Tuesday, 5 September 2017

September 3rd, 2017  25 perogies later
Sorry for all the pictures but that pretty much explains my week. The top three is Sister Patac and I tracting and we decided we were going to knock on every door even if they don't have steps to them! Then guess what we found. And then it is a picture we took because it was pretty outside just like how wonder the gospel of Jesus Christ is! A picture of my skirt before I burnt it for my one year mark. I one year picture and a cake to celebrate. The shirt while it was burning. The district photo for after district meet.  perogies because we had a perogies eating contest and I ate 25 perogies in 20 minutes because I did not one to do the punishment. (the most  someone ate was 55) And no one puked so that is good right. I felt like I was going to but I didn't.
The picture of the skirt after it was burned 
I got to see Sister Smith this week! It was great seeing her! 
Sister Patac made me a sign for my year mark 
I had an exchange this week with Sister Jimenez and we came out together. It was a lot of fun!
I saw this sign on my exchange and thought it was funny 

Well I hope you have a great week!
Love,
Sister Russell










August 28, 2017 I am losing my marbles!

Hello Po!
I hope you are all doing well and got to see the eclipse sadly I didn't it rained all day :( 
A year ago today I gave my farewell talk in sacrament meeting. It has been memory lane this week. 
Well, we got a media referral on Monday and she pretty much wanted to know the plan of salvation. So we taught that to her twice and we are planning to see her again this week! We got to teach a little bit to a former investigator and we will see her again this week. On Thursday morning we got a text from a member in another ward giving us a referral to his friends and he asked us to come to their place so we could introduce ourselfs to the friends and we got to teach with him to his friends on Thursday night so it was after transfer that day so I had Sister Patac with me so it was a really spiritual  lesson. The reason why we taught them is because on Saturday they moved in to our ward boundaries! I am so excited to teach them again!!!! Helping them move was a lot of fun to!!! Well this family’s old apartment was by these giant marbles and Sister Dungan and I always wanted to take a picture with the will I got to take pictures after try a few times and it never working!  Sister Dungan is in Regina she is happy to be close to the temple for her last transfer. Sister Patac has been out 9 months. She served 6 months in the Phippines waiting for her visa. And she has been in Canada for 3 months! 
Well I hope you have a great week! 
Mahal Kita!
Sister Russell


Monday, 21 August 2017

August 21st, 2017   First FHE on the mission! Boy I have truly missed out

Hello,
Well this has been a busy week I think it’s because it is already Monday and I don't know where the time went so it must have been busy.
I cut an elder`s hair on last P-day I don't think he will ask me again because, well.- . ya.  We met up with one of our investigators Aaron and we just went over what he was reading in the book of Mormon chapter 8-11 .Tuesday we had district meeting. We also met up with a less active family. Wednesday we did tracting and did some stop bye’s nothing exciting. Thursday we visited with another less active. We helped with the relief society activity for bit. We went to a Filipino’s house that evening and had a family home evening with them and the bishop`s family (so that is the picture with the lots of people I felt really white (I really need to work on my tan)) It was so much fun even though it was mostly in Tagalog I am starting to pick out a few words! And there was so much great food there!!! Friday we did weekly planning   and then we went over to a less actives. We got fed by a member Friday and that was a lot of fun too! After that we went over to the church so we could meet Aaron our investigator and give him a church tour! The church has such a spirit and we had a member with us who is an RM actually from his mission! So it was fantastic! Saturday We able to have a lesson with the recent converts from Thompson and their Grandma! It was super nice being able to have the grandma involved a little bit! Sunday we had church. So Sister Dungan and I had to make sure we got the Thompson Kids to church so we waited for them to get down and in the car with the members. So we came into church just as they were saying well good morning starting the meeting. Then as they were announcing they said Sister Russell can you help with the music so I had to be chorister for sacrament meeting. I was a little off beat but people seemed happy that I did it even so much I was the chorister in Relief society Meeting. We had pot luck after church! It was great! We also had a supper appointment  with another Filipino family super good!
Well it is transfer day again..... I am staying here and sadly Sister Dungan is not going to be my companion. My new companion is Sister Patac she is also from the Philippines! So I will still be learning Tagalog. 
I hope you have a great week! 
Love,
Sister Russell 

