My Final Letter!!

 

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Bonjour famille et les amis:

Well, where do I even begin this letter. Eighteen months. One and half years. Thirteen transfers. All gone in a blink of an eye. Haitians, Africans, Algerians, Asians, Peruvians, and yes, all the great Canadians. Being surrounded by diverse cultures constantly. Welcome to Quebec! Weeks feel like days. Days feel like weeks. Eighteen months feels like a dream. Learning a new language. French study. Gift of tongues. Feeling weird saying prayers in English. Not knowing what language anyone speaks; bonjour…hello…hola…sorry, I don’t speak your language. Feeling green as a lime your first 12 weeks in the field. Coming home completely exhausted. Head hits the pillow, out in a second. Stress. Tears. Laughter. Frustration. Joy. Being filled with love for others. Miracle after miracle. First baptism. Happier than ever. Twelve weeks done. Transfer calls. Training??? Being a mom to a greenie. Patience. Learning way more from her than you could have ever taught her. Working together. Food.  Food.  Food and more food!! Sorry, I can’t eat anymore!! Finding people more prepared than you ever imagined. Teaching through the spirit. New area. Flushing and training????? Feeling inadequate. Not knowing anyone or any road. GPS. Trusting in the Lord. Snow, snow, snow. -40 degree weather. Feeling grateful for -15 degree weather. Frozen toes and fingers. Maple syrup on everything! Poutine. Quebecois accent. Milk in bags. Knocking on doors. Nobody interested. Working with members. Hastening the work. Consecrating yourself to the Lord and His work. Leaving your area. Hard goodbyes. More tears. City life. Montreal. Bus. Metro. Walking (BMW). Leadership split. Splits. Splits. Learning from others. Training’s. Numbers. Phone calls. Meetings. Who is my companion? YSA. Chasing down young adults. Loving the members. Talking to everyone. Sharing your testimony in the middle of the metro. Teaching the restoration in a bus. Crazy people! Exact obedience. Finding a best friend. Learning to rely on the Savior. Reading the Book of Mormon in 6 weeks. Missionary routine. Wake up. Pray. Run. Pray. Eat. Pray. Shower. Pray. Study. Pray. Study more. Pray, eat, pray, teach. Pray, teach, pray. Eat, pray, teach more. Pray, find. Pray. Plan. Pray. Sleep. Over and over. 🙂 Finding those who lost their way. Inviting others to come unto Christ. Baptismal invitations. Forgetting about yourself and loving the people. Feeling blessed for all Heavenly Father has given you. Temple. Welcoming people to the House of the Lord. Open house. In desperate need of sleep. Never giving up on others. Faith increasing. Wearing Christ’s name. Serving others. Feeling Quebec become a part of you. The change in others. The change in yourself. Working hard til the end. So many memories, so many great people. The people and friendships I will never forget.

Called to serve in the Canada Montreal Mission.

It is hard to express how I feel. I can’t imagine doing anything else for the last 18 months. I love my mission. It has brought me more joy than I ever imagined. My testimony has grown more than ever. I know this is the Lord’s work. I know that Christ’s church is on the earth today. I know that His church was restored by the prophet, Joseph Smith. That he was the chosen prophet and servant of the Lord to restore His gospel. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that it is true. I know that we can draw closer to our Heavenly Father and deepen our faith in Christ when we read it. As we read it daily in our life, we can be filled with happiness and peace. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today, who leads and guides us. I know we have a Heavenly Father who loves us. He knows each one of us personally. We are His children and He loves us. He is always there and hears our prayers. I know that Jesus  Christ is His son. I know that He is our Savior and Redeemer. I know that because of our loving Savior, Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice, we can all make it back to our Heavenly Father to live with our families forever. I love this gospel. It is who I am! The gospel is just so wonderful! I love this work. I know my journey of discipleship has not ended, but has just begun!

I am excited to see you all!! I hope you have a great week. I can’t wait to see all of you in the next coming days and weeks. Thank you for all your love and support these last 18 months. It means the world to me.

Je vous aime tous,

Soeur Hunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ

At Old Montreal today

At Old Montreal today

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Our cute district

Our cute district

Salut family and friends!!!

I hope you are all having a great week! This has been another fantastic week! We have had a lot of great lessons with our investigators and have visited lots of less actives. We have four Haitian investigators right now and they all came to church this last week. It was so funny because our Gospel Principles class was made up of 4 Haitians, 3 Latinos, and one white person, me!:) It was a really good Sunday full of the spirit. I was able to share my farewell testimony in the YSA branch. I just love this branch and I am going to miss them all so very much! They are like family for me. The member’s testimonies have really helped me so much. The members in the YSA have shown me what kind of member I want to be when I return home.

Many of the members have been helping us so much lately. I feel so thankful for their help and support. The whole YSA has been super stressed this last week and this next week because they are studying for finals. It really touches me to see how so many still want to come help the sister missionaries on top of studying for exams!

