Thursday, June 29, 2017

multi-temple blessings

Hello my friends and family from ALL OVER THE WORLD! That literally never gets old to say! I love that from being on my mission I have had the privilege to meet and serve with people from over 53 different countries! What a pleasure and a privilege! Knowing so many different kinds of people is such an absolute privilege and pleasure! How wonderful it is that we are connected together all over the world!

This week has been such an incredible week here in the cradle of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, otherwise known as....MANCHESTER ENGLAND! Okay....Im not in Manchester but I am in the Manchester Mission! That is pretty exciting!  In this mission there is SO much history! Ancient and modern prophets and apostles have walked the roads of Downham and Chatburn! I get to be here! I am so pleased to know that God loves us enough to restore simple truth that was lost over time. He loves us enough to guide us and direct us. That brings me so much peace! I cant even explain it. Happiness is available to everyone but there is something that changes within you when you come to understand who you truly are....A CHILD OF GOD! How fantastic is that! I would invite each of you to sincerely pray to you Father in Heaven in the name of Jesus Christ to ask if this is true if you are unsure of this truth. I'll tell you WHY that matters. That matters because if you are a child of God that means that you are of eternal value! That means that you have been sent here for a brief 80-90 odd years(give or take) for a PURPOSE and that part of that purpose is to gain a family, a body, and experience! How blessed we are for this! That means that we never have to feel defeated but we can choose to trust that it will all work out for our benefit as we trust in him and his commandments and he will direct our paths for good. It means so much! I hope each of you will be able to find out why it matters to you because there are individual reasons why it should matter to you that I'm oblivious to because I'm not you. But you can find out! I want you to really think about this:
Why are you here:
-on earth
-in the family you are in
-in the situation you are in
                                and really think about it. WHY? Will you do these things? Will you ponder on those questions and then pray and ask if you are a child of God? WILL YOU? I sure hope so! :D because I love you! Each of you mean so much to me. I want you to really know that and I invite you to do this because I really really love you and you matter in my life. Thank you for your friendship and support! It means everything to me!

As for the title of this email, it comes from such a crazy yet wonderful week! I got to go to the Chorley temple for the last time with my President and Sister Ulrich and the other missionaries who will be going home at the same time as me. We then had an incredible meeting where I received so many answers.

A week or so ago I was struggling with focus. Focus on this work. My mum can attest to that...I went crazy...I even bought a swimsuit! Haa! But I realized that there is no time for me to be distracted! I only have 18 months to be a missionary and I am here because Jesus Christ lives and He loves us all and wants us to have peace and understanding. HE LOVES US! And because of Him I am dedicated to this work and shall be forever.

My time has just run out or else I would say more but know this....I LOVE YOU! you are so special. You are worth so much. Thank you for being my friend! 

Have a sunshiny day and remember: You are worth it!!

Sister Cummins

Monday, June 19, 2017


EVERYBODY!! I am in England!!! Can you believe it! Take a minute to genuinely think about how far away I am in reality from each of you.....THAT IS REALLY REALLY FAR! ....I just remembered that there are friends from England and more specifically, Wrekin, on this email list....they are probably all laughing at me right now....I cannot say that I blame them. Im pretty funny(; (buh dum chhh) :D

Wow! That is all I have to say is WOW! I just feel so so so much gratitude to be serving in such a blessed and prosperous land! To be serving in the cradle of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Oh and don't even get me started on the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ! WOW! How blessed I am to be able to share and enlighten people on the fact that although a lot of changes were made by mankind to the teachings of Jesus Christ that they are back...IN THEIR FULNESS! We have his authorization to do his work on the earth again today and I am just SO filled with joy and exuberance for that fact! I feel so loved.

Coming to the end of your mission is hard because I keep thinking about all of your wonderful faces and that I will get to squeeze them in just a few weeks! It is kind of mind boggling to me....unless you're in England...then you better let me squeeze your face whilst I still have time!

