Sunday, November 17, 2013

"I love the people of Indiana already"

I thought I'd share with you a few excerpts from the letter Hannah sent me on Friday, November 15:

"I love the people of Indiana already and I haven't even met them yet. The thing is, God wouldn't send us somewhere we wouldn't have success. This is the last push and all our job is to gather the last of those who wish to be saved. We may plant some last minute seeds (so to speak) on the way, but this is it. There are some there that are ready and willing to accept the gospel..... When you go with confidence and with God before you, you'll succeed. Period. Mission success isn't measured in numbers, although they're certainly a motivator. If I can talk to and teach 1000 people in a few months, bare testimony and follow God exactly, even if only one accepts the gospel I've succeeded. "

"The most important thing about teaching is rely wholly upon the spirit. And we've been commanded by a prophet or apostle (can't remember which one. I'll look it up later) to invite investigators to baptism on the first visit. It's a commandment. It's really hard, but you have to do it or there will be NO success. "
Hannah is doing great guys! She flies out to Indiana on Tuesday! 

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Hello all! It's Annalyn here. Hannah went to the MTC on Wednesday and we got our first e-mails from her on Friday. To quote her, "the MTC is AMAZING!!!!!". 
She has a cool companion, Sister Sessions who she says is 'adorable'. They already got to teach an investigator. It really sounds like she is having a good time at the MTC. 
My mom told me that as they were driving down the road to the MTC they could instantly feel the spirit there, so thick and strong. She is definitely in the right place!

Here is an excerpt from the e-mail she sent:

"Our whole district is fantastic! We´re like one giant family of brothers and sisters that tease and have so much fun. We really are paying attention and working though. We´ve been able to communicate some amazing ideas between us all and I´ve felt the Spirit constantly since I¨ve been here. I love this place! 
It´s only been 3 days and the days go by so fast, but we learn so much every hour that it feels like we´ve been here for weeks. 
Last night Sister Sessions and I got called to be the Sister Training Leaders! We´re not really like the Zone Leaders, but it´s like a lesser, female version. We´ll help the new districts when they come in next week and show them around the MTC.
Today we talked about the Doctrine of Christ and what it really is and what our purpose (even the purpose of members) is. We aren´t teachers. We don´t do this work. We are the Lord´s helpers. We are here to serve God´s children and introduce them to the process of the Atonement and encourage them to communicate with the Father, where they´ll do the real one-on-one learning. "
 She told me that they are "crazy busy" and study between 3-5 hours  day! And of course, they have to be up at 6 and go to bed at 10:30. There are 6 sisters and 4 elders in their district.

She had some good advice for any future missionaries:
 "One thing about the MTC is appreciate it and your time here! It´s so much fun and we´ve only been here 3 days but it feels like we´ve learned 2 or 3 weeks worth of material! It´s going by so fast and I¨m trying to write in my journal so I can remember everything because I don´t want to forget a single detail of this great experience. 

Elder Su´a gave me some great advice in his last e-mail to me. He said to treat the MTC experience as if it were your whole mission- treat it as if in 2 weeks you´re going home. The way you start and face this experience will set the tone for your entire mission in the field.
We really are one large family and even though we may not be scholars in scripture, there is nothing compared to the testament of the Spirit. The Spirit is the one teaching us and our investigators. All we are is tools in the Lord´s hands. "
That's all for now! 


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Set Apart!

Dear Sister Ruth,

I miss you already!



I am really excited to report that Hannah has officially been set apart as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! I am her sister, Annalyn. I will be updating her blog for her while she is gone.

Today was her last day as a regular person. :) She was set apart around 7:00 p.m. this evening and will be leaving us for the MTC tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. I will really miss her, but i am so happy that she is doing this!

 Hannah on her way to get set apart!

Goodbye Hannah! We will be praying for you always!

Friday, November 1, 2013


Only a few days left! Gah, I don't know what to do with myself. It seems the closer it gets the harder it is to concentrate. :/
I have accomplished a few things though. I've essentially finished packing. Obviously I'll be stuffing in a few last minute things (i.e. garments, towels, makeup, etc.), but otherwise all of my clothes are packed and ready to go!
If you'd like to know what I did, keep reading!

