Monday, March 23, 2015

week 41

we had such an awesome week!!

we met with Luz everyday this week to prepare her for her baptism. we had to teach a lot since she is a 3 week miracle and got baptized really fast! but Luz is super accepting and we were only able to because she already KNOWS this church is true and couldn't be happier about being baptized! the baptism went really well, really smooth compared to the other ones we have had haha. that's because this ward is AWESOME. (i love Mississauga!) the whole program was in Spanish which was really special for all the Spanish members, and for LUZ!! who can't understand or speak a single word in English. her testimony was so tender too. i can't wait to see Luz progress even more. we are going to help her this week prepare names for the temple!

speaking of the temple, we had the opportunity to go on Saturday! after 6 months, i needed it so badly and it was so wonderful to spend the morning there. we had to wake up at 4 to pick up other sisters and get there in time and we were completely exhausted all day but of course it was worth it! (GO TO THE TEMPLE! it is such a blessing. never take it for granted!)

i spoke in church yesterday. they told me 2 days but luckily i got to pick my topic! also i guess missionaries are just good at speaking/teaching on the spot haha.  i wish i could have done it in Spanish but i did bear my testimony at the end in Spanish which was nice so Luz could understand. i spoke on Pres. Uchtdorf's talk at the general young women's meeting last October "living the Gospel joyful" and man i just LOVE THE GOSPEL!!!!and i love the mission so much. i am sooooo happy here. i also learned a lot this week on the importance of obedience. not only a HUGE part of missionary life, but everything God asks us to do is based off our faith and obedience to Him. its amazing how much i am learning as a missionary. i am so grateful for it! i am especially grateful for the way its shaping and changing my life!!!

we received a transfer call last night from President! i will be training a new missionary. im gonna be a mom! it's a big responsibility, and yes i am nervous... but when the Lord calls, He prepares us! just hoping my Spanish is good enough to help teach someone haha. but that's why i am SO grateful for the spirit and the gift of tounges! anyways, i have training meeting tomorrow and i'll find out who my little trainee is then. im excited to work hard with her and see MIRACLES!

i am so grateful to be here working hard as a missionary, and i just have to say THANK YOU to all who have sent me cards, letters and packages. you're support and love makes me work hard and i am grateful for it! especially neighbors, family, friends and ward members. know that i am grateful for you :) the church is TRUE!!! go share it!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

week 40

so many miracles this week!!

we have still been teaching Luz, who is progressing SO much! she has participated in service activities for the ward this week, and has even invited her roommates to learn more about the Gospel like she has. Luz will be getting baptized this Sunday! she was so excited when we taught her all about the Temple and Family History. she is so excited to prepare to go after she is baptized! really, she is a miracle. and it is no coincidence that our investigator who is progressing the most/fastest is the one who can't put down the Book of Mormon. there is power in that book, and i know its true. so does she! she is cruzin through it! i can't wait for her to be baptizedSunday :) lets hope we can get everything taught haha. luckily she's super accepting.

on Thursday we got to be volunteers to help cook for 2 other zone's Zone conference... so i got to see ALL the other Hermanas! there are only 10 of us Hermanas in the mission so its awesome when we are all together :) Luz was also there helping to cook, and after all the missionaries sang to her and the other member volunteers. Luz was crying! she's so great. we have found 5 new investigators this week! that is GOOD for us Spanish missionaries haha. they are all miracles and really, our area is on fire right now. its awesome.

cool miracle story: so 2 weeks ago we were out talking to people when a member calls us and asks us if we can pick her up some duck tape on the way to dinner at her house. we walked over to a Shoppers Drug Mart and found some. we talked to this guy who kept staring at us... and he ended up being a little crazy.. haha but we jumped in line and all the sudden i hear 2 words in Spanish right behind us. i flip around and we start talking to this awesome Cuban couple! they were super impressed with our Spanish haha especially when we told them we are learning by talking to people here. this week we went by their house, and Jesus (the father) told us he was pretty atheist but was open to learn. Annia (the mother) is super catholic. the lesson was AWESOME! when we shared the Book of Mormon with them, Jesus couldn't stop looking at it, and knew he could know for himself as he read Moroni 10:3-5. he's going to read AND come to church. i can't wait to teach the whole family!

