02.22.2016 Nessie

On Tuesday we were able to go visit Nessie, an elderly lady in the ward who doesn’t come to church anymore and whose 89th birthday is tomorrow. She is so funny to visit because she can’t hear and she doesn’t stop talking so we can’t get a word in edgewise.
We had exchanges again with Sister DeMille and Sister Paxman on Friday. That was really fun. We rode the train down to Alloa and back. We had to come back early Friday night because Kathryn had her baptismal interview and she passed! We are so excited. Her baptism is this Saturday at 6:00 and her family wants to come which is amazing because they all kind of freaked out when she told them she was getting baptized.
Yesterday was amazing. Church was really enjoyable and we had our Mormon Message group at the church and when we went to the mission home to return the church key after locking it up, President and Sister Donaldson asked us if we had a dinner appointment and when we said no, they invited us to stay for dinner. It was delicious. We had breaded chicken with baked potatoes and salad and then banana splits for dessert.
After the Donaldson’s we visited Paul and Kirsten. I love visiting them because we go over there to visit them. Sister Hinck is from Idaho and a couple of weeks ago, Paul had requested “Idaho Spud” candy bars and they finally got here this week so we were able to give those to him and Kool-aid. There is no kool-aid here. Most people don’t even know what kool-aid is. And when we tell them that you add a cup of sugar to it, they’re horrified. Haha.
Hope you all are doing well and are staying healthy.
Love you!
Sister Michayla Hassing
Sister Hinck and I at the Donaldson's for dinner
Sister Hinck and I at the Donaldson’s for dinner
banana splits at the Donaldson's
banana splits at the Donaldson’s
​hot chocolate at a lesson with Kathryn at the mission home from Sister Donaldson
​hot chocolate at a lesson with Kathryn at the mission home from Sister Donaldson
Some members bought Sister Hinck a cake for her birthday on the 22nd.
Some members bought Sister Hinck a cake for her birthday on the 22nd.

02.14.2016 Happy Valentine’s Day

Dear Friends and Family,

Happy Valentine’s Day! And yes, they actually do celebrate Valentine’s Day in Scotland although I have no idea how big of a deal it actually is because I’m never online, I never watch tv, and I only get on the computer once a week to check my email.
This week has been a good week. It wasn’t nearly as crazy-busy as last week. But I really can’t tell because the schedule for every day is the same so the days and weeks are starting to blur together and I can’t remember if something happened two days ago or last week. Haha.
Kathryn is continuing to progress and grow! She is amazing. She actually decided to move her baptism up a week to Feb 27 so her mom could come. Which is a miracle because when Kathryn first told her mom about her decision to be baptized, her mom kind of freaked out. And now she wants to come. So that is great! Kathryn also had the opportunity to see a baptism because Debbie, one of the elder’s investigators, was baptized on Saturday and so seeing that just made Kathryn even more excited.
Sister Hinck and I had the opportunity to make lots of no-bake cookies for the baptism. They were really great and it’s quite amazing that they turned out. We had a list of ingredients for the cookies but no instructions on the order of what to combine them in. So after some debate over what the order should be, I got it right and they turned out and were delcious!
We had exchanges on Friday with Sister DeMille and her new companion, who is a brand-new missionary (she came out to the field on Feb 2), Sister Paxman. That was fun. There is a new guideline that during exchanges, all missionaries will be at the leader’s area. Sister DeMille is an STL which means Sister Training Leader. Because her area is Alloa and she is the leader I went on exchanges with, we were in Alloa all day Friday and got to travel back to Edinburgh by train Saturday morning. That was fun.
For Valentine’s Day the senior sister missionaries who work in the mission office in Edinburgh invited us over for dinner. That was so nice! Dinner was amazing because there was salad, rolls, and chicken with rice. American food and a balanced meal!
You never know what is going to happen but if you follow the Spirit and in the right place at the right time, something will come of it. On Saturday before the baptism, Sister Hinck and I had a dinner appointment that we would have to travel directly from to the church for the service so we decided to drop our cookies off at the church before we did some finding before our dinner appointment. So we walked to the mission home with our cookies, which takes about 10 minutes because the church key is in the mission home. Unfortunately, the mission home wasn’t open when we got there so we couldn’t open the mission home to get the church key and obviously we couldn’t open the church because the key was locked in the mission home. So we called around to see if anyone had a church key or a key to the mission home and could let us in. No one could. And the mission president and his wife weren’t home so they couldn’t let us in. And 10 minutes is a lot of time that would be wasted if we had to walk back to the flat with the cookies and then also have to pick them up again before the baptism. So we were debating on what to do when President Donaldson and his wife pulled into the driveway and were able to let us in and we got to the church and dropped off our cookies but when we were returning the key so we could do some finding before dinner, a guy who had set up an appointment with some elders at the mission home but cancelled showed up. We talked to him for a minute and Sister Donaldson told him that we would be willing to teach him so we jumped right into the lesson about the Restoration. He really enjoyed it and we were able to set up another appointment. Which is absolutely insane because we weren’t even supposed to be there in the first place.
The Lord knows each and every one of us and is aware of our needs. We need to trust in Him. We need to trust in Him enough to pray and ask for help and then to get up and move. The Lord helps those who help themselves because He can only help those who are actively involved in faithfully trying.
I love you all and hope you all have an amazing week!
Sister Michayla Hassing

02.08.2016 February rain

​We just got absolutely soaked one day :)

