03.13.2017 11 down…. 2 to go!!

Hello family and friends 🙂

This week has been absolutely amazing. We saw so many miracles this week. For starters, it didn’t rain for 3 days!!!! It wasn’t necessarily sunny…. but it didn’t rain and that is quite enough for me 🙂 haha.

The STLs from Belfast came to Omagh on Wednesday to go on exchanges again but more just to help us in our area. We always see miracles on exchanges and I especially love it when it’s in our own area because it really helps so much and gives the work momentum. But we met so many cool people. We’ve started teaching quite a few people and since the exchange, we’ve found quite a few more!

On Saturday was M.A.N.O.K. (stands for moves anticipation night of kebabs) so obviously Sister Truman and I celebrated by getting kebabs. You’re all probably pronouncing that keBABs but here, they’re quite a bit different. It’s pronounced keBOBS and it’s usually lamb on pita bread with lettuce and tomato on top and garlic sauce. They’re actually pretty good. But we got our moves call and Sister Truman and I are staying together in Omagh!! That was pretty expected but we’re still excited.

And with the 11 down and 2 to go…. a sister’s mission is 13 transfers long. And I have now completed 11 transfers. Which means (it’s pretty obvious if you can do math) that I have 2 transfers to go. Which is crazy. When you come out on your mission, you’re trained for 2 transfers. And my training period went by like lightning. It was so fast.

Anyway, love you all and I hope it’s starting to warm up for you like it’s warming up for us!!

Love,

Sister Michayla Hassing

A really cool sunset when the sky was clear
This was us outside at a farm watching a calf be born
They were hilarious and gave us farm jackets and wellies (rain boots) to wear
It was Sister Truman’s 6 month mark this week as well so we got her a Reese’s peanut butter cup and stuck a candle in it. Lol

03.06.2017 Connections!

Hello family and friends!! Hope you’ve all had a great week.

Our week has definitely had its ups and downs. But a great start to the week was Pancake day on Tuesday!! We’re not entirely sure if it was national pancake day or international pancake day but there was some sort of advertisement in the store on Monday about pancake day on Tuesday. So we celebrated. Haha. I haven’t had pancakes in the longest time so it was amazing.

Also on Tuesday was District Meeting- and we had to travel again but this time to Derry. Its’ official name is Londonderry but lots of people just shorten it to Derry. And depending on what you call it, you can tell what someone’s political party is and there’s a lot of contention here about that…. so you have to be really careful. Haha.

Not much really happened the rest of the week. Besides going to Belfast again for Stake Conference yesterday. That was great. And it wasn’t like an actual Stake Conference. It was something a little different. So we met as a stake in the stake center but only the first half hour was only our stake. Because for the last hour and a half, we watched a broadcast from Elder M. Russell Ballard for all of Western Europe. That was amazing. It was so spiritually uplifting.

Also, at stake conference, we met the former Stake President of Belfast Stake- which in itself isn’t that significant- but as we talked, I found out that he served his mission in Washington State a long time ago. When the whole state was one mission. But he covered Omak in one of his areas!! He is the first person I have met in almost a year and a half of living in the UK who knows where Omak is. Who even knows where Washington State is!! It was so cool!!

But anyway, love you all and hope you have a great week!!

Love,

Sister Michayla Hassing

Pancakes!!!
Sister Truman and I just out knockin doors!!
It was beautiful and sunny one day!!

02.27.2017 Giant’s Causeway!

Hello family and friends!

This week has been a fun week. Yet not too eventfull at the same time.

Last Monday we went to Giant’s Causeway which is a huge natural walkway pieced together by hexagonal-shaped pillars. It was great and it’s right on the Irish Sea so it was absolutely beautiful. To get there, we had to leave early on Monday and actually email in the Coleraine church. The elders there gave us the key to lock up when we were finished and we were going to see them at the Causeway because there was a whole group of us going and they were supposed to remind us to give their key back to them. But they forgot to remind us. So we accidentally stole the Coleraine elder’s church key and brought it back to Omagh with us.

