Monday, December 14, 2015


From: Hannah Fouts
Date: Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Some fun pictures called we had family home evening with G and
P at the Relief Society President's house. All of the people in
the picture are Haitian and we were just having a great big Haitian
party! Also Sister Landaverry and I found a Christmas tree in the
closet and we spent a long time taking tacky pictures with it. The
troll is named Zetwol, but we call him Zetty for short.


From: Hannah Fouts
Date: Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 2:53 PM

People of my life! How you be? Bon? Bon! Bay m sa byen! Tell me
everything! Or don't, do whatever makes you feel good.

It's time for some shout outs.
Shout out to my little brother Ben for conquering the mouse in his room.
[Note: He shot it with an airsoft gun and killed. Go Ben!]

Shout out to my parents and aunt for the best Christmas package ever.
[Note: It's true. You other parents can feel free to ask for tips.]

Shout out to tiwi, the annoying black box in our car that yells at me
when I speed.
Shout out to Sister Landaverry for being the best companion evah.
Shout out to the Holy Ghost for helping us not get too lost this week.
Un shout out to the elders who used our gps this week.
Shout out to G and P, who asked who would baptize them and
where they'd be baptized, but still haven't agreed to pick a date.
Shout out to the two less active members who came to church this week
when none of our investigators did. Special shout out to the one who
doesn't have a leg and can't use her left arm due to a recent shoulder
surgery. Big shout out there.
Shout out to Lucky, the giant 7 foot tall black man who put out his
cigarette to watch A Savior is Born. "Not everyone belongs on the
streets, that's why they have sidewalks." Thanks for that big apple
wisdom, Lucky!
Un shout out to our zone leader who asked us to sing at Zone Training
Meeting 3 days before. We sang Far Far Away on Judea's plains because
it's one of the two Christmas songs that have translated into Creole
and they wanted us to sing part in Creole but then changed their
minds, so we just sang the most unChristmasy Christmas song in the
hymn book. It's whatever. Also I still can't sing, the mission hasn't
changed that.
Shout out to the guy who let us in in traffic, that was a good day!
Shout out to M, the sweetest Haitian lady ever who changed her
mind mid sentence about being baptized when she knows the Book of
Mormon is the word of God.
Shout out to "A Savior is Born" because it's basically all we think
about right now.
Shout out to the murderer that didn't kill us in Elmont. I actually
don't know if it was a murderer, but we were just looking up some
people when all of a sudden there were 15 police cars, with more
lights than Temple Square at Christmas time, and maybe 5 or 6 police
dogs. We kept knocking, but weirdly enough nobody answered their

Shout out to our Heavenly Father for sending His Only Begotten Son to
the earth to live for us, to suffer and die for us, and then to live
again for us! The gospel is my favorite and I love being a missionary
and I love New York and I love Creole and I love all of you! I hope
you all have a very merry week, and maybe someone can solve the
mystery of Chanukkah for us. All the signs for Hanukkah spell it
Chanukkah and also we don't even really understand this holiday. At
the mall last Monday there was a dradel(?) spinning contest so that is

Mwen renmen ou anpil anpil anpil!
Pase bon jounen!
Sè Fouts

Monday, December 7, 2015

Fwd: Prayers go up,,,blessings come down (Pictures)

Our super cool spiritual rulers.

On Jamaica Ave in Queens they have Christmas lights across the street the whole way down!! This is a bad picture. In real life it looks way cooler.

Fwd: Prayers go up,,,blessings come down

From: Hannah Fouts
Date: Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 12:36 PM
Subject: Prayers go up,,,blessings come down
Zanmi m, fanmi m, e nenpot lot moun ki ap li let sa,

I swear all the best things happen Monday night right after we go back
to work, but last Monday we contacted a headquarter referral, B,
who said she wanted to learn more about the Book of Mormon. Spoiler
alert: 30 minutes later we have a baptismal date for December 27th!!!
Um okay that's fine.

Some other fun things that happened: A Savior is born came out!! It's
the best and we be showing all the New Yorkers. If you haven't seen
it, go to because wow it is powerful! The New
York missions have been given a challenge (shoutout to Hermana Geiger
& Elder Hinckley) to show the video to 30,000 people and get an absurd
amount of new investigators from showing it, and it's harder than
you'd think. Some people won't even let us show them the 2 minute
video, let alone talk with them. But when we have someone watch it,
you can see the tension fall from their shoulders a little bit, and
their faces get softer. It's a Christmas Miracle!
After we showed one of our current investigators the video, he gave us
presents. They are heavy metal rulers that have very lovely quotes on
the other side. No worries, pictures will follow.

On Wednesday we met with a girl the elders had found and sent to us.
She's 15 and has questions about the bible I could never have thought
of. Also she is now scheduled to be baptized on the 27th. WHAT THE HOW
COOL IS THAT?!?! It might end up being pushed back because she hasn't
talked to her parents yet, but either way it's a huge act of faith to
schedule a baptismal date.

We got bible bashed a few times and I got a little sassy with one
lady. She was saying she wouldn't pray about the Book of Mormon, but
she was going to talk to her pastor about it because she trusted God
more than man. That makes 0 sense and I pointed that out to
her...probably shouldn't have done that but the Atonement is real and
I have since repented.

We had a zone conference with about 56 other missionaries and I
learned so much about being a better servant of God and it was so
exciting! Also I had probably the biggest fall of all time and was
very glad I'd worn my really long skirt that day. After that every
elder that was there either offered to get me a helmet and padding,
told me to watch my step, or just straight up laughed at me.
Apparently a mission has no affect on my clumsiness level.
Also we battled 2 enormous silverfish this week and it was terrifying
but we smashed them in the end. They were probably as big as my
pointer finger. Straight up nasty.

Okay last story! We found out that one of our referrals was actually
baptized 20 years ago, moved, lost his records, and then went into a
coma for an undetermined amount of time (this story was being told
over the phone in Creole. I didn't catch it all.) and now he's out of
his coma (obviously, since I was talking to him.) and he wants to come
back to church! Super the coolest.

Well tis the season, so today I'm going to talk about Christ, our
Savior. Surprise surprise! How amazing is it that more than 2000 years
ago our Heavenly Father gave us His Only Begotten Son? And it's even
more incredible that Jesus Christ volunteered for that! If you're
feeling alone or forgotten or abandoned or kind of brushed aside by
God, go take a look at one of my mom's beautiful nativities and
remember that you are not.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah because I guess that's today, and
remember to thank God for literally everything because without Him
we'd have literally nothing.

Peace and love!
Sister Fouts