Easter week! :)

Yes, still snowing...

Yes, still snowing…

My cute companion:)

My cute companion:)

My Hump day! We just had to burn something at 10:00 and night...haha!

My Hump day! We just had to burn something at 10:00 and night…haha!

Salut!

Well, this has been such a great week for Soeur Leon and I. We have seen so many miracles here. I just love Sherbrooke. We continue to be blessed daily. Lately we have found so many new investigators. We literally found 10 new investigators this last week. That is because we taught an African family of 6, but still so many miracles.

We continue to teach Valli. He is progressing so fast and he hasn’t missed a week of church. The ward is doing so good with fellow shipping him. The ward is truly becoming his family. We have also been blessed to teach two other families this last week. Both are from Africa as well. Soeur Leon and I are definitely keeping busy.

The ward has been really involved in helping us work with less actives too. We have been able to go teaching more with the members. Because of this Soeur Leon and I are getting so close to some of the amazing sisters in our ward. It was great to have an activity with the women in the ward before the General Women’s meeting on Saturday. I truly love them all so much and I feel so close to them. They are all such beautiful examples to me.

One blessing Soeur Leon and I had this last week was on Saturday. The day started off a little hard because we had no lessons planned for the day. We soon found out the Lord was blessing us as we were able to go contacting that day and share the new church intuitive, “Because He Lives!” It was great going out and talking to so many people and spreading the message of Christ. We even found a few people who were interested in learning more. I love sharing my testimony and love for the Savior, Jesus Christ with others this Easter week. I love sharing that our Savior lives!

This morning I had the opportunity to study about the Savior’s resurrection. I love the scripture in Mathew 28 when Mary is at the empty tomb and the angel comes to her. “Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus which was crucified. he is not here: For he is risen.” What more comforting words to hear than to hear that our Savior, Jesus Christ is risen and that He lives again. I love how right after she hears this news she runs quickly to tell others of His resurrection.  Shouldn’t we as disciples of Jesus Christ be doing the same? We should be running to others to share our testimony that our Lord, Jesus Christ lives! I can’t think of a better time than Easter week to be sharing this great news. If you have not already, I invite you to go and watch the new church video,  “Because He Lives,” and then share it with others!:)

I hope you all have a beautiful week and Easter weekend with conference. I love and miss you all so much.

avec amour, Soeur hunt

I am sorry I have no time to write today. We are going to the gym with the Petersen’s and the elders to go play Elder Petersen’s favorite sport, Wallyball…haha!  I am excited.

Busy, busy week!

This is what spring looks like in Canada!

This is what spring looks like in Canada!

Our Apartment Building

Our Apartment Building

The parking lot behind our apartment.

The parking lot behind our apartment.

Cleaning off the car!

Cleaning off the car!

Salut everyone!

I hope you all had a beautiful week! This last week just flew by. It was a full week of lessons, fun activities and meetings. By the way it looks nothing like spring here. It is completely white and super cold. Yesterday it took us five minutes just to get our car doors open… maybe that is because we are weak though. All I have to say is I am praying for spring weather to get here quick!

Our week started off with some pretty amazing lessons with Valli and another investigator by the name of Bernadette. Bernadette is from Africa and has three kids. We had a lesson with her on how the gospel blesses families and on the blessings of prayer. It has taken us a while to begin teaching her. She has been really busy. She was previously taught by the elders.  Our second lesson with her went so great! The spirit was so strong in the lesson. When the elders were working with her they were only teaching Bernadette.  We asked if we could start teaching her and her family together. She was so excited for her family to learn too. I love her so much she is the kindest lady. I am looking forward to teaching her and her family:)

We also had an amazing lesson with our new investigator, Valli.  One lesson was with the bishop’s wife. Valli is truly amazing. He understands everything and loves to read any assignment we give him. He keeps all his commitments. He was reading and praying everyday before we even invited him. He has not missed a week of church since we started teaching him. We have been talking a lot about baptism with him and right now he is praying for an answer. One night we went with Valli to a member’s house for dinner and had a lesson afterwards. It was such a great night. Valli  connects with pretty much anyone and everyone because he is such a friendly and happy person. It was great being with one of our favorite families in the ward as we taught Valli. I love seeing the members becoming more and more involved in missionary work.

Also, this last week we started teaching this older lady named Cybal. She has been coming to church for the last few weeks and now we have begun to teach her. She is sooo sweet.  I absolutely lover her. She is  78 years old and I think she just adopted me as her grandchild. She LOVES Soeur Leon and I. She calls us her princesses and angels. On our first lesson she told us that she is planning on being baptized someday. Her son is already a member and lives in Montreal. I am super excited to be teaching her.

We had a zone conference this last week. I learned so much at this meeting. Later that night we were able to join the young women for an activity at the church. We played games and had lots of fun. I love the young women and spending time with them.

