Sister May is serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Canada Montreal Mission

Friday, June 28, 2013

my 6 month mark

Hello family,

I had missionary leadership meeting. The Montreal traffic was the worst. It was nice seeing the Cannons before they leave. I know I will see them again in the near future. The new mission President, President Patrick, will arrive at the end of this week. If you was watching the missionary broadcast, he had a clip on it, so we got a small peak of him.

Last week, I hit my 6 month mark. I feel like I have been a missionary forever, and I love it. I feel like missionary work is all I know. Since being out in the missionary field, I have grown so much. I look back on my old self before my mission, and I do not even recognize her anymore. I cannot imagine the person I will become in a year from now.
My spirituality has grown, and I am a more bold, confident and fearless missionary. I have no fear or shame knocking on someone's car window or stopping someone while they are riding their bike to bear my testimony to them. yep... I am that missionary. I have trained my greenie to be like that too. We love it. With confidence and faith in God and Jesus Christ, God never fails to put people in our path who are ready for the gospel, no matter what the circumstances are, because he knows we will talk to them. 
My, 17 investigators with a baptismal date, is spreading like wildfire in the mission. I have no idea how people found out. The next step now is to help them progress towards baptism. At the moment we have 41 investigators to teach and look after. it is hard to make sure we are giving them all enough attention. It is awesome! Most of those investigators were found by street contacts. 
The best thing about missionary work is seeing the seeds you have planted in people sprout, take root and begin to grow. Last week one of our investigators told us that they know that the Book of Mormon is true and that our church is true. It warmed my heart as she bore her testimony to us. Her baptismal date is for August 10th. 
I really love being a missionary. When I eventually finish my mission, I know I am going to be that RM who always goes out with the missionaries and who will give them referrals. While I was watching the broadcast I was enlightened by the talks given by the General authorities. Missionary work really does begin with the members. it starts off with small acts of kindness. even a smile. it does not take much to plant a seed in someone's heart. 

I wish you all the best. hope all is well.
Love, Sister May

Friday, June 14, 2013

Really...14 with a baptismal date?!?! (June 10th 2013)

The work is moving along in Trois-Rivières. We now have 14 investigators with a baptismal date. Most of them are in July, besides two.
Last week I did a training at zone study called, our strength is made perfect through weaknesses. I think it is one of the best trainings I have done as a missionary. The spirit was really there.
Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with an African man at the corner of the street. He started to go on and on about how black people are not allowed to join our church. I then gave him a confused look. I then told him, do you not see me right now? He tried to justify his statement, but he felt silly. He then quickly started to change the subject about what colour Jesus is. He then went on a long tangent on how he was black. We then told him that it does not matter what colour Jesus was, the only thing that matters is what he has done for us.
Transfer calls were last week. I am staying in Trois-Rivieres. By the end of the transfer, this will be the longest area I have served in. I served in Quebec city West for 5 weeks, Quebec city Ste-Foy for 10 weeks, and by the end of this transfer I will be in Trois Rivières for 12 weeks.

B for Bold (June 3rd 2013)

This week has been a super crazy intense week. First of all, we now have 11 investigators with a baptism date. All of which are in July. We have a lot of work to do as we help them progress towards baptism. This week we found 11 new investigators that are willing to listen to our message. We baptism committed 3 of them with a date on the first lesson, they accepted.  
This week was funny. We have this less active that we have been trying to visit for the past month. Only her address is on the ward list, so we try to pass by when we are in her area. Whenever we get near her door, she runs away and hides. It is the funniest thing. who would hide from the missionaries. One day we caught her in the act. She was sitting on her couch watching TV. When she saw us she ran away in the distance. We caught her a few times as she peeked to see if we were still there.
I was in Montreal Thursday night till Friday afternoon. I slept at the Lasalle Sisters apartment. I told them,''I did mini missions in this apartment.'' It was strange being so close to home, but yet so far.
We shall see what happens during the next few weeks. Both Sister Stiles and I are going to continue being bold and committing everyone with a baptismal date.
Saturday is transfer calls. We shall see what happens.

The evidence of the earring! (May 27th 2013)

Last Saturday, we went knocking to find some new people to teach. We knocked on a door and a Quebecoise opened up. She was on the phone. It was super awkward because we were not sure whether we should speak or not. We decided to wait until she was finished. While she was on the phone, she told the person on the phone our names, which she read on the tag. Once she was finished on the phone, she invited us in. She then explained to us that she had been taught by missionaries in the past. Then she gave us each one of her earrings as a gift which she took straight from her ears. Then she started to tell us that her dad shot himself and that she is sad. She then started to cry. We asked her if there was anything we could do for her. She said no. 

