Sister Bradley

Sister Bradley

Monday, February 19, 2018

More pictures - Email from Jenny


1. Exchange with Carmel (Arlint, Gotay, Burrell, me)

2. That moment when someone let's you in after you knock on their door
3. We prayed for a miracle and God delivered...delivered pizza that is!

 4. The Lee's 
5. Exchange with Beech Grove (Willard, Gotay, me, Matheson)

 6. Are you on Jesus' team?

7. Starfruit!!!

8. You have arrived in 450 ft. *that moment when Google maps stears you wrong*

Makin' a difference - Email from Jenny

Well fam. Here we are approaching the last week of the end of my mission, and the prequel week to the rest of my entire life. It is definitely weird, I cannot lie, but I know my life's mission will never end, and I feel now that after 1 year, 4 months and 29 days I finally know what my purpose is.

This week was awesome, we had a LOT of cool things happen, these are just some of the highlights!

One afternoon, we stopped by this lady named Dee who told us she has no interest in the chruch and that she wants her records to be removed and that she thought they already were...so we found out the process and went back to her house to tell her what it was and she let us in her home (that is the first time that has happened) and then we talked to her for 2 hours...and she didn't mention wanting to have her records removed once! Woah! And she gave us some Zumba DVDs to borrow and said she'd give us some herbal tea when we came back.....I was like, "wait, what just happened?" when we came out. There was definitely a lot of heart softening that happened those few times we met her!! haha Heavenly Father knows who we specifically need to be sent to!

On Wednesday morning we were able to go to the temple. Usually, we go the day before we fly home, but the Temple will be closed during that time, so I got the chance to go this week! It was so beautiful and I was filled with so much peace and gratitude to my Heavenly Father for knowing that He needed to send me on a mission. As always, after that beautiful experience, we faced a TON of opposition, it never ceases! hah! We met a lot of mean people and even got dropped by someone we were trying to work with, not to mention it is Valentine's Day so it seemed everyone was at date night! haha We kept treking, and I felt prompted to go finding on a specific street. We started knocking and we ended up meeting Marisol. It turns out that she had a super good friend who was Mormon when she lived in Mexico. We gave her a Book of Mormon and she told us she would read it to her 2 children she just adopted! Wow!! Friends, we will never know the impact we will have on others! Let's share the love we have! :)

We've been working with this member and trying to help her become a better member missionary and it has been one of MY FAVORITE experiences of my entire mission! She has such a strong desire to improve!!!! Those are the most fun people to help, that's for sure! She is so cute too! We invited her to study and pray this week in a way that has been different from what she is doing, and when we came back this week she said, " I can see why they tell us to do this everyday, it's awesome!!!" :) We were able to help her make connections and really see how it is "by small and simple things that great things are brought to pass." She told us she is never going to just read the scriptures again, but she will STUDY them :) guys, I'm not makin' this stuff up, seriously, it's awesome!

I have been really reflecting lately as my mission is coming to a close. I read this in my studies:

"3 And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him.

4 And it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness. And he left his house, and the land of his inheritance, and his gold, and his silver, and his precious things, and took nothing with him, save it were his family, and provisions, and tents, and departed into the wilderness.

5 And he came down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea; and he traveled in the wilderness in the borders which are nearer the Red Sea; and he did travel in the wilderness with his family, which consisted of my mother, Sariah, and my elder brothers, who were Laman, Lemuel, and Sam.

6 And it came to pass that when he had traveled three days in the wilderness, he pitched his tent in a valley by the side of a river of water.

7 And it came to pass that he built an altar of stones, and made an offering unto the Lord, and gave thanks unto the Lord our God." (1 Nephi 2)

I wrote in my scriptures, "would I give thanks after giving up everything?" I looked at that question and pause for a minute. I realized that I am much more like Lehi than I realized. The Lord commanded Lehi to leave Jerusalem as He commanded me to serve a mission. He commanded Lehi to leave EVERYTHING except his family, I was asked to leave everything, school, work and even my family and friends. Lehi went and did as the Lord commanded and so have and I, and then he made an offering to the Lord as I have offered my service in the
mission field as an offering to Him. And I can say that at the end of this time I have profusely given thanks to the Lord for loving me enough to send me to the foreign land of Indiana to change my life forever. I know that when we follow the Lord's council, no matter how hard or difficult it may be that we are blessed 10 fold. I know that God knows what is best for us, and I am not sure words can adequately explain the gratitude I have to Him at this moment.

