Now is Part of Eternity

hello, autumn

hello, autumn

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A fancy private school in our neighborhood.

A fancy private school in our neighborhood.

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Watching the General Women's meeting

Watching the General Women’s meeting

Trying to grow my hair out.

Trying to grow my hair out.

Salut everyone:

It has been an awesome transfer here in Montreal with the YSA and yes, I will be spending another transfer here in the YSA!!!:) I am so happy. I felt impressed before transfer calls that I was still needed here in this area with Sister Neri. I am so excited. I love working in Montreal. We have had such a great transfer together and I just know the second one will be even better. Fall is here, which means I get to spend fall in the city. This is kind of a dream of mine. Today, has been a beautiful rainy autumn day.

Well, this last week was lots of fun. Sister Neri and I have been busy. Even with things not working out just how we planned, the Lord continued to bless us. Here are some examples. We were planning a lesson with an investigator who doesn’t show, but then we happen to meet a young adult at the bus stop who is totally interested in learning more. Our plans we had for a member cancels last-minute and then we find another who seems to be the perfect member for that lesson. We attend a baptism and the person getting baptized shows up an hour late because he was going around picking up his whole family to attend. They happen to be all non-members…nice! I have learned that we can’t freak out or get down when things just don’t go as planned because sometimes the Lord has a plan even better for us. He knows what He is doing and He knows that all will work out in the end.

Another example of this was when we thought we were not going to be able to watch the General Women’s meeting this last weekend. This is because the stake building we went to was only playing it in Spanish. The church playing it in English was super far away and we would not have made it on time. Sister Hatfield (a senior missionary…aka my mission mom) saved us and opened the office for us and another companionship of sisters so we could watch it together. It was so fun watching it with them. The meeting was amazing… watch it if you haven’t! I felt the spirit so strongly during the session.

This last week, we had a meeting for the leaders in our mission. We received instruction about the temple open house. It is going to be a packed-full 10 days with all the sister missionaries giving tours in the temple. All the sisters in our mission will be coming into Montreal for those 10 days. We will probably have another companionship staying in our apartment. Also, a general authority will be coming up to give us training for the tours at the end of October. All the members and missionaries are getting super excited for this! The members have started working on the performances for the Cultural Celebration. This last week we performed service by giving out invitations to people in the community to attend the temple open house. I can’t wait for the temple to open and I feel so blessed to be a part of this.

Here is a funny story from this last week. Sister Neri and I stopped at our local corner store late one night to get some drinks before we went home. We have made friends with the owner. First, he gives us our drinks and refuses to make us pay because we are sisters. Next thing I know we are sharing the gospel with everyone in the store. The owner, his friend, his brother, and a random stranger in the store who were all there that night. We even taught one of them a lesson the next day before he left to go home to Belgium.

Well, it’s been a great week!:) I will leave you with my favorite quote from the general women’s meeting! “Now is part of eternity.” My mom wrote this to me, “I love this quote because sometimes I don’t think what I am doing now is part of my eternal life. Sometimes I think that eternity is something we strive for, but this quote made me realize that we are experiencing our eternity right now too…so we need to enjoy it!” We need to enjoy the now! Every moment we have here is precious and we can find joy and happiness in every second of the day. “God didn’t design us to be sad. He created us to have Joy!!” ~Elder Uchtdorf~

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

Avec amour,

Soeur Hunt

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The Gospel is for Everyone! :)

We got a little distracted when we passed some kittens at a pet store. I couldn't resist holding them. :)

We got a little distracted when we passed some kittens at a pet store. I couldn’t resist holding them. 🙂

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A ward member brought Krispy Kreme donuts for the YSA missionaries. We were just a little excited...ha!

A ward member brought Krispy Kreme donuts for the YSA missionaries. We were just a little excited…ha!

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My super bad foot tan! Sadly, it is the only thing that has tanned on my mission. :(

My super bad foot tan! Sadly, it is the only thing that has tanned on my mission. 😦

Bonjour a tous!

