Saturday, December 5, 2015

Sick, Adventurous, Rainy, Cold. I love it.

Mini Mish Reunion Pic "borrowed" from Azariah McCarthy-Kelly's fb profile page
Sister Kelly in the middle lives in Limerick & served a mini-mission in Glasgow last year @ this time when Sister Stribling broke her toe shortly after entering the SIM mission field.  Her first companion Sister Dias and current companion Sister Prescott are shown here at a recent gathering/conference.  We are all blessed to have Azariah and her family for all that they do to help the SIM missionaries!


Well, I have just accepted the sad fact that I will probably be sick all winter. Oh well. Let's move on. So this last week had been kinda crazy. In between of being sick and trying to rest, we have been pretty busy. On Monday... we didn't do too much. One of the members of the mission presidency came over to our flat for a visit.. Fun stuff. Did I tell you that last week?! I can never remember these things!! 

Okay hold on one second. ALL of the Elders have yelled at me because last week I called them lame in my blog/email. Dear Everyone reading this...if you have an Elder here in Bangor Northern Ireland.. Sometimes they are lame.. It's true.. Other times they are really nice and helpful. Sometimes they send us on wild goose chases to find them ping pong balls. They are all crazy.. That's that. Sometimes they bring chocolate to our front door when we tell them to, other times they drive by and laugh at us when we are drowning in the rain. But really, they're great. 

Okay so back to Monday, We went on a wild chase to find the Elders some ping pong balls because that is what they wanted to do for p-day. Fun stuff. I am horrible at ping pong btw. They are really good though. They just don't want me to play because I cheat too much. HA! Fair enough. We had dinner with the elders and we went over to the Bleakley's house, on Maxwell road! I took a picture for mom (Mom's family name) but I forgot my camera at home today.. so no pics today...hopefully next week.

Tuesday we had our District meeting. Good stuff! our District leader, Elder Perkes, he is so good! Seriously! He helps us out so much! But, I don't know whether it's because he wants to or because our mission president makes them be nice to us.. Haha no just kidding! He really takes time to do things that help us out a ton! Like this week we did Finding in the city with them. I don't know what is different about it but it is just different. They were in shock because a man with ear phones in stopped and talked to us and we were in shock because they are really dang good at stopping people. Things to learn. We got hot chocolate with them because they were feeling down a bit and asked me how I deal with it, to which I replied, Chocolate! Chocolate is the answer to everything.  Had dinner with Lisa Crawford.

Wednesday we went and taught our friend "J", with Sister Lisa Crawford. It was good. We read in Alma Chapter 32 with him. He is going to try to pray for help to gain faith. He is definitely an interesting person! That's for sure!! He's great. After that I was about to fall over dead so Sister Crawford took us home and I had to sleep. She is so sweet though!!! She went and got me soup and tissues and orange juice and medicine!! SHE IS SO LOVELY! I was just in awe when I found that out. Had dinner with the Coulters.

Thursday, turkey day. No turkey :( oh man...I will have to double up next year (; haha! We went out and we tried by a TON of people who used to be taught by missionaries. Good stuff, but none of them were interested, as per usual. We Had dinner with the Peacock family and they are great. Their son is coming home off his mission soon so they are all excited about that. Man...I don't even want to think about going home! Mom, Dad, I am never coming home. sorry. 

Friday, we went to Newtownards and painted "Z's" house for her. So much fun! We got paint all over ourselves. 

Saturday, we had coordination and then we went to Newtownards with the Elders and did finding out there.
 
Sunday, Church was so good. There was talks all about the Europe area plan, bringing a friend, becoming self reliant, and finding an ancestor, So good! We had lunch with the Bowen's, they are from South Africa. They are so funny. And we had Dinner with the Harkness' and Brother Harkness was telling us all about his crazy mission stories! So funny. 

Hey, I love you all!!!!! Lots! And I hope that you are all doing well!! My ponderizing scripture this week is Alma 37:17....go read it and ponder on it.... 
The Lord will always remember us!! No matter what! love you!!!!!! ~Sister Stribling    

(Don't forget to write a missionary!  Do It!  please)

Monday, November 23, 2015

I met an Apostle!!! Elder M. Russell Ballard

I AM SICK!! I might die. Okay, I wont die...but I am sick. Sister Thompson bought me some medicine, like a ton of medicine. So that should help me! I will survive everyone...don't worry!!
Well, let's just jump right to the point of this whole email this week...I met Elder M. Russell Ballard of the quorum of the 12 Apostles in Dublin, Ireland. He shook BOTH of my hands!!! Woah...Watch out! I am his favorite. I know it. 

