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, October 31, 2016

Me + Christ = MORE

My dearest family,
Hey hey hey!! Happy Halloween!! Hope yinz enjoy your taco soup tonight and handing out candy to all the little kiddo's ☺ (we get to spend our evening cleaning our apartment! Yippee! Ha ha #cleaningfordays) 

Before I go any further, the Apostle that is coming is....drum roll, please....
ELDER GARY E. STEVENSON!!! And the other members of the Seventy that are coming are: Elder Donald L. Hallstrom and Elder Milan F. Kunz. I am super super excited!! #tminus12days 🙌 It is such an incredible opportunity to learn at the feet of an apostle and these general authorities. I feel so very blessed.

As far as this week goes, it felt very off. We gave up a lot of what we had originally planned to do to help people out last minute. That was the theme of this week it seemed. But I realized something: my mission is giving me opportunity after opportunity to turn outward, to look outside myself. To put aside my pride and my selfish desires and serve others (thank goodness, because I definitely need it!). That is what the Savior would do, right? I'll be honest, at the beginning of my mission, I saw service opportunities, at times, as inconveniences and burdens. But now, even though at times they are slightly inconvenient, it doesn't matter. I can put everything aside to serve, to help someone like He would if He were here. And you know, it feels great! On top of that, hearts are being softened as we reach out and serve them.

We had the trunk-or-treat Saturday night and got to hand out candy. (Lo and behold, guess who dressed up as a sister missionary?! Yours truly!! 😂 ha ha.) Twas super fun! A downside was that I started feeling sick on Saturday, and it's kind of gone downhill from there, but I'll be alright. 

I would say the most profound part of this week came when plans quickly and unexpectedly changed. Once upon a time, we took Anne with us (a member who recently returned to full activity) to go see some people. We stopped at the hospital to visit a member there, and we sang to her. Her IV was really messed up and a nurse came in to change it. I didn't watch because I've never been a fan of these things, but Sister Simpson did and it made her lightheaded and queasy. She sat down and was pretty pale. We finished our visit and walked out arm in arm and she made it to the car but since she wasn't feeling well at all, we decided to cancel our lesson and go home.

But most likely one of the reasons why this all happened was so Anne could show us a video on Mormon channel. I say that because it touched me (and Sister Simpson) so much. It was called "The Perfect Lie". And oh my heavens, it changed my life. No joke. Yinz definitely need to look it up and watch it! It was sooo good. The lady who spoke talked about how Satan wants you to believe that "me + more = Christlike"...but with Christ clearly on the wrong side of the equation. We can't do it by ourselves. We NEED Christ. So the true and accurate equation is "me + Christ = more". More kind, more charitable, more loving, more humble, more spiritual, more righteous, etc. We HAVE to let Christ help us become more, otherwise we won't get anywhere. This is changing my entire outlook and is an answer to so many prayers. I have made it a goal to invite Christ in more as I strive every day to be a little bit more like Him. I know it's a lifelong pursuit, but I also know that although He wants and expects us to *eventually* be like Him, He doesn't expect or want us to do it on our own. 

We also planned for exchanges this week and the theme we want to focus on. We chose the theme of "being instruments in God's hands". We especially loved this quote by Mother Theresa:

“I’m a little pencil in the hands of God. He does the thinking. He does the writing. He does everything--and it’s really hard--sometimes it’s a broken pencil. He has to sharpen it a little more. But be a little instrument in His hands so that He can use you anytime, anywhere. … We have only to say Yes to Him.”

I am excited to discover this transfer how I can be more of an effective instrument in His hands. I invite you to do the same--be someone He can work through, be someone He can count on!!

Hope yinz have a blessed week!!

"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

                        Found out a house we heart attacked, they are gone
                                          until Christmas - oops!

With Sister Snow-the Bishop's wife

Best costume at the Trunk or Treat!

Gotta love the Gumball machine though!

Here is our set up, passing out Books of Mormon!

Monday, October 17, 2016

"I knew Mother Teresa".....

