Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February 3, 2014

"Hiiyeah!" thats what the English people say!
Anyway so Jordan was baptised this week! whoo hooo! His sister sang two musical numbers at his baptism apparently it was a powerful baptism and when he was confirmed he hugged all the people that confirmed him-- ahh amazing!! He was pretty pumped! Sister Aslett gave him a note for me, and took pictures and is sending them to me as well with is baptismal program! So it was pretty much like I was there ;)
I really could have of pulled some strings to attend but this work is not for me! Its the Lords and I have been called to serve in this area! Therefore as badly as I would of liked to go deep down in my heart, I knew it would be best for me to stay and knock the evening in our area!
So this week went by crazy fast and was all about crazy growth! I feel very blessed that Heavenly Father has entrusted Sis Keeler and I to serve here and feels like we can handle it here! It is a challenging area and the soil is alot less fertile than the other areas in which I have served! but none the less we have been very blessed and have had many wonderful things happen this week!
So Monday night we had diner at a members home and we got a ton of referrals from them which are quite promising! The husband of that family actually got up yesterday in testimony meeting and bore his testimony about our visit and how member missionary work is so easy and he talked about our visit with him in it, so that was quite exciting! We knocked that evening and it was great!
Tues: We drove 45 mins and met the New Glasgow sisters half way and then Sis Burton and I (who is in her 3rd transfer and training a new sisters) drove to New Glasgow and we were on a exchange in her area as Sis K and Sis Curtis were in Cole Harbour. It was a wonderful exchange best exchange I have been on as a STL! Sis Burton was soaking everything up like a sponge, such a humble dedicated obedient missionary really nice to see! I feel so blessed to be serving over such amazing sisters.  We had great lessons and we were able to find some great potentials! As well we were able to do some great role plays that gave her more confidence with some skill areas of missionary work that she was lacking in.  She was quite stressed out because she was focusing alot about "me me me!" in missionary work and worrying about her growth and potential as a missionary more than she should be; so we had a great real conversation about how as we forget our selves completely and go to work we are blessed with becoming who the Heavenly Father needs us to be! It was great her eyes were open about how looking outward truly is the key to success and how when she looks outward puts the mirror down and looks through the window and serves her comp. in helping her comp. be the best she can Heavenly Father and the enabling power of atonement will strengthen her in her weakness! We both walked out of our exchange feeling very strengthened!
Weds: Sis Keeler and Sis C drove up to New Glasgow and then Sis K and I hopped in the car and drove and hour to meet the Sydney sisters halfway from Sydney to Cole Harbour (as they are 5 hours away) Then Sis Nelson and I drove 2.5hrs back to Cole Harbour for our exchange with one another! It was quite a bummer as Sis Nelson got "sick" and we only were able to attend one LA lesson then she called it quits and decided she couldn't work no more due to a migraine so she slept the whole day, I did work in apt. it was alright tender mercy in a sense I was able to catch up on my BOM reading!
We met a LA street contacting though and she just moved from New York 3 months ago and has not attended church for 15 years! We had a great lesson I was bold and she is very repentant and wanting to prepare for the temple! She is in her 70s and is wonderful she attended church this Sunday!!
Thurs: We drove swapped back and SIs Keeler and I were quite excited to be with one another in our area! We love serving with each other! I truly feel Sis Keeler and I was totally besties kicking in the pre-mortal existence haha ;) its TRUE though I love her so much and she is my sister! She is great everywhere we drive we have no music playing just the most amazing inspiring gospel conversations! We are very open and honest with one another and have gotten into the grove with teaching with one another! I love her so much and feel so blessed to be here building relationships for eternity! We truely feel there is one person waiting to receive us here and we feel that Heavenly Father is teaching us so much here, I feel very humbled that He has chosen us in this area, it is an area where the ward members have their backs up towards missionaries.
This week I was on Alma 17 on weds I woke up at 5 am Thurs and Friday and finished BOM this morning I completed the BOM! Sis Keeler and I have done much prayer and we decided that alot of fasting, waking up early, and greeting every sister in the ward on Sunday with a hug! We have recieved alot of guidance from the Holy Ghost and just feel we need to stretch and jump out of our comfort zone and be excited, happy and just approach every member with sincere love for them.  We have seen alot of amazing results already and have faith things will change as we are patient and consistent-many members have responded well. i love this opportunity to grow and serve as Christ would!
We have been very blessed to see some amazing success with LA`s- the relief society pres. has given the same list of LAs for the past 1.5yr and never has anything happened, with the list we have been teaching a family and had some powerful lessons. We had 3 LAs attend church, 2 of them who have not been to church for 15 yrs! It is amazing and they both want to go to the temple! I love serving in a area where the temple is literally 2 mins from our apartment, everyday I see it and I just feel so happy looking at it!

BTW I am now just doing a general letter... as you can see from above
Yesterday it was church and I was able to go up and bare my testimony Ì said something along the lines how two years ago I read BOM for my first time and it changed my life, I testified of BOM and how excited I am to serve in Cole Harbour ward-blah blah blah you know!  I was able to share a bit about myself and my excitement to be here Sis K when up afterwards it was great! We were blessed to pick of 3 investigators yesterday! One was a mother and daughter from a member who is there husband who is LA, and as well a family that we will teach in two weeks once they are home from being out of town!
SIs Keeler and I are learning so much, it was a harder week but I feel we are here for a reason, I feel honoured to be put to this challenge and have faith that as well stay meek and humble willing to submit all things to the Lord we will see great things happen here. The elders and us have created a vision for this ward and are becoming more unified which is great!  The elders have told us that the ward is loving us and that they never met sisters like us... I feel its a bit of our excitement ... The ward is great reminds me of our Sherwood Park wards SO FAMILY PLEASE DON`T BE 3 HR MEMBERS and not help missionaries out and don`t be all passive towards missionary work when the missionaries ask for referrals and invite you to join in the work JOIN IN and GIVE SOME REFERRALS (because really when we missionaries do we are inviting you to partake of the blessings of missionary work).
I love this work, and I love our Heavenly Father!
I want to always be a missionary and I will, I love people and talking to everyone out of a genuine way to just love and laugh with others!
This morning from 9am-1 we cleaned the temple! It was amazing! I love diligently scrubbing the temple- the house of the Lord! The senior missionary couples that are serving in the temple here are in our ward, this week we knocked into one of them and we did not know it was a missioanry couple the elder answered and invited us in and I asked ``are you alone`haha he laughed and turned out they are missionaries too!! They live 3 apts down from Sis Belford (LA from New York!) So we were able to tell them about her and they are going to fellowship her, they just have so much charity these senior couples ! It is amazing this couple is 88 years old on their 7th mission, he was a mission president, and served for 2.5years as his wife has two children at home! Now that is consecration and they will be heirs of the celestial kingdom! We must follow saints examples! People like them truly seek the kingdom of god first! It is so apparent as we serve others and do missionary work that we are in the service of our god, the quality of this couples life is so much higher than the 88yr olds I have met in old folks home and that is because as we serve the Lord we are blessed in ways we can not imagine!
I love meeting such legendary people here on our missionary with such  strong faith! It is amazing and I am just realizing how much I have to change, grow, serve and learn!  My eyes have been so opened and I love it! I can not imagine my life without this. I feel I have been blessed 10 fold for the sacrifice a mission is! It is amazing words can not describe!
I love you all very much !

And have a great safe trip mom and dad and I love you! And keep up the reading and family prayers:)

SIster Pizzeyxoxoxo

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