Serving with a Smile,
Sister Bradley

P I C S



The Indiana Indianapolis Temple (actually located in Carmel, IN) oh, and me, I am there too :)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Church is Cancelled - Email from Jenny

Well, for the first time in my entire life, all of church was cancelled, all activities, everything. Seriously, everything. The fireside that night, all 3 wards in our building and several other buildings all didn't have church. That devious Indiana weather was at it again, this time with freezing rain (which I didn't even know existed until my mission) everything was coated in ice, it's like everything was glazed (kinda like how donuts are glazed haha). Crazy. Bring a friend to church day was supposed to be that Sunday too, but never fear! It has been postponed! Maybe someone who needed to attend wouldn't have been able to make it yesterday! :) 

Ladies and gentleman, friends and family, brothers and sisters, we have waited many many days for this time to finally arrive for the Indiana Indianapolis mission. I am pleased to tell you that technology, more specifically smart phones, have arrived! haha the joke at the beginning of my mission was "3 months" but that 3 months turned into years, and years into my whole mission, except the last 2 1/2 weeks! :) " Behold, and lo, I will take care of your flocks, and will raise up elders and send unto them.
 Behold, I will hasten my work in its time." (D&C 88:72-73) the Lord is hastening HIS work, He is helping us find HIS elect, and this is a glorious way to do it. The Lord has great trust in us.

I had a really cool experience contacting this week. We knocked on a door and this cute lady answered. I feel that is one of the most beautiful experiences I had where I literally felt the Lord speaking through me. Not my words, but His. Before walking up to the door I thought, what am I going to say? There are countless approaches, but I felt that we would be guided. I put my trust in God, and ended up bearing one of the most powerful testimonies I have ever borne. I know the lady felt it, and I felt it, and my companion felt it. We talked about prophets and I asked her, "Why do you think there aren't prophets anymore if God has always worked through them in the past?" She paused and you could see her mind opened to the possibility that God might work through prophets again. We gave her a Book of Mormon and invited her to read and pray and ask God, himself, the source of all truth. She took the Book of Mormon and now what happens is in her hands with the agency she has.

We taught Carla and she told us about this Anti-Mormon video she watched. From my experience all anti-Mormon literature is just truth twisted. We asked her some of her questions but this lady never ceased to amaze me. She told us some of the things it talked about and she said that it strengthened her testimony...God definitely chooses His elect, and when we have faith, nothing can shake us! She is starting to find answers to her questions on her own now! It is amazing to see how we are filled when we thirst after knowledge!!! :)

Today Mosiah 4:9-10 really stood out to me.
"Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.
 And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye dothem."
My companion Sister Gotay would quote this man Dr. Jim and would say, "It's simple, but just not easy." In theory, it is easy to believe in God and in His great majesty and power. We are standing on this beautiful earth in a vast and ever expanding universe, surrounded with endless possibilities and God's endless love, and yet, sometimes I think we forget to do the only thing He asks of us.
"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love." (John 15:10) What can we do to "try a little harder to be a little better" (Hinckley) and push ourselves the 2nd mile? To taste of God's love is most desirable above all other things. What can we sacrifice to feel it a little more? What can we do to share that with others? How can we make our lives more purposeful? I know that God knows all. I know that He wants us to repent and experience the joy that comes from it's fruits. I know that Jesus Christ lives and is my Savior, and that He love me enough to die for me so that I and you could have a chance to become better.

Serving with a Smile,
Sister Bradley

Picture time! 
 1. Exanges :) left to right: Eastley, Barnett, Gotay, me!

 2. We got free blaze pizza because they got Sister Gotay's order wrong! Booyah!

 3. t h e d i s t r i c t

4. This youth in our ward makes 3D pearler bead trinkets!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Indiana Facebook Page - Smartphone

The smartphone rollout has begun! We started with the MLC yesterday, February 9, 2018. This is so exciting. It is amazing to hear about the ways this tool has helped and blessed missionaries and investigators already. Encourage your missionary to "remember, remember" his and her missionary purpose in everything they do - especially in using this new tool. Over the next two weeks all missionaries will be up and running.




