J’aime Montreal

French Cafe

French Cafe

Sandwich Labneh and a pastrie...the best!

Sandwich Labneh and a blueberry pastry…the best!

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My companion, Sister Jeter

My companion, Sister Jeter

At a metro station on splits.

At a metro station on splits.

The day we did a trio with Sister Arriga just before she went home.

The day we did a trio with Sister Arriga just before she went home.

My babies:) Sister Blanc and Sister Leon

My babies:) Sister Blanc and Sister Leon

Bonjour!:)

Hello, my beautiful friends and family:)  I hope you all had a great week. This last week for me has been crazy, fun, hard, and exciting. I love being in Montreal and to experience living in the city. This last week has been pretty rainy and just the perfect spring weather. So far there are no traces of winter returning.  I am starting to feel more comfortable with my companion, area, and ward.

This last week we started all the splits with the sisters. It is crazy how many splits we do. Sometimes I feel like I have 20 companions.  It is so fun working with all the girls and seeing what amazing missionaries they are. This last week I was able to spend the day working with a sister in Laval, a city which is located off the island. It was so crazy because all the lessons we had were in Spanish. I just spoke French and tried to say a few phrases in Spanish. The investigators would just laugh at me when I attempted to speak in Spanish. It was a fun day, but I was fed way too much Mexican food. I am kind of glad I don’t have to ever worry about serving in a Spanish ward.

I was also able to do a split with another sister in our area. I was super scared taking over for the day without Sister Jeter. We worked the metros and everything, but it all went great:) I looked like a little newbie with my little metro map that I would keep pulling out every few seconds to make sure we didn’t miss any of our stops.

We spend much of our day working at the Laurier building. This is the church building and the mission office on rue Gilford. We do most of our lessons, meetings, church, FHE, and Institute there each week. The Laurier building is literally my second home. I am loving the work here with the Young Single Adults. They are all so fun and nice. I love the sisters in Relief Society. It is different being in a Young Single Adult ward, but it brings back so many memories from BYU.  I quite often hear about all the dating drama in the ward…haha!

I was able to meet more of our amazing investigators that we are teaching. I instantly fell in love with them. They are all so nice. We are mostly working with three investigators right now. They are Maude, Victor and Alberto. They all have so much potential and I am so excited to continue teaching them.

I also feel so blessed to be working with my companion, Sister Jeter. She is such an amazing companion and she is just what I needed. She is from Texas and she went to BYU before coming on her mission. She is crazy active and she loves to run. She is also probably one of the best examples of obedience and diligence that I have ever seen on my mission. I feel so thankful to be working with her. We have so much fun exploring the city together. We haven’t been able to go to any of the super touristy sights yet because it has been super rainy on our P-days.  Next week we are planning to go to Old Montreal. Last week we went shopping and ate at the cutest French cafe, Olives Et Cafe Noir. Today we are going to the Chinese markets and the St. Joseph Cathedral.

I think by far my favorite thing about Montreal is taking the metro everywhere and walking around the city. It gets pretty scary to do contacting on the metro sometimes, but I love it at the same time. Today I talked to a lady that is from Korea and Russia. Everyone is super nice and they always get excited when you say you are from the USA.

Also, another wonderful thing from this last week was that I was able to see Martin from Lemonyne:) He came down to Institute on Friday night. It was so great to talk to him and hear how is was doing. He is doing sooo amazing!! He just received his temple recommend this last week. In two more weeks he is receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood. I am just so extremely happy for him. I couldn’t stop smiling the whole night after I was done talking to him.

I would like to leave you with a spiritual thought.  I want to leave you with my testimony of the Book of Mormon. Sorry, I know I bear my testimony a lot on this wonderful book, but I can’t even express to you how much my testimony of the Book of Mormon has grown.  During this transfer our whole mission is reading the Book of Mormon in 6 weeks. This is extremely hard for me, but such a blessing. I look forward to the time every morning I can open it and let the spirit fill me up. I love this quote from a talk at General Conference by Elder Kevin W. Pearson.

