Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Alnwick

Mummy and Daddy,

This week, Michael introduced us to some of his family members. We went up to Seahouses to teach his sister. Michael looked smart in his new suit. When we knocked on his sister's door, his brother-in-law's jaw slapped against the welcome mat!
"Michael?! WOW.....I......I hardly recognize you. You're a new man."
Michael was all smiles. His sister was visiting her daughter just around the corner....so off we went, trotting towards this other house....long story short and lots of back and forths later, I witnessed a beautiful moment, Michael's sister, and his two nieces gawked at him.....speechless.
"Michael...we saw you in Alnwick last week and we had to double take. Is that Michael?! He's all smart, and clean cut. Michael...you seem different. ... you seem happy. It's so good to see you!"

Words cannot describe the pride that swelled in my little heart, or the satisfaction slapped on Michael's cheeks. Ahhhh....moments like that....yeah....that makes it all worthwhile. We had a powerful lesson with Michael's sister, where Michael bore striking testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true and living church on the Earth. His sister is now preparing for baptism! MIRACLE!

It's getting pretty bitter at night in this land. We have the warmest socks in tarnation, but they are no match for the bite that attacks our fingers and toes for 9 hours each day. One night this week was particularly bad.....pins and needles that you just can't escape, no matter how many times you skip down the street or do finger exercises. I offered a silent, frantic prayer, "Heavenly Father.....I'm so cold.....It really hurts......please......please.....help me deal with it." The very next door we knocked on, this man opened saying, "Oh...how about you come round back and I'll let you in for some hot chocolate." I couldn't get inside fast enough. I was so overwhelmed with gratitude, I could have bawled myself silly right there on the spot....if I wasn't so afraid that my tears would freeze. We taught this wonderful man about the Restoration and now he too is preparing for baptism. BAM! MIRACLE! Heavenly Father always answers our prayers....even the ones that seem only important to us....even now as I'm writing this, I'm thinking...."Ugh! Stephanie, just suck it up...it's just cold. It's not that bad." In the moment it's always a bit different. Heavenly Father still answered my prayer for me. I'm so grateful.

In other news, It was Michael's birthday this week and the Alnwick Branch Christmas Social which we thoroughly enjoyed! AND My wildest dreams came true on Wednesday when my Zone Leader said to me, "Sister White...I have a lot of zone post for you in my car." He opened the boot of his car, and wrestled with the largest box I've seen in quite a while.
"Here you go!"
"That's for me?!?! Who's it from?"
"The mission."
"What!? Why?"
"It looks like it's a Braille Book of Mormon."
"IT CAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" WOW it's big!"
"You're teaching a blind person?"
"Uh....no....it's for me. :D"
I don't know why, but I feel like I have to learn how to do sign language and learn braille. Maybe I'm going to lose one or more of my senses later in life, but just think....if the lights ever go out....I'll still be able to read the scriptures! Success! :D From the moment I got it home, I whacked it open and began deciphering each little bump....I'm actually not too bad at it, by looking at it.....I can't do it with my eyes closed...yet....but just give me time. I love it! I feel the Spirit so much when I focus on each little word! Ahhhh....I love it. Anyways...The end!

I love being a missionary so much! I cannot thank you enough for letting me come how many thousands of miles to do this every day. I appreciate it all the good, the hard, the beautiful, the ugly :D I love being a missionary!

I love you so much! I hope you have the best Christmas of your lives!
Uh.....miss me terribly :D

Love Always and Forever,
Your Sister Stephanie White

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Candid photo of Sister White #342

Alnwick January 2012

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Candid Sister Hillgaard

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Alnwick January 2012
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Alnwick January 2012

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Beautiful banner made by the youth of the Willow Canyon 8th Ward! It is proudly displayed!

Alnwick January 2012

Alnwick January 2012
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Alnwick January 2012

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Painted toes! We feel like ladies.