Monday, February 5, 2018

Another great week in Indy - Email from Jenny

Hello! 

Well, we taught Ryland this week and he has permission from his dad and now has a baptismal date of March 10!!! :) We are beyond excited for him to finally make that commitment to follow Jesus Christ!

We have tried numerous times to get a hold of the Webb family since we miraculously found their house, and her son told us to try by Thursday night. We took his word and ending up catching Sister Webb at the PERFECT time! We were invited in and talked to her for 3 hours.....she even missed her college class for her doctorate she is getting (one of the reasons she is so busy, on top of having a full time job and babysitting her niece). We talked to her about her experience with the church, and she told us a lot of concerns she had, but also the desire she had to resolve those concerns. She said her spirituality isn't where she wants it to be and she wants to change that! That's the best place to start! She graduates in June so she will still be super busy until then, but there is great hope for her family!!! :) her husband and kids aren't members of the church, and there is lots of potential for them! Sister Gotay should be here until then too!

We had a lesson with the Reichenbach family and we invited them (Kyle, especially being the only non-member in his family) to write down their questions and concerns on a paper we made, and seek for answers as they read the Book of Mormon together. We bore testimony of the truths we can learn as we actively seek God's hand in our concerns and questions and the role of the Holy Ghost in answering them. I watched carefully as he scribbled down a list that seemed to reach the bottom of the paper. It looks like he has a lot of learning to do! :)

We met this man named Milko while we were doing service at Goodwill. He is from Bulgaria and had many interesting ideas about things...He talked about Mitt Romney, he talked about Melchizedek from the Old Testament and thought he might be the new Jesus because he thought he came after Christ...and he talked for quite sometime about the "anunnaki" (a very technologically advanced alien race to put it in his own words....) haha but he had a Book of Mormon and he said he's start reading it again!

We met with a less active this week and before we left she asked if she could talk to me alone...odd, right? and slightly terrifying...so I went in the kitchen with her and she had concerns about the information we had on her family situation. She dumped all of the things that had happened, and told me she thought everyone knew her familie's troubles and was embarrassed to come to church because of it. I told her I knew nothing other than she was having marriage troubles and I saw relief quickly overcome her. It is amazing the influence others can have on us for better or for worse. I am grateful she trusted me enough to confide in me, and that she now feels at peace with coming to church with her family. Gossip can really hurt, don't do it.

This week God gave us a huge lesson on enduring to the end and the miracles that can come from it. We were so exhausted this past week and we kept going, kept trekking forward in the super cold weather. We would even sing "come come ye saints" help us stay focused. We saw so many miracles! We found more people who said we could come back and felt the joys of doing the Lord's work.

Something hit me in my scripture study this week as I was reading Moroni 7. It says " But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil;" (verse 17) Kind of an intense scripture, I know, BUT, those three words SERVE NOT GOD really hit home because Satan is the master of distraction. If he can't get us to do bad things, he'll get us to things that don't serve God instead, or in other words, just keep us busy. He encourages us to twist our priorities to put off the most important things that prepare us to meet God, i.e. to fulfill purpose here on this earth. Remember "all things which are good cometh of Christ; otherwise men were fallen, and there could no good thing come unto them." (Moroni 7:24) All good things in our lives are because of Him. What can we do to show our love? What priorities can we change?

Serving with a Smile,
Sister Bradley

P.S. we moved to McCordsville which is a super cute little town South of our area! So don't send letters to Keeley Ct any more, my address is:


Pictures:
 1. We left a message for the seminary students


 2. Us in the Family History Center...because we haven't taken any pics...


3. Moving!!!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Indiana Facebook Page -Stake Conference

Missionaries in the Indy North Stake attended the Saturday evening session of Stake Conference on January 27, 2018 (as an exception) because the meeting was all about......... missionary work! What a great and inspiring meeting it was. Members and missionaries left feeling uplifted and ready to share the gospel, working together and using technology.

I lost my mind - Email from Jenny

Hello! This week was a crazy one...and kinda interesting...

