Tuesday, December 27, 2016

the days of our lives

So many things happened this week!
I honestly can't remember what happened on tuesday.
On Wednesday we had our last district meeting and so we went out to eat together for lunch and a man paid for my entire district! Sister Anderson and I were talking to him, but it seemed that as soon as we brought up the book of Mormon he wasn't willing to hear anything we had to say. So I spent my entire lunch getting Bible bashed..... but he paid for our lunch, so I can't complain.
Thursday and Friday were exchanges! They changed the way we do exchanges so both sister madsen and I went to Elgin where the sister training leaders serve. It was great because I got to be with sister turner who is simply amazing. I love her.
Saturday we worked super hard and it felt so good! It was freezing but the best thing about the snow is that no one wants to go outside so everyone is home, so when we knock on their doors, they get confused because, who would be out in this weather? So we got to talk  to a lot of people and it was awesome.
We also got 4 referrals this week. #blessed
Sunday was church. I love church because we just get to talk to all our friends and take the sacrament and it's my favorite day. We had to get creative in the evening because we weren't allowed to go out unless we had an appointment in -20 degree weather....
Monday was our Zone Christmas party and we had so much fun. I love President and Sister Griffin so much. We also have some very talented missionaries here in the Rockford Stake! It was such a fun day.
Well this week is Christmas! I love my savior and am humbled at this opportunity I have to be an instrument in his hands. I am so grateful for him. There wouldn't be a Christmas without and easter!
I love you all
Sister Hannah Corbett

Monday, December 19, 2016

More Pictures to assure to you my life is good and I love being a missionary and this week was still awesome




WEEK 10?! what? that can't be right?

Well I didn't really know what to write this week because we didn't have as much success this week as I would have liked. Some weeks are a little rough but oh how I love being a missionary. It is worth any bad day or week to be a missionary. 

There is this member that is always a little grumpy and he told us our investigators weren't good and we should just find all new investigators. It really hurt because I have been spending all my time and effort on helping these people progress the past 10 weeks! I didn't know what to think. But I remembered the focus scripture that we had when I first got here. Alma 16:16and how we should be liberal to ALL. I know that God put me in these people's path for a reason. I am willing to do whatever God asks me to because I know he loves all of us and EVERYONE needs to hear the gospel. 

So lately I just want to share the gospel with EVERYONE because I know now more than I ever did before that they all need it. I want to be so eager to share that I could just walk up to literally anyone and share with them a quick message about the gospel. I thought that would be second nature as soon as I became a missionary but It's going to take practice, but I will get there with God's help!

 I am eager to get out and work this week. I do believe that Sister Madsen and I were supposed to teach and help these people in any way that we can. We may end up dropping someone this week but that doesn't mean we wasted our time. I am grateful for this grumpy member because now I am even more committed to share this message with everyone I see!!

And the cool part is that even though we were having a little bit of a down week there were still so many tender mercies. Right after we talked with this member we were driving and there were the prettiest snowflakes and I knew that God was proud of us and that we were doing our best and the right things. It's crazy how I got that message from snowflakes but I did. Tender Mercies are real.

Well I hope everyone is doing good and I hope you all know that I love you so much. :) 

-LOVE
Sister Hannah Corbett

PICTURE --- we were trying to watch steak conference but it never worked so we sat there for an hour waiting for them to fix it and writing down notes whenever we heard something. Luckily we got to sit behind the cutest little boys. Like I said and pretty much say in my letter every week. Tender Mercies are EVERYWHERE.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