---Ha funny insert story--I was talking to President Donaldson at lunch time on Saturday and told him, "Hey President, sometimes I tell people I am your favorite just to make them jealous. And he said, "Sister Stribling I do the same thing." Haha too funny huh?! end of funny story---

 I love Irish rainbows!!!!!!!

Elder Ballard is so funny! He is such a nice man! I am so happy that I had the opportunity to be here in Ireland and to meet him. It was great! He told us many things like ways we can become better teachers, and it has really inspired me. I mean can we all just think about it for a second...every day we teach people. I don't care who you are, where you are, WHAT you are, You are a teacher, at least that's what I (Sister Stribling) think. If you think otherwise, let me know why.  So, I teach people about Jesus Christ and how they can know him personally and how through him they can return and live with their family forever. Even though we may teach well and people can understand us, things seem to be going alright, I mean, people get baptised. So, I am not the worst teacher because they understand, but, I can always be better. So that is my goal. I need to be a better teacher! I am working on it! Studying things out more and really understanding what it is that I am supposed to do. It might take a while but it's a start. 

One thing that we were invited to do is to bind ourselves. It was really interesting actually. Elder Kearon of the Seventy talked to us about it and how we need to be willing to act. He said we can feel the spirit and if we do not act, it will leave, and those feelings will disappear. The spirit invites us to change and to do. It is a good thing to do. Think about how many times a day we feel the spirit and how many times do we ignore it? I know I do it all the time!!! It is so easy!  But, as I have been trying to notice the spirit talking to me more, I have been feeling a lot better about when we are out talking to people on the street and really just in everything! It's great! Do it! 

This week we haven't really done much, we had our exchanges with the STL's (Sister Training Leaders) in Dublin. So that was fun. Sister Wagner also came over to Dublin so I got to see her. She is great ahah! Being at the MTC with her was the best! Yesterday...I hit my 13 month mark.... EW! That is horrible and it makes me so sad! I am never coming home! Sorry Mom and Dad. (; Anyway, we took a forever long journey on a bus back up to Bangor. haha Busses are so bad! There is no way to sleep comfortable on a bus. I have tried every single way! No Hope.

Sunday night, we had dinner with the Elders in our District. They are alright... they can be lame sometimes but we are whipping them into shape. Haha, if you can call it that! No just kidding! They are actually really great! They help us out a lot! So, yeah, I think that is about all of our adventures for this week... Um...I have been having some pretty crazy dreams lately.. need to stop drinking hot chocolate before bed.. hahaha 

Hey, I love you all!! Be good!! WRITE TO ME OR I WILL be sad.. 

Sister Cedara Stribling
4 Ava House
244 Clandeboye Road
Bangor BT19 1QB
Northern Ireland
My favorite kind of Sunsets!! All pink.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Bangor!

The 3 ferry Sisters! Me, Sister Skagen, and Sister Muller 

Well. Let me tell you I thought Kirkcaldy was cold.. WHOA it is freezing here! And rainy. Way more rainy than ever before in my life. Well this computer is old and crazy so I might have to make this one short for the sake of actually getting it sent! 
   So on Monday back in Kirkcaldy we went and saw some people and said bye. Then we went and had Dinner with "J" and Heather Thompson came with us. "J" is so wonderful. I am so excited to hear about his baptism and all that good stuff! Oh man I sure do miss everything in Kirkcaldy! But...I do like it here in Bangor so that's good too!
 
 The bridge..... In Kirkcaldy
 Me and Alison WIlson (: love her! 

   Tuesday was more of running around with our heads chopped off trying to talk to people and finish everything so we could leave at 6. Sister Raferty came and helped us move some chairs into the flat and took us to dinner and to the train station. It was so nice of her! We got on a train to Dundee and then I left Sister Jackson there and got on another train to Edinburgh. Then from the train station Sister DeMille and I walked to the Sisters flat. I am surprised we found it! Well, we walked to the Mission home and then got a lift to the flat. We didn't even get lost! Go team! 

   Wednesday was so much travelling! We got on a bus at like 7 and then we got to the ferry and had a 3 hour Ferry journey. It wasn't actually that bad!!! Thanks for all of your prayers...they worked! I didn't even get sick! So we got to Belfast, took another train to Bangor, and the stake resident picked us up at the station and took us home. The members are so good it's exciting to be here! We walked around the city and tried to get lost so that we could find some new ways to get around. Then we called everyone in our area book and 2 of them said we can see them this week. So that is exciting! 
 Cool kids on the Ferry. Me & Sister Skagen and Elders Perkes, Carmichael, Jaroz, Yip

As we were walking into the city on Saturday I got this feeling that we needed to go and chap a certain street, so I told Sister Prescott and we went. No one was interested! Until we got to the very last door and met an old guy in a run down house with broken down cars all around it. He had met missionaries before and told us we could come back again! Then Saturday night we were trying to find out where some members lived, (the Harkness' family) because we were having dinner with them. Well we found it and had like 30 minutes, so we decided to chap some more. The second door we chapped on, this lady let us in! She told us about how she had lost her husband last year and how she wanted to see him again. So we taught her and she told us we could come back in a week. It was so exciting! She is wonderful! 