Hi. Hey. Hello.
It's me again. 😉 Can you believe it's Monday?! I can't! #crazycakes

So last P-day we went with Mike and Chris Ritz to visit the Heinz History Museum. And how amazing it was!! There was so much to see!! It was one of the biggest museums I have ever been to--Cameron and Brenden: there was even a sports section--two levels of it ha ha! There was a section all on Mr. Rogers with the set and everything because (I believe) it was all filmed in Pittsburgh. 'Twas super cool. Plus they took us Primanti Brothers for mm good. 😋

On Wednesday we had our zone training in Oakland. We were trained on a few things, two of which being a new Chapel Tours app they have come out with (to give church tours to investigators) and our new "standards of excellence". One thing that has been unique about our mission is we have not had these standards before. President has not created them, because he has not wanted to impose strict number goals on us and hold us to it. I have appreciated it because it is easy to be very hard on yourself when you don't meet those goals. But lately he has felt very inspired to set 3 dealing with finding, lessons, and baptizing. So as a part of MLC, he had us get into 3 groups to discuss appropriate numbers for these standards of excellence. It was a spiritual experience as we discussed these numbers and I know they were inspired. They were the same numbers he had come up with on his own as well. And the amazing thing is that I didn't feel (and still don't feel) overwhelmed coming away from it, I feel excited and motivated. It will give us something to work towards, which will be awesome!

We even played ultimate frisbee afterwards which was super fun! I hadn't played since I was in Beaver, so my skills were a little rusty. 😉 But it was still super good!!

Before President announced them in MLC, Sister Johnson gave a training on the importance of having a vision. She shared this quote which I found profound:

"Vision without effort is daydreaming, effort without vision is drudgery; but vision, coupled with effort, will obtain the prize." (President Monson)

I learned that without both effort and a vision, you won't be able to accomplish much. As I sat there pondering, the song "Be Thou My Vision" came to mind, which is one I have come to love on my mission. It was a touching reminder that He really is our vision. Everything we do, especially as missionaries, is centered on Him.

So we've been teaching this guy named Andrew. He has lots of questions and mainly they are focused on picking out what appear to be differences in the Bible and the Book of Mormon...each lesson was border-line bashing and I would come away from each lesson feeling upset and overwhelmed. Definitely not a good thing. Last weekend was an especially rough lesson. I didn't feel like I could do it anymore. But we decided to try one more time and bring Bishop Snow and his wife with us. Bishop saved the day. We talked to Andrew about our purpose as missionaries and how central to that is preparing people for baptism. He argued he had already been baptized and his other opinions about how we all have the priesthood, etc. Most of his pointed questions were at Bishop, and he took them like a champ. He kept his cool and asked Andrew lots of inspired questions--it was awesome. We left that night and I felt completely peaceful and it was wonderful. We dropped him as an investigator, but it's interesting. Dropping someone doesn't appear to be a way to help us fulfill our purpose as missionaries. But it does. Dropping someone means your putting the faith in the Lord knowing that person isn't ready yet to progress towards baptism, and that someone else is.

As we've taught him, and as I've had other experiences on my mission, by testimony has grown stronger and stronger. No matter what anyone says, I will never waver. I will never move from the truths that I know. I know that this is Christ's church on the earth today. I know that Joseph Smith really did see our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know they spoke to him and called him to be the next prophet. I know that the priesthood of God, His very authority was brought back to the earth. I know that it is through this church and the covenants and ordinances found therein that we can progress towards eternal life. I know this church and this gospel is true! And nothing will ever shake what I know.

Later this week, we went on exchanges with the Washington sisters, and I stayed in Pitt 3rd with Sister Kelley. It's amazing because originally Sister Simpson was going to stay in P3 with Sister Kelley and I was going to leave...but we decided to change it. And it worked out exactly how it needed to. We both had experiences that we needed to have. Thursday night, I told Sister Kelley the story of my brain tumor and surgery. She then told me she needed to hear my story--that my experiences and perspective and testimony helped her so much. It was an amazing tender mercy. There have been times lately I have felt commonplace and not very needed or wanted...but that night with Sister Kelley proved otherwise. It was a very real and tangible reminder that I am needed. I am wanted. That I have experiences and gifts to offer that are unique to me. The Spirit was so strong that night, it was amazing. 