Alnwick January 2012

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An ill Sister Lomiga and a peppy Sister DeLucchi

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Alnwick January 2012
Exchange in Ashington: Me with member Cathy

Alnwick January 2012

Alnwick January 2012
The Sunderland Family

Alnwick January 2012

Alnwick January 2012
Zone p-day playing Mafia....when I was finally discovered as the MURDERER!

Alnwick January 2012

Alnwick January 2012
Zone P-day where Sisters Belliston, DeLucchi and myself are attempting to stay warm in the sunlight.

Alnwick January 2012

Alnwick January 2012
Ronnie with his Mansized tissues. My personal favorite

Alnwick January 2012

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Alnwick January 2012

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Me hugging my cold jug of milk and eyeing my Gaviscon pills for comfort.

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
More reading

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Here is her dragon she named "Dramatica"

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
It's Sister Hillgaard's Birthday Today! Here's her "Dragon Fire"

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
This is how we rang in the New Year! Happy 2012!

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
We dyed Sister Hillgaard's Hair

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
I was thrilled at all my little presents!!!!

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
My pretty Christmas gifties arrived

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Me sleeping after reading scriptures with my gallon jug of water I sipped out of with my new Build- your-own-straw.

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Sister Hillgaard sleeping with her lion, "Fluffy"

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Me sleeping

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Christmas at the Hansens!

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Calling Home!!!!!

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Trying out my new "Build a Straw!"

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Happy Christmas Sister Hillgaard

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Happy Christmas Sister White

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Happy Christmas Ronnie

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Me being festive.....even though I'm in dire need of a food nap.

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Me with little Sally Hansens (Jack Russel) in her new Santa outfit.

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Sister Hillgaard digging deep to her Viking roots to conquer multiple Christmas dinners

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Justine Jorgensen displaying my sad attempt at rice krispies.....I have other talents :D

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Peeping around the corner to see what Santa brought

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
We had our Mission Wide Christmas Party at Harrogate Army Base

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
The love of my life arrived the other day....my brand new, six volume, Braille Book of Mormon! I love it!

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
We had gale force winds up here. The wind blew so hard, some of those wind turbines burst into flames! And we braved it, yelling, "Bring it on!!!" It slammed us into a few people and a few cars....but we survived with only minor bruising :D

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Being our resourceful selves.....we made our Christmas tree this year, complete with our own festive ornaments! We love it! AND we plan to dance around it in true Danish form for Christmas.

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Our cute Alnwick youth/primary putting on the best nativity yet!

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Some of the chaos from the Branch Christmas Social

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
I'm sporting my fetching new Santa hat from the Kirches :D I'm the envy of all of Alnwick.

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Michael's birthday present from us

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Expressing my musical genius with these mystical bells.

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Me with the Jorgensen family and their surprise Hot Chocolate Night.....takes me back.

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Louise Jorgensen and I sporting our festive antlers

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
All the sisters at Zone Development meeting.

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Candid shot...just thought you'd like to see me....in the moment :D

Alnwick December 2011

Alnwick December 2011
Good Morning... No better way to start the day than with Captain America advent calendar. my poor little mouth.

Alnwick November 2011

Alnwick November 2011
Us pulling a "Beatles" with newly set apart Elder Jorgensen

Alnwick November 2011

Alnwick November 2011
I couldn't resist. The yellow slicker was just so fetching.

Alnwick November 2011

Alnwick November 2011
This is not what I had in mind.

Alnwick November 2011

Alnwick November 2011
This is at 4pm....note the darkness....

Alnwick November 2011

Alnwick November 2011
Ronnie, the ex-miner who no one can understand except for us, who brings his dog Maggie to all events.

Alnwick November 2011

Alnwick November 2011
Singing Happy Birthday to a member of our branch, John....it looks like it's sucking out my soul.

Alnwick November 2011

Alnwick November 2011
I'm always finding opportunities to drink with crazy straws. It's the only way to go really.

Alnwick November 2011

Alnwick November 2011
This week I finally finished my project for Sister's Specialized Training. We're having a tea party!!!! These are the little teacup name cards, and agenda sheet. I love projects!!!! I got to do something artsy!!!! WHOO!

