It has been a cold and dreary week in the Great White North! Like so cold! Have you ever had it be so cold that your eyebrows feel frozen? yep.... that's how cold it was! With the windchill, it got down to -40 one night! Haha This is the Canadian winter I've been warned about. But despite the cold, it was a great week!
Wednesday was complete chaos! Although we didn't get transferred, we had to go to the transfer meeting to get our car! We know have a car full-time!! So blessed!! We had 20 new missionaries coming into the mission and 20 leaving. So there were people everywhere! I got to see all of my companions! We gave a training in the New Leadership Meeting, and it made me realize just how much I love being a Sister Training Leader! I love what I do! There is so many little details that keep this work going, and I'm gaining a stronger appreciation for it everyday. Later that day, we had a bit of time to tracting in the freezing cold! We decided we would knock on 10 doors and then get back in the car. A classic 4th Floor, Last Door moment! The last girl felt so bad for us being out in the cold that she let us in! We shared the Christmas video with her, and although she wasn't interested, the Spirit was there, and our feet got warm! haha
Thursday was my favorite day! MLC day! (Mission Leadership Council) I love it so so much! We spent the whole day talking about how to help the missionaries in our mission. I love that each of us have such a sincere desire to be better missionaries and to help others do the same. There is such power in counseling together to help our circle of influence. I have a testimony of councils! haha We have another MLC this week, so I'm excited to continue focusing on how we can build the mission. -End of missionary nerd moment. hahaha
Friday, we had our first meeting with our new ward mission leader in Forest Heights! Ok crazy thing- his name is Ri C. On Sunday, we also got a new ward mission leader in Strathcona, our married student ward, and his name is..... Ri C!! It's so crazy! They are both incredible men with a huge desire to work hard, and so we're really looking forward to working with them. All we need to do is figure out a nickname for one of them!
Saturday was so good! We had a lesson with our new investigator, K K! He's from Korea, and he's married to a member. He's been taught the majority of the lessons by the Elders, but we found out he is a married student, so they passed him over to us. He has the best fellowshippers we could ever ask for! They set up the appointment, they invite him to other things, they translate for us because we don't speak Korean, and he speaks very little English. Haha We talked about the Book of Mormon and committed him and his wife to read it together. It's a bit of a challenge with the language barrier, but we're excited about him!
Sadly, I've been battling a nasty chest cold for the last 5 days, and it has been such a pain! But despite the sickness, we were still able to get out and work every single day. I know that it wasn't my own strength that got me out each day, it was Grace! I literally couldn't have done it on my own! Being sick is no fun, and it is so hard to keep up the motivation. But I know that this isn't about me. And time goes so so fast! The weeks keep moving faster and faster, and I know that each moment is so precious. The last thing I want is to spend all that time lying in a bed sick! There are too many people to talk to and teach! Haha so I truly have a testimony of Grace, the enabling power of the Atonement. It can be for spiritual, emotional, and physical things in our life. And we don't always have to be worthy of it! It's just there, waiting for us to use it. I'm grateful for my Savior, that He has given this gift to me, unconditionally, and it will continue to be there.
It is my hope that each of us can find a way during this Christmas season so give something back to our Savior. He's given us more than we can ever pay back, but whatever little thing we can do will have value in his eyes.
I love you all so so much! Keep enjoying this Christmas season!
Sister Bethany Christensen