The best day of the week by far was yesterday. Soeur Leon and I had a great Sunday.  It was a day of little miracles. First, a lady at church came up to us and told us about a friend that she knows from school. She discovered that her friend joined the church while she was living in Columbia. She asked us to start praying for her friend.  Later this week we are going over to her house to help her write her testimony in Spanish. She plans on giving this to her friend and inviting her to church. Also, Valli and Cybal came to church too:) At the end of Sacrament meeting Valli told me how he has read the first two pamphlets we gave him all the way through twice. The only thing he was confused on was exactly what the word Atonement means. I tried to explain a little to him, but we didn’t have much time.  As we walked into gospel principles together we could see written on the board, “The Atonement.”  Valli was amazed!  He looked at me and said, “that is no coincidence.” Then Soeur Leon and I were able to teach our first lesson in Young Women’s. It was kind of funny because we were teaching in both French and English.  We only had two young women there. One was French-speaking and the other was English-speaking. Our lesson was, “How can the Atonement help me through my trials?”  It was a beautiful lesson and the spirit was felt. I love teaching them.  After church we had a big ward potluck. It was so fun being with the ward members and seeing our investigators getting along so well with everyone. I truly love this ward and all the people. Sherbrooke is becoming home for me.

Later that night we had another lesson with Valli. It was with Elder and Soeur Petersen, the missionary couple that lives below us. We taught all about the plan of salvation.  We talked with Valli about how his scripture study and praying is going. At the end of the lesson I promised him that if he keeps reading and praying that his desire will continue to grow and he will receive an answer. He stopped me to say that he is so amazed how much his desire has grown since we started teaching him. He said at first he was just kind of curious about the church, but now he wants to know everything. He said that he loves it all.  He feels like he has known these things all his life, but now he has the spirit confirming to him. He then started crying. The spirit was so strong. He literally spends all his free time reading and studying. He is just thirsting for the gospel. I am so thankful to be able to teach him. I love him so much:)

The only downer this week has been that my companion has been really sick with a cold. It is funny when I will be in the middle of teaching someone and Soeur Leon will just be blowing her nose..haha! I love her and I am trying my best to take care of her.

I want to bear my testimony again on the power of prayer and scripture study! They may seem so little and not so important some days, but I know we should be doing it daily! My love for the scriptures has grown so much since I started my mission. I can’t go a day without reading them.  We must combine it with prayer. The two together will give us the strength we need everyday. It is not just reading, but studying the scriptures and it is not just praying, but talking with our Heavenly Father like He is our father. “In some sense prayer may be the hardest work we ever will engage in and perhaps it should be.” Through the two, God can speak to us and we can feel His love for us. Just remember to never forget the power of daily scripture study and prayer. I love you all so much and I am praying for you always.

Love,

Soeur Hunt

Only one thing is needful!

Birthday celebration with Hans. The face from "Up"'!

Birthday celebration with Hans. The face from “Up”‘!

Saying goodbye to Elder Read.

Saying goodbye to Elder Read.

Bonjour Ma famille et mes amis!!

This last week has been pretty great and full of so many blessings! I am so thankful to be serving the Lord in Sherbrooke. I just love the people here so much. There is no place else I would rather be. I am super jealous of all the pictures from back home because it is sure not spring here! It literally like snowed all day yesterday. It’s okay, I am just enjoying it and saying to myself, “this is the only full winter I have to survive through.” You gotta love Canada and the cold:)

Well, here is an update on our new awesome investigator, Valli. We have taught him twice and he has made it to church twice. He says he loves it all:) We also gave him the Book of Mormon last week and he already has read the introduction and up to chapter 15 in 1 Nephi. He loves it and just looks so happy at church. He is just a happy guy in general. Soeur Leon and I could talk to him for hours. He is so fun and nice and I love teaching him:) We have a dinner planned with Valli and a family in the ward this next week. I am pretty excited for that. We have also found a couple other new investigators. One of our ward members started bringing his friend to church and now she wants to be taught by the missionaries… and of course she said, “it better be the sisters!”  Also, we found this other awesome guy from Haiti to start teaching too. The Lord truly has blessed us this last week.

All in all there isn’t anything too new to tell except for two weird experiences. They are just a few things I never imagined I would do on my mission.  The relief society did an activity for the ward this last week on how to be a better husband and wife and they wanted the missionaries to be at the activity. So Soeur Leon and I were instructed for two hours on how to become a better wife… so awkward and weird. Also, we started learning Quebec sign language to help one of the less active in the ward. This was actually pretty fun.

