First of all, Alberta cannot make up her mind! Freezing cold to warm
weather in a weeks time! For the record, -40 is as awful as it sounds.
But now I have experienced it and I'll never need to again! Haha
Second of all, I'm off to my last adventure of my mission! I am
training a new missionary!! I am so excited and so nervous all at the
same time! It's going to stretch me in every way I have no doubt, but
it will be exactly what I need to finish strong for the next 3 months.
I have absolutely loved being in Forest Heights! Being in such a
diverse area has taught me so much about how to be a decent human
being and a better representative of Jesus Christ. I will extremely
miss downtown! There are people everywhere all the time! But this new
adventure will teach me many new things.
I'll start with the beginning of the week. Tuesday, we took a road
trip out to CHERRY GROVE!! We felt prompted to have a "grand slam"
exchange, meaning both of us would go out there and work with the sisters. It was so good! We were able to make it in time on Tuesday to go to a lesson with my dear W P! Goodness, I have missed him! haha the lesson was a bit of a gong show, but he does understand that this is meant to change his life. I think he's still got some time to grow, but it's been wonderful to watch his spirituality blossom. Sister R and I had some great adventures on our exchange, but what made it so great was how much we both love that glorious place. Cherry Grove was the area that really helped shape me as a missionary and as a person. The people I met there have truly changed my life, and I am so grateful that I got to go back twice during my time as a Sister Training Leader. I'm seriously so blessed!
Funny moment of the week- we were on Whyte Ave on Saturday doing our
usual booth thing, and there were quite a few missionaries there. All
of a sudden, this guy stops his truck in the middle of the road and
starts quoting the Bible and yelling some not so nice things at us.
After a few seconds of listening, I realized that it was a street
preacher that Sister A and I had talked to a few weeks ago! Of
course the conversation was quite back and forth but we had parted as
friends. So as soon as I recognized him, I shouted, "hey George! How's
it going??" Everyone burst out laughing, and he couldn't help but
smile a bit too. Then he finished off his rant and drove away. There
were about 15 cars lined up behind him by the time he drove off! Haha
it was a funny experience for all us, but it made me realize that
regardless of our differences, when we take the time to build on
common ground and respect each other, there will always be a positive
D H is getting baptized on Saturday people!!! His interview
went really well, and he radiates with excitement. P is also set for next Saturday! I'm hoping to be able to make it to both of their baptisms. P is such a good missionary though! We had 8 nonmembers at church and 6 of them were with her family! She is going to be a great member of the church.
That's all of the time I have today, but I am so grateful for this precious time I have to be the Lord's full-time servant. I still look down at my name tag in shock. Last night, we were street contacting downtown before the Oilers game, skyscrapers all around us, the weather was perfect, and all I could think was, "does it get any better than this??" It truly doesn't! It's my prayer that I can continue to maintain perspective of my purpose as I help this dear new sister discover it.
Have a great week! I love you all!
Sister Bethany Christensen