Monday, May 26, 2014

Good Week - Good Stories

First things first! We are going to Niagra Falls today! Pretty pumped.. the weather has been PERFECT the past few days as well so it should be a really good day. :)

Living on the lake is seriously THE BEST

This week was good! And I have a few good stories!

Friday morning we were looking through some really old records of people who had investigated the church years ago. Most of them said that the people were no longer interested, but we decided to pull out a few so that we would at least have some areas to go to to talk to people. 

The first one we went to drop by was a lady named Jocilyn. We debated about going to knock on her door, but eventually decided to and I am sure glad we did! When we got to the door we knocked on it and I immediately had this impression that we shouldn't ask for Jocilyn but instead we should just "pretend" like we were tracting and that we didn't know who lived there. So we did... and this girl answered.. we told her what we do as missionaries and she let us in! We talked with her and found out that she had been praying to know what direction that she should go in as far as church goes. Her siblings have been studying with a different church and she just didn't feel right about it. So she has been reading the Bible and praying that she would be led in the right direction... and then we knocked on her door. I have always heard stories of missionaries where things like this happen, but I have never really been a part of it so it was pretty amazing to be the answer to someone's prayers. As we got to know their family more I am pretty confident that Jocilyn doesn't live there and must have moved years ago. So I am really glad we looked through those old investigator records that morning and I know that we really were led to her for a reason!

Saturday morning we were out talking with people and we walked by a food truck called "Sammy's Fish and Chips" I had remembered that some of the missionaries last Summer taught the guy who owns the truck so we decided to stop in. There was only one guy standing by the truck and so I asked if he was Sammy. He said that his name was Sam but that he was a different Sammy than the one who owned the truck. We talked to him for a bit and he told us how Sammy has the best fish and chips and that we really needed to try it. We told him that we would come back for lunch and he said that he would treat us to fish and chips.. I didn't think he was serious about "treating" us to fish and chips, but when we came back he did! At first we paid for our food and then he came around about 10 minutes later and he gave us money and then bought us another order of fish and chips! Super nice guy.. He said he comes every Saturday so I am sure we will go back on Saturday and talk with him and then also talk with Sammy some more and see if he would like to meet with missionaries again. 

Joe is still on for his baptism on Sunday! He was able to see a baptism yesterday and he loved it. I asked him if he felt the Spirit and he didn't say yes, but he didn't say no.. but then a few minutes later he said that he just felt really good when he saw the baptism and he said, " I just really could see myself being in the water and I just really want to be there next.  It was a good feeling there with everyone." To which I just had to smile because he did feel the Spirit and slowly he is beginning to recognize what it is. 

Ok.... out of time! We are off to Niagra!  Oh and.... it is transfer time again! Calls will be this Sunday and then I will know where I will be for the rest of my mission! Time is flying! 

More Lake Ontario Pics

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It all just seems like a blur.....

I really don't know how to start these things off anymore..... :)
So... hello family and friends! :)

I am now in week 5 of the transfer... it is amazing how fast time is going by! It feels like I just got to Oakville and yet it has been about a month and a lot of good things have happened!

We are still teaching Joe and he is good to go for his baptism on June 1st. He is really excited about it and it is so fun to see him learn and grow and change as he is hearing more of the Gospel. He is such a funny guy and I am so glad we met him that night on the street. Every time we come over to teach Joe he will always give us some chocolate or one time this week we had some watermelon. He has also enjoyed going to Family Home Evenings that are held weekly. He really was so prepared to meet us and I am really excited for his baptism. 

Yesterday was Victoria Day, I am still not quite sure what that means... but what I do know is there were a lot of fireworks... we didn't see any of them because we live in the basement.... but we sure heard them all Sunday night and all last night! :) 

I really wish I could think about more things that happen throughout the week! Honestly by the time preparation day comes it just all seems like a blur!

I really am doing well, though! :) This week I will definitely try to take more pictures! 

I hope everyone has a great week! 

For P-day we went to a little place called, "Little Ray's Reptile Zoo & Nature Centre"  Elder So'o,  Elder Aquino, Sister Green, Sister Herfort (in front), and Sister Mendenhall and I

Monday, May 12, 2014

And there goes another week!

And there goes another week! 

The weather has started to get really nice and it has been so perfect! We have been waking up in the mornings a bit early so we can go running by the lake.. It is SO nice! Never in my life have I ever wanted to live by water like this but.. I think I could love it. :)

So it was Mothers Day and I got to talk to my family which was the best! So good to see them and crazy to think that it won't be too many weeks now before I get to see them in real life. :)

I hope everyone had a happy mothers day and if you get a chance go and look at this website and watch the video... it is probably the cutest thing that I have ever seen! :)

We are still doing a lot of finding here and getting to know the members. It is a lot of work, but it is fun. We are still teaching Joe and he came to church again yesterday. He really loves church and likes learning everything. He is such an awesome guy. He set a baptismal date for June 1st and we are really looking forward to helping him reach that date! :)

Sister Mendenhall and I
I really wish I had more to say but..... that really is about it. haha Looks like these emails home might be a bit short for the last few weeks of my mission life. Oops... :) I will try and do pictures to make up for it! :)


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Things are Good

Well....... once again.

This has been a weird day and I don't really have time to email again sooooo....... there is that. haha
Maybe next week I will actually be better about this!

My companion and I with Sister Herfort and Sister Green
But for now.. things are good here! We had an investigator that we met on the street the other night at church yesterday! And we have also been able to set up quite a few appointments with people we have just talked to on the street. It is amazing how when you talk with everyone the Lord will place people in your path who are ready to learn.

So... shout out to my BFF Riley who gets married tomorrow! Can't believe I am missing it, but I am way happy for her!

Ok next week I really will write more! :)
But for now.... I would love if all of you emailed me! Even if I didn't respond.. haha it is still nice to hear from all of you!

Thank you for all of your love and support! 

p.s. As of today I can count down the amount of weeks I have left on 2 hands! And that is pretty crazy. haha