Monday, September 22, 2014

Sister Layton on Layton Street

Hi guys!

I don't know what to talk about today. Surprise! This never happens.
My emails are always like a year and a half long.

I guess we can hit the highlights of the week:
-N's baptism date has been changed again! It's not necessarily a
highlight, but it's something new. She's having a hard time with
tithing, but I know her heart will be softened to it over time and she
will understand it truly is a commandment of God. :) she met with
Bishop and he said he had a strong feeling she needs to wait a few
more weeks, so we're going with his keys and waiting a few weeks! She
will get there, I know she will, but we just have to have patience!

-Sisterwide exchanges happened this week. I stayed here in Astoria and
ran the pool with another sister! She was so very nice and fun, but at
the end of the day I was sooooo ready to have Sister Board back!!!
Sister Board and I both gained a greater appreciation for having each
other as companions that day. I'm so blessed to have a companion who
is willing to try her hardest to be exactly obedient with me! I've
learned a lot about obedience this week :) I love this principle! My
testimony of obedience had been strengthened as we have not only
taught it, but have also lived what we teach. I have no doubts that
obedience brings forth blessings and miracles. D&C 130:20-21 is my
most valuable scripture of the week.

-We have an investigator who is blind. His name is G! Well
actually he's the Elders investigator, but we teach him sometimes.
Sister Board always forgets he's blind and asks him to read a
scripture or asks him if he saw something. Lololol I die. It's so
funny to me that she always forgets.

-We went to the beach on Saturday :)))) there was a stake service
activity at Far Rockaway, out on the island! I, my favorite New
Yorker, drove us there. I HAD SO MUCH FUN IN THE CAR. I love/miss
cars. I may be in her 50s but she's 17 at heart and can make me
laugh like none other. Also, NEW YORK IS SO BEAUTIFUL, I think. It's
so green! And there are so many cute old houses all smashed together.

-Special K cereal was on sale this week. Its a highlight of the week
for sure. SPECIAL K CEREAL, everyone.

-I have a new obsession. It's called hot water. You see, I ran out of
hot chocolate, but I don't want to buy any more in case I get
transferred next week. However, I neeeeed something warm to sip on
while I study in the morning. It's freezing over here in the early
hours! Therefore, I heat up my water in the microwave and sip on it
with my straw. It's delightful! I don't think I will ever go back to
drinking cold water. Sister Board thinks I'm crazy hahahha.

Have a very happy week everyone.
-Your favorite Sister Layton

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pictures - September!!

1. N told me I look like a 12 year old ballerina on this day.
Thanksssss N!
2. The white handbook doesn't say anything about not looking like a
tourist in your pad, so why not?!
3. My dearest companion, Sister Board and I. I love her!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Food Network

Goooood morning everyone and happy 4 month mark to me!
Things are swell here in the New York New York South Mission.

I WAS ON TV THIS MORNING. Coming up November 3, tune into food
network to see Sister Layton on the screen. I was just chillin out
eating fries and hamburgers as they filmed my face hahahaha. 'Twas a
dream come true. I've always wanted to be on tv while eating my
fries!!!!!!! Good thing I'm friends with Frank, the owner of F.
Ottomanelli's. It's the best hamburger place in NYC!

Quote of the week by Elder M (who is from Viewmont) while
saying the prayer with the zone: "Please bless the zone bed bugs, that
they will... Die."
When Sister B and I had bedbugs everyone thought we were crazy and
making up stories. Well, this week people in our zone got them....
Realllly really bad. They apologized to us for thinking we are crazy
and that they didn't offer to help us when we had them, because now
they understand what we went through. Elder N filmed it. I shall
send it to you so you can all know what bedbugs look like. Maybe don't
show the video to your children.