Well, it’s been an awesome week. It had its ups and downs, but for sure there were lots of miracles. Sister Neri and me are getting closer and finding how to work together better. I really am so grateful that I get to work with her. She has so many good ideas on how to do things and is always talking to everyone. She is never scared to go up and share our message with anyone. She makes me want to be a better missionary. I love her.

We have really been trying our hardest this last week to talk with everyone!  A new approach we are trying is to give out more Book of Mormons instead of pass along cards. So, wish me luck as I try giving out Book of Mormons on the metro this week! We have met some awesome people: people who are super interested, people who have talked to missionaries before, people who don’t want to talk with you whatsoever, and then those special people you will just never forget because they’re just a little crazy…ha!

Any extra time we had this last week was spent talking to people, whether it be on the bus, street, metro, or the store. You always feel so good after you start talking to people it’s like you just can’t stop. I think my favorite from this last week was with this guy named, Abel. Right away we just started talking about the gospel. I was able to bare my testimony, invite him to learn more, and get his information to contact him. I guess it wasn’t anything too amazing, but the spirit was really strong. 🙂 Nothing beats sharing a solid, simple and powerful testimony with a stranger you just met and promising this message is for him. Sadly, I didn’t have time to offer him a Book of Mormon.

Last night, we were walking by a college campus and contacting some students. We went up to this one boy and he about jumped out of his skin! I didn’t think Sister Neri and I could be so intimidating…haha! I suppose young college students are not used to strangers coming up and talking to them.

There were many other great things that happened this last week such as, having awesome lessons with investigators, less actives, and doing lots of service. My testimony really grew this last week about how the gospel is for everyone and that we need to share it with everyone! It doesn’t mean everyone is going to accept our message, but we know we can always feel happy inviting people to learn more. I like what my brother, Travis, wrote to me this last week, “We do not fail when people don’t accept the gospel, but we fail when we don’t invite people to learn about the gospel. We cannot measure our success of sharing the gospel by how many people accept it, but by how many people we invite.” When we go out and invite people to come unto Christ and to learn more of Him, we are successful missionaries.

I know we can all do a little better at sharing what we know to be true and inviting people to learn more. It’s scary sometimes, but the spirit you feel doing it, and the happiness it can bring to others is totally worth it! I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Happy wishes from Montreal,

Soeur Hunt

September in Montreal!

With Carlos and Josue waiting for the metro after church.

With Carlos and Josue waiting for the metro after church.

With Sara, one of our favorite members.

With Sara, one of our favorite members.

After exchanges with Sister and Fox and Sister Johnston.

After exchanges with Sister and Fox and Sister Johnston.

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At the parc.

At the parc.

Salut!

Well, this last week was so great and it went by super fast! I can’t believe how it was full of great experiences. This last week we went on two exchanges with the sisters. I was able to spend the day with Sister Kinghorn in her area. It was a great day. We got to paint a women’s house in their ward together and have some awesome lessons together. I have been so lucky to start my mission with her and to stay so close to her my whole mission. I love working with her! We also went on exchanges with the other sisters on the island that I dearly love. I just love working with all the sisters in our zone. Organizing exchanges can be a little hard and stressful two times every week, but I feel so blessed. I learn so much working with all the different missionaries. I feel so lucky to have so many amazing sisters to work with. Their examples and testimonies mean so much to me.

We also had a miracle Sunday! There were so many miracles. First, was a girl who Sister Jeter and I did service for at the end of last transfer. She is friends with someone in the ward and they invited her to church this last week and she came! I was so happy to see her there!! Now we are going to invite her to take the missionary lessons. Second, Youcef came to church and had a great experience. He is progressing so well! we started teaching him the commandments and he just accepts them all. It is so amazing how his faith is really growing strong. Third, one of our less actives, Javier, came to church. He has not been to church services forever! He seemed to really enjoy it. The members were excited to see him there. Fourth, another non-member came to church with her friend. They both just moved here from France. Fifth, the Relief Society received 3 new members from other wards. It is so amazing to see the ward growing. To end the day, we had a potluck with the ward and the stake came and did a fireside that night. The fireside was kind of intense… it was all about eternal marriage. This is just what you love talking about as a missionary…haha!

