Saturday, January 11, 2014

January 6, 2014 - A week of progression!

This week truly has been a great week amazing highs!! And a few lows... but hey what would be a mission without some trials and triuballations... eh?!?
So let me shared with you the amazing details!!
Monday: We had a lesson with (investigator) at members home it went great- first lesson we had with him in a week or so due to holidays; he now accepts and understand tithing is from God that was a relief!! He has now been taught absolutely everything he needs to understand before baptism! His baptismal date to Jan 30th and he has commited to do the BOM 17 pg's a day challenge with us so when he is baptised it will be the day before he completes the BOM!
Tues: We picked up a couple from ShirLanka (Lalithe and Radika) which we felt sooo great about! We met them on boxing day, we felt Lalithe already looked like a priesthood holder. We had a great simple lesson with them on godhead and prayer as they are Budhist and don't know much about God. Spirit was very strong and they were very excited to come to church this Sunday! Its too bad though because they ended up talking with their family about becoming members and they forbade them to and they dropped us Saturday night before they could go to Church. Its too bad but I know some real seeds were planted there! Then we were walking all around town of Wolfville and street contacting and we ran into a guy whose from Spain, lived in Ecuador, his name is Julio.  We stopped and talked with him and he said well lets go to a coffee shop and talk more about this.... so we were like alright! Turns out he just become muslim a year ago and he was debating and basically trying to convert us... so after getting out of that which was HARD, he kept pushing and pushing we said well we will drop you off a BOM tomorrow.... So we left it at that then we continued to contact people. For New Years Eve we had to be in at 6 unless we had a dinner appointment so Sister Gee had us over for dinner it was a great dinner then we were in by 9 and sleeping by 10:30!
Weds: We had breakfast at a members home it was great, then we knocked (we find knocking is working quite well as everyone is home for the holidays).  We were able to pick up a new investigator who was a referral from the member of the ward, we served an older lady in the ward who doesn't have much money where we cut her hair, then we knocked some more. We also met up with Julio to give him a BOM that was just a downward spiral- he was filled with anti. We just gave him the BOM and talked with him a bit but got out asap... it was too bad for two days afterwards he sent us quite a few angry text messages filled with anti. It’s too bad but when things like that happen.  I just really realize how angry the adversary is with the work that we are doing and that the adversary really is just doing whatever he can to stop the working from progressing as Heavenly Father is preparing many! Then Weds night the Halifax YSA sisters,  Renda and Laxton arrived for the visit in our area!
Thurs: it an amazing visit we had with the sisters we saw many miracles!! Literally we had many successful opportunites for us to teach with one another.  It really just amazes me that this is the Lords work and no matter who you teach and serve with the Spirit will unify a companionship and allow the teaching to come from one sound place; which is Heavenly Father and by the power of the Holy Ghost that is possible! Sister Laxton and I started our day where we went and cut Tanya's hair for a service, then we went and taught Jo which WOW was such an amazing lesson!!! I don't even know what happened but it was completely Spirit driven it was amazing- we had planned to teach POS but we totally just took complete different direction where we addressed her concerns of why she isn't reading in BOM.  The Spirit led us to ask many inspired questions which had her open up- and Jo usually is quite hard in heart with a wall up, but the Spirit just pounded it down!! It was unreal- I was quite bold but it was only because I know where she has been . At the end of the lesson I said lets all kneel and pray so we did; I looked Jo in the eyes and was like "Jo the Spirit is so strong, I feel so strongly that you need to say the prayer." (keep in mind Jo has NEVER prayed in our lessons and always straightway shut it down). She looked at me and we literally sat there kneeling on the floor for 10 minutes - it was amazing.  We literally were watching Jo wrestle within her self as the Spirit wrestled with her natural man... finally she did and it was a beautiful prayer.  During the lesson and after there were few tears, it was powerful and she opened up to say that when we are around she has the desire to 180 her life around and go back to church, but as soon as we leave that desire leaves with us.  It was amazing to see how she recognized those feelings.  We were able to help her establish that those feelings are from God ... all in all it was POWERFUL and words can not put into words that moment with Jo Sister Laxton and I.  So we left and Jo commited to read BOM daily!!! When Sis L and I got in the car she looked at me and I looked at her and we just were like WOW!!  She later said "your intense I feel like im serving with SIs Broadhead again" haha.  So afterwards Sis Renda and I served with one another and we went to Hants Port and we knocked for good two hours outside in the freezing cold it was FANTASTIC!  Nothing will stop the work from progressing!  We were blessed to knock into a former investigator and contact a referral and set an apt. up with both. After dinner we felt inspired to knock an apartment building and we came across a man in his 60s who has been clean from alcohol for 26 yrs! We had such a powerful lesson and Sis R and I picked him up as a new investigator, teaching with her was so smooth and we just learnt so much form one another! It was great and I look forward to teaching Garth this week!  Again in that the lesson the Spirit was POUNDING!  In the lesson he just stopped and stared into space for good couple minutes - we sat and embraced the silence and he looked at us and said " I was just thinking how blessed you two young girls reward will be one day for doing this... I don't think you two know how amazing this work is that your doing" The Spirit was unreal and his words were God sent and very touching- afterwards Sister Renda and I were speechless it was unreal... it was a great opportunity for us to grow closer with those sisters and strengthen each other as sisters!
Friday: We went to Jo's, read with her in the BOM another powerful experience where we watch message "Patterns of Light" - by Elder Bednar. We talked about revelation and how we can do so receive and recognize revelation.  It was a crazy snow storm where as the day continued to go on we eventually had to head inside.  As we were parking our car our car got stuck in the parking lot leveled out from all the snow... Luckly a man that lives in apt. building came and shovelled us out.  45 mins later we had our car safely parked and we headed in and weekly planned and called potencials etc.  It was successful and best thing, no one else was out, we'd be crazy to!
