Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What a great week!

"Dear family and friends!

Its been fantastic here in Scarborough. It isnt yet snowing but you can tell that the winter is coming! burrrrrrr! Its going to be a mild winter they say though so we cant winter is a beautiful time of the year...especially when your shoes are falling apart and you almost get frostbite on your feet. nothing duct tape cant fix haha. but its really nice this time of the year. In Australia you never see snow...well only if you are born on the mountains down south haha, but I didn't get that opportunity. So yeah...the winter is going to be a blast!

The town is still really multicultural! The ward is fantastic! We get fed so much and we are grateful! I feel that there is always too much to give thanks for and so most of my prayers go out in gratitude. I find myself not being able to ask for anything, other than the Spirit, because I have every gift I could ever ask for. I am grateful for my family and their love. I am grateful for the people we get to serve and to serve around, especially the members and other missionaries whose faith strengthens mine. I am grateful for my companion who has taught me loving kindness for others and a sincerity in heart for prayer. I am grateful for health and for safety from the storms of life that are happening all around the world. I am grateful for the Gospel which changed my life and is changing lives for the better here too. I am grateful for a loving mission President and his wife who have given so much to always look over us missionaries.

Also this week a good friend of mine recieved a package from home and was able to deliver it to me! It was a guitar! YAY! My last guitar was...tragically..resting in peace now. But that is okay because now I have another guitar and hopefully will be able to play it during lessons and on the street. I love music! It brings the Spirit so much when it is conveyed with love.

My heart and prayers go out to all those who may have been affected by the news in France. Every soul is precious to God and it is always a painful thing to hear that so much devastation is happening. We look to the Savior, who we know will make everything right in His time. It makes me grateful for the understanding I have been given of the plan of salvation. That we can live with those we love through all eternity. I know this is true. I testify of this eternal truth.

We have been teaching so many prepared people and this week especially we have seen miracles! One of the biggest ones is to think that I have been blessed to serve the Lord and the people for close to 14 beautiful months now! wow time flies! I cant even remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday...let alone what happened the first few transfers of the mission. I know that its recorded somewhere that's a blessing! haha

Funny story for you: So this week we went to a members house to eat dinner. I didnt know that they had a 'tradition' where they give the missionaries 'cherries' to eat during dinner. Its funny because the 'cherries' looked very much like hot peppers! I decided to go along with it. hesitantly eating one. The first 10 seconds were fine, and then it was game on. oh man! It was so hot! All I remember was my mouth on fire and literally feeling like my mouth had a fire in it hahaha. I couldnt hold back tears while I also noticed after clearing my nose that there was specks of redness....which I was hoping wasn't blood hahahaha. man....that was so hot! definitely have to think twice about eating 'cherries' in canada again haha

Some lessons I have learned on the mission!
the greatest of all blessings I have come to learn and know on the mission is love.

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” james 1:27

“Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.” D&C 18:10

One of my favorite scriptures from the bible that teaches us the importance of being "called to serve":
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

“And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

“And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

“For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

“Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

“When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

“Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:31-40

Have a great week everyone! Know I love you! The church is true :)

Go and help someone, love someone, make someone smile.
The Gospel is true and works everytime :)

Elder Wehi

Make it a good one :)"

Wednesday, November 04, 2015


"HAPPY HALLOWEEN from Canada! Bonjour!

I learnt something from another missionary a couple of transfer ago in a 'English as a second language class'. and because I love music it made an impression. He said:" Harmony is made up of completely different sounds that by themselves would not work, but together make a beautiful sound that brings the Spirit." This is the most fitting expression I can give for describing Scarborough. THIS PLACE IS SOOO DIVERSE! you hope on a bus going down one street and you find yourselves amongst people from 15 to 20 different cultures ALL ON THE SAME BUS! Where else in the world could you find such multiculturalism. One day we will be eating with Arabic families sitting on the ground and the other we will be eating mashed potatoes and sausages from a European family. I have learnt how to speak briefly a little bit of 6-7 different languages and we use them all the time. When others feel your love and you strive to speak according to their language...they hear and feel the voice of the Spirit and I love that.

