Wednesday, September 23, 2015

It's CRAZY!!!


Happy Week ! is officially accomplished!!
      My companion Sister Lavea and I have been really busy finding ward members, active- non active, new members, investigators, referrals, and etc. We are setting up appointments left and right for FHE and to come back to teach them a principle of the Gospel or something like that and..... it just has been a real good busy week. 

    In my personal study I have been learning a lot. Crazy how if you start with an answer you can receive personal revelation that day or the next. I feel more confident, loved, and good no great! What I have focusing on lately is developing to become like my Savior and they attitude he has for others and I found this talk- Truly Good and Without Guile - Elder Michael T. Ringwood. Love it and he shared a story about one of the Alma's sharing council to his sons, one of them named Shilbon and he is a great example of doing service and not seeking glory.I also read Seeking the Lord- Elder Jose A. Teixeria and I love this- " Let us not leave fortwhat we can do today. It is now that we must come unto christ because" if [we] believe [Him], [we] will labor while it is called today.  I love that.

Through this week we had appointments from the previous days and these lessons along with many others form the Book of Mormon has helped me talk with others that has tied into the lessons!!! The Lord really does help and works through you. We have a new investigator but we might have to hand her over to the other elders because she isn't Tongan etc.

Learning Tongan is fun and takes time but I am doing great - at least my companion and the ward members say I am. Brother Ofa always laughs when I try to say things to him because he understands but it is so broken any way they help. They also call me sister palangi which is sister white girl. HAHaa so funny. So here is some of what I know. Oku Fuka fie fiake fe' i loaki mo. koe. ( pleased to meet you. I think I already said some other stuff in my last email. Just tell me what you want me to know so I could learn it and tell you it.   I had to speak in ward council in Tongan- just a scripture but... laughs and giggles from the leaders but it is really cool because I am getting the feeling of what it is saying. Love the power of the Holy Ghost!! 

I'll post more pictures next week but I just want to say I know this church is true and that the Book of Mormon is true and that we are blessed to have a living prophet today to provide council. I love Our Savior and everything that he did for us!

 Well sooooooo much has happened. Well not soo much but a lot!!! 

We are visiting/ finding investigators which is taking a long time because we were both shotgunned into the area and... Tongan families are huge and they live with other families and their siblings raise their kids so, we don't know where they are but we are going, going strong.

So I am driving and the California drivers -- ARE CRAZY!!! And it is really FAST PACE!! And I have to go on the FREEWAY --  ALOT -- because our area is huge!!   But back to the story the police sectioned part of this road to check for drunk driving so they saw that I was from Georgia and asked for me to do an accent and saw my name tag- he was a nice police officer. So we had to stop again for them to see some more things and he waved us through saying nice people.  

I love it out here!! And I love having the spirit with me all the time. I see more blessing for me, my companion, you and the family, and just other people --- It's crazy!!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Malo e lelei, ko sisita Hyde eni, oku ke fefe hake? ( Hi, I am Sister Hyde, how are you?) I have to learn Tongan! I am in North Sacramento, assigned to the Tala ofa ward which is the ward that the Tongan and Samoan, etc members go to. The whole church service is in Tongan. I am loving it!!! 

My companion is Sister Lavea and she is amazing!! She is from New Zealand and she is 22. I love to her sing- she is an amazing singer.  

Mom, everyone- she is amazing the Lord really did know who I needed and where we both needed to be. There hasn't been sisters in this ward for a year!!  They nicknamed me (polani) I think that is how you spell it, it means white. Hahaha!

Oh I have to drive here because they won't let her drive because her licence is from another country and she said I want to work, I don't want to stand in line on the Lord's time. Love her sooo much!! And Californians drive crazy!! Anyway we have been out all day since I have been out here visiting members, part members, in actives, referrals etc.. tiring but good tired!!!

It is dry hot here but the car is a nice getaway when we have to drive to another house, but when we are talking or tracking... ohhh.. the highest has been 109?? I think and there was a fire so it has cooled off a lot- the other day it was only 89 and that was so nice. My bike from CTR is PINK!? Caught me off guard, had a laugh its a really good bike though. 

The other day we have been trying to see inactives and members and we weren't seeing them at all and I was a little disappointed,because I really wanted to see them and get to know them but any how we met Lanie and she is a inactive and moved her over a year ago and God really does use his missionaries because she really needed us and we have an appointment with her this week! Then we had another experience just like that but with Sani the next day and...

I just know for a fact that we are all children of God, who loves us sooo much. He wants us to be with him and to be happy. I know that this church is true and that we have a living prophet on the earth today. I know families can be together forever!
            Nof a ( goodbye),  Love Sister Hyde!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I am in Sacramento!