the field is white

This week was really great. 
We were able to have a lesson with this man named Michael finally. He knows the church is true and that he needs to be baptized. He is just waiting for the "right time". We had a really good lesson with him though and the spirit was so strong. He is elect and will be baptized someday. Hopefully soon!!!
Another Highlight of this week was the Christmas devotional. It was so good!! If you haven't had a chance to see it you gotta.
I loved when the Choir and the congregation sang Silent Night at the end. I was thinking as it was playing how every instrument has a part to play and how everyone in the whole tabernacle was singing together adding in their voice and their testimony that Christ was born in Bethlehem to be the Savior of the World.
 It reminded me of that song by David Archuleta at the end of Meet the Mormons. There may be times where you don't know where you belong but we all play a part in this Symphony called life. God has a plan for each one of us! As we sing and play our part others will start to see the song that's in their heart. We will sing louder and louder as our testimony grows that God's plan and Christ's atonement is for each and every one of us individually.
And this reminded me of the #LIGHTtheWORLD initiative. We are all born with the light of Christ in us. And that light can grow and grow and we share it with others and make that light Shine even brighter.
Christ Commanded us to "Be of Good Cheer! for I have overcome the world." We can keep this commandment as we take a step into the light and start playing our part in this beautiful Symphony!!!! We do this as we reach out to those in need and be an Instrument in God's hand. The more we serve others we will see that light begin to grow in them and how it changes their lives! and then we will have that same light and happiness that Christ brings into our own lives. We will discover who we are as a son or daughter of GOD. 
Let's #LIGHTtheWORLD as we share with others the light of Christ that is in each of us.  
I LOVE you all. 
-Hermana Corbett
I sent pictures of the white corn fields. There is no more corn and now there's just nothing. Littlerally nothing for miles and miles.
I also sent a picture of Roschae. Shes hilarious. We got to go out to eat in Rockford before the stake Nativity program. 


Monday, November 28, 2016

thanks

This week was thanksgiving. So I have been thinking a lot about gratitude and being thankful. I honestly believe that being thankful is and grateful for what you DO have can change your life. Here are a few things that I was thankful for this week.

NUMERO 1
On tuesday we had a lesson with a less active man and these members came with us and gave us cookies afterward. THESE COOKIES. They were so good. I didn't know how good they would be but I took a bite and just got so happy. They tasted just like Mel's homemade chocolate chip cookies. I bet she used the exact. same. recipe. 

#2 
God just loves me so much and even though I wasn't home for thanksgiving and didn't have the usual food that mom makes he still blessed me with some super delicious food. Sister Madsen got a package and it was super random but her mom sent her sausage and cheese. This may have even been better than the cookies. And we ate it on thanksgiving and I literally cried. It was weird. But God is showing you his love in the smallest simplest ways everyday and I just felt his love for me. We just need to slow down and be thankful.

#3
On a little bit of a more spiritual note I am thankful for the Book of Mormon. There is so much power in this book. It changes lives because it brings the spirit so strongly and will tell you exactly what your next step should be. I love the book of mormon so much. On Saturday we went and read the book of mormon with our investigators Steve and Megan (yes they got back together...). But as we were reading 2Nephi 31 Megan just started to cry. We asked her what was up and she just said it was very touching. It was the coolest thing because she didn't even understand what was being said or what she was reading but she could feel the spirit. Read the book of mormon. just do it. I promise the time you spend reading will make such a huge difference in your attitude and your outlook on life. 

#4
I am grateful to be in such a good ward. Megan and Steve and their autistic daughter came to church yesterday. EVERYONE was so welcoming. This ward truly is a ward FAMILY. Everyone is SO different and a little bit crazy in their own way but they are united through the gospel and welcome anyone into this crazy family that wants to come. It's a small ward and probably half the active members are over 60. But I love them. They should seriously make a movie about the Freeport ward. Everyone is hilarious. (ex:next week we eat with the Jefferey's but not on Sunday because they eat jell-o and popcorn every Sundaybecause they're 80 and they gotta live their life while their young)

#5
I am greatful for the stars. We got out of the car and spent like 5 min just staring and the sky. there is SO MUCH sky here. you can see the horizon everywhere you turn. It was so beautiful though and there were so many stars and shooting stars and the sky was so black. God loves us and we just gotta take time to look around and see all the beautiful things he made for us. Illinois is so beautiful.

So this letter was really long but its to make up for last week. God loves us though. so much. and when you take time to be thankful you feel how much he loves you. So take the time. stop for 5 minutes to think and be thankful. read the book of mormon. Its going to be awesome. i promise. 

-Sister Hannah Corbett

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So Megan and Steve didn't come to church again so they both fell off date. We also had to drop Steve because he and Megan broke up and we had absolutely no way in getting in contact with him. Megan is doing good though. She had a crazy week and when we would talk to her she would just say how since she started meeting with us her life has just gotten so much better. And I just think about how her life could get even more amazing and it just makes me super excited. 

I am grateful for Sister Madsen who listens to me and helps me. I love her. 

I am so grateful for the gospel. It truly changes lives! I am grateful for the atonement and repentance and the sacrament because that is how it changes our lives. 

I hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving! sorry it was so short this week. But I am also grateful for all of you. I love you all!

-Sister Corbett

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Charity Never Faileth

Well this past week was our Do or Die week. We had a lot of investigators but none of them were progressing. We ended up dropping Tarrone and Duane. We were never able to set up appointments and they kept on telling us they would do things but then never followed through. It was sad but hopefully one day they will be ready to make and keep commitments!
We did a lot of work this week with Megan and Steve. We brought one of the members from the primary presidency to both of our lessons with them and she has just been so amazing. She has gone completely out of her way to do everything she can to make sure they all have a good experience despite baby Megan's disabilities. She bought toys and games and books she would like, Made a good lesson for her, and she littlerally went so above and beyond.They were so set on coming to church and all of the members were so excited to meet them! We found someone to even pick them up and drive them to church. After all this they accidently slept in and missed church. It was really disappointing but we are just going to have to be patient.
So it was a little bit of a frustrating week where we worked hard but no one was following through. Thankfully we got to stop by and see Sister Alberts. This woman is the happiest person I've ever met. She is so beautiful and made us smile and laugh when we were feeling a little down. We took pictures with her. She is so full of charity. 
I am really learning how beautiful and important charity is. Christ loves us even when we don't keep the commitments we make with him, so we need to be patient with others too and just keep on loving them. Ultimately that's all we can do as missionaries. No matter how hard we tried we couldn't force Megan and Steve to come to church but we can always love them and charity never faileth!
P.S. Transfers came and Sister Madsen and I are BOTH staying in freeport!!!!!!!! #HALLELUJAH


Go Cubs Go

This week has been great. Every week I get more and more glad I am here and more and more glad to be in Illinois and more and more glad to be in Freeport. 

Some of my Favorite things that happened this week:
1. Went to Zone Conference. President Griffin is so inspired and I was so strengthed and just learned so much at this. It was so great!
2. Had some real good companion studies.
3. Gave a Book of Mormon to this man named Robert. His daughter Jayla was outside too and she said she wanted a book too so we gave her a pamphlet and she looked at us and said. "I LOVE this." with the most straight and serious face. It was so adorable. 
4. Ran into our investigator Tarrone at the store today. We didn't get to meet with him this week so it was real good to see him. 
5. Talking with the members after Stake Conference yesterday. They are hilarious. 
6. Finally getting in contact with this less active man named George. We went to go see him and we didn't even really say anything he just started talking and eventually came to the conclusion himself that he needed to come to church. He then committed himself to come to church either this week or next week. (he didn't come yesterday,so hopefully next Sunday) But I guess 5 people in the last week had told him he needed to start coming back to church. He hadn't been to the LDS church since he was a kid and lived in Utah. But Sister Madsen and I were just praying to find those who were prepared and then we see George and he basically tells us himself that he thinks he is being prepared. I hope and pray he follows through and starts coming. He is so cool. 
7. Sister Madsen! the Coolest trainer ever. I am learning a lot from her. she is so great. 

I love and pray for you all! 

-Sister Corbett

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Happy Halloween!!!!!!

I love halloween.

and in the spirit of Halloween........... Freeport is actually haunted. I guess there was a big accident with a passenger train that crashed here and now everyone tells us how their house is haunted. Its supposed to be one of the most haunted places in the country. We ate dinner yesterday with the Reids and I guess our ward mission leaders grandma haunts their house. But Sister Reid goes around and tells local ghost stories. She writes too! I guess she is pretty well known and so If you ever see a ghost story by Terri Reid its probably Amazing. I love the Reids. Our ward building is haunted too though. Some sisters that used to serve her told some pretty freaky stories. 

We had a pretty good week! We had a lot of meetings this week. New Missionary Training and District Meeting in addition to Exchanges on Thursday so it was a little different, but good. I went On Exchanges with sister Diaz who is from Kearns. She is so cool. I learned so much from her!! She serves in Elgin though so it was a little strange to be back in the city.

The highlight of my week was our lesson with Megan and Steve. They are the couple with the autistic girl who I met tracting my first week here. We taught them the plan of Salvation and then Committed them to baptism. They Committed to work to be baptized on December 3rd!! I am super excited and I know they have been prepared and that this gospel will bless their lives. They have a lot of progress to make before December but All things are possible through Christ!!!