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




August 6th, 2017 – Terry fox Day

Hello Hello,
Well I hope all of you had great week! This week has been a good one for me! I had my interview this transfer with President Craig. I made it the first 5 minutes of the interview without crying! I am pretty proud about that. I love the interviews they always make me feel so much better! On Wednesday we had supper at our Bishops house! It was a party we had 5 sets of missionaries there. I am learning a little bit of Tagalog.! On Saturday we got to teach a lady that another set of missionaries have been teaching (they only taught her once or twice and then found out where she lives and she lives in our area!!!!) and She is from the Philippines she does not speak a lot of English so sister Dungan taught her in Tagalog. We invited her to baptism for Sept 11!!!! It has been a long time since I have taught someone with a baptism dates so we are hopeful that it will stick. And that day to make it even better we got a media referral!!!!!!!! The last media referral I got was in Winnipeg in February so it has been a while!!!! And she referred herself!!!!! I will let you know more about it next week!! We had 3 supper appointments this week and that was great!!!!!!!! We don't get fed a lot here :( So today is a holiday Terry Fox day so this morning there was like no traffic and the Walmart was like deserted! It was so nice! This afternoon we went to the Forks! I recommend it if you are ever in Winnipeg! Well I hope you have a fantastic week! 
I talked in church yesterday.  I had a half page of notes but talked for 11 minutes.  Sister Dungan said it was a good talk.

Love,
Sister Russell
mustaches;)
self on a bench  with Sister Dungan
 I only put a few pictures on my wall 

siting at the Forks hanging out with bears



July 31st, 2017
Hello!
Well it has been a good busy week! The best kind right!!!! I got to do to serve, activities which is my favorite!!! Gardening (I hope they don't die because I have a black thumb) and Painting! I went on exchanges. Got lost... Dying of heat in low 30's and humid like after going on a run as soon as you go outside. That is my week in a nut shell.  I hope you have a fantastic week!
Love, 
Sister Russell



Monday, 17 July 2017

Hymn No 101 – Do you know it?

Hello!
So nothing exciting happened. So it was transfer week but since we are both staying together we did not have to say goodbyes or hellos. We are having zone conference tomorrow so hopefully I will have more to say next week. Well for zone conference a few of us in city missionaries are going to sing. We are singing hymn 101. I have never heard of it in my life, luckily we have practice for a few hours before our meeting so hopefully it will sound alright and I will know it better then than I did before.

We did tracting and finding. We got to teach a few lessons. sorry there isn't much to tell this week. Hopefully I have more to tell next week.

I hope you have a great week!

Love,
Sister Russell








July 10th , 2017
Shocker! Well I am staying..
Hello Everyone,
Transfers Day and I am staying in Gateway with Sister Dungan. So I was pretty shocked that we are staying together because she has been in Gateway for 6 months already and after this transfer she will have been here for 7 and a half and only have a transfer left. 
So nothing to exciting has happen this week. The Elders had another baptism this week and we sang Sweet hour of prayer with a few other missionaries. We went to a soup kitchen on Thursday and it was a lot of fun! 
Well I hope you have a great week!

I hope you have a great week!

Love,
Sister Russell

 

Monday, 3 July 2017

July 3rd, 2017 Ticks, - Well at least I don’t have lice yet.

Hello Everyone,
So we went hiking today and let me just say all of us had A LOT of ticks on us. So when we were driving back to our cars we were pulling ticks off of each other. The worst part is they look a lot like bedbugs! 

We got to go on Exchanges this week and I went with Sister Demille in the London area! It was nice being back in my old area. And Sister Demille is a blast to be around!
On Canada Day the Gateway Elders had a baptism and it was great! And the all the Missionaries in the London and Gateway and the St. James area went to have poutine for Canada day! We also had a sleep over at the London sisters apartment for Canada Day because we could go watch the fireworks! It was a lot of fun! 
We found 3 new investigators this week which is great! Sadly we are had over one of them to the YSA Elders!
I hope you have a great week!
Love,
Sister Russell
--
Ether 12:4 

 Hope is the anchor of the soul




Thursday, 29 June 2017

June 26, 2017 -- The Tender Mercies of the Lord

Hello everyone!
Is is amazing how fast Mondays come! Well we did a lot of finding this week..... The Elders in our ward baptized 2 people on Saturday! The baptism was great! The spirit was so strong. It was a mother and her son! We got to sing a musical number for it called The Tender Mercies  of the Lord you can look it up on lds.org and from that song she new the church was true. And so when we sang it, it brought tear to her face and the spirit was so strong! Oh we also have been listening to a lot of John Bytheway talks and you should listen to Turn off the TV and get a life. It is really good! 
I hope you have a great Canada Day! 
Love,
Sister Russell
Ether 12:4 