Yesterday, we had an amazing zone conference. It was so spiritual. President Patrick gave some really good training. He taught us on keeping the Sabbath day holy from the First Presidency and then he shared teachings from the Bible that Christ gave and applied them for us. It was just so good. I am really grateful for President and Sister Patrick. They do so much for all of their missionaries. They are such amazing examples for me. I feel lucky to work so close to them. They have had a huge impact on my mission. Sister Neri and I also gave a training in zone conference that I think went pretty well.

This past transfer my testimony on the Sabbath day has really grown. I have learned how to make it more spiritual for me and for those I teach. I have really seen how important the Sabbath day is and what keeping it holy can do for us. I have seen what I can do different now and after my mission. I am trying to make the most as I partake the sacrament, renew all the covenants I have made with my Heavenly Father, I promise to remember the Savior always, to keep His commandments, and to take His name upon me. I really see that strength we receive from this weekly ordinance. We receive so many blessings as we attend sacrament meeting weekly. We just can’t miss out on this sacred ordinance. We need to prepare ourselves spiritually each Sunday.

I love my Savior and I am so thankful for His atoning sacrifice and for the strength and help he gives me. I know He loves us and I am so thankful for the change I can experience daily as I learn to use His atonement in my life daily. He is always there for us. I am so thankful that I get to share this with the people here in Montreal and to testify that Christ lives and is our Savior and Redeemer. I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

Avec amour,

Soeur Hunt

The End of Summer in Montreal!

Visiting Mount Royal with my district.

Visiting Mount Royal with my district.

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Decorating for the institute dance.

Decorating for the institute dance.

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The YSA BBQ at the cottage.

The YSA BBQ at the cottage.

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Salut a tous!

Well, it might be the end of summer here in Montreal, but the weather sure doesn’t feel like it! Our apartment is still hot as ever, especially when the power goes out in our apartment at 9:30 at night! No fans working is not fun in this hot and humid weather!  Although, it is fun being on the metros seeing all the college students going back to school. I am excited for the trees to start changing and the weather to cool down.

Yesterday, was a super fun way to end the summer in our ward. We had a ward BBQ and we all went up to Carlos’ cottage by the lake. It was a pretty long drive. It took almost an hour and a half to get to Joliette. It was a lot of fun even if Sister Neri and I couldn’t go into the lake. We were able to spend the time with our ward members and eat lots of yummy food! Our investigator, Youcef, even came and he had a lot of fun. Youcef is doing so great! He came to church this last week. He is planning on getting baptized in New Caledonia this next month. So we are teaching him every week and getting him involved in the ward to prepare him for his baptism. We love working with Youcef! He is so fun and he fits right in with the YSA.

This last week went super great for Sister Neri and me. We had a lot of success working with our members and trying to help them become more involved in the work by working with the less actives in the ward. I just love working in Laurier with the Young Adults. I feel so much closer to them all.

One thing Sister Neri and I are struggling with is finding new investigators. We keep passing a lot of them to other missionaries because they are too old or speak another language. We are praying that we can find some new investigators this next week to teach.

I have learned a lot about prayer lately, how we need to follow the promise that Heavenly Father gives us in the scriptures that says, “Ask and ye shall receive.” When we ask our Heavenly Father for things, it is called prayer. Jesus taught “what
man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:8-11) In other words, Heavenly Father wants us to pray and wants us to ask for things and when we do, He will give us good gifts – not always what we ask for, but always what we need. We just need to have the faith and courage to ask for what we need and to align our will with His. Now that Heavenly Father is there listening, He will give us what we need when we need it and He will give us His promised blessings.

I am sorry that I don’t have too much to write this week. I hope you enjoy the pictures from the week though!

Bonne Semaine a tous!

Love,

Soeur Hunt

P.S. Here is the most random question asked on the metro this week, “Are there a lot of over weight women in Utah?”

I Love My Mission :)

Pictures of our mini mission with Ashley.

Pictures of our mini mission with Ashley.

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A little note Ashley left on our board. She was practicing her English.

A little note Ashley left on our board. She was practicing her English.

A pass along card written by Sister Neri. My companion does not know what language she is speaking anymore. She wrote our names in Spanish, the church in French and the card is in English...haha!