Here in Bangor it's good! So it is! Everything is new and exciting! I'm just trying to get the hang of this whole thing. Wish me luck! Thank you for your prayers! I love you all!! 
~Sister Stribling

Monday, November 9, 2015

Moves Call--to Northern Ireland!

 Cool spider web as we were exercising outside 

Well, if you all haven't heard yet... I have been summoned to Northern Ireland! I will be serving in Bangor near Belfast. I am excited!!! My new companion will be Sister Prescott, It's funny because I lived with her when I was in Glasgow! We lived together for like 8 weeks. So it will be so good!! We will be Whitewashing in! Crazy! So neither of us has been there. Man it will sure be an adventure this transfer, oh  and Thanksgiving is this transfer.. Hopefully there are some Americans there (; haha too good. Only bad part.. Getting back on that ferry... I may die... so stay tuned for next week... (mom note--Sister Stribling got so badly seasick the first time she crossed on the ferry during transfer from Glasgow to Limerick...so please pray for calm seas for her on Wednesday move)

Now just to bug Sister Kate Bloomfield (; IT IS FREEZING COLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And raining.. The street near our flat has flooded!!!!!! It was crazy! but it gave me a good excuse to wear my wellies so I was happy about that! Scotland just has to rain so much so that everything can be all green and pretty! I guess it is a sacrifice we all need to make! 

Monday this week was normal, so that was good. We went with the Elders to KFC. Oh man, I love KFC. So that was fun. Did some emailing, did some grocery shopping and then we walked around the town looked at some charity shops fun fun stuff!! We had Family Home Evening with the Thompson's. Our friend "E" came and it was really good. We talked about how we need to S.M.I.L.E! In 2 Nephi 9:39, To be Spiritually Minded Is Life Eternal. It was really good and we made some rice krispie treats mmmm. 
 We were in charge of watching the Thompson's house for 15 minutes. 
 Made toffee apples 
(DONT worry, we cleaned the hob)

TUESDAY we had our District meeting as usual. Elder Livingston is pretty cool. We did some fake chapping. So we had a "True to the Faith" book and we had to open it to a random page and then teach that person about whatever it said. Now there were some crazy ones in there. Like "Hey we are just out talking to people about death." haha.. yeah they would have just shut the door for sure. Or when we flipped to the Law of Chastity, of divorce or some other crazy things in there. It was really good though! We were supposed to be trying to find new ways to talk with people so that's good. Sometimes when you are chapping you can get so bored so that is no good. It makes it so much more fun and interesting when you switch things up a bit! After District meeting the Elders made us some pasta for lunch. They're nice to us sometimes... We were walking over to the bus station and we met this guy named "F" and we were talking to him but he wasn't interested. So we asked him about his family and if he had any advice for us for when we go home.. Haha so "F" said, "Look girls, you need to take your time, I got married when I was 32. and when you find him[or her I don't know what you like] you will just know! You need to look for the sparkle in their eye, and if they don't have it, move on." Wise words from an old Scotsman. He was too funny. Later on we had Sign language class and learned to sign a hymn so that was good!

Wednesday, we walked along the pram talking with people. It was cold, so they didn't want to talk to us very much. haha oh well! We still talk! We had some lunch after that. I think I made broccoli cheese soup but maybe that was the other day.. yeah I don't know.. We walked over to the old flat to clean everything. Good stuff (not really) It's gross. But not anymore! We cleaned it! Not done yet though. A little more to do but since we are both leaving the new (incoming) Elders will have to do it! then we went and taught "J" with Alison (Sister Wilson) and we went over his baptism calendar. We have taught him everything now! He is praying for a baptism date! 

Thursday, we walked along the pram again. We do that most mornings just so you know. There was a man fishing so we went and talked with him, mostly because I wanted him to offer me a go. He didn't.. so we talked to him about fish and how I used to go fishing with Dad. But he is too patient for us and we always get so bored and want to leave... but he doesn't let us leave until everyone gets their 4 fish. He thought that was too funny. If you are ever wondering, fish the incoming tide. I hear its better. We saw "L" with Sister Bloomfield and that was good. We read in Ether 3 with him. Miracles happen!!

