Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Another Week Another Letter!!

May 29th 2017

 One last picture by our old neighborhood, the beautiful Montreal Temple.

Hi everyone!

This week has been crazy, busy, and fun. This week we moved from one city to another and it has been such a blessing. Before, we lived in a predominately French area about 15-20 minutes away from where we usually work, which also used up a lot of our kilometers. But now, we moved into a cute apartment that's like 3 minutes away from the church, and around where we usually work. We are soooo happy. 

A cute park, by our old house. It will be missed!

Something fun happened this week as we met with someone for the first time. Her name is Maria, she's from here, and actually lives very close to our new apartment. She was met by the Spanish speaking missionaries, while they were walking on the street, and they gave her a Book of Mormon. And when we called her to see if we could explain more about it, she told us that she was already on chapter three and was really enjoying it. We were surprised but super happy. So then we met with her and explained more about what it was, why it's important, and how it was relevant for her life today, and it was a great meeting. But the funnier thing is after a few days we texted her to see how she was doing, then she told us, "the book is already helping me in my life, last night it helped me resist temptation when I went on a date!" We were like whaaat! It was so cool. It's incredible what that book can do in our lives. 

With one of my favorite philippino families! Love them so much!

Ryan is doing great, he really loved church yesterday. We talked about how we can look at people through Jesus' eyes, something he wants to start doing. We also committed him to start reading the gospel of Mark, so he could get a better idea of Jesus' life, and he has been loving that. He is really starting to come to know his Father in Heaven and his Savior. We are going to dinner with him at a member's home who lives by the church this week! He's excited and nervous. He said one of his life dreams was to be invited to a dinner at someones home. 
Sydney came to church yesterday after the first time in awhile! He had to work later in the afternoon so he could only stay for the first part, but he really liked it. We actually had a lesson with him and a recent convert from the French ward this last week. They know each other! They went to high school together, and Sydney was shocked to see how much his friend had changed by accepting the gospel. We just let them talk the whole time. Sydney asked questions, and Lamin, the recent convert, just bore such sincere testimony of all that he has come to know. The spirit was so strong. 
Nicole came to church this last week too! She's so wonderful. She really has the desire to understand. We got her a Book of Mormon in Swahili this week. And it's good and wonderful, but man the language barrier frustrates us sometimes, we just wish we could communicate with her openly, and teach her in the language of her heart. But we do the best we can with the materials we have, and we also know the Spirit is the real teacher. She will grow in her knowledge and testimony with time.

Me, Marcus, Nicole loooove them!

So that's the update with everything. Today is actually Sister Bolander's two month mark. And the 3rd of June is my 16 month mark. We joked the other day about how, together, we make a whole missionary. We laugh a lot and that's one of my favorite things. I love that we laugh together. 

Sister Bolander with a cat. She's dangerously allergic, but this members cat CHOSE her.
 It was incredible to see

Anyways, I hope you all have a great week! Be safe this memorial day (which doesn't exist in Canada 😥)
Sister Thomas

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