Cold Days Ahead!

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Keepsake from a special day.

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Full days in the planner!

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Christmas lights in the city…getting excited!

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Bonjour a tous!!

Well, it was a great week getting back into the normal missionary routine after all the temple hustle and bustle. We had such a busy week full of lessons with all our investigators/new investigators. We have been able to teach so much lately and it has been a huge blessing. We have seen the blessings of talking to everyone and working through members. As we show the Lord our obedience and desire to serve, He consecrates our little efforts we make each day with unpredictable miracles. ūüôā ¬†You can’t give the Lord a crust without getting a loaf in return!

We were also able to start-up exchanges with our sisters this last week as well. I spent a day up in Mascouche and a day with a sister in our area too. I love working with the sisters. They are filled with such energy and joy. I always learn so much from their examples.

I think the big excitement from this last week was the cultural celebration and the temple re-dedication. It was so fun to be a part of these two events this last week!!¬†Saturday night was the cultural celebration titled, “Je me souviens,” which means, “I remember.” (https://www.lds.org/new-era/1996/10/i-remember?lang=eng)¬†Here is a link with a little background that explains the significance of, “Je me souviens” in Quebec. There were 400 youth from the 4 stakes in the region that participated. They performed songs and dances representing all the cultures in Montreal. The dances represented the diversity of the French, English, Latin, African, and Quebecois. It was a great night. President Erying, Elder Clayton, and Elder Gerald Causse came. It was fun to see all the efforts by the youth come together for such a great performance.

The following day, Sunday, was the temple re-dedication. There were three different sessions.  Elder Erying gave the dedicatory prayer in the session that I attended. There were also some amazing talks by the temple president, Elder Causse, who spoke in French, and then Elder Clayton. The spirit was very strong as they spoke about the blessings of temple in our life and the protection we receive by attending the house of the Lord. Something that I loved that was said during the talks was as we celebrate the re-dedication of the temple we should also re-dedicate ourselves to the covenants we have made by making temple attendance a strong desire and a part of our lives.
I feel so blessed to have experienced the temple re-dedication. It is something I will never forget!

I will leave you with an amazing miracle from this last week. Last night, Sister Neri and I had just gotten off the metro and had a little time before we needed to head home. For some reason, without really discussing it, we sat down on a bench in the metro station and started planning and doing calls for the next week. I guess we both felt that we didn’t want to go in any earlier than needed. We must have been sitting there for about 15 minutes when a man comes up and asks, “Are you the Mormon missionaries?” He continues to tell us how he has been looking for us, and that he wants to start reading the Book of Mormon and how he is seeking answers to his questions about God’s plan for us. It was amazing, he was so nice and so ready!!! We set an appointment right then and there for this Tuesday and wrote down his name and number. Kahmal, is definitely the miracle of the week for me. This taught me that if we put in that little effort such as staying out and following the spirit, the Lord will bless us.

It was such a great week. Our investigators are progressing well. We are working on setting some more baptismal dates with some of our new investigators this week. We are also continuing to help Ugo progress towards his baptismal date of December 13th. Well, I hope you have a great week. I love you all!!

Avec amour,

Soeur Hunt

I Will Forever Cherish…

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Our beautiful temple

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My beautiful companion

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Serving the Lord

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Greeting Martin at the open house.

Bonjour! ūüôā

Well, all the fun of the temple open house has come to an end. It is kind of sad, but I am super excited to get back into the normal missionary routine. I miss waking up at 6:30 instead of 6:00 a.m., getting home on time and having time for studies, and teaching our investigators. ¬†I feel so blessed to have worked at the temple the last two weeks. There are experiences that I will never forget and I will forever cherish. It has been such a blessing for us here. To see the changes in some of our investigators and less actives and to see people from all over Canada who came to enter The Lord’s house and feel His spirit has been so heartwarming. There were lots of positive experiences with non-members coming and enjoying it and wanting to learn more. It was also so fun to see all the missionary work the members did. So many members brought non-member family members and friends. I loved reading the comment cards at the end of the day in the tent and to see over and over again people talking about the peace they felt in the temple. The joy they felt as they learned how families can be together forever was inspiring.

