J’aime Sherbrooke!

Welcoming Sister Leon to Montreal

Welcoming Sister Leon to Montreal

Grace in her african dress

Grace in her african dress

Grace's little girls

Grace’s little girls

Saying goodbye to Geraldine and Raida

Saying goodbye to Geraldine and Raida

Bonjour!

This last week has literally been the craziest week of my mission! So many changes and new things. The first half of the week consisted of many goodbyes to my Lemoyne family and investigators. I am going to miss them so much, but I know it is not a final goodbye with many of them. I had some of the most amazing lessons before I left with our investigators, Grace and Martin. Martin was kind of upset when he found out I was leaving. He requested to have one more lesson before I left. That night we taught all of the restoration. We then set a baptismal date with him for February 14th!:) It was a good last lesson in Lemoyne. Now I am just praying that I can find a way to make it to his baptism.

We had transfers on Wednesday and I have my new companion Sister Leon;) She is straight from the MTC. Her home is in Georgia, but her parents are from Mexico and Peru. Yes, she speaks spanish. She is the cutest thing and I already love her so much. I can tell we are going to work really well together. It is really weird because this is the first companion I have had where I am helping her with her french and it is not the other way around. I just hope I am teaching her correct french! It is exciting to be in a new area working with a new companion, but it is also super hard! This last week has been a lot of adjusting and trying to figure things out­. We have gotten lost this last week even with a GPS. It has been challenging trying to figure out who all the people are and how things work.

Sherbrooke is so beautiful!! I love it. There are more trees, mountains(compared to Utah more like little hills), and cute little neighborhoods and small towns. I could just sell everything and buy one of these cute old vintage houses. The great thing about Sherbrooke is the amazing ward! This ward was literally sister missionary hungry. They haven’t had sisters serve in their ward for a year. Last week when they announced sisters were coming to Sherbrooke there were literally shouts of joy from the congregation during sacrament meeting:) We had the warmest welcome from ward members, especially from our ward mission leader and the bishop’s family. I guess the bishop has been begging for sister missionaries for the last year. He said he was so excited when he got the news. We ate with the bishop and his family last night. He is so amazing and ready to put all his efforts into missionary work in Sherbrooke. He and his wife feel like my new mission parents. This ward just loves the sisters, it’s the best! Sunday was definitely just what I needed. With all the stress of figuring things out this last week, to go and meet the ward and see how excited they were to see us just made my whole week.

It looks like we have lots of work to do in Sherbrooke. Sister Leon and I will be starting from the bottom and working our way up. We don’t have too many investigators or less actives to work with at the moment, but I am excited to find new people to teach. They are launching the most amazing ward mission plan in the next few weeks and I can’t wait to be a part of it. I can tell this ward is so ready to start working and helping as much as they can in missionary efforts..it’s exciting!

Things are a little different out in Sherbrooke. Since there is only one ward it is a combined french, english, and spanish speaking ward. This is crazy! For example, yesterday the gospel principles class was taught in half french and half english. All the services are in french and they do translating into english. This gets crazy because my mission leader doesn’t speak any french. A few times we translated for him. Sherbrooke is just a mix of everything. It also has a little more snow and is a little colder. Another thing that is super different is our area is huge! A lot of people we teach live 40 miles away. Which requires us to drive to another town called, Stanstead. It is an hour drive and located on the U.S. border.

I am super excited to start working in this new area. I know this is where I am supposed to be. If there is one thing I have learned this week is “charity never faileth!” We are just loving and serving this ward and I know we will see miracles here. I am doing great and I love my new companion. I hope you all have a great week. I love and miss you all so much.

Con amor, Hermana Hunt (This is for my new companion. She is going to teach me spanish!)

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Changes…mixed feelings :)

Bundled up and ready to serve!

Bundled up and ready to serve!