Alnwick November 2011

Alnwick November 2011
Sister Hillgaard would like you to see her new way of smiling...she's been practicing. :D

Alnwick November 2011

Alnwick November 2011
Ghetto copy of our adventures with the Ashington Sisters

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
Good news is...we got to have a party with our friends Sister Terry and Belliston! and eat Krave....with no milk! Yay!

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
This was the moment we realized we no longer had our house keys either.....

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
This was our expressions when we realized we didn't have our car keys anymore.

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
Michael got BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
It was so magical! It kept pooping on my dreams though and washing away all my sand sculptures!!! Everyone elses' were fine and dandy, but all the waters combined and targeted only mine! How is my artistic genius meant to flourish in these conditions!!!!

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
We made it out to the sea!!!!!!!!

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
Me churning butter. It's a great shoulder work out :D

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
Sister Hillgaard "churning butter"

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
Last week we made butter. Why you ask? Well....just to mark something off my life list :D AND I ate real live honey comb....full of wax....not exactly what I was expecting but still delicious and now I'm allergy free :D supposedly.

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
I finally made it out to the sea!!!! It quite literally took my breath away. Incredible!

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
This is Sister Hillgaard's favorite picture.

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
Sister Hillgaard in her "gown of ruby and gold!"

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
"M'lady! Thou hast not thy proper frock!" yells the man in the corner by the racks of costumes. We remedied that straight away.

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
"Sister White, POSE!"

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
Me and the Castle.....Sister Hillgaard was in charge of the camera and took all kinds of shots.

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
Sister Hillgaard casting a spell

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
Here I am engaging in warfare.

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
Here I am doing my flying lesson.

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
Here I am at the front of Alnwick Castle

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
This is me. This is what I see out the window of our member's home.

Alnwick October 2011

Alnwick October 2011
This is literally what I see when I walk outside my front door! Well....until I move into my new place tomorrow.

Horbury September 2011

Horbury September 2011
Huddersfield, England

Horbury September 2011

Horbury September 2011
Sister Sorensen and I are in a very English setting...

Horbury September 2011

Horbury September 2011
Me putting on Deep Heat. I smell like a life sized Wintergreen Life Saver....fresh.

Horbury September 2011

Horbury September 2011
My body hurts :D Yet I'm still in good spirits :D

Horbury September 2011

Horbury September 2011
The Mighty Huddersfield Zone!

Horbury September 2011

Horbury September 2011
Sister Sorensen and I went to the 42 bistro...very posh ;D We had the best panini and soup I've had in all my days!

Horbury September 2011

Horbury September 2011
I couldn't help myself. I had to chase after him! Meet "Hans" from Germany in his top of the line mobility scooter that can brave any weather condition.

Horbury September 2011

Horbury September 2011
I saw this man chugging down the street in a hard top JAZZY!!!!!

Horbury September 2011

Horbury September 2011
Hey guess what. "Onward Christian Soldiers" was written right on this spot in Horbury. And did you know that I'm living in the Rhubarb Triangle of the World!?!?! Truth. Thought you'd appreciate.

Horbury September 2011

Horbury September 2011
Nightly ritual from Sister Sorensen :D She's hiding from the world.

Horbury September 2011

Horbury September 2011
This is Anne. She doesn't remember a thing, but she has THE funniest laugh of anyone I have ever met...Every time we need a pick me up, we go see Anne. She won't be able to tell you our names but what she will tell you....multiple times....is that she did welfare on Sunroyd Hill every day, and went to all the bungalows round about. Do you know what they did? They asked, "Anne, Do you want a cuppa?" (Cup of tea) and she did! She had more cuppas than she could manage and nearly floated away every single day! ahooo...hooo...hooo. :D Shout out to Anne!

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
Kenneth got baptized!!!!!!!!!!!

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
Treasure trove!

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
This old guy invited us in and sent us off with a treasure trove

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
Picture Scavenger Hunt: Be A Mannequin

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
Picture Scavenger Hunt: Find someone getting their hair cut.