“Life’s journey is challenging. It’s easy to be distracted, wander off the path, and get lost. Tribulation is an inevitable and indispensable part of our eternal progression. When adversity comes, don’t let something you don’t fully understand unravel everything you do know. Be patient, cling to truth; understanding will come. Trials are like great mists of darkness that can blind our eyes and harden our hearts. Unless we are “continually holding fast” to the word of God and living it, we will become spiritually blinded rather than spiritually minded. Search the Book of Mormon and the words of the living prophets every day, every day, every day! It’s the key to spiritual survival and avoiding deception. Without it, we are spiritually lost.”

I love the Book of Mormon.  I know we can find the guidance and strength that we need each day by opening it and studying its teachings and then applying them into our lives. By reading it we can find greater happiness, more than we ever imagined. So read it… Everyday 🙂

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

Love Soeur Hunt

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My First Week in Montreal :)

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Salut!

Oh, my goodness I don’t even know where to start. This last week has been one of the craziest weeks of my mission. Montréal is so different from all my other areas. I am currently standing in the Apple Store on Rue Ste Catherine in downtown Montréal writing you all:) It has become a bit harder to write emails today. Oh, my goodness I do love Montréal!  My heart has found a new city and I don’t ever want to leave. This last week has been a new adventure everyday and I love it. I have so many stories I wish that I could write from this last week.

I think the biggest change is that we take the metro everywhere. We have no car, which actually makes me extremely happy.  I was getting tired of all the driving that was required in my last area. Now I am surrounded by people on the metro constantly. Metro contacting is definitely a new experience for me, but I love it. Everyone is super nice and there is a lot of interesting people too. You never know what is going to happen next on metro rides. Today I had this guy come up to me and said, “oh the Mormons!! I used to go to your church.” I had an interesting conversation with him. As he was getting off he planted a kiss right on my cheek! Ha, man they just attack you out of nowhere. Nobody really has respect for personal space on the metro. It is crazy and I love talking to everyone and anyone. I have literally met people from more than 20 different countries this last week on the metro. Only two people who I have talked to have actually been from Quebec. I have been able to testify to so many people while sitting on the metro and bus rides and I love it. I have seen a lot of people who are interested in learning more this last week. One thing that is kind of hard is talking to men. Quite often they think you are hitting on them…Sister missionary probs.

Another crazy thing is the French-speaking YSA branch that Sister Jeter and I are over. This branch literally covers the whole island!! We are running around everywhere from lessons, meetings, and activities at the church. I am definitely getting in really good shape. We have been running everywhere and then Sister Jeter gets me up every morning at 6:15 to go running. I love my companion and I am so thankful to serve with her. I have already learned so much from her. I love the ward members as well. It is definitely different working in the YSA branch. There are different dynamics compared to a family ward. I love the ward and there are so many crazy, amazing young single adults in this ward. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to work and serve with them. It is fun being surrounded by young people all day. I’m already growing to love them all so much.

Also, I am so excited to start working with all the sisters in our zone. We have the biggest zone in the mission! I literally go on exchanges twice a week with the sisters in our zone. Sister Jeter and I are over 9 sister companionship’s.  I have a lot more responsibilities as a Sister Training Leader than I ever knew existed. I feel so blessed to be working with all of these amazing missionaries. I love being on the Island of Montreal. There are missionaries everywhere:)

We were able to see some amazing miracles this last week as we found new investigators to teach and by doing personal mission plans with all the members in our branch. I think we taught the restoration about 10 times in 3 days. It was crazy. Our apartment is in the city next to the metro. It is small and old, but I love it!! This is my first time living in a big city. I am sure that I look like such a newbie walking around the city and marveling at every little thing.

It has been a little stressful and crazy adjusting to all these new things, but the Lord has truly been strengthening and helping me so much this last week. I can feel Him working right beside me at times. My testimony keeps growing more and more that this is not my work, but the Lord’s work.  I hope through me that I can do His work here in Montreal. I  pray to be the missionary He needs and I hope to become the missionary He knows I can become.

Well, I really wish I had more time to share some of my experiences that have happened this last week. I will try to be better this next week. I love you all so much!!!!! I will try to send more pictures too.