Bonjour Ma Famille! 🙂

Well, some of you guessed right. I am being transferred from Lemoyne this week. Gosh, I’ve never thought about how hard it would be to be transferred. It feels like I am saying goodbye to family all over again.

This last weekend has been filled with many tears as I have been saying goodbye to ward members, investigators, and missionaries in my district. I guess I feel like my mission is ending because Lemoyne was my first area. These people have became my second family and I love them all so much. Though I hope to see all these people again, I know it won’t ever be the same. I have many more goodbyes to give before Wednesday morning….so hard. A ward member came up to me at church yesterday and said, “You can’t leave, you’re a member of our ward now!” I was asked to come back someday with my family and to give a talk in the ward. 🙂

I am being transferred to a little town called Sherbrooke. It is not too far from Quebec City. It is about an hour and half drive north from where I am right now. This means a little colder and a little more snow! I am super excited to go up there to begin meeting and teaching new people! 🙂 It is actually in the same stake that I have been serving in. I have been called to be a trainer again. My new greenie and I will be taking the place of two elders in Sherbrooke. I am a little nervous to be flushing in the area (that is what we call two new missionaries going into a new area) with a greenie. It will be a fun and new experience. 🙂

This week has been such a blessing. It has been filled with some of the most amazing lessons with our investigators, Grace, Martin, and Paula. I see this as a little gift from my Heavenly Father before I part from Lemoyne. It is so hard to leave these amazing people that are so close to my heart.

Saturday night we were able to go to the Young Women’s New Beginnings program in our ward. We were able to see Raida bear her testimony for the first time. It was just beautiful. She told the story of Soeur Hinkson and I and how we started teaching her. Hearing her bear her testimony was such a gift.

Yes, it will also be so hard to say goodbye to Soeur Blanc. I love her. Man, missions are hard in so many different ways.

I hope you know how much I love you and miss you all. Keep finding ways to share your light with others. Never be ashamed to share your testimony of your Savior, Jesus Christ and His Church with those around you. Have a great week! 🙂

Au revoir,

Soeur Hunt

It’s sooo COLD!

 

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Well, hello my beautiful family and friends!

This last week has been full of bundling up for the cold. It got really cold this last week and of course the night it got the coldest was when Soeur Blanc and I were outside trying to find people to teach. At one point it got so cold we ran back to our car to turn the heat on high. At the same time I think the Savior is truly blessing me because I think my body is slowly adjusting to the cold temperatures.

This last week has been a little crazy. We traveled to downtown Montreal several times. Once to repair the car from when I put the dent in the hood and broke off the antenna. I still don’t know how that garage door came down on me backing out of the garage…haha! We also made a trip into Montreal to take Soeur Blanc to the doctor. It all went well. I don’t like driving in downtown Montreal though. Trying to find a place to park can be an ordeal. I am sooo grateful for GPS.

We had an awesome miracle while we were waiting in the doctor’s office for Soeur Blanc. While we were in the waiting room we saw a couple who kept looking back at us. We were never able to talk to them because the doctor called us back. While waiting in the exam room we could hear a lady outside ask the doctor if she could talk to us. She then came in with her husband to say, hello. She asked us in her broken english if we were missionaries. Ha! As we spoke with her we found out that she moved here from Russia just three weeks ago. She then said that she has been looking for the church in Montreal. She had a baby a week ago and was there to visit the doctor with her husband. She said she was so happy when she saw us. We were able to talk to her and her husband for a little bit and give them the address of the church and the number for the missionaries in downtown Montreal. She said she became a member in Russia. We asked her husband if he was member and he said, “not yet!” Ha! I said, “perfect response.” It is little miracles like that, which are truly tender mercies from the Lord.

We were able to teach Martin this last week. The lesson went so well as we were able to teach with Frere Salm. We are also still teaching Grace and her kids. She is going through a lot right now and needs a lot of help. Please keep her in your prayers!