But we had to go to Belfast on Tuesday for a District Meeting and they were there as well so we got to return it. Haha. But that was interesting. Definitely lots of fun. Giant’s Causeway was beautiful. It was so windy!!

Nothing too exciting really happened this week. It rained a lot. What else is new? We had a record low (at least since we’ve been here) for church attendees with 17 yesterday including us.

Things are great though. I love it here!! I love being a missionary.

Love you all!!

Sister Michayla Hassing

Giant’s Causeway!
Another pic of Giant’s Causeway
These are hay bales here… but they’re decorated!!
It was raining over there in the distance as the sun was setting and it looked super cool!
Knockin some doors!! My hair is insane…. lol

02.20.2017 Happy Single’s Awareness Day!

Hello family and friends!!

This has been a great week!! Not much has gone on… other than the fact that Sister Truman and I are both very single and yet the branch asked us to plan and prepare the Branch Valentine’s Day activity. This place is sooo small. 10 people came. Which was a great turn out. Haha. We decorated cookies and played charades and then proceeded to stuff ourselves with ice cream and shortbread.
We went down to Belfast on Tuesday for District Meeting and that was fun. Almost the whole zone was there. So it was kind of like a Zone Conference… just in District Meeting style… haha.
Can you believe it’s almost the end of February?? Craziness. But anyway, hope you all have a great week and that you all stay warm and dry!! (which might not be a problem depending on where you are…. unlike me being soaked all the time in Northern Ireland…lol).
Love you all!!
Sister Michayla Hassing
Me and Sister Truman
Some beautiful Omagh scenery
Our cookies that we decorated… mine was supposed to be a smiley face but it turned out looking like a duck. haha.

02.13.2017 Belfast over and over!!

Hello family and friends!!

So we were in Belfast again this week!! We had to drive down there super early on Wednesday morning to go on exchanges with the STL’s. I was with Sister Checketts and Sister Truman was with Sister Garner. We had a blast!! So many crazy things happened. Like being locked out of the building that had the car in it and not being able to get in touch with the other sisters who had the keys… haha. Or being taken out to lunch at a buffet by a really nice member in their ward. Or realizing (after we had to borrow a different missionary’s car because we couldn’t get our own) that we didn’t have the church key… and then the miracle that somebody was in the buildling so we could get in!! So exchanges were fun.

And then Thursday we had our interviews with President Donaldson. They’ve started doing interviews a little differently so we had interviews with both President and Sister Donaldson. That was amazing. I love them both so much. President is so inspired.

But anyway, Friday and Saturday were pretty uneventful. Sunday was interesting. Sister Truman and I both spoke in sacrament meeting and then had to teach Young Women’s. And this week, we’ll be helping to plan a branch Valentine’s Day activity and then teaching Relief Society. But at least some really nice members had us over for dinner on Sunday. It’s really been amazing. Serving in such a small place really stretches you and pushes you to see just how much you can do. haha.

Hope you all have had a great week and I hope you all have an amazing week this week!

Love you all!!

Sister Michayla Hassing

sorry no pictures this week 🙁

02.06.2017 First week in Ireland!!!

Hello family and friends!!

This week has definitely been interesting!!! I’ve been in Scotland for my whole mission. So being in Ireland for even a week is throwin me for a loop. It’s absolutely beautiful! But they really do speak a whole different language. And you can joke about it all you want. But Scottish is a different language than Irish. And I can’t understand anyone. It’s getting better the more I talk with people obviously but it’s so different.

But we have successfully mostly cleaned the flat. Now we just have to worry about our mouse. Thank goodness we haven’t actually seen him yet. But we can definitely hear him running around in the walls. We’ve named him Harry.

The All-Ireland Conference was great this week!! We had to drive to Belfast and then we drove to Dublin. And then back to Belfast and then back to our area. So when we weren’t receiving instruction at the conference, we were driving. But Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy was there and it was great to hear him and to meet him.

