Christmas week was a good week. The Lord really hastens his work during the holiday. A family in the ward had us deliver a christmas meal to another family in the ward because they wanted to remain anonymous. That family is so charitable. Our investigator Jen was so much happier this week. I know its because she had been consistently reading from the book or mormon and praying daily. Going to church, praying and reading the scriptures (CPR) are the keys to happiness in life! Brother Wright bought us this big box of fish and chips from a restaurant in St. Davids and it was so delicious! We had dinner at the Burtons house another night and Brother Burton was pet sitting skinnypigs! Look them up! A return missionary who served here is living with a Sister in the ward and they had us over for lunch. They made us some Peruvian potato pie i think its called. that was cool! Brother Jewer even gifted us three cartons of egg nog! We helped sister Stockwells neighbour in St. Davids hand out some Niagara Times papers before district meeting. It was really fun! For Christmas eve dinner the Jones family has us over for homemade perogies and turkey. It was so delicious! Bishop and sister jones are hilarious and their kids are adorable! Skyping my family on Christmas was amazing! It was so nice to see everyones faces! We had pancakes, fruit and ltos of bacon for breakfast with Loretta. Yummy! We had dinner with the Curry's! I just really love eating! Then Brother Wright took us to Niagara falls to see the falls lit up at night at the christmas lights. the members all spoiled us this christmas with gifts! I felt both super loved and blessed. As much as i think the members love us. its what we stand for, give up and share with people that they love. it was ncie to have a quiet christmas focused on the saviours birth and how we can help other people discover the true joy of his gospel. i love you all! :D <3
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THAILAND!!!!!
I hope that this Holiday Season is filled with lots of warmth and love, surrounded by loving friends and family!
I hope that each of us can take the time to focus on the "Christ" of Christmas and real reason why we celebrate this splendid day!
lots of love,
Contacting and Teaching people on the streets!!!
This is Phii Samak!! I met him that time the little girls lead us around their neighborhood and now we get to teach him at his workplace/home!
Monday, December 21, 2015
Monday - Some of our zone went to Niagara Falls on preparation day. It was us plus the Stoneycreek elders (Beddes and Ditty), the China elders (Jenkins and Lau), the St. David elders (Cragun and Vargas) and the zone leaders from Hamilton (Butler and Smith). We walked on the boardwalk of the falls and walked around the little town. Its like a little theme park! It was so cool and fun. After we took some pictures near the falls we went to Smokes Poutinerie which is Elder Vargas fave! Everyone on the mish here loves Smokes! It wasnt as ogod as home but the bacon cheeseburger was still pretty good! We were finally able to meet with our new convert for the first time since ive been here. Lets just call her Pa. Shes super sweet! She loves the Book of Mormon and shes coming to do baptisms in the temple with us on January 9th. Im so excited! Her daughter Ny also loves coming to church!
Tues - We met with one of our I's named Cor. Shes still struggling with understanding how the Book of Mormon and Bible are diferrent but go together. But we brought our den momma Melissa with us and she testified about how the Book of Mormon can help us each individually with our own personal struggles in life. Ive really seen that to be true especially on the mission when theres always so many things to improve. I really love the book of mormon! We visited with a member named Stella whos in her 90s and she have us some souvenirs spoons to remember our time in St Cats. Shes sweet! We went to dinner at the burtons. Brother Burton used to be in a band in the 80s and she showed us the flashy coat that he used to wear. Theres also another brother in the ward who was in the band with him and so theyve been friends for like 50s years. They both had some really inspiring conversion stories to tel.
Wed - We went to teach jen about faith. She does not have much of a religious background so we felt like we had to start from the beginning with her and do one principle at a time. As missionaries we are to help people increase their faith in the Saviour and so thats what were trying to do with her!
Thurs - We went to visit with a less active member named C at a members home. Weve taught him everything but he cant seem to find the motivation to come to church and to stop smoking. I felt inspired to do the twelve step program with him. Its the only thing that we havent tried so far. The first step is honesty and he finished that next week. Bro C said that it really helped him realize that he had an addiciton and that most of all he needed to be honest with himself.
Fri - Exchanges! Sister Droge came here and Sister Bell went to Hamilton with sister Reeves. So me and sister Cook had to attempt to figure out the area for ourselves! We taught eight lessons and it was great! One of our less actives Hay referred her friend to us at the end of her lesson. She actually came with us to her neighbours house and she let us in and we taught her the restoration. Exchange miracles! Sister Droge is froem Germany random fact.
Sat - We were able to contact a member who moved her from the canada montreal mission and set up a lesson with her im so pumped!
Sun - We met with Brother j and he always feeds us delicious baked goods! We met with a returning member named paula who is so awesome! she hasnt been smoking for like a week and has no cravings because she told heavenly father that if he takes the cravings away shell quit.
I love being a missionary! And i love you all! p.s. please pray for visa! :D <3