 Hope is the anchor of the soul


On the Red River and with Sister Dugan 

Monday, 19 June 2017

June 19th, 2017 – Happy Fathers Day

Hello,
So there was so much this week.... I had zone conference this week. It was really great and super spiritual; you could feel the spirit so strong. So for every zone conference all the missionaries have to prepare a 5 minute talk on a topic that they give us.  My topic was "What think ye of Christ." Well I did not think I would have to give it because I gave mine last zone conference.... I was wrong.... I have really grown my testimony of the Savior. Well when I got up there the tears filled my eyes I couldn't even see my page. I started by reading I know that my Redeemer lives!... It was a very spiritual day! Well Sister Dungan and I did a lot of tracting and also street contacting his week. We also got to help out with Winnipeg Harvest.  On Tuesday we went around and delivered flyers and then on Saturday we went around and helped collect the food for the food bank.  That’s called Winnipeg Harvest.
So the bedbugs situation; we have not seen any since we moved. We are now living in a different apartment. I still have a lot of my stuff at the other apartment. Right now the plan is to stay away from that apartment.  Once we got told to leave we are trying to not go back until we have to move all of our stuff because if we are not there the bedbugs should leave because they have no one to feed off of.  So that was my week here in Winnipeg! 
I hope you have a great week! 
Love,
Sister Russell
--
Ether 12:4

Hope is the anchor of the soul

So true for this missionary 

Beautiful City 

Monday, 12 June 2017

June 12th, 2017 - Oh oh half way there, oh oh living on a prayer...

Hello,
Well I think you are all wondering about the bed bug problem... Well let’s just say I have thought a lot about burning everything I own because they don't like heat and heat kills them... but I haven't yet.  So on Tuesday night we stayed at another apartment that hasn’t been used for a few months it is close to the church but it is not in our area but I haven't seen any bedbugs! We also bagged our whole apartment and sprayed it with rubbing alcohol. And we also dried everything for 30 minutes. We stayed there because our apartment got fumigated on Wednesday. We stayed at the other apartment Wednesday. Thursday we went back and everything looked good and they set up 7 traps. Friday morning when we got up I saw a bed bug and called the mission office. Well we are now living in the other apartment we stayed the 2 nights in till they find as a new apartment. We also called the fumigator that we used for the bedbugs  He told us it is normal to see them after and if we continue to see them after a week we need to call him and they will spray again. So before we went over we had to dry everything that we brought in for 30 minutes. We have gone to the laundry mat so much that the ladies working there know who we are really well.  Well anyway we still moved to the other apartment and I still spray myself with rubbing alcohol  before I leave. I still look I am still living out of garbage bags. but I haven't seen any which is really nice.
! I got to witness the Elders giving the sacrament to a lady that couldn’t come to church. It was nice to see and I could feel the spirit as strong in her room as in the church. It is amazing to know that the church is the same wherever you go and it has that spirit. When the Elders were preparing they asked us to sing a sacrament song and we sang “I stand all amazed”, I just love the song and the spirit it brings!

I hope you all will have a great week!
Love,

Sister Russell
Preparing the Bed bug potion 
With sister Dugan 

Monday, 5 June 2017

June 5th, 2017- Don’t let the bed bugs bite.

Hello everyone,
FACTS
-Bedbugs lay 1-5 eggs a day
-Rubbing alcohol can be used as a repellent

Well it has been a long week. On Tuesday I broke my camera :( So I can’t do a video.)  I am only going to write the interesting stuff. Well on Wednesday I started the journey to Winnipeg.. I drove to Regina, we stayed the night in Regina. We got up at 5 and started the drive to Winnipeg. I think the TIWI (driving alert box) only got mad at me 4 times because of my speed during the two 2 days of driving. The other sister I took turns driving to Winnipeg.  There is nothing to see.  I will rephrase that. You can see for miles and still not see a thing. When we got to the church, I was assigned Sister Dungan as my companion. She is from the Philippines she was assigned to this ward the same time I got transferred to Winnipeg the first time so she has served here for 4 1/2 months.  I was on splits with her before. We got a new car it had 102 km on it when I got it! It is a Toyota RAV 4 2017 I think. Well as soon as we got to our apartment I vacuumed the floor I wouldn't say it was dirty... well anyway I vacuumed a black bug I didn't think much of it. Then in the morning (Friday) Sister Dungan found a Bedbug on my bed! And she as 2 areas with bites so we called and told the office. They said we needed to catch one or send pictures of the bites. So we went to the store and bought rubbing alcohol.. We vacuumed every corner of our apartment and sprayed it with rubbing alcohol. I do have to admit we got high off of it. We sent pictures of Sister Dungan’s bites and they are bedbug bites. But they did not call us till the evening. Well just after they called us I saw a bed bug run into our apartment from the door from the halls so I caught it. So this week of being in Winnipeg I have caught 3 bedbugs so far. I have washed all our clothes..... It has been very stressful!
I hope you are having a better week then me!

