29 February 2016

I know that the gospel changes lives and that is because of our Savior Jesus Christ

Wow this week has been AMAZING. We are seeing soooo many miracles!!! The Lord is blessing us. Rufina and Helder are doing sooo well! She doesn't even speak English but she loves church because she feels good there:) I'm tellin yah.... It's all sooo true!!! Oh and I LOVE London as well..... We went to London today and it was E Van den Broeks birthday!!! We definitely announced it on a tube and had everyone sing to him. Hahahaha he hated me for that one.... Sorry bout it;)

Sister Epicoco and I have so much fun together.... I love this girl!!!!! For example, the other day we
got on the bus and nobody was on the bus except for 4 people in the back.... So she leans to me and
whispers... "Let's go preach to them." Hahaha so we go to the back of the bus and I don't remember what I said exactly but I think I asked if they went to church today, and they said yes and then we had a conversation with all 4 of them about our church and it was awesome I tell you! One by one they got off until there was one lady from Africa still on the bus, and she told me how she sings in the choir at her church so I asked her to sing for me..... She did. Hahah it was awesome because there were a lot of people on the bus at this point! We got to our stop, we were going to our chapel, and we were going to get off when Sister Epicoco asked if she wanted to come see the church with us. She thought for like half a second then grabbed her bag and came..... YES!!

Well, let me just say that I really do not like Satan. When we walked into the chapel the Spirit was really powerful. We took her into the chapel.... I have done that many times with people before..... But this time was different and the Spirit really hit us. She recognised it too and said she felt something when she walked in. As we spoke to her, I felt the Spirit tell me to tell her that she needs to come to this church. I told her I was getting that prompting and
then Sister Epicoco started to bear her testimony about following the promptings of the Spirit when Satan decided to interfere and her phone started to ring...... She then was on the phone for like 10 minutes and had to leave before we got a chance to talk with her. OH MY DAYS ARE YOU KIDDING ME. We have her number though so no fear....... That was such a testimony to me that this work really is true... Because if it wasn't there wouldn't be so much opposition to it.

We also had our first exchange this week in the new format... That was a really powerful experience as well. Having all four of us in the same area doing the Lords work brought a lot of power! My favourite part of it was the studies in the morning. Having all of us talking with our Heavenly Father and seeking the Spirit as we studied His word, then talking together during companion study about the things we learned..... Wow! that was a special experience. This Sister I was with was Sister Young, and get this.... I actually worked with her as a CNA for 2 summers so that was fun reminiscing on our crazy stories from working at an assisted living:) love that girl.

I love everything about being a missionary. I know that the gospel changes lives and that is because of our Saviour Jesus Christ!!!!!


Click here for a birthday wish to my 2 brothers at home.

Sister Sara Ranck

My husband (Haysman)  with our baby boy (Davis)
and crazy uncle Packer!

All of the STL's with President!

Happy Birthday Stefan!!!

My first exchange (FINALLY) with Kaylie Young!

I love these two sisters! Sister Coleman and Katrnakova

The gates of Buckingham Palace! 

Buckingham Palace

We love traveling on the tube!

Tower Bridge!

These two are members and they stopped us
and wanted to take a picture!

Happy Birthday Elder Van Den Broek;)
Sorry I made you wear a birthday hat all around London..!!!

22 February 2016

Pray for Laughter :) Choose to Find Joy Every Day

I Love My New Companion, Sister Epicoco
AH OKAY I LOVE SISTER EPICOCO. Whenever I think of her I just laugh she is hilarious!!! Hahaha okay so the other day we were already laughing about something and then as we were walking down the street this guy was sprinting at us to catch a bus or something, and Sister Epicoco pulls out a card, and as he sprints past us she holds it out to him, well he goes past us a ways, comes to a halt, sprints back, grabs the card, and says, "no problem, no problem" and sprints away. The whole time Sister Epicoco didn't say a word, she was just laughing..... HAHAHA I wish I had it on video. I promise you it was really funny:) then that night she was like, "my biggest regret from today is not having my number on that card."

Also in the morning, we go outside to run and I just run up and down our street because she doesn't run.  Well, our neighbour was outside at 630 going to work and he offered me a cigarette, I politely declined, then Sister Epicoco goes to talk with him and tells him about the gospel and we literally just woke up like 5 minutes before this. Ha! She takes talking to everyone to a whole new level. I love it!!!
Falling Asleep....HaHa 

Other than laughing all week, I was also SUPER tired and I fell asleep at Bro Beasley's house for like 20 minutes...... And boy he will never let me live that one down. Haha they definitely took pictures as well. Grrrrrrreat!

Rufina is doing SOO well. We taught her the word of wisdom and when she found out we don't drink coffee she was shocked because everyone in Portugal drinks coffee... Well, the member was telling her that she should come off of it slowly instead of giving it up all at once, but Rufina was like, "No I'll give it all up now!" Goodness, she is sooo good. I love her soo much!!!

She has a 14-year-old son called Helder and he has come to church twice now and we haven't taught him directly yet but we are tomorrow..... But he is SOO good as well! After sacrament meeting, he comes up to me and says, "Sister Ranck! How do I be one of those ones who pass the bread and the water!!!" Hmm well, I can help you out with that! :)
Toba went to the temple!!

Toba also went to the temple on Saturday:) I am so proud of him!!!! He is doing great:)

I learned this week that laughter truly is the best medicine. I could have been really stressed this week as we were trying to build up our teaching pool and taking over an area brings a lot of responsibility on your shoulder, but instead, we worked hard and had fun and that made all the difference!

Try to find something to laugh about every day! Pray for laughter:) that is my favourite thing to pray for!! I really do know that every day there is something that will make us smile. Even when nothing else seems to be going right in our life, we can always find joy in something everyday:) look for it!

Now a quote from one of my favourite women....... Marjorie Pay Hinckley (I don't remember exactly so I am paraphrasing a bit)

"In life, we can either laugh or cry our way through it....... I prefer to laugh, crying gives me a

That is so true friends and family! CHOOSE to find joy every day:)

We love Dave!!!
I LOVE this work!!!!!!!! I love my Savior.



Sister Sara Ranck

PS..... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TWO OF MY FAVOURITES..... THOMAS AND MY SAMMY BOY!!!!! Will you both just stop growing up already???! I can't beat you up anymore.  Love you both so much and have the best week EVER!!!!!you both are too big!

PSS..... Any suggestions for a name for our pet mouse?? He's a sneaky little bugger!!!!!

Elder Paul from New Zealand!

I'm going to miss this girl.

Two of my daughters!

Gillingham reunion.

Relief Society activity.

One of our sisters made these.  Cute huh!

Elder Metcalf! Chelsea used to cut his hair.