Our branch is SO TINY. This is the smallest place I have ever served in BY FAR. There were 18 people at church on Sunday including me and Sister Truman. So we will definitely have to get used to it and the different style of missionary work here. Haha. It’s great.

But anyway, love you all so much and hope you’re doing well!!!

Love,

Sister Michayla Hassing
A beautiful sunset driving back to Omagh
Sister Truman and I in our car!!

01.31.2017 Hello, Emerald Isle!!

Hello family and friends!!

So this last week was interesting. Nothing much really happened outside of the usual on Monday-Saturday besides the worldwide missionary broadcast. We watched that as a district on Thursday because of the time difference. And I guess that’s pretty big news. Cause they changed the reporting numbers we use and they changed our daily schedule! So it’ll be fun to get used to that now. I guess I feel like that’s not huge news because Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and today have been a real trip.
So usually moves call is on Sunday nights cause it’s the end of the week and everyone can still have pday on Monday and get everything ready and then travel on Tuesday. Well, they decided to do moves call on Saturday night this time. So Sister Anjain and I got the call that we were both LEAVING STIRLING. Sister Anjain is now in Oban, Scotland. And I am now in Omagh, NORTHERN IRELAND. My new companion is Sister Truman and we already get along great. But I had to pack and leave in less than 24 hrs. We took a train with all our stuff to Edinburgh Sunday night and stayed at the mission home. Then we left at 6:00am Monday and Sister Anjain took the train to Oban and I took the bus to Glasgow where I then caught another bus to Stranraer and then the ferry to Belfast. And we have a CAR in our new area. So we picked up the car in Belfast and drove to Omagh and got in at 6:00 last night. So it was a full day of traveling. I am exhausted. But we’re whitewashing into the area and we’re so excited to get started!!!
Another fun thing, we get to drive to Dublin, Ireland tomorrow!! We’re there for a missionary conference. But Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are very different. So this is a week of crazy new things for me!! It’s my first time in “norn ir’n” as they call it and it’ll be my first time in Ireland tomorrow!
But yeah, hope you all are doing well!! Love you all!!
Love,
Sister Michayla Hassing
Our last time with the Elder Davis and Elder Davainis. They were both moved as well! Most teams in the mission were changed.
I got to carve my name into a table at the Bishop’s house in Stirling. It’s a tradition they do. When you leave the area, they flip the coffee table over and you carve your name and the date you served there. There are dozens of missionary’s names carved. It’s harder than it looks, too!!
Last picture with Sister Anjain!!

01.23.2017 This Week!!

Hello Friends and Family!!

This week has been great!!

There’s not a whole lot that was different about this week other than we had an All-Sister’s Conference on Wednesday!! That never happens. Obviously because half of the mission is on a different island. But all the sisters from Ireland flew over to Scotland and we had a conference in Edinburgh. It was amazing. I saw so many sisters I haven’t seen in so long!! It was really nice to see all of them and just have fun together! We even did a little zumba!! haha.

I had a flat inspection for the first time ever on my mission this week too. Apparently, you’re supposed to have flat inspections at least once a transfer…. and I’ve never had one. So it was a little interesting. A senior couple in the area just came and did it. And when they walked in, they just said, “how do you keep it so clean in here??” haha.

Anyway, moves call is this upcoming Sunday. So we’ll see what happens. Both Sister Anjain and I have been in Stirling for 4 transfers… which is an unusual amount. So the probability is that something will change. But we could both move. One of us could move. Anything.

Hope you’re all having a great time!! Love you all!!

Love,

Sister Michayla Hassing

 

P-day with the elders!! The ground was really muddy and slippery and we all got wet somewhere- mine just happened to be down the front of my leg where you can’t see it.
Sister Pinkston, Sister Zimmerman, Sister Anjain and me at the sister’s conference!!
It was really crazy foggy one day… if you look hard enough, you can see people in the fog!!

01.16.2017 I have almost gone full circle!!

Hello Family and Friends!!!

