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Snowshoeing on our last P-day with Sister Leon.

Snowshoeing on our last P-day with Sister Leon.

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Je vous aime beaucoup!

Je vous aime beaucoup!

I love my companion!

I love my companion!

Bonjour tout le monde!!:)

This last week up in Sherbrooke has been amazing. It has been full of so many trials and so many miracles. I truly feel blessed to be a part of this great work.

I am super jealous of the warm weather you have been having back home because it is just freezing up here! Some nights it is hard just to walk outside for more than 5 minutes. It has been even harder this week because I had a really bad cold and my nose would just burn every time we were outside walking. There were a couple of nights that I had to stay home and rest so I could get better. My cold is almost gone and all is well now. I have learned that dressing warm is the secret to surviving this cold weather.

This last week Soeur Leon and I did a lot of driving!! We drove to Montreal one day for a trainers meeting. That is a 2 hour drive in and then a 2 hour drive back. That same night we drove out to a little town called Coaticook to visit some less actives. We were literally 15 minutes away from the U.S. border. It was weird to think how close I was to the United States. I really love going out to all the little towns around Sherbrooke. They are all so cute and vintage.

This last week has been hard trying to find people to teach and visit. The beginning of the week was so slow and it seemed like nobody had time to see us. This meant lots of knocking doors and trying to contact old investigators. I think Soeur Leon and I were getting a little discouraged. I woke up Friday morning and knew something had to change and it was us!! We were lacking way too much faith. We were expecting the Lord to perform miracles through us with no faith behind our actions. Soeur Leon and I sat down that day and evaluated everything from our work, our area, and our companionship. From there we set goals and just went to work. The next two days which were, Saturday and Sunday, we put our complete trust in the Lord for Him to guide us. We found so much joy in the Lord’s work. We have seen so many little miracles the last two days. We found a new investigator who is super interested. We taught an investigator that we finally made contact with and had an amazing lesson full of the spirit. Both of them were from Africa as usual…haha! We also made contact with some less actives in the ward. Yes, we pretty much tried to teach anyone who would listen to our message.

That is why last week has been one of the hardest weeks of my mission and probably one of the best.  I am thankful for the trials and struggles that we experience in this life. It is the only way that we can grow and progress and become more like Jesus Christ. We truly can find joy and peace even in the hardest times of our life. Only through using the atonement in our life can we feel the peace and strength we need to keep going.

Well, I hope you know I love you all and I am always praying for you. I hope you have a beautiful week and look for the good in all things.

“For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore he showed not himself until after their faith.” Ether 12:12

avec beaucoup d`amour,

Soeur Hunt

Many are Called, but Few are Frozen!

Frozen pigtails!

Frozen pigtails!

Soeur Blanc and I with Martin after his baptism.

Soeur Blanc and I with Martin after his baptism.

Martin and all the missionaries at his baptism.

Martin and all the missionaries at his baptism.

Sleepover in our apartment.

Sleepover in our apartment.

Elder and Sister Peterson decorated our door for Sister Leon's birthday.

Elder and Sister Peterson decorated our door for Sister Leon’s birthday.

Sushi for Sister Leon's 20th Birthday!!

Sushi for Sister Leon’s 20th Birthday!!

Dear Family and Friends!

This last week just went by way too fast! I have no clue where all the time goes. It felt like I was just writing you yesterday. Wow, it was such an amazing week so full of many blessings and joy felt.

This last weekend was definitely the highlight of the week. We were able to teach some people and then drive down to Longueuil for exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders. Since I was down in Longueuil for the weekend I received permission to attend Martin’s baptism!!

It was such a blessing that I was able to attend. Heavenly Father truly answered my prayers. The spirit was so strong at that baptism. I knew Martin was making the best decision he possibly could be making. The happiness and peace I felt for him is indescribable. He truly has so many more blessings that await him. He looked so happy and at peace after the baptism.

We also had a sleepover for two nights with the Sister Training Leaders, Sister Kinghorn and Sister Guevara. They are two of my favorite sisters so that was just the best. I was able to spend a day teaching with Sister Guevara in Sherbrooke. We had such a great day full of fun in the Lord’s work. Even though almost every lesson fell through we still knew we worked our hardest and we knew the spirit was leading us. We did have one amazing lesson with our investigator, Mohammad. The spirit was so strong in that lesson. We were able to learn of his concerns and desires through asking inspired questions. We will continue working with him and are hopeful that his progression will continue.