Also, we have also been teaching William and Leonie. We were able to ask Leonie again about baptism. She said she is praying about it right now. We did find some interesting news about Leonie and William. They are not married. We find this a little funny because Soeur Blanc and I felt like we should teach them the Law of Chasity this last week. We decided not to because we thought it would be weird. It just goes to show that we need to always follow those promptings of the spirit. Hopefully we can find a way to teach that lesson with love and the spirit.

Everything is just going dandy up in Canada. Loving the Lord’s work. This next week is transfer calls so we will see what will happen with that. I would be happy with staying in Lemoyne, but I will go where the Lord calls me.

I love you all and hope you have a great week.

Love,

Soeur Hunt

Frozen!

In front of our apartment this morning. Trying to get the "Frozen" effect.

In front of our apartment this morning. Trying to get the “Frozen” effect.

 2 degrees out in the cold one night knocking on doors.

2 degrees out in the cold one night knocking on doors.

Salut mes amies et famille!!:)

I hope you all had a wonderful week and had a great New Years day. Canada weather has been crazy these last few days full of snow and freezing rain. Everything is frozen outside. It is crazy, but is actually really pretty. It is just a little scary to drive in sometimes. Today it is supposed to get down to -17… wish me luck! The cold is just starting to come.

Wow, this last week has been filled with many more miracles for the Lemoyne ward. I would like to share with you the story of our new investigator, Martin, from this past week.

I met Martin way back in September. Every first Wednesday of the month Soeur Hinkson and I would go eat with a ward member. Her name is Soeur Lemble. She is a single lady who has ward members or people she knows come stay in her home. They pay rent to live there.  One day we went to dinner and met Martin. He had just begun staying with her every Wednesday night for work. He works for the 1st counselor in the Lemoyne ward bishopric. He is friends with many ward members, but is not a member himself. When I met him he already knew all about Utah, had read the entire Gospel Principles book and read a little in the Book of Mormon. Soeur Hinkson and I got a little excited. We asked him if we could start teaching him, but he kindly declined. Slowly, we became his friend.  We would eat dinner with him, send him friendly texts that wished him a good day or made him cookies with notes.  Then one Sunday I went to church and saw Martin sitting up front. I pretty much exploded with joy when I saw him. I think I embarrassed him a little…haha! The ward members started working with him by just being his friend, inviting him to activities and sharing their testimonies with him. Fre´re Salm, the 1st counselor said he came up to him at work one day and said he had noticed something different in the members of the church and he wanted to know why. The next Sunday he went to church. Since then he hasn’t missed a day at church. I wanted so badly to start teaching him, but he was assigned into the Elders area. Something told me just to be patient and he would tell me when he was ready.

This last Friday we got a call from Martin. He asked us if we could teach him the 6 missionary lessons because he is ready to be taught. Technically the Elders should teach him, but he said he wants the sisters to teach him. He said that he feels he can trust us and that we care about him. I was literally jumping up and down after we got off the phone with him! I have a great love for Martin. He is the kindest guy and has so much potential. It has been amazing to see his desire to learn about the gospel change over the last four months.  It is also cool to see the ward members really welcome him and make him feel at home.

This experience has shown me that by small and simple things, great things come to past!  You never know who is watching, what one little smile may do or how being an example of Jesus Christ might mean to someone.

Also, this last week we found out great news for William the African who was baptized 14 years ago, but recently found the church again. They found his records and all his baptismal information! He was so happy when they told him. We continue to reteach him and teach his wife, Leonie. It is so cool to see how strong William’s testimony is after so many years. He said he would be baptized again if he had to because he knows this church is true.  It was a great Sunday to be with William, Leonie, Grace, and Martin at church.  Soeur Blanc and I were truly blessed this last week.  I am so thankful for the blessings our Heavenly Father gives us each day. Even when things are hard and we feel like giving up, we can always have hope and faith. It can keep us going by knowing the Lord is with us and will always bless us. I love you all and wish you the best week.

Love,

Soeur Hunt