It's official! After 6 wonderful months, I'm leaving Lacombe. What a
bittersweet feeling! The sweet part is that I'm headed to Cherry
Grove! I guess it's a pretty small community with a large LDS
population. It's sounding pretty similar to Soda Springs! It's up by
Cold Lake, and there is an army base up there! I'm so excited to still
be outlying! And my new companion is Sister Baker. I've never met her,
but I've heard good things! It's going to be such an adventure, and I
can't wait to see what the Lord has prepared!
Now, on to the bitter part, which is why I chose my title for this
email. Why didn't anyone warn me that it was going to be this hard??
Haha I'm sure some people actually did, I just didn't understand yet.
It has been so difficult saying goodbye. I feel like I'm leaving for
my mission all over again, but with the knowledge that I may never see
these people again. Life takes us in so many different directions, and
we all have different plans from Heavenly Father. How is it that just
being a part of someone's life for just 6 months can make you feel
like you're saying goodbye to your family? I'm in awe of the
difference it makes when you not only see people as they are, but you
see them as children of Heavenly Father with divine characteristics
and potential. I think that is part of the reason why it feels like
I'm leaving home again, I don't just see random citizens of Canada,
I've had the privilege of seeing my brothers and sisters. And because
of that, I am leaving home! But I'm also going to another part of
God's kingdom with wonderful people. Keeping eternal perspective is so
hard! Haha but it does help to cope with the goodbyes.
A few things that happened this week.
We have a new investigator! Her name is D, and she's 10! She's
been to church a few times with her friend, and she loves it! Still
working on getting her mom to make it to our lessons!
We helped a less active "empty a few boxes." 😷 sometimes you don't
know what you are getting yourself into!! It was a job almost worthy
of hazmat suits! But we survived! And we even got to meet her husband,
who hates the church! But we had great conversation, and we might have
even soften his heart a bit!
We had Easter dinner at the C's, and one of their cousins, M,
was there with his husband, R. 👬 we had way too much fun together!
Sorry I don't have time to write more! I've got to get packing! But
I'm so so grateful to have had such a wonderful place to serve in the
last 6 months. My testimony of the Atonement has grown in unmeasurable
ways thanks to this Ward, and I can't wait to see what I learn in
Have a wonderful week, enjoy general conference, and I love you!!
Sister Bethany Christensen