There are refugees who come to this area with nothing left but a few members of their family and clothes. People from all walks of life we talk to every day....and I can testify of one truth that never changes. John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son.

I know that when people. regardless of age, gender, life experience, and background come unto by one...they do find that rest to their souls. I love being amongst such culture as it has taught me the powerful lesson that God knows all of his children and wants to bless all of them. He wants them to know that he loved them enough that he sent his son, and that the restored fullness of the Gospel is on the earth again today. Prophets and Apostles are true. They once again are found on the earth in the church of Jesus Christ of latter Day saints.

I've been out serving a mission now for close to 14 months and how the time has gone by! It almost seems like yesterday that I was leaving for the mission, but the amount of experiences I have had whilst serving has been more than I can count. There have been 5 areas so far. Brampton, Trenton, Don Mills, Sudbury, and Scarborough. I've served with 9 companions. I know that The church is true. Jesus is the Christ. He is a living and very VERY personal Savior. He reaches our reaching. In our good and hard times he is there to comfort and to counsel. Do we ever stop to count of blessings? I cannot count all of mine, but when I try to I feel the Love of God in my heart and mind.

The Ward is perfect! We love the members here so much! They are so faithful and have given so much to come to Canada, most of them do not come from Canada and so they have come to find family amongst the other members of the Ward.

So everything is well here and here are some miracles from this week:

Mon- We wanted to visit a member family when we couldn't find the address. We felt impressed to talk with others in the area. As we did so, the mother of the family we were planning to see was actually walking to us on the side walk. We talked with her and she invited us over to teach a family that lives in her home for family home evening.

Tue- As we met with a returning member, we taught about the Spirit as we had planned to do in District meeting and we also asked for referrals. She told us of a lady she was teaching the Gospel and she wanted to invite her to the next lesson. Later in the evening Elder Ray went on a split with a member and taught family history to a returning member and they loved it and wanted to do their family history.

Wed- We brought a member to another active members home and talked about the Temple. We sought referrals and the family referred us to the people they were also wanting to help them come to the Temple. The member who came with us to the active members home later on the ride home said they wanted to pray for opportunities to share the gospel with their daughter and her family.

Thur- The grand daughter of sister Wilson was taught about baptism today and wants to be baptized on the 29th of November. The mother wants her brother to baptize her. We also brought another returned member to a less active members home and the returned member shared his testimony of the Temple and the young man wanted to start coming to young mens activities again. the mother of the less active young man said that the returned member who came to the lesson was an answer to her prayers.

Fri- At a church Halloween party, the members brought their family friends. One sister was had been less active for a while was also there. We were referred to start teaching her again by her father and so we set a time to see her this week and help her to find the restored Gospel blessings again in her life.

Sat- We have been able to teach in 21 members homes this week. The lord is hastening his work of increasing the stakes of Zion. We also had dinner with a member family and the members told us that their daughter is doing missionary work and wants our help to teach her friends.

Sun- At church today Elder Ray and I both gave our testimonies to the Ward and after church ended a member came up to us to thank us. He said that his family had been going less active, and because of the Spirit he felt during the meetings he felt the need to reach out to us to come teach his family. We also held a family home evening in a members home with extended family there and they loved it! They told us of 2 people in their same building that they were also reaching out to to share the Gospel.

Some happenings for the week :)

Have a fantastic week,

An invitation: that impression you have felt to reach out to that one person or it this week. I promise that as you do you will feel a confirmation that you did that right thing and you will be one step closer to your Heavenly father. I can testify that happiness is found in helping someone who needs hope again in their life. As you look for ways to lift those who are sad or alone or who cannot physically, mentally or spiritually do something on their own, your ability to bear your our burdens will increase. The spirit will help you lift the heavy burdens you carry and service will very well be the means of you overcoming the obstacles that are facing you.

So do something nice for someone today. Do it now and you will be happy :)
I testify from experience after experience that God needs you to be his hands for someone today.

What a beautiful world we live in :)
Have a great week!
Elder Ray and Wehi"