Friday, we went to Ladybank to see our friend "A" with one of the members there named Amy. The lesson went good. "A" said that she will write down the blessings that she sees each day so that's exciting for her. We went and cleaned the old flat a little more, then we went and taught "J" with Sister Brown. Friday was a pretty busy day. We missed the bus and ended up taking the train, so that was fun. It was WAAAYY shorter than the bus. 
We took the train! It is so crazy to me. trains.. hmm. 

Saturday, we saw "F" as usual.  Our bus broke down while we were at the bus station so we were sitting there for like 15 minutes and then a new bus finally came! Sheesh! We were only like 20 minutes late and "F" wasn't mad so it was all okay! We tried by some of our friends in Coaltown of Wymess but none of them were in!!! Crazy! We will miss them! 

Sunday was so good! Remembrance Sunday. Everyone wears poppy's to remember all of the lives affected by the wars. We also stand for 2 minutes in silence. I stood with Sister Gowans. She is so sweet! I love her! We went to Elders Quorum this Sunday. That was exciting! We had to go in order to sign for Andrew. It was too funny because they all (the men in Elder's Q) didn't know what to do! After Church we went over to Sister Gowans house and had lunch with her. Then we went and tried by "M", but she was busy so we weren't able to go in and talk with her. Later on, we got our shocking moves calls. Sister Jackson is going to Stornoway and I am going to the North! 

Sister GOWAN! I love her!!! She gave me an old copy of the Book of Mormon.  

This week has been something crazy. I am grateful for the time that I have had to be here in Kirkcaldy and to learn and grow with all of the members here. I am excited for this new adventure! Love you all!! ~Sister Stribling

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Week 52ish .....Woah!

Well...This has been a pretty exciting week so it has! We have traveled so much and had so many meetings and lessons and we moved flats!! WOO! 
Sisters McBride, Dias, me and Jackson.. I blinked. 

It all started out on Monday when we had our Sisters Conference. It was really good!! Sister Stewart and Sister DeMille picked us up and drove us down to Edinburgh. We had some little classes and people talking to us about everything from our personalities to how to accessorize...too funny!! I found out that my personality is very unique to say the least.. haha! Most people were spread out over, "hurry up", "be strong", "please others", "being liked" and there was another one but I don't remember (the label). But for a whopping 24/25 points, I got "be strong"! Thanks Mom. HA! It was scary accurate. We had a lesson/demonstration thingy about food and that was exciting to begin with.. And then they told us how to eat healthy, so we are practicing that! After our Sister Conference we went to see "M.R.". She is the best! Every time we go there I leave about to wet myself. She is so funny!! (Don't worry people, that was sarcastic.. I don't actually pee on myself.. that would be really gross....) 

Tuesday!!!! We had District meeting in the morning and Sister Stewart (my last companion) is in my district so it was just like old times!! Haha too good! I seriously love her so much! She is going home in 3 months!! And Sister Dias (my very 1st companion) is going home in December!! Ah All of my favorite people!! So sad! We learned about using our time wisely and how we can be more effective while we are finding and teaching people! We chapped a street called Cairn street. That was good. I don't know what time everyone is supposed to be home but everyone always seems to be out and about! We will need to find the best time! We sure do chap a lot of doors! We had our Book of Mormon class. We are on 2 Nephi 8. It's good! Read it! We also had our Sign Language class and we learned a section of Doctrine and Covenants. Exciting stuff! 

Wednesday!! We had a lesson bright and early with "J" at Sister Brown's house. Oh man, let me tell you...the Spirit was there. And it was slapping everyone in the face basically. It was so STRONG! God is real. He is there. He Listens to us, and He loves us. We have invited "J" to be baptised about 99 times now. He knows the Church is true, but he feels scared, which is totally understandable. I mean it is a HUGE decision! This last Wednesday, "J" felt the Spirit. I know he did. And he wants to be Baptised, so we are working with him to find a date that he feels good about. During the lesson, I felt the Spirit so strong. Probably the strongest I have ever felt it in my life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's church on the earth. That is true. I know it. After "J" we had some lunch and then we went with Sister Bloomfield to see "L". We read with him in Mosiah chapter 24 about trials and how we can overcome them. "L" is so wonderful. He is so prepared! He feels the spirit so much! After "L" we went and saw our friend "E" and her gran. They are both doing really well. We chatted with them and then walked home in the freezing cold rain and that was fun! It is the best when your flats are already soaked and so then you can jump in as many puddles as you want because hey, your flats are already soaked, so it doesn't make any difference! 
Me and Sister Jackson waiting on the bus that we found out our passes were expired & so we had to walk 30 minutes to our lesson and we were late! HA!