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
Picture Scavenger Hunt: Find and IPhone 4 and Someone with a Crazy Hairdo....I wish you could see this guy from the side.

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
Picture Scavenger Hunt: Find Giant Chess Pieces

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
This is where Dan lives. I've been on this :D

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
Kenneth and Dan. Note the Bow Tie

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
When we got home....All the dancing and the squeezing took effect...I launched towards a Krave box.....good news...I felt a lot better afterwards.

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
The dancing wasn't working....so I squeezed it like an orange

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
Me trying to dance out a big gas bubble in my stomach.

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
Sister Sorensen eating her first official English Fish-n-chips in the pouring rain, under the shelter of a little bus stop.

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
We went for a fish pedicure! I've never giggled so much in my whole life!!!!

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
Sister Sorensen felt like death....first body breakdown of the mission

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
Making a wish!

Horbury August 2011

Horbury August 2011
My Celebratory Pizza for my one year mark!!!!!

Horbury July 2011

Horbury July 2011
President Lindley...keeping a safe distance :D.....me, Sister Sorensen, and Sister Lindley.

Horbury July 2011

Horbury July 2011
Me on Hazel's stair lift. Life Goal officially fulfilled and it was more wonderful than I could have ever imagined.

Horbury July 2011

Horbury July 2011
Sister Sorensen on Hazel's chair lift

Horbury July 2011

Horbury July 2011
Mother and Child: Sister White and Sister Chelsea Sorensen. I am so proud!

Horbury July 2011

Horbury July 2011
This is the Huddersfield Zone Megaphone....which is "Unsuitable for Sisters"...or is it!?

Horbury July 2011

Horbury July 2011
The final Huddersfield Zone Photo...for now.

Horbury July 2011

Horbury July 2011
Be amazed at the superhero lolly. I just felt like sending this. This takes me back to my Blow Pop days. :D

Horbury July 2011

Horbury July 2011
This says it all

Horbury July 2011

Horbury July 2011
Our four-man pow wow....these are the sorts of things we do in our "spare time" :D Thank you Kungfu Panda 2 Happy Meals at McDonalds!!!

Horbury June 2011

Horbury June 2011
John of John's Ices!!!!

Horbury June 2011

Horbury June 2011
Mighty Huddersfield Zone Hike

Horbury June 2011

Horbury June 2011
The sky here is AMAZING

Horbury June 2011

Horbury June 2011
Companionship Photo: Sister White and Sister DeLucchi

Wharfe Valley May 2011

Wharfe Valley May 2011
I love this woman. Rose slapped the beard on her head and sported it for the rest of the evening. * Let us all keep in mind that she's 64, plays XBOX Kinect games...like the Wii... She dresses up and she has the most fun of anyone anywhere! She's mint!

Wharfe Valley May 2011

Wharfe Valley May 2011
We had fun with wigs...People told me I looked either like Jesus....or an average English chick....you take your pick.

Wharfe Valley May 2011

Wharfe Valley May 2011
Sam Peel, Me and Joyce Bowman

Wharfe Valley May 2011

Wharfe Valley May 2011
We had a "60's and 70's Do" branch activity. Rose, Sara and Kevin came with the best outfits! They went all out and won the prize for "Best Fancy Dress."

Wharfe Valley May 2011

Wharfe Valley May 2011
We did it again :D

Wharfe Valley April 2011

Wharfe Valley April 2011
Our whole clan watching "Wallace and Gromit and the Wrong Trousers!"

Wharfe Valley April 2011

Wharfe Valley April 2011
Sister Taylor and me at Rosemary Cousins's Baptism!...With her son Kevin and her daughter-in-law-to-be, Sara

Wharfe Valley April 2011

Wharfe Valley April 2011
Seven inch hair chop!

Wharfe Valley April 2011

Wharfe Valley April 2011
Leeds 1 University District in front of the Obo Chinese Buffet!

