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





Monday, 10 April 2017

April 10th, 2017 – Well I’ve got a job lined up for next summer

So I got transfer emails today.........Well I am getting transferred.... to Saskatoon! But get this Sister Kostiuk is still going to be my companion and we have another sister with us Sister Plowman she is from Alberta too! Sadly Bergland is closing and will be covered by the Warroad sisters.  I am sad to be leaving Bergland and the members here! I am excited and happy that Sister Kostiuk and I will be together another transfer! I we will be driving on Thursday and staying in Regina then go up on Friday to Saskatoon!

Well I painted a deck for members this week it took a bit of time like two days! But it was so much fun and they own a resort and offered us jobs for next summer! I just love them so much they are like our grandparents! 

I hope you all will have a great day and Easter week!

Love,

Sister Russell


Monday, 3 April 2017

​April 3rd, 2017 - I got a Sunburn in March

Hello!!!
Well it is April weird how time goes by so quick! Well we had district meeting in Bergland on Tuesday. So we only had to drive 19ks to our church and the Elders came to us! During the meeting there was a white mouse that ran across the room and then the Elders of course had to have a closer look and the mouse ran into the kitchen. We cornered the mouse and one of the Elders caught it! Wow the Elders where screaming like little girls. The Elder who caught it did not want to kill it so they took the mouse with them so they could let it go in the wild ( how majestic).
Well we went tracting in Rainy River and we took the member who feeds us on Tuesday with us she was a big help! We only had one door slammed in our face which was a miracle in its self! I got sunburn as well it is beautiful here! You can tell it is spring! Well we did the tracting in Rainy and got a new investigator and we taught one person on the door step!! And a few potentials. It makes a difference when you go tracting with one of the locals. We also went visiting teaching with a few sisters in the branch! Conference was great! I loved all the talks I don't think I could pick one because they were all fantastic! Well today we drove to Rainy and parked our car and walked to Baudette! How many people can say that they have walked to another country!
Very exciting news for the Perry family.  I’m happy for them.
Well I hope you all have a great week and if you have not watched conference watch it!
Love,

Sister Russell


 District meeting with the Albino mouse
 I left my companion in the States and I came back to Canada
 Our house in Sleeman Ontario
My March Sunburn- notice where my bag strap was 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Hello! Happy Spring!
It is a beautiful day! Sister Kostiuk and I went on an hour walk it was so nice!  We also spent part of our P day playing with chickens.  This was an eventful week! After we did our emails last Monday we headed to Winnipeg for our zone meeting.  I had exchanges in my old area in Winnipeg. It was nice to know the area better than the sister I was on exchanges with.  I had zone conference on drawing on the powers of heaven! And got to do a lot of driving to Winnipeg and back! On our way back just past Steinbeck, I realized we wouldn’t have enough gas to make it so we went back to Steinbeck to fill up with gas.  After filling up with gas we knew we wouldn’t make it to our supper appointment so we decided to stop for something to eat.  I missed the first two fast food restaurants and ended up at a Dairy Queen.  When we were in the parking lot a man saw our name tags and said “Latter day Saints eh, I believe in the trinity myself”  I said so do we and we visited with him for a few minutes and were able to get his address so the Steinbeck Elders could go visit him.  I went to my first Relief Society activity ever! On Saturday we had an activity at the church before the general women’s broadcast.  We painted on rocks for our activity.  My exciting week ended with me giving a talk in church.... that was basically my week!  I hope you all will have a great week!
Love,
Sister Russell
p.s. Ask the missionaries about prince of peace
 Wally the Walleye in Baudette, Minnesota
Playing with chickens 
Painting rocks for Relief Society


Monday, 20 March 2017

March 20, 2017 – 4 walls who knew

Hello Everyone!
It has been an interesting week! Well like my title I didn't really go anywhere this week we stayed home for most of the week and you should be happy to know we have 4 walls at our house :)Sister Kostiuk was sick for most of it so we stayed home so she could rest but she is better now. We are going to be heading to Winnipeg today for zone conference so we have a 4 hour drive head of us. We went for a district meeting in Fort Frances.  That town is a 1 hour drive east from our house. It is 2.5 times bigger than Claresholm and it is 9 times bigger than Rainy River the biggest town in my area. We do get together with the Warroad sister every couple of weeks. We do a lot of service projects here for the members, we clean their houses and do dishes!
I was asked what the people who live around here do for employment.  Many are retired, some own resorts and others work on the resorts.  Well I hope you all will have a great week!
Love,
Sister Russell
p.s. Please feed your missionaries
Minnesota 
Ontario
Natures own seasoning- only available in the states 
My hair after being in a bun for two days 
Cooking for some members