We went on an adventure yesterday...and yinz get to hear about it. 😉 We went to contact two referrals who live right next to each other. One wasn't interested and the other didn't answer the door. So we knocked on another house. A lady came to the door and said, "You know that this is a Catholic household?" She was very kind and before I knew it, she had invited us in and told us all about how she knew Mother Theresa. She showed us all these pictures she had taken of her and we talked about the need for more good, Christian people. She gave us a few pictures that she had taken and a quote her as well that we could fit into our wallets. Later Sister Simpson read 2 Nephi 25:26 that states "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." It made me think about how I am grateful for wonderful Christian people that have done a lot of good in the world, but I am most grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ, who has done the most good for us. Through His life, death, and resurrection, He has provided us a way to return Home. He is our vision, our focal point, our focus. We talk of, sing of, rejoice in, preach of, prophesy of Him. I love Him with all of my heart.

I hope you have a wonderful week!! Keep on keepin' on!! LOVE YINZ!!!! ❤

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

With all my love,
Sister Bartlett xoxo

With Sisters McDonald and Kelley

Mother Teresa
                                 "Not all of us can do Great Things--
                                 But we can do small things with Great Love!"

The Pitt Zone!

Primanti Brother's
                                 Famous Sandwiches with Grilled Meat, Coleslaw & Fries
                                                                between Italian Bread!

At the Heinz Museum with Mr. Rogers :)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Huge News!!!


HUGE NEWS!!!!!! AN APOSTLE IS COMING TO VISIT OUR MISSION ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!! (Also a member of the presidency of the Seventy and the area Seventy!! Woohoo!!)

We don't know who is coming yet...we won't find out until the end of October. #patienceisavirtue 😇 We also will be having him speak at a special stake conference the next day in the Pittsburgh stake. HOW LUCKY AM I?!?!? Can't even believe how blessed I am to be here in the PPM right now.

This week was pretty crazy, but good at the same time! We had two back-to-back exchanges with both the Greentree and Greensburg sisters. I was basically gone for a straight 48 hours...with district meeting in the middle. Ha ha, good times! #exhausted 😴

For the first exchange, I was in Greentree with Sister Durfee, which was way fun because once upon a time when I was in Sunbury she was my STL!! We went on exchanges then too. We met with their recent convert, and she was a hoot and a half!! She is an amazing member missionary though!! She's not afraid to share the gospel and she can't wait to receive a calling so she can serve in the church. Excited to see what will happen for her in the next little bit!

The next exchange was me in Greensburg with my daughter, Sister Morgan!! #motherdaughterreunion It was such a good exchange!! One lesson we had particularly stuck out. We met with Beatrice and her daughter Tatiana. Beatrice only speaks Spanish and Tatiana was the one who was translating for us. We read 1 Nephi 1 with them, which was quite the experience, one I had never had before. We read in English and they would follow along in their Spanish Book of Mormon and read the verse when it came to be their turn. Afterwards we taught them the Plan of Salvation, and how it went down was this: we would teach a little bit, or ask a question, and Tatiana would translate for us to her mom, and then her mom would talk and Tatiana would translate back to us. It was really cool! The spirit was really strong as we read and as we taught and testified of the Plan of Salvation. It was so neat to realize that the gospel and the spirit are universal. It doesn't matter what language it's in or where you're from...*anyone* can feel the spirit and have their heart touched by the message of the gospel. Tatiana would tell us, "I can feel it right here in my heart." It was such a beautiful lesson. 

Oh and another thing!! It was really cool because they asked a few questions that were the kinds of questions that you dream of investigators asking! #exchangemiracles And I was able to pull a few verses from the Book of Mormon to answer them. (PS: one reason I am SOO grateful for my mission is the knowledge it is giving me of the scriptures and helping me be familiar with important verses.) My missionary brain can't always remember the reference off the top of my head, so thank the heavens above for tagging in the Gospel Library. (Let's pause for a moment. I LOVE TAGGING!! It is an incredible tool to be used in the Gospel Library and I am soooo grateful for it. If yinz haven't used it or know what it is, let me know and I shall teach you!! It's the best thing since sliced bread...or Pittsburgh Popcorn...whichever came first. 😉)

Being with Sister Morgan was SO grand!! It was amazing to see how much we both have grown since being together! And our comp unity was still on point. 👌 #nothinghaschanged It was so cool!! I just love her and am so proud of the missionary she is and is becoming!! #proudmamamoment 😊