​We just got absolutely soaked one day 🙂

Dear Family and Friends,
The first week of February just flew by! This week was moves week and because it was one of the biggest moves ever in this mission, we were a little busy. We didn’t move at all but because Sister Hinck and I are the only sisters in Edinburgh and Edinburgh is the location of mission headquarters and there were a lot of sisters moving, we had lots of company all week.
Also this week, I got to see my first castle! We went to Edinburgh Castle and it was absolutely beautiful! I loved it. I am a nerd and like watching history documentaries and things like that and being able to walk through a castle was like stepping into a documentary. It was awesome.
We just had a really good week. Even with being crazy busy borrowing cars to pick up sisters and drive them places, Sister Hinck and I managed to teach the most lessons we’ve taught in a week. It was absolutely great. Also, a set of elders who one of them finished his mission and went home this last week but the other was transferred, gave us a golden investigator. They started teaching her but because they both left, they want us to teach her now. Her name is Kathryn and she is absolutely amazing. She started meeting with the missionaries only about a month ago and now when we talk with her and bear our testimonies, she says that there is nothing in the world that could keep her from being baptized. Her baptismal date is March 2. I am so excited!!
Another exciting little tidbit of news I guess is that I have finally had the opportunity to eat haggis. To say the least, it was interesting. I only had two or three bites but still, I got the idea.
One thing I have learned so far on my mission is that the Lord is fully willing and capable to help us in whatever capacity we need. All we have to do is ask the right questions and do everything in our power to help ourselves.
“Wherefore, whithersoever they shall send you, go ye, and I will be with you; and in whatsoever place ye shall proclaim my name an effectual door shall be opened unto you, that they may receive my word.” D&C 112:19
Thank you to everyone supporting me and loving me! I hope all is well and everyone is healthy and happy!
Sister Michayla Hassing
All these elders were whitewashed out :( But a nice group picture before they left. From left to right: Elder Blosil, Elder Cluster, Elder Stevens, Elder Magby. In the back from left to right is Sister Hinck, Sister Wagner, Sister DeMille, and me.
All these elders were whitewashed out 🙁 But a nice group picture before they left. From left to right: Elder Blosil, Elder Cluster, Elder Stevens, Elder Magby. In the back from left to right is Sister Hinck, Sister Wagner, Sister DeMille, and me.
From left to right: Elder Crowe, Elder Magby, me, Sister Hinck, Elder Stevens, Elder Lampropoulos
From left to right: Elder Crowe, Elder Magby, me, Sister Hinck, Elder Stevens, Elder Lampropoulos
Some pictures we took on P-day. We went to the Edinburgh Castle!! It was so beautiful!!
Some pictures we took on P-day. We went to the Edinburgh Castle!! It was so beautiful!!

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​the door handle to the bathroom in our flat completely came off... Oh well. Haha
​the door handle to the bathroom in our flat completely came off… Oh well. Haha

01.31.2016 February 1 already!!

Hello, Friends and Family!! I hope you are all doing well and are staying healthy and dry.

That is the struggle here. Staying healthy in all ways because we go so many places and talk to so many people a day that it is so easy to get sick and also because we are constantly on the run so eating becomes a real taboo subject. Haha. And staying dry would almost be considered a life’s purpose except for the fact that it is utterly impossible in Edinburgh, Scotland to stay dry.
There is nothing much to report about this week other than all but 1 of our lessons cancelled on us. So we were doing a lot of finding and a lot of walking around in the rain. But surprisingly, Sister Hinck and I remained in a pretty good mood all week.
We received our moves call yesterday. Neither Sister Hinck nor I are moving because I am still being trained but our YSA Zone has been dissolved. We are now in the Edinburgh Zone but we are a YSA team. We are still the only sisters in Edinburgh but now we have one other set of sisters in our Zone! How exciting! All of the missionaries are saying that this transfer was the biggest transfer they’ve ever been involved in during their mission. Out of approximately 100 sets of missionaries in the Scotland/Ireland mission, about 85 companionships and areas were changed. That’s a LOT. So most of the Elders I serve with here in Edinburgh are leaving but new ones are coming in on Wednesday. There is so much change. Lots of areas are being whitewashed as well as just one companion moving. There are 6 sets of missionaries in Edinburgh, including us, and there are 2 sets of missionaries in Edinburgh whose companionships are not changing. One being us, and the other being the AP’s (Assistants to the President). This next transfer ends March 2 though so it’s only 4 weeks… a really short transfer.
Overall, I am enjoying life. I so enjoy hearing from y’all back home. Thank you so much for all your support and your love.
“Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation.” D&C 31:3
I love you all so much and hope you are doing well!
We made a candy bar poster for President Donaldson :)
We made a candy bar poster for President Donaldson 🙂
​Sister Wagner and Sister DeMille spent the night at our flat :)
​Sister Wagner and Sister DeMille spent the night at our flat 🙂
My district  (and Sister Wagner and Sister DeMille who are not in our district)  From left to right: Sister Wagner, Sister DeMille, Sister Hinck, me, Elder Housley, Elder Chen, Elder Taylor, Elder Chan, Elder Liu, and Elder Salazar
My district (and Sister Wagner and Sister DeMille who are not in our district)
From left to right: Sister Wagner, Sister DeMille, Sister Hinck, me, Elder Housley, Elder Chen, Elder Taylor, Elder Chan, Elder Liu, and Elder Salazar
​Pictures after a fun P-day activity. From left to right: Elder Magby, Elder Chan, Elder Stevens, Sister Hinck, me, and Elder Taylor
​Pictures after a fun P-day activity. From left to right: Elder Magby, Elder Chan, Elder Stevens, Sister Hinck, me, and Elder Taylor
Elder Chan and Elder Taylor were supposed to be taking pictures of us... not themselves. haha
Elder Chan and Elder Taylor were supposed to be taking pictures of us… not themselves. haha
​A construction sign that I thought was hilarious.
​A construction sign that I thought was hilarious.
A beautiful view from the flat...
A beautiful view from the flat…
... and 5 minutes later.
… and 5 minutes later.