The story of J:
'Twas a Tuesday night. Sister B and I had no appointments scheduled for
prime time (6 - 9) so we thought "Hey, we can hit up Astoria and
invite all the less actives out there to the upcoming ward BBQ!" So we
did that. No one was home, but we left nice notes and BBQ invites
taped on their doors. It was just one of those nights where I could
nottttt figure out what Heavenly Father needed us to do! I was feeling
pretty down, not gonna lie. The clock hits 8:30 so we hop on the bus
to make it home by 9:00. After sitting on the bus for about 15
minutes, a teenage boy walks on the bus bawling. Wowow I've never seen
anyone so sad! My heart broke for the poor thing. He sat right next to
Sister B and I, but didn't seem to notice we were there. I
would've talked to him, but he was on the phone, so that's awkward. We
listened to his conversation, he was talking about how he might not
even be alive tomorrow, and that he needs to find Christ again and he
needs to meet new people. Sister B and I kept looking at each other in
awe. Clearly God placed him in our path for a reason! If anyone needs
the gospel, it's this kid! I pulled out our card, and wrote a note on
it. But then we realized he would connect much better with the Elders.
So on a crinkled up piece of paper we wrote their number and wrote
"Need more peace in your life? Call this number!" We handed him the
piece of paper as we hopped off the bus. He looked confused but
accepted it. Well, before we even had time to call the Elders and
explain what had happened, the Elders called us and said "Uhh, did you
give someone our number? Some kid named J called us and said he
needs more peace in his life, so we are meeting with him."
It was a miracle! The Elders say they had the best first lesson
they've ever had in their life with him. He wants to change his life
and he wants to be baptized. The spirit hit him so powerfully. He told
them the night we saw him on the bus he had a dream about his mom who
passed away 6 years ago. I guess she told him he needs to seek a
better life in the dream. So that's cool.
We got to meet him on Friday. He was at the church with the Elders.
When he saw us he shook our hands and said "Thank you. Thank you guys
so much."

So we had a ward BBQ on Saturday. So many people we invited came!
Yayayay! The thing that's interesting about BBQs in New York is that
everyone brings food from "their country." So it almost ends up being
a multicultural night because there's so many foreign foods. I ate
sooo much food... Everyone says "did you try what I brought?" And I
say "no........ But I will right now!" #missionprobs

One reason I love this mission: the missionaries unity! We are
encouraged to share investigators within districts. It has been the
most successful thing! The Elders went and taught N and others
this week, we taught the Elders investigators, and we are all united
as one in the work! Sister B and I are far from perfect teachers,
so we are beyond happy when the Elders go in and share their spiritual
gifts with our investigators.
I thought this was something that most missions did, but this week I
found out it's very unique. I didn't realize that normally
companionships cover their own area. I LOVE the open pool strategy
this mission uses!
Idk if that even made sense. Oh well.

Good news everyone, My studies this week have been based off of PMG
pages 96-97. There is a chart full of scriptures with different ways
the spirit works. I was originally studying this to help my
investigators understand how they might receive answers. Well,
studying this chart ended up benefitting me so much!!! I thought I
knew how the spirit worked, but after studying all the scriptures, I
started to be more aware of how much the spirit really is guiding me
and helping me along the way. It's mind blowing, really. He is with us
24/7 if we are worthy of his companionship! There is no greater gift!
I love the Holy Ghost :)

N is doing so good :) that's all I have to say. I think she will
for sure be ready for baptism by September 20th!

Ok I have to go my laundry is done bye!
-Sister Layton

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dog Walkers


Right now I'm on a subway. There's 4 white people in sight. Lots of
Chinese and Phillipino friends too. The man sitting next to me is
sound asleep, idk how, the subway is very bumpy and loud. New York is
da bestttttt. Sister B and I are on our way to Hunters Point!
(Hunters point is the place on the river where you can see the view of
Manhattan.) we are going to have a picnic :))) we even bought snapple
for the occasion! Best pday ever.

Today I waved to the professional dog walker from across the street
and he WAVED BACK. Dream come true. I love seeing the dog walker.  Did
you know professional dog walkers exist here In New York?  They walk
around the city with 7 dogs and get PAID to do it!  Wowowow!  If I didn't
hate dogs it would be my dream profession.