we get to go to the TEMPLE this saturday! that is a 2x a year thing in the Canada Toronto mission, so you could definitely say we're SUPER excited! i love this Gospel and i love the mission :)


Monday, March 9, 2015

week 39

first of all, shout out to my girl Sydni who decided she is serving a mission! WOO WOO! it's life changing and i am so proud of you :) can't wait to see where you're going to serve the Lord! anddddd to my girl Briana who is getting married this WEEK! #templemarriage #eternity #can'twaittomeetyajase congrats!

we had such an awesome week :) spending last Pday in Toronto to celebrate hump day was SO MUCH FUN!!! it felt so surreal to be back on the subway. i felt so at home! good old Toronto, missed it. first we subway-ed over to downtown and spent some time in Kensington (aka: Spanish-ville) then over to China town! its awesome. Hermana Hoffman was loving it! we had a ton of time left (funny, we actually got to do WAY more there then i ever did when i was actually serving there!) so we decided to go visit the CN tower! something i never had the chance to do while in Toronto! we took awesome pictures, then splurged and went to the Aquarium because it was right there :) it was SO COOL!!! 

the rest of the week has been super great! we have seen some cool miracles. the coolest miracle is LUZ. get this - Hna Schoemaker (a member who LOVES coming to appointments with us) talks to this girl in the elevator while going to an appointment last week... and we end up going in and she became a new investigator. she came to church (she understands NO English "i just love the spirit there." so cute!) and we have been meeting with her this week. we went over yesterday after church again... and she told us she has been loving reading the Book of Mormon. all the sudden she shows us her book and she has read up to ALMA 30!!!!! in a WEEK!!!! Hermana Hoffman and i were in complete awe. anyways, SHE moved up her baptismal date up a week and will be getting baptized March 22! i am so excited for her!

CARLOS would be our next greatest miracle this week. we have started teaching him finally even though he has been coming to church for awhile. his wife is a member :) anyways, he's awesome and is praying about a baptismal date. YAY!!! i also had exchanges with the lovely Sister Mencarelli this week. she is from Italy and was baptized not too long ago. i learned so much from her! we taught our investigator in english/spanish/portugese together and he is ALSO praying about a date. the work is really progressing in this area, i feel so blessed!

i am LOVING the mission. i couldn't be happier! i just love this Gospel more than i can even explain. i love watching it change peoples lives, i love the way it has converted me unto the Savior, and i love being able to testify of its truthfulness. how lucky are we? we have the truth! we are counting down the days over here until we can go to the temple (12 days!) and for conference! eeeek! i can't wait! christmas for a missionary haha. i love you all, and thank you so much for your love and support. you are in my prayers always!


ps: im not even wearing a puffy coat today! its warming up and we're officially above 0 C!

Monday, March 2, 2015

week 38

this week marks HALFWAY for me as a missionary. i can't even fathom that!! time has literally flown right past my eyes. truly, it has been challenging, but the greatest decision i have ever made. i couldn't be happier to be here. i have been reflecting a lot this week on the person i have become, how i have changed, and what more the Lord would have me become as i continue to wholeheartedly serve Him. its amazing to see the person the Lord is molding me into. i am converting myself unto Him.

the miracles we saw this week were incredible, 5 of our investigators came to church yesterday. our area is literally on FIRE right now! we have found a LOT of new investigators this week (one of which is Portugese. the gift of tongues to extreme!! we use all 3 languages when we teach), they are being placed in our path one after the next. all the glory to God and such an answer to so many of our prayers! i do have incredible stories of miracles i should share, but...

to celebrate HUMP DAY we got permission to go to TORONTO today!!!!!! 
downtown here we come!!! im pretty excited :) i get to take Hermana Hoffman there for her first time! my heart is still in Toronto, i really can't even wait to go :) CN tower here we come! and china town! and kensington! and the subways! 

i am so happy here! i want you all to know that i KNOW Jesus Christ lives. He truly guides this work. HIS work! i invite you all to come closer to Him. to submit your will to His. to sacrifice for Him like He did for YOU. "shall we not go on in so great a cause?"


