Thursday, February 18, 2016

It's the best day ever...(Spongebob voice)


Well. WELL. PLEASE< let me tell you about my week....
MONDAY! We went and did our P day stuff. Clean, email, groceries, well actually we didn't need groceries so scratch that part. We walked around the town, good fun. We went to the BEACH! YAY! I love walking by the beach! And I took Sister Stevenson to my secret sea shell finding place and she is too good at finding them! But in this place you can find Sea shells as big as your hand! WOAH. I know. So we did that, Then we went and had dinner with Sister Elizabeth Smith, She is AMAZING! so nice. she even gave us pancakes to take home because Tuesday is pancake day! woop woop!

 It was really windy!

Groomsport beach! 
TUESDAY! PANCAKE DAY! Yeah baby. Man. I love pancakes. We had District meeting so we had to take a train to Holywood and then we walked a wee bit to the Church got there before everyone else... it was cold out. We should get a key from them... good thought Sister Stribling. Well, after that we came home and had lunch.. pancakes. then we went and tried by some of our friends. no luck. We went and had dinner with the McCandless' they are so funny. We talked with them about repentance. good stuff. Brother McCandless is now making me give a talk in sacrament this next week so that will be fun. After that we walked to the High Street and talked to people good fun. Not too many people were drunk so that was good!
Okay so on Sunday we were fasting to know which area of our area we should work in. Our area is HUGE> so we wanted to focus on one area. As we were praying I felt so strongly that we needed to go to this little fishing town called Groomsport.  So I told Sister Stevenson and she agreed. So we went! We walked 4 miles out to it, took some cute pictures along the way, it was like a country road. So quaint. so we had some lunch. walked around a bit talked to some people, then we prayed to know what we should do. Well Chap  He answered so Chap we did. On the 5th or 6th house we met this guy named "C". He is from MISSOURI! Woah. Me too! And he invited us in. We were talking to him and his wife and he told us how he is a pastor over here working. So we talked to him, asked him some questions, and as we were leaving he asked us for a Book of Mormon. Now everyone let's review. I am from Missouri, he is from Missouri, his wife is from Missouri.We are all like 4000 miles away and we meet in Northern Ireland because we got an impression from God to go to a small fishing town.. Yeah, someone try to tell me it's a coincidence. try it! It's not. Heavenly Father is in the small aspects of our lives. He knows what He is doing. All the time. We went to Sister Wards for dinner, She is lovely! As we were chapping we met a guy named "M" and he said we could come by tomorrow and teach him. He wasn't in when we came back.. How rude. If you are not interested, please tell me. Don't make me waste time. BLAH!
We did our weekly planning, called a million thousand people, no one answered, lame! But we went over to the Crawfords home and had lunch with them then we went and saw Dorothea. she is good. We had Dinner with John and Emma MacDonald, they're hilarious. and they gave us a box of Chocolates! WOO! Score! And they told us if we are ever walking by their house and need to take a trampoline break we can use theirs! how nice!? and they gave us some fresh eggs from their chickens butts.

 My little duck friend (: his name is Flynn

Peacocks!!! Woah
I almost died. I was just really sick. I have been getting really bad headache lately so it's no fun! But we went to visit Sister Ried, she is so nice, she gave us a bag of groceries, talked with her. She has great stories! Then we had Coordination with Clem, our Ward Mission Leader. He's the bomb. Then we came home for lunch and I took some medicine. We did lots of Finding in the city. So, I have these cough drops with peach juice in the middle... its the most amazing thing ever, just thought I would share.


We taught "R"... she is so good! And we did a little service for her. Good stuff. Next, we tried by "C" and "F". Neither of them were in. Sad stuff. But we were able to set up a time for next week with "C". did a TON of city finding. Then dinner. mhmm. That was our whole day.

LOVE DAY! (Sunday) or lack of love day. HA!
Church was so good! Sister Wendy Martin gave a talk about the converting power of the Book of Mormon and it was amazing. She is the best. I like her. We were walking around talking to people, went to some members houses, went to see the Geddis', They found out no one fed us that day so they made us dinner. HOW SWEET! It was seriously the nicest thing I have witnessed in a while. They are just so full of love and service. We shared a message with them about John 3:16, the Spirit was so STRONG! This week I have learned a lot. I am so happy that I get to be a missionary! I LOVE YOU! (Happy Valentines Day!)  SISTER STRIBLING

Monday, February 8, 2016

BANGOR 2! Good stuff

Mine and Sister Prescott's last picture! 
WOOO! YEAH> WOO!  How's it going? I am good. (: 
So... this week in the freezing cold mission of Sister Stribling, we can start with 
Cleaned, packed some stuff to move flats because we have traded with the Elders. haha so funny. Their flat was closer to my new area so it only makes sense! Good stuff. So, we did that. Emailed, Went to see some members because both of us were leaving. Did some finding in the city, well actually in the town center. 
Ben Peacock and me