Update: we made it to Hunters Point. My sandwich was delicious. It had
avocado in it :))) It's so peaceful here. It's very similar to the
Legacy Parkway trail... Lots of beautiful weeds on the river, a
walking trail, and benches for people to sit on. The only difference
is there's a bunch of buildings clumped together right in front of me
instead of a mountain.
I can't really describe it, I'll have Sister B take a pic! Except
I can't send the pic today because Sister P has my card reader
and left it at her apt -__- next week!

So Friday morning Sister B and I stopped at the church during our
morning run to use the restroom aaaaand the hobo was sleeping on the
couch again! Did I tell you about him a few weeks ago? I can't
remember. Well this morning we walked in the church early and
 he was there AGAIN! I told him he really needs to find a
house as he was running our the door hahahah. We cannot figure out how
he gets in, but shall figure out this mystery and let you know.

Another #newyork prob.... Sister B and I got separated on the
subway! Hahahah. The thing with the subway is, after the conductor
says with his deep voice "stand clear of the closing doors, please"
the doors close without question and do not open again. I got on the
subway, heard the conductor say "stand clear of the closing doors,
please" turned around, and saw Sister B was not on the subway and
the doors were closed! Hahahahah noooo. No worries we made a system
for in case this ever happened and met at the next stop. But what's
funny is that while Sister B was waiting for the next train to
come by the Elders showed up.... They looked at her weird and said
"uhhhh where is Sister Layton....?" Hahahaha they probably think we
are the worst missionaries.

I went on exchanges with Sister M again this week. She's so
great. One of those people I hope to be like when I grow up. We
witnessed so many miracles right in a row. Like boom, boom, boom. It
was crazy! At the end of the day we looked at each other and said "did
today really just happen? That was amazing!" I love seeing miracles
happen, it's the best part of the mission :)

Speaking of miracles, on Thursday we had a dinner appointment with
some members. Sister B and I like to be right on time to dinner
appointments so we can gain the members trust. We started walking to
the bus, and as we were walking we saw one of our potentials down the
street. We knew we needed to talk to her, but we also knew that if we
stopped and talked to her we would miss the bus and be like 30 minutes
late to our apt! Like helloooo we cannot be 30 minutes late!. I said a
prayer in my heart that Heavenly Father would provide a way to us to
get to our appointment on time if we stopped and talked to this woman.
Anyways, we talked to her for a while and it hit 4:50, our appointment started
in 10 minutes! We RAN to the bus stop, praying the whole way, hoping a
bus would be off schedule and come soon, but no. It wasn't going to
come for 15 minutes and then it would be another 20 minutes to get to
the members house! I sighed and looked at the ground. Thennn, a white
car pulls to the curb and someone says "get in, we're taking you where
you need to be!" I look up and see our investigators, the T family.
:))))) 'twas a miracle. Heavenly Father answered my simple but sincere
prayer. It may not have been that big of a deal if we were late to our
dinner apt, but Heavenly Father knew it was important to me. I have a
testimony that God really IS in the details of our lives. What's
important to us is important to him.
(The T family are the people we helped move furniture for a few weeks
ago and now we are teaching them. No baptism date yet, but I love

N is doing so good. Sister B and I are continuing to learn so
much as we teach her. We stop by a couple times a week to talk about
very important things like the word of wisdom, Joseph Smith, what the
word exalted means, and all that jazz. She's concerned she's not
receiving answers, yet she bears her testimony to us all the time.
Then at church she drags us into the bathroom and has a freak out
session like a little girl because she feels like every talk was meant
for her to hear!  So we are very confused as to why she doesn't think
she's receiving answers. Sept. 20th is still the set day for her baptism, she's
getting excited! I really do think she will be ready by then!
Pleaaaase pray that she can have the strength and faith she needs to
keep the commandments. Thanks peeps.

If I had time I would tell you about the drunk lady who needed our
help finding her monkey hahahahahahhahaahha. Butttt I don't have time.
Tough luck!

Love you so much!
Sister K. Layton