asking us if we could teach youth Sunday school so we did that. Then we ended up teaching primary for the last hour of church. So it was really busy but it was good!
Well I am going to Winnipeg today! We have zone conference tomorrow but since we cannot proselyte on Halloween night we have to stay another day for exchanges so we will get back out here on Thursday! Sister Thomson drives in this area because she was here first and that is usually how it goes unless the other person can’t drive. You asked about the Flu shots and usually the church heath nurse is the one that pushes it but she has not yet I will try and get a shot from a health clinic....
I hope you will have a great week and look for them miracles around you!
Sister Russell
Sister Thomson in the snow
A swan that was in the middle of the road and it was dying so we moved it to the side so no one run it over 
The blizzard

Ether 12:4 

 Hope is the anchor of the soul