Here's my lovely mess spread before me! It took about 20 minutes to decide where to start... :/

I am using 2 smaller bags to help beat the weight limit! We found these around the house from siblings who had gone out of country, but you can easily find luggage at the D.I. (Deseret Industries) for SUPER CHEAP (like $6 cheap O.o), thrift stores, family or if you want to splurge and get fancy stuff you can go to JCPenney and other department stores.
I started with my largest suitcase and my bulkiest items. I have no idea if there will be snow by the time I get to Indiana, so hopefully they'll give us a report in the MTC before we leave. If there is no snow, I'll start with my boots.

I bought a package of  15 disposable shower caps for less than a dollar and used these on my shoes (but not my boots cause they've never been worn).

Then I placed my scarves and other cold accessories around them.

To start, I ironed all of my shirts and did a mixture of rolling to reduce wrinkles and folding-ish. Here's what I mean:

I laid my clothes over my boots on the hangers. I did about 2 shirts one direction from the long side, and 2 on the other side. 

(Click here for the original video to this packing method.)

From the short side, I folded my skirts in half lengthwise and laid half of them on one end, half on the other.
You can't see it here, but I laid more shirts on top and folded the sleeves in at the natural crease (or at the arm/shoulder seam.
Once I did that, I folded the part of my top shirt layer that was hanging out in, then my skirts and the last layer of my shirts, neatly tucking any ends down the sides of the suitcase.
The bulk of the clothes should be enough that there hopefully won't be too much of a crease, if a crease at all!
In my smaller suitcase I started with my coat. I planned to have more fragile type items in here, so I'm using this as a cushion. I did the same type of idea as above with half the coat hanging out and one arm in.
Next I packed my hair dryer, diffuser and concentrator attachments.
I had some extra shirts for exercising, pajamas, service and undershirts, so I laid those flat on top of one another.
Fold in half and role! Rolling is great at preventing wrinkles, but the bundles can get rather large when you're packing for 18 months!
I placed the bundle toward the edge to keep fragile items from impacting hard while my luggage is being thrown around by TSA. >.<
For items that could spill or explode, I packed them in Ziploc baggies and stuffed them anywhere and everywhere.
For hygiene products, razors and such I packed those in the side zippers inside the front flap of the suitcase, along with my socks and hamper. Everything else I added on top.
Once I placed my shoes in shower caps and added them to my luggage I did have to extend the top flap, BUT they still fit the size requirements. Each suitcase is also within the weight limit- around 30-40 pounds each.

I hope this was useful ladies! Happy packing!

Hairstyles for the miss!

Alrighty, so this isn't that important of a post, BUT I thought I'd do it anyway. Obviously while we brothers and sisters are serving the Lord we want to look our best but we do not have a lot of time in the mornings nor do we have time throughout the day to just go and redo our hair. Sooooo here are some ideas that I've put together for myself on what I can do with my hair in under 10 minutes.
 (For those who are unaware, I have quite long hair. From crown-longest point my hair is 28.25 inches long- in other words: My hair is to my hips.)

I'll post pictures of what I did, how long it took and the original links to my inspiration and their instructions.  For other hairstyles and care tips, click here!

First things first: if you have curly, frizzy hair like me, a hair dryer with diffuser and concentrator attachments WILL be your best friend. On the left I used a round brush with my concentrator and on the right I let my hair air dry.

Products I used:
Hair Dryer
Round Brush

Also, if you want curly hair without using damaging heat, try these curlers. Here are some links to instructional videos: Taylor Swift Curls
            Bombshell Curls
For the most part, all I needed was: 4-5 Bobbi pins, 2 twist pins for buns, 2 clear and 2 black elastics
 Double Twist Bun
Time: 6 minutes
Materials: 2 twist pins, 1-4 Bobbies, 2 black elastics, 2 clear elastics
Original: here
 French Side-Bun
Time: 6 minutes
Materials: 2 twist pins, 5 Bobbies, 1 clear elastic
Original: here

 Side Twist Bun
Time: 7 minutes
Materials: 2 twist pins, 1 Bobbi, 2 black elastics, 1 clear elastic
Original: here

Lace Braid Headband with Bun
Time: 7 minutes
Materials: 2 twist pins, 2 Bobbies, 2 black elastics, 1 clear elastic
Original: here
 Yes, I know the bun is a bit messy... xP

Katniss Braid
Time: 4.5 minutes
Materials: 1 clear elastic
Original: here