Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Busy Week :)

Well a lot has happened since I last got to email home. About 5 minutes after sending that email we got a phone call from the AP's saying that they had needed to do an emergency transfer so we would be getting another companion.  So we drove to Brampton and waited in the office until the other companionship showed up. 

(Related: the AP's know most all of the missionaries that have came from Morgan and while we were talking they said that I give off the same "Morgan vibe" like Elder Prochnow.   I am going to take it as a compliment. There just must be something different about us Morgan people!) 

Sisters - Prescott, Tuia, DeRuvo

So we got our new companion, her name is Sister DeRuvo, she is from Italy and after a week of knowing her I already feel like we are best friends. She is FANTASTIC. So funny and talkative and a really great missionary. I think it has been a really great blessing having her. Unfortunately transfers are in a week and I bet we will all be separated :( but at least it has been a really fun 2 weeks.

At the Toronto Temple
Saturday we were able to go to the Temple in Brampton! It was so great! The only bad part is that we had to wake up at 3am to leave by 4am to get there at 5:30am for our session that was at 6am.   Needless to say we were a little tired, but it was so good to be able to go to the temple and be with other missionaries and really feel the Spirit. Never take the Temple for granted, especially all of us Uta
hns, it is an incredible blessing that SO many temples are SO close to us at all times.

We witnessed a serious miracle this week and that came through this kid named Paul. We met Paul through a member and he has some SERIOUS addictions that he is trying to give up. He has a ton of faith and it working hard to get through them he is just struggling. As we all know ,addictions of any kind are hard and so he is just trying to get through so that he can be free. Anyway, Paul had told us and other people more than once that there is no way that he will give up smoking weed. He said he wanted to give up alcohol and hard drugs, but he didn't see how weed was bad. So we went to a lesson with him Thursday at the church with the full intention of dropping him because we can't help him to change if he doesn't want to change. The second I saw him I knew things were different today, and I knew that we couldn't drop him. My feelings were right because as we started talking, he said he had just met with his doctor and she told him that they weed is in fact harmful to him, and that he really needs to consider giving it up because it is slowly killing him.  So.... Paul went from a kid who was NEVER going to give up smoking, to seeing that it is something that is harming him and he was considering it and saying that it is something he needs to do. I wanted to jump out of my seat and do a small victory dance. Seeing someone experience that little bit of change and want to be different is incredible! The lesson was really good that day. Paul was able to feel the Spirit and see that this is something that he wants. We are going to keep working with him and keep helping him. We know that he can overcome this, it is just getting him to see his potential and then to seek help from the Lord and other sources to really get through it. He is an awesome guy and we are hoping for the best for him.

Easter was good! We had 2 investigators come to church and all of the talks on the atonement were perfect for them to hear. We were able to eat Easter Dinner at a members house.

We met with a man named Egigu this week and by the end of our second meeting he was saying he wanted to be baptized. He is SO prepared. He came to church Sunday,  stayed for a baptism that took place after church, and asked us yesterday if he could move up the baptism we had already set for him. He is from Africa and is a really cool guy. We met him on the bus and he really is just so prepared. I will keep you all updated on that. 

District Meeting 

All I can say is it is just really fun to teach people and see them change and grow and love what they are hearing. The Restored Gospel really can and does change lives. These people just need to be given the opportunity to hear it! :)  Well this will be kind of short for today so I can get a chance to upload some pictures!  Have a great week! :)

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