Another cool thing that happened this week actually just happened today!! We stopped at this super cute farmers market to buy some produce and we started talking to this man named Joe who runs the place. We talked about how we were from Utah and we were here because we are missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and such and he said how there were a lot of Mormons in Utah and asked if we ever ran into any and we told him we actually were Mormons and that shocked him a little I think. It was a good conversation but we just walked away and left. Before we got in the car I was like "we should have at least left him a card" so we were going to turn back and give him one but then we are the worst so we still didn't......... we got in the car and started to drive away but then he came and stopped us and asked us if we had any reading material for him. I felt so dumb. Whenever you have a chance to share the gospel JUST DO IT. You won't regret it. It may be a little awkward but that is not what you should be worried about. There is someone that we almost didn't get to contact because we were too afraid it would be weird and it really wouldn't of even been weird at all. Don't let ANYTHING make you think you can't do it. 
But anyway Joe is awesome and we gave him a Book Of Mormon and the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation Pamphlets and he was said "this is great! I will read this tonight! I love reading about Jesus!" It was awesome. He will be out of town for a couple weeks but we will start teaching him soon! Listen to the spirit and never be afraid to open your mouth. This church is true and will bring these people more happiness than you know! They need to hear about it!!

I love this church and i love being a missionary a lot more than I thought I would actually. It's not always easy. Actually most the time it's not easy at all. But it is also so worth it. 
Also Alma 5 is amazing and possibly my favorite chapter in the entire Book of Mormon. If you want something good to study that would be it. I cant even begin to write about all the big amazing things in that chapter.
I love you all and I miss you. I challenge you all to share the gospel with someone who needs it! MEMBERS ARE ESSENTIAL IN MISSIONARY WORK. We can't do it with out you guys.

Love,
Sister Corbett


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

God Bless

ALMA 26:11-12
11 I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God.
12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever. 
This scripture is SO TRUE. And really describes my week
We had a super busy week with a ton of teaching appointments!!
We taught it to Tony and his friends and they all said they would get baptized if they came to know it was true except for his roommate Ericia who Said she was already baptized when she lived in Michigan about 20 years ago but we are still trying to find her records. They didn't come to church on Sunday like they said they would though, so we will see what was up with that in our lesson this week.
We also got to teach This couple who we found tracting on my second or third day. They said they were looking for a church to go to because the one they were going to before told them not to come back because their daughter who has autism was disruptive sometimes. But we told them they were more than welcome to come! They seem super prepared and I am really exited to go back!
Some of my favorite lessons we had were with some less active members. They already know that it is true!! We just have to help them remember what they are missing out on!!
We had a really busy week though and had a lot of really good lessons. We were blessed. Another good thing that happened was I got to meet our investigator Teriona! She wants to be baptized she just has to get her mom's approval. She and her cousin Sarquasha who is already a member are the sweetest. Unfortunately the only contact we get with Teriona is through one of the members who she stays with sometimes so we don't get to see much of her but she definitely will be baptized one day! Overall we are seeing a lot of success here in Freeport!
I still have no idea how I got so lucky to get called here. And basically I feel really humbled this week because I know that the success we are seeing has almost nothing to do with me. I have been super tired because I've had a cold the past few days. So there were times were I had literally had no energy and my head was hurting so sometimes its just hard to function and I did things like loose the phone. And then when I was looking for the phone I lost the keys. (dont worry after we found the keys we eventually found the phone lying in the street...) And  then I completely lost my voice so I didn't even know if I started talking the people we talked to would even hear me. It took me a while to realize this but the lesson I learned this week is that God will make you an instrument in his hands if you have faith. Its like that story of the old violin where they were auctioning it off and no one wanted to buy it until and old man went up and played beautiful music with it. I really did feel like that old violin this week. But when I had faith and trusted that if I opened my mouth God would help the people hear what they needed to they would things worked out! But with out his help I'm just an old violin that  cant do much. Even though I felt so weak this week, I truly did feel strengthened and we just got to keep on having faith and God can help us do great things!
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; yea, 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.
Super grateful for an amazing trainer who helps me laugh even when I'm sick and tired and make a lot of mistakes. 
God is good! we have hard weeks but recognize tender mercies and you will realize how much God loves you and it will make things muy bien!!!  A great tender mercy for me this week was the sunsets. Illinois skies are gorgeous. especially out here in the country.
Love you All,
Sister Hannah Corbett