On Friday we had our MLC meeting in Altoona and it was wonderful! Oh boy, sooooo many good things..part of which was discussing some big decisions that will be implemented in our mission very soon. But I cannot disclose at this present time this day. (Stay tuned 'til next week! 😉) It lasted all day long, but it was fantastic. Getting to see more of the missionaries I know and love was amazing. And time spent with President and Sister Johnson is always a joy. Afterwards we had a super fun photo shoot with the STL's + Sister Johnson...enjoy! #happyharvest 🍂

After MLC, since we had to drive for forever and a day to get back to our humble abode, so we made a pit stop at the famous restaurant Burgatory. Yes, like purgatory, but burgers. I had the famous "Piggy Butter and Jelly" burger...yes it had PB+J on it...but it was surprisingly tasty. 🙊 #givingintopeerpressure

Anywhoozers, I can't believe it's Monday again. Time is flying out here. And being and STL makes it go even faster. Exchanges every week, driving for forever through Pittsburgh which to quote Sister Simpson is "a game of nonexistent red light-green light's, with crazy drivers, one-way streets, and bridges for days. On the plus side, it's beautiful, and the drivers let you in when you're trying to merge. #blessings" ha ha 😂But I really love it...not to be trunky, but with each week that passes, I am more and more aware of how much I love it out here and how much I never want this to end. Serving a mission is literally the *best* decision I have ever made in my entire life. I wouldn't trade *anything* for it. I can't even see a sliver of the blessings now, but I know that the far-reaching effect of these 18 months extend beyond my mortal vision. I am so eternally grateful for this amazing opportunity I have been given to serve my Savior, draw closer to Him and come to know Him better. I really am my first convert here on my mission...and with every passing day, my testimony is becoming more and more rooted in the Savior and His gospel.

I LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!! Good thing I'll have yinz forever. ☺ Make it an amazing week!!!

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

sending lots of love from Pennsylvania,
Sister Bartlett xoxo

                                    Greentree Exchanges with Sisters Durfee and Dixon

Greensburg Exchanges with Sisters Di Bari and Morgan

Reunited with my baby, Sister Morgan
                                                 A favorite lesson with Beatrice and Tatiana


Altoona MLC

Beautiful Sisters and our AMAZING
                                                 Mission Mom, Sister Johnson included!



I love PA in the Fall :)

Burgatory ;)

Piggy Butter and Jelly Burger - YUM!

The crew pigging out on burgers!

Monday, October 3, 2016

light upon light....

Hello my lovely family!

I hope you enjoyed conference! It truly was better than Christmas. ☺😉 But I'll get back to that later.

We are still on the hunt to find more people to teach. But one definite highlight of this week was our meeting with Tom (remember him from last week? The student nurse we met at the hospital?). Well, I was on exchanges with Sister DeMille from the Pitt 4th ward and we met him at Starbucks to give him a copy of the Book of Mormon. We had a great conversation and taught him more about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. We testified of Moroni's promise and he was genuinely excited to read it. He said something like, "I had no idea that Christ came to America. I thought that it ended after the New Testament...but now I know there's more!" He also said he would read and pray about it. It was so cool to get that reaction, because we don't very often.

Yesterday, we met with this lady from the ward, Sister Bulimo. She has been in a lot of pain and hasn't been able to come to church. In between sessions yesterday, we took the elders and met one of the brethren in the ward to give her a blessing. I shared a spiritual thought with her from Elder Holland, and Sister Simpson and I sang "Be Still My Soul". The Spirit was definitely felt. She kept thanking us over and was the sweetest thing. It feels so good to know you are actually helping someone, but even more so when they genuinely appreciate it. That's not the motivation we have for serving, but it means that much more when you can visibly see that what you are doing is making a difference.

So, I need to tell yinz about Mike and Chris Ritz. They are PHENOMENAL. Two of the most Christlike and selfless people I've ever met. They really are our mission parents in this area. They were never able to have children, so the missionaries really are their children. ☺️ Mike is a member, but because of many health problems and surgeries, he doesn't get to church very often. Chris, on the other hand, is not a member. She is amazing though. I know that she will accept the gospel at some point...and that will be such a happy day when they can be sealed for time and all eternity. I can't wait. 💜 So this week we had dinner with them, and out of the blue, for dessert she brought out a beautiful cake with 20 candles on it. "Sorry we missed your birthday--usually we're on top of it." They all proceeded to sing to me and it was a beautiful belated birthday surprise.