We went and saw the Peacocks. They are the bomb. We went and had dinner with the Coulters, they are too cool. Yeah that's about it. Well, did more finding in the town and that's good stuff. Chapped some doors, but no luck. 
look at our fridge! Aint she pretty! so much happiness
MOVES DAY! WOO! So we got up, cleaned the flat, packed it all up, and then at 9 am Margaret Watson came and got us to take us to Belfast. SHE IS AMAZING> I LOVE HER> Even though she thinks I am a silly sausage. We hung out with her, went to lunch, it was the bomb. American breakfast, mhmm.  Then we went grocery shopping and got all the stuff we needed. Then we came home, said bye to Margaret, packed and cleaned and ate cold pizza and waited for the Elders to come move all the stuff to our new house (: Such helpful Elders they are! So now in our district it's just us and the Elders. 4 people. haha smallest possible district. First time for everything I guess. Just us Sisters and Elder Allred and Elder Richards. We might keep them for a little bit, because they help us out!
me and Sister Stevenson
I got Sister Stevenson and we have settled into our new area (BANGOR 2) rather nicely...ish. I can't believe I am whitewashing two areas in a row. Crazy stuff! The Lord knows why, and I sure as heck don't! We met with our ward mission leader, Bro. Macdonald. He is so funny hahaha it's great. Then we had dinner with his son Roy and his wife Andra, they are so nice! 
Did our weekly planning, did some finding around our new area, got lost. Traveled to Dublin because we had an All Ireland meeting. Good Stuff. Man, how crazy is it that our mission does that. We are so lucky! 
call me crazy but I would not take a bath in there.. Way too cold.

On the way home from Dublin
ALL IRELAND> We had a General Authority come and visit us. Elder Hallstrom and Elder Obando came with him. They are both so nice! Elder Hallstrom is from Hawaii, so that was cool. I was talking with him about it. Really all everyone talked about is how we need to prepare for when we are home and having kids and stuff. And also how we are all children of God. It's true! We are so special! I hope you all know that. God is actually there. He really hears you. He will answer you. I know he will! 
Then after the conference we came back on the train.  We actually we missed our train and had to wait for an hour and a half.. blah. When we got back we met with the Bishop and his family and had dinner with them. They are so wonderful! We helped them at the church to set up chairs and stuff so that was fun! 
feeding pigeons in the train station

posh train!!
First Sunday at the new ward. Sister Stevenson and I were invited to share our Testimonies (: My testimony is all about families. We have one, we belong. We can be together forever. for Eternity, and beyond! When we are sealed in the Temple, we have the ability to be with our spouse forever! Never settle for less! I love being able to be here and to talk with people about how they can enjoy these blessings! After church we went and met some families in the ward and we chapped some doors. There was a big rugby match going on at the same time so no one answered. Sad Stuff. So then we walked around the town, met a man named Mark, and talked to him about the Book of Mormon. He said he actually had one in his bedside table to respect us. haha I said "Well Mark... look respecting us by doing that is great, but it's not gonna help you at all if it's sitting in your drawer, s go read it!" haha he said he would and so we gave him our number and it will be great! 
Hey, I love you all! You are so great! Keep pushing forward! Be good! <3 Sister Stribling

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Goodbye Bangor!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Bangor 2...

MOVES CALL!!!!!!!!! Okay everyone! Are you ready for this!!??? I am moving to...... Bangor 2nd ward. wooo! HOW EXCITING HUH? A whole 20 minutes down the road. haha this is definitely the craziest moves I have had.. But we will be switching flats with the Elders so that's exciting! Yay!
I drew all of our district as dinosaurs. HA! it is so good. 

Okay now let's see what has happened this last week. Hmm. Well, we had exchanges, like double exchanges. Sister DeMille and Sister Wagner came over form Edinburgh and Sister Wilkinson and Sister Skousen came up from Dublin and we blitzed Bangor. It was crazy!!! We did finding all day! like 12 hours of street contacting. As usual no one really wanted to talk to us so that was lame... but we did it! So in our flat we have a kitchen table in our living room with 6 chairs around it. And since we moved here in November it has been my dream to fill it. Now, frankly it is impossible because the Elders aren't allowed in our house, But, 6 SISTERS ARE! My dream came true! Yay! I am such a nerd.. ha oh well.
The little harbor by the town center here in Bangor
And uh... SO, my boots died this week. Got some new ones. hmm anything else exciting... It snowed again! I was running around trying to catch them, haha such a child. And then it was sunny for like 2 whole days! CRAZY! Well here are some pictures of this week
here in Bangor it is so windy!! Crazy stuff!

SNOW! it was such a good day!

Well everyone, Life's good. I love you all! here's my new address:
Sister Stribling
54 Church avenue
BT20 3EG 
Northern Ireland.
send me letters!
Mom note:  So I failed to post weekly blogs for Sister Stribling for quite a few weeks now (for many personal reasons) but I apologize and will be posting them backwards as best as I can...
Please note that she is currently in Northern Ireland and has just been "moved".  Her return date is in 9 weeks from Tuesday on 4/12/16.