I'll start at the beginning of the week, I got to go on exchanges with Sister Linford again! This sweet sister has taught me so much about being a dedicated missionary! She loves the Lord so much, and she has the nicest things to say about everyone. She always makes me feel so good, and I've been struggling to feel like I've made a difference in my area. But she helped point out what has changed about me, and I'm so grateful for her! Heavenly Father always knows when I need an exchange, and of course, he was right again!
Thursday, we had to go to the medical clinic for Sister P to get a refill of her medication. Due to the lovely Alberta health care system, wait times are not the most convenient... We were there for 2 1/2 hours! But I'm all about using our time wisely. I haven't really had to get too much out of my comfort zone, but this time was so uncomfortable! We're sitting in the waiting room, everyone is on their phones not making eye contact. I knew I had to talk to these people! So I pray to know who I should trap first. It was a girl across from me with an open seat next to her! It took me what felt like forever to get the courage to get up and talk to her! But I finally walked over and started chatting. She was leaning as far away from me as possible, not making eye contact, giving every possible sign that she wasn't interested! which made it more entertaining for me! I asked her about religion, she doesn't believe in God and doesn't care. So I shared my testimony of the Savior, asked if she was interested, and when she said no, asked for a referral and gave her my card! Dang! I felt like a million bucks after that! So I go sit back next to Sister P and notice the girl next to me is wearing a 'Sons of Anarchy' hoodie. Some friends have told me a little about the show, so I started asking her about it. We then got on the subject of Prison Break and that opened up a great conversation! We became quick friends, but I felt the impression to ask her for a referral. She couldn't think of anyone right away, but took down our number and said she would think about who she knows! Then there was a mom with two young girls who were getting quite impatient, so I offered my iPad for them to play with while they wait. Huge relief for mom! It just felt so good to be doing what I'm supposed to do! Talk with everyone! Im grateful I was able to leave that medical office with no regrets!
We have a new investigator, N! She's 8, and her aunt was baptized last year. Her parents aren't members but her mom was there for our lesson! She loves coming to Primary, and she loves to pray! She's getting baptized April 2nd, right after I leave! but I'm super happy for her!
Another miracle happened on Friday! We went to see our investigators out in Rimbey, D & S. This is the one that smokes like you wouldn't believe! We both new it would be so so hard to concentrate with the overtaking smoke smell, so before we went in, we prayed that the smoke wouldn't become a distraction while we were teaching. The power of prayer is real!! I could hardly smell the smoke while I was teaching! And I even got whiffs of fresh air! It was the coolest experience! Although these investigators are on the verge of dropping us, I'm so grateful to have taught them even just to have this experience! But I know it goes so far beyond that! We were able to testify of the Savior so many times to them, and one day, they will see the need to have the fullness of the gospel!
Saturday was a hilarious day! We went and visited a less active in Ponoka with a ward member, sister C. His name is Bro. W and I had heard some interesting things about him, but I was excited to find out for myself! They were all true! This guy was raised in Florida! Oh how I have missed Southern accents! And he has written his own doctrine! he's in his late 60's, pskstophrenic, (no clue how to spell that!), and a total sweetheart! But that has caused some interesting things to happen! He believes that when Christ ascended into heaven, it was on a UFO. I could tell Sister P and sister C were pretty uncomfortable, but I was loving it! He's so passionate about it, and I know that Heavenly Father is looking out for him. So I'm really glad I got to meet him!
Also, on the way home from Rimbey Friday night, I killed a bird..... It was not my fault! It just flew into the side of our car! thank goodness it didn't hit the windshield! But it was perfect timing because I was thinking about how we're going to teach our investigators about the Plan of Salvation! The bird has first hand experience now!
Sunday was the greatest Sabbath Day of my life! We had FIVE investigators at church! AND TWO returning families! AND a former investigator showed up with his less active girlfriend! I was smiling the whole day! And to make it even greater, most of the testimonies were centered around our March Madness challenge! I didn't expect hardly anyone to take the challenge! Now we've got about 1/3 of the ward participating! Including Bob! He's ahead of everyone! I'm just so so so grateful! Heavenly Father truly blessed us for working so hard! It is an absolute honor to be an instrument in His hands with His work! It doesn't get much better than this!
I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon! I've read all the way through Jarom, and my testimony has strengthened immensely on the joy that comes from reading! It is for us! I know that these prophets saw our day, and wrote these inspiring words to lift us through the challenges we face. Keep reading! Everyday! I promise it will make you happier than you already are!
Thank you sincerely for the constant prayers and support I get from each of you! I wouldn't be able to do this without you! I love you!
Sister Bethany Christensen