Dearest family and friends that I love,
We received transfer calls last night. And, even though transfers are hard, I know that there is a bigger purpose behind them. I know that President Scott is inspired from God and that wherever we are sent is where the Lord needs us for specific people, specific experiences, and specific companions. I will not be leaving Kitchener/Waterloo East, but my companion, Sister Mitchell will be. She is not leaving Kitchener, just changing areas and companions. My new companion will be Sister Karly Prescott. WE WERE MTC COMPANIONS. That is very abnormal, and it doesn’t happen very often that you get a companion twice while you’re on your mission, but I am very excited to learn more from Sister Prescott and keep growing this area into what the Lord wants it to be! The Elders (Healey and Ikeda) will be staying in this ward as well. I can’t wait for more funny moments with them! This next transfer is going to be grand, and we are going to see many of God’s souls enter into the waters of baptism! Hurrah for Israel!
My birthday was last week, and it was so great! Shout out to Sue Umbach for delicious chinese food and spectacular birthday cake! The day was crazy, but it wouldn’t have felt like a birthday if it hadn’t of been a little “out-there”. We taught 6 lessons that day and had a wonderful Coordination meeting that night. Also, we might have decorated Elder Healey’s driving card with Relief Society and My Little Pony stickers. Shhhhhh. Don’t ask. Don’t tell. 🙂 Overall, it was a wonderful day.
We got to teach a man named Joseph this week. He is from Croatia, and is a total sassy-pants. He has read The Book of Mormon all the way through before, and feels that he has received an answer to his prayers. Apparently, we are a cult. and God told him so. It kinda threw me for a loop, and I really didn’t know how to respond to that. BUT, the Spirit is so awesome. We just laid down the law and told him he wasn’t praying with an open heart and mind and that if he really desired to know if it was true, he would know that it was. Maybe we responded a little sassily? It worked. He came to church this Sunday (which he INSISTS on calling “Mass”…he’s a former Catholic) and really enjoyed it. He has wonderful fellowshippers, and we are planning on setting him with a baptism date this week for October 27th.
We are also teaching a lovely lady named Rebecca! Rebecca and her family (7 children ranging in age from 4 months to 17 years) are wonderful! They are originally from Sudan but came to Canada about 10 years ago because Rebecca did not want to raise her children in her country because of political unrest. Rebecca has a strong desire to know more about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. She really wants to come to church…but she says she can’t get her children ready in time. Also, the church that she attends now is for people who are from Sudan…and they speak her native tribal tongue (which I can’t even pronounce the name of). It’s kind of a difficult situation to get her to come to church. But her family is so adorable, and they need the gospel so much! We will be setting her with a baptism date for November 3rd this week.
UPDATE ON DEE! We met with her this week, and it went very poorly. She has been going through a hard time lately (car accident + the anniversary of her brother’s death= not a good week). We thought that the Plan of Salvation would be balm for her troubles, you know? Not so. She just informed us that she was going to attend her Catholic Church and that she didn’t want to confuse her children by bringing them to 2 churches. She said that she was happy with her Catholic faith. I. was. frustrated. Probably the most that I have been in for a while. BUT. There is this awesome member named Leisha that lives in Dee’s apartment building. I guess she went and invited Dee to church on Saturday (without us ever asking her too…what a good member missionary) and DEE CAME TO CHURCH. It was a miracle! Never underestimate what members can do for these investigators! We will be setting Dee with a baptism date this week! For sure! And she will be baptized this transfer! I am planning on it! 🙂
More updates on more investigators in future emails– Question time! 🙂
1. What is the best way for members to support the missionaries in their ward?
Okay. Yes. We do like dinner appointments. But we would be a whole hecka lot happier if you gave us referrals for people who are ready to receive the gospel. Haha. Reach out to the missionaries, ask them when you can go teaching with them. Be a pillar of support for them and also for the people that they are teaching. It makes our job a lot easier when you help our investigators by inviting them to church, giving them cookies, etc. AND be willing to help if we ask. 🙂 Seriously, I’m going to make a conscious effort when I get home to be a FABULOUS member missionary.
2. How does the Atonement help us with our daily struggles?
I don’t know how it is for everyone, but when I am struggling (which happens everyday) I just remember that Christ is always with me. He knows what I am going through because of the Atonement. He has suffered what I am suffering, and how comforting that is for me! Why not turn to him for assistance and encouragement? He knows EXACTLY what we are going through, he knows best how to help us. We just have to reach out to him.
Here is a quote that really helped me this week:
“Life is full of difficulties, some minor and others of a more serious nature. There seems to be an unending supply of challenges for one and all. Our problem is that we often expect instantaneous solutions to such challenges, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required.” -Thomas S. Monson
We all need to have patience in our trials and afflictions, and I have especially learned that this week. One of the less-active members that we were working with, Yvonne, passed away on Friday in her sleep. It was very sudden, considering that she was only 43 and had just gotten back from a huge trip in Newfoundland. I didn’t know Yvonne that well, but we had been meeting with her regularly and doing service for her. She had also been coming back to church. I know that she is very happy now, and free from all of her health issues and emotional trauma that she has been through in her life. I am very grateful to have been able to know her and help her come closer to Jesus Christ. We all need to realize that life is full of difficulties and things happen that we aren’t expecting. But cheer up! God is good, and if we have patience, we shall reap rewards that we can hardly imagine.
I love you all! Have a wonderful week!