The members are super distracting though. All they can talk about is how I am leaving this next week!! All the return missionaries want to give me their advice. I love it..haha! I also found out one of the members in the branch served his mission back home in West Valley City! Ha!, I didn’t even know this the whole time I was serving here. It’s funny because I know exactly where he lived, people he taught that went to high school with me, and all the places he would go to eat!

Well, the end is coming just around the corner, but I am trying my hardest to stay focused and be more dedicated than ever! It is interesting how the Lord tests your faith right till the end. Sister Neri and I have been blessed sooo much this last transfer, but we have also faced a lot of heartbreak and trials. We just keep going till the end! Sister Neri has taught me so much about perseverance and faith. I can’t imagine having any other companion than her. She is just who I needed right at the end to keep me going. I have felt the faith in my Lord, Jesus Christ grow more than ever during my mission. I put my trust in Him every morning I wake up. I know he will bless and support us in all our efforts. This quote really touched me from a talk I read this last week by Elder Neil Andersen, “Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is not something ethereal, floating loosely in the air. Faith does not fall upon us by chance or stay with us by birthright. It is, as the scriptures say, “substance … , the evidence of things not seen.” Faith emits a spiritual light, and that light is discernible. Faith in Jesus Christ is a gift from heaven that comes as we choose to believe and as we seek it and hold on to it. Your faith is either growing stronger or becoming weaker. Faith is a principle of power, important not only in this life but also in our progression beyond the veil. By the grace of Christ, we will one day be saved through faith on His name. The future of your faith is not by chance, but by choice.”

I am so thankful for my Savior’s love, grace, and mercy. I know I can find strength through Christ daily. I know that faith is a choice and we can grow it daily through the small and simple choices we make. I know as we turn to our Savior daily through prayer, scripture study, and obedience that our faith will become strong and unbreakable. I know that our Heavenly Father is there and listens to all our prayers no matter how small or big. We are his children and He loves us.

Well, I love you all and hope you have a beautiful week!!

Avec amour,

Soeur Hunt

Bonjour de Montreal!

Shopping in the city on P-day!

The snow is slow in coming this year...let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

The snow is slowly coming this year…let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Yummy Korean food we had at our dinner appointment on Sunday!

Yummy Korean food we had at our dinner appointment on Sunday!

Bonjour tout le monde et heureuse tardif Thanksgiving!!!😄

I hope you all had a great week with your families and ate lots of yummy food. It has been such a great week! On Thanksgiving day, I went on splits with my old companion, Sister Blanc, and of course she made me lots of yummy Haitian food! Black Friday was also spent on splits with another sister. This whole day we only taught Haitians and Africans.

Sister Neri and I have had an awesome week full of lots and lots of teaching. One night we had back to back to back lessons. It was so exhausting, but so fun. I love teaching with Sister Neri. I feel that we are super unified in our teaching and it feels so natural when I teach with her.

This last week, the new Christmas initiative started for all of the missionaries, which I just love. On Sunday, Sister Neri and I got to teach the third hour lesson along with singing carols. Our new amazing senior couple in the branch, the Christensen’s, participated too. They are helping the missionary work in the branch sooo much!! We talked about missionary work, the best! We helped to motivate and give the members ideas on how we can continue to improve. We shared the new Christmas video and challenged all our members to share it, invite their friends to their Christmas activities this month,and share their testimonies of the Savior this Christmas season. We also gave out lots of fun cards with the new theme, “A Savior is Born.” I just love Christmas time. I love talking to everyone about our message of Christmas that is centered on our Savior, Jesus Christ. There is no better time of the year to invite others to learn about the Savior’s birth and why He is important to us.

We have found a lot of new investigators this last week who are super cool and interested in learning more. The work is going really good in Laurier right now. Sister Neri and I continue to feel so blessed and we keep thanking our Heavenly Father for all His help and tender mercies.

I am so thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know He lives. I am eternally grateful for His atoning sacrifice, His grace, and His love and mercy that He so willingly gives each one of us. I know as we focus and center this month on the Savior and His teachings, our Christmas season will be filled with love, joy and hope! I love you all and I wish you the best week!!!
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Amour et paix,❤✌

Soeur Hunt

Cold Days Ahead!

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Keepsake from a special day.

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Full days in the planner!

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Christmas lights in the city…getting excited!

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Bonjour a tous!!

Well, it was a great week getting back into the normal missionary routine after all the temple hustle and bustle. We had such a busy week full of lessons with all our investigators/new investigators. We have been able to teach so much lately and it has been a huge blessing. We have seen the blessings of talking to everyone and working through members. As we show the Lord our obedience and desire to serve, He consecrates our little efforts we make each day with unpredictable miracles. 🙂  You can’t give the Lord a crust without getting a loaf in return!

We were also able to start-up exchanges with our sisters this last week as well. I spent a day up in Mascouche and a day with a sister in our area too. I love working with the sisters. They are filled with such energy and joy. I always learn so much from their examples.

