Bonjour ma Famille et mes amies!
I have so much to catch you up on. This past weekend was amazing. The week started off a little slow. Being we were not able to find anyone to teach. It was a little discouraging. A lot of our amis were busy or didn’t want to make the time to see us. So that meant a lot of walking around trying to contact people on the street or going door to door. We were not finding too much success in that this week.
One night Soeur Hinkson and I got completely lost trying to find our way driving around in the car. We were trying to visit a less active. We ended up in front of a house that the english Elders told us to contact a month ago. We didn’t have much luck getting in contact with them at that time.
We decided we must have become lost for some reason, so went to their door again. As we were knocking, the door opened and a teenage boy answered. We didn’t say anything, he just looked at us and let us in. At that point we knew we had to leave because their wasn’t another woman present. The father in the home said, “I would like you to come back and teach my family the word of God tomorrow.”
Later that night we called the english Elders of our area and found out that they stopped by right after we did. They also felt they should go visit this family. The Elders were able receive more information about them because they could actually go in their home. The Elders found out that the family had just lost their mother. They have only been in Canada since July. They moved here from Africa.
After two weeks of being in Canada their mother passed away and they were completely surprised. Now there is a single father with 6 children, ranging from ages 2-16, living in a little apartment with barely anything.
I immediately felt so much love for this family and knew they needed our message.
The next night we went back with our Relief Society President. We had the most amazing first lesson with this family. The children were all a part of the lesson and they listened to everything we said. They were so well-behaved. They seemed to take in everything we had to say. We were able to get them to church the very next day. Thanks to the help of our ward mission leader. He went and took the whole family to church. They all looked so happy to be there. This family is so humble and ready to learn more about the gospel. I barely know them, but I already have a strong love for them. The children are so cute. They stuck to our sides like glue. I was the recipient of countless hugs from them this past weekend.
My testimony on the power of prayer was deeply strengthened this last week. Every night and morning I was praying that we could find someone new to teach. I prayed that we would be blessed to find just one person that wanted to hear and listen to our message. The Lord truly blessed Soeur Hinkson and I. We now have 5 new investigators just from this one family. I cannot even put into words how much joy and love I have for this cute family. The children are all so adorable. It was amazing to see how willing the ward was to help and love the family when they attended church yesterday. I am excited to work with the members as they fellowship them.
We also had the most amazing Relief Society lesson this last Sunday on missionary work. The strongest spirit was present during the lesson. Everyone was sharing their conversion stories. They spoke of how the missionaries found them or their parents years ago. It was inspiring to hear their strong testimonies.
Geraldine even got up and bore a tearful testimony. She said she was thankful for the missionaries for bringing her to this big ward family. She was grateful to be in a place where she felt welcomed and loved. Geraldine continues to progress with her daughter, Redia. We are just waiting to get permission from her husband in Africa for their baptism.
Also, one of our ward members brought a non-member friend to church this same day. She made it clear that she was completely not interested in meeting with the missionaries. After that amazing lesson in Relief Society Soeur Hinkson and I decided that we had to go ask her if she would be willing to let us visit with her. She said, “yes!!”
This weekend was truly filled with so many miracles! The joy and rewards of missionary work cannot be described in words. I received the most powerful testimony this week on finding the joy and success of hard work. I know this is where I am supposed to be and I know this is what I am supposed to be doing. There is nothing more important that I could be doing right now. I love this work, I love this gospel:)
I hope you have an amazing week. I love you all!!