Monday, May 27, 2013

     My weekend was good! Really good! We had an awesome week, we almost doubled our previous weekly actuals as far as lessons taught! Also, we ran into John and he "un-dropped" us! He now has a baptismal date for June 29th> I really hope things stay good with him. I guess he had decided to drop us because he had come across some anti-mormon that had said some crazy stuff how we think black people are evil because of the curse of the Lamanites...We answered his questions and he is back!
     We have also been teaching a man named Brian. He has a solid testimony, has read the Book of Mormon but has not been baptized because so far he has been unable to quit smoking. Pray for him this week. We are going to try to help him quit starting on Wednesday. He really wants to quit.
     We have been working really hard and talking to EVERYONE! We fall into bed every night, exhausted. Even though we are so tired we have had a hard time sleeping...I have woken up several times from dreams where we were teaching lessons and I'd wake up and be so confused and panicked that we weren't working...and then realize that it was the middle of the night and it was ok to relax. Silly, silly. Last night Sister Smith was talking in her sleep and she woke both of us by asking some invisible person if they'll commit to praying about the truth of Joseph Smith. Hahaha! So classic!
     Funny story-Yesterday Sister Smith was talking to a lady and accidentally told her (in French) that the book of Mormon is a girlfriend to the Bible...instead of companion. I could not help but laugh once the lady was out of earshot.Whoops! Copine, college, same difference..

Monday, May 20, 2013

     News for the week...We had an EARTHQUAKE! ( French...un tremblement du terre)! Pretty crazy! The other morning Sister Smith and I were in companionship study and everything started shaking! We thought the Shultzke's were moving furniture but we later found out that it was like a 5.2. Fun stuff.
     On Tuesday we had a zone conference. It was wonderful! We got to see the Cannon's again, which was wonderful. Also, that afternoon I went on my first split. I was sent out with Sister Robles and I drove the car! Eeks!
     We had a good week.There was a baptism in the YSA ward on Friday and after a miracle and lots of phone calls we were able to get Jerome to go. We have been teaching him and his roommate for about two weeks now. It was awesome! I think he felt the spirit and got to know some of the YSA members. On Sunday we had four amis (investigators....or amis de l'english..friends of the church) at church. John, Jerome, Anne-Marie and Jocelyne. Then Sunday evening it all fell apart. Daniel, our investigator who has been trying to stop smoking called to tell us he was dropping us. And then when we met with Jerome he told us he mostly just wanted to be our friend. He said he didn't really think that the first vision was possible and he had other things to pray about. His roommate had been feeling the same way.Then this morning John called us and told us that the church was not right for him. Rough! Four of our best investigators...poof! Gone!And since we're opening this area we really didn't have very many. Man. Rough. I am feeling pretty sad about that. Not discouraged, just sad. But Sister Smith told me that she thinks it's because a miracle is headed our way. So we're both really hopeful and excited for that. Pray for us to find people in our area that are prepared! We know they are here...somewhere! As Sister Smith would say, "best treasure hunt EVER!"

Monday, May 6, 2013

     Okay, wow! It's been a crazy, crazy past 5 days. (Five days? Really? Only five days?!) So, first. First of all! I'm in Gatineau,Quebec! It is about two hours away from Montreal. It is part of the Ottowa zone! We are in the only French speaking area in the Ottowa zone and right across the river from Canadian parliament. We see it on the way to and from our district meetings.It is beautiful here! It is summer. I love it! It's so green! Not too many trees, but more than Utah, that's for sure! Our area covers Hull, Alymer and up to Chelsea.
     My companion is Sister Smith! She is from Draper, Utah. She is a hard worker, that's for sure. She has only been out three months! She has had six years of French. We are opening the Gatineau area to Sisters! Because it is a new area, we don't have any inversigators....except one, Jocelyn is the one investigator we did inherit. She is a super sweet lady, I love her to death but she has been investigating the church for 35 years! Wow! I really hope we can meet her needs and help her find peace.
     We live in the basement of a member's home, Spring and Lancer Shultzke. They are so noce. SO NICE. The apartment in their basement is brand new! We are so spoiled! Brand new new car, apartment, phone etc.
     So because it is a new area, we are knocking! All day! Knocking, knocking, knocking. It's hard  work, especially when nobody wants to talk to you and you're trying not to feel like you're bothering people...But it's good. Sister Smith is good at keeping me positive. It is hard work, much harder than I expected. But I am happy. I't really awesome knowing I'm where Heavenly Father wants me to be and I'm doing what he wants me to do! I can't ask for much more than that. :)