Killin' It

Sorry. I didn't think I'd be the missionary who wrote long emails. But this one's good.
Well we were super excited to teach this referral we got from a member that I told you about last week, but an hour before we were supposed to come over she cancelled on us because she found some anti literature. It was sad and really hard on the member that gave us the referral. But she is amazing and we just have to keep on trying.
We had been trying to contact this media referral we got for a really long time but he was NEVER home and we called and he didn't answer. And so we emailed him and he didn't reply. So we called again! and he didn't answer. So we called Again! and he finally answered!!!! We dropped of his Bible that he requested the next night. AND craziness happened......
So we start talking to Tony and he says that he's looking for a new church to go to! So that already made us super happy. Then his roommate comes over and joins the conversation and starts talking to us about whatever but eventually we bring it back to the church and the Book of Mormon. And she starts talking about what the Book of Mormon says and starts talking about the spirit world and in my head I'm thinking she's going to start Bible bashing us right there, but instead she says "And the other churches we've been goin to don't teach this! and they need to learn it!" My mouth dropped. We asked her if she wanted a Book of Mormon and she said yes! like she actually truly wanted one! She had met with Missionaries about 20 years ago and already read half of the book and had all the missionary pamphlets! WE WERE SO GLAD WE DIDN'T DROP TONY.
Seriously so happy. 
And Freeport is rubbing off on us because we wrote a rap:
As we stood there at her door
She was eager to say shore
Cuz she met with elders before
All the way back in ninty-four.
We asked them if they wanted to come to church on Sunday and they said THEY DID. They just needed a ride. So we got them one!
BUT THEN
Tony texted us and told us they found their own ride and that they were going to bring two of their friends with them! AND THEY DID. So we had four investigators at church! It was so cool to see how excited all the members were to have them there. Everyone wanted to meet them and get to know them. After Church Amber (that amazing Ward Missionary I told you about last week who feeds us every week)she keeps texting us and asking us a bunch of questions about Tony's friend That he brought named Tim. We were a little confused why she kept texting us. But we found out that Tim is Amber's UNCLE. Apparently she doesn't have much contact with her dad or her dad's side of the family but she is so excited that he came to church and is going to be an amazing fellowshiper. She is the only member in her family besides her husband and her grandson. But she is so strong and always stands up for what she believes in around her family. We are pretty sure he really liked church too because he was crying. So he either really liked it or he really didn't and I can't wait to find out which one. Haha
But yeah. This week has been really great. We've had a couple doors slammed in our faces but It was worth it because when you do get through to people and get to help them with anything but especially help them come closer to Christ, It's the greatest. Plus someone's got to plant those seeds.  🌱🌽
Another cool thing about Freeport is that it's where the Lincoln-Douglas Debate took place so there are a ton of Paintings and Sculptures of Abraham Lincoln which makes me feel right at home. 😉
ALSO, I have seen 24 deer in the past 2 weeks.
We were driving home from eating dinner at a members house and there's this deer........and it runs into the road. We honestly thought the car going the other direction was going to hit it! It didn't.
....but we did.
-caution this is nasty-
It all happened so fast and Sister Madsen was freaking out and we hit it and went over it and then she swerved and we didn't know what happened or where it was or anything so I was going to get out and see where it was. It was for sure dead though so Sister Madsen wouldn't let me! But if it was still under the car I was worried we would hear something nasty. So we compromised like a good companionship would and We just turned up the music really loud so we couldn't hear anything. SO with Josh Groban singing Ave Maria playing almost as loud as it will go Sister Madsen puts both hands on the wheel, her foot on the gas, and we were eventually back on the road. It was crazy and we cried a little. But good thing we know about the plan of salvation. And that we have a red car. 
Well Mission life is great and I love this Church and I love Freeport.
Love,
Sister Corbett

