My email is a day early because Sister H and I are headed to Jasper National Park!! We get to go once on our missions unless our companion hasn't been. Due to some lucky circumstances, this will be Sister H's third time! Haha we're so excited! I GET TO SEE MOUNTAINS!!!!!!!!!! I have no doubt that some tears will be shed! I'll give you all the details a billion pictures next week.
As for what happened this week, it has been a great one! I was able to go on exchanges in Tofield with Sister K, who I just adore. We served around each other at the beginning of my mission, and I've hardly seen her since. So we had a ton of catching up to do. This girl is seriously the hardest working missionary that I know! We hit the ground running in Tofield! Lots of tracting, which is so good for the soul. Haha One of the members had come with us for a lesson, but it fell through. As we were dropping her off, we saw a man smoking outside of his house. Sister K started talking with him, and we were able to teach the Plan of Salvation to a guy right on his porch! He lost his girlfriend in December, and he's been a mess ever since. The Spirit was SO present! You could almost touch it! As we explained each part of the plan and how it applies to him, you could see him really pondering what it meant for him. The member gave a really powerful testimony about how this plan has helped her in her own life. At the end, he was still unsure about how he could have the faith to believe all of this, but he is willing to hear more! Exchanges bring miracles!!
Remember in a past email how I explained that the term "gong show" is what missionaries use to describe a chaotic day? That was Thursday! Haha it started out as a normal day, district meeting, helping the elderly play bingo, printing off some invitations for general conference. We needed to head to our supper appointment, and so we looked for the right bus, found it, and realized we needed to wait 30 minutes for the bus to come. We patently wait and get on the bus. Sadly, the bus is going the WRONG WAY! We waited for 30 minutes just to go the wrong way! So we get off at the next stop, and at this point, we have no wifi so we can't even look up the best way to go. So we start walking and call the member to let them know we will be late for our supper appointment. After explaining what had happened, they sent a friend who was coming to dinner to come pick us up. So nice of them! We would have had to walk about 2 miles to get to their house. Haha
After dinner, we still had no clue where to go. So we got on another bus.... it was also going the wrong way! We couldn't believe it! We knew that the rest of our night was toast. Sister H was determined to do something to be a good missionary. It was just us at the back of the bus and two guys at the front. So Sister H got up and started talking to one of them at the front and invited him to general conference. He just kept shaking his head at her and she was so confused. Then she realized that he was deaf!!! She signed everything that sister B taught her in an exchange in sign language and he said yes!!! He was so excited!! We gave him a Book of Mormon and kept spelling
k-e-e-p?? Yes yes we told him. Gave him some pamphlets and he was just so excited about everything. He asked how She knew so much sign language and she said a sister taught her and that a guy she met in Tofield, G also taught her some. G is a deaf member in Tofield that she met while serving there. She miraculously (the spirit obviously) helped her remember his sign name, and the guy, D that we were talking to KNEW G!! We texted G that night and he said that he would come to a lesson any time! It was so dang cool. Getting lost on the bus for the win. Heavenly Father is so aware of each of His children!
Then on Sunday we were headed to general conference at the stake centre. We of course missed our bus because we have the worst luck ever with that stuff. So we had to take another bus to catch another bus to try and make it there. While on the bus we saw a guy dressed up pretty nice so Sister H asked if he was going to church. He said, "not today. I haven't been for a while actually. I used to go to that stake centre, but I am going near my bishops house right now." Our mouths probably dropped so low. If you don't know most people don't use church lingo like bishop or stake centre.
It's a pretty obvious indicator of a member. We invited him to conference and he thanked us
for the reminder and said he would watch some online. He asked us to tell a certain member hello. We had never heard this members name and so we look on lds tools and saw he was in another ward. After conference that exact member walked by!!! So we told him what had happened and that the guy from the bus, P said to say hello to him. He looked pretty shocked. Maybe it is the start of something for him.
General Conference was simply amazing. I learn so much every time, and I never left conference weekend without my questions being answered. We were able to invite about 150 people to it throughout the week, and although we didn't see anyone attend, we'll never know the influence we had. But one day, hearts will be softened and they will see the JOY that comes from Savior. I think that is what I enjoyed most about conference, the ability to feel joy no matter what our circumstances are.
Have a great week! I love you all!
Sister Bethany Christensen