Monday, February 23, 2015

week 37

quite the long week! it definitely had its ups and downs. and it's pretty freezing up here, we're averaging everyday now at -20 C, which is about -2 F. yes, im frozen! luckily we are in a car area, and in one of the "warmest" parts of this cold mission! but i really do love when it snows :) it's that wind that is just SO frijo!

we had a Specialty Training meeting on Wednesday with President and Sister Clayton. our Zone Leader's had texted us earlier in the week and told us "IPADS!" and told us to pick our color... but we showed up and it definitely wasn't Ipads haha. we were PRANKED!! rude right? haha and we totally believed them. (they are still supposedly coming sometime *soon* but i sorta lost all faith at this point haha) the meeting was still incrediblethough. President Clayton has received such amazing revelation about hastening the work here in the Canada Toronto mission, its unbelievable! we saw 499 baptisms as a mission last year, and President has set the goal for this year to see 1000. i repeat, A THOUSAND! and it's totally possible! we learned about all the little things we can do now, to be better and harder working missionaries to team up with the members and make it happen. i'm excited to see the changes in the mission, and so excited to be a part of it! President and Sister Clayton inspire me so much. i love them. i felt the spirit so strong during that meeting as we bore testimony of the Savior and His Atoning sacrifice for all mankind. i couldn't be happier about serving HIM.

lots of our appointments fell through this week :( it makes things so discouraging! we knocked on this doorMonday night and found a SOLID man named Carlos. he said him and his mom want to learn! we were SOOO excited to teach this Colombian family since we have been really struggling to find new people to teach. but when we went back for our appointment, his dad answered and said he had met with missionaries before and to never come back. a lot of doors have been slammed in our faces, but hey that's part of being a missionary! you learn to just work harder because of it :) we did learn though, that revelatory planning WORKS. we have learned to plan around names and people to visit so the Lord can place people in our paths. we WILL find NEW!!!! con fe, y oracion. 

i was feeling super down though this week. one night i pulled out my "100 days!" letters my mom sent me, from all my supportive and loving friends and family. as i read each one again i couldn't help but feel so grateful for each and every one of you!!! the words touched me so strongly, and it made me realize how grateful i really am to be here serving the Lord. and i know that as long as we are doing our part as missionaries, and invitingeveryone to come unto Jesus Christ, God will do his part too! even if we don't always see the fruit of our labors :) i have such a strong testimony of that!!! which is why Hermana Hoffman and i aren't getting down about anything! our investigators are slowly progressing but we have a lot set up this week.... we are praying for miracles :)

i LOVE this Gospel. with all my heart! i KNOW its true!!! 


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

week 36

what an amazing week! so much happened, i don't even know where to start. first of all, yes, its sooooooo cold here. i am enduring the Canadian winter. we hit -30 C this week, i think i might die! it is definitely miserable to proselyte in this weather because we get a lot of doors slammed in our faces, and most people won't even open their doors. lets just say we're doing all we can to schedule back to back appointments everyday haha. we haven't been too successful and have been in the cold a LOT but hey, hard work brings miracles right? Si! 

after a super powerful lesson about the Plan of Salvation with John (Peruvian, 26) he accepted a date to be baptized! March 15!!! woo hooo!! he is super prepared. right at the start of the lesson after we show him the little pamphlet, he says, (in Spanish..) "oh okay so this is the plan our Heavenly Father has for us so we can return to live with Him, and we do it through Jesus Christ and His Atonement." .... YES!!! he came to churchSunday too. he is one of my favorite people to teach because he is so accepting.

Friday night we had dinner at Bishop Fullers house with our other progressing investigator, Jose (Peruvain, 40). we taught an AWESOME lesson of the Restoration (for the 4th time with Jose haha) but it really clicked for him this time. the Bishops testimony was so powerful (we translated everything during dinner and the lesson... it was an adventure and i realized i speak Spanish! haha well, Gospel Spanish :)) he said yes to baptism, but doesn't feel prepared enough for a date. i know everything is in God's timing, but we are doing all we can to help him overcome his concerns and feel ready to be baptized.

another awesome story - Carlos (Venezuelan, 30's), has been coming to church but only stays for Sacrament meeting,  but he came to again on Sunday and we taught him 2nd hour. he's SO PREPARED! his wife is a member (in Venezuela) and he comes to church to pay her tithing! he even went to Elder Oaks! he even shook his hand!!!! (while he was telling us all of this, us and the member, Hermano Foutine were all flippin out hahaha) we taught him the Restoration and he told us he has already read some in the Book of Mormon. he's amazing and totally going to be baptized soon :)

today i realized how blessed i am to be in the most cultural and diverse mission in the WORLD! when we teach English class, we have classes with people from Poland, China, Russia, Egypt, Mexico, etc, all learning english, and all ready to hear the gospel. i'm picking up cool sayings from all the languages, its hard to remember but i just love the culture of the Canada Toronto Mission! how lucky eh?