Thursday, October 13, 2016

FREEPORT ILLINOIS

I honestly don't know where to start so much has happened since last P-day.......................
The MTC was great and I will miss my district a lot. We really grew so close.
I think we forgot what how to function in the outside world. We fell down the escalator on our way to the airport........... there was an Hermana that is also in Chicago and she fell backwards and Sister Prisbrey SAVED HER. But then their luggage was all messed up. but we were like "Okay, that was close. we will wait until we get to the top and we will be fine." But then we get to the top and everything starts jamming up and we jump over all the luggage to get out of the way and sister young rides the moving handrail to the top. but more and more luggage and missionaries are getting more stuck on this escalator. So we start moving all the luggage out of the way and eventually we save the day!
...and all the elders behind us were fine....It was crazy. And then we have to pull our luggage accross this super rocky pathway that would not let the wheels on our luggage work and the wind was so strong so we were pulling this luggage through the wind trying to keep our skirts from flying up at the same time and I felt like a pioneer pulling her handcart. we made it though. And eventually we were on our plane on our way to CHICAGO. 
I placed my first Book of Mormon that night (It was seriously the longest day of my life). His name was Abraham and he was Muslim and had never heard of Mormons or Utah and was super fascinated by the idea of modern prophets. I hope he reads it..... 
The next day was also super long. We went to the Naperville stake center and we were all assigned to our trainers. President Griffin likes to make things as suspenseful as possible. But soon SISTER MADSEN walked up and pointed to a small town in North-western Illinois called Freeport. President Griffin asked what she knew about Freeport. She had already served there for a transfer so she said that in Freeport there is a lot of corn and a lot of gangs. They recently baptized four kids (La'shay, Malichi, Roshea, and Keynora) and that she loves it. Then, President Griffin said that I would be her companion!! I was so pumped!!!
Sister Madsen is great. Her name is Hannah. My name is Hannah. She went to Utah State. I went to Utah State. She has brown hair. I have brown hair. She's really cool. I'm really cool. Haha
After the meeting we got a ride from our Ward Mission leader and the sweetest and sassiest lady Sister Ensign who was the first member out here in Freeport and has done so much to help build the church here. I was so out of it and so tired so they were talking to us but I could not stay awake so I was asleep for the first hour of that car ride and Sister Madsen just talked for me. But then we got something to eat and I was able to stay awake for the next hour. 
Lets be honest, this first week has been a little rough. It was hard because I don't know anyone. How could I plan or know who to talk to or where to go when I have never metanyone in Illinois before?? We had kinda a slow week.We didn't teach any investigators. We almost got a lesson with one of our investigators named Tarrone (Street Name: Jameal). He is super nice and I want to teach him so bad because he reads the book of Mormon but just won't come to church...but he hard core dodged us. But I believe in big and powerful change and we WILL have success here in Freeport.
Church yesterday was amazing though. It was good to meet more people and hear their testimonies. I love the members here. They are so many that are such amazing member missionaries. Sister Duede. I love her. She just gave us a referral on Saturday and we will teach her on THURSDAY. I am so excited I will tell you how that goes next Monday. Another good member missionary is Amber. She was baptized about a year ago. She met with the missionaries and then told her husband "Well, you better go find a white shirt because we're going to church on Sunday". Ever since she has called all the sisters her "her girls" and feeds us every week. We are so blessed here in Freeport. The kids that they have just baptized are the funniest sweetest kids. We were talking to some people before the meeting started and out of the blue someone comes up and just gives me the biggest hug ever. I was super shocked but it was Roshae she was like "Welcome to Freeport Sister Corbett!" and then she bore her testimony and said "Thank you for coming to Illinois Sister Corbett" 😭 I just about died. They are the cutest and I can't wait to get to know them better. That testimony meeting was the best though. The spirit was so strong. These members are basically all converts and as their shared their testimonies I have never felt so strongly that this truly is the one and only true church. THE CHURCH IS TRUE.
I am so excited to be here in Freeport and to get out and serve these people and get to know them better. I have already heard so many amazing stories about Freeport because people here are the best. Some are a little crazy and there are some streets we just don't tract or walk down but I love it here. The highschool mascot here is A PRETZEL. I'm not kidding there is seriously a giant pretzel painted on their football field. And I don't think anyone realizes it's weird because everyone wears shirts and has signs in their yard and they all just have so much Pretzel Pride. 
I LOVE YOU ALL, 
Sister Hannah Corbett



Thursday, September 29, 2016

Last Week in the MTC!

