26 October, 2015


This week started out with an exchange in Asheville with Sister McNeill!! It was awesome! She is fun to teach with. We tried meeting a couple unknown members and we got in with a lady who seems really cool! Hope the sisters get to keep seeing her. In the evening we went to a Family Home Evening at their bishop’s home with a few ward members. I haven’t been to a family home evening or really been in a lot of nice-feeling homes for a long time, so that was a peaceful and fun night. I would like to serve in the Asheville ward!!


Friday we went out to Sylva with Sister Adler and had an awesome lesson with a lady named Rhonda (different than the rhonda from before). She has been a member for a long time but hasn’t been to church in 20 years…..we have been meeting with her and we have become good friends and she seems to feel the Spirit while we are there. She has been reading verses we will leave her. I shared with her Friday how I made a decision to commit myself to the church, and it influenced so many areas of my life and helped me love people and have more gratitude. She said she will come to church this next Sunday on my last sunday here (and hopefully after too!) Helping people remember their testimonies is as important and awesome as helping people join the church in the first place. I try to remember the most important things are the way we love, serve, and remember the Lord, not numbers or statistics or lessons taught in a week. And it is never about me or my abilities but figuring out how to be humble and recognize that every good gift comes from Christ, and if we are given a gift or positive attribute or blessing, we need to remember where it came from. That helps remove competition and pride and envy. All good things come from Christ and we can find joy in any good thing that anyone has been given.


Saturday was Zone Training Meeting and that meant me and Sister Trommlitz gave an hour long training on “Teach people, not lessons.” It was a good one to study for and think about. We talked about asking ourselves why we do certain things….why do we pray with people at the beginning and end of a lesson, why do we teach them, why do we leave them with a commitment? It’s not to be able to count it as a lesson but to have a learning experience that invites the Spirit to teach them and allows them to act between our lessons as well. President Griffin gave some good counsel to us all in that meeting. One thing I liked was “Cynicism creates numbness toward life”, meaning that when we become scornful, negative, bored, tired, or prone to criticize, we lose our gratitude and peace and joy and love towards everyone around us.


I am so grateful I got to stay here in Waynesville NC, one reason is that it is BEAUTIFUL out here and the leaf change between last week and today has been amazing. I will send some pictures. Love you all!! Do the little things, find personal quiet time to pray and read from the scriptures and be taught by the Spirit. Be your best self. Have a great week!


– Sister Hale


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19 October, 2015


this is kinda two weeks combined.

So went to Farragut 2 weeks ago Tuesday with the zone leaders and Sister Trommlitz for MLC. That is always fun to get to see all the missionaries. Sister Gifford who was in the Asheville ward is now in Athens and also an STL! So I got a little caught up on my Athens people and how they are doing.

Wednesday to Thursday, Sister Murri came to Waynesville with me for an exchange. She came out just a couple weeks ago and it was awesome to get to study and teach with a new missionary, she helped me remember how to have a good study and she had some good insights on some of our investigators. We had an idea to go to one of the recent converts in the ward to help her clean her house, so we showed up in service clothes, but she told us to never come back again 😦 that was sad. She got baptized in March and we’ve been trying to get her back to church ever since I’ve been here. We decided she will probably let us come back in a month or two though. We also had a couple great lessons that night with the McClure’s and George so the day ended on a good note.

Saturday was a highlight of that week, it was George’s birthday! For some reason he wanted to take us out so we surprised him by inviting a few people from the ward to the restaurant. We brought party hats and stuff to the Chinese buffet. and cupcakes! We ran into the McLain’s there, they were there for their anniversary so we gave them party hats too.

Last Sunday was good, we got to teach youth sunday school about media and entertainment, and we taught Young Women’s (all 3 of them!) as well about developing Christlike love. (i love the new YW curriculum by the way). In the afternoon we went and saw Allison, and did a Book of Mormon read in Mosiah 4 where we each thought of a personal challenge and read through it looking for an answer or something that would help us. and then went to the Cronin’s who fed us some awesome chicken enchiladas and apple crisp.