Last, but not least, Louise was baptized this last weekend!!:) I am so happy for her.

Love,

Sister Hunt

Endings and New and Exciting Beginnings!

Chapel in Sherbrooke

Chapel in Sherbrooke

Last time with the beautiful Young Women.

Last time with the beautiful Young Women.

My favorite little girls in the ward. The littlest one calls me, "nanny" and follows me everywhere.

My favorite little girls in the ward. The littlest one calls me, “nanny” and follows me everywhere.

I just love this family.

I just love this family.

The cute Barrios family!

The cute Barrios family!

Family Home Evening with Valli and the Barrios family.

Family Home Evening with Valli and the Barrios family.

Bonjour tout le monde!!

Oh, wow is this week ever crazy fun, full of miracles and exciting news. So I guess I will start with the most exciting news. We received transfer calls this last weekend and I found out I am leaving Sherbrooke:( I always get moved just when I get too attached to one place. I am going to downtown Montreal! I will be living right in the middle of the big city. I will be serving in the Young Single Adult ward which is French-speaking!! I have also been called to be a Sister Training Leader along with my new companion, Sister Jeter. Sister Jeter and I came in at the start of our missions together. This will be such a big new change for me, but I am so super excited. I will be in the church building that is connected to the Mission Office in downtown Montreal. Now I will get my mail on time…just one bonus!  Transfers are tomorrow instead of Wednesday so these last couple of days have been crazy busy. I have been preparing to leave and saying goodbye to everyone. I was super shocked when we got our calls.  I thought I would be in Sherbrooke for a little while longer.

I have grown to love the people of Sherbrooke so much. It breaks my heart every time I say goodbye to one of our amazing investigators or amazing members that I have grown to love like family. Last night we had dinner with a family that is so close to my heart. It was so hard to say goodbye and this only continues as we visit more people. I love Sherbrooke and I see so much potential in all the people here whether it be our investigators or the awesome member missionaries. I know Sherbrooke will only continue to see many more blessings and miracles. This ward is a powerhouse. I know it really isn’t ever goodbye with these people!

One really amazing thing we have been doing this past week is helping our investigator, Louise, prepare for her baptism this coming Saturday. Yes, I am so very sad to be missing her baptism, but His work is not about me.  I am super excited for her decision and the changes she is making in her life. She has such an inspiring and amazing story and I can’t wait to see how she continues to grow and progress in this gospel. She will bless so many people. It will be super hard to say goodbye to her today.

I am so thankful for the time I have had to serve in Sherbrooke with Soeur Leon. We have experienced and grown so much together. At the beginning of this transfer Soeur Leon and I set goals of what we wanted to see happen here in Sherbrooke. Almost every one of our goals were met…probably just not the one about eating healthy and working out. We were able to find a family to teach, actually 2! We have been preparing two people for baptism! We have become best friends through getting lost in our Lord’s work.

Sister Leon and I have experienced a lot of hard challenges when we arrived here. Together we learned to work through them by putting complete trust in our Savior. We learned so much about faith.  We learned that we can not do this on our own, but only through following the spirit and finding strength through Jesus Christ. It wasn’t easy, but looking back it was so worth it. We found and fell in love with so many amazing children of God. I just love my mission and I never want it to end. This truly is the best work and the Lord’s work. My testimony has grown in ways I never thought possible. I am sooo very sad to leave this area, but I am so excited for the new adventures I will find while serving in Montreal. I have the greatest testimony that you are called where the Lord needs you to be at this specific time. This knowledge can apply to anyone wherever you may be in life.

Well, I just want to end with one of my favorite scriptures that I hold close to my heart. It describes these last two transfers with Sister Leon, “I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God. Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.“Alma 26:11-12. I love you all so much and I hope you have a beautiful week!

Avec amour,
Soeur Hunt

Lundi de Paques :)

The forest of Maples at the Sugar Shack.

The forest of Maples at the Sugar Shack.

Making candy in the snow.

Making candy in the snow.

Yum!

Yum!