Oh my conference. What a wonderful, amazing, beautiful weekend full of the Spirit and uplifting and insightful and inspiring messages. A few thoughts that stuck out to me (forgive me, I don't have most of the speakers' names):

* God needs brave sons [and daughters]
* "He will love and correct, but never discourage--that is Satan's trick." (Elder Cornish)
* Any comparison you make should be where you were compared to where you are now...or where you are compared to where you want to be
* Sharing the gospel is not a pass or fail ordeal (God is the judge of who is ready and who is not ready to receive the gospel)
* You are the one who chooses to have joy
* "Sometimes we can study and know. Other times we have to believe, trust, and have hope." (Elder Ballard)
* "We are never alone when we labor in the Lord's vineyard." (Elder Bednar)
* You need to not only believe IN the Savior, but also believe Him
* "Even the darkest nights turn into dawns for the faithful." (Elder Smultz)
* "Repentance is joyful because of the Savior." (Elder Renlund) 

I came to conference with many questions...but before it began, I had the impression that not all of my answers would come during the time of conference. But that light and clarity would come gradually. This is something Sister Simpson and I have been talking about in our companionship study lately--the whole concept of "line upon line"...and she said something really profound that has stuck with me. "God gives us light upon light, like He teaches us line upon line." And that is so true. He gives us just enough light to take a step. And then a little bit more light to take another. (See Patterns of Light: Spirit of Revelation Mormon message for reference.) And that is exactly what happened this weekend. I'm not trying to be trunky, but I have been thinking more about life after the mission, specifically what the Lord wants me to study when I go back to BYU. It's been at the back of my mind this whole time, but I have felt prompted lately to seek more guidance on the subject. Even though I don't have all the answers yet, I've been given enough light this past week to put another step forward. And I know He will continue to lead and guide me as I go forward with faith.

One verse I have come to love on my mission is D&C 78:18. It was quoted in conference which made it even more meaningful:

"And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours."

This verse has given me so much comfort and peace. Especially as I consider big life decisions I will need to make, I know that it would be too much for me to know everything now, to see my life completely and clearly laid out before me. But the Lord Himself has promised that He will lead me along. I just have to keep putting one step in front of the other with faith.  

Off of the topic of conference, but can I just give a shout out to my incredible companion?! SISTER SIMPSON IS AMAZING. I absolutely love her and am SO blessed to be her companion. She is exactly the person I need right now. She is an angel and truly celestial. 😉 God knows exactly what He is doing.

Well, fam bam, I hope you can take what you learned and felt during conference and do something about it. I promise that incredible blessings will follow if you do. Hope yinz have a beautiful week!!

 "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

With Nathalie, a recent convert :)

Exchanges with the Pitt 4th Sisters

Super Delicious Surprise Belated Birthday Cake!

Enjoying Conference in the Chapel in the comfy chairs with these Elders!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

One Beautiful Year!!

Mom, Dad, Brenden, and Cameron:

Oh my heavens. As of Friday, September 23, 2016, I have been on my
mission ONE WHOLE YEAR. Can you believe it?!?! I honestly can't. (See
flashback picture from a year ago--thanks Dad ;)) The day itself here was
pretty mellow. We spent most of the day at the church for a funeral
because an older man in the ward passed away. We helped with the
luncheon and washed all the dishes (there's a dishwasher in the
kitchen so all is well ;)), had dinner with a member, and met with our
ward mission leader. Still crazy it's been a whole year though.

I heard this quote this week that I find truer than true: "Your
mission is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end,
the faster it goes." Ha ha. Too good.

This week we had zone conference which was an amazing experience. It
was so so needed. When is it not? But still. Sister Simpson and I sang
an arrangement of Beautiful Savior and I was called upon to give a
"three-minute talk" about being a full-time servant of Jesus
Christ...luckily I had prepared some thoughts beforehand. ;) It was
wonderful. I always come away so spiritually fed and filled. It was
wonderful. Such a tender mercy. Particularly Sister Johnson's training
about "the parable of the cracked pot"...we were taught that we are
all cracked pots...not a crack pot or a pot-head...very different ;)
ha ha. I am a cracked pot. And I should rejoice in the weaknesses God
has given me because they allow me to turn to Him and learn and grow.
He also can and will use them to bless other's lives.