Thursday! We did some papers and we had lunch with Sister Sally Brown. She gave us Shepard's pie, lamb, gravy and potatoes. It was really good! She is so great! She is like 90 yrs young and she still does everything in her power to share the gospel! She told us about this lady down the street and told us to go by her and talk to her. So after we had lunch and I hoovered her stairs then we went and tried by this lady she told us about, "F". She is sick but she told us to come back this week, so we will! We had dinner with the Lairds, Indian food, good stuff. They are so funny! 

Side note..-Some lady just came into the church and asked me to phone the police... Then she said she was going back to the mental hospital.. she just left.. Man, Kirkcaldy is interesting. 

Friday, We got a call and were told we have a new flat! WOOO! So we had to pack all of our stuff. We saw "J" again and the lesson was really good. We brought Heather with us. She is amazing!  So we taught "J" and we packed up our flat .

Saturday, We were on Exchanges for about 6 hours. Good stuff! I was with Sister Stewart again. Ha, I love her! And we went and taught "J" again with Sister Raferty. We invited him to be baptised on November 14th, but he said he wants to wait til January... Sad stuff. We prayed with him about it and he said he would like to get a blessing. So that will be good for him! We saw "M.R." again and talked with her about 2 Nephi 32. About why we need to pray and all that good stuff. She is wonderful! Then after that, we got all moved into our new flat. That was good! 
Me and 2 of the Bousie's kids. 

SUNDAY! Fast and Testimony. Always a good time. We went to the Bousies home for dinner after Church. Man, I Love them! They are so fun! We made them some brownies! (thanks for the baking stuff in my box ma and pa (; ) 

This week has sure been crazy and crawled by so fast! I love it! I love you all and hope you are well!! ~Sister Stribling

Sunday, October 25, 2015

One Whole YEAR!

Forth road bridge on the Edinburgh

So here in Kirkcaldy it is FREEZING COLD. I think I am going to turn into a Popsicle pretty soon... Man I am just afraid to admit that Winter is already here and Christmas is right around the corner!! Oh man! What am I gonna do!?? I just don't know. Well off of the weather report. 
 Hit my year mark so I burned a skirt. Good times!

This week has been pretty crazy!! So we started off with a normal week,
Monday we were going to meet the Elders in Glenrothes to play football with them. So we called them and they said they would love to. So we got on the bus over there and guess what?! We forgot the phone at home!!!! haha So there we were...On the bus...Going to a park and we didn't know how to get there or where they wanted us to meet them. So we just started walking. We were walking down this road and a bus goes by and guess who was on it? The Elders! So we followed the bus and found out where they live. haha We are such good detectives! So we waited for them to come outside and they were pretty shocked that we found it! Good times! So we went to the park and we found some ducks to feed and we found this cool swing thing. So we were swinging and going on the zip-line. It was pretty fun. So we did that and played football and then we went and got ice cream. Man was that a successful day or what! I sure thought it was! After that we went over to the King family's house for Family Home Evening and for dinner. They are so cute! haha They have 3 kids and they are a hoot! Man LDS members are just the best people to be around. Quick, everyone, invite the missionaries over!! 

Tuesday we had Zone Interview training. Good stuff. So from 7 in the morning we were traveling til 9. And then our meeting was from 9:30 until like 4. Long day! So Sister Jackson and I were supposed to instruct in the meeting but we were talking to President for too long so they skipped us! Haha it was too funny. They told us we have to do it later so we will see what happens. It was going to be so good too!  So that happened and then we had some Pizza for lunch. I made like a hundred cookies, so we brought those. Don't worry we shared!! I got a box from my best friend Lilli for my birthday.  That was exciting! President made me interview some Elders, and that was funny. He is too funny, our mission President Donaldson. He said he's always got my back. And he also wanted to know where I get all of my crying from. THANKS DAD! We got back to our area and we had dinner with the Laughlin family. They made us Jambalaya.  It was so good! After that we went to sign language class and walked home. Crazy night walking home.

Wednesday we had a lesson lined up with one of our friends "J" but our Joint teach didn't show up. Haha Awkward. So there was that! but we rescheduled, so don't worry! We went and had dinner with the Bousie's family. Okay I seriously love them so much! They are SO funny! Their kids are the best. Had some yummy fajitas. Proper Scottish food this week huh?! Good stuff! So we went there and we were chapping some doors because we were a bit early. So we met this man named "D" and he was telling us ALL about his tractors and how cool they are and how old they are. He was 86 and still driving some tractors. He was telling us about all of the shows that we need to go to! Maybe one day we will go... on our way home from the bus station this evening we invited 6 people to be baptised! They all told us no! But we still invited them! Hopefully one day! 


