Dear family and friends,
Funny story of the week: On Thursday we REALLY wanted pizza. It was a really long day/week and all we wanted was some ooey-cheesy goodness. So, we called Boston Pizza and placed our order (we were going to have them deliver it because we didn’t have the car that day). A large cheese pizza with ginger ale. Perfect. So Canadian. After being on hold for 20 minutes, the man at that Boston Pizza told us that they didn’t deliver to our area. It was the wrong Boston Pizza. So he gave us the number for the Boston Pizza which would deliver to our apartment, and we called them. We placed our order. Large cheese pizza with ginger ale. That’s all we wanted. We waited for 10 minutes there…and they told us that it was the WRONG Boston Pizza. WE JUST WANT A LARGE CHEESE PIZZA WITH GINGER ALE, PEOPLE! After the third Boston Pizza, we finally got it figured out and we got the pizza…after our dinner hour was over. So we had to wait and eat it after 9:30 at night…so not cool. But, oh my goodness, did that pizza taste wonderful.
This week we discovered that in our apartment we have a dehumidifier. It is like a humidifier, but it does the opposite thing. It sucks all of the wet nasty stuff right out of the air. My companion and I got the thing all set up and turned it on in our bedroom for the day and shut the door. When we got home for the evening, we walked into our room and I cannot remember anything tasting so good as that cool, dry air–not even chocolate. The next day, when we went to set it back up and the machine started flashing lights and making very loud beeping noises at us. I started playing around with different buttons and knobs, when I pulled out a little black rubber plug and about a gallon of water came whooshing out of the machine and onto our wood floor. Apparently all of that water that gets sucked out of the air has to go somewhere, and that somewhere needs to be drained occasionally.
We had a ward picnic last Saturday, which was really great and also hilarious. The pinnacle of the picnic was the tug-of-war at the end. The bishopric and the ward executive secretary and clerk challenged any six men to a tug-of-war. So, Elder Healey grabbed Elder Ikeda and volunteered for the team.
“Where are we going?” -Elder Ikeda
“To do the tug-of-war.” -Elder Healey
“What is tug-of-war?” -Elder Ikeda
Everybody mischievously laughs.The elders and the other men on the team won.Then it was time for Relief Society against the bishopric.We almost lost, because the bishop, who weighs easily 400 pounds, just wrapped the rope around his belly and sat down. Which is cheating. But with a little help from some of the Elders’ Quorum, we still won.
We are teaching Dee, a friend of a member Julie Dugnus, and Dee’s 9-year-old daughter Avery. They have come to church two weeks in a row and have been coming to activities regularly as well. They are currently Catholic, but Dee likes the environment of the LDS church a lot. Julie has been working with her for a long time, and we are pretty sure it’s her time! We are so excited about her. She is going through a hard time right now, but she has really found hope through her faith in Jesus Christ and the Atonement. She was in a car accident this week (darn it, Satan) so we haven’t been able to meet with her in a couple of days, but she is wonderful!
We also started teaching an Indian born-again-Christian family, Gene and Padma. They are so cute, and have a lot of questions about prophets, which they believe in already. They have a really hard time grasping the concept that God’s work is not complete. The Plan of Salvation is going to be a struggle. We read 2 Nephi 29 with them and the idea of God speaking to all of his people was really important to them. He works out of the country, so it is really hard to catch them, but we are meeting with them this week. Teaching families is wonderful!
We are teaching Farman still. He is from Iran, but has practically lived EVERYWHERE in the world. He lived in Russia for 6 years, because I guess he had to leave Iran for political reasons (he was living there when 9/11 happened). He said that it is/was very messy. He speaks many languages, and English is the one that he wants to learn next. We have been teaching him from the Book of Mormon Stories book, and he has really been feeling the Spirit! He has also been to church twice, which is normally a huge barrier, so we are really happy about that. When we first met with him, he had the Book of Mormon and the Gospel Principles book both in Persian and English. He definitely has some hard-core real intent and has accepted a baptismal date for October 20th! Hurrah for Israel!
We are teaching more of the elect, but each week I’ll highlight a few of them! I’m very grateful for the people that I have been given the opportunity to teach in Kitchener/Waterloo East. This area has been a blessing and a boon to me, even though I’ve been tested beyond what I’ve ever thought that I would be as a missionary. Who knew that being a missionary was difficult?!
1. Now that you are 1/3 of the way done with your mission, what is the best advice you would give to others preparing to go?
Please before you go on a mission, make sure that you really want to go. Going on a mission is a sacred experience, and if you are out here with only the idea that you want to impress people at home, or get into BYU, or anything along those lines, you will shortchange your mission. You will not be able to fully grow as the Lord wants you to, and you will not be able to help the people that you have stewardship over as much. Now, don’t get me wrong, people can change. And I wish that everybody could serve a mission because I am being continually molded into the woman that I know the Lord needs me to become. I wish everybody could have this experience. Don’t take it for granted! 2. Have you seen any miracles lately?
Define what a miracle is. I see them everyday. When I get up in the morning, that is most definitely a miracle– that I am able to get up that early and still function as a normal human being. When we have food in the cupboard…that’s a miracle. When people smile at us on the bus, and we talk to them and get their phone number/address…definitely a miracle. When we feel protected by the Lord every hour of the day. Miracles are everywhere when you are a missionary, you just need the right attitude, and you will find them.
So, this week I will turn 20! Can you even believe it? I feel as if time goes by so slow, but so incredibly quickly at the same time. It’s hard to believe that next birthday I will be 21…and not on a mission. Which is so odd to me, because that was the plan all along! Go on a mission when you’re 21, come home, go to school, wahoo! I guess the Lord had different plans for me than what I had for myself. Isn’t that how it always works?!
One quote that has really helped me this week :
“In the great Composer’s symphony, you have your own particular part to play–your own notes too sing. Fail to perform them, and with certainty the symphony will go on. But if you rise up and join the chorus and allow the power of God to work through you, you will see the windows of heaven open. Rise up to your true potential as a child of God!” ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf
I know that we each have our own individual parts to play in the symphony of life. Just as President Uchtdorf says, RISE UP TO YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL. Do those things that will help you be part of that symphony. Read your scriptures. Pray daily. Sacrifice for the Lord. Show others that you are a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Become who the Lord needs you to become! Don’t be afraid of trials. We all have a purpose in this life, so go out and find it. I know that the Lord will sustain you through your righteous efforts. I know that he loves us and wants us to find true joy and happiness in our life! Our biggest obstacle in finding happiness is ourselves…allow yourself to feel happiness and peace! Or else…I will come angrily from Canada and give you a smack on the head. Haha.
Anyways, I really do love you all, and I think and pray for you each and every day of the week! Peace and Blessings from Kitch-Wat!
p.s. Happy Birthday to Savannah Kashow! I hope your day is wonderful! Love you!