Also, last night we had this huge birthday party for one of our amazing ward members, Hans. He has literally changed his whole life around in the last year. It was so fun being with all the missionaries and the different families in the ward last night. It was just great talking and learning more about how the Lord has blessed us all in our lives. Also, Hans who we celebrated with is the real life version of the grandpa from the movie, “UP”…crazy right?! Disney found him on the street one day and took pictures of him and told him they might use him for character in one of their upcoming films…so crazy. He looks exactly like him.

Well, I hope you all are having just a great week. I will just leave you all with something I was studying this morning that I just loved so much. It’s about a story in the bible when Jesus visits Martha and Mary.

“Jesus entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary which also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving and came to him and said Lord dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10)

This story really touched me this morning and really got me thinking. It wasn’t a question of right and wrong, but rather of good, better, and best. What Martha was doing was good, but she was distracted by a good thing at the expense of a best thing. The Lord answered Martha with such a beautiful statement “One thing is needful” and that is to hear and follow our Lord Jesus Christ. There are so many little things in life, worries and problems that we get caught up in thinking only of ourselves and our needs forgetting those around us or the one most important thing in our life. We don’t have to worry over so many things. The one thing that is needful the only thing that is truly needful is to keep our eyes toward our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Remember to always seek what is most important in life and keep working towards becoming like our Lord, Jesus Christ.

I love you all!

Soeur Hunt

Miracles in Sherbrooke!

I need this sign!

I need this sign!

In Canada they have Bubble Gum, Birthday Cake, Superman, and Cotton Candy ice cream all in one store...all my favs!

In Canada they have Bubble Gum, Birthday Cake, Superman, and Cotton Candy ice cream all in one store…all my favs!

Tout le Monde!

This last week has been full of so many miracles. I don’t even think I have time to write them all to you! I will start with the most exciting one. It just makes me giddy inside. This last Friday morning, Soeur Leon and I were doing our weekly planning by setting goals and praying that we would find new investigators to teach. Just then we received a text on our phone from the zone leaders telling us that they had a media referral for us. Sister Leon and I decided that we would go contact our referral later that night after our lessons. The crazy thing about this referral is that he lives in the neighborhood that we have been knocking this whole last transfer. It is where all the college students live that attend the University of Sherbrooke. During our third week here in Sherbrooke both Sister Leon and I felt the strongest impression that there was someone prepared there ready for the gospel. Whenever we had free time we would always go contacting in this area. We had a lot of good contacts with college students who would listen, but none of them would ever show genuine interest in our message. Our next street to knock was rue Cabana. Believe it or not that is where our media referral, Valli, lives.

Finding his actual apartment was a little scary. We did not have his apartment number so we just had to pick a door and knock. The apartment building was dark and the lights were not really working and it looked really ghetto. Well, the first door we knocked, we found him! Wow, and is he ever amazing! His name is Valli and he is from India. He met the Mormon missionaries in Switzerland the week before moving to Canada. He was sitting on the train and got contacted by the missionaries there. He instantly wanted to learn more. They gave him a pass along card. During his first week here in Canada he went online and requested to learn more. When we got to his door he was almost jumping for joy. He said, “I thought the church forgot about me because I have been waiting for a response for two and half weeks now.” We visited with him for about 30 minutes. We discovered many different thing about Valli. He is here in Canada for an internship in Nano technology… in other words he is a genius. He was so excited when he found out there was a church building in Sherbrooke. He then asked, “can I come to church this Sunday?!!” We were just jumping for joy at this point. I think Soeur Leon and I said, “we are so excited for you” like 10 times. He probably said`it 10 times back so it was okay.

He came to church yesterday, had an amazing experience and loved it. He said that he felt like he was part of family and he wanted to come back. We had our first lesson with him later that evening. We taught with the most amazing family in our ward, the Barrios family. Soeur Barrios is the Young Women’s president that I work with. Sister Leon and I love them both dearly. Even though we felt we should take them to the lesson we knew that Valli only speaks English and the Soeur Barrios mostly speaks French and Spanish. It worked out well because her husband translated for her. Wow, the lesson went so amazing and the spirit was so strong. The Barrios’ changed the whole lesson. Their testimonies were so powerful and it was so needed in our lesson. I am so thankful for member missionaries!! We had such an amazing lesson with him. He is interested in learning more and he has truly been prepared by the Lord. He said that he has felt really lonely as he has been traveling through Europe and going to college there. He said attending church has made him feel part of a family. In broken English, Soeur Barrios said, “well, you can be part of our family if you let us!” As we concluded the Barrios’s invited Valli to come to their home for the next lesson. I could just see how happy Valli was. So that was our big miracle for the week. Valli is amazing, end of story. After saying goodbye to Valli, Soeur Leon, Soeur Barrios and I literally started screaming and jumping for joy. Brother Barrios was embarrassed and said, “stop that, people are going to think we have been drinking!”