All of a sudden there was a knock at the door. She opened the door and it was two huge men. It was the police! I was so confused. I then looked over and the woman was clinging onto her daughter for dear life and she looked petrified. My first thought was that her dads dead body was in the house. Then i thought, 'this looks really bad...we are in her house and we have her earring in our hands... she set us up!  The police asked us who sent us. We had confused looks on our faces. They then started to take our names down. I was so scared! I then started to think about the one phone call I would get if I was arrested. How humiliating would it be if I had to call up President Cannon to bail me out of prison. They then started to talk over the walky-talky to the police station. While they were doing that, I looked over to my companion and she was in a trance. I told her that the woman is crazy.   
 One of the police officers started to interrogate us. He asked us all these questions. Once they realized that we were young harmless missionaries here to talk to people about God and Jesus Christ, he let us go. We both kept the earring as a memento for the crazy experience we had. It was not a dream, we remind ourselves.
Also, we now have three investigators with a baptismal date. One at the end of June and two at the end of July.

Miracles coming our way (May 20th 2013)

This week was a crazy week for me because I went up to Quebec to train the sister teams there. It felt good being in my old area and working with my old investigators. They were happy to see me. Then I had to go to Mascouche to have a special training on my responsibilities as a new Sisters Training Leader.
So many miracles happened for us. Where do I begin. On Saturday,we had an appointment with a student we street contacted the week before. When we knocked on his door his roommate answered. He told us his friend was still sleeping. Instead we just spoke to him at the door. We spoke about the Book of Mormon. He agreed to read and pray to find out if the book is true. The spirit was really there so I invited him to be baptized. He said no, then started to explain why. He said that that morning he woke up suddenly. He then said a prayer to God asking him to guide him in a way that he can become close to him again because when he moved to Canada from Africa, he distanced himself from God. At that point in his life he was going through a lot of trials. He then said that 2 minutes later we knock at his door. As he was explaining the story to us, he was in tears. He said that we were an answer to his prayers. He said that he would have said yes, but he does not want to jump into things. He has so much potential.
Another Miracles is that we decided to pass by a former investigator. As we were walking towards his home, we street contacted a woman. She gave us the address to her home and told us to go speak to her husband. As we were walking towards her home to see if the husband was interested, we realized that he had the same name as the former investigator, but the apartment number was different to the one we had. we knocked on his door and it was him. We taught him and his wife the next day and they seem eager to learn. If we did not street contact that woman, we would have never found his real address. 

Just another week in the mission field (May 13th 2013)

Things are going swell in Trois Rivière. On Sunday the members were swarming us. It seemed like wherever we would go, a crowd would follow. I guess they are just happy to finally have sister missionaries in their ward. It has been 13 years since they had sisters. 
This coming week is going to be a long one for me because I have to train all the sister teams in the Quebec Zone. There are 3 teams that I have to train. 

Week one in Trois Rivieres (May 6th 2013)

I said goodbye to Ste Foy and Hello to Trois Rivières. The ward is super happy to have two teams of sister missionaries. The relief society are especially happy.
This week as been a crazy week for me and my new companion Sister Stiles. The elders that were in the area before left us with 6 investigators, so we divided them between both teams. Within the last 4 days, Sister Stiles and I found 6 people that are ready to hear the gospel. We are surely turning the area around by working it to its fullest potential. We literally spoke to everyone. no joke! No one passed us without us talking to them. God is putting people in our path who are ready. He is blessing us soooooo much!
This week we meet some amazing people. I street contacted this Quebecoise. We spoke to her a bit and she really wants God to answer her prayers. We taught her on Sunday and the spirit was really there. It was a powerful lesson.
The people in Trois Rivières are ready. We just need to have faith that God will put them in our path.
On Sunday I had a scary experience. After one of our appointments there was a drunk Quebecois man walking towards us. My companion saw him before I did and started to hide. I then saw this man stumbling over and grabbing onto trees. Before I could hide our eyes met. He then started to approach me. He asked me, in french of course, "i am looking for a beautiful woman to marry." I hesitated for a second and then pointed into the distance. I then said, "look...I see one wayyyyy in the distance over there". There was not one there I just wanted him to move away from me. He then started to approach me again closer and asked his same question with a drunken smile on his face. I then responded, "Quick...she is leaving, you better hurry up." As all this was happening, my companion was praying for me. He was not leaving so I said "bye, have a nice day." He then started to stumble off in the distance and went away. I was so freaked out. How dare he!