Bonjour Ma Famille,
This last week, I had another exchange in a Spanish area. It is so crazy going into Spanish areas. It feels like I just started my mission again because I can’t communicate with the investigators very well. Although, most of them can somewhat speak French with me. It is fun working with people from another culture. I always get fed when I go into Spanish areas; it’s the best.
Also, this past week was pretty fun. Sister Jeter and I went to Old Montreal for my birthday. We did some sightseeing and then treated ourselves to ice cream. Walking around Old Montreal made me feel like I was in Europe. It is so pretty this time of year. I love Montreal. I had a great birthday. We even had a dinner appointment that night, which like never happens! It was great.
This week has been pretty full teaching lessons and finding more people to teach. We have lost a few of our investigators lately; so we are trying to find more people to teach. This is always one of the biggest struggles of missionary work. We still have been super busy teaching members and less actives in the ward.
We had an awesome experience with one of our investigators. He is an investigator that we had to give to another team because he is too old to be in the YSA branch, that Sister Jeter and I are over. The great news is that he has decided to get baptized. He is so amazing and awesome. He is from Africa and super cool. We were sad to let him go, but he should be getting baptized sometime this next month and we will be able to attend. We are super excited for him.
I am loving Montreal, the people, the ward, my companion, and the work. Everything is great. I feel like I have grown and learned so much this last transfer. It has been full of craziness being in the city and learning a new area with a new companion, and teaching new people. I have loved every moment of it. I hope all is well back home. I love you all!!
~”Patience means humbly accepting the Lord’s timing—whatever it is.”~
Well, today is a holiday in Canada. It is called Victoria Day/Fete de la Reine. Montreal is crazy with people everywhere. I have been told that this holiday is the kickoff to summer; kind of like our Memorial Day. I am sure there is more history to it than that because it is all about a Queen Victoria who lived a long time ago. I am currently standing in the Apple store and emailing you all. I apologize ahead of time for the rushed email response today. Montreal is beautiful; it is warm, almost hot, and I am loving it. Sister Jeter and I just ate sushi for lunch and after this we are going to visit Old Montreal. I am pretty excited.
It has been a crazy jammed-packed week for Sister Jeter and I. We had two different exchanges, a zone conference in which we gave a training and lots of lessons 🙂 We were really blessed this last week. I had a lot of fun on my first exchange with a sister from Belgium. She is like my new favorite sister. I love her! They have bikes to travel with, so I got to bike through Montreal for the day with her. It was so fun!! I love bikes. It was fun being in a family ward for the day and getting food again. We usually never get dinner appointments in our ward with the young adults. I had plenty of great Haitian food that day! The next day Sister Jeter and I were able to give a training to our zone. It went so well; the zone conference was amazing and full of the spirit. The following day we went back to exchanging with more sisters.
It was great to finally be back with Sister Jeter this last weekend. In 11 days we did 5 exchanges; it was crazy. There is only one week left for this transfer and everything is great. On Saturday, we were able to teach an English class in the morning and then we attended a baptism with our investigator, Victor. Yesterday, on Sunday, we taught four lessons. We even had a dinner appointment last night. It was really weird, though, because we were in an apartment full of 6 college boys and Maude, our investigator. I felt like I was in back in college…haha! The evening went great and we were able to teach an amazing lesson with Maude.
We also had a really weird experience on the metro last night. First, my companion literally got punched in the arm by a guy. We are still really confused about that one. It was weird and it happened so quick. The guy took off pretty fast. Then we met a really crazy guy from Africa who had white chalk all over his face. He cast a spell on us and then he spit in our faces. It was really weird and random. Then again, we have met a lot of cool people on the metro this last week from places around the world. Now that summer has started, there are tourists everywhere. The metros are always a new experience everyday.
Well, I really have to be going. I hope you all have a great week!!! I love you.
Oh, my goodness, yesterday was the highlight for me this last week. I loved seeing you all on Skype. Mother’s day was a great day. I was able to Skype with my family and then have a big dinner with my ward mission leader, Carlos, and his family. They are from Peru so we were able to eat all this yummy Peruvian food!
Also, this last week was crazy full of lessons with some of our amazing investigators: Maude, Alberto, Victor and Rodrigue. We had three splits to go on with sisters; it was crazy fun. I have never been this tired through my whole mission. I can’t believe it. My body and mind are so exhausted every night. Sister Jeter and I have become so close this last week; I love it. She is such an amazing companion. I am so lucky to be with her.
