One big change took place this morning. It was lots and lots of cleaning. Ha! Sister Neri and I decided to deep clean the apartment and rearrange things. It looks so pretty and nice now. Sister Neri is very organized and clean. I like it. She likes to go running with me in the morning so that is always nice too.
This last week has been super busy with lots of teaching appointments, meetings, and getting things organized for exchanges and this transfer. I can tell this is going to be a great transfer and I am super excited.
We also had a super great lesson with our investigator, Youcif, this last week (the guy from Algeria). He has been so prepared by the Lord. I feel super lucky to be teaching him. We talked about the gospel of Jesus Christ with him. He also told us the story of how he knew he had to start learning more about the church. This last month of July has been Ramadan. It is when the Muslim culture does their 40 day fast. He said while he was doing the fast that he felt horrible and that something was missing. So one night at the end of his fast, he got down for prayer and knelt to talk to God and to know what he needed to do. That night he had a dream that he met two Mormon missionaries and he was reading the Book of Mormon. After that he contacted his friend who was Mormon. She gave him our online information so he could meet with the missionaries. He is super cool. I love teaching him. I know the Lord has been preparing him and has big plans for him.
Also, we got to teach our other progressing investigator, Sandy. She is from Haiti and is super cute and awesome. She wants to be baptized and is reading in the Book of Mormon to know if its teachings are true. We should hopefully be teaching her tonight before Family Home Evening.
Well, there is nothing else too new and exciting. It has been a great week. Sorry for the short letter. I don’t have too much to report.
I am so happy to be working here in Montreal. I have a lot of faith that Sister Neri and I will see a many miracles this transfer as we put our trust in the Lord, humbly serve others, and follow the spirit in unity!
I love you all and I hope you have a great week! Good luck with the start of a new school year! Thanks for everything.
Bonjour a tous!
Well, it’s been a week full of experiences and fun times. Sister Jeter and I were kept very busy this last week together…. yupp, it’s true, I am getting a new companion. This is actually really hard. I have become so extremely close to her and I am going to miss her sooo much!! She is getting sent to Lemoyne, my first area. I am so excited for her. Man she has become my companion, best friend, and sister all in the last three transfers together. We have experienced and grown so much together. She has helped me more than she could ever realize. I love her. Okay, well I will stop being so mushy and weird… ha.
My new companion is Sister Nerri. I actually know a lot about her because I have been on two exchanges with her. I was on exchanges with her just this last week. She is from Chicago. She is Hispanic, beautiful, and she speaks Spanish. She has been in the Spanish ward here on the island her entire mission. She came into the field about 5 transfers ago. I am so excited to work with her! I love her to death and I can’t wait! It will be awesome. Sister Nerri and I will be serving in the YSA branch as sister training leaders. So that is the news with transfers, I will continue serving in the YSA branch as sister training leaders with Sister Nerri now.
This last week was such a good way to end the transfers with Sister Jeter. We had a lot of fun together, teaching everyone and working hard every day.
Three awesome miracles of the week:
-Sitting on the metro someone taps my shoulder. It is a man and the first thing he asks is if he can get the address to our church! He proceeds to tell me that his uncle, who he is really close to, just got baptized in Peru. He really wants to learn more about our church. He said that he had been reading our church magazine. the Liahona, this last week. He said that we were the first missionaries he has ever seen. We got his information and we were able to teach him this last week. Sadly, he will go to other missionaries because he is too old for the YSA. He has been prepared by the Lord and he seems super interested in coming to church.
-We taught this super cool guy who got introduced to the Mormon church by his friend who lives in New Caledonia. He is from Algeria. He moved to Canada two years ago. He speaks Arabic and French. Anyways, we had a super cool lesson with him. The spirit was really strong!! He wants to get baptized. He said he just knows this is what he has been looking for and he feels so much peace with our message. The only two things is he might want to go to a family ward instead of the YSA and he wants to fly to New Caledonia to get baptized. I am super excited for him though! It was a really cool experience.
-Jessie, a girl we found from the English class a few weeks ago got baptized this last week in the Spanish branch! She is super cute! I love her.
Well, it’s been such an amazing week. I love being a missionary. I feel so blessed to be here. I love this work and I love my Savior. I am excited for a new transfer and for the new experiences to come.
I love you all and hope you have a bien beau week!!
This has been a great week. Sister Jeter and I have been super blessed. We were able to teach many lessons this last week. This made us super happy because the last few weeks have been a little hard. We have slowly built up our pool of investigators to teach.
Last week, we had an awesome experience. We were at the church building one night making some phone calls and eating dinner when a man came and knocked on the door. We went out and talked to him. He just arrived from Africa two weeks ago and he really wants to learn English. We gave him the information for the English class and then we asked him if we could teach him more about what we do as missionaries. He agreed, and this last week we had two lessons with him. It was a cool miracle because we had been praying to find new investigators and then he just showed up knocking at the meetinghouse door one night.
