Well, my big news for this week is first of all I am officially done with my in-field training on Wednesday. Yipee!! But then I am going to jump right back into training because this last Saturday for transfer calls I found out that I am going to be trainer! Wow, was I ever shocked and surprised. I was not expecting that! So Soeur Hinkson is leaving me and I am getting a greenie on Wednesday. I will be staying in Lemoyne. I am not going to lie this is all little overwhelming. I am super nervous and I kind of think the President made a mistake…haha! Not really, he is a very inspired man who is called of God. As much as I feel nervous and scared I am so excited. I know the lord will bless me, strengthen me and help me in his work. Whom the Lord calls He qualifies. I will give you more updates on my changes next week.
The other great news for this week is that we are continuing to work with Magloire and his 6 children. Gosh, I love that family. I really hope they begin to see blessings as they learn more and make those changes necessary to come unto Christ. We have had another amazing lesson with them. We decided to read in the Book of Mormon with the family. It is really hard because Magloire cannot read or write and the children really struggle with reading except for the 16-year-old boy. Stephan, the 16-year-old boy reads in The Book of Mormon every night while the family listens and follows along. We have to move really slow with Magloire. It is hard to teach him right now because we don’t know how much he is there mentally. The ward, especially the bishop and his counselors have really become involved and help them all they can. I think the bishopric went over to the house last night to give Magloire a blessing. We will just continue teaching the dad and his kids, getting them involved in the ward, and we will see where things go from there.
We also have added 3 new investigators this last week. We are going to start teaching a little family from Columbia. It is a husband and wife with three little girls. We received the referral from a member in Montreal who contacted the family in the hospital last week. The member felt prompted to talk to this family and after she did they said they would be interested in learning more. This goes to show how you can talk to anyone, anywhere and invite them to learn more when moved upon by the spirit. The family is facing a lot of trials right now. They have lost hope in God. Their newborn baby has Down Syndrome and it has been really hard on them. I hope we can give this family the hope and comfort they need in their life right now as we continue to teach them. We also have received another investigator from Columbia this week. He is actually a media referral and he is very open and excited to learn about the church. He has met with the missionaries before, but he said at that time in his life he wasn’t ready. He came to church yesterday and was already trying to pay his tithing. I am very optimistic with Alvaro! Maybe my new companion will be able to speak spanish with all these new spanish speaking Amis!
I will leave you with a funny story from this last week. It was a rainy night and Soeur Hinkson and I are driving on our way to an appointment. I am talking to a member on the phone when all of sudden out of nowhere a cat dashes in the street and Soeur Hinkson completely smashes it! I literally just start screaming on the phone, “ahh we ran over a cat!” The member on the phone just starts laughing. We look in the rear view mirror and see this little cat arm come up. It was so sad. I felt so bad. We kept driving not knowing what to do. Oh, the poor little cat:( Then the next day we ran over a squirrel! I guess we are just animal killers. Well, that was kind of a random story but anyways…
I hope you all have a wonderful week! I will leave you with a quote from President Eyring that helped me this last week. “The Lord will help us in our callings, especially when we feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities. When we pray to Heavenly Father for guidance, He will direct us through inspiration and will bless us to serve well. The Lord helps those who serve Him and will add His power to their efforts (see D&C 84:88). As President Thomas S. Monson promised, “When we are on the Lord’s errand, we are entitled to the Lord’s help. Remember that whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies.”
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