Monday, December 30, 2013

TRANSFER NEWS IS IN!

Hey Family!
So I may have gotten to find out
my transfer news a little early this time around.
I am getting transferred down to the valley!
It's going to be so weird to leave Taylor.
I am going down to the Scottsdale Zone.
I will still be a STL for the sisters there.
At the last meeting with the Zone leaders
I think they said there were 18 sisters down there.
I won't be over all of them. But probably 6 of them.
It's so weird to know before Saturday!
Not to say I can complain about it.
I always can't focus come Saturday,
so this was probably a really good thing for me.

This past week was great!
Christmas Eve was a blast!
We went and visited the Williams family.
They are awesome.
And there they stocked me up on
enough queso to last me a lifetime.
So you know that I have to love them,
because I love queso.
Then we stopped by the Larson/Renchers.
They have a stand where they hand out
hot chocolate and candy canes a few days before Christmas.
It was really fun as well.
Then we headed to the Willis'.
Oh the Willis'.
I've got to say that they are some of my
favorite people in the 
WORLD.
Saying goodbye to them is going to be
one of the hardest goodbyes I've had to say.
But they were so sweet.
They got us each a stocking and a present.
They call me Tennessee.
So the little tags said "Sister Tennessee."
It was pretty cute.
They yell your name throughout the house
to tell you that it is your turn to go sit on Santa's lap.
Brother Willis was a little sad that I wouldn't sit in Santa's lap.
But I told him that I couldn't hug a man, 
so I definitely couldn't sit in one's lap!
I think he may have gotten over it by now.

Christmas was great!
Mainly because I got to talk with you fine people!
But also we went to a great family's house!
The Swiharts, we made a little Christmas ornament.
And they fed us a delicious lunch of course.
We went to the Owens as well. 
So we got stuffed to capacity.
And we got to do some caroling!
All in all, it was a fantastic Christmas season.
I thought I would be really sad,
but it has been one of the best ever!

Willis'.
They came to church yesterday!!!
Sister Evans has been sick ever since Christmas,
so I went there with Sister Rasmussen.
We gave him a returning member form
telling him the things he needed to do to go to the temple.
And they came to church!
So we're hoping that they will keep making those steps!

Ballards.
They came to church yesterday!!!
And that is a BIG step.
They haven't been since I got here!
And they are getting Madison blessed Sunday!
I am so proud of the steps they are taking.

Eli.
He got baptized on Saturday!
We were afraid it wouldn't happen, but it did!
And we are going to meet with him tomorrow.
One last time before he heads to Utah for training.
I am hoping there are some good LDS people in his unit.
So he stays strong when they head to Cuba.
It's nerve wrecking. 
But we think he'll do great!

Jacksons.
MIRACLE STORY.
Last night we went over and set up a time to come back.
Since they had to cancel due to everyone in their family being sick.
So we shared Mormon 9:20-21.
And he said that he believed that miracles still happened.
Because they weren't going to have a Christmas for their boys.
They prayed and prayed.
Christmas Eve there were tons of presents on their porch.
And they also got $700.
They are making such a good effort to change their lives.
I am so excited for them.
The Lord blesses those who are trying.
You don't have to be perfect to receive those blessings.

More than anything this week I am grateful for the Priesthood.
It is so amazing that we have it today.
I am so happy to be surrounded by people who hold the Priesthood, and do so worthily.
It is such a blessing to be able to ask for a blessing whenever we need it.
And know that what they are saying is from God, for you.

I love yall so much!
I hope you have a wonderful week!

Much love,
Sister Hubmann

Pictures:
1. Hunger Games and Candy! LOVE that shirt.
2. Exchanges with Sister Rasmussen!
3. Present from the Willis'.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Hey Family!!
So this week is going to be a great week!
I am really excited for Christmas!!
Although it doesn't quite feel like Christmas to me.
Not sure why.
Probably because I'm not at home.
I'm surprisingly not sad.
I think it's because it's the Lord's work.
So he's keeping me happy:)

Eli didn't get baptized like he was supposed to.
But apparently they moved it to this Saturday.
So we'll cross our fingers that it sticks!
We know he is ready.
It just worries us since he is about to go
on deployment to where the church doesn't exist.
Aka Cuba.
Or at least I don't think it exists.
Maybe it does.
Either way, we're a little worried for him.