Other big news came on Sunday morning. I received a call from the 2nd counselor in the bishopric. He wanted to meet with me. I had no clue why and I thought maybe we were getting in trouble for something…haha! He extended a calling for me in the ward! I was definitely not expecting that. I have been called to serve as the second counselor in the Young Women. My bishop received permission from President Patrick to give me a calling. The ward needs extra help in the youth program right now. I was so happy when I found this out because I love Young Women’s! I am especially happy to work with the young women in this ward. They are all so special and I already feel so much love for them. I am excited to work with them and the Young Women’s President, Sister Barrios. She is amazing, I just love her.

Well, other news is that it is soooo cold up here. Then again, that’s not really anything new. I have been feeling a little sick this last weekend. Hopefully my cold will go away soon.

I am really growing to love Sherbrooke more and more each day. I love the people here and I can’t wait to witness great miracles here in Sherbrooke. I just know this is where I am supposed to be.

Well, I want to leave you all with my testimony on prayer. The power of prayer is such a blessing in our lives and something that is easy to take for granted. It is one of the most scared gifts we have been given. What a blessing it can be in our life as we kneel down each day and talk to our Heavenly Father, one on one. What a comfort it is to know He is listening and that He cares! I have the strongest testimony that He hears and answers every prayer no matter how big or small, stupid or simple it may feel. He loves us and He wants to talk to us each day!

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

Love always, Soeur Hunt

Blessings

Selfie in the church bathroom. I love my companion!

Selfie in the church bathroom. I love my companion!

Tracting out in the snow. I love Canada!

Tracting out in the snow. I love Canada!

More tracting in the cold weather.

More tracting in the cold weather.

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Bonjour!:)

This last week has really been so great and full of blessings and experiences. I guess the most exciting news is that we have another set of missionaries here in Sherbrooke! Soeur and Elder Peterson from Utah. They live right underneath our apartment. It is the best. They are the sweetest couple ever and they feel like my parents. Yesterday, Soeur Peterson made homemade bread that tasted just like mom’s. It made our whole apartment building smell of home:) Also, Elder Peterson served in the Belgium French speaking mission just like dad! So he knows French, but Soeur Peterson is learning. This is so awesome because this makes three sets of missionaries serving in our one ward. I feel like the work is really going to progress here, I can just feel it.

The week started off really slow, but then it really picked up. This weekend was full of lessons(finally, ha!), dinner appointments with members, and finding more people to teach. We had some amazing lessons with some old investigators and some new ones from our finding the last week. We had an amazing first lesson with our new investigators Romero from El Salvador, Mohammad from Iran, Bernadette from Africa and our other investigator Louise.

I think the coolest experience was probably with Louise. We were able to teach her for the first time. We were able to get to know her, her background and then talk a lot about the Book of Mormon with her. She told us how she found the missionaries during one of the hardest times in her life. One day she was praying for God to give her a sign. Literally right after she got home and walked in her door she had a knock on her door and saw two elders standing there. Since then she has been learning with the missionaries for about a year. She struggles with a lot of different things because she is currently fighting cancer. After our lesson yesterday I felt prompted to ask her if she wanted a blessing. She quickly accepted and then said this was exactly what she needed. We went back with the elders and another ward member. We were able to give her and her mother a blessing. It was such a powerful experience and her apartment was full of the spirit. Louise has so much faith and really feels God has answered so many of her prayers through the church. She just needs to put her faith into action! I am really excited to help Louise and help her change her life around through the gospel!

One crazy thing is that we have been finding so many people who only speak Spanish!! This is a blessing because Soeur Leon speaks Spanish, but this becomes super hard for me! Soeur Leon is going to teach me how to bear my testimony in Spanish! I am so excited!! Also, all the Latinos in our ward have been inviting us over. I have finally had real Mexican food on my mission!! I have not eaten Mexican food in soo long. Since I have been around a lot of Spanish people this last week I feel like a greenie again, not knowing how to speak the language or understand anything. It’s okay though, it is so fun and I love them!

We are also getting super involved by teaching in our ward meetings. We teach about missionary work for 5 minutes every Sunday in Relief Society and then right after that we go into Young Women’s and help there. This is because I need to translate for one of the young women who only speaks English. I love being back in Young Women’s. It is so fun! The young women in this ward are so amazing and have the sweetest spirit about them. I love them so much already. The missionaries here are a lot more involved in meeting with the whole ward council and talking about missionary work, it’s so great!

This last week has really been full of so many great experiences. I wish I had time to write them all down. Also, it is snowing so much!! I literally was climbing through a mountain of snow to get into the church building to write you all. It is so pretty and I love it. Everything is just going great in Sherbrooke and I love the people, the ward, and my companion. I just feel so blessed.