Being a missionary is a thrilling experience! This week we really got to see a lot of miracles! A lot of members came to help us teach some of our really good friends! We have some really really great friends here! Right now we are teaching one of our friends named Rebecca! She is so sincere! She is just absolutely drinking from the pages of the Book of Mormon. She just loves it! She feels like it is filling a gap in her life and filling her faith up! She has such sincere desire. it is incredible to see someone so prepared have such sincere desires. I am very grateful to know her. She is such a tender mercy in my life. We are also teaching one of our best friends, Amy.  mentioned her a few weeks ago but she is really thriving! The both of them came to church with us yesterday! That was a fantastic feeling!! They got a lot out of it as well which was so good! Please keep them and their families in your prayers!

I had a huge surprise at church yesterday! My first companion, Sister Amilijo Reimert was there! She came back from Denmark for the weekend! My heart was SO filled to the brim with joy! I just know we are going to be eternal friends. She is such a tender mercy to my life! Luckily we were in the chapel when I saw her so I wasn't capable of being too loud but it was such a tender reunion when I saw her. She is me mission mum! Oh, how sweet that day was! She then went over to Amy's with us after church for some lunch. It was such a tender day.

This area is my home. These people are my family. I love being here so much. I am SO grateful for this tender opportunity to serve the people of my home. I LOVE ENGLAND! EEEEP.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. I know that heavenly Father knows the best timing for us. he has our best timing at heart. he has a broader perspective. he loves us SO much. I cannot emphasise that enough. I am sure of this truth. I am sure of this gospel. I relish in the joy it brings my soul. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Have a great week!!

Sister Cummins

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

mission fireside!

Hello my beautiful friends and family!! It is so crazy to be writing to you! I am back with my beloved Sister Cannon! Wow...what an absolute treat! Heavenly Father has blessed me so much to serve here in the cradle of the restoration of the gospel. I really, really love this gospel. I don't think I can quite explain it. This gospel has just absolutely filled me to the brim with love for others and for my Saviour. The first and great commandment is to love our Heavenly Father. The second is like unto it, to love our fellow beings. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share a mission because in the process it has shaped and changed me. I am still learning how to keep those two vital commandments but I am a little closer today than I was yesterday and I am positive I will be even closer tomorrow than I am today. I am so grateful for this. I am so grateful for each day and each hour but I know the catastrophes that take over a day, a week, sometimes even months or years cannot disturb the grand plan of our heavenly father. I want each of you to know that I know that we have not been forgotten. England has received many bombings and a lot of pain but this is not God's fault. he has sent his son to be a perfect example for us to live after and strive to be like. unfortunately, not everyone decided to follow the commandments or example of Christ. I want each of you to know that I know with every ounce and fiber of my soul that we are loved. The souls who are lost are not actually lost because they are slain but they are with our heavenly Father. Their spirits are being ministered unto at this very moment of time. I know it. I wish I could give each of you the biggest hug of my life but my internet love will have to do. I love you. You are very important to me. Thank you for being a blessing to my life. Thank you for changing me. I love you. You are my very best friends. God is just a title. he really is our LOVING father. Please take the time to get to know him. Please. It will bless you forever if you do so with sincerity. It really will.

This week, we got to have SUCH an incredible miracle. In each mission we do something called a "mission Fireside" where people who are recently converted and have followed Jesus Christ's example share their conversion stories....its amazing. It is my last opportunity to go to one of these firesides so all the missionaries who go home at the end of this six week period was given permission to come. We live about a two hour drive from where it is held though. SO, we called everyone we could think of that would possibly be free or capable but no one was able to take us. BUT heavenly father is SO in charge of his work. So, we have this friend named Amy who has known the missionaries for about 6-7 years. She is our neighbor and she said she would take us. On the way up we talked to her about Jesus Christ and she told us that at this point of time he didn't mean much to her because she has gotten through life just fine without him. Okay, understandable. We went to the fireside and afterwards, she was asking us all of these questions. She had heard the stories of these people and could feel something. She told us every time she comes to one of our churches she feels a different kind of peace that she has never known before. She felt the people were really speaking to her. It was just incredible. her whole demeanor and desire changed in about 6 hours and on the journey home she said she would be baptised! We are SO EXCITED FOR HER! Please keep her in your prayers!

Miracles happen every day all around us.This is my belief, my testimony. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Have a phenomenal week! Talk to you soon!! XOXO
Sister Cummins