Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cheers to LEARNING the ropes!

Cheers to LEARNING the ropes!

Hello friends + family :)

It has been so fun to be part of the New Jersey mission. These next weeks are going to be full of learning to things I am now companions with the darling Hermana Smith! She is so lovely and we are going to have such a great time together. 

Some highlights from the week are:
-I'm an official missionary for the New Jersey Morristown Mission!!!
-Missionary Leadership Confrence. A theme that really touched me heart was repentance. We counciled about how true repentance is a change of heart, not a checklist. 
-My eyelashes became a bug trap!!! (Yes this really happened!) Hermana Smith is a mvp for helping remove a bug that flew into my eyelash as we were out tracting. Oh the life of a missionary!
-Exchanges. We went up to Monticello to spend some time with the sisters!
-Fran came to church again & she LOVED it. 

A scripture that Hermana Smith has been sharing with those around us is one of her favorites which is:

1 Nephi 20:10
"For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction."

I love this scripture too, because it testifies of how God is ALWAYS mindful of His children. A trial that we experience in life isn't due to the absence of our Father. My belief is that we experience trials because the ultimate goal of this life is to BECOME like our Father. Trials can help us BECOME, if we allow them to. 
May we strive to always rely on Him!

Love + light,
Hermana Worley

Pictures:
-Sister Arnold & I on an exchange...some times you just need a cup of icecream
-Hermana Smith loves horses!!!!
-How pretty is West Point Academy. We were blessed to receive a tour of West Point last P day
-Sister Randall and I!!! 




Monday, July 9, 2018

West Point Academy

Thank you so much for the love and support!

We officially have 2 worleys out in the mission field. I pray for you every day Elder Worley!!! This past week was a good one! I am happy that I get to stay in the area for 6 weeks more!!! Tonight I get to meet with the spanish elders to talk about thier investigators because as of tomorrow they will be my investigators! Which is a little overwhelming but it will all be great! I was able to get a tour of the West Point Academy today, which was so awesome!!!! 

love you all lots!!
Mariah!!!!


4th fun + transfers + circle loop miracle

Hello my people!


How was your week?


Sister Randall and I had a week filled with so many happy things, such as:

-watching fireworks near the Hudson river
-Fran, our friend we are teaching came to church yesterday! She had such a good time + warm welcome from our ward members
-Sister Randall hit hear YEAR MARK!!!!!!!! 
-My piano skills were put to the test for primary at church yesterday


Change is in the air in Middletown, NY


Last night Sister Randall and I found out that she will be heading to another area in NJ!!!! I will be recieving a NJ missionary, Hermana Smith! Our spanish elders are leaving the ward so now Hermana Smith & I will be merging the English area that I have been working in with the Spanish are that the elders were teaching. It will be such a BLAST!


There was an evening when Sister Randall & I prayed for direction on where Heavenly Father wanted us to be. As we looked at our map we spotted a circle loop street that we felt we should go to. When we got there we weren't having much luck. So we RAN around the circle & decided we would stop running when we saw a home with lights on. Then we met Lynn!!!!!! Lynn was so excited to receive us!!!!!!
The miracle part of all of this is that running in a circle in the LAST 1/2 hour of the day can lead you to MILAGROS. 

As Elder Worley said "the Book is blue & the church is true"

Love & light,

Hermana Worley 







Wednesday, July 4, 2018

NEW mailing addresses!

The address to which you can send first class letters to Sister Worley for this transfer period is:
                                            
Sister Mariah Bray Worley
34 Kensington Manor
Bldg. 5 Apt 34
Middletown, NY 10941

For security reasons, please send packages in care of the mission office:

NJ Morristown Mission
Sister Mariah Bray Worley
5 Cold Hill Rd South Ste 10
Mendham, NJ  07945

Thank you for supporting her in this most important work.



NJMM

HELLO my most wonderful friends + family!

First things first, my little brother Peyton is OFFICALLY a full time disciple of Jesus Christ! We have 2 WORLEY missionaries in the world! How happy is that?! 

This past week was a whirlwind as Sister Randall and I were able to:
-meet our new mission president, President Hess! He is awesome! I am excited to work with him. We will be recieving transfer calls this Sunday evening. 
-survive the blazing heat + humidity as my dad and grandpa would say: "it's hotter than a popcorn fart" 
-celebrate the birth of our neighbor Bob!!!
-Funny story: I was chased for the first time as a missioanry by a dog. Boy was it massive. Sister Randall & I laughed for a few mintues afterwards. How I wish you could have heard the noises that escaped our mouths!
-go on splits with our New Paltz sisters! I always learn so much from the sisters.

