Small and Simple Things

Beautiful Fall days!

Beautiful Fall days!

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Cold Fall mornings!

Cold Fall mornings!

Bonjour family and friends!!

I hope you all had a great week. It has been a lovely week here in the Montreal Mission. We had such a wonderful visit from Elder Golden of the Seventy. Monday night, there was a little meeting with him and with all the leaders in our mission. The next day Elder Golden taught us at our zone conference.

The zone conference was awesome and the spirit was so strong. It was, by far, one of the highlights of my mission. We received so much inspired counsel for our mission and I received a lot of  personal revelation that day. Elder Golden is definitely a servant of the Lord.  He taught us how we could achieve significantly better results in the Lord’s work if we make a few relatively minor changes. The Book of Mormon teaches: “Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.” (Alma 37:6-7)

Elder Golden spoke about the need to have exact obedience.  If we fix the small things, we will see significant changes in our mission. Missionary work requires exact obedience. You will win or lose the battle everyday before you leave the apartment as we arise on time, exercise, and do our studies. The Lord works by small means. Lucifer likes the grand plans, but the small things are the pattern of the Lord.

Here are some random quotes from him that I loved!  I am sorry if this is not interesting to you..
“We are in the business of miracles. God is a God of miracles. Dont ever forget that!”
“We haven’t been called because we are qualified. We have been called and He will qualify us.”
“The Lord loves to work through the weak and simple so we learn to become dependent on Him and put ourselves in His hands.”
“Don’t let pride ever let you think you have a better way than the Lords.”
“When you give your will to His will, our will changes.”
“Obedience is the Lord’s strength. Disobedience is our own strength”
Well, I’ll stop with the quotes. It was just a great day full of the spirit!!

I will leave you with the best miracle from this last week. Our recent convert in our ward, Josue, brought his friend to church yesterday!! His friend loved church and is super interested in learning more. We have a lesson with him tonight…so super excited!! His name is Jean and he is from Haiti. I love teaching Haitians, they are my favorite.

I love missionary work. I just feel energized and ready to work. 🙂  Nothing can replace the joy of missionary work and serving the Lord with all your heart, might, mind, and, strength. Have a great week. Remember to trust in the spirit and to focus on the small and simple things of the gospel. “Simplify… allow His grace to carry us.”~ Elder Uchtdorf~
I love you all!!

Avec amour,
Soeur Hunt
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Mooseheads, Poutine and Snow!

Love this city!

Love this city!

Walking down the street this week and we found a moose head in the back of a truck...only in Canada!

Walking down the street this week and we found a moose head in the back of a truck…only in Canada!

P-days and Poutine!

P-days and Poutine!

First snow of the season!

First snow of the season!

Trying to catch the snow:)

Trying to catch the snow:)

Back together with Carlos, our ward mission leader, after his trip to the states! :)

Back together with Carlos, our ward mission leader, after his trip to the states! 🙂

Bonjour!

It has been such a great week in Montreal. The cold is coming so fast, including snow. YES, it started snowing a few times this last weekend. It was crazy. It is almost time for mittens, winter boots and parkas…haha!

This last week our exchanges with the sisters kept us on the island.  We witnessed many miracles between our exchanges and our work in the YSA.  Our investigators are really progressing . Ugo, sorry not Ego, is doing so well. We were able to teach him twice this last week and then he came to institute and played soccer with all the guys in the branch on Friday night. He is right at home with all the members. Everyone already thinks he is a member. He is super outgoing and nice. Ugo seems to really be loving the Book of Mormon. Last night, we texted him. We invited him to FHE and to see how his studies were going. He texted back and asked, “Is it okay if I am reading really fast or should I take more time to study more deeply?” These are the kind of questions missionaries just love! We get so excited to teach him because we always feel the spirit so strong in Ugo’s lessons. We can just feel the love that Heavenly Father has for him! We are praying that he will make his baptismal date for the 7th of November.

Another miracle from this last week is being able to teach a non-member girl who has been coming to church for the past two months. She moved to Montreal from France along with her friend who is a member. We ate with them Saturday night and invited her to start taking the lessons. She was super happy and excited to start. She has already begun reading the Book of Mormon and is enjoying her family history work. She found out that her grandparents are actually Mormon and she didn’t even know it! Her name is Marion and her friend is Eole. They are both super french and a little challenging for me to understand sometimes. I am not used to French accents. Quebec has ruined my French…haha!  They are both super awesome and nice. I am excited to work with Marion. She seems so ready to learn and progress in the gospel. She is really comfortable with all the sisters in the Relief Society too.

