Monday, October 31, 2016

Hello everyone!!

Man this week flew by. It was so fantastic though!! We saw so many miracles and saw the light of Christ touch so many people! We found this guy Dave who we met on the streets a few weeks ago. We went by his house and got to know him and found out that he has been through so much in his life but he has such strong faith in God. It was amazing to see his example in enduring through trials. He wants to be baptised so we are way excited for him! Then, later that night we bumped into a girl who we lost contact with and she told us she just got her phone taken away but she still really wants to learn more about the gospel!! Heavenly Father really listens to prayers and answers them. It may not be in the way we want or expect but he does. Because he loves ALL of us!! This is the last week of the transfer and of my training (woohoo!) I'm excited to see what else the Lord has in store for me! 

I'm finally starting to really enjoy being here and it seriously is the best thing I could be doing with my time! I love all of you and miss you like crazy! Have a great week! xx

Sister Montgomery

We went on an exchange with the sister training leaders and Sister Wood and I tried to take a cute leaf throwing picture but it failed....

The sister training leaders got me a cake to celebrate my 3 month mark!!!

We accidentally broke a member's drapes...

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hello friends and family!!

This week was amazing! It was such an uplifting week! I had my first interview with President Turvey since I came into the field. It was really good and he gave me some great advice on how to be more authentic with people when I talk to them on the street or on the bus. I also had the chance to talk to Sister Turvey while Sister Koepf was talking to President. Ah man she is great! She is so funny and I absolutely love her! I told her about the huge spider I had to kill when I first came into the field and I told her that I said a prayer first before I killed it and she thought that was the funniest thing she ever heard.

AND THEN!!!! Saturday came!!!! Okay but first, the night before, we had 10 sisters staying in our flat because we had to meet at the chapel at FIVE A.M. THE NEXT MORNING. It was crazy because we only have four beds and two couches...So it was an adventure. So we got up at 3:30 IN THE MORNING. For anybody who knows me, knows I am not a morning person so I was not a happy Sister Montgomery when the alarm went off. But it was SO WORTH IT BECAUSE WE WERE GOING TO HEAR FROM PRESIDENT NELSON. We all had the chance to shake hands with him so when it came to my turn, he shook my hand and said "good morning Sister Montgomery" and all I could think was "good heavens an apostle just said my name". I was absolutely speechless. All I could do was smile back at him. Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy, Bishop Gerald Causse, Presiding Bishop, Elder Patrick Kearon, Europe Area President, Elder Gary B. Sabin of the Europe Area Presidency and all of their wives were there as well so we went down the line shaking all of their hands. I managed to start saying good morning to all of them. Bishop Causse was the last one in the line and he shook my hand and said "good morning Sister Montgomery. It is so lovely to have you here with us" I could not stop smiling after that. Wow it was so amazing. They all then spoke to us about being disciples of Christ. Except for President Nelson. He basically just turned to some scriptures and we just had a big scripture study with him. It was SO AMAZING. And at the beginning he told us he was excited for us to be able to email home and tell everyone we heard from 5 general authorities. So here it is! My email back home about how I heard from 5 general authorities! And it was SWEET. It was such a marvellous opportunity and I will never forget it. I love you and miss you all!

Thank you for all your love and support!! xx

Sister Katie Montgomery

This is how we determine if we have lost weight or not. We fit perfectly in the bus stop benches.

We went to a Harry Potter event at Preston Park today

"Not Slytherin. Not Slytherin."

We found the weirdest costumes

I didn't quite make it

Hey so this week was great!!

This week has definitely been my favourite so far! First, I'll explain the subject line. There is a less active member who recently started coming back to church. His name is Keith and he looks and sounds very similar to Sylvester Stallone! He invited us over for tea at the beginning of the week and it was so good! We had a beef stew and potatoes and he told us all about how he used to be a boxer and everyone called him "Rocky". And he told us a lot of stories about how he used to be a fisherman as well! It was so fun!! He has invited us over again this week and he is going to cook us salmon! I am pretty stoked about it!

