Monday, July 28, 2014

Stafford, England
Zone Conference July 11, 2014

Sarah is being transferred to Stafford England this week.  She will be training the only sister coming in this transfer.  She is nervous and excited to be training.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dream Catchers!

This week has been so fun! We had a Sisters Meeting on Thursday and talked about being healthy and did some exercise together. It was so fun to see all the sisters! I got to see Sister Hansen again, which was really good. President and Sister Ulrich are the best. They really care about the missionaries and are working so hard to help all of us do our best.
You have to look up
It has been really hot here as well! It has been in the 80's, which doesn't sound that bad compared to Utah, but when it is sunny and humid and you are walking around all day, you don't look as good as you did in the morning. ;) But it is good! It is sunny in England, which is saying something! 
One of our investigators showed us her dream catcher in her room and I said that I love dream catchers. The next time we visited, she had bought me a dream catcher! Haha I love her so much! Her name is D and she is 75. She is so spiritual and accepts all that we believe. I just feel so happy after we see her! She is so amazing!
Pink means Love
I love the people here. The members take such good care of us and the strongest people. When we visit them, I am so surprised by what they are going through and they depend so heavily on Jesus Christ. They have such strong testimonies. It has really inspired me and helped build on my own testimony. Jesus Christ is the answer to all our questions. He is there for us, we just need to turn to him. He loves us and has provided a way for us to follow him. The Church is true!
I love you all and hope you have an excellent week!
Love, Sister Christensen

The sisters I came out with

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hiya! Are you alright?

Another great week here in the EMM! We got a new mission president, whom you may have met. It was great because I went to shake his hand and I was about to introduce myself and before I said anything he said, "I know you, Sister Sarah Christensen." Wow! I mean, I knew he knew about me from before, but I still felt pretty special. He is so inspired! I know that he is called of God to serve in this mission and I am so excited to be serving with him.
This week has been crazy. We have done a lot of traveling for meetings and conferences. I thought we would just have a normal week this week but we have another meeting on Thursday with all the sisters in the mission, which is so exciting because I will get to see my trainer again! 
We didn't teach very much this week but we had very spiritual lessons. It is hard to get used to a new companion but Sister Church and I are getting better at teaching together everyday. 
We're teaching a 75 year old woman named Dawn, and she is the most amazing person. She has been researching religion pretty much her whole life and has been baptized twice but is still searching! The other day we were teaching her and she said she was in a lot of pain, because she has medical problems, so we asked her if she would want a blessing and she said yes. The next day, the Elders came by and gave her a blessing and she said that pain just went away! It was a miracle! She is so receptive. I love her! And an investigator we lost touch with called us the other day and came to church yesterday! So I'm excited to start teaching her again.
Even though this week was so busy, there were still miracles everywhere. I love you all and hope you have a great week :)

Love, Sister Christensen
American Made

Iron Bridge, Sister Church had never been there

And my companion was so sweet to let me borrow her cardigan :) #companionship unity #love my companion #she's the best

This is how we wait for the Bus

Coalbrook Dale, England

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Spirit is Strong

This week has been so good! I went on exchange with Sister Clawson in Crewe this last week. When we got there we went straight to a tea appointment with a member family and that was so fun! I loved it because their family dynamic is so much like our family, so I instantly felt comfortable. The next day was the 4th and we celebrated by getting hamburgers for lunch :) A surprising amount of people wished us a happy 4th of July, considering we are in England...We talked with a man named A, and had a lesson with him. It was a miracle because he is going through a lot right now and was praying for help when we stopped him in the street. I love being a missionary! We were able to be guided by the spirit to first, stop and talk to him and second, to be able to tell him the things he needed to hear in order to believe that we were telling the truth and give him hope for his situation. 
We have two new investigators who really are amazing. We knocked on a door and we could hear a man inside say, "There's someone outside selling something," and a girl said, "go answer it!" and he said, "no, it's two girls!" So she answered the door and we said we were missionaries and she said she wasn't religious but then we started talking about what gives her hope and makes her happy and she started talking about her son. We told her that we believe that families can be together forever and she looked so happy. She said that she would love to have us come over again. We prayed with her and you could tell she felt the spirit. It was so good!
Later that week, we asked a man for directions and then stopped to with him. He told us that he is catholic but that he has been studying other religions recently. It was incredible because he is a teacher and very educated but he was humble enough recognized that we share a message that he can learn from. 
Church yesterday was so good as well. The people in the ward have gone through a lot this past year or so. I have never heard so many humble testimonies. Nobody talked for very long or said anything super powerful, but they shared their simple earnest testimonies about how faith is all you need. You don't need a perfect knowledge to be an active member of the church or have a strong testimony. Faith is the first principle of the gospel and is necessary before we attain any knowledge. 
I am so grateful that I have felt the spirit so much this week and seen how much it has blessed the people I have met. I hope you all have a great week as well! Love you!
Love, Sister Christensen

Thanks for the package