A pass along card written by Sister Neri. My companion does not know what language she is speaking anymore. She wrote our names in Spanish, the church in French and the card is in English…haha!

Salut!

Well, it has been another great week here in Montreal with my companion, Sister Neri. We had so many great experiences together and also going on exchanges with the sisters. We had so much success this last week, it was a huge blessing. We were able to teach a lot of people and work with the members of the ward. The work was a little slow here with the YSA during the summer months, but I can really see it picking up with the start of school and people moving back to the island.

This last week, one really fun experience we had was doing a mini mission with Ashley, a ward member. We were able to show her what we do as missionaries. By doing this we were able to get to know her better and encourage her to serve a mission. She is trying to decide if she would like to serve. We were even able to teach three lessons with her that day. She was able to testify so much in these lessons, it was awesome. It was such a blessing to do the mini mission with her. She even bore her testimony about it this last week at church. She spoke about the special spirit she felt working with us all day. She said, “I even felt the spirit when I was sleeping with them!” Ha! It was so cute. Ashley began reading in the white missionary handbook this last weekend. This experience has really helped her and now she is thinking of going on a real mission.

Yesterday, was a full Sunday as well. We had all the young women and young men of the stake come and visit for the day with their parents to see what the YSA branch is like. Afterwards, we had a huge potluck and fireside. It was a packed Sunday, full of fun and the spirit. Our Investigator, Youcef, came for the activities, but he attended a different sacrament meeting that morning. Youcef, is doing great and is progressing super fast!! We watched, “The Restoration” in our last lesson with him. We then talked about what he is feeling and how the spirit testifies that these things are true. He already reads in The Book of Mormon daily. He knows it’s true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. He even told us how he watched the last April conference online and how he really enjoyed it. He told us he knows this is what he wants and that he knows this is where he is supposed to be. Now we will wait to hear if he will be flying to New Caledonia to be baptized where his member friends are.

We have also been teaching our other investigator, Sandy. She came to FHE and was able to meet some members in the ward. She is progressing pretty well.

My favorite miracle from this week was our new investigator, Ruben, from El Salvador. He is someone I contacted on the bus about a month ago. It was one of the few times I really felt the spirit telling me to talk with someone. I quickly shared with him what we do and gave him our card before he got off the bus. The next week he added us on Facebook. After some time, we were able to set up a lesson with him. He came to the church building and we taught him with one of our members. It was such an amazing lesson!! The spirit was so strong. The funny thing is that he doesn’t speak French super well. The day we taught him was exchanges so I did not have Sister Neri to help with the language barrier. The lesson went really well thanks to the member who spoke some Spanish. Ruben told us as a little boy in El Salvador that the elders from our church would come teach him and his family. He even remembered learning about The Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. He has only been in Canada for 9 months. He told us that he just feels he is missing something and really wants to be surrounded by good things and good people. We got to testify a lot and promise lots of blessings. It was by far one of my favorite lessons on my mission. We should be teaching him again next Saturday. He is also planning on coming to church on Sunday.

Well, I am sorry for all the random events. I wish I had more time to write the funny experiences from this last week because there are plenty of those as well. Like, getting lost on a bus for one hour in Montreal, walking into a random strangers apartment, or getting mistaken for hitting on people in the metros. Oh man, metro experiences are hilarious. Sometimes we meet the most random people. It is so fun to meet people from everywhere around the world. In one day, this last week, I contacted people from Russia, China, Quebec, France, and Japan. Ha! I just love Montreal.

I want you to know how much I love this work. I feel so blessed to be out serving the Lord everyday. I see the work hastening right before my eyes. I see us working so well with the members, with people accepting the teachings of the gospel and changing, of miracles spreading in our mission, and around the world. I see myself changing as I feel true love for those around me. I feel like sharing the gospel with everyone. I feel my love for the Savior and my Heavenly Father growing daily. I see my faith growing in every aspect of the work. I am trying my hardest to be exactly obedient. I love the my mission.

I hope you all have a great week! Thank you so much for all your support, love and prayers.

Love,

Sister Madeline Hunt