We also had an amazing experience the other night actually right before we found Valli. We were walking down the street to go visit someone when something in me said, “talk to that guy getting out of his car.” Thinking that we would be late for our appointment, I ignored it and kept walking. When we got to the apartment no one was home. As we were walking back the guy we passed was standing right in front of his car. I just knew we had to talk to him. As we spoke with him, he instantly knew our church. He is from Haiti and he had heard about the church before. He told us he would love to meet with us and learn more about the church. He gave us his number to make an appointment!

The last miracle I would like to share for the week would have to be our amazing ward council. I know that sounds weird to say as a miracle, but it was. Our mission president and stake president have been giving a lot of counsel on how ward council should go and what should be happening. It has been a struggle to get the mind set of the leaders to change. Our last ward council meeting was amazing. We started this program in our ward called 5-5-5. This is where the different auxiliaries contact less actives and ask them if they would like missionary lessons. They then pass them over to the missionaries if they are interested. It actually happened for Soeur Leon and I. We have 3 new less actives to go visit now! Also, we received visiting teaching assignments too! We we are just on cloud 9 with all these new people to got visit and teach!!

Well, all I can say is the Lord has truly poured out His blessing upon us this last week. I am so extremely happy! I love this work. I know this gospel is the most important thing in my life. The love of God and the power of the restored gospel are redemptive and saving. God’s love and His gospel can dress any wound, heal any hurt, and soften any sorrow. We are closer to heaven than we think! We are destined for more than we can possibly imagine! I love this gospel and the joy and comfort it has brought into my life and family. I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Avec amour,

Soeur Hunt

Une Belle Semaine!

The balloons we spent forever blowing up to use for a game with the youth.

The balloons we spent forever blowing up to use for a game with the youth.

The wonderful youth in our ward!

The wonderful youth in our ward!

My perfect omelet that I was a little too proud of.

My perfect omelet that I was a little too proud of.

Studying on our ghetto couch.

Studying on our ghetto couch.

Hello my beautiful family and friends! 🙂

Last week was so great and so busy and full of fun and miracles. This last weekend we had our zone conference. It was absolutely amazing and powerful. I learned so much and I am so excited. The work is truly changing and hastening here in our mission. This powerful conference was led by our mission president and our stake president. They spoke about how we are going to change the way we do missionary work. The change is how we work with members and how there is no division in the work anymore. We are all a part of the same great work. You don’t have member missionary work on one side and missionary on the other, it’s all the same! It was so cool to see the stake president and the mission president working together to really help the hastening in our mission. I wish I could share and write everything I learned from the meeting, but then I would be writing a novel.

We also had a really fun activity with the youth on Saturday to introduce the new theme for the year. We played several fun games together as we introduced it. Soeur Leon and I were able to do a lot of the preparation for the activity in our free time. It was so fun being with the youth. I felt like I was in Young Women’s again. It made me miss all the young women back home:)

We had some amazing lessons with our investigators, Louise and Maryléne this last week. We haven’t been able to have a lesson with them for a while. Maryléne is married to a less active in our ward and they have a little boy and girl who are so cute. We were able to sit down with the whole family and teach them the restoration. It was a great lesson. I love teaching families;) We then had a lesson with Louise and talked a lot about baptism, her beliefs and worries with the church. It was great to be able to see them this last week. We also had tons of lessons with less actives and recent converts. It felt great to be able to teach more lessons this last weekend.

We also had a great experience contacting a potential on our list. We had a great visit and lesson with her. She is from Africa and has a beautiful big family. They were so open and she invited us to come back to teach them more. The spirit was so strong in our lesson that she could not stop crying.  Later that night we went contacting and didn’t have too much luck.  The one door we knocked on was the worst door contact I have ever had.  We began by speaking in French.  The man at the door then asked if we would speak in English because his French was not that good.  So I then start speaking English and he asks, “is that English?” Soeur Leon tries again by talking really slow. She asked him if he had a belief in Jesus Christ. He responds, “obviously not, I told you my name was Mohammad.” Then he asks what we are doing here even though we already told him. We tell him we are missionaries and explain more. We ask him if he would like to learn more. Then he asks, “how can you teach me more about machinery?” He didn’t know what the word missionary meant and he thought we had been saying, “machinery” the whole time we were talking to him. He was confused and it was so awkward. We ended up giving him a Mormon.org card and told him he could visit the website and call us if he had any questions. It was the worst. I guess you had to be there to see how awkward it was.

This last week has been so great though. I finished my first transfer in Sherbrooke and it feels so good. I feel a hundred times more comfortable with the area and members. My testimony is so strong.  The time is NOW for members and missionaries to work together not tomorrow or in 4 years from now, but today! The Lord has prepared the means in many different ways, but now is the time to act together in faith. I hope you remember how much I love you all, but even more how much your Heavenly Father loves you. `
Have a great week.

Love always,

Soeur Hunt