Friday, August 26, 2016

beaucoup des choses

Aug 15 2016


They were felt, and the blessings were reaped. Both Salman and James came to church yesterday! And James wants to be baptized. We are aiming for next month, and I have complete faith that he can do it. He even told us this last week that he told his dad and his dad's side of the family (who live super far away) about it so they can come down and see it. AH SO COOL. He's progressing, he's changing, and he's becoming. And me and Sister Morgan are just sitting here in happiness.

We also had a lesson with Salman (our investigator from Pakistan), and he's doing really well. Yesterday was National Day in Pakistan (i.e. their Independence Day) and so we made a little video, because he just loves videos, at church where he taught us to say "Happy National Day!" in Urdu. It was really hard and I couldn't remember the sounds. But it worked out nicely after a few takes. He also told us he's been having experiences reading The Book of Mormon and praying. Like really good experiences. And he hasn't told us the details yet, but we have a lesson on Tuesday with him, and he said he would share then. So we are PUMPED.

This week we also had exchanges with the other Sisters in Montreal. I was with Sister Hoffmann (aka my trainer) again and it was just like old times. And I swear, it must be something about us being together, but the craziest experiences always happen to us. We were confronted by several different people in the city, all of who were almost hostile towards the church (or any organized religion for that matter), and it continued into conversations about they thought we were crazy. But I swear, I have never felt more sane, more stable, or more sure in my life, than those times where I was defending my faith and what we teach as missionaries. Truly the Lord does fulfill His promise when He says "lift up your voices unto this people; speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men" (D&C 100:5). Neither Sister Hoffmann or I were confounded before the people who were trying to tear down our faith. 

Time after time, this week and weeks that have past, Heavenly Father has truly shown to me that He is a "God of miracles" (Mormon 9: 9-37 And these miracles have come to pass in many different and unexpected ways. And they happen every day! I am so grateful that God does perform miracles in our lives, and for the fact that I do know that He is there. That He is our Heavenly Father and that He does love us. Lets not make the mistake of limiting God and telling ourselves that He can't work miracles within our lives. That just results in denied blessings and missed opportunities. Instead, lets have the faith it takes to make those miracles possible. Because we know, "For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith" (Ether 12: 12

Have a faith-filled week and watch the miracles unfold,

Sister Thomas
Last Saturday Canada weather went psycho and DUMPED rain on us. 
This is a picture taken after we had just run to our car from an appointment. 

 hehe, me and Sister Morgan wanted to buy matching night gowns and founds these raccoon ones at Walmart. We tried them on first to make sure they fit. But don't worry, we bought them!

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