Monday, January 25, 2016

Wreakin' it in Wrekin

 ^^ the mission president and his wife

^^ sister cummins' trainer, sister reimart

^^ sister cummins' MTC district


I legit will never get sick of writing that! Except now I have added people from the other UK missions on here so that's awkward....ANYWAYS! Life is BLISSFUL! It has been almost two weeks since getting back to everyone but here is a little update. My MTC district was the BOMB! The BOMB! A district is made up of about 3-4 companionships and mine was the best! My companion Sister Du always told me I look like T-Swift soo that was always fun bahahaha but then she'd also say that I'm secretly Chinese because I wasn't too shabby when it came to pronouncing mandarin words! The hidden talents of Sister Cummins!! We had a bomb snowball fight at the MTC and I'm pretty sure Sister Carter and I wrecked all the other Elders! We were the dynamic duo!!
So now I am serving in an area called Wrekin (Ree-Kin) and I keep wanting to call it Wrekin like Wreck it Ralph...the struggle is too real! I also keep referring to myself as heather and I cannot stop saying guys...I've omitted cool and awesome pretty well but the guys is a real struggle! Someone said guys in a church video we watched and my whole zone (about 10 companionships) gasped and I was beyond confused....bahahahaha
Mom would be glad to know that I don't crack my knuckles as much because apparently its undignified and rude...but I still walk in the grass and try to jump over fences...#imundiginified #hashtagsareundignified #iamwhatiam Also, mom youd be pleased to know that I have been loving milk chocolate...and it feels so wrong yet tastes so right...England is changing me and I cant say no!!!
ALSO I cant sing other songs besides church songs because it detracts from the spirit and is that is fun..everytime I start singing my companion starts singing I am a child of God so my hymn I use is There is Sunshine In My Soul(My personal favorite)
I am in a really big rush so I will give you the basics! Wrekin is absolutely beautiful! its in the country and we do a TON of bus contacting and walking around! I went tracting the other day and did my first street display and while Im not the best at finding the words to represent what I specifically want to say I try my very best and I know that the rest will come with time and practice as I keep sticking my neck out...hopefully Id don't get chopped off like a turkey!
Something really fantastic is that this mission is where 8 prophets served including Gordon B Hinckley which just makes me SO happy!!!
We have two investigators dated for baptism. One was dated before I got here and the other was the second day I came! there names are Dannii and Shannon so please keep them in your prayers! They are so sweet and I love them so dearly! I am really just loving people so automatically because I see them for who they can become and who they are is just so interesting and fun to learn about! I love England! it is hard work but it is a marvelous work! I get to help Heavenly Father and for that I am grateful!
I am so grateful for all of the hard yet worth it work I am having to do! This is such a fantastic experience and I challenge each of you to either go to church or invite a friend to church! just do it! I have 5 minutes left so I've got to wrap this up! I love you all! Thank you for your love and devotion!
Love, Sister Heather Shea Cummins
PS: Mom and Dad! I am desperately missing my church back tickles! I love you so much!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

across the pond


I can say that because Im not there! HOW CRAZY BRILLIANT IS THAT!?!?!?!? ID SAY EXTREMELY! OH BABY! I am so stoked to be emailing you guys I am literally shaking with's a little pathetic! 

I have arrived in good old England!!!! I am so excited to be here and more importantly on the Lords errand! So the keyboard has things all shifted around(except for the letters) so the struggle may be real with anything else....but I am doing my best! Its really not that hard IM just being a baby cause the shift key is tiny! 

I dont even know where to begin! Life at the Missionary Training Centre is crazy and proper! I am not supposed to say cool, awesome, or dude and for those of you close to me you know those are my fave words ever BUT I am rocking saying fantastic, superb, wonderful, magnificent, and my personal fave, SPLENDID! It is seriously beautiful and green and vulumptuous here and I absolutely am in love with it! My classroom overlooks this beautiful pond and in the distance is hills and houses(Pics to come). My companions(while on a mission we have other girls we are with 24/7) are Sister Carter and Sister Du. Sister Carter is from Michigan and she is just amazing. I want her to be my best friend forever but we really dont know each other too well yet. We have been so busy! She is just kind and aware and sill yet appropriate and I just love her! I just think the world of her! Then I have Sister Du and she is from CHINA! She is teaching me a little Madarin and I havent said anything offensive yet so thats fabulous! Missionary life is crazy and so wonderful! It is beyond worth it and I am coming to a better knowledge of our Saviour's love for each of us and our loving Heavenly Fathers Plan! It truly is a beautiful thing! I dont worry about myself or anything anymore I just have a complete focus on others and what I am learning and it is seriously such a cool thing! I love it! So a couple cool things is typically at other MTCs in the world is that they are huge and have lots of missionaries but I am one of 5 sisters here in England and there are only like 19 missionaries or so! The food is very normal! I think they are trying to keep us comfortable in our American ways but I am meeting all sorts of awesome people from all around the world! People from Ireland, Tahiti, Dubai, and just everywhere! ITS SO COOL! 

