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.

thank you to all those who love and support me. i feel your prayers and appreciate them so much <3 a="" being="" i="" love="" missionary.="" nbsp="" span="">


Monday, January 26, 2015

week 33

we saw so many miracles this week! it has been amazing. this week i realized the importance of using the Book of Mormon to help people come unto Christ. there is POWER in that book. i know its true, i know it was translated by a prophet of God, Joseph Smith. it is so special to me and i want it to bless others lives like its blessed mine. i know it's TRUE!!! and we are beginning to see lots of miracles by reading from it with those we teach.

Jose, our progressing investigator, is doing so awesome. please pray for him! he has the desire to be baptized but doesn't feel ready yet. he is incredible. he is so prepared and he is accepting everything! he has his doubts and questions and easily gets very distracted when we teach him.... also he is trying to learn english (so every lesson he'll say "como se dice... " (how do you say) to everything hahaha) but the spirit is so real and strong when we teach him. in God's time he will enter in the waters of baptism <3 u="">

here's a great story. so 2 weeks ago we called a potential named Juan to come to Church. his best friend is a member and he ended up coming! we have been calling him all week to try and set up an appointment, and after a really rude text sent back, we decided to stop contacting him. all the sudden we walk into church yesterday and he is sitting there with his Book of Mormon in his hands with the member friend... we were like WHAT THE? haha come to find out.... we've been contacting the wrong Juan. #spanishnames. He is awesome though! :)

last night we knocked on a random door, the man happened to be Spanish (super rare....) and he agreed to let us come in. all the sudden his dad is there... who is a less active member! (holy miracle!) we had a lesson with him, his name is Arnold. he is so Christlike and loving and the spirit filled the room as we shared Mosiah 18:9 with him. his son also agreed to have us come back! we also stopped by another less active last night... definitely revelation since she needed our visit so badly. YAY FOR MIRACLES!

the work is amazing here, i am learning, growing, and changing so much. i feel so blessed to be here in the work of the Lord. its real and true and SO happy! 


Monday, January 19, 2015

week 32

family & friends,

this week was absolutely amazing. it had its ups and downs just like every other week in the mission, but the best part was when on Saturday, we got to meet an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. Elder Oaks! something i will never forget :) after a plane delay we were happy he made it there! we also got to hear from Elder Allard (area 70) and Elder Kacher (Quorum of the 70), and had a wonderful morning with President & Sister Clayton. I took so many notes I don't even know where to start! 

the thing I loved most was when he talked about being a FULL time missionary. he talked about us being pens... theinstruments in the hands of the Lord. how we have to be prepared, worthy, ready, and focused so he can use us to convert and change the lives of many. we can't be part time. we were set apart to be FULL time servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. this isn't OUR mission, we're sacrificing for HIM, because we love Him and we know this work is true. It was amazing, because it was bold, but in such a loving way. he testified of how proud our Heavenly Father is of His missionaries who have sacrificed to serve the Savior; how much God loves us, and how we are here to do His work, in His way and in HIS time! the spirit was so strong! I learned so much, he really was an answer to prayers; for both the mission, the members/investigators (who ALSO got to have a meeting with Elder Oaks after... we also got to attend which was such a surprise to the missionaries!) and for me. I want to do ALL I can to serve the Savior with a full purpose heart. missionary work is incredible.

we saw lots of miracles this week as well! to prepare for Elder Oaks we were told to find at LEAST 2 new investigators, which we should do every week, but to put a big focus on finding. we found 3. yay! our progressing investigator, Jose made it to church yesterday. he is amazing! he has a hard time with English but luckily he is coming to our ESL classes. he has lots of friends in he ward and he has an open heart and mind. we have tried setting him with a baptismal date... we are hoping he will accept this week. speaking of our ward, its definitely different than the Spanish ward in Toronto! (miss that.) I am in an English ward, but there is a Spanish 'group' as well as a Chinese 'group'. we also cover another nearby ward with a Spanish 'group' (Oakville ward) so we do go to 2 correlations and 6 hours of church. 

we also got fed a TON by the members this week. something i am definitely not used to. i actually feel bad cause we got fed like 9 or 10 times... but the other missionaries never do... haha the Spanish people love making us food. and they love making us a LOT!!! i decided in order to stay in shape we have to exercise hard core (since we are now in a car area too and not walking everywhere) so now i drag my companion out in the snow at 630 and we go running. i love running and i love the snow so its awesome! but yes i did fall on the ice. haha its not as cold here as it could be... im surviving the Canadian winter!

the mission is great, i love it so much! i am so happy here. i KNOW this Gospel is true, i know Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the light. i KNOW the Book of Mormon is true! i love that book with all my heart. thank you for all your love and support, there is no place i would rather be!