 I am in Sacramento! I am safely here at the mission home and had an interview. Everything is good. Miss ya tons. Oh, they would like mail from Priority Mail. They cut our mission in half about three months ago so I am in the top half of the mission now. It's hot but nice. I can go to the Temple four times a year!! Soo excited about that. My P-Day is on Mondays. I am so excited to get ready to serve. I find out, tomorrow,  where I will be and my companion as well.  Hooray for Israel.   Miss ya so much!!  Love Sister Hyde 

Ring Ring

0615EST   09/08/2015
Ring Ring.... Ring Ring
Hi MOM!  
 I am at the airport.  My flight leaves at 615am. 
 I am soooooo excited!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Week One -- Learn'n Lots

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Missionary Training Center
Provo, Utah
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Well,  sooo much has happened here and each day we do sooo much that I really don't know where to begin. All the days blend together.  I'll just share each day out of my journal

Day 1- My Companion is Sister Lillie and she is from Canada. She is 22 and works in a dental office. Love her accents especially when she says bag, name tag and instead of the bathroom/ restroom she calls it the wash room. So now that's what we call it. She is the oldest of the four sisters in our zone and I am the youngest. The other two sisters are Sister Rish and Sister Faussett. Both super cute. We taught an investigator today!! I need to be more humble but we nailed it! Zone leaders are awesome!!

Day2- I drank the orange juice and haven't gotten sick so it was pretty good. I learned today how I needed to be converted first before the investigator and the restoration a little bit more. Our teachers are Sister Spence and Brother Oliva ( Oleava) and the are great teachers. I am related to one of the elders by Dudley Leavitt he is Elder Claybook and he is from Tri-cities WA. Cool. I love study time!!

 Day 3 - Did I mention I love studies. I am able to learn so much and to I guess kept it all in. That is a blessing and the Spirit working. Got two more investigators and love them both! So we are invited to invite the investigator to be baptized on the first day and so that is what two elders did but the investigator was already baptized. Long story short they told us what happened  and Elder Holland is very dramatic about the whole thing and was like " then Elder Bird was like the sacrament, and that was so clutch" ,super funny and animated so I needed to go to the rest room. Oh, instead of calling people with out the gospel investigators we call them friends of the church and I really like that. 

Day4- I am so frustrated because in lessons were we have to role play I don't say anything although I have scriptures and stuff to say in my head I just don't say them!! Today has been soo long and frustrating. My companion and i have different teaching styles and she likes to talk in the lessons with the investigators but we are working it out and we love each other so it will be fine. Got to have a cinnamon role that was good.
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Day 5-  Sunday!! My companion and I were made Sister Training leaders and we had a lot of meeting before we got to go to Sacrament and got a phone that just calls the front desk. I felt the spirit so much and I was able to see many more blessings that have been given to me, my companion, the other Elders and Sisters and just in general. It was nice not to have studies and just focus on the Savior and what he did for us and his life. I am starting to read the Saviors life in the Bible and my relationship with him has already started to grown so much! Taught a lesson on Baptism and the Holy Ghost- it went amazing and the discussion was just fabulous. I sang in the MTC Choir loved it!! It was amazing when the Elders started to sing. After the Sunday devotional, which was amazing and talked about the important of our purpose as a missionary, I saw the video Character of Christ from David A. Bednar and it was something! It is only available in the MTC ant it really changed me just by watching it. How the natural man inside us "turns in" while we need to " turn out" like the Savior did in times of tails like on the Cross when he thought about his mother. So I have been trying to do that and it is already working.

Day6- We did so much today and it feels like we did nothing. So we were eating lunch and the speaker comes on saying " Will Sister Shealyn Hyde and Sister Lillie come  to the front desk immedently" WHAT!! Everyone in the cafeteria went oohhh. Any way long story short cause i am running out of time we have a new companion - Sister Canann! She is amazing. I beat twenty elder missionaries in the basketball game revenge at the free throw line and the three point line!. I know be humble. The three investigators that we are teaching are amazing love them!
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Day7- We did service today and oh that was so nice- we cleaned the toilets in our building. I sung for Elder Oaks who came to the Tuesday devotional and is now over the all the missionaries. Himself and his wife talked about the Plan of Salvation and teaching tips loved it. 

Day8- Went to the Temple to day and I really needed that hope my Mission will allow us to go to the Sacramento Temple!
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Provo Utah Temple
The Spirit is helping me so much and I truly am beginning to understand the importance of personal revelation and the Plan of Salvation. I know Families can live together forever and that our Savior died for us.

Love ya soo much! And miss ya.