We went on exchanges last week.
I went with Sister Hurst in my area.
It was weird being on the STL side of exchanges.
But it was fun.
She's a really good missionary.
So I am proud of her!
And she's only been out a month.
We are going on exchanges again this week.
I am going with Sister Rasmussen(from my MTC district).
I'm pretty excited because I love her.
We're pretty sure we are going to be companions.
We'll see though.

Yesterday we were in the library
and this lady comes in all distraught.
We asked her what's wrong and she said that
one of her soloists for the Christmas program bailed.
So me being the kind soul I am,
you know what I did?
I volunteered....my companion.
So Sister Evans got to sing one of our favorites,
Mary Did You Know,
in 9th ward.
I'm so kind I know.

We had Zone training this week.
We are having lots of zone meetings,
which I'm okay with.
Because that means I get to see
my friends from my old district in the valley.
It's been lots of fun.

And I can't believe none of you even responded
to the fact that I am going to be in a meeting with
JEFFREY R. HOLLAND!
I'm so excited I can't even handle it.
It's going to be so much fun.
Especially since the mesa mission will be there.
So maybe I will get to see some people
I haven't seen in a long time.
Or Sister Gustafson, who just went out!

The work is hastening!
And I am so honored to be a part of it.
All in all, it's been a pretty great week.
I love yall!
I will SEE you Wednesday!
Much love,
Sister Hubmann

Pictures:
1. We tried to make a cool temple Christmas ornament for the Willis'. Didn't quite turn out how we had planned....
2. Sister Evans and I
3. Sister Crandall and I
I have now been to the temple with all of my companions so far!
4. Oh and I chopped some wood. Pretty much a mountain woman now.
5. Me with my "babies." Looove them.
6. Our little tree:) I forgot to say. We moved this week. Next door to the Elders' old apartment. The Sisters kept their tree and the Elders took our old one. So we made do with one we found in the shed.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

16 December 2013

Hey Family!
How are things going for you?
Things are pretty great here.
Well other than the cold.


We had a great week!
We met with Eli after like 3 months of not seeing him.
And he agreed to get baptized!
THIS Saturday!
He's getting baptized in Chino,
so we don't get to go.
But we are really excited for him!
I know how much it's going to bless his life.
It's so exciting!

FANTASTIC NEWS!
We found out that....
JEFFREY R. HOLLAND
is coming to visit us, Mesa, and Gilbert.
We get to meet with him for 2 hours!!!
I AM SO EXCITED!!
Isn't that so awesome??
It'll be January 11th.
We're all pretty excited.


We were able to meet with the Byers this week.
Which was great!
He is so prepared.
So I am so excited we met him.
We met with him last week.
And his wife a different day too.
So we saw them twice last week.
And we're seeing them this week too!
We are going to extend the baptism invitation.
Because he is SOOO prepared.
It is so true that the Lord prepares his people.


We also set a date with the Ballards to go to the temple!
In 2015, but we are SOOO excited for them!
They are making great progress.
It'll be great when we can get them to church.
They are really struggling with that.
But they are stopping smoking,
so that's really good.

The Willis' are doing alright.
They both have health problems,
but we pray for them daily.
I love them so much.
I worry about Brother Willis with his health.
But the Lord knows what is best.
And he is going to get Brother Willis to the temple.
I just know it!!!


We got to go to the temple this week too!
It was SOOO great. 
I love going to the temple.
And it was so great to be able to
since we don't get to go very often.

We also had Zone Conference!
I love meetings with President.
He is such an amazing man.
I love them to death too!
I love people easier since I came on my mission I think.
Because I love everyone!

Sorry this is short.
But I don't have any more time left!

I love yall!
Keep the faith!
Sister Hubmann

Pictures:

1. A chair out of Soda. Pretty cool right?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Well hello there!

Hello family!
How are things going for yall?
Life is great here!
They got new computers at the church,
so we've been able to email here.
Which is awesome and so much closer to home.
And the computers are touch screen!
Sooo cool.
I just touched it with my finger,
not like you would know.
But it is pretty awesome.


