Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Happy day, all is well!

Beautiful sunset!
"B"’s getting baptized!!! We had a lesson with her this last week finishing up the plan of salvation and we brought up baptisms for the dead and she just started crying...  her daughter was murdered several years ago and she’s never found peace from that experience, but knowing that she can be baptized for her brought her so much joy and she said, “okay, I need to be baptized as soon as possible!” So we have a date for her to be baptized (Feb 8) and she’s wanting to be baptized for her daughter Feb 22, because her daughter’s birthday is the 23! I gave her one of my dresses (she didn’t have one to wear) and she came to church yesterday and just loved it. J Made me so happy to see her and she seemed so happy to be there!
We also picked up a new family! They live actually on the same apartment floor as S, the Ts, and J and L’s family! We pretty much are best friends with everyone on that floor. J If it wasn’t a locked complex we’d totally tract it! When we were teaching the restoration I asked the mom (T) what it would
mean to her if there was a living prophet on the earth and she said, “it would mean that God hasn’t given up on us” Golden answer! I’m pumped and can’t wait to teach them more-more info to come!
Unusually high temperatures this week!
Sister L was able to make it to church this week, I do hear that the super bowl is next Sunday though, so I have a feeling we won’t be seeing her next week. She and Sister McG (the one from Dutch Harbor) are like best friends now. J They are seriously the perfect best friends!
Things are good-we’ve been super blessed! I love being a missionary!
Take care, and keep up the good work!
Sister Hedelius

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Pictures Is Worth...

Dream Team

Hey family!

It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words so I'd say I sent a pretty long email given the pictures I sent this week so I'm wimping out and the written email is going to be short. Sorry or you're welcome given your perception on getting my emails. :) After writing over 40 of these now I'm starting to feel a little lost for words.

I don't even know where to begin. We have been so incredibly blessed this week. There have been so many times this week when God has been so good to us. One day in particular we set a goal to teach eight lessons and we didn't get into anyone until four in the afternoon and yet somehow by the end of the night, we still reached that goal.. there's no way that wasn't divine help and guidance. I have never been more exhausted or happy in my entire life than this week!

Beautiful Inlet
That same family (the s) came to church again this week and the dad even made it this time! It was so exciting to see how happy they were to be there! Unfortunately, sickness has hit several homes so some of the people that made it last week weren't able to return, but I'm hoping next week we'll be seeing their smiling faces again at church!

I'm living the dream! Life is so good! I've got two companions that are happy and hard workers and a big ward full of lots of work to do, I couldn't ask for anything better!

Have a great week and don't forget to look and pray for opportunities to share the gospel! :)

Sister Hedelius

Last transfers

Ice on the car
Zone Conference North Anchorage

Monday, January 13, 2014

It's been Disneyland week!