So I am driving on the other side of the road...well Im not....that would be a terror if I attempted that...and I am here! I started thinking in a British accent which was weird yet cool oh and I met a missionary going to Gilbert Arizona so Uncle Mike if you meet a british missionary named Elder Purchase, be good to him! he's such a gem! Everyone here is so nice and our teachers are wonderful! I have learned so much and I dont have enough space to write down everything. But a really cool experience I had the other day is that I was just having a stressful day the other day and there were a lot of things not going totally right and I felt like I couldnt handle it all and I couldnt remember my thoughts because there are so many of them, me being the stream of conscious thinker I am, and then we had a stress management lesson that night! Now you may call that a coincidence but I know that was Heavenly Father teaching me and helping me to become stronger and even though it was the hardest day, it was the absolute best day!!! He is so aware of each of us! Each of our needs and desires! All He wants is to hear from us about how we are doing. SO I challenge each of you to at least take a couple minutes to pray to Him because He wants to hear from you! Just like your earthly father wants to hear from you, your Heavenly Father wants to know your struggles and help where He can, so let Him! Just try it out! I promise as you persist, He will not disappoint!

I have tried my "British" accent a couple of times and  thought it was way good and my teacher told me I sound like an American trying to have an accent.....but hey! I sound like Im trying so props to me , right?!?!

I am the self appointed choir director...mainly because I was just excited and no one stood up so I got the job...but Im probably the best for it because I enjoy it and I get to stare at everyone and make them smile as we sing so thats always a good time!

Also, I may or may not of hurt myself like three times....I had a handicap shower bench fall on my toe....and it is purple like a unicorn! IM A UNICORN GUYS! Then the other day It was misting outside and I was coming back from the gym and I asking the Elders about basketball and right when I said how was basketball I smacked right onto the concrete and bruised my rear end so that was exciting! I felt like I was ice skating on a cloud of nothingness and then all of a sudden smacked into a wall! But I can not was simply hilarious...I cant even tell you how funny it was because it happened in one fellow swoop...this is probs a lame story...had to be there! ANYWAYS!  

A few words Ive learned this week is:
Wellies (rain boots)
Brolly( Umbrella)
Gem (Already knew but I just love how they use it)
Nappy (Diaper)
A Jab ( Is a Shot)
Brill (Brilliant)
Sorry (What)
Trolley (Cart)
Rubbish( Trash) *My personal fave
waffle (Mess Up)
Check It/Mint (Awesome)
Hairslide (Bobby Pin)
Cheers (Thank you) 
And they are very direct. Like the signs dont say bathroom...they say thats fun!) But they call toilet paper tissue paper so thats nice! There have been lots of amazing moments I wish I could share and wrap my brain around to remember but I just simply cannot!

Always remeber that God created us to have JOY! Not saddness! So be happy people! Make that active decision to choose positivity! Itll change your life! I solemnly swear! 

ROCK ON PEOPLE OF AMERICA! Be wonderful! Make splendid choices and do whats right!

Sister Heather Shea Cummins

PS: Sister Du always calls our swan swine...and it gets me everytime! So take a breather, look outside, and enjoy the swine! (:

Thursday, January 7, 2016

arrived at england MTC

here is an email sent to mom + dad last night from heather:

MOM! DAD! I made it! I am alive and in the MTC! I am wearing a nametag and it is SO cool yet so crazy! It seriously doesnt feel like real life! I can't believe Im here! I feel like I am dreaaming and Ill wake up in my bed in a couple minutes....BUT I WONT! I love you guys so much! And I am so stoked to be alive and here in Manchester! Everything went off without a problem except I am WAY tired! it is absolutely beautiful here though and I am loving it!!

I have to keep this short and sweet! There is so much that I want to say! I love you guys and hope you're doing well! Thank you for all that you do for me! I love you so much!!

Sister Cummins!(that's kinda weird)



PPPS: And I love YOU!