Kay so I have to tell you about this week which was kind of crazy
because we didn't have much time to plan for it in advance. But God
knows exactly what He's doing. Our week was loosely scheduled for a
reason. One of the days we called this lady named Pat, and she
reminded us that her daughter Pam was in the hospital. We had
forgotten that even though the relief society president had told us.
Something fell through in our schedule and so we went to visit her. We
visited with Pam and shared scriptures with her and sang hymns for
her. She really appreciated it. One of the student nurses, Tom, shared
with us that he was Christian and he asked us "what sets you apart
from other Christian faiths?" We told him about the Book of Mormon and
he was floored that Christ visited people here in America. We told him
we could give him a copy if he wanted it. We left the hospital room
and realized neither of us had a copy on us (which is super rare,
because we almost always have a copy in our bags)...but we were able
to get his contact information and we are going to get in touch with
him so we can come give him a copy of the Book of Mormon. It was such
a miracle to be in the right place at the right time.

Yesterday, right after church, we drove to the mission home in Upper
St. Clair. Then we got to drive with President and Sister Johnson (and
two other sisters we picked up along the way) all the way up to Erie
for a Why I Believe fireside. It was amazing--the whole entire thing.
Sister Simpson and I sang "Beautiful Savior" again and we also sang
the octet version of "Savior, Redeemer of my Soul". The Spirit was so
strong, it was beautiful. We didn't get back to the mission home until
about 10 PM, and since we were still about an hour drive from our
house, President and Sister Johnson decided it would be best if we
stayed the night in the mission home. My stars, dreams really do come
true!! ;D So we did! It was marvelous. Sister Johnson made us pancakes
the next morning and we got to spend some time talking with each of
them. It was absolutely wonderful and the biggest blessing ever. God

So conference is coming up...who's excited?!? I AM!!!! CONFERENCE IS
LITERALLY BETTER THAN CHRISTMAS!!!!! Seriously. I can't even wait. The
women's session was absolutely wonderful. President Uchtdorf's talk
spoke to me like nothing else. "Fourth floor, last door." That is
seriously going to be my new gave me a new perspective and
a renewed motivation and determination.

In our mission lately (especially since Elder Perkins came), we've
been talking about making meetings revelatory experiences. And we do
that by asking questions. We become an agent rather than an object. I
am seeing it time and time again. I am a firm believer that when we
come to a meeting, or our scripture studies with questions, ready to
be taught, the Lord teaches us and answers our questions. So my
invitation for you for conference is to make it a revelatory
experience. Come to conference with questions, and the faith that they
will be answered and I KNOW they will.

Since I have now been on my mission a year, here are a few thoughts on
that subject:

A year ago I never could have comprehended. The struggle, the pain,
and the heartache I would walk through...but also the joy and the
growth and the heights I have been lifted to. I never could have
foreseen how my mission would change me forever. How could I have
survived? How could I have lived my entire life without this time
spent in Pennsylvania serving the Lord? How could I have gone on
without this special and sacred time on this hallowed ground? How
could I have learned without suffering the pain and heartache only to
be make whole in the hands of the Great Healer? How could I have come
to know my Savior in this special and sacred way? I know without a
doubt. I couldn't have...without my mission. My life would have been
so far from what it will be because I have served the Lord during this
time. And I still have time left, that is the beautiful thing. I am
such a different person than I was a year ago. I have come so far. My
knowledge of the gospel, my testimony of the Book of Mormon, my
relationship with my Savior...all have grown so much *deeper* . It
goes beyond words, beyond comprehension, beyond understanding. I am
being transformed by my mission, through the power of the Spirit and
the power of the Atonement. Missions are a miracle. And I am right in
the middle of my own mission miracle. Forever changed, forever

Have a wonderful week and enjoy listening to conference!! I love each
of you so much!! You are in my prayers!! ❤️❤️

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

Sending love from the beautiful state of Pennsylvania,
Sister Bartlett xoxo

                                        Zone Conference with Pitt and Pitt West Zones

Exchanges with the Monangahela Sisters - Love them!

Me and my Sis in front of the Mission Home :)

THE BEST Mission Presidents in the Whole Wide World!!!
On our way to Erie....

Flashback to a year ago Sept 23, 2015