Our family history consultant doesn't know much about how to do family history, so she referred this lady that called her to us. Upon meeting her we found out that she wasn't a member of the church and she is searching for her great grandparents on her moms side. She explained to us that she hasn't been able to find any records as that were bron in Ireland and pass away in NYC.
Sister Randall & I were both silently praying SO HARD that we would find some sort of document relating to her great grandparents. & WE DID! Heavenly Father is just so good! We were able to help her find a death certificate for her great grandpa and a few possible death certificates for her great grandma. We shared our testimonies of the importance of families & about how hers can be eternal! We look forward to meeting with her soon again! This expierence testified to me that the spirit of Elijah is REAL!

This week I am extra thankful that I have the free right to share my beliefs with others. It has been such a blessing to do so. 
Have a happy week! 

Love & light,
Hermana Worley

p.s. please set off extra fireworks in my honor




Monday, June 25, 2018

New Jersey Morristown Mission

Hello friends & family!

Saturday night we recieved transfer call from President Smith explaining that I will be spending my last transfer in my mission here in Middletown, NY with the awesome Sister Randall. We are excited to meet our new mission president this coming week along with the other missionaries in the New Jersey mission!!

This past week the elders sent us a person to try to go visit who has potential intrest in learning more about the gospel. So w went over to this ladies home. After we knocked, an older man stepped out to talk with us. We asked if the lady was home, he relied no. We asked him if there was another time to catch her. He wasnt sure. We asked him if he was religous himself, to which he responded
"Yeah I was baptized mormon!"
Our jaws dropped to the floor.
He explained that he was baptized 20 years ago & asked if we knew one of the members that he remembers in the ward. We were able to share with him that that member is now the stake president. It was such a tender moment that we shared with this man.  

I know that Heavenly Father leads this work because I am reminded of this DAILY! He KNOWS & LOVES His children. One of my favorite scriptures to share with others, is found in 
Alma 36:37:
        Now we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen.

How happy is this?! I testify He is mindful of you!

love + light,
Hermana Worley

Pictures:
-mail is so fun!
-i spy with my little eye....a cute elder worley!





Wednesday, June 20, 2018

by small & simple things....

Some happy things that happened this past week:
-Service: We helped out relief society president pack up her home, shes moving to TX with her husband!
-hair trim! My ends are feeling fresh again!
-SUNSHINE! The weather has been so warm + sunnyyy. 
-Our family that we have been teaching came to church on Sunday! It was such a special service fouced around DADS!!! One of the speakers said "don't be afraid to ditch the good for the GREAT", how awesome is that!

Friday morning after we had finished setting our plans and goals for the day, one of our recent convert members name kept coming to my mind. 
over and over again. 
It was kind of annoying because we had already set our plans, we couldnt get ahold of this member, and she lives out in the boonies! (about 35 minutes away from where we intended to be for the day.) 
Sister Randall and I decided that we needed to follow the spirit and if our member wasn't home that there must be another reason why we have felt prompted to go to her area. When we got to her home after our studies we found her with big puffy red eyes from crying, she expressed that a family member has just passed away the night before. The spirit feeled my heart so strongly with confirmation that we were exactly where we needed to be. I have gained a strong testimony of "mourn with those that mourn" and that is what we did with her. She has expierences a lot of loss in her life over the past year, she was so sad that her family hasnt been sealed together forever but we promised her that the good desires of her heart WILL be fulfilled. Its a promise from Heavenlyl Father. We were able to get incontact with some priesthood hodlers to come and give her & her husband a blessing of comfort. 
This expierence really built my faith in following the promptings that come from the spirit. Sometimes the promptings that we recieve dont always make sense but I KNOW that if we don't follow them we can miss out on something GREAT that God has in store. 

Alma 37:6
"by small and simple things are great things brought to pass"

I love you family!
Thank you for your prayers.


hermana worley


Pictures:
-Us at a backyard chicken coop! I WANT ONE ONE DAY!!!!
-Us with our relief society president who is moving. We had a linger longer for her and her husband after church yesterday.
-our apartment had a mini flood! we came back home to our ceiliing raining!!
-I love the area I am serving in, it is BEAUTIFULL!!!!!