Alma 29:9

"I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yeah, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy."
Alma 29:9

Monday, September 19, 2016


Family dearest,

Wow. What a week! Sister Taunima left on Tuesday for Erie which was SO
HARD. Oh my heavens. I adore that girl SO MUCH. She helped me
immensely during the hardest transfer of my mission--more than she
will ever know. I love and appreciate and will miss Sister Taunima so

But I am amazed again and again how God puts me right where I need to
be at the time I need to be there with the person I need to be with at
the time I need them. So it is with Sister Simpson. She has been an
absolute angel and so patient this past week as I've been
transitioning to "leading out" the area. She is absolutely incredible
and I have already been so blessed by her beautiful spirit and
example. Not to mention we have so much in common so we get along so
well!! It has been amazing. I've really lucked out with companions.

Also, we have been singing A TON. It has been AMAZING. I love music
(as you know) with all my heart and I know that it has been and is a
huge part of my mission for a greater purpose. The hearts of the
people here in Pittsburgh are very hard. But I am convinced that music
is what will help soften their hearts--even if it is just a little
bit. Sister Simpson believes it too, and because of that, we are
utilizing every opportunity to use music. (We even used it a little bit
while we were tracting. We walked up to this one lady and said,
"Hello, we are missionaries, and we are going around sharing a song
about God's love." She said, "Well, you better save your song and go
sing it for someone else." << oh boy! these hearts sure need
softening...we'll keep workin on 'em.)

STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. This is something to REJOICE about!! ❤️❤️

Yesterday was such a memorable day. We spent nearly all day in an
extension of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania temple. It was such a
beautiful experience. I approached each session (three) with a
question in mind, and Heavenly Father taught me so much. I received
revelation that was tailored just for me. Thoughts on this beautiful
temple: It is so historic for this temple to be here in
Pennsylvania--in the very city where the freedoms were born that
provided us a way to have religious freedom and eventually temples.
These saints here have waiting so long to have a temple, and they
finally have one. It makes me so very happy!! It was amazing to be in
an extension of the temple, because that might be my only opportunity
to be in the temple during my mission. Hopefully not, but we'll see.

The dedicatory prayer was written by President Eyring and it was
beautiful. Elder Perkins spoke at the third session and I loved his
talk so much. He said one thing that really stuck out to me:  "If we
really want to be happy then we should try to be a little more holy
each day." This is so true. And in my studies this morning I read
Moroni 4 and in one of the sacrament prayers, it asks that the Lord
may "bless and sanctify [the] bread" is so beautiful to me that
by blessing and sanctifying (or making holy) the bread (and water) and
by us partaking of it, our souls can be blessed and sanctified, or
made more holy. I know that it is through partaking of the Sacrament
each week we can become more holy, and more happy, and ultimately more
like our Savior. What a beautiful promise.

So once upon a time the sisters here were teaching a man named Donny
and his wife Rose. Rose is less-active and has been for a long time,
and Donny is not a member. The sisters didn't have a very good
experience because he was confrontational and didn't want to hear what
they had to say. Well, Sister Taunima and I met them a few weeks ago
and they wanted us to come back. This past week, we taught them the
Restoration, and feeling prompted by the Spirit, I invited him to be
baptized. And HE ACCEPTED!!! It was amazing. Then we sang "Joseph
Smith's First Prayer" with the member we brought with us and the
spirit was so strong. It was beautiful. He's had a change of heart or
something, because from the looks of it it seems he is so different
now than he used to be. Good things are happening there and I'm really

Sister Simpson and I know there are lost sheep here in the Pitt 3rd
area that we need to find. Please pray that these people's hearts will
be softened. I appreciate it more than you know. Hope you have a
rejoice-full week!!

"Keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep
growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever."
(Elder Jeffrey R. Holland)

love, love, love,
Sister Bartlett xoxo
Alma 29:9

PS: on Friday I will be ONE YEAR OLD. Where did the time go?!?

                                         With Bishop Snow and his family 

With the Greenway family

Goodbye Sister Taunima - Gonna MISS her :'(

Hello new STL Comp - Sister Simpson from Herriman
                                               who knows Uncle Jeff and Aunt Natalie :)

The Philadelphia Temple - YAY!!!

Monday, September 12, 2016

".....and I will give unto you success."

Yoo-hoo! Family!!

How goes it?? Before I get into the week, let me tell yinz about
transfer news. I'm staying in Pitt 3rd...SURPRISE! Ha ha Sister
Taunima is being transferred to Erie, PA  (her new companion is
Sister Stimpson -- the one in the maroon shirt in our district photos)
Man I'm so sad. She has been an incredible companion and despite how
hard this transfer has been, she has been keeping me sane. My new
companion is.... * drumroll, please * SISTER SIMPSON!!! (Sister T's
comp without the "t" ha ha ) I went on exchanges with her a few
weeks ago and her family knows Jeff and Natalie, remember? I am super
excited!!! She has a GORGEOUS voice, so we are going to sing ALL the
time. It's been a while since I've been able to do that, so I am
stoked. It will be amazing!!! Also, Sister Morgan (my baby!!!) is
going to be in my district!!! What are the chances of that?? It's
gonna be great!! Man, transfers are just super tough and I'm having a
rough time getting ready to adjust to this change. I'm worried about
"leading out" in this area since it has been kicking me in the
backside ever since I got here...but I know that somehow it will all
work out...somehow...keep praying for me please.

The title of this email is a little ironic (yinz'll see why), but
Tuesday was a powerful day. We volunteered at a food pantry at a
Methodist Church in the morning and then went to the church building
to study. During our companionship study, Sister Taunima shared Alma
26:27 with me:

"Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back,
behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the
Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give
unto you success."