Okay, next story. We were heading home from what was supposed to be an appointment (but they didn't show up) and we were on the bus. I was sitting in the back and there were two chavs (a chav is basically a wanna be gangster who always wears Adidas track suits and is usually vaping or smoking) right behind me. I turned around and asked them a question and then one of them (Ben) said, reading my name badge, "Sister Montgomery" and I said "yeah! Have you seen many people with these name badges around?" And they were like "yeah yeah. What religion is it again?" And I said "Mormons" and they said "oh yeah! No drinking, no smoking.." And I said "yeah! Exactly!" And at this point,
there was a guy who was across from me (Taz) who started to listen when Ben said that. Then I asked them if they were religious or believed in God and they said no. Then we got on the topic of the
after life. Then the guy across from me finally spoke up and said "where are you from?" And I told him America and I asked if he was religious and he said no and Ben and his friend were like "yeah!
Thumbs up, mate!" and he asked what religion I was and I told him Mormon and he asked what that was so Ben said again "no drinking, no smoking." And he said "oh I don't like drinking" and I said "yeah! See? Now I can give him a thumbs up!" And they laughed at that. Then we all were talking about God and the after life and then Taz mentioned that he used to be Muslim and Ben was like "ah the Koran!" And Taz said yes. Then Ben's friend said "so you have the Koran, and then there's the bible" and then I grabbed a Book of Mormon from my bag and said "and we have the Book of Mormon!" And they all looked at me confused so I asked if they had ever seen it and they said no so I
started to explain what the Book of Mormon is and then I said "but I only have one so you'll have to fight over it" and Ben and his friend were like "oh we don't want it" and Taz said "actually, can I have
it?" And I said "yeah of course!" And then at this point, the girl in front of Taz started to listen and we got on the topic of God and the after life AGAIN. But this time, the girl in front of Taz started to
give her input as well and she was on my side! So I'm basically teaching the whole back of the bus at this point. But, unfortunately my stop came so I gave them all cards and told Ben "no
drunk phone calls". And then, because I'm Katie, as I was getting off the bus and saying goodbye to my new friends I rammed into the pole that people use to hold onto when they are standing on the bus and THEN I got stuck on the door as I was stepping off the bus. They all started laughing at me and as I walked passed the window they were all waving and laughing so I just waved back. Then Sister Koepf was like "Sister Montgomery!!" And I said "what just happened?" And she was like "the whole bus was listening to you guys! I was trying to talk to a guy but we both just wanted to listen to you so we stopped talking and just listened to you" It was really fun!! Anyways, those were the
highlights of my week!

I love you and miss you all! xx

Sister Montgomery

This is Keith or "Rocky" (this picture doesn't do it justice. He really looks
like Sylvester)

This is Keith or "Rocky". This picture doesn't do him justice, he really does look like Sylvester Stalone.

We found a cute little pathway

Look, mom! I learned how to crochet!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hey !

This week was really good! We have found a lot of people to teach. We have quite a few people scheduled for October 28. Lee, Keira, Marceline, and Mary. Lee was taught about 2 years ago but lost contact with the elders. Then we randomly met him street contacting and were able to meet up
with him and teach him again!

Keira is nine and adorable and loves having us over! Her parents were taught about 7 years ago but weren't too bothered. Her little sister is so cute, she's about 4 and every time we come over she says "hello Mormons!" She's so cute.

Marceline is a recent convert's niece. She is so pumped to get baptised. She's so sweet.

Mary is a recent convert's mom. She loves the plan of salvation and the Book of Mormon.
It's amazing that they are all either former investigators or have been influenced by their family. It just shows that no effort is wasted and we have such an impact on people's lives even when we don't

Our mission President is trying to get us to find more ways to find people to teach other than just knocking. We're having a hard time thinking of ideas so if any of you have ideas shoot me an email!
I got to give a talk yesterday in my ward. I gave it on Elder Oaks' talk from conference. It's about member missionary work! It's so good!! Don't worry, I didn't say "holy crap!" this time.

I hope all of your weeks were good and that you have even better weeks this week! 


Sister Montgomery

We found this lawn while knocking. It reminded me of "The Help"

My parents sent me a little piece of home.

We had a flour fight last p day.

We finally found hot dogs! The lady told me I wasn't a true American because I didn't want onions on mine and I told her I don't like onions and she put onions on there anyways...

Monday, October 3, 2016


This email is going to be short because....I don't feel like writing.

General Conference was amazing!!! Watching it as a missionary is seriously the absolute best thing. I got so much out of it. Some of my favourite parts were:

"What shall we give in turn for so much?"
-President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
"Even in our trials we can have joy and peace because of Jesus Christ"
-Elder Robert D. Hales
"Don't let your questions paralyse your faith"
-Elder Craig C. Christensen
"He shows mercy on us when He hears our voice even when we don't
listen to His" and "when we pray, do we really have the mindset of
'not my will but thine be done'?"
-Elder Juan A. Uceda
"Stop comparing yourself to others. Instead compare yourself to your past self"
-Elder J. Devn Cornish
"Pray for opportunities to stand as a witness of God"
-Elder Neil L. Anderson
"Divine love can transform a willing soul"
-Elder D. Todd Christofferson
"Don't be caught up in things you can't understand in this life"
-Elder W. Mark Bassett
"He does nothing save it be for our benefit"
-President Thomas S. Monson

I could go on and on but it would take forever. If you didn't get the chance to watch conference DO IT NOW. ITS AMAZING. I hope all is well wherever you are. :) xx

Sister Montgomery

(I'll send pics next week. Wifi is being dumb)