Thursday ONE WHOLE YEAR!!!!! I don't even know.. I am seriously so sad about that! I feel like I have grown SO much. I have no Idea where I would be if I didn't come on a mission. I don't want to know!! I am so glad I have had this opportunity in my life. It is the best thing I have ever done and will probably ever do. I love it! It is so good! It's so difficult! Not many people really understand. I am so stressed, but I am so happy!! Man. I don't even know. Can I extend? PLEASE!? The other Sisters came and picked us up for a random blitz of their area so we went with them up to Dunfermline. So that was fun. We made some brownies in honor of this momentous occasion.

Friday we came back and we taught "L" with Alison (Sister Wilson) so that was good! Sister Jackson had a doctors appointment over in Edinburgh so we went there and the doctor took about 5 minutes to tell her she was fine. So that was upsetting because it took forever to get down there and back.  So then we ate some burritos and headed back home. 

Saturday, we had a ton of lessons. We saw "F", this sweet little old lady out in Thornton. She is so great. Then we saw "J".  He is 85 years young and interested in the plan of Salvation. So we taught him about that. We saw (another guy) "J" after that and we shared the Conference talk by Elder Bednar with him. That was really good too! We had Dinner and then did some paperwork at the Church. Fun stuff. Then we went out to Coal town of Wymess and saw "M W". We go and visit her every Saturday. She is too funny! 

Sunday, we had the Primary Presentation so that was good! We signed for Andrew and Us sisters and Elder Livingston and Elder Bradshaw sang a musical number in Sacrament "Called to Serve". It was scary, but none of us died, so that was good! The primary kids did sign language during one of the songs and the smile on Andrews face was huge! I seriously almost started crying. I love this work. I love the way it touches peoples hearts. I love how sweet kids are and the spirit they are able to bring! I love you all and hope you have a great week! 

Next week we will email normal on Monday again!! ~Sister Stribling!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Rainy, Zone Meeting, Exchanges to Dunfermline, & more

 The beach at East Wymess! So pretty!

This week has been so rainy! I can't even count the number of times I have had to change my outfit haha oh man. Waterproof things are a must! 
Monday we didn't do anything really fun because it was pouring down rain! So we went to the library and got some books about knitting. Fun stuff. Got some yarn too. I made Sister Jackson some house boots so that was fun. We slept for a while. Fun stuff. Then we went over to the Thompson's house for Family Home Evening.
This week we had a Zone meeting. We have a new initiative. We are inviting people we see on the streets to be baptized. Crazy huh? Well, if you are never invited you will never go. So we have been doing that. Most the time people say no, but we have been able to set up some appointments with new friends thanks to it. 
We saw "J" this week. He is doing well. He has been really busy at work so he hasn't been able to come to church so that's sad. He talked to us about how he wants to be baptized after Christmas time so we are working with him. It's crazy to think Christmas is only in a few months!!!

We had Exchanges this week! I went out to Dunfermline with Sister DeMille. She is too funny.  Went and tried by a few people, taught a lady, "M". She is really nice. Had dinner with Evelyn and her family. They are so funny! We had meat casserole. I think that is what it's called. I can't actually remember too well... Man. Exchanges are so much fun. all the time. Oh and Sister DeMille had Starbursts so she shared them with me. How nice huh! 
This week we have been trying really hard to get in contact with people but no one seems to want to answer their phones or doors. So sad! But we will still knock and call. haha CRAZY MORMONS! We called one of our investigators who is 93 (years young) his name is "R". He is so funny! Every time we go to his home he always tells us stories about the war and about what it was like and all of the things he has been through in his life! It is crazy!!

So I was reading a talk in the Ensign this week and it said the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, The second best time is now! So go plant a tree!! or two! Get to planting! 
Oh and a quote for you, "What can't be cured must be endured!"- Ray Joyce
Well Everyone Thanks for reading! I love you all! I hope that you all have great weeks!!


(Don't forget to write a missionary...WRITE ME!!!!  Please, and Thank you!)

 We went to the caves today! 





A ship. You have to look pretty close!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Oh Kirkcaldy....