I feel like I am just at home with the YSA. They feel like family. Although,  sometimes I feel that I know just a little too much about who is dating who. I  try to stay out of the romance drama!

We are all getting pretty excited for this week. We have a Seventy coming up to our mission to do a mission tour. Tonight we have a meeting with him and all the leaders in the mission.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, we will have a zone conference with him. His name is Elder Golden. I will let you know how it all goes in next week’s letter. We have also started handing our invitations and inviting everyone to the open house. Everyone can’t wait for the temple to open!

I think this last week I have realized how blessed I have been to be serving with the young adults. They have strengthened my testimony so much! All the members seem to help me in different ways. I feel like they all have such strong and powerful testimonies. I see a difference here than being in a Utah, YSA.  I am not putting down the YSA in Utah, but here you can see how the members need to be strong and firm in their testimonies. They are the examples for their friends/family who may not always share the same standards and beliefs as them. They are such a close, strong group and they radiate a light and energy that is just contagious…I love it!

I hope you all have a great week and enjoy the pictures!

Avec Amour,

Soeur Hunt

Bonne Action de Grace!!

My favorite tree on our street...this picture does not do it justice!

My favorite tree on our street…this picture does not do it justice!

District picture! :0

District picture! :0

Doing phone calls!!

Doing phone calls!!

This is a dinner that I made for Sister Neri. A smoothie, sweet potato, spinach and eggs, oh, I cannot forget the hot sauce...haha!

This is a dinner that I made for Sister Neri. A smoothie, sweet potato, spinach and eggs, oh, I cannot forget the hot sauce…haha!

Bonjour!!

I hope you are all having a great week and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you!! This has just been another week full of so many miracles.

It began the week before by finding so many new people to teach. The biggest miracle was last Monday night right after I got done writing you all. Sister Neri and I ended our P-day a little early to prepare for our two lessons with our investigator, Ego,(yes, that is how you spell it, but it is pronounced..Hugo) and Sandy. We were feeling pretty excited for the lessons because we were planning on setting baptismal dates with both of them! We knelt down in prayer before we left and asked to have the power of the spirit to be with us that night for our two lessons. Both of the lessons went perfect! We were able to set baptismal dates for both of them. The spirit was so strong in the lessons. We shared the restoration with them. When we shared the part with the first vision is when I felt the spirit the most. I love the special spirit that comes into the room when you teach about the first vision. I feel so excited for Ego and Sandy.

Sister Neri and I have been praying and fasting so much for all of our investigators to be able to continue to progress. I feel something special with Ego. He brings an awesome spirit into all of our lessons. The only thing now is trying to figure out how he can make it to church with his work schedule!

The other miracle we had was with an investigator the elders from another ward found for us. They taught him and set a baptismal date too! He is YSA age so he came to the YSA branch this last Sunday!! I invited him to church on Saturday night right after the elders passed his information to me. The first thing he texted back was, “What do I need to do if I want to be baptized?” His name is Olivier and he has been taught in the past from elders and he seems more ready than ever! He enjoyed coming to church with the young single adults. We will start teaching him this next week.

For Thanksgiving, yesterday, we went on exchanges with some of our sisters. The sister that I was with got sick so we spent most of the day inside. I decided to deep clean the apartment because I feel weird just relaxing and doing nothing…ha! She slept and read the scriptures for the day. That night we went out to get some food and then went to FHE. Before FHE began, we taught Ego again. We had another awesome lesson with him, full of the spirit!! He stayed for FHE and had a good time with the members.

I think one of the biggest miracles that I have seen lately is seeing the members get more excited to help us by working with their friends. One of our members, Sarah, ran up to us at church and told us that she invited her friend from work to come to church next Sunday. He told her, “Yes, I will come!” Another girl is inviting her friend to come to institute and wants us to meet him. I love member missionary work!!

It has just been an awesome week! Sister Neri and I have seen a lot of success lately. I feel so blessed to be here in the YSA in Montreal. It has been such a blessing to work with the young adults. Their examples mean so much to me. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Although, there are times that I miss families and kids, it’s fun being with people you feel you can really relate to!

Here is one last experience from this week. We were able to have our first training for the temple hosting during the open house of the Montreal temple this next month. It was so great. I can’t even explain how strong the spirit was in that training. It was a room full of just sister missionaries(that does not happen very often) getting trained by Sister and President Patrick. We started the meeting by singing, “I Love to See the Temple” and ended it with “Families can be Together Forever.” Half of the room was crying like babies by the end of the meeting. We received a little script that we need to memorize in French and English so we can introduce the video at the beginning. The sisters are in charge of welcoming, the video room presentation, and then being at the end of the tour in the reception tent to answer questions and help people fill out comment cards. This is such a huge blessing for the sisters in our mission. I am so excited for the temple open house!!

