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

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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

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

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