Monday, May 31, 2010

I Say A Little Prayer For You

I just wanted to remind everyone to keep Sister Hayes in their prayers!! Just like the first few days in the MTC, the first couple of days in the mission field can be challenging!!
Please pray for her to have courage and a feeling of peace!! Pray for her to find those that are searching for the gospel! And please pray for her to feel your love and the love of our Heavenly Father!!

Please also remember to write to her often! It's amazing how much little words of encouragement can lift a persons spirit! Even if your letter/email is short, don't think it will be looked over! I know she will love every one of them!! If you need any of her contact info, leave a comment and I will make sure you get it!!

THANK YOU for your continued prayers in her behalf!!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lucky Arizona!

I thought that since Sister Hayes has officially made it to Arizona, I would give her blog a little face lift!! My computer has not really wanted to cooperate today so there may be some slight changes in the next few days! But onto today's post!!

Sister Hayes has made it safely to Arizona and is ready to start her missionary work!! How lucky are the people of Tucson!! I cant wait to start getting letters from the mission field and I'm anticipating all of her wonderful and inspirational stories!! They will be great!!

I recently saw a news story about the dedication of a new LDS temple! That is always exciting news but it was even better when I realized that this brand new temple is in Sister Hayes' mission boundaries!!

It looks beautiful!!! I don't know how often Sister Hayes will get to visit but I am sure excited to get a picture of her standing in front of the House of the Lord!!

Arizona is also lucky because it is supposed to be about 97 degrees tomorrow!! If you are here in Utah you know that we have had some pretty chilly days this past week!! I for one and ready for some warm weather!! Enjoy it Sister Hayes!!!

P.S. Sister Hayes has mission address and email address!! Let me know if you need them so you can write her lots and lots of letters!!! =0)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Birthday Girl

Today Sister Hayes is celebrating her 22nd birthday is Tucson Arizona!! It's her first official day in the mission field and I cant wait to hear how it went!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful friend!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Letter #2

Sister Hayes has less than one week until she is in Arizona!! I got a letter from her today that says her flight leaves around 10:00 a.m. but she has to be at the van headed to the airport at 6:00 a.m. The crazy life of a missionary!!!

This weeks letter from Christine went to her wonderful sister Tiffany!! CUTE SISTERS!!!! They are two of my very best friends!!!

So here are some of the things Christine had to say this week:

"We had a 2nd appointment with a mock investigator named Gloria Despain. She is SOOO SWEET! At the end of our second appointment she shared with us as scripture from Joshua 1:9. Read IT!" (I'm not going to put the scripture on here!! I am going to make you go get yours out!!)

"My testimony has multiplied everyday from the things I"m learning. Yesterday in Brother McQuay's class he took us to a special spot. He brought us to a portrait of Jesus after he was resurrected and he was talking to the 11 Apostles. He was telling them to preach the gospel throughout the world. As sisters we discussed the experience after and we all concluded that the spirit was so strong. It felt like we were in the temple."

Sister Hayes also got complimented by her Branch Presidents wife for having one of the cleanest rooms she has seen in a long time!! Good job Sister Hayes!! As her friend, I am so proud of her for making it so far!! It sounds like she is doing great and she cant wait to get out to the mission field!! Remember to keep her in your prayers!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Very First Letter

Hooray for Sister Hayes!!!

She made it through her first week at the MTC!! A week may not sounds like much, but it is a HUGE accomplishment!! I know I have said it before but the first week is so tough!! But I am SO proud of my friend for making it through!!

As her friend I was just like to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone that kept her in their prayers!! I'm sure she feels every one of them!! So don't stop now!! Keep on praying for her!!! On Wednesday Sister Hayes had her very first P Day and it was her first chance to write home!! I thought I would share some exerts of her letter!!

"Relief Society was awesome, we were able to listen to Music and the Spoken Word and for Relief Society we had a special speaker it was... SHERI DEW. All the mothers that talked that day said how much they knew that our parents loved us and that this is the best gift we could give our moms."

"Well I better start talking about last nights devotional! It was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guess who spoke?
I'll give you a hint... It was an APOSTLE Well it was Elder Holland! I can't believe my first week here i get to listen to an Apostle of the Lord. Everyone was so uplifted by his talk and I probably took about 5or6 pages of notes. I will definitely have to write a letter telling you more about it. He is a very funny man and very tender at the same time. He told us things like, If you come home off your mission and become inactive and have a tattoo you better know that if I see you I'll just punch you in the nose. It was so funny! He also talked a lot about Obedience. Just like granma has been telling me for weeks. He said this isn't Burger King you can't have it your way!"

Cool huh!?! It sounds to me like she is doing awesome!! Please remember to keep her in your thoughts and prayers!! And don't forget to go visit Dear Elder and write her a letter!!!

Check back soon for some more really cool pictures!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Snail Mail With Running Shoes

Have you written to Sister Hayes yet??

If not, I have something awesome for you to try!!! It's called Dear Elder (kind of biased, I know, haha) and it is a fantastic website!!

All you have to do is click on the words Dear Elder and you will go right to the site!! Select Provo MTC and then click Write A Missionary!! It's pretty self explanatory from there (if you are having troubles, leave a message in the comment section and I can try to help walk you through it)!!

There are a couple of really cool things about Dear Elder! First, if you write a letter to Sister Hayes before 12:00 p.m. she will get the letter that day!! Awesome huh!!! Want to know what's even better...... IT'S FREE!! No postage, no envelope, nothing! Just a free and awesome way to let someone know you are thinking of them!!

The first couple days in the MTC are going to be kind of tough!! It's hard getting used to a new routine and new people!! But Sister Hayes is awesome and has so much determination that she will make it through!!
But it never hurts to have lots and lots and LOTS of encouraging words from friends and loved ones!!

So what are you waiting for??? Click on Dear Elder NOW and get writing!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Very First Day

Today is Cinco de Mayo!!! It is also Sister Hayes' first day in the MTC (Missionary Training Center) where she will attend gospel related classes and gets to eat lots of free ice cream!! Although I cant say I am speaking from experience, my guess it that today is probably one of the toughest days because everything is so new!! But Christine is awesome and she will make it through!!
Sister Hayes will be in the MTC for about 3 weeks!! And guess what..... she LoVeS letters!!! You can write to her at:

Sister Christine Ann Hayes
MTC Mailbox # 148
AZ-TUC 0525
2005 N 900 E Provo, UT 84604-1793

Also, if you are her friend on Facebook feel free to still post messages to her on her wall!! I will make sure she gets them!!!