This week was great!
I actually made a trip to the valley.
I had to go down for a meeting.
I don't know if I told you,
but they made me a
Sister Training Leader.
So I had to go down there for
Mission Leadership Council.
Which is where all the STLs
and Zone Leaders get training for their areas.
It was really fun.
And I got to see a lot of my missionary friends.
And best part.
Drum roll.....
I GOT TO SEE THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!
We originally were going to leave morning of the meeting.
But they made us go down night before.
And they had us leave so early that we
got down there at like 8.
So we asked if we could go see them.
It was so awesome!
I got to see some of the Sisters in the Visitor Center
that I had known when I was in the Mesa Mission.
I didn't see Sister Gustafson from school.
But maybe I will eventually!
Did I ever tell yall that my companion
knows Kiki and Kirsten?
She was in their EFY group one year.
Her name is Abigail Evans if they want proof.
Crazy right?
Such a small world I tell you!
Did you get to watch the Christmas Devotional?
We got to watch most of it!
I was really good.
We got the Willis to watch it too.
So that was really awesome.
Remember Eli from way back when?
We dropped him because he wasn't progressing.
And he texted us last week!
So hopefully we can get him back on date this week.
Gwen didn't get baptized.
But we may be taking her to the Christmas lights.
So we think that'll help her a lot.
Fingers crossed we can get that ride down there.
We have a temple trip this week.
We are so excited!
And I have been able to do some Family History.
So I am taking a name to the temple with me!
I will send it home once I am done Wednesday.
I love yall!
Hope you have a great week!
Much love,
Sister Hubmann
Pictures:
1. Jones, Pew, Carrillo, Sanchez at the Christmas lights!
2. Me and Sister Jones--we were on the Res together our 2nd transfer.
3. Temple! Pretty right?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December already??

Well hello there!
I have no clue how it's already December.
Time is just flying by for me.
Has it been flying by for yall too?
It's crazy how fast time goes when you don't want it to.
And how slow it goes when you want it to go fast.
Gotta love it.




Well this past week was great.
Thanksgiving was interesting.
I almost died.
Not literally.
But my stomach almost exploded.
We had 5 dinners.
Then day of someone invited us.
So we had 6.
But we ended up cancelling the 5th one.
And giving ourselves a break
between dinners 4 and 6.

One of the families was Mexican
and they stared us down to make sure we ate.
And stuffed us to capacity.
That was dinner 3.
The Willis' were dinner 4.
We got there and they asked how we were doing.
Sister Evans said good.
I was like I'm not doing so good.
They got all concerned and said why?
I said "You know how much I love you,
but there is absolutely no way I can eat right now."
They understood.

But I was in major pain.
We ended up getting to stay there a while.
So we grazed some there.
And I ate their leftovers for lunch the next day.
So many leftovers...
We also had a smoked and deep fried turkey!
Not too bad.
Needless to say,
I was stuffed to capacity.


Sister Evans got food poisoning.
Which was awful.
Not even just for her.
But me too.
I was stuck inside ALLLL day.
For 2 days.
Miserable.
I guess I should have more pity for her.
Don't worry, I took care of her.


Missionary work is the best.
I love being a missionary!
Thank you for all the support you give to me!
I love yall so much!
You are the best!
Much love,
Sister Hubmann

Pictures:

1. 9 months!
2. my planner for thanksgiving.
3. Sister Willis. I LOVE HER.
4. Thanksgiving at the Willis'!
5. Cows getting herded down a main road. With hay in the back of a pickup. I will give them 20 points for creativity!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

9 months...whattt??

Hey Family!!
This past week has been great!
I am staying in Taylor again.
I was so shocked.
And I am keeping the same companion.
Even more shocked.
I love Taylor though.
So I am really excited to stay up here.
We'll be here for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
Pretty nice.
 
So we are teaching a less active.
And we are watching Finding Faith in Christ.
And when it goes off.
He tells us what he likes about it.
He said if I would have been making
and SNL clip from that video
I would have made Jesus cast the stone at the harlet.
Way to go Jesse.
We could tell you really got a lot from that video.
 
The Bainers(Sean &Tatiana)
are moving tomorrow!
I told them to say hello to Tennessee for me!
I can't believe they are going.
I am so sad to see them go.
And worried that they'll fall through the cracks.
But the guy that baptized Sean just
got his mission call.
To Nashville Tennessee!
So he'll keep his eyes on him I'm sure.
 
Eli contacted us again too!
I am so excited about that!
I am determined to see him get baptized.
He is so prepared.
He just needs to do it.
The Lord has his hand in his life.
He just has to realize it.
 
Thanksgiving is already here!
It's crazy to me!
So here are some things I'm thankful for:
The gospel
The Atonement
The Book of Mormon
Serving a mission
My LOVING family
Mission President
Taylor
Willis'
Technology
Friends
Emails & Letters
 
The list could go on and on.
And I have like zero time left to email.
So that's just a small list of things I'm grateful for!
 