Us and Alison Wilson after watching General Conference Session 

So just in case any of you were wondering, Kirkcaldy is pronounced like Kir Cah Dee. Good stuff. 
Well... This week has been rather event-less so let's see what I can come up with to try and entertain you for a few minutes... Well this week we had our P day on Wednesday so that was exciting for a change.
   Monday we spent out on the streets. Talking to people that is and trying to share some happiness with them. They didn't want it..."Maybe later". We went over to the Thompson's house for Family Home Evening with our friend "E". She is so great. 
  Tuesday- HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHEYNA! if you even read these... Also if you are reading this please send me your address. I need it.. But I lost it last time, so send it again. Thanks. You're a moose. Tuesday we went and taught "J". He is doing good. We taught him about Family History so we will be trying to help him with that. Family History is so great! I learned a few weeks back that some of our family on Grandpa Harry's side (my Mom's Dad) is from Dumfries right here in Scotland. Good stuff! It was pretty exciting! Please everyone stay calm! We also went over to Smeaton Road. We were trying to find this man but he wasn't home so we will try again this week! We had our Sign Language class and only 2 people showed up. That was just sad. Hopefully it will get better this week. 
  Wednesday- P DAY! Woo. So we went and tried to find some caves out in Wymess. But, we didn't find any. We found a cute little cave like thingy but not a real cave. Haha so funny story. Well not too funny. I am just super clumsy. So I was standing on this ledge thing. More like a slope by this overhang thing. And I don't know what happened but I totally got all off balance and I almost fell off! But luckily, I just fell down and hurt my knee a little but I was still alive! PHEW! We also took some cool pictures on this rock. So we had to go and hop like frogs on the dry rocks to get to the big rock and then monkey climb up the rock. Totally worth it. We just wanted to reenact a picture the Elders took. 
  Thursday- We did our Weekly planning that was tons of fun, (not actually) and then we had some Jamaican Jerk Chicken sandwiches for lunch courtesy of yours truly. Good Stuff. Then, we went and saw "L and S". We talked to them about what they want to do about baptism because "S" has not been feeling too good. So we are gonna hold off. We are still going to go over and share scriptures and stuff. Man, I really hope she gets to feeling better soon!! After that we went over to the Bousies house. Haha man they are so funny. I can't even put it into words. We had dinner with them when I ate my first HAGGIS. Oh man. It actually was pretty good. It wasn't as nasty as I had imagined. It was actually pretty good. 
  Friday we went and visited some Members, the Laughlins. They are doing good. They are the ones we helped with their wallpaper a few weeks back. It was pretty fun! They got a new rabbit, so that was cute! Then we went out to Dysart and saw "A" (Investigator). She wasn't feeling too good.  She had just got out of the dentist, so we will try to see her this week. We had some dinner, went out to Coaltown of Wymess, and saw "M.R." She is so good. She came to Conference on Saturday and Sunday! WOW! We found this cute little cupcake shop and so we went in and got some delicious cupcakes! mm! Salted Caramel is the best! 

  Saturday, our day was filled with eating at Frances' (Member) house in Thornton. She is the best. We talked to her about Conference and she told us if we come back to visit with our families she better be the first person on our visiting list! Then we went and watched the women's session of General Conference and the Saturday Morning session even though it was like 5pm. It was so good!! 
  Sunday, we watched Conference. It was the best. I love General Conference. It was great. 3 New Apostles!!! They are called of God! Our wonderful Prophet! He is The Lords Prophet. I was so uplifted by Conference I have learned so many things. If you don't know what I am talking about go watch it! https://www.lds.org/general-conference?lang=eng there you go. My favorite talk was by Elder Vinas. He talked about how we can become Sanctified (or Holy) We need to give up ALL of our desires and wants and do the things the Lord wants from us. It is so great to be able to find happiness and joy in keeping the commandments of the Lord. It will always bring you Happiness. You can not find joy in evil. 
I love you all!!!! I hope you have a good week! What was your favorite part of Conference!?? ~SISTER Stribling

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Staying in Kirkcaldy for another 6 Weeks!!!

Well GUESS WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sister Jackson and I will be staying together for another 6 weeks!! WOO! Let the party continue. Not really a party this week though.. I have the flu... Ew sick I know. It's no good. But I just chug Lemsip (Its nasty by the way) and try not to die. It is working out okay for me.  
    This week has been quite normal.. Have I ever said that before? Well it has... Not sure really what happened.. it's all kind of a blur.. So sorry if this e-mail is too. Well let's start off with a cute story shall we? So we were chapping the other day and we were knocking on this ladies door and we talked with her for a bit and then she told us she wasn't interested, the usual.  As we were turning to walk to our dinner appointment this little boy at the house next to hers came out of nowhere and asked us if we were gonna come to his house next. So I asked him "Do you want us to? You think we should?" He said "yes!" in the happiest little boy voice, so we did. Nothing came of it...His grandma wasn't interested at all.  They were on their way out. But I was able to learn something! Little kids are so innocent! There is definitely something special about them! He was so nice! I hope one day he can hear the message Heavenly Father has for him! He was a special little boy!