Wharfe Valley March 2011

Wharfe Valley March 2011
Generation photo: Sister Taylor and I with our "moms" Sister Owen and Sister Richmond. P.S. Sister Owen went home. Bye Sister Owen!

Wharfe Valley March 2011

Wharfe Valley March 2011
Darling Sisters,

Wharfe Valley March 2011

Wharfe Valley March 2011
Amanda Kelk's Baptism!!!!!!

Wharfe Valley March 2011

Wharfe Valley March 2011
All the sisters had a "Tea Party" complete with special cups, pink candles, doilies and GIFT BAGS! PSSSH YEAH!

Wharfe Valley March 2011

Wharfe Valley March 2011
Me and Bessie after a hymn session. "Come here love...come sit on my knee." Every Saturday morning we go visit Bessie. Do you know what she told me after I sang a solo for her, "Do you know what that makes me think of.....an old woman rocking in a rocking chair....an old....welsh.....woman....in a creaky old rocking chair that's very old." hmmmm....old woman + welsh+ creaky old rocking chair that's very old = the last solo I will ever sing :D Sister Lamb really likes bringing it up :D hahaha

Wharfe Valley February 2011

Wharfe Valley February 2011
President Craig, Mick, Joyce, Chris, Me and Sister Lamb at the BAPTISM!!!!!!!! I know I take up most of the photo....I couldn't help m'self....My ankles don't bend :D Plus...something's got to distract from the picture on a jaunty angle.

Wharfe Valley February 2011

Wharfe Valley February 2011
Our friend Patricia celebrated her 50th Birthday!

Wharfe Valley February 2011

Wharfe Valley February 2011
Valentines Day....These were my valentines this year.

Wharfe Valley February 2011

Wharfe Valley February 2011
Mighty Leeds Zone....notice how I am strategically positioned so you don't notice I don't have a tie

Wharfe Valley February 2011

Wharfe Valley February 2011
Sisters of the ELM

Worksop January 2011

Worksop January 2011
Me with Norman and Rosemary Jones, who want to adopt me, and come visit us in America. fyi.

Worksop January 2011

Worksop January 2011
Golden Glen at his Baptism....whoo hoo Glen, the camera's this way.

Worksop January 2011

Worksop January 2011
MARK LESLIE JEPSON GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!

Worksop December 2010

Worksop December 2010
I hate not being able to be part of the action....can I just say that :D

Worksop December 2010

Worksop December 2010
Neil Raymond Stocken got BAPTIZED!!!!! WHOO!!!!

Worksop December 2010

Worksop December 2010
Me in the snow...this was just the beginning.

Worksop November 2010

Worksop November 2010
Miss Beryl Dolan got baptized!!!!! I'm sad she's not grinning....she's got the sweetest toothless grin you'll ever seen. Oh how I love the toothless :D Ps We're wearing our poppies for Remembrance day on the 11th.

Worksop September 2010

Worksop September 2010
Hey hey I've got an idea...we should name this shop "Going Potty :D hahah

Worksop September 2010

Worksop September 2010
Sasha!!!! Paint Girl!!!! This is my dream.

Worksop September 2010

Worksop September 2010
Old People run rampant here!!! Worksop is Jazzy central!!! They have "scooter" shops on every corner and these signs on every street....heavens.

Worksop August 2010

Worksop August 2010
We were carrying this to a recent convert....the bag broke....need I say more. I couldn't let it go to waste

Worksop August 2010

Worksop August 2010
Ashley Louise Doncaster, Brother Jones and the Sisters at Ashley's baptism

Worksop August 2010

Worksop August 2010
Me with Sister Star Owen and President and Sister Lindley

August 2010

August 2010
President and Sister Clegg

August 2010

August 2010
A Legit Phone Booth

All missionaries at the Preston, England MTC July 2010

All missionaries at the Preston, England MTC July 2010
Note my snappy plaid skirt

Can this count as part of my checked luggage? I feel like I should own this :)

See....it likes me...now I HAVE to take it with me.

Mr. Postman...make my day.

This cookie would NOT crumble!