Canada is SO beautiful!!
This week was AMAZING! SO many miracles and I want to share all that I can with you.
First off funny moment,
I've been meaning to write this for awhile now, but I always forget, but Sister Bascom is fluent in Sign Language because she has a deaf sister, and she has been teaching me some stuff and she's taught me how to pray. And it actually is perfect, and I'm now realizing that I should have learned ASL a long time ago, because I actually really don't like talking sometimes, those times, specifically, in the mornings. Those closest to me know that I'm not a morning person, and that characteristic didn't just disappear as missionary, but to accommodate that, I've started praying in Sign Language in the mornings, and I really love it! So we've started vetoing talking in the morning (which I love) and just signing.
Happy, fun, tender, super wonderful things:
- Okay, this last week, while unsuccessfully trying to visit a member of the congregation here, we decided to walk around and find some people to talk to before we had to go home. And Heavenly Father guided us to this specific street and were walking for awhile, and after trying to contact some other people, we saw this man exiting an apartment building. And we ran over and asked him what road we were on, because we really didn't know, and it turns out he didn't either because he actually lived in another city, but was randomly visiting a friend. We started talking and walking with him, and talking to him about who we were as missionaries, and what we do. We started testifying about Jesus Christ, and about how He can help our families. And then he said something that really surprised us, "Ya know, its like really funny and pretty weird, but I actually had a dream once where two girls were talking to me in the street about Jesus... and now here you are.." Our mouths just dropped and we were so excited to tell him how mindful God is of him, and how there are no coincidences. It's every missionaries dream to be an answer to a prayer, or to hear that someone has had a dream about something, and it was such a testament to us because we knew that Heavenly Father was aware of him, and that He had prepared him to meet us. It was the coolest thing, and then we saw him the next day after his shift at a local coffee shop, and then he was able to come to church yesterday! I've never met anyone with so many questions in my life, but he is curious and so ready for answers. He said he has always believed in God but never had been to a church before, so it was his first experience ever yesterday. And he really enjoyed it. We had a super wonderful meeting and we were so happy he was there. We will be seeing him a few more times this week to answer his questions and continue sharing with him the message of the Restored Gospel. He is so great! (I usually don't mention people's actual names in my email, because of privacy and what not, so if you want to know, we will just call him Bryan!)
- Saturday Sister Dinge and I were able to go to the baptism of our friend Shatick! It was so cool to see him and see how much he has changed. I met him once in the subway 4 months ago, and then saw him on Saturday and I didn't even recognize him! He had changed so much and his countenance was so much brighter and he looked so happy. It was such a sweet experience.
Me and Sister Dinge at Shatick's baptism
(don't know why he didn't smile, it was the only second he wasn't...
maybe he's just not a picture person)
- We had another one of our friends come to the family night last Tuesday, his name is Carl, and he had met missionaries before, but lost contact, but he really enjoyed the activity and we had a delicious dessert made by a recent convert, and he loooooved it. We talked about forgiveness, and it was exactly what he needed to hear at the time because of things going on in his family. Such a blessing!
- We saw Sydney again this last week. He really is doing great. He's been reading the Book of Mormon on his phone and praying everyday, seeing his change has been so fun. We taught him again about the Restoration on Saturday and he understood everything. At the end he told us, "I went to a Catholic school for 3 years, and I learned nothing about God, and you guys have been seeing me for like 3 months and now I know so much." It was pretty fun and tender that he was able to see how much he has grown as well. We love him!
Oh, all of this long email can't even begin to scratch the surface of how great this week was. Just know that things are going amazing here, we are happy and healthy, and the Lord is always by our side. We are so blessed.
Here's some scriptures I was studying in the Book of Mormon today, (I really recommend the whole chapter!)
And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another.
Mosiah 4: 19-21 (https://www.lds.org/
Lets share with love everything we can with our brothers and sisters, even if they might not deserve it, because God gives us so much love and help, even, and especially, when we don't deserve it.
We had a mini-missionary in our midst this weekend!
She was from another French ward in the South Shore.
She was fantastic and it was so fun to be with her and show her what it was like as a missionary.
She really enjoyed it. :)
Love you all,Sister Thomas