Friday, August 07, 2015

Hi from Sudbury! - a little bit of what happened this week

"Hello everyone! sorry that this week I havent been able to write such a long letter as i would liek to have normally done, but i will tell you a little bit about the place where we are currently serving, what its like, and the crazy beautiful things that are happening over here in the lives of so many! :)

So I am now in Sudbury with my new companion, Elder Cattelain. Elder Cattelain is from utah and loves to serve in this work. He is a great example of service and faith! I am grateful for him and we talk a lot about our families and hockey which is great, because elder cattelain is an amazing hockey player. I can play the wake up alarm in the morning, which is pretty good too, soooooo.... haha! but its great to serve here with him. I learn everyday from the missionaries I serve and especially from the experiences of just being a missionary, working hard, and having fun! :)

So in this area its warm right now, but apparently it drops to -40 or -50 below in the winter, which is nice beach weather eh! haha but yeah it gets pretty cold apparently. So WERE EXCITED for that! :)

my last area was very different to this one as it was in the city, and this area is in the country about 4-5 hours from the city. We live in a house 5 times the size of our last apartment and we live with two other missionaries! Its a blast haha! So i often find myself cleaning a lot hahaha! but we are doing great here and enjoying the small moments that mean the most each day. So the greatest thing about this town is that the people are so nice! they always have time to talk with you and when they don't they apologize for not having the time. its like a big family haha! Ive also come to know that no matter where you are on a mission, you have to love it! because heavenly father loves it hah! any that's alright with me :)

So we have only started this transfer and i have been called as a district leader, which is a great opportunity for me to learn something new and to especially lose myself in the service of these great missionaries here in the district. last transfer I learned a powerful lesson from one of my companions who taught me that being a leader is more about letting others lead and creating leaders in them, than just simply telling others what they must do or not do. its a powerful thing, example. and we are learning everyday to be closer to that example of Christ :)

so we also travel by car here, which is a lot different to buses haha! i do honestly prefer the buses just because you get to meet so many wonderful people and come to love them, but at the same time i feel blessed to have such availability to travel. Ah i do miss the Toronto craziness and the beautiful people we have served, and what I love most about this coming transfer is that now i get to make this my home too! :)

So Its going to be a great transfer here, and hopefully many more! The members are lovely and the leadership is very energetic and engaged in this work :) We couldn't ask for more. We are healthy, but morning workouts are coming along slowly hahaha! and its going to be awesome!

The greatest lessons i have come to learn on the mission are some of these, but not limited to: These are Gods children, our brothers and sisters. The atonement heals hearts, but it also strengthens hands to help others. we must choose to stand and open the door to Christ who always stands ready to knock. I love my companions and a mission definitely....and i mean DEFINITELY 300% prepares you for family and marriage (to the extent of what i know and what i have seen haha). i have come to know my savior in very personal ways in which i didnt know before. i have seen people feel the Spirit for the first time. i have stood with those who have mourned and mourned with them as they have cried on my shoulder. We have run and run and run again from door to door to find that one person at the end of the day. And what I find time after time is this same principle. It is Gods work. We need the spirit in this work. We need to love others more. forgive others more. be more sorry more often. I know that families are forever :) You are tired everyday and all the time, but this still remains in my heart: God lives. There is no more important work. This is the profession of saving souls :) ITS SO MUCH FUN! :D

The mission is great! I recommend it! haha

so this is an experience that happened this week that I though I would share with you:

This week we were able to see a miracle last Saturday, when it came to an answer to a prayer. I know that prayers are answered, and it is usually through hard work and obedience that they come about after the "amen". I love seeing that the Lord is so invested in His children and knows their needs. So the other day my companion and I were planning in the morning to be able to find a family/individual to come to church. We prayed and prayed and prayed and worked, worked, and worked. We found that time after time people were not too interested and we talked with a lot of people while on the streets or wherever we were. We decided with the time we had in the evening to find that we had to go somewhere close by. we decided to go to a set of townhouses near the chapel. We prayed before we started knocking the doors. We prayed that we would be lead to the person that would need to come to church the next day. We talked with a couple of people but they turned us away. We moved on to go see a lady who was a less active member of the church. As we were walking along a path near to their house, we saw two ladies sitting on their front step talking. we walked over and talked with them. The words seemed to flow as we testified of the witness of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the first vision. She seemed to be fixated on us as we spoke this vision. She told us that she had actually wanted to talk to missionaries for the longest time but just waited for them to come and talk to her. she also told us that she was looking for a church that could bring her the fullness of peace she and her family was looking for. She said that she prayed the other day for someone to come and invite her to another church. we invited her and she came the next day and loved it! We are meeting with her and teaching her the restored Gospel! Praying with faith, in the Lords time is answered as we work for it! I know it! :)


Elder Cattelain and Wehi"

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