So this past week we had an exchange with the Asheville sisters so I went to Asheville with Sis Hovey!! We went to stake correlation and the main message I got from that was to become the missionary that members have been waiting for to teach their friends. And also that missionary work is as dependent on members as it is full time missionaries, I need to remember that and work harder at getting the ward involved in every possible lesson we teach.

The Hardys drove us back to Waynesville and we all went to jack the dipper together!! that was fun to get to see them again.

OH and a non-missionary but still possibly uplifting event for you all to read about, Friday night was the Tuscola-Pisgah football game, which is apparently one of the top high school rival games in the nation, 13,000+ people attend, and WE GOT TO GO!!!!!!!!! And we didn’t even have to pass out cards or wear a skirt! George’s son is on the team so we got tuscola t shirts with his number and last name. We were so pumped. They were tied and then Pisgah won in overtime so that was sad but it was still a good game. We watched it with George and Bro Wood and cheered for Keely in the marching band and it was FREEZING cold. Since then it has been freezing, we had frost on our windows this morning.

Well that is about all. Me and Sister Draney have made long lists of things to stop doing or start doing and we had a fast yesterday to start a 40 day fast from those things that get in the way of being guided by the Spirit. so far so good! only hard thing is we have to repent every night of the things we messed up on. It will end on Thanksgiving day BUT if we are sincere then we will permanently improve!! I am excited for a change of heart.

I like writing out my week because sometimes the days and weeks are discouraging and lonely and hard, but when I look back, really all the good things that happened make it all right. I hope I can spend more time being grateful and happy and letting things happen as they happen. “Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday, and all is well.”

that is all my words of wisdom for the week…..use them well!

– Sister Hale
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5 October, 2015


Rainy week!! Also not too bad of a week. Conference is like vacation for missionaries, finally a time just for you to sit and listen and learn and be renewed. I was so disappointed as I watched because this seemed like the best conference and none of our investigators we invited ended up coming 😦 BUT that’s ok we will make them watch it later 🙂 Usually I look back and can pick out 4 or 5 or more talks that I didn’t really connect to at all, but every talk was powerful and relevant in some way, at least to me. I want to share just some of my favorite tidbits.

– Become a peaceable follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and focus on the simplicity of Christ’s grace
– You cannot separate Christ from His leaders
– What do I need to change? Ask that question and the Holy Ghost will tell you what you need.
– Happiness in this life and the next life are interconnected by righteousness.
– Self-control is like a muscle…the more you use it, the stronger it gets.
– Only your resolve to be obedient can change your life
– Express compassion to those who suffer
– "Doubt not the Lord nor His goodness, for we’ve proved him in days that are past."
– Revelation begins with conversion
– Work without faith is dead <- very true
– Light up those who are dimmed by discouragement
– We need to comprehend the true worth of a soul and recognize people’s divine nature in order to serve capably and mourn with those who mourn
– Teach fearlessly, speak with clarity, communicate from the heart
– Ask God for a knowledge of the Savior and His sacrifice
– A community of Saints to sustain each other causes us to go beyond concepts. We need to serve and the Savior needs a church
– Pondering and memorizing a verse of scripture each week provides an uplifting place for your thoughts to go
– Christ wants us to do many hard things. Hard is good.
– Accept trials with faith….they will be overcome through faith, not through fear or complaint or doubt. Thank God for your trials.
– When you cannot do what you’ve always done, then you do what matters most. Physical restriction can expand our vision.

We also had a good district meeting Friday and President Griffin was there, he had time to talk to each of us and that was good. I think I have til Nov 4th in Waynesville and then I will go to my last area!! crazy! I think a new area will be good for me but that is still a ways away so I gotta make the best of where I’m at right now. It’s hard to be in the same area for a long time…but it is getting so beautiful here with the leaves changing, in the next couple weeks it is supposed to be the prettiest, so we are excited for that.

What else….we got to paint on Wednesday! and we got to watch 17 miracles with Andy and Allison on Tuesday! They liked that a lot and asked questions throughout it about the pioneers and temples and church history. I wish everyone could watch a movie with andy…..it is an experience for sure haha.

OK that is it for now. Love yuns!!

– Sister Hale
victoria. hale@ myldsmail.net

I’m making sis draney drive now!! she loves it! 🙂

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