Dearest family, friends, and wonderful people that need to be in my life!
This week is has been absolutely freezing. The temperature has slipped into the negatives, and we are constantly trying to stay warm and not freeze to death. I guess I can count my lucky stars that I am not more north than I am right now. But, alas, the tights, scarves, mitts,socks, thermals, hats, coats, jackets, fleeces have all come out. I had to wipe the dust from them…and it was exciting…but super depressing at the same time. 🙂
This week we had a baptism! A little boy, 11 years old, decided to be baptized with his Dad (who used to be a member). It was one of the most spiritual moments on my mission. To see people making changes in their lives really strengthens my testimony of the Atonement and how people can change! It was a beautiful moment!
We have been focusing a lot on re-activations and helping EVERYONE come unto Christ. It has been really rewarding to see people make changes in their lives to keep the commandments, etc. It has made me realize how much more I can follow Jesus Christ in my day-to-day life. There is still so much more I have to learn, and it makes me realize so much more that life is a process! And we should all be working towards that goal of being able to live with God again!
This week in Sacrament Meeting it was the Primary Presentation! There is a fabulous Primary President in this ward, and the program went flawlessly! But the thing that touched me the most, there was a little boy in the front row. They were singing “A Child’s Prayer”…and he started to cry! This cute six-year-old boy was crying…it was so touching! He just kept rubbing his eyes because they were so wet…and I realized I was wiping mine as well. I’ve become such a baby on my mission. But it was so beautiful!
Food of the Week: Onion,Honey,Garlic Chicken Wings–Courtesy of Sue Umbach. 🙂
Quote of the Week: “BAH. This would be SO much easier in pants!”
There is nothing much new on this front, except Christmas is in 30 days…AND I CANNOT WAIT. And you all can send me presents. 🙂 Hahaha! I love you all!
Dearest family and friends,
TOMORROW I WILL HAVE BEEN ON MY MISSION FOR EXACTLY NINE WHOLE FLIPPIN’ MONTHS. AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT I AM GOING TO DO WITH MYSELF. I JUST GOT ON MY MISSION. AND I HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN. AND I JUST NEED ANOTHER COUPLE OF YEARS TO GET MY ACT TOGETHER. AND THEN I CAN GO HOME. Okay. Rant over. But really, I know people say that the Lord works in mysterious ways…and that is probably true…but TIME works in mysterious ways while you are on your mission. The days feel forever long…and yet they always end…and before you know it…it’s another Pday! And you’re emailing your family all of these things that have happened in the last week…and it all just feels like a blur. And sometimes I still wake up in the morning and groggily ask “Where am I? I don’t go to work until 9…why am I up at 6:30?” And then reality hits. I AM In CANADA. And I’ve been here for a while. I know that these next 9 months will be vastly important in my growth and knowledge that I will gain and take throughout the rest of my life. I will cherish this opportunity I have to serve the Lord. I know that he is preparing me for the rest of my life!
This week I had a nasty allergic reaction to some face-wash that I started using. I woke-up one morning and my face was all red, washy, puffy,swollen,dry,itchy, etc. It was absolutely disgusting. I looked like a walking pimple. But, after some Benadryl and 24 hours, it died down quite a bit. The people I talked to that day…probably thought I had a disease or something like that. Ha. Luckily, I don’t have it anymore.
This week we had several unexpected service opportunities that really made my week! One day we were walking along the road, and on the other side of the street we saw this older couple trying to move their wood from their driveway to a little side porch/room thingy. We dashed over across the street and asked if we could help. They were very hesitant at first, but eventually let us! We found out the Verna May was 89, and her husband, Aiden was 90. We helped them for about an hour move a HUGE pile of wood, and they were so grateful! It made me realize how much we really do represent Jesus Christ! They said that we “must be angels”. How cute is that?! They were the sweetest things.
We also had Stake Conference this weekend, and it was spectacular. Elder Erich Kopishcke spoke and reorganized the Stake Presidency (Watch his latest talk! http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/04/being-accepted-of-the-lord?lang=eng&query=) He is an amazing speaker…and I learned so much! He talked a lot about remembering…and how when we remember Jesus Christ our lives are infinitely blessed. I really felt the Spirit, and I learned a lot of what I need to do to “remember” the Lord more in my life.