Love you all!
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Sister Hubmann
 
Pictures:
1. One last time with Sis. Crowther!
2. Future companions. We're laughing because I had just blown Dorito breath in her face. She loves me.

Monday, November 18, 2013

18 Nov 2013

Hey Family!
How are things in good ole Kingsport?
Things are going pretty well here!
Pretty cold.
But pretty well.
 
We have been meeting with Gwen
more this week!
She asks all the right questions.
She is one of those people that
they promised would be prepared.
She's amazing.
We just dropped by last night to see her.
She was having a rough time.
So perfect timing!
And we got to talk to her a little
about the Plan of Salvation.
We can't wait to teach her the whole lesson.
Because we know she is going to eat it up.
 
Sean is progressing well after baptism!
He received the Priesthood yesterday!
We were able to be in there for it.
And it was AMAZING!
He has such a bright future ahead of him.
They leave for TN next week.
Which makes me a little nervous.
I want them to stay active.
So I know they need to get in
immediate contact with the ward there.
Because they will make it to the temple.
I will make sure of it.
And make it happen.
I love them so much!
I know that it will bless their lives SOOO much!
 
We set a date with Billy for Mom's birthday(Dec 7.)
But he works construction.
So he's going to be in the valley for a while.
So we are going to make sure the missionaries
start visiting with him down there.
He needs to have that contact with the missionaries,
so that he can keep progressing.
He's got the sincere interest!
So I am praying that he will start meeting with them.
 
Also I heard from my last area,
that a less active we were working with came to church!!
It is all so exciting to see the work progressing!
I've got to say missions are amazing.
And I know I say that every week.
But it is true more and more every week!
 
Transfer news comes this weekend.
We are pretty sure we're both staying here.
So if anything other than that news comes,
it'll be pretty crazy.
 
Because of transfers,
pday will be WEDNESDAY.
Don't freak out when the best email
you get all week isn't there until Wednesday.
 
I love yall!
Have a fantastic week!
You're the best!
Sister Hubmann
 
Pictures:
1. Dinner of champions.
2. Me and Elder Arizona going for a drive!
Not driving is really nice sometimes.
3. New TOMS!
4. Pretty sunset, right?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sister Rasmussen tells me this is Week 37...

Hey family!!!
This week has been amazing!!
Sean got baptized on Saturday!
It was an interesting experience.
At other buildings I have been to,
it takes about an hour to fill up the font.
We get to this one,
And it says it takes 3 hours.
If you want it warm that its...
So we cranked up the cold water,
and Sean had a freezing baptism.
But hey, he got baptized.
And that's all that matters.
He is receiving the Priesthood this Sunday.
And they are working towards the temple!
They want me to come to their sealing.
So I am REALLY hoping I somehow get to that.
It'll be in Tennessee.
Pretty cool, right?
They are moving there Thanksgiving day.

The Willis' came to church again yesterday!
I think this time was more for us than them.
They came just to hear Sister Evans and I speak.
Which was good, but they need to come for them.
I think that we are going to start reading over talks
with them when we visit.
His letter may be coming soon.
Be sure to tell me when you get that.
It will be great.
I hear he has drawn you some pictures!

Oh we got HITTT!
Our car! HIT!
Last PDAY someone noticed once we got home.
They hit the driver's side.
Big dent.
So Julius will be heading into the shop soon.
We think anyways.

We got a new investigator named Gwen!
She is a YSA.
She committed to baptism on December 7th!
Happy Birthday Mom, we're having a baptism!
We are so excited for her.
She told us she wants to know that the Bible is true,
but she wants to know it from God.
Not from other people.
She's amazing and she has such great faith!

I know I say it all the time,
but being a missionary is the greatest!
This is by far the best decision I've ever made.
I love being able to see the gospel bless people's lives.
Just like it blessed Sean and Tatiana's lives.
So share the gospel with your friends!

I love y'all very much!
Have a great week!
Sister Hubmann

Pictures:
1. At Sean's baptism. Marcus, Sean, Sister Evans, and me!
2. I got to see Sister Brown!!! I LOVE HER!
3. Our car! HIT!
4. Food for thought.
5. Sister Rasmussen told us she had never really had a birthday party. So we threw her one. She had a cookies and cream cake. And the most annoying candle I've ever heard. It played Happy Birthday. Don't ever buy musical candles from the dollar store.