This week was definitely a fun week! We had SNOW this week!!! It stayed for a few days, too. It snowed on Thursday and the snow stuck until Sunday afternoon. But then it rained and the rain melted the snow away.

Anyway, last Monday (pday) we went to laser-tag with the elders in Falkirk!! That was so much fun. Surprisingly, I had never been laser-tagging before but it was lots of fun. We took some members with us so there were 9 people. I got 4th place the first round, 5th place the second round, but then I got 3rd in the third round!!! It was lots of fun.

On Wednesday, we had our exchanges in Dundee!! That was great. I ran into so many people that I’d taught and that I’d been to church with. Everyone was asking me if I was back in Dundee! Which was sad but funny cause I was only there for the day but it was so fun to be back. I have been in literally 3 areas my entire mission. Usually, you leave your area and go to a different area for exchanges. But I’m in the strange position that I’ve been on exchanges in my previous areas!! So when I served in Edinburgh, I went on exchanges to Stirling (where I am currently). When I served in Dundee, I went on exchanges in Edinburgh. Since I’ve been in Stirling, I’ve been on exchanges to both Edinburgh and Dundee!! So I have never left the circle of Edinburgh, Dundee, and Stirling. Which is fine with me cause I love it here but it’s just hilarious.

That’s about all that happened this week. Other than people calling me old (in mission terms) because I’m almost done. Haha.

Anyway, hope you are all enjoying all the snow you have back home!!! I didn’t realize how much I missed the snow until it snowed just a few days ago. Ha.

Love you all!!

Love,

Sister Michayla Hassing

Laser tag with the elders and Bec!!
Got to see Colleen and Kyle in Dundee!!
Exchanges with Sister Muller(MTC companion) in Dundee!!
Sister Anjain in the snow- it was her first time even seeing snow!!
Watch out for the wild haggis 😉

01.09.2017 African Food in Scotland???

Hello family and friends!! I hope you’re all having a marvelous start to the New Year!! I know I am!

The schedule has still been a bit weird because of the holidays but we’re starting to get back into the groove of things. Most of the people we visit and talk to are still gone for Christmas and New Year’s so we didn’t have a whole lot happen this week.

Really, the only exciting thing to report is that we had authentic African food this week. One of the YSA in the ward served his mission in Togo and Benin (two countries in Africa) and he had us over and made us food that he was fed and that he would make on his mission! He made us eat it with our hands, too. Haha. It’s a food called pat. Basically it’s just any kind of flour (like plantain flour- that’s what we had) and water and a little bit of seasoning that’s boiled and then formed almost into a pyramid-type looking thing. There’s sauce that goes with it, too. It can be a chili-based sauce or he said there’s a peanut butter one or just all kinds of stuff. But you have to pick up a glob of the pat, dip it in the sauce, and then basically swallow it whole. And everyone eats from the same pat and the same sauce. So it gets pretty messy but it’s really fun and it didn’t even taste too bad!

I guess another thing is that I cut my own hair!! It was only a trim of about an inch but it’s the first time I’ve ever done that. And that didn’t turn out too bad either. Haha.

Some exciting news for this upcoming week is that we get to go on exchanges! But really, that’s always exciting. The crazy part of that is that Sister Sams and Sister Muller, our STL’s, are now in Dundee!! So I have been in literally three areas for my entire mission including exchanges. When I served in Edinburgh, I would come to Stirling on exchanges. When I served in Dundee, I would go to Edinburgh for exchanges. The first part of serving in Stirling, I would go to Edinburgh for exchanges. And now this part of serving in Stirling, and I go back to Dundee for exchanges!!! Haha. The people in these cities must be getting really tired of me cause they think I leave but then, surprise! Not really. Haha.

Anyway, hope you all are having a great time enjoying the snow!!

Love,

Sister Michayla Hassing

Haircut after picture! It’s not even a big difference. I’m just proud that I cut it myself lol
Haircut before picture!
The fog was really thick one day and it looked really cool in front of the Wallace Monument