 Valli and the Elders

Valli and the Elders

Enjoying conference at the church.

Enjoying conference at the church.

The "Last Supper" activity with the Young Women.

The “Last Supper” activity with the Young Women.

Bonjour Ma Famille et mes amis!

I hope you all had a beautiful conference and Easter weekend! This last weekend was so great and full of miracles. I really saw the hand of the Lord in our work this last week. Good Friday or Vendredi Saint is a holiday here in Quebec. It truly was a Good Friday because it got up 62 degrees!! This was a miracle that Soeur Leon and I were praying fervently for. This weather has been messing with us…but Friday was beautiful with the sun. We were not even wearing coats or jackets and we were rejoicing. Also, that day we had so many lessons with our investigators because they were all home for the holiday. We were even able to get members teaching at all three of our lessons that day:) These lessons were with our three most progressing investigators, Louise, Valli and Cybal.

We had another amazing lesson with Valli. It was attended by a recent convert in our ward. The lesson went so good as we talked about baptism, the gift of the Holy ghost and enduring to the end. The spirit was so strong in the lesson. We were even able to set a baptismal date for him on May 16th!! It was something Soeur Leon and I have really been praying for. We can see so much potential in him and we love him dearly. He is such an amazing person.

Soon after, we taught Louise and had such a powerful lesson with her. We were able to share the, “Because He Lives” video. It really touched her and brought the spirit into her home. I love Louise, she feels like my older sister or best friend.

After that, we went and taught Cybal. She is our investigator that adopted Soeur Leon and I as her granddaughters. It was just such a great day full of hard work. We ended our night with a less active famille from Mexico who gave us the best Mexcian food ever! I came home sooo exhausted. The second my head hit the pillow, I was out. Soeur Leon and I felt so blessed that day. We saw the spirit really working in our investigators.

For the rest of the weekend we were able to watch and attend conference at our church building. We were with all the other missionaries and some of our investigators. We had such a cool experience with Louise. She came to watch conference with us. She was very touched by some of the talks and felt like they were written just for her. She even decided she wanted to get baptized this next month, only after watching the first session of conference. I really saw a change of heart in her this last weekend. Her testimony in Jesus Christ is so beautiful and only continues to get bigger and bigger. I truly look up to her. She wants to get baptized on April 18th, but we are not to sure if she will be ready by then. Nothing is too hard for the Lord. If that is when she is supposed to be baptized it will happen. I am so excited for her and her progression. The Lord truly has lifted and strengthened Louise through so much in her life. I know she has so many more blessings that await her.

Today, was also really fun. We were able to go out with three families in the ward, all the missionaries, and our investigator, Valli, to a sugar shack in the woods. I was able to get fresh maple syrup from the tree and then make the candy in the snow! It was so fun! We did this all before we ate breakfast. My breakfast was swimming in pure maple syrup…I feel so weird. My body is full of maple! It was a great morning and I loved being with all the ward members.

I loved conference and I definitely am so thankful for living prophets and apostles who are on the earth today to help guide and direct us. Conference is truly one of the greatest blessings. You can receive so many answers and personal revelation. I truly felt so blessed this last weekend and so edified by listening to conference. The spirit truly is what brings that change into our hearts. I love the story in the Book of Mormon of King Benjamin when he talks to his people. It reminds me so much of General Conferences as the multitudes gather around the temple to listen to his words with their families. There are so many people that they have to write his words down and then send it out to the people. I read this scripture today and that really touched me. The people in response to his address, in Mosiah 5:2, “And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.” I felt this explained perfectly how we feel after conference. As the spirit manifests truths unto our hearts It gives us that mighty change with no more disposition to do evil and telling us the things we should change. I think the challenge comes as conference is over and we return to our homes and our daily routines. Are we going to remember the words we heard and change in our heart what we felt, have no more disposition to do evil, to change and become better?

I am so thankful for our Savoir, Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice which gives us the opportunity to change and to become better daily. I know my Savior lives!! Because of Him we will live again. He is always there with us through the good and the bad. He loves us and has provided us the way home. I love Him.

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

Avec amour,

Soeur Hunt