We will be having a baptism on the 23rd of this month! Pedro has decided to be baptized! His dad is an excommunicated member who will be baptized on that day as well! They are Brazilian and we are basically going to have a big, huge, Brazilian Baptism party! 🙂 It will be great to see them make those sacred covenants with God.
Quote of the Week: “Oh. You didn’t know? I’m a famous Bollywood movie star!”
Food of the Week: Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding…so good. But so…bad for you….
Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BEST DAD IN THE WHOLE WORLD. I don’t know what I would do without you. You’re the best, and I love you so much! I hope that your day was wonderful!
p.s. Be Happy!
Dearest people who read this,
Transfers calls came last night. Well, in reality, transfer calls didn’t come…because we’re not leaving Kitchener-Waterloo. There are changes that will be happening to this area, just not directly involving us. For the last 3 months, we’ve been sharing the Kitchener-Waterloo Ward with Elder Healey and Elder Ikeda. It has been so fun to be able to see missionaries every Sunday and know what they are talking about when they say “Hey…YOMO” And you know exactly what they are referring to…and you just laugh your head off. Its been a delight! However, they are getting transferred out of the area, and not being replaced. We are inheriting their area starting this transfer. So, I guess we are no longer in Kitchener-Waterloo East…just Kitchener-Waterloo! But, I will miss Elder Healey and Elder Ikeda! They’re both going to Toronto! They will do great things there! We are excited to get to know more of the ward members and help them with their missionary work. It’s almost like being in a new area. 🙂
This week we had the amazing opportunity to go and visit an incredible lady named Rose Young. She was telling us about her mission the she went on with her husband in the late 80’s. They went to Nigeria! She set-up a slideshow of her pictures and showed us the clothing that they brought back from there. Some of her stories are absolutely incredibly scary, and you can really notice as she tells you about them that she knows that the Lord helped and protected her and her husband while they were serving there. She is incredible. I figure, if she can survive a year in Nigeria–with stolen cars, violence, and an unpredictable mail system–I can definitely survive a year and a half in Canada.
This week, we had some investigators from a different part of Kitchener move into our area. They are great, and are truly sincere in finding out the truth. They have some major road-blocks (don’t we all…?) and so this week we are sincerely out of love going to “call them to repentance”! Haha! We have some investigators from the Elders area that we are going to start meeting with as well…we just don’t know anything about them yet…so…more about the next week!
This week was Halloween…and it was crazy! Mostly because it was pouring rain and there were STILL people out on the streets…we watched from our window to see what they were all doing. 🙂 Halloween in Canada…is very similar to Halloween in the States…just on steroids! It’s a lot more…intense! And a bigger deal than it ever is back at home. People are weird.
We had exchanges this week with Sister Waldron and Sister Tofa. I went to Brantford with Sister Waldron! It was really fun, and I learned a lot from her. She has been out one more transfer than I have. It is absolutely crazy how fast time is flying. I will hit my 9 month mark this month (actually in 9 days) I will have to burn something that I own (missionary tradition…you gots to do it!). So, yes. Not trunky yet…but I’m afraid I will be within the next couple of months. I guess I just gotta pray that I won’t feel like that. But…anyways….I would love to serve in Brantford one day! It’s a wonderful place! But, honestly, what areas aren’t?
As you also know, Daylight Savings Time was this week. AND MY BODY IS WHACKED OUT. Being on a strict schedule for 9 months…and then throwing in an extra hour is just about killing me. It’s nice…because you feel like you have more sleep…but it also feels like you are out later…and on Fast Sunday…it’s the worst! I mean *cough* it’s the best thing ever! 🙂
Food of the Week: Chicken Thigh Curry…resulted in major food poisoning.
Quote of the Week: “Nobody grows at Disneyland”.
I love you all, and I hope you stay safe…and warm! LOVE YOUS. Buh-Bye for now!
p.s. Go change the world or something.