Dear family, friends, and wonderful people,
Funny story of the week: This random man named Kcoasst (yes, that is the correct spelling…and yes…he changes names daily to fit with the aura the sun puts off every day…) walked into church yesterday. Now, that doesn’t happen very often as a missionary. You normally just don’t have people walk into church that have read almost the entire Book of Mormon. He is in Alma, and he said that he is really loving it! Great! Golden Investigator! Baptism! Hallelujah. Of course, things just always have to get complicated. We asked him why he had decided to walk into church that day. His response…? “I went around to all of the churches in Kitchener…and I tasted of the grass…whichever grass held the most energy…that’s where I decided to go…the grass in front of your church…held particularly the most concentrated energy. After I meditated on it…I felt as if eagles led me to this building. It is time for my destiny to be decided.” He then proceeds to get down on his knees and starts speaking in tongues in the middle of the Gospel Principles class. Awkward.
Things aren’t always *that* exciting when you’re a missionary, but it is always a roller coaster ride! Like this area! Things are a little bit different here, and I am still getting used to it. For instance, we share a car with the Kitchener-Waterloo West Elders. Now, sharing a car with Elders…it’s pretty interesting. We find some pretty cool random things. Like a lighter in the shape of a nun holding a cross (someone gave it to them on the street) dirty socks, pop bottles, you know you know. The Elders are wonderful in this ward, though! Elder Healey is from Salt Lake, and a wonderful district leader! Elder Ikeda is from Japan…and is literally a doctor. Like the ones in the hospitals. It’s…intense…they help us out a lot though, so it’s all good. We can forgive them about their car etiquette. (And it’s really not even that bad) 🙂 We also ride buses–and talk to people that way. That’s SO different than what I am used too. But I am really getting the hang of it, and someday, I really want to serve in Toronto where bus contacting is golden finding! Who knows, it could happen?! Kitchener is much bigger than Simcoe, but the area that we only work in has about 60,000 people approximately. It’s a lot of fun, so it’s almost like we work in a tiny area, in a bigger city! We don’t go downtown, because that’s not in our area, so we don’t meet too many crazy people. 🙂 The ward is wonderful and very supportive. Another Funny Story! I had a primary teacher when I was about 11–his name is Brother Schulske (sp?)–and he was one of my favorite teachers! Well…we went to church on Sunday…and he was there! Apparently the University of Waterloo hired him, and so now he and his adorable family are in this ward. Isn’t that so weird? Seriously. I tripped out a lot. Who would have thought that I would be in the same ward as my old primary teacher…in a different country..?!
The work is slowly, but surely progressing. Things are starting to pick up, we have found some families that we are working with–and I am really excited about that! Yea for helping the work move along! Keep praying for this area, because we know that the Lord has some wonderful plans for it! More about some of these people that we are working with next week.
Anyways, I need to go. The apartment is a mess (not our fault…long story) and we need to go clean it! We are also doing exchanges tonight with the Sister Training Leaders! I will be staying in Kitchener-Waterloo East with Sister Waldron, and Sister Mitchell will be going to Brantford with Sister Tuia. Miracles are going to happen!
I love you all, and I thank you so much for the support and love that you have shown me! Keep the Faith! Choose The Right! Read the Scriptures! Remember that I love you!
p.s. Just a hint…my birthday is in a couple of weeks…and I will be 20!!!! Yea!!! 🙂