I think the big excitement from this last week was the cultural celebration and the temple re-dedication. It was so fun to be a part of these two events this last week!! Saturday night was the cultural celebration titled, “Je me souviens,” which means, “I remember.” (https://www.lds.org/new-era/1996/10/i-remember?lang=eng) Here is a link with a little background that explains the significance of, “Je me souviens” in Quebec. There were 400 youth from the 4 stakes in the region that participated. They performed songs and dances representing all the cultures in Montreal. The dances represented the diversity of the French, English, Latin, African, and Quebecois. It was a great night. President Erying, Elder Clayton, and Elder Gerald Causse came. It was fun to see all the efforts by the youth come together for such a great performance.

The following day, Sunday, was the temple re-dedication. There were three different sessions.  Elder Erying gave the dedicatory prayer in the session that I attended. There were also some amazing talks by the temple president, Elder Causse, who spoke in French, and then Elder Clayton. The spirit was very strong as they spoke about the blessings of temple in our life and the protection we receive by attending the house of the Lord. Something that I loved that was said during the talks was as we celebrate the re-dedication of the temple we should also re-dedicate ourselves to the covenants we have made by making temple attendance a strong desire and a part of our lives.
I feel so blessed to have experienced the temple re-dedication. It is something I will never forget!

I will leave you with an amazing miracle from this last week. Last night, Sister Neri and I had just gotten off the metro and had a little time before we needed to head home. For some reason, without really discussing it, we sat down on a bench in the metro station and started planning and doing calls for the next week. I guess we both felt that we didn’t want to go in any earlier than needed. We must have been sitting there for about 15 minutes when a man comes up and asks, “Are you the Mormon missionaries?” He continues to tell us how he has been looking for us, and that he wants to start reading the Book of Mormon and how he is seeking answers to his questions about God’s plan for us. It was amazing, he was so nice and so ready!!! We set an appointment right then and there for this Tuesday and wrote down his name and number. Kahmal, is definitely the miracle of the week for me. This taught me that if we put in that little effort such as staying out and following the spirit, the Lord will bless us.

It was such a great week. Our investigators are progressing well. We are working on setting some more baptismal dates with some of our new investigators this week. We are also continuing to help Ugo progress towards his baptismal date of December 13th. Well, I hope you have a great week. I love you all!!

Avec amour,

Soeur Hunt

I Will Forever Cherish…

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Our beautiful temple

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My beautiful companion

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Serving the Lord

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Greeting Martin at the open house.

Bonjour! 🙂

Well, all the fun of the temple open house has come to an end. It is kind of sad, but I am super excited to get back into the normal missionary routine. I miss waking up at 6:30 instead of 6:00 a.m., getting home on time and having time for studies, and teaching our investigators.  I feel so blessed to have worked at the temple the last two weeks. There are experiences that I will never forget and I will forever cherish. It has been such a blessing for us here. To see the changes in some of our investigators and less actives and to see people from all over Canada who came to enter The Lord’s house and feel His spirit has been so heartwarming. There were lots of positive experiences with non-members coming and enjoying it and wanting to learn more. It was also so fun to see all the missionary work the members did. So many members brought non-member family members and friends. I loved reading the comment cards at the end of the day in the tent and to see over and over again people talking about the peace they felt in the temple. The joy they felt as they learned how families can be together forever was inspiring.

It has been really weird not being able to devote our time to teaching our investigators. We were super happy that Ugo, Youcef, Jean and another investigator, Victor, were able to come to the temple open house. It made-up for having no lessons. Youcef and Ugo really enjoyed their experiences in the temple. It was so amazing to see their vision change and to be able to explain to them that baptism is the gate and the temple is our goal as we enter the temple, make sacred promises, and to be sealed to our families for eternity. The only investigator we were able to teach twice this last week was Ugo. He is progressing so well!! He is beginning to change and to have that desire to be baptized. He didn’t make it to church this last week so his baptism will be pushed back until December. Since the temple dedication is this week, none of our investigators can come :/  Although, I am super excited for the temple dedication and I can’t wait to see who comes to dedicate the temple. We had such a good lesson with Ugo last Saturday night. We talked about the word of wisdom and keeping the commandments. We really saw his desire to be better and to keep the commandments of God. I love seeing the changes take place in our investigators. It is so exciting and brings so much joy as we see them little by little become more and more converted unto The Lord.

We also had a super amazing Sunday, yesterday. It was our branch conference.  We had an amazing branch council with the stake presidency. The spirit was so strong in that meeting as we talked about the importance of missionary work, the role as leaders in the church, and being guided by the spirit as we come together as members and missionaries in The Lord’s work. Also, sacrament meeting was so amazing and full of the spirit. We have a really great stake presidency here in the Montreal Stake. I really look up to the stake president. He does a lot to help the missionaries here.

Well, I hope you all have a great week! I love you all!  I love this work. I love the joy that comes from missionary work. Keep looking for ways to share and spread the gospel with everyone. The Lord sees all our efforts and rejoices with every tiny success! He loves us and guides this work. As we put our trust in Him, show Him our willingness and obedience, we will see miracles.

Beaucoup d’amour!

Soeur Hunt