    MONDAY: Well we went to this AMAZING Fish and chip shop out in Anstruther's. It is like the best in the whole world! MM. We went there for our p-day and it was pretty fun. We ate some fish, found some seashells, ate some ice cream. Mmm. Good times! It was such a cute little fishing village! After that we came back to Kirkcaldy and we found a new park! We went to this park (Beveridge Park) It is so nice. It is right next to this little posh neighborhood, woo! SCORE! The park is like a mile wide. So we haven't got to all of it yet. We walked around it and talked to all the people walking their little Scotty dogs. Too cute. 
     TUESDAY: We went and saw "M.R" With Sister Scharff. She is doing good! She was able to come to church this last Sunday! We talked with her about different callings in the church. It was good. Had lunch, Don't remember what.. Probably cereal.. After lunch we went and tried by a few members we haven't seen in a while. None of them were in :( So sad. We will try again! Tuesday as we were walking to the Church we met this lady called "L". She was just in tears about something, so we sat and talked with her for a while. (about an hour actually). She was sad because she had been framed for something. We talked with her about the Church. I gave her a hug and a Book of Mormon and she was off on her way. Didn't get her phone number or anything so I hope she is doing better. She was really nice. We had our Book of Mormon class with Alison and John. They are so funny. It was really good. After that we had Sign Language class. We learned some phrases. I will have to show you all when I get home (: It went good and there were a few people there. We found out last week that after Sister Jackson and I leave none of the new sisters will be learning Sign language here. Kinda sad.. But the ward members will be the ones doing it, which is good because we all (sister missionaries) just leave anyway. 
    WEDNESDAY: We went and tried by this lady named "J", She wasn't in so that was sad. But we just chapped her street so that was good. After that we got on the bus and went over near Kinghorn, and we chapped some houses over there, They were really nice! We met this lady name "K". She actually had a lot of questions about the Church and why there were so many churches. She said she was in the middle of moving houses so she didn't have time to meet with us but we gave her our card and number so hopefully she will get in contact! After that we went out to Glenrothes and did some chapping with the Elders. So we figured that if all 4 of us go to one street we can finish the whole street! Great idea huh!? So that's what we did. It was good, We each pray about a street to go to and then we go and chap both streets! It was good. After we did that and had dinner we went to try by "M" and "L". They are some of our deaf friends. "L" was in, so we sat and chatted with her for a bit. Good stuff. My Sign language is getting better. Still working on it! It takes a while! I am practicing though. Hopefully soon it will just all rush into me and I will be fluent! haha but probably not... 
    THURSDAY: We did our weekly planning and then we went and taught "L" and "S". "S" wasn't feeling too good so we just met with "L" and answered some of his questions. He was asking us why we need the Book of Mormon so we read with him and helped him to understand better. We invited "L" and "S" to be Baptized on the 24th of October and they said yes! They are so great! Thursday night we had dinner with the Binnies! They are too great. Man do I say that every week!? Well it's true! One of our Investigators "E" was there too. Good stuff! 
     FRIDAY: We had our District meeting. They switched things up a little this week because the family history couple came and taught us about, well, family history. So that was good. We went chapping again with the Elders, good stuff. Got some crazy chapping stories but I don't think they are okay to send over email so someone remind me when I get home!! Haha After that we went to this cool park we found (Beveridge park). It is so cool. So we went there and talked with people about family history. That was really good! After that we went home and had dinner. Then we went and visited a member (Winnie) she was in the hospital, not feeling too good, so we went over to try to cheer her up. She should be getting out this week so she was excited! 
     SATURDAY: We went and visited "F". She is doing good as always. We made our progress record for ward coordination, that was fun. Then we went and saw "L" again with Alison Wilson. She is great! We taught "L" about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He said that he and "S" want to be Baptized on the 24th, so it's great! We came home had dinner and I was dying (cause of the flu). So we stayed in and I rested. Still feeling it today but I will be okay! 
    SUNDAY: Church, it was good. Andrew didn't come so we didn't sign this Sunday. After Church we went and Visited "A". She was having a rough time this last week. We cleaned her kitchen for her and washed the floors. It made her feel better so we were happy to help! After that, we came home, had dinner and then went to visit "M.R.". She Is doing good! We talked with her about Jesus Christ. She is really so funny. She was telling us about a newt she found in her garden and how she doesn't like them but she wanted to take a picture of it so she was holding it in her hand as far away as possible so she could take the picture. Haha she's great! 
Later that night...We got Moves call/ We are staying together!! WOOOOO!!

   Well I believe that is really all of the exciting things that happened to us this last week in Kirkcaldy. So I don't know why but all of you all (except for Mama Howell and the Ashton's) have forgotten about me over here.. So if you want.... You can write me a letter ya know. I wouldn't be mad.. Just saying. Go ahead. Family home evening is a great time for it! (Did you get that dad? You all should write me letters) Well, I Love you all!!! a lot! ~SISTER STRIBLING