Monday, February 22, 2016

WOW YOU ARE DANG GOOD YOU ARE LIKE MOZART‏ - Week 42 - Transfer 7, Week 6 - 2/22/2016 (10 months out TODAY)

The low down:
Sister Osman is leaving Collingwood :(
She gets to train a brand new missionary :)
She is going to a very urban area :)
She is leaving Sister Gousse :(
She is in great spirits! :)
Today is her 10 months mark :)
It is her birthday on March 7th. She will be 20 years old, I bet she would love a note :)

Hi everyone.

Like update here. We are sitting in the library in Collingwood, Ontario and I am typing emails to my family. This girl sitting next to us goes, "Oh my goodness" super loud and then looks at me. I look over and she goes, "You can type so fast. Like, YOU ARE DANG GOOD." And I'm sitting youuuu? I mean...I can type fast I guess. And then she starts going ON AND ON. She goes, "You must be a professional. You are like MOZART on that keyboard. This is a beautiful sound. Holy cow. You are amazing. You must do something with music. Like, piano or violin? You must also do something with swimming." Okay now we are caught up to the current conversation. I am typing while speaking.

"Yeah, I play piano..."

"WOW, I knew it. You are amazing. You are incredible."

"Thank you! That is so nice of you! What is your name?"

"I'm Kate. What's your name?"

"I'm Sister Osman. We are missionaries!"

Now she is talking about how amazing missionaries are and that she's only met Elders. Everyone in this library is staring at us...she is very complementary! Very nice lady! Wow...this is really interesting...she just gave us her number and set up a time to meet with us and now she wants to take us to get our nails done.

Now she is coming over to give Sister Gousse a hug....


She just gave me a hug too. Smells like alcohol. Now she's leaving.

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. This is hilarious.

Okay, don't have much time to write today. I'm being transferred to Etobicoke, (I think that's how it's spelled.) a bus area here in Ontario. I don't know how to use buses to be honest...Also, I'm training a new missionary. And we are whitewashing in. For those of you who don't know, that means that both missionaries who were formerly there are both leaving and we are taking their we have to figure everything out by ourselves. Going to be a party. More next week.

Love you all!!

P.S. The librarian just came up and asked if we are okay. Says she is concerned for us...hahahaha. She said, "Wow. That was intense." Never laughed harder. We should've gotten a picture with Kate.
Me and Sister Gousse

Sister C* made us pancakes. She is going to the temple in March. So sad I will miss that.

The B*s

Me and D*

Knocking doors was super fun that day.

We laughed so hard!

Bye Collingwood!

Beautiful Sister Gousse, I will miss her so much!!!


C*. I drew an eye on a sticky note and gave it to her.

This sunset is UNREAL. Canada is beautiful.

Sister K* & I

Sister Gousse and I doing face masks from my mom. 

Bye Collingwood!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

I think they were Mormons....‏ - Week 41 - Transfer 7, Week 5 - 2/16/2016

Heyyy everyone.

Oh my stars. This week was....the reason I came on a mission in the first place. So amazing, so funny. Awesome.

This week Sister Gousse and I started off with a renewed excitement and approach for missionary work. (Thanks to a good friend far away.) We kicked off the week by visiting all of the people we are teaching and assessing their sincerity and interest in actually finding out if the message we share is actually true. We boldly explained to them our purpose (inviting others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel) and what our expectations for them are. It was amazing  because we were able to figure out who was truly sincere in their search for the restored gospel and who was willing to make changes and put in effort to find out if everything we teach them is true. As a result, we dropped 7 people. Which sounds bad, but it was actually a miracle, because then everyone else that we hadn't dropped came to church this week. There were 9  people at church that we are teaching. On top of that, we had waayyyyy more time to go finding, because we were teaching 7 less people.

We found a family. A golden family. C*, his wife J* and their 3 sons who we taught yesterday. Their story is a miracle, and I am grateful that we have the chance to share the message with them that families are eternal. Families are forever. That's what the little boys needed to hear because their mother died two years ago from a 3 year battle with breast cancer. One of the little boys only about 5 years old was telling us the story and he said, "But she gave us everything she could before she died...." The gospel is true. God leads us to people.