Monday, January 12, 2015

week 31

wow it has been such an amazing week! today i feel so so grateful to be serving my Savior Jesus Christ. this really is the greatest time in my whole life. this is the best decision i have ever made, to serve a mission; and i am here LIVING IT! what a blessing. i have already learned and grown so much. i love being a missionary.

so they weren't kidding when they said it's cold in Canada, it was absolutely FREEZING HERE this week! we hit a low of -30 C (-22 F) with the wind chill this week. and out of all days that we could have gone to Lakeshore, we picked the coldest day of the week to do it hahaha oops! it was an adventure, and i couldn't feel my toes but it was great! we saw SO MANY miracles this week, i don't even know where to start. i am just absolutely loving this area! the members here are so great and Hermana Hoffman and i's hard work is starting to really pay off! OH! and Elder Oaks is coming to our missionthis Saturday. i can't wait to sit at his feet and hear him guide this mission! we will learn so much :) 

miracle stories:
- we were in an area contacting and knocked on a door with one our pass along cards of Jesus sitting in the window... a lady answers who was taking care of her sick mom. long story short, it is actually from 7 years ago when this lady met with missionaries! we have been meeting with the daughter, Marian who has LOTS of questions and is crazy ready and prepared for the gospel. 
- this same Marian watched Joseph Smith, prophet of the Restoration on Netflix 2 weeks ago, and we knocked on her (mom's) door. SO COOL.
- we have been teaching Jose this week, (who i mentioned in last week's email, our new investigator) and last night we had an awesome dinner with a member who has been fellow-shipping him like crazy. (THE BEST. help the missionaries!!) anyways, he's amazing and we committed him to read the BOM.
- after a long 5 hours of contacting and finding on Saturday night we were praying so hard to find some answers of where to go and who NEEDS the gospel. a man named Juan stuck out to me on a potential list, and after calling him, he shows up at church yesterday with his best friend, a SOLID member in our ward. such a miracle! YAY for finding prepared people!
- guess who showed up at the baptism in our ward yesterday? SIMON!!!!!! i was so happy to see him :) i know its only been 2 weeks but i missed him. 

how have you come unto Christ? - i was asked to bear my testimony yesterday on that question at the baptism. we watched this video and i just absolutely loved it! its the 2014 youth theme, but it always applies right? go watch it! i shared 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, one of my all time favorites. i know that if we turn to the Lord, he will turn our weaknesses into strengths through HIS perfect grace. i know that His arms are always turned unto us.... turn to Him! and let him change you. i couldn't be happier about being here on my mission. i love serving my Savior Jesus Christ. i love this work and i love this Gospel. 


Monday, January 5, 2015

week 30

happy new year! i can't even believe it is 2015. how crazy is that? this week was super great, my first week in my new area of Mississauga has been wonderful! the members are awesome, i love my companion Hermana Hoffman, and we have yet to get in a car crash with me driving on these crazy streets haha :) coming to a car area has been super different, and while being in a car is super nice since it is FREEZING here, i do miss contacting and talking to people on buses/subways. i already miss that so much! this is a different kind of missionary work than i have been in for the past 6 months but change is what helps me grow closer to my Savior Jesus Christ and i have continually felt His love and guidance.

miracle story!
we have been struggling to find new people to teach, and for this whole week i have actually felt like i brought that cursewith me to this new area since they were finding just fine... and i came from the city where we were struggling with it so much! we had a mission fast yesterday in preparation for Elder Dallin H. Oaks coming to our mission in 2 weeks (!!! im so excited!!!) and my companion and i were also fasting to find new investigators. while i can't fast right now cause of my weird health probs, i did fast from "treats" (haha since we all know how much i love them:) and ate very small meals... and all day long Hermana Hoffman and i had a prayer in our hearts that God would place someone in our path. we were out proselyting last night, talking to everyone we found and asking EVERYONE for people they know who speak Spanish, when we found a man walking into his apt room. he is from Peru and doesn't speak any English... we told him we teach free English and that we are missionaries! turns out he has LIVED with a Mormon and when we gave him a BOM he was SUPER excited and wanted to learn more! i know God hears and answers our prayers, i know He placed him in our path at just the right time because he is prepared and ready to let the Gospel change and bless him :) this is HIS WORK!

that was absolutely amazing last night, my companion and i were bouncing off the walls we were so happy haha :) i have such a big testimony of prayer. for those that have asked about my test results from the doctor-- everything came back negative so they really don't know what it is... i have a sensitive stomach! im taking medicine so everything will be fine so soon!! the work will hasten :):)

im so grateful for this Gospel, i love it with all my heart! i couldn't be happier to be serving my Savior.