We also had some cool experiences with our other two investigators, Sandy and Merino, from Haiti. We found them from teaching a less active in our ward. They both have baptismal dates set for the end of this August. They seem super interested and willing to change. The only problem is they work on Sundays…like a lot of people. It is funny how we teach so many people from everywhere around the world, but nobody from Quebec. Anywhere else, you name it: Africa, South America, Haiti, Europe, India, etc. We love the diversity of cultures here.
Another awesome experience we had this last week was our zone training meeting. Sister Jeter and I opened the meeting with our training called, “The Doctrine of Who We Are.” We taught about who we are as missionaries. We used a lot of stories in the Bible to teach how we are disciples of Jesus Christ. It was our best training yet! The spirit was super strong. Following that, we performed a song together with all the zone leaders that was accompanied by a ukulele. This brought the spirit in even more. It was a really good zone training meeting. I love our zone so much! There are so many great missionaries.
Sister Jeter and I were able to celebrate our one year mark in Quebec together on Wednesday. The morning started off with an awesome service experience of painting somebody’s apartment. It was a non-member friend of a member that is moving here for college this fall. Her apartment was soo cool! We became super envious as we painted it. It is a hipster style apartment located in the middle of Montreal. We even found out she was paying lower rent than us. It made the two of us want to move back and live in Montreal someday. What was even cooler is that she seemed interested in meeting with us again and coming to church activities. After that, it was super hot so we celebrated our one year anniversary in Quebec by buying ice cream, of course!
It has been a great week as Sister Jeter and I were given a lot of awesome experiences to help and teach people. I feel so blessed to be serving here. Every night, coming home, I am completely exhausted from running around Montreal all day on bus, metro and walking, “BMW!” I am so completely happy at the same time by knowing I gave it my all that day in serving the Lord and His children. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be here in Montreal. I learn so much every day.
I love that I get to serve others!
I will leave you with something that we shared in our training this last week: A large crowd followed the Savior as He ministered by the shore of the Sea of Galilee. So that more could hear Him, He got into Peter’s fishing boat and asked to be taken a little way out from the shore. After He had finished speaking, He told Peter, who had fished all night without success, to go out in the lake and let down his nets in the deep water. Peter obeyed, and he caught so many fish that the nets broke. Peter called to his partners, James and John, to come and help. All were amazed at the number of fish that were caught. Jesus said to Peter, “Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” Luke 5:11, then tells us, “And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.” They became the Lord’s disciples. The end really stood out to me, “They forsook all and followed him.” They left everything behind and followed the Savior. Which is what we are all called to do as well, to follow Him and become His true disciples. The disciples of Christ receive a call to not only forsake the pursuit of worldly things, but to carry the cross daily. To carry the cross means to follow His commandments and to build up His Church on the earth. One of the greatest blessings of this life is to be counted as one of the devoted disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. I love you all! I hope you have a great week!
August 3, 2015
Hello family and friends!!
Well, it has been a hot week here in Montreal!! It is super hot and we are just trying to stay cool each day. Today started off a lot cooler though. Sister Jeter and I took a nice run this morning and then started our P-day with pan au chocolat (chocolate croissant thing). It was soooo good! The french bakeries here in Montreal are definitely my biggest temptation. 🙂 I guess it’s a good thing we go running!
Sister Jeter and I have had a lot of awesome experiences together… and apart on exchanges! I got to go up to another part of Quebec, called Mascouche, with Sister Carpentar at the beginning of the week. That was such a beautiful day full of the spirit and happiness. I had so many answers to my prayers that day. I love going on exchanges with the sisters in our zone. They are incredibly amazing and they always help me so much! Things I seem to be struggling with almost always get answered on exchanges as I listen to the testimony of our sisters. I love them so much. We also went on exchanges with the sisters that came in from Laval. I stayed here on the island with Sister Rawlings. It was a great day.
We had the opportunity to do some service this last week for one our awesome members, Rose Marie. We got to go help her move to a different apartment in the heat of the day! It was super hot, but we had some cool experiences with her. She helped us contact some people outside of her apartment building. I love contacting with members it’s so much better! After that we were just roasting, but we went and taught a lesson to one of our less actives who had no air conditioning in his apartment. 😦 I was dying in that lesson! Following that, we went and stopped by another one of our awesome members, Bianca, who has air conditioning. 🙂 She made us come in and eat dinner with her. She said it was way too hot to be working outside. I love our members.
It is weird that it has been a super busy week and a super hard week at the same time. I think it became harder during the weekend. Many of our lessons cancelled and then all of our ward members left this weekend for a YSA conference in Quebec City. Sister Jeter and I struggled getting lessons this last week, but we still found lots of little miracles and blessings each day. I won’t forget one of the nights together from this last weekend. We were lost in the middle of Montreal and then got completely drenched by the rain on our way home! It was actually super funny; Sister Jeter and I couldn’t stop laughing. I am lucky to have Sister Jeter as my companion. No matter how hard the days get, she always helps me and keeps me going.