Sat: We had a tone of appointments planned but it was one of those days where alot of our appointments fell through, we taught new gator Patrick and then we street contacted and knocked were able to invite 60 ppl that day to learn. After a hard day of work we were planning and we were blessed by the Lord to recieve a text from Jo Davis where she was telling us she is going to come to church tomorrow! We truly were so blessed to recieve that!!! And it certainly was a shock and huge tender mercy!  Her praying in a lesson was a shock and day before she was saying no right away to church!  Such a testimony that the BOM as one reads, it truely works, God sends miracles!!
Sunday: Jo Davis came to church and Jordan Comeau did as well! Jordan is like a regular member by now haha. Testimony meeting was amazing! Every testimony that was shared was so inspired and all directly to Jo's needs. It actually was hilarious, she would just look at me and smile!  Dory a Phillipeano RC (recent covert) who was baptized in July, turns out is one of Jo's students in her English class that Jo is very close with as well!! So they connected at church as they both did not know each other was mormon... it’s amazing this work is so inspired...BECAUSE THIS IS GODS WORK! Jo has a wonderful relationship with Sis A and I; we are so close and we can just say stuff to Jo like "JO?!? come on?!? you know this is true! These things are not just coincidences!" She just laughs but I know she knows!! I love seeing LA's come back to church... it warms my heart and just makes me so happy to see, but I know it makes Heavenly Father even happier!  So that afternoon we taught Jordan at members home it was a great lesson we read in 2 Nephi with him as he had 17pgs to read so we felt it would be good to read few pgs of that 17.
We had dinner at Jo's and we had another great Spiritual lesson with her, it was honestly alot of me relating my experience to hers.... (that sounds really self absorbed for me to say) but it wasn't the way it sounds.  It’s interesting the Spirit just totally directed me to share and it really touched her and enlightned her.  It really is amazing, I fasted that day pleading to Heavenly Father to help me to always REMEMEBER my experiences, my conversion, who I was before this gospel and after and to remember my need for this gospel - because as humans I find we naturally have the tendancy to forget and as we become use to Spiritual experiences its easy to take them for advantage and become content!  THAT IS MY FEAR TO BE LIKE THAT, so part of my reasons for fasting was for that ....and in Jo's lesson my conversation was crystal clear and was flowing out of my mouth and was in relation to what she needed to hear.  I am very grateful for the powers from heaven we recieve through fast and prayer.  We left her to watch "Lord, I believe" by Jeffry Holland and read Almd 32.  Sis A and I left and just were on a cloud and so Spirit filled.... we knocked, contacted referrals, stopped by members home, then we came home at 9pm set our bags down just about to add up our keys for the week and plan and we hear a knock knock knock at the door.  Without even thinking Sis A and I go and answer the door.... and BOOM; Christof is there (one of the divinity school guys that asked us on a date). He hands us a new english addition of the New testatment and says "if you read this and find the same Christ you have "found" right now then I will convert to mormonism" sooo weird!  So we had a converation with him, in a really weird situation, it was very frustrating more anti came from him ... afterwards it was bit upsetting... but it is so clear that we shook the adversary's boots that day from the amazing work that the Lord is blessing us with.  We did call President Leavitt though and had a great conversation with him about that situation.  PL read with us Alma 30 over the phone, it talks about Korihor the anti-christ and it was very powerful experience.  President really motivated us and left some comforting words.  It never affected my testimony but it’s sad to see people that are so merely convinced against the truth, (Apostates) but reading Alma 30 was exaclty the situation we were faced with.  Anti is like wrestling with a pig- you both get dirty but the pig enjoys it - never read it, just hearing it is upsetting! ...BUT GET THIS: after the convo with Christof at the door we came back to the office after that frustrating upsetting conversation with Christof to a text messages from Jo where she sent us a quote from Elder Holland's talk that we left with her.   
At the end of the quote she said, I read the talk and it really resonated with me and I loved it, I am now reading Alma 32 the quote was; "When problems come and questions arise, do not start your quest for faith by saying how much you do not have, leading as it were with your "unbelief." That is like trying to stuff a turkey through the beak!... Sometimes we act as if an honest declaration of doubt is a higher manifestation of moral courage than is an honest declaration of faith. It is not!" ... like how inspired and heaven sent is that?!?  Sis Aslett and I looked at one another and then tears flowed haha a bit from the Spirit and frustation and in awe at how aware Heavenly Father is of our needs and what we are going through.  That quote was well needed at that moment.... little did Jo know we needed that quote just as much as she did at that moment.
We did have an amazing week though! We were able to talk to 200 ppl! and find 6 new investigators! And now the town is so much more alive today as all the students are back so we are looking forward to talking to more people!
This morning I read my patriarchal  blessing! I just love it so much! I love studying it and writing down lines and understanding it more and more, I recieve so much strength from it! I am so greatful for the priesthood and how we have this gospel because of it! I know that Heavenly Father has restored His gospel through Joseph Smith. We are so blessed to have this knowledge and to have one another! I am so greatful to be raised in a home where the priesthood was actively used and truly has created a foundation for the rest of our lives!
I love you all very much! I am constantly being stretched and growing so much! Its amazing and the work will always go forward!!
Have a great week family and friends and I would like to stress to you and invite you to see the eternal perspective, open your eyes and don't get caught up in the little stuff and see the bigger picture - rise above and be Spiritually minded not "carnally" minded!
I love you so much my heart is full and its a great day to be a missionary! --> thats to all you members wear a missionary badge on your heart!
Sister Pizzey

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