Hi friends and family!
Winter is officially here in Montreal. It snowed last night and it's snowed all day today as well. It's beautiful, the whole city covered in white. It's like a little fairytale, until you walk outside and the wind nearly blows you over. BUT, all is well and I am still loving the city.
This week Guillermo was baptised! (he's the one that called me the spiritual gangster) and it was sooooo awesome. We saw him almost every day the week beforehand and taught and shared little principles. It really grew my faith as I saw him accept the gospel and as I watched him change his life. He first met missionaries in June of this past year, and he met with them and they starting teaching him and he started reading the Book of Mormon. But when I met him back in October he wasn't really progressing and our lessons with him were kind of repetitive as we told him about how the gospel could help him. But, finally, at the very end of October, while I was on exchanges with another Sister, we got serious with him and talk about him being baptised. He'd read a lot in the Book of Mormon by that time, he knew it was true, he'd been to church a handful of times, he loved the church services, all he needed was just a little push. So we pushed him a little, and helped him see how much he already did now, and how ready he was for the next step, that being baptism. So we committed him to be baptised that day and he was so excited. So after then we worked with him and taught him and helped him grow his testimony.
awhhh so much love
Then last Saturday he was baptised, by Brother Melcançon, who really took him under his wing these past few weeks. It was a beautiful service as I and Sister Torres offered talks on baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost (first talk in French check), and Guillermo himself talked about his spiritual journey toward the truth. We all got a little teary-eyed.
Dinner last night at the Melançon's with Guillermo. These members are too good!
Other than that, this week was super busy. We taught more lessons this week, with members and without, than we have in awhile. And I fully believe it was because we really showed the Lord how much we wanted to work by talking with everyone that was around us, keeping the lessons we did teach short, but filled with love and looking for ways to help these people to keep their commitments.
Also, this coming week I'll be receiving a new companion because Sister Torres will be moving to Quebec City for the last three weeks of her mission! Why? We aren't sure, but, Sister Dinge (who's from France and I love her so much) will be coming here and she'll be a Sister Training Leader with me! Ohhhh I'm so excited.
Things are looking up here in Montreal, even if the temperature is dropping. So happy to be here.
so in Canada they have black squirrels,
and this week we discovered that they don't like oatmeal cookies.
to continue the rodent theme, here's a picture from a few weeks ago, with one of the members of the ward. She looooves rats and has a bunch of them at her house. One of the rats just had babies and she was showing them to us, and then we decided to name one of the rats (the one I'm holding) Thomas! There ya go everyone, my legacy with live long in Montreal (while as long as the rat lives). Oh also, the one that's holding, she named him Jesus. Because he's pure white. Cute.
Have a beautiful week,
Sister Abellard! My love. She's so cute.
Sometimes (well a lot of the time) she speaks Creole to us
and we have no idea what's she's saying.
She's a favorite.
Mosiah 4: 9-12
9 Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.
10 And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them.
11 And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.
12 And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.