We taught Carla this week and we originally planned to teach her about how we can continue to learn through our membership in the church, but we also felt inspired to review the Gospel of Jesus Christ before the lesson and lo and behold, the Gospel of Jesus Christ was the lesson that needed to be taught. I think now with more exposure to the things we are teaching, the gospel is starting to sink in more. We were able to review the key principles and ordinances that are foundational to us enduring to the end. She related to us a story of how she understood the Holy Ghost. She described that in her dreams there would be a Thunderbird (representing the Holy Ghost) that would come and pick her up and bring her above her troubles and opposition in her dreams. She said that when the Thunderbird didn't come and lift her up, she knew she was "in trouble," meaning that she didn't have the Holy Spirit with her. The Spirit really does speak to us all through our own language and experiences, in the words of Thomas Monson, “There is one language … that is common to each missionary—the language of the Spirit. It is not learned from textbooks written by men of letters, nor is it acquired through reading and memorization. The language of the Spirit comes to him who seeks with all his heart to know God and keep His divine commandments. Proficiency in this language permits one to breach barriers, overcome obstacles, and touch the human heart.”(Preach my Gospel)

We taught Bella and she brought her friend over! An unplanned opportunity to teach someone new! Her friend really helped her stay focused and was a great blessing to the lesson! :)

We tried contacting a potential named Nicole, we stopped by her house and met her mom who was getting out of the car, she told us Nicole wasn't home. So we start walking back to the car and then her husband opens the door and yells to us, "how do you know Nicole?!" Yikes. That always makes us nervous haha but we told him who we were and he told us to try back the next day. So flash forward, we go back and for some reason we were feeling hesitant to see her. We prayed to receive a confirmation that it was the right time to talk to her and I saw the words, "Go and Do" come into my mind. We went and her husband ended up being nicer than her, and she looked appalled that her husband let us in her house, lol, so she wasn't interested, BUT now we know at least and we can spend our time elsewhere!

On an exchange we were given an envelope by this man who appeared nice but hated organized religion. He was like, "You're Mormon and believe in Jesus Christ right?" So seemingly friendly, we took the envelop and looked at it later and there was a letter bashing another religion, not even ours! It was pretty sad, and then a CD with some preachers angrily speaking. I am grateful for the love that I have for people of other religions! We are all brothers and sisters after all :)

So after we exchanged back and got home, we discovered that the other sisters had taken our phone....this is pretty unfortunate when you only have one phone...so we asked if we could borrow our neighbors phone and got ahold of them so we could get our phone back. At that time we said, "Maybe we should just go back to bed and start over..." so THEN flash forward to the evening, we made an appointment to teach a member family before dinner with our ward mission leader. We get in the car and go to dinner and then after dinner, I looked in my purse for my planner...and it wasn't there...so we looked in the car and texted our Ward mission leader to see if I left it at his house, and they couldn't find it. We tried by a potential and I kept looking and then I started to slightly freak out haha our planners have a LOT of information, names and addresses and phone numbers and would not be good if someone got ahold of it. I was praying in my mind that we could find it. We tried by the home we saw before dinner and didn't find it, and then went back to our WML's house and asked if he could look again and still nothing! We got back in the car that we had turned upside down and Sister Gotay suggested we say a prayer, I told her I had said many in my head and she responded "out loud" haha so we prayed. I remembered seeing something in the street on the way to the WML's house and suggested we turn around and see what it was. IT. WAS. MY. PLANNER. No joke. Lying in the street open, about 5 houses down from his house. The weirdest part is we still cannot figure out how it got there! We didn't walk there and I didn't leave it on top of the car either...anyway, moral of the story, spoken prayers are POWERFUL and God is so so mindful of us!!!

Brothers and Sisters, God loves us. He really does. I found this gem in General Conference and invite you to ponder on it,
 "To accept and love others does not mean we must embrace their ideas. Obviously, truth mandates our highest allegiance, though it should never be a barrier to kindness. Truly loving others requires the ongoing practice of accepting the best efforts of people whose life experiences and limitations we may never fully know. Looking beyond what we can see requires conscious focus on the Savior." (Zwick Oct 2017)

Serving with a Smile,
Sister Bradley

Pictures!
1. Found my planner!

 2. Exchange with Westfield! Left to Right: Branch, Lay, me Gotay

3. Battle wounds...