this Gospel is true. i know it! i know the Atonement is real and powerful, and i know this is Jesus Christ's church, restored today through a living Prophet. i know the Book of Mormon is true and i know it changes lives! it's changed mine. cuidense mucho! ciao!


Monday, February 9, 2015

week 35

hello friends and family!

i don't have much time this week but i want to share an incredible experience that happened to me on Saturday. it was such a miracle and has strengthened my testimony of putting our Faith in Jesus Christ SO MUCH.

so i was on exchanges with Sister Mandla, we were in her area (English work! so different. i do know how to teach the Gospel, but its so much harder for me in English now haha #hermanaforlife) but we were still here in Mississauga. we had just finished eating dinner at a Chinese members home, and realized we didn't have anything planned until 8 for our next appointment. Sister Mandla suggested we pray for revelation of someones house we could shovel. (it has been snowing everyday here!) she offered such a fervent and heartfelt faithful prayer, asking Heavenly Father to use us as His hands and find someone who really needs both their snow shoveled, and the Gospel. she also said "we know we can be a miracle in someones life tonight."

we went and knocked on a door, the lady was quite rude and didn't want her driveway shoveled but said maybe the man next door would need it. we knocked, and a young man named Steven (about 25) said he would LOVE our help! what was amazing, was that Steven didn't need his snow shoveled, he needed the GOSPEL. he opened up to us as we were shoveling and told us that he his usually always out on Saturday nights, but he stayed home to find answers from God. his mom passed away 6 years ago, and it has changed his life. he said he had been on YouTube looking for scriptures, and praying all night for something to come from God. and THEN, WE knocked on his door. GOD IS REAL!!! miracles are real <3 i=""> we told him right then that we had prayed to know where Heavenly Father wanted us, and he led us to his home. he started crying! we testified of eternal families and Gods plan for him. the spirit was SO STRONG in that driveway! we even finished by singing "Families can be Together Forever" for him :) it was an incredible experience, something i will never forget. we really are God's hands! and when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, miracles do happen :) this is HIS work, and i feel so blessed to be a part of it to see these incredible answers to prayers in others lives.

transfer calls were last night, we didn't receive one, so Hermana Hoffman and i will be killing it together here in Mississauga for at least another 6 weeks! WAHOO!!! our area is on fire and i can't wait :) there is a lot in store this transfer and i am excited to see even more miracles. missionary work is amazing! i couldn't be happier to be serving my Savior Jesus Christ :)


Monday, February 2, 2015

week 34

​we got 2 feet of snow last night. SOOO MUCH!! its been snowing more this week, i think we got an easy January for Canada.... but welcome to February!!! hey, the more the merrier. i love the snow!

there were lots of miracles this week. tuesday was so amazing! one of those days where we were completely led by the spirit, right where the Lord wanted us to find some incredibly prepared people. we found 3 new investigators that day, all different teaching situations, all 3 with members - and 1 of them was actually a SOLID friend of one of the awesome families in the ward, the Gundakers :) (they are my family out here. i seriously love them SO MUCH!!!!) and let me just tell you, that is not a common thing here in Spanish work in Canada. Tuesday was a miracle!! when we were going from one place to the next, Hermana Hoffman and i were constantly looking at each other just in complete AWE at how amazing God is in this work. the Spirit is strong everyday, and when we follow it, miracles happen! 

Jose is slowly progressing more and more. its so amazing to watch the Gospel change peoples lives. i love it! we have taught him several times this week, and although he hasn't accepted a date to be baptized (yet:) God is preparing and working on him; it's all in God's timing!

i am learning to rely on the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Savior, and i know we can always turn to Him. He always knows how i feel, and i think that's something that i love most. knowing i'm not doing this alone. as an instrument in the Lords hands i know this is HIS work, but i also know that HE is who we rely on. He loves us with an infinite love. His Atonement is real and powerful and truly life changing.

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