It has been really weird not being able to devote our time to teaching our investigators. We were super happy that Ugo, Youcef, Jean and another investigator, Victor, were able to come to the temple open house. It made-up for having no lessons. Youcef and Ugo really enjoyed their experiences in the temple. It was so amazing to see their vision change and to be able to explain to them that baptism is the gate and the temple is our goal as we enter the temple, make sacred promises, and to be sealed to our families for eternity. The only investigator we were able to teach twice this last week was Ugo. He is progressing so well!! He is beginning to change and to have that desire to be baptized. He didn’t make it to church this last week so his baptism will be pushed back until December. Since the temple dedication is this week, none of our investigators can come :/ ¬†Although, I am super excited for the temple dedication and I can’t wait to see who comes to dedicate the temple. We had such a good lesson with Ugo last¬†Saturday night. We talked about the word of wisdom and keeping the commandments. We really saw his desire to be better and to keep the commandments of God. I love seeing the changes take place in our investigators. It is so exciting and brings so much joy as we see them little by little become more and more converted unto The Lord.

We also had a super amazing Sunday, yesterday. It was our branch conference. ¬†We had an amazing branch council with the stake presidency. The spirit was so strong in that meeting as we talked about the importance of missionary work, the role as leaders in the church, and being guided by the spirit as we come together as members and missionaries in The Lord’s work. Also, sacrament meeting was so amazing and full of the spirit. We have a really great stake presidency here in the Montreal Stake. I really look up to the stake president. He does a lot to help the missionaries here.

Well, I hope you all have a great week! I love you all!  I love this work. I love the joy that comes from missionary work. Keep looking for ways to share and spread the gospel with everyone. The Lord sees all our efforts and rejoices with every tiny success! He loves us and guides this work. As we put our trust in Him, show Him our willingness and obedience, we will see miracles.

Beaucoup d’amour!

Soeur Hunt

Second Week of the Temple Open House :D

-Today, November 10- Working the temple open house with Sister Neri.

-Today, November 10-
Working the temple open house with Sister Neri.

 

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On break!

On break!

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With Ugo at the temple.

With Ugo at the temple.

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Josue on Sunday when he received the Melchizedek Priesthood.

Josue on Sunday when he received the Melchizedek Priesthood.

Josue and all our new Haitian investigators, Jean,Thomas and Victor. Member friends are the best!!

Josue and all our new Haitian investigators, Jean,Thomas and Victor. Member friends are the best!!

The sisters who stayed in our apartment this last week.

The sisters who stayed in our apartment this last week.

On Splits with Sister Kinghorn...getting cold at night!

On Splits with Sister Kinghorn…getting cold at night!

Zone Conference with Elder Golden...see if you can find me!

Zone Conference with Elder Golden…see if you can find me!

All the sisters in our mission.

All the sisters in our mission.

Salut toute le monde!

Where do I even start…this last week has just been amazing and full of so many miracles. I feel so happy all the time and a little tired all the time…haha! I just love being at the temple everyday. There have been so many great experiences such as, sharing your testimony with others as they end the tour in the reception tent, random people showing up to learn more, seeing members from old areas, and seeing the joy of your investigators go through the temple for the first time!!:) There is a special spirit at the temple that just makes you happy and full of peace. It’s so great to see others come unto Christ as they enter the house of The Lord and instantly be filled with the spirit. One of my favorite days was the VIP day which we saw people from all religions come to the temple: Jewish, Muslims, and Catholics. I got to answer questions for a lady from the Catholic church here in Montreal and then share my testimony with her.

Last Monday, November 2nd, was one of those only-because-I’m-a-missionary-experiences. It was when Elder Richards of the Seventy took us through the temple and gave all the sisters of the mission a tour. The spirit was so strong. He sat us down in a room of the temple and just taught us. He taught about the role of women, the priesthood, and eternal marriage. It was an experience I will never forget.

I think my favorite experience was going through the temple tour this morning with our investigator, Ugo!:) He is progressing so well. We are seeing him change and have that desire to learn and come unto Christ. One of our members came to the temple with him this morning. We are praying Ugo had a good experience and felt the spirit. He had a lot of good questions afterwards.

I will be at the temple everyday this next week!! It’s pretty exciting although, it is hard to not be in your area teaching:/ Fortunately, Ugo is progressing well and we were able to begin teaching him the commandments last night. You can really see his desire to change and be better. He gets along really well with all the members and comes to all the activities. The only thing missing is church for him on Sunday. We are praying that his job will change soon.

Youcef, should be coming to the temple this coming Friday with one of our members. He is doing great. We have been praying for him to know of certain decisions he should make in his life. He has a strong testimony of the gospel and of Christ that inspires me. He is reading and praying everyday.

Our new investigator, Jean, is doing great. He came to stake conference this last Sunday and saw Josue have the Melchizedek Priesthood conferred upon him. This was such a great experience! I am so happy for Josue. Jean wants to be baptized. He really has felt the spirit at church and knows this is what he needs to do. He read the restoration pamphlet and came to FHE, yesterday, and said, “Everything just makes sense, those pamphlets are brilliant!” He was explaining how he understands that today we have the same church and authority on the earth that was here when Jesus Christ walked the earth.

We have been praying and fasting for our investigators so much lately!! We see the gospel and the hand of The Lord in their lives. It has been just a great week as we talk and share the gospel with everyone and see others be blessed by The Savior’s love and teachings. I love being in the mission field here in Montreal at this time. There is a special spirit here that I can’t explain in words. I also had a miracle day with my old companion, Sister Leon. With all the temple stuff, we go on lots of exchanges with sisters. I was able to go on exchanges this last week with Sister Leon and Sister Kinghorn. Sister Leon and her companion slept on our floor all week. It was just a little tight in the apartment, but lots of fun. Well, I love you all and hope you have a great week!! I hope you enjoy the fun pictures from this last week!!

Je vous aime,

Soeur Hunt

The Temple is Absolutely Gorgeous!

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Bonjour!

Well, this week went by so fast! It was such a great week full of fun and exciting things. It started off on Monday night when we had an awesome lesson with our new investigator, Jean, who is Josue’s friend. We were able to get to know him and share a little of the restoration. ¬†We invited him to be baptized and he said, “yes!” Something that I have been trying to be exactly obedient in is inviting everyone we teach to be baptized during their first lesson. It was a great lesson. Jean also stayed for FHE that night and was able to meet more members.

The highlight of this week was last night when Jean came to the temple open house. Josue, Carlos and Javier (another less active we work with in the ward) also came. Last night was a special night set aside at the temple for all missionaries to come and go through with the people they are working with. It was just so great going through the temple with those four. They really enjoyed it. Jean loved the celestial room. We sat down for a little bit and he immediately started praying. After the tour he couldn’t stop talking about how much he loved it. It was also great for Josue and Javier to see the temple for the first time.

Another highlight from last night was being able to see Geraldine from Lemoyne. She is a recent convert that I taught a year ago.  When she came in and saw me, we just ran and embraced each other in a huge hug. I love her! It was crazy to think that a year ago I was sitting in her little apartment teaching her about temples by using a temple magazine. Now, yesterday, she got to walk through the temple for the first time. It was also heart warming to see how strong of a member she has become.

It has been so fun this last week working at the temple.  We began on Friday night. The first few days were really slow. These two days were set aside for the people in neighborhood and for people who worked on the temple. Then yesterday came and it was crazy. So many people came. There was around 350 people who walked through. The sister missionaries get to welcome people as they enter, introduce the film in the video rooms and then explain what happens next. We also get to work in the reception tent that is located at the end of the tour. In the tent we help by answering questions, encourage people to fill out comment cards, and take pictures. My favorite is being in the tent at the end. I love talking to the people and asking them about their experience and how they felt inside the temple.

There was a lovely lady who came through on Friday night that was so interested. When she found out that I was from Utah, she wanted to talk to me. She goes to Utah all the time for work. She told me that she has many Mormon friends. It was her first time at an open house and she had a wonderful experience. She was so interested that by the end of the tour, she had us go get her a Book of Mormon! It is so exciting being at the temple. It has been a long absence for me and now I get to be there almost everyday. I love it. The inside of the temple is absolutely gorgeous.

Tonight, all the sisters from the whole mission will be together in the stake center that is next to the temple.  We are going to be trained by Elder Richards of the Seventy. All the sister missionaries from Ottawa and Quebec are coming down. Sister Leon and her companion will be staying with us in our apartment and sleeping on air mattresses for the first week of the temple open house. I am so excited to see my old companion again!

This last week has just been so great. ¬†Sister Neri and I had some amazing lessons with our investigators, Ugo, Marion and Youcef. They are all progressing so well. We had an amazing lesson with Youcef about temples. The spirit was so strong that by the end, we were all crying…haha!

I feel so blessed to be a sister missionary in this mission at this time. It is so exciting! I can see the Lord blessing us in every aspect of our work. That doesn’t mean it is always easy, but it is always worth it! We find joy through the hard and through our successes! I love you all and hope you are having a great week!

Gros Bisous,

Soeur Hunt