Hey all ya'll!
First things first, happy birthday Dad! Six years till sixty! How exciting! I think I'm speaking on behalf of all of us when I say, I'm sure glad you're my dad! Thanks for all you do for us!
So you know how when you go to Disneyland how you come home every night so exhausted because you've been so busy, but so happy because things have been so great? That's how this week has been! I love it! We've been so crazy busy, but I've never been happier, lots and lots of miracles are happening!
Being in a trio has been a blast-we're the dream team! Both Sister Dill and Morrison are just amazing and I've learned so much from them both already! Both are hard workers and things are happening here in Inlet View! So exciting!
Some of the cool experiences for the week:
Lots of less active members were at church this week! Like two benches! I can't say it was the most reverant sacrament meeting.. like they were all talking to each other during the sacrament, I glanced up at bishop and he was just laughing, I think he was just thrilled that they were there :) Of course we were sitting by them all so we were trying not to laugh as they all got to know each other, but it's great they were there!
The As was a family we've stopped by before and one of the families that were there. Sister As daughter came out while we were talking about the gospel and coming back to church and she mentioned she's been wanting to finally make it to the temple! They hadn't been to church for a long time so we were so excited to see them walk through the doors on Sunday.She met with bishop to talk about the steps to get there on Sunday! They're great! A fun polynesian family that just loves missionaries. The little girl (she's like four) smiled so much when they saw us and ran and gave me a huge hug yesterday! They're going to be a great eternal family!
We were thrilled that the Seahawks weren't playing Sunday so Sister L made it to church! haha! She still wore her blue and green hand bands to still show her support for her team! We did hear the Seahawks won their game Saturday which will result in more games so that was a little disappointing, what's the big deal about football again? haha I suppose I just don't get it.
Sister McG is the sister that moved from Dutch Harbor, she came yesterday and it was the first time since August! She mentioned how big the church is compared where they met in Dutch Harbor, but I think she really liked it and made a lot of friends!
The Ts are a family that have now come two times in a row! Sister T made us all matching braclets with these cool rubber band things :) Brother T just was baptized like in August, it's good to see them coming to church and the difference it makes in their life!
Another cool experience, we really felt like we needed to stop by an older brother, Brother Ta's, this week. We stopped by and his wife had just passed away the day before. He was really in need of a visit and we were able to pray with him and be there to listen. It was a good reminder of how mindful the Lord is of each of His children. Brother Ta also made it to church this week and it's been several months since he's been able to come.
Wow. So, Saturday night! We were stopping by to see a family that could only be visited in the apartment lobby, so we went in and everyone in the lobby wanted to know who we were, and we were passing out invitations to church and cards left and right! When it got time to share the thought, they muted the tv and all 20 people in the lobby were listening to the message. Many tears were shead among the people there, and I know that they were in need of the reminder that we have a Heavenly Father that loves us. Many of the people in the apartment complex were struggling making ends meet and keep tummys full, but for that instance, we were all God's children, and He wanted each of us to remember He loves us. It was amazing. We'll be going back this Saturday night again. :)
Also Saturday night, we'd just gotten out of a lesson at 8:15, and we'd had a lot of lessons Saturday so we were pretty tired, and we tried knocking on a couple empty doors, it was about 8:45 and we were pretty far from our apartment so we were trying to decide if we had time to knock on one more door, we decided we did, and so we tried stopping by Sister R. She let us right in and then told us about several really spiritually challenging experiences she had gone though the past week, several friends that were really anti and had been challenging her. We were able to share a message and bear pure testimony of the true in the gospel, and I could feel the light fill the room and chase away all the negative! So grateful for the peace the gospel brings!
We really had just an amazing week! I wish I could just stick a jumpdrive into my brain and record everything that happens thoughout the week and then upload it Mondays so I wouldn't miss any of the details! I just love being a missionary! I love my Savior, He's the reason I'm here, the reason I live, and why I love this work. I wish I could share this with all 6-700 thousand people here in Alaska, I'm trying! One at a time I suppose :)  Don't ever foget the Savior's great love for you.
I love you all so much, don't forget to pray and read your scriptures!
Sister Hedelius

Monday, January 6, 2014

one, two, THREE


First things first, we got our transfer calls and... We're becoming a trio! I was not expecting that at all. President Beesley told us we're staying with a twist, and that was the twist! So Sister Morrison who just finished being trained by Sister Hewitt will be coming down from North Pole and we'll be continuing the work with the three of us! With the weather we've been having in Anchorage, Sister Morrison should only need a light sweater. Elder Stevenson (one of the elders we share the ward with) will also be transfered to Eagle River, he's been here for three transfers and the rest of us have only been here one! He will be missed and it will be interesting to see how these new changes effect the work in Inlet View.

Speaking of the work, it's been good! The holidays have added a difficult spin on things with people being out of town, or having to cancel, etc. but we've got a great week lined up with people we'll be seeing! 

I don't know if I mentioned the "B"-member family we've been struggling to meet with because of scheduling but they came and we were so excited! Their little girl, A
, sat by me and it was cute to see how even though she's small she wanted to be reverant. At first she was climbing all over, but by the end she was sitting with her arms folded and everything! The Hello Kitty stickers might have been a bribe.. but I guess it worked so it's all good. :) haha

For New Years Eve we had a "radio show" with all the missionaries over polycom! The sisters in Anchorage stayed at the mission home and we all had to be in by 7:00 to avoid any drunk driving. I was asked to host the radio show and that was a lot of fun! President Beelsey made pancakes in the morning which was certainly a highlight of the week-they were delicious! 

I must admit I feel a little out of wind this week. Things are going well and I'm grateful to be here!

Love you all! Don't forget to pray and read your scriptures! Christ's light is the key to the winter darkness!


Sister Hedelius