I have learned a lot this week about losing yourself in the work and to not focus on yourself all the time. In Mathew 16:25 it reads, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” “I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish—and in effect save their lives.”~Thomas S. Monson~ I have really seen this on my mission. The days I go out not thinking about what I want or what I think and just lose myself in the service of others and truly seek to do as our Savior would do are the best days as a missionary. You come home at the end of the day completely happy and exhausted knowing you gave yourself to God’s children and our Savior.
I love you all and I hope you have a great week. Find ways to help serve those around you this week!
á la prochaine! 🙂
Je vous aime,
July 27, 2015
Well, I hope you all had a great week. It has been a pretty busy week here in Montreal. It was full of traveling and exchanges with the sisters. This last week I was able to go on exchanges in Saint-Jerome and Terrebonne. They are both towns off the island. They were both soo pretty!! They had little town squares and greens fields. I loved getting out of the big city for a few days. It was like a breath of fresh air!
One of my exchanges was especially grand because I was reunited with Sister Hinkson, my mom/trainer in the mission field. She goes home in three weeks and I was able to spend one last day with her. It was such a great day and I loved being with her. I have always learned so much from her. She is such a great example for me and we always have fun together. We reminisced about our days serving in Lemoyne together. It was exciting to see the changes we have both made throughout our missions. It was cool to see how much both of us have grown.
The other exchange I went on was to Terrebonne. I was able to visit some of the members there. One of the less active families that we visited lived 40 minutes north of Terrebonne. It is the furthest north I have been on my mission. It was so pretty and the family was so nice. They had a huge garden and tons of animals. They gave me lots of fresh raspberries and blueberries to eat. I played with some of their kittens and then they gave me an egg from their chickens to take home. The only sad thing is I accidentally cracked the egg in the car on the way back to Montreal that night. It was really gross and I made the sister’s car smell like eggs! I felt kind of bad about that.
There was one really cool miracle that happened this last week. I don’t know if you remember Valli from Sherbrooke. He was from India. Sister Leon and I taught him towards the end of my last transfer there. Anyways, lately I had a really strong feeling that I needed to write him a note or somehow get in contact with him. To keep mission rules, the only thing I could do was write a note and have the Sherbrooke elders deliver it for me. After I wrote the note and put in the mailbox, I found out the elders had to drop Valli and stop seeing him because he wasn’t progressing. It made me so sad because I have been praying for him a lot! He goes back to India in September. A few weeks passed and the elders got a message from Valli saying he wanted to meet with them again. Apparently, he got my note and took it like an answer from God. He said it felt like His Heavenly Father was directly talking to him. The elders went and taught him that night. They said the spirit was so strong. They even fixed a baptismal date for him on August 29th. It was such a cool experience to see how the Lord always answers our prayers and to see the blessings that come when following the promptings of the spirit. I am praying for Valli that he will keep progressing and following the example of Jesus Christ.
Also, another really cool experience we had this last week was in our YSA ward. In our mission we have started working with potential Melchizedek priesthood holders. We are helping them prepare to receive the priesthood at our next stake conference in November. There is one returning, less active we have been working with a lot. Sister Jeter and I have been teaching him lessons every week and then taking him out teaching with us. Well, he was given a calling this last week to be a ward missionary!! We not only will be working with him in his new calling, but we get to keep helping him prepare for the Melchizekdek priesthood. We are so happy for him and the changes he is making. It has been really cool to help the men in our ward work on their goal for the priesthood come November. I really love working here in Laurier with the members. We are getting lots of members to have lessons with us. Even when sometimes our investigators cancel or do not show up, we really feel in some ways we were supposed to be teaching that member. It has brought us a lot closer to some of our ward members.
This last week, we also had a really great mission leadership council. I love coming together with all the leaders in the mission to talk and discuss. It is heart warming when we receive revelation for our mission as a council and work together to know how to help our missionaries and the Lord’s work here in Montreal.
Well, it has been a great week. I have felt my testimony of the Savior, my Redeemer, Jesus Christ grow so much. He is always there for us and He gives us the strength we need daily. He is full of perfect love that sometimes is so hard to comprehend. He knows us personally and He knows how we feel through the good and the hard times. We can always turn to Him and rely on Him. I will leave you all with a quote that I have read a lot this last week. It was sent to me from my dad, “Amidst our flaws, failures and even our lapses into sin and sinfulness this relationship can endure unbroken and unshaken…it increases when we recognize that he is holding on to us more surely than we, by covenant, are holding on to Him. The bond of perfectness is Christ’s pure love manifest in His spirit. It is a perfect bond. It is empowering. And it is strengthening.”
I love you all and I hope you have a great week!