I would like to leave you all with a spiritual thought. This last week I have really been studying what it takes to become a consecrated missionary and how to become one. I was studying about obedience. I learned a lot about how it doesn’t just require you to change your behavior, but asking God to help you change your nature. If you only change your behavior then you will be the same person you were when you left home, subject to the same problems that plagued you then. If we learn to change our nature we will go home a new man or woman with the power and discipline to conquer our old Goliaths. “A consecrated nature will cause us to be obedient, not because we have to, but because we want to. Such a nature may cause us to change the music we listen to, talk more positive, or to be more exact in following the morning schedule… we will have an overarching burning desire to do the Lord’s will not our own.” That has just really helped me this last week and I know it just doesn’t just apply to missionaries, but everyone. If only we could all see the commandments as a list of blessings rather than a list of restraints. I know obedience brings to pass blessings and amazing miracles in our lives. As we learn to not only change our behavior, but instead our nature, we will find ourselves acting and loving as the Savior would and have a desire to always be doing the Lord’s will.

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

avec amour, Soeur Hunt

Bonne Lundi!

My first hockey shirt!

My first hockey shirt!

My cute companion is always so kind by scraping the car for us.

My cute companion is always so kind by scraping the car for us.

Salut ma famille et mes amis!!

I hope everyone is doing good and you all had une belle week! This last week in Canada has just been extremely cold for me!! I don’t think I will ever get used to this coldness. We will be outside walking and my face just hurts. It is so cold. I think I need to invest in a ski mask or something. We were doing some door contacting this last weekend and we were literally running from one apartment building to the next trying to get out of the cold weather as soon as possible. Soeur Leon and I try to stay positive and keep going. I know the Lord is truly keeping us warm­.

This last week in Sherbrooke has been a 100 times better than the last. Less getting lost, meeting more people, and seeing miracles come about. Also, I just love my new companion. She really is the best. She is an answer to so many of my prayers. I could not ask for a better companion/best friend. She has been so patient with me.

We have finally been able to see some of our amis (investigators) this week, which are Louise, Mohammad, and Bernadetth. Yes, again, half of our amis are African, but I am okay with that because I just love Africans. It was just great to be able to teach our amis and help them feel the spirit and to get to know them. My love for them is already starting to grow.

Here is a funny story from this week. My companion and I have been giving a lot of service to our amie, Louise. She just moved into a new apartment this last week that we were helping her set up. She is currently struggling with cancer and needs lots of help. We were helping her put in a new light over her dinning room table, well mostly my companion was. I was just playing with the dog because I don’t know much about electricity. My companion was doing the wiring for it. We thought we had it figured out so we turned on the power. All of a sudden a big fire comes out of the side of the wall where the heating system is. Yeah, so we pretty much set her new place on fire. We felt extremely bad, but she was understanding and wasn’t upset…hopefully. We are planning on making her cookies today in hopes she will still let us come back. It wasn’t really funny and my companion felt so bad, but for some reason after we left I just couldn’t stop laughing.

We have also been able to get to know a lot of ward members better this week. They truly are so kind and welcoming and so excited to have sisters again. I love it. We were able to drive out to another part of our area called Magog, yesterday. It is this cute little town out of Sherbrooke where we have a lot of members. This area is definitely prettier than my last.

A cool experience we had this last week was when Soeur Leon and I went to visit one of our amis, Mohammad. He is a college student and he lives in college housing. After we left his house we had the feeling that we needed to knock the whole neighborhood. It was late so we decided we would come back the next day, which of course was a lot colder. We went back and started knocking. We had so many good contacts with people and we set up times to come back and teach them. It was a little interesting contacting college students because we had so many different reactions from them. It was great because we were truly led by the spirit that night as we talked to everyone. We knew that was where we were supposed to be. This experience confirmed to me that this is the Lord’s work and we are His servants and He will help guide us, always.

I am so grateful for this gospel and all the blessings it has brought into my life. It is a blessing to have the knowledge that I am here on earth with a purpose. We have the chance to progress and change each day through our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that our Heavenly Father is aware of each one us because we are His children and He loves us. He cares for each one of us individually. He doesn’t see us in terms of nationality or education. He sees us as a child of God destined to become like Him one day. He loves us infinitely, eternally, and unconditionally. I feel so blessed to be able to share this love with everyone each day and pray to be filled with His love so I can serve as my Savior, Jesus Christ would. I love you all so much and I truly mean that! I wish you all the best week.
Bonne Semaine!
Avec amour, Soeur Hunt