Mountain View Stake

So I'm in the MV stake for another transfer! I was super excited to stay, my companion Sister Snyder was super sad to leave. I am not companions with Sister Osa from Samoa! She's beena member for almost 4 years, and she's been out in the field for 12 weeks. She's the only member in her family. We are having lots of fun and she is SUCH a great teacher! Sister Snyder went to an area (South Jordan, all of 5 minutes away) that has a car. JEALOUS. I've just accepted the fact that I'm never going to drive a car on my mission. And when I get home my car will probably explode the minute I step off the plane so I'll probably never drive one then either.

We are teaching lots of lessons! Unfortunately everyone has fallen off date, but we're not letting that get us down! There are people that the Lord is preparing, and when they're ready we will be here for them. I was feeling really down about it, but today I check my email and three of the people I taught in Kearns emailed me!!!! I couldn't believe it! I was so happy that they thought of me and I am so happy they're all continuing to learn and grow in the gospel. I love these people so much. That is one thing I've noticed about being a missionary, I have this overwhelming love for every person I meet.

Yesterday we spoke in the 10th ward on fasting. They preparation was mostly done during the announcements in sacrament meeting out of a book that I borrowed from the library 4 minutes before the meeting started. Luckily it was only a 6 minute talk, so it went well. Then we went over to the 1st ward and President Felts (a member of our mission presidency) was there!! It was really good to see him. He's one of the friendliest people I know. Then we had a whole evening of appointments. It was a pretty good Sunday.

Our mission has been doing a month-long study of the Atonement, I've probably written about it before, but I have been able to incorporate the Atonement into my teaching so much more lately. The Savior really did give us the greatest gift possible. He suffered and overcame both spiritual and physical death, and He did it for every single one of us. What an incredible blessing. I know I don't appreciate what He did for me enough. I know that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father really do love every single one of us.

That's all I can think to write about right now. Have a happy week!

Love you!

Sister Hinkle


Transfers Again!

Every six weeks goes by just a little bit faster. It's like someone has put my life on fast forward. Weeeeirddd. Transfers are this Wednesday and I really feel like I'm not going to be staying in the Mountain View Stake. Lame! I love this stake a lot. The people here are super helpful and we are up to 15 lessons a week! That's a pretty big jump from 4 lessons a week like last transfer.

The Portuguese Elders have returned Sister Snyder's bike. You know what thaaaat meeeaaans. I'm back on my sweet set of wheels. Unfortunately the day she got her bike back, I went to jump on mine and found it wrapped up in VHS tape. FIENDS. I actually have a (nice) picture of my bike for you today. Whaaaat? Pictures? For real? Yes. I've been borrowing my companion's camera since mine hates all the computers in this Family History Center. Or I just don't know how to work it... Whatever!

So yesterday we went to dinner at the house of some sweet people who live in the 10th ward. They have a granddaughter in Panama on a mission, and her birthday is this week. So they had us over since they couldn't have her! It was cute. We even got birthday presents! Bath and body works kind of birthday presents. I was so excited. I am obsessed with that store.

I guess I'm not used to all this sunshine because I am becoming Lord of the Freckles lately. Which reminds me, last night we were teaching a lesson and I started using a Lord of the Rings analogy and they had never read/watched it so that was lame.

I got to email chat with Mariah just a little bit ago so that was super fun. I've been using the phrase "For sure" way too much recently.

Things are really picking up in this area! Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are truly in the details of our lives. They hear our prayers, They know us personally and love us each. Our mission is doing a month long study on the Atonement. It's amazing to see how the Atonement can be applied in every lesson to every person. I know that Jesus Christ really is the Savior or the world. His arms and God's arms are wide open waiting to receive each of us if we're willing to come to them.

Love you! Have a happy week! :)

Sister Hinkle

Short Post

Everyone is using our family history center to do emails today, so this won't be very long.

Yesterday we had to give talks in 2 wards, and guess who was scheduled to go last in both sacrament meetings? THIS SISTER. I spoke for 20 minutes both times. MIRACLES DO HAPPEN. Nobody even fell asleep!

We also had exchanges on Friday, I got to go over to the Sandy YSA stake (which means I got to be in a car for 24 hours woohoo) it was pretty fun and exciting.

We also had an all Sisters meeting last week. It was neat to see my old companions, they talked about modesty and stuff. It was pretty good.

We have two progressing investigators!!!! I am super excited about everyone I have been blessed with the opportunity to teach. There are such wonderful people here.

This coming week we have to split on Tuesday and Wednesday so far. Which means we have lots of lessons!!! Yaaaay!!!

Also we were walking down the street and we stopped to talk to some people working in a yard, one of the women actually lives in another part of Salt Lake and it turns out, her neighbor across the street is going to become the new Mission President for the Charleston West Virginia mission!!! How cool is that? The missionaries back at home are in for an awesome new President this coming summer!

Welp, that's all I got, have a happy day!!!

Lemons and Snails

So firstly I completely forgot to tell you about the awesome Sister McKee from Kearns who we had lunch with the Pday before my birthday. She totally made me a cake that said "H B S H" on top and she bought me my favorite kind of cheese and some cat-themed birthday presents. It was pretty fun! Yesterday our neighbors (The Bastidas family) invited us over and had a cake and got us a cool puzzle for our birthdays! Forever long birthday party. Woohoo!

This week was cuh-razy. First off, it's been super sunny and I have a magnificent foot tan that I'll have to send pictures of eventually. To kill the time we spend walking around everywhere, I've started rewriting the song "I wanna dance with somebody" into "I wanna shake hands with somebody" it's about finding and teaching golden investigators. We've also been finding snails everywhere (usually dead ones).

Sometimes we come home to find the Spanish speaking Elders using our landlord's BBQ, it's the funniest thing ever. The other day they were eating elk hamburgers, I have no idea where they even find this stuff.

There's an awesome lady who lives on our street named Sister Clark. She loves Disney land and she shelter's animals, the other day we got to hold a tarantula (in a container) there, which was exciting.

The other day we were coming home on Trax from downtown and at one of the stops the driver jumped out of the train for a few minutes and then jumped back on. We were like.... well that was weird, but then he got on the microphone and said "sorry for the delay everyone, there was a family of ducks on the tracks and they couldn't get off" and my companion and I were like why isn't everyone clapping and cheering for this man?! HERO. He's a hero.

We got to go to a mystery dinner in 2nd ward the other night. They had like a ton of tables and there was a plate of lemons at each one. There were tons of lemons left over, and guess who got them? Yep! These Sisters right here! We have a gigantic bag of lemon slices in our fridge. Lemonade for days.

Yesterday we got to help with sharing time in primary in the 7th branch. Primary is super fun, we taught the kids about service and how they can grow their branch into a ward as they plant little tiny seeds of service everywhere. It was a cute idea the Primary President had.

We've been working hard! We finally have a few different people to teach, unfortunately none are progressing, but that's okay! We're going to continue helping them and teaching them. I love these people so much. I'll be really sad if they transfer me out of the area. I feel like I still have so much work to do here.

Hoping to pick up who new families tonight! Keep us and the people we're teaching in your prayers!!! Never forget how much I love you!

Sister Hinkle


Sister Snyder and I holding a big scary tarantula. Why do I put my thumbs up in every picture?