Friday, April 29, 2016


Yes, that's right!!  PRESIDENT UCHTDORF IS COMING TO BELFAST ON MAY 22!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I am so excited!!!! He's going to do a stake conference for just Belfast stake. It's going to be crazy awesome! I feel so lucky to be here for it!
This week we went to Boojums for my 3 month mark! It's like a Chipotle, so I was in heaven. The burrito wasn't quite American sized, but it was delicious! 

We leave tonight for Dublin!! We'll meet up with some sisters for a day, then come back up on Wednesday. It's about a 2 hour bus ride, but it will be nice to go to the Republic for a bit! 

  There were some parades in town yesterday, so on our way to church, we saw over 50 police jeeps!! (mom please insert photo of Belfast police jeeps. I'm not allowed to take pics of them) Literally, everything was blocked off and all the police were out with their huge guns. They're super friendly though, so we talked to some of them on our way to church.

Our mission has this new cool program called the SIM Squad (SIM meaning: Scotland Ireland Mission). It's these 6 elders that spend a week at a time in one area/city, and their job is to find all day... everyday. Then they move to the next area. Edinburgh saw a ton of success when they were in the area. They are such powerhouse missionaries! I'm hoping to see the SIM Squad in action someday!

Sorry there's not always much to tell.   We just do the same stuff everyday, so it's not too interesting to write about it.  We go chapping, eat lunch, try to talk to people on the streets, eat dinner, keep trying to talk to people on the streets. All day, every day.

I have learned so much about how to rely on the Lord. There's a quote by President Uchtdorf, an apostle of our church, that I absolutely love. He says, " Compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God."  It is so true. I have felt so insignificant at so many points of my mission, but God is always there helping me to succeed. I can't do anything without Him, and He has given me more than I feel I deserve. He cares so much about each of us and all we have to do is have Faith and rely on Him. It's not always easy, but He always makes it worth it.

So that's what's happening in Belfast! Hope all is well back in the good ole' USA!
-Sister Stapley

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sister Worldwide

Ferrying from Scotland!
What a crazy week! On Monday I flew to Edinburgh with 3 other missionaries. It was so nice to be on a plane, even though it was only for 45 minutes. On Tuesday, we had a full day of training and I met me new companion, Sister Sams. On Wednesday we took a 3 hour bus to the ferry, and finally made it back to Belfast!

My time in the mission home was so awesome. It's so nice being surrounded by other missionaries! 

CHRIS HAS A BAPTISMAL DATE! We're shooting for May 7th. I am so excited, it's not even funny. So awesome!
Dinner at Sister Lowry's home.
Sister Sams is great! She is from Northern Idaho and is a dancer. We both love movies, so we speak mainly in movie quotes! It's our fun as we work.
Out working in Belfast!
Hope everyone has a great week!

-Sister Stapley

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Transfer time!

My friend and trainer, Sister Wagner, heading home.
 Drum roll for affect.....I'm training this transfer. I'll be staying in Belfast, but my new companion is fresh out of the training center! I fly to Edinburgh tonight to pick her up, and then we'll fly/ferry back on Wednesday. It's so crazy, I never thought I'd be training this soon. I feel totally under qualified, but I'm sure my new comp will be awesome!

I'm with Sister Muller right now because Sister Wagner went home on Saturday. We've had a lot of fun and have met some awesome people!  

We eat a lot of cereal and pancakes and pasta. One time we had Irish stew at a member's house. It's not too bad.  Everything costs so much here,  we can really only afford N Ireland grown/produced goods. And let me tell you.....I think the cows are on crack.... milk, cheese, butter, and stuff like that leave the nastiest aftertaste. But I got used to it after a while, so it's not too bad!
Last selfie with Wagner!

 I get to see President Donaldson tonight, so I'm going to get advice on how to proceed in this area.  
Not much to report on, we're just still working hard everyday! Love you all!
Sister Stapley

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

One more week....

More pictures from Emma's baptism.  It was an awesome experience!

ONLY 1 more week with Sister Wagner :( She is so awesome, I'm sad she's leaving.  By next Monday I will know who my new companion will be.

 Our friend Chris is awesome! General Conference was amazing, as usual. I loved Elder Uchtdorf's talk so much! We didn't get to watch the Sunday PM session, so I'll have to find time next p-day to watch it.

Actual crazy true story:
So we met Chris because he was referred by some sister missionaries at a visitors center.  He had been talking to them online about the church.   We got a call from those sister missionaries this week, they were calling to make sure we got in touch with  him after their referral.  And guess what?!!! It's my friend, Ashlynn, from BYU!! She is serving in Palmyra!!!! It was soooo amazing! We talked on the phone for a couple minutes, just catching up. It was so incredible, there are literally thousands of missionaries, but we are the ones teaching Chris!  He's such an amazing guy.  He knows the Book of Mormon is true and watched all of General Conference!  We are so blessed to know him.
Emma's selfie!

Sorry there's not more to share, we've just had a week full of work! 

love you all!
-sister stapley