Well, I am running out of time. I need to end, but I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

Gros bisous,

Soeur Hunt

Conference Weekend! :)

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~L.M. Montgomery

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” ~Emily Bronte

Kicking down trees!

Kicking down trees!

The only ones on the metro as we were heading home one night.

The only ones on the metro as we were heading home one night.

Salut!

Well, wasn’t this last weekend just wonderful?? It felt like I participated in a huge spiritual feast by watching General Conference.  It was so amazing to be filled with the spirit as I listened to our prophet and apostles who lead our church! I keep marveling at how the spirit touched me again and again, confirming my testimony of this restored gospel and by receiving personal revelation on things that I can change and work on.

Sister Neri and I were able to listen to all four sessions of conference. On Saturday, we headed down to the LaSalle building to watch the first two sessions of conference. Our plans also entailed a lesson with an investigator in between the two sessions. Then Sunday morning started with a another lesson and a pass off lesson with the Spanish elders. We had a little time to kill before the first session so Sister Neri and I decided to go do a pass by a potential. She lives in the college housing at the University of Montreal. On our way, we got to contact lots of young adults. Also, on our way back we saw a college student unloading boxes out of his car all by himself. The spirit said, “You should ask him if he needs help.” So that is just what I did! He said, “Yes I would love some help.” The boxes were a little heavier than expected, but Sister Neri and I did our best to assist. He asked us, “Why we are here and what we do?” We were able to explain, share a brief testimony, and invite him to learn more. We got his number and he said that he was pretty curious. It felt so good to lend some service and share our testimonies. Then, noticing we were late, we took off for the metro to make it on time for the first session of conference at the church. We were running down the metro and found ourselves running with a few other members trying to make it to conference.

One thing that I love about conference weekend in Quebec is on Sunday everyone goes to the church building to watch conference together! I love it. It makes the spirit in the meeting ten times more powerful. Of course, in-between sessions everyone enjoys a potluck together. It is lots of fun. For the second session on Sunday, we were invited to a member’s house. It was with one of the counselors in the bishopric of the YSA. We got to watch conference in their home and afterwards we had a HUGE, yummy dinner together. The wife is from Haiti and she made lots of good Haitian food. It was such a wonderful weekend! 🙂  Also, right after conference, a guy we contacted on the bus a few weeks ago called us and asked if he could come to church. He said that it feels like something he needs to do. It was awesome. It just added to the spirit of the day.

This last week has just been amazing!! It has been one of the best weeks on my mission by far!! Sister Neri and I have been extremely blessed by finding LOTS of new people to teach and also by teaching many new people. We found 5 new investigators this last week that all speak French and are YSA age. We have had a first lesson with all of them! It was such a huge miracle for us. We have been praying to find new people to teach and to prepare for baptism. We have been talking to everyone. Sister Neri helps me so much with this. She is like that little voice or spirit behind me. Sometimes we will be walking down the street or in the metro and she will just lean over and say, “We are going to talk to this person.” or “You should contact that person.” I love her!

We have found some amazing people who are super ready to learn and who are so open to our message. Tonight we will have a lesson with two of them before FHE starts. We are praying to invite them all to be baptized this next lesson…so wish us luck!  Also, our investigator, Youcef, is doing amazing. He enjoyed watching all the sessions of conference and he really felt the spirit. This last week has just been great!! Sister Neri and I saw so many miracles. I wish that I had time to write them all. General Conference was like the icing on the cake of this great week.

I feel so blessed to be here serving the people of Montreal, especially here in the YSA. I  have such a love for the young adults. I remember how I avoided the young adults because they kind of scared me… now I just want to talk to all the young adults. I get so excited when I get to contact them…ha!  I know this is where I am supposed to be. I love serving the Lord all day, everyday.

I don’t have too much more time, so I will leave you with some quotes from conference that I loved:

“The goal is exaltation and discipleship is the journey… focus on the simplicity that is in Christ and let His grace carry us.” ~Dieter F Utchdorf~

“Our direction is ever more important than our speed.” ~Larry R. Lawrence~ I just loved his talk and especially the invitation he gave us all. He invited us to kneel down and pray that night and to ask God, “What is keeping me from progressing?” So, if you haven’t done this yet…do it!

Then, from the dear words of our prophet:
Radiate the light of Christ… We will be different. We will stand out!” ~President Thomas S. Monson~

I love you all and I wish you a beautiful week!!

Avec amour,

Soeur Hunt