Then yesterday we had another really fun experience as well! On Valentines day (Sunday) we had knocked on A* and C* door. A very adorable couple probably around my age actually. Maybe a couple years older. A* had pretty blonde hair and C* had awesome dreadlocks and a beer in hand. We asked them if we could come back and share a message with them about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, Angels, and Miracles. They agreed. So we went back yesterday. We sat down and began talking with them. We first asked them if they even believe in God at all and if so, who they believe He is. They were both hesitant with their answers but after mulling it over decided that they believe there must be something out there. After asking A* how she knew there was something out there she explained to us about nature and how the beauty of it signified to her that something greater is out there. We asked them if they had ever received answers to prayers and had the privilege of learning about how they receive answers. Sister Gousse and I took an opportunity as well to share with them many answers that we have had to prayer and how we know for ourselves that God is real. A* and C* got so excited! They were so excited by our sincerity and started to point out times when they had felt the same way....they started to recognize this Spirit and understand how God works through people, feelings, thoughts, impressions, words, and nature. It was awesome. Anyway, we only got to talk with them about God and prayer, invite them to church and to pray about the things we shared, but it didn't matter. It wasn't about teaching the lesson, it was about THEM. About making them feel heard, about helping them understand that God is real and that he DOES care. We set expectations to be in frequent contact and to see them at least twice a week and that they needed to find out for THEMSELVES is if our message is true. Then we asked them, "If you found out for yourself that this was true, what would that mean to you?" They paused and responded...."Well, that would mean I would change." AMAZING. Christ has the ability to change people. He has changed me. Anyway, we invited them to say the closing prayer and C* excitedly offered it. It was awesome. As we were packing up to go A* said, "Man, I like you guys! You actually listen to us and explain...It was like a conversation more than a lecture. One time we had missionaries over and they tried to force their opinion on us....I think they were MORMONS." Sister Gousse and I just looked at each other and spent the walk home laughing. A* has no idea.....

We are excited to teach them again on Saturday morning.

I love you all! Happy Valentines day! Pray for me that I don't get transferred.



Me and Sister Gousse.

Classic Canada. We are in the middle of nowhere.

R* and B* and I. R* only has 1 leg. We love them. He never wears pants either. Usually.

It was -24 C but with wind chill -39 C (according to the news that a member told us about) which is  -38.2 F. When you are out walking the hairs on the inside of your throat freeze and you can't breathe because your body can't take in the oxygen. We had to stop walking several times and put our heads down to get a good gulp of air. Thank you mom for the coat.

I hope you understand how much snow we are having!

Outside our study window. :)

Getting ready for the day!

Best District EVER!!!!
Note: Aaron Fjeldsted (back row on right) from our stake is in the same district with Mikkia.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I helped One Person! - Week 40 - Transfer 7, Week 4 - 2/8/2016

Hey everyone!!!!

This week was awesome! Sister Gousse is amazing. Everything is good. We saved a girl from being abused this week, and if she's the only person I helped my whole mission then that's fine with me. :)

Anyway, Valentines day is on Sunday!!! So cool that it's on the Sabbath. It's a great day to partake of the sacrament and remember the Savior.

I love you all!!!! Merry Valentines. Jesus Love You.


Sister Osman

Mikkia's current zone. She is in the second row, second from right with her darling companion Sister Gousse, second row first from right. Also, Elder Fjeldsted (first row, third from the right) who is from our stake is in the same zone.What a small and wonderful world!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

David Bowie is Dead - Week 39 - Transfer 7, Week 3 - 2/1/2016

Hellooo everyone!!!!!

Is David Bowie really dead? I can never trust the magazines in the checkout lines at Walmart. One time they said Hilary Clinton was going to jail. I actually believed it. Not making that mistake again.

This week was amazing!!!! So many good things! It snowed for about the first half of the week and then after that it rained. On Sunday it got up to 7 C, which I have no idea what that is in F but regardless, it was pretty warm.

We found 4 new people to teach this week! The Chins came to church this week as well as Cathy and Kathy and Donna, which is pretty exciting. Not that you know who they are or anything, but we were super stoked that they were there. Also, we got to teach Charlton!!!! Do you guys remember Charlton? Pretty much the awesomest guy ever. He has an organ in his house and is the most prepared person I've ever met. He even knew what the Aaronic and Melchizidek Priesthood was! In my 9 months as a missionary, I've never met anyone ever who knows what that is. Even this man one time who had a PHD in the bible. So anyway, we taught Charlton and at the end he played the song The Lord is My Shepherd on his organ for us. It filled up the whole house while we sang along. It was sweet. Also we found a new family to teach! Pretty much life is good.

I love you all! Thanks for all your emails.

Shout out to my sister Tashina because love is the best.
Shout out to my mom for the best hump day package ever.


Sister Osman

Yes, sadly he died of liver cancer. He was one of the great ones. I grew up with his music and I loved it! He died on Jan 10th and his ashes will be spread in Bali. I didn't know that you know who he is :)

Love ya!

xoxo Mom

mom I love David Bowie. we used to cover his song Major Tom. We covered it when we did that show in Montana and at the Velour. Everyone loved it. Good times. :)

Haha, I remember girly, I just forgot for a second that it was his song. You guys were so good and it was so fun watching you. Can't wait for Hollow Bodies to be back in business!  I will see if I can find a recording!

Anyone in her list have one? :) I can't find mine.

And the pictures for the week: