So I am just going to go day by day! We will be having Cameron’s baptism this
Saturday, he is just the best investigator ever. He was so prepared, we just
had to teach and he accepted, he just knows it and gets it! He is already in 2
Nephi! It’s funny with investigators, I
feel like a parent bragging about my child haha.
So Monday: We went to Halifax and visited
with the Halifax family sisters, it was a good visited. We went out knocking in the pouring rain for
2 hrs, it was pretty funny. We were
literally just as wet as we would be, standing in a fast pace shower. It was great and character building! I was
knocking with Sis Jungheim who is from Columbia, who well let’s just say is
very "spicy". I have a funny
story to tell, I will save it for Christmas phone call.
Tuesday:Then tues I worked with Sister Lee
and it was good. We were able to find
her a family to teach as we served with one another! We were contacting referrals and I saw a
family walk into an apartment as we were waiting on the main floor of the
elevator. I told her we are going back
and knocking on that door... she seemed kind of taken back by that, then
afterwards we went back and knocked and boom we were let in, taught them a
lesson and picked them up as new investigators! We were able to learn alot from one another.
That night we taught Jackie and Mark the LA family we knocked into, then taught
Gage and Amanda.
Wednesday: We served a member. I actually was sick, I have had the worst
sinus infection this past month in a half... finally went to the doctor and got
some actibiotics and nasal spray. I have
just been using Dristan nasal spray this past month in a half.. haha and
apparently its addictive and not good to use for more than 5 days! The antibiotics are working good and I am back
to feeling tip top shape again :) But we
were still able to street contact in Wolfville and teach Leah and Amanda with a
YW in the ward it went really great!
Thurs: We started teaching Jo the mish.
lessons from start (LA endowed member from England). She is quite set in her ways but I have faith
we will reactivate! We were able to see
Cameron and few other people and pick up a new investigator!
Friday: We had a lesson with Cameron at the
church and 3 other members. He received
a priesthood blessing as he is quite stressed out about finals etc in school.
We had many opportunites to share the message
of the Restoration this week! I love being a missionary! We hopefully are going
to be able to find more new investigators!
There was so many great things that happened
this week and we are picking up the momentum here!
I am so grateful for this opportunity of
being a missionary! My life has been forever changed by this and its something
that I really can't imagine what my life would be like without this! I am learning so much about this gospel. I want to have a humble provident lifestyle
with lots of kids and family! These are the days that I will remember forever!
These are the best days of my life thus far. I had two dreams this week:
1) where President sent me home because I had
to go on antibiotics for my sinus infection and he thought I was too sick to be
out so he sent me home and I walked through the Edmonton airport and you all
were waiting and I was just soo depressed and not happy hahaha it was like too
soon. In my mind i was just so sad and was like "ugh this is too soon to
be back!" and i was sitting on my bed bored and depressed haha.
2nd dream) Where it was the end of my mission
and I was at the good bye dinner and was like what the heck?!? how did the time
fly?! I am not ready to go home and then when I got home I couldn't stop
thinking about the mission and missionaries that are still out.
hahah when I woke up from those dreams and I
was like 1) felt very anxious and annoyed and 2) felt guilty for having
thoughts of going home. haha I know I am crazy but I JUST LOVE THIS SO MUCH!
haha don't get me wrong I love you all and
don't dread seeing you but I am just very happy to be a missionary and being
blessed and trusted to serve in part of the Lords vineyard!
Sorry the details weren't much this week! But
thank you for the emails and I will send some pictures today!
I am looking forward to serving a full week
in our area! Visits can be quite draining!
We had dinner at George a chinese persons house where we made us the best
chinese meal, very different food, but good!! We had a great lesson with him
where the Spirit guided the whole lesson. We read throughout the BOM about
faith, mainly and really painting the picture of God to him. We really made the
gospel very clear to him. We have not seen him yet but it was a great
We also taught a lesson to a guy named Thomas, we actually met him "car
parking lot contacting" and he has some personal struggles. At the start of the
lesson he sat down and said "just so you know, I don't believe in God and I am
going to probably walk away having that same opinion from this. There is
nothing you can do to change it" .... I was just like in my mind, "pfft
So we taught him and well at the end he closed with a prayer. He is
willing to read and pray daily. He wants to experiment and put it to the test
and see if this can change his life! (which it obviously will). I mean this in
the humbliest way, but due to my change in my life, I am quite convincing and
with the power of the Spirit. Obviously I would be nothing without that. He was
going to come to church yesterday but last minute bailed but we will be seeing
him this week again.
We had a wonderful District training. I LOVE my district and the
missionaries I serve with, they are wonderful and inspiring!! Truly building
friendships for eternity. Then we had visits with the Halifax YSA
sisters...which was good I was able to see Erica and Matt Whalen and have a
great lesson with them as well! They are still going strong, meeting with
missionaries. I just love that family! I have had some growing and learning to
do as the training leader. It is not easy always, I am growing and learning
I am just so greatful for Sister Aslett she is just so humble!
Weds: Sister Aslett and I had a wonderful day in Canning!!! We started
teaching Cecila and Breton, that Sis T and I started teaching a while ago. We
also felt impressed to begin knocking on this certain street. At the beginning
we prayed as to which side to start, we decided to begin the opposite side than
normal. The second house we found, Leah, a grandmother and Amanda 17yr old
girl. They have been through alot and Amandas mom died when she was 5 and well
they just have been through alot! They both have are not well, very humble
people. Leah's husband died 7 mnths ago. We taught the restoration and have
taught them twice so far. They came to church on Sunday and really enjoyed all
3 hrs and we will be seeing them again on Weds!
We started teaching a lady from England this week who we bumped into street
contacting who has be LA for 10 yrs and has been endowed. We had a great lesson
with her where we watched Pres. Uchtdorfs "Come" talk, it was wonderful and
hoping to have her active!
I love this ward so much its like my "home ward" I just know everyone, it’s
funny, I don't know our home ward at all. I look forward to actually being a
contribution to the ward one day!
Things with Cameron are going great, he is like the perfect investigator!
He is so receptive, accepts WOW tithing, everything, he reads, prays daily
and loves church.
We were blessed to be able to pick up 5 new investigators this weekend and
hopefully will be picking up a members friend this week as well! We had a member
missionary class this week, which was marvellous, that Sister A and I taught
Things with Gage and Amanda are going great, baby steps, I love
Any who i feel like this a very scattered hard to read email... it is all
over the place so sorry if it is hard to follow along but it has been a great
very busy week!!! We have been go go go today cleaning car, just had a lesson
with Cameron before emails and now heading to Halifax so its a franctic email
I bought whole bunch of thermal leggings etc today and stuff on debt
I really appreciate all you do mom and dad and I LOVE you so much!!!!
Anyway its had been a wonderful week and I LOVE you all so
And one thing side note: falls here are sooo beautiful! Like
in AB we don't have falls that is just a fact; compared to these falls there is
no fall in Alberta just summer spring and winter! haha. Like we literally have
no snow and no coldness yet!
Sis. Aslett and Paige love serving together!
Alrighty, alrighty so lets begin on this crazy week!! It has
been a freaking tough week! But it is okay I love my companion and we are having
the time of our lives and nothing is going to get us down; dispite the down
falls and trials that have been placed in our hands this week. We still have
been able to smile and laugh and not let these things get us down. Just like
Alma and the sons of Mosiah we are "bearing patience with all manner of
afflictions" :).... and mom don't stress or worry it comes with the role of
being a missionary- I am doing great and am just character
OKayyy so I am just going to go day by
Monday evening we were able to meet Kate here and go over the
baptismal interview questions. President Leavitt interviewed them bother over
skype. Tanya was first things went great! So it was wonderful! Whoo hoo! Kate
and Tanya are able to be baptised this Friday with one another and they both
were looking forward and were very excited. Kate sent us text messages like 3
paragraph ones thanking us for teaching her and saying that we inspire her.
President Leavitt said that Kate thinks we walk on water haha. Then that
evening Sister Aslett and I went and knocked in Wolfville, knocked into a lady
whose husband is from England and is a LA member! PERFECT, we weren't able to
get in and teach but we will be stopping by again.
So Tuesday: we had a lesson with Thomas with a member (thomas
is a 19yr who we started teaching last week- very humble and willing to
experiment to see if there is a God through acting upon our message) President
Leavitt came and had in person interviews with us on Tuesday he is a wonderful
Mission President and I am so grateful for him!
So Wednesday: We started first thing in the morning by
teaching a guy named Cameron Johnson he is 23 and from the Bahamas! Then we had
correlation meeting with the ward mission leader Bro Hudson, then we decided to
go stop by Kate's since we have not heard from her. Unfortunately it wasn't the
best visit. President has been very supportive and helped us feel alot better.
It saddens me to see her struggle with being able to enjoy the complete
blessings of the gospel in her life. All we can do is pray for her and boy oh
boy just being a missionary prepare for parenting!! Literally felt and still
some what feel sick to my stomach for her; and mom and dad while I was feeling
this way all i could think was wow I was such a brat to my parents because I
definitely I put you through these similar feelings!! Funny how things have its
way of sorting its self out! But look at your faith and where it has led things
to from now till today and I know it can do the same for Kate one
Weds evening we are able to pick up 1 new investigator so at
the end of the new day we are blessed with 2 new investigators!
Thursday: We had our last lesson with John before he leaves
home to Barbados! We had a lesson with Thomas again and it was a very spiritual
lesson where we taught him so much
Friday : Tanya's baptism it was probably one of the most
amazing baptisms she was just glowing and so excited the whole time! We picked
up a new Chinese investigators! We are teaching two Chinese people at the time
being and one of them who will be making us Chinese food tonight and having us
over for dinner!
Saturday: We taught Gage and his girlfriend it went great! His mother
is LA and we were able to teach them all and address his mothers concerns. Gage
has a testimony and is very Spiritual, his gf is unsure. I have faith they will
be baptised one day though!
Yesterday at church the Bishop asked to meet with us; he
reassured us that we are doing well and that the ward is getting more and more
excited and involved, due to the missionary work being done. It was very
thoughtful and we very much appreciated it. The Gospel principles teacher
called us an hr before church and said she was sick and asked if we could teach
so I taught my first gospel principles Sunday school class! It was on the
sacrament!! It went really well!! Was blessed with having lots of participation
in the class! We were able to contact and invite 288 people this week!! It was
We will be going on visits this Tuesday to Wednesday with the
Halifax YSA sisters! I get to have dinner at Erica's house while on visits and
teach her, I am quite excited for that! Then next week we will be having visits
with the Halifax Family ward sisters. I look forward to helping the sisters out
as their areas are struggling. They only have been contacting 100 ppl on
average a week and not getting best numbers! I just want to love them and lead
by example. I know that I am so inadequate to this calling, just as I am as a
missionary but through Christ I can do all things!! I have a firm strong
testimony in the enabling power of the atonement!
We are in a growing stage but I have faith that we are on the
brink of something amazing! I know the Lord is preparing many and that despite
the down falls, the adversary is not going to get in the way of the momentum of
this great and marvellous work!! I know this is the Lords work! WE are the Lords
I started reading the New Testament this week ! and That is
AMAZING a WHOLE new conversion level!!! I LOVE reading Christ's words and what he
says; it is amazing to read and listen and learn about Christ's character. Just
really helps me see how much there is to become in this life so that one day we
can be like him! I love this gospel and I love our Savoir Jesus Christ's example
and all that he does for me. He live and loves us and we all can Be perfected
through him so that one day we can be like him and recognize Him as our Lord
Savior Jesus Christ.
If you haven't read the New Testament I would strongly
suggest it, I feel like I have procrastinated. So many more blessings in store
from reading such a marvellous volume of scripture to strengthen us and bring us
closer to our Father in Heaven.
So this has been a good week! Actually a slower week from what we
have been use to in this area, sometimes our "success" in regards to key
indicators and lessons are marked off of peoples agency! But we have made a
stellar vision, plan and set some solid daily goals and I have faith that as we
follow it exactly the Lord will bless us with success. Goal planning is life
changing, something I will do for the rest of my life. I have realized on my
mission its all about progression and changing ourselves, there is always
something we can change and improve.
This week I really realized that this is the Lords work, not ours and that
we just have to be humble servants of the Lord, allowing us to be capable
instruments in Gods hands. Just like Alma in the BOM "bear with patience all
manner of afflictions" and have a steadfastness faith in Christ! I just LOVE it.
I am so greatful for our family, each week I talk/emails to you all it
motivates me to do my very best each and every week. Thank you family for being
so amazing and supportive :) we are all so blessed to have one
Alright so this week!
So first week with Sister Aslett has been wonderful! So much fun!! Sister
Aslett and I have a relationship like how sister Keeler and I had. We would be
friends naturally if it weren't for our missions and her living in England!
haha. But I love her! She is also quite hilarious and has the desire to work
hard and we do!
So we had zone conference this week in Halifax it was great. Sis Starkie
who I served with on the island was there and that was so nice seeing her. She
is STL for the Nova Scotia North zone! She is wonderful, it’s our dream to serve
with one another...I don't think that will happen though. We asked PL once and
he said "yea thats smart put those two horses together so they can run so far
into the ocean that no one will ever see them again" haha it was funny. After
the zone conference we had a hr long leadership meeting with the ZL's for both
zones and DL's and Sis Starkie and I.
This week we have had very spiritual lessons with Kate and Tanya
together. Kate wants to be baptised so badly! President Leavitt is actually
interviewing her tonight. And we will go from there! They are both wonderful and
we have had some amazing lessons. I have faith they both will be
We were able to do lots of street contacting and finding this week, we
picked up one new investigator named Thomas, who is interested because he finds
it amazing how we are so sure and have so much conviction in what we believe. He
doesn't really know if there is a God, but is willing to pray about it and act
and experiment upon our message.
Traci who is preparing for Nov 30th is doing great! We pray and hope that
she continues to choose to make right decisions to strengthen her relationship
Sis Aslett and I have had some quite interesting memorable experiences this
week; which has lead to some good laughs. I love serving with her because we
truly balance one another out. Elder Prince and I were talking and in a
companionship there has to be a "good cop" and a "bad cop" and in my
companionships I am usually the "bad cop" haha the bold one but it works out
good and yet again I am the bad cop. She is quiet and kind and soft, but not
insecure, it’s quite nice. Serving with Sister T was great in preparing me for
training! Anyway Sister Aslett is great at just taking the humble way of things
I guess you could say; for example, dealing with ignorant people at the doors
sometimes one of my weakness! Lol I tend to kind of give a little attitude back
or just give it back haha... and seeing how shes just so polite and kind, really
is nice to see and a example for me. But this week we were knocking and Sister A
and I came across a Christain family and literally this man on the doorstep
prayed for our souls he was very anti and went on a big rant and did not want us
to say anything back. Then half way through his rant he said I'd like to pray
now and BOOM he just went into a prayer haha.. we were like oh wow okay he said
"Lord help these young ladies find the real Jesus Christ, as they have not found
you yet" It was quite funny Sister A and I were really trying not to laugh
because it was quite ridiculous but after his prayer I looked him in the eyes
was like " Well I'd like to inform we you we have found Jesus Christ, thanks for
you concern anyway have a great night" we just walked away. His wife was pretty
mortified I am sure because he just looked crazy and very un Christ like.
Anyways I had my first call night as a stl this week that was interesting,
as a STL i want to do my very best to help these sisters improve. I feel being a
leader is like a pipeline where water passes through and I can either be like a
pipeline that just collects the water and allows the same water to pass through
to the next pipe or I can be the pipeline that collects the water but also
purify's the water before allowing it go through the next pipeline. I decided I
am just going to love her but also be bold and real. I can't wait to go on
visits with them we will be doing that next week, and just see how they do
things and do my best to motivate inspire and improve with them!
We had a wonderful "member missionary class" last night! We had a hour
class at night where we talked about how we "can not predict and prejudge" in
regards to who is fit and ready for the gospel. We did some roleplays with the
members on how to invite people on the bus (like what Blake did this morning!)
and on inviting friends to church etc!
MOM and DAD: you should by Elder Christienson's member missionary book its
unreal! Its called"the power of everyday missionary" i believe.
The elders had two baptisms this week! And we might have another two this
week if not next week for sure!
I love this gospel so much! I am reading in Alma 60 right now! Its unreal
just the steadfastness faith the strippling warriors have and Moroni and his
army! It is such an example. Because although they experienced sad time and
sorrows they never doubted their faith they clung to what they new to be
I love being a missionary, it truly has helped me understand surrendering
our will and having our will be Gods will. Every day we have to submit all
things to the Lord it is a continual process and I love it!
The Gospel is so true, I love missionary work, it always is changing and
provides opportunities for us to continually step outside our comfort zone and
rely on the comforter to stretch and grow ourselves but also saved Gods
children. Every rude person, every ounce of cold weather is worth being able to
save but just one soul, even if it is our own.
Sorry if my letter is mumbling on and boring this week!
But I love this, these our the days that will truly never be
I thank you all for your love and support and examples :)