It was a message straight from heaven meant just for me--I needed to
hear it desperately. It was one of many moments I've felt recently
where I'm ready to give up and give out...but being comforted by the
Lord Himself and being reminded that if I just hold on and bare with
patience my afflictions, He will give us success. We haven't been
seeing much success, and it's been hard to keep going.

We had planned to try to see a few people, one was a less-active in
our ward whom we hadn't met yet. We did some tracting around that area
and talked to the people who were outside. We were walking to our car,
when the Spirit stopped me in my tracks. I turned around and just
stared at this one house. I felt like we needed to try it, so we did.
A young girl answered the door, and we found our her name was Melanie.
I started teaching her about and testifying of the Book of Mormon. We
shared Moroni's promise and invited her to read it. She shared how she
is really active in her church and thanked us for stopping by and
sharing our faith with her. It was a really neat moment. I look
forward to the day when I can see the seeds that I planted here in the
hearts of people in Pennsylvania and see how they turned out. It was a
powerful example of how the Lord is ready to give His missionaries
success if they just keep going.

On the other hand...we had five investigators drop us this week. FIVE.
How? What? Why? Boy oh boy. It's like these investigators are just
slipping through our fingers--as soon as we pick them up, they drop
us. It's rough. But five in one week--that has never happened to
either of us before...we must be holding some sort of record or
something. So...that obviously constituted for some froyo...see
pictures below.

You'll find humor in this: the old men here just love me. Let me
show you how...
- One time I got whistled at by a group of old guys (when I was on
exchanges in Franklin)
- One time I got hit on in the middle of a lesson (remember Frank? Enough said.)
- An older guy in the ward called me "frisky" ... What the heck??
(you have to know Brother Gigliotti...)
- At Bingo last week, an old man blew a kiss at me
It's hilarious. Kills me every time...bless their hearts

Aside from the tough parts of this past week, I've been reflecting on
the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Through it, we can repent,
which ultimately means to change our ways. Like Elder Holland said:

“It takes exactly as long to repent as it takes you to say ‘I’ll
change’--and mean it. Of course there will be problems to work out and
restitutions to make. You may well spend--indeed you had better
spend--the rest of your life proving your repentance by its
permanence” (“For Times of Trouble,” New Era, Oct. 1980, 11–12).

It all comes down to that change. And this week the Spirit taught me
that that change is even more real that I have thought it is before.
Because of Jesus Christ and His Atonement, I don't have to be who I've
been. I don't have to be the person I was yesterday, or five minutes
ago. I can decide right now to change, and plead for His help and
strength to do so. What an incredible gift. Realizing this, I am
finding more and more joy through repentance because I am just so
grateful for the gift He's given me to change every day.

Have a wonderful week!!! I LOVE YOU!!! ❤️❤️

"Keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep
growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever."
(Elder Jeffrey R. Holland)

all my love,
Sister Bartlett xoxo
Alma 29:9

                                  The District:  Elder Loreto, Sisters Stimpson, Taunima, me
                                                                DiBari, Elder McGee

There ain't nothin like Mama McClendon's fried chicken and cornbread

Silly Missionaries!

Our last companioship date with Froyo :)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Oh, I'm Catholic.....

Oh boy. If I had a penny for every time I heard someone say that, I
would be filthy rich. But really though, it is crazy how many
Catholic's we run into out here. Everyone is super religious...but
they don't want to hear our message. It's hard, I'm not gonna lie. But
I'm here serving in the PPM and in the Pitt 3rd area for a
reason...despite how hard it is...I just have to keep going.

There wasn't much that happened this week...we did go on two
exchanges--with the Greensburg sisters and the Pitt 4th sisters (they
live in the Avalon area...between them and us we are the sisters that
serve the closest to Pittsburgh). I left both times so I wasn't in my
area much. But like I've said before, I feel so blessed to work with
these sisters and get to serve them and learn from them.

I do have to say that I am really grateful for the time I have to
study the gospel each day. It is such a blessing. I am doing all I can
to take full advantage of it while I'm on my mission, because I know I
won't have this time to study once real life hits. (Ha ha ) And I
love the things I am learning. The more I learn, the more I grow, and
the more my testimony is strengthened. I KNOW this gospel is true and
I will never ever back away from that testimony.

One cool thing: yesterday (September 4th) marks 12 years since I was
baptized a member of this church. As a young little 8 year old, I
never could have imagined what I would be doing 12 years later, and
how much this gospel has changed my life. I am forever grateful that I
am apart of it, and that I get to share it with others.

This email is kind of scattered, but I did want to share a powerful
missionary promise I was reminded of this week:

"I promise that because of your faithful response to the call to
spread the gospel, He will bind up your broken hearts, dry your tears,
and set you and your families free."

I am seeing parts of this fulfilled as He is binding up my broken
heart and drying my tears. My mission is so hard, but I promise I am
doing what I can to serve faithfully so that we will be set free. I
pray that you are seeing and experiencing blessings from having a
daughter and a sister serving a mission. Mom, Dad, Brenden and
Cameron--thank you for all your thoughts and prayers; they mean more
than you know.

"Keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep
growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever."
(Elder Jeffrey R. Holland)

Don't give up,
Sister Bartlett xoxo

                                                 I ❤️ Pittsburgh!!!!

 Sisters Taunima, Stimpson, Di Bari -- the Greensburg sisters

Sisters Crisp, Taunima, Hegewald -- the Pitt 4th sisters

With Mama Eichenmiller on P-Day