I don’t have too much to write this week so I will end with a spiritual thought. I want to share my testimony on the family. It was so great to see my family this last week. It made me realize how blessed I am to have my family. They mean everything to me. I don’t know where I would be without the support, help, the love of my parents and all my brothers and sister. I have seen how the gospel has blessed my family personally, but even more I can see on my mission how the gospel blesses families all around me. Here is a quote that I like from L. Tom Perry, “The gospel is the glue that holds us together through the hard times and the happy times. It’s more important than ever to make our families the center of our lives and the top of our priorities.” I know that families are ordained of God. How blessed we are to know we can have eternal families. I love my family and Happy Mother’s day…Bonne Fete des Meres!!
My challenge for all of you is to tell your family members this next week how much you love them and tell them thank you for all they do. I love you all and have a great week!!
Well, this last week was great and full of so many fun experiences and miracles. The weather here in Montreal is gorgeous. Spring is finally here and I love it! Sister Jeter and I go running at a nearby park every morning. We were able to do more splits with sisters this last week. I am also going on another one tonight. Sometimes I feel like I am living out of a suitcase, but it’s okay. I love splits with the sisters. We always have lots of fun. I am getting to know the other sisters here so well.
I would like to share with you an awesome experience Sister Jeter and I had this last week. We had a member text us Friday morning. In his text he asked if we could teach his friend that he was bringing to Institute that night. Of course we said, “yes!” Our only problem was that we had a lesson planned with another investigator at the same time. We decided to do a member split. It felt weird not teaching with Sister Jeter, but the lesson went so amazing. His friend Rodrigue is like sooo prepared. He is African, but he grew up in Lyon, France. He told me that he had run into the missionaires a lot in France. He said that they even knocked at his door before, but he never found the time to meet with them. One day he was talking to his friend, Arnold, at work and found out that he was a Mormon. That is when Arnold invited Rodrigue to meet with us. We had an amazing lesson with him. Rodgrigue is so open and excited to start meeting with us. I invited him to come to church and he came yesterday. It was our fast and testimony meeting. I was explaining to him how fast and testimony meeting works. I told him that anyone can go up and bear their testimony. Right after that his friend, Arnold, leaned over and told him the same exact thing. A couple of minutes later Rodgrigue went up to bear his testimony!! It was so crazy. In his testimony he said that it was his first time ever coming to this church. He also said that he had only met the missionaries once and he had about a million questions running through his head. He then said that he just had to get up and express how indescribable his feelings were. He said he felt at home and that it felt so good to be around the people here. It was so cool. Rodrigue is amazing. Of course we instantly hit it off because he is African and all Africans are just awesome and amazing. We have another lesson planned with him tonight before family home evening:)
Also, another one of our amazing investigators, Victor, came to church too! He is so cool. He is dating, Evelyn who is a member. They are such a cute couple. I love teaching them together. We were able to teach them about the temple this week. The lesson went so great. Today, Sister Jeter and I are going out to lunch with them. I asked them where we could find the best Indian food in Montreal and they said they would take us there:)
Here is a funny story about Sacrament meeting yesterday. The day we had two investigators at church of course is the day that someone forgot to bring the Sacrament bread. So we literally had stale old ice cream cone pieces for the Sacrament bread. It sounded so funny listening to them breaking the ice cream cones into pieces. It was hard not to laugh. This would only happen in a single’s ward.
Gosh, but things are just going so great. I love working with the Young Single Adults. It is a lot of fun. It is definitely different from a family ward. I wish I had time to tell you all the crazy experiences that happen every day here in Montreal. We have met people from everywhere and from almost every religion on the metro. Oh, and I have tried some amazingly yummy food too. I am slowly becoming less and less awkward with my metro contacting skills. Sister Jeter and I get pretty creative. I love working with Sister Jeter. We get along so well and we probably have a little too much in common. It is great though:)
Well, I am super excited to talk to you all on Mother’s day. In fact I can’t wait!!! I will leave you with something that has helped me so much this last week. We had a conference call with President Patrick and something he said just really stuck with me. He said the key to being a great leader is to be constantly and relentlessly happy, full of joy and testimony. I have really worked on this last week as I go out and work with the other sisters, investigators, ward members, and less actives. It has helped me so much. Staying positive and changing my mindset has brought so many blessings. It has helped me to be less stressed and to love my mission and the people around me. It seems to rub off on everyone I meet. So just remember to be happy this next week:)
I love you all,