I feel like I just got here.... and now I'm leaving....
Well I just wrote a real good email and then accidently deleted it. 😑
BUT I will try again.
First of all, no I will not be in the conference choir but I did get to practice with them and it was beautiful. We didn't know how to sign up and there was a real long waiting list so we didn't make it but that's okay because they have to miss a lot of class and stuff for practice.
On Friday, Elder and Sister Costa who are newly called general authorities came to my district and sat in for one of our  classes. It was so good to hear their testimonies and feel their love. Elder Costa is a convert. He started investigating when he was actually trying to prove the  church wrong. Eventually when he decided he would try and read the Book of Mormon and understand repentance HE got proved wrong! The church is either wrong or right friends! If it's right it's the best message that we could have and we should do everything we can for Christ!!!!!! If it's wrong... keep doing what your doing. But before you keep doing what your doing you better at least try to find out if its wrong.
I really feel like I've learned a lot this week and I think it started when I decided that I would find out how the atonement applies to ME personally. I got asked a simular question in a role play and it really bugged me that I am here on a mission, leaving for Chicago on MONDAY and I couldn't answer it. I bought a new Book of Mormon and started over with that question in mind. It has helped SO MUCH. I still have a lot to learn. But IM PROGRESSING. which is the whole point of the atonement. But I would encourage you all to do the same because everyone has a different relationship with Christ and everyone responds and feels the spirit differently, and everyone learns differently so find out how YOU personally can apply the atonement in your life and become more converted to Christ. There is NOTHING  more worth your time.
A funny moment this week was when we found out Sister young's talent for story telling. She was acting out a sasquatch climbing a ladder and so much more what the freak you'd have to be there. 😂
It seams like I'm forgetting so much... this week was great. Also I'm sorry for those who didn't get my last email. I don't know what I was doing wrong so I hope you get this one and I promise I love you all!
P.S. next time you hear from  me I'll will be in CHICAGO 🌽❤

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lift Others As You Have Been Lifted

Hello friends and fam!
Its been a great week! so long but also so short. My Companion, Sister Winkelman is the best. She loves to laugh and I just love her. 
We are learning a lot. One time we were having a real hard time focusing. We weren't getting anything done besides practicing our photography skills so we decided we should focus a little harder. We said a prayer and we legit had the most effective study time right after that. It was so cool because before we were like "can't we just go back to our residence now???" but after we were like "Noooo we don't have enough time!!" It was a good lesson that I am trying to remember, because the classes we have here are what you make of them most of the time. Except when our teacher Sister cook teaches. She is a SPIRITUAL BEAST. Honestly if anyone listened to her lessons they would probably want to just get baptized right then and there. Someday I want to be more like her. Because she's just so Christ-like and always knows just what to say. Its amazing. We are blessed. 
Sunday was such a good day. We watched Ephraim's Rescue. SUCH A GOOD MOVIE. You should all watch it. It was probably the highlight of my week. At the very end of the movie it said, "Lift others as you have been lifted" and I just loved that and I think that is the whole purpose of life and missionary work. 
Today we went to the Temple and as we came out it was super foggy and it had been raining all night and all morning so it was so beautiful. It reminded me of the primary song "I Like to Look for Rainbows". 
I love my district. The Elders here are great. The districts that got here before us I guess were being really loud in their residence and I don't know the specifics but our branch presidency was getting a lot of complaints. So the Elders in our district, before anyone even said anything, decided that in stead of following that example, would have a devotional together every night. Wow. who does that? They are going places. The other Sisters in my district are also going to Chicago and I love them with all my Heart. Sister Prisbrey and Sister Young both are the only members in their family right now and did not have a lot of support from their families to come on their missions but they are such good missionaries. We have lots of fun together too. ;) 
I am learning a lot and am so excited! :)
Love,

Sister Corbett

Friday, September 16, 2016

3 Days In

16 September 2016 - 3rd day in MTC

Hannah's Email:

The MTC so far has been pretty great. I have a LOT to learn before I leave in a few weeks though. My companion is Sister Winkleman and she is GREAT. Seriously. GREAT. She is also going to the Chicago West mission and so is the two other sisters in my district, Sister Young and Sister Prisbrey. I luuuuuuuuuve them all. The Elders in my district are either going to Chicago or North Carolina. The MTC is interesting. I feel like I am on a different missionary universe and I already feel like I have been here forever but it is only my third day. But it is great because I am literally always supposed to be working on coming closer to Christ. But its also hard because I am always recognizing things I should be better at or doing better. ahhhhhhhhhhhhh missionary work is hard but its good and great and I love it and want to be a great missionary. Also we are already teaching REAL investigators which is scary crazy awesome.

But I am alive and the food is edible and most the time its not that bad. I hope things are doing great at home!

Love, Sister Corbett