Love,

Sister Russell
The birthday girl 

Monday, 29 May 2017

May 30th, 2017 – Last day of being young

Hi,
Thank you all for the birthday wishes- Thank you for the video of Oakley singing happy birthday
So I guess by now you have already heard that I am going back to Winnipeg.... The scary part is I will be driving. We had a really busy week planned.  Unfortunately most of our appointments fell through.  One high light was we went to visit a sister who hasn’t been to church in awhile.  She said “do you mind if my daughter sits in on this discussion” So now we have another person to teach which is really nice.  On Friday we had zone conference and our interviews with the mission president.  (You can see the official zone meeting pictures on the Craig’s face book page)  On Saturday we went with some members to assist with their annual city clean up.  They have adopted some alleys in town that they clean every year.  All I can say is some people discard some very interesting items.  I also met a lady named Sylvia (Shields) Loveridge who said she used to baby sit Uncle Dale.  Next update will be from Winnipeg. 
Love,

Sister Russell

Monday, 22 May 2017

7 months and 3 days till Christmas

Hello Everyone!
Happy Victoria Day! I hope you have had a great sunny week!
So nothing too exciting happened this week... But I think the miracle of the week was when we decided to go to an investigators house and we saw her and she was packing her bags because she was moving that night. You may think why is this a miracle.  Well it is a miracle to know that she is moving instead of us buzzing her door wondering what happened to her.
I cut Sister Kostiuk hair Saturday night.... It has been a long time since I cut hair...... I still know how to hold the scissors.... but cutting is a different thing.  I really hope it’s even. I hope you all will have a great week!
Love,

Sister Russell



Monday, 15 May 2017

May 14th, 2017 – The one and only Mother’s Day

This week has been really good. The only downside is I have been sick. On the bright side we have a new investigator and a baptism date with her! I hope you got to speak with your Mother`s and those mother role models in your life!!!
So I read a talk from President Gordon B. Hinckley from October 2007 General Conference called Slow to Anger. I have seen and I guess have experienced getting angry   easily or mad at some really stupid things! I have seen so much road rage on my mission it is crazy how people even myself get so mad and we don't even know them. I have learned a lot from this talk how I don't want to get mad at stupid things like road rage. So from this talk I really want to work on getting less angry or "hangry" because when I am mad I cannot think straight and I know that anger is from the devil (Ecclesiastes 7:9).  So will you join me this week and be slow to anger? And If you have not read this talk or it has been awhile read it!
I hope ya have a great week!
Love,
Sister Russell


Ether 12:4



Monday, 8 May 2017

Kenzie’s Mission Blog

May 8th, 2017  I found out my new rain coat isn’t water proof

So it started to rain more heavily yesterday evening and I thought my coat was rain proof... I guess it wasn't because my arms where wet. Well news with me I got a call from my mission president and he told us there would be a new sister from another mission coming into our mission and so we would not be in a tri-pan anymore which is really sad. So Sister Kostiuk and I are still together in our same ward but Sister Plowman was leaving lucky for us she is still in the same city so we will still see her lots. We got black boxes installed in our car so it talks to us if we are speeding, stop to quickly, not wearing our seat belt and at the end of every transfer we will get a grade on our driving! Doesn't that sound like fun! 
Something I have never done before that we did is we tracted an apartment building and we got a new investigator from doing that!! 
Well I hope you all will have a great week and remember that it is Mother's day on Sunday!
Love,
Sister Russelll
The Tri-pan enjoying the Easter Blizzards you told us to enjoy 


With Maxine 

Monday, 1 May 2017

May 2nd Clean Your Ovens

Happy May!
It is crazy how fast time flies by!
Well I have done a lot of service this week! I got to clean an oven for some people that are moving and I cleaned it for2 solid  hours. I have got to help clean and help drywall tape and mud. I do love doing service!!! (Mosiah 2:17) Meadow Green ward is very nice and I am learning more every day! I hope you have a great week! And look for the miracles around you!
Love,

Sister Russell

An elephant in a tree 


Monday, 24 April 2017

April 24, 2017 A service project in skirts

Hello everyone!
I hope you have had a good week!
I really don't have much to write about. This week I have learned most of our area so that is a plus!.  We did have the opportunity to provide a service by helping pull down a basement ceiling.  It was very dusty, we hadn’t dressed properly for the project but it was fun.  
Love ya

Sister Russell



Monday, 17 April 2017

April 17th, 2017 - The Three Saskateirs

I hope you are all doing well and happy Easter! It is weird to think that this is my 4th Easter away from home.
It is always hard to say good bye.  I am really going to miss Bergland it has a piece of my heart!
I am excited to share the message of the Restoration to the people of Saskatoon though. 
So Sister Kostiuk and I drove to Winnipeg on Thursday!  When we got there we switched vehicles and went to Regina. We stayed the night in Regina then drove to Saskatoon on Friday. That is a total of 12 hours of driving.
We are tri-panning in Saskatoon.  The third sister is Sister Plowman is from Airdre Alberta. There are three wards in Saskatoon.  Ryerson Seguin is the ward mission leader in our ward.  I also got to see Mark Tanner at church on Sunday.

Nothing too overly exciting I hope you have a good Easter!
Love,
Sister Russell
Ether 12:4 
 ​  

 Hope is the anchor of the soul