This week I had the wonderful privilege to take one of my recent converts, Martin, to the temple for the first time. It was such a spiritual experience for all of us. He was able to do the work for his Grandfather. It felt so good to be inside of the temple again. The spirit was so strong inside.
It is just over 9 months that I have been a missionary. I am so glad that I made that decision to serve God and His children for 18 months. I also feel tremendously blessed to be serving my mission not too far from my converts; that way I can be involved in their progression in this true Church of God. I look forward to be there when he goes through his first endowment session.
Monday, September 30, 2013
This week one of our investigators, Serge, got baptised. it was a miracle how we found him. We prayed to find a road we can knock. Serge's road was one of them. When we found Serge he was a non-practising Catholic, who did not believe in God. After we gave him a pass along card with our name, number and a sentence saying "Dieu Vous aime;" he agreed to meet with us again. We taught him the next day and invited him to come to Church. He came. The next visit we left him Alma 32 to read, then later in the week we committed him to be baptised. He accepted. The next lesson we taught him was Word of Wisdom. Never in my life have I seen someone sweat so much. He was so nervous because he had problems with all of them. But, as he kept repeating, he planted his seed and if he nourishes it it will grow. With his faith, he was able to obey the Word of Wisdom weeks before his baptism. Later on, he remarked to us that the reason why he had a strong desire to join our Church was because he was touched by the sentence we left him on the pass along card, "Dieu Vous aime!" He told us that because God loves him, we were guided to find him. Serge knows the Church is true. He is happy. His friends around him has seen a change in him since we started to see teach him. Since we taught him, he has been working on his family history. He has over 30 names ready to take to the temple. I know that his Ancestors on the other side played a huge role in preparing his heart for the Gospel.
p.s. Serge is the one with the long white hair and beard. the person baptising him was Martin. one of our recent converts. it was his first baptism.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Last week we had an amazing lesson with a family we are teaching. They are a couple from Cote d'Ivoire who moved to Canada 1 month ago. We found the husband a few weeks ago while he was going for a walk with his 2 children. He told us that he met with missionaries when he was in Cote d'Ivoire and that he has a close friend that is a member of the Church. He told us he was interested in having the missionary discussions again.
We have been teaching them for 1 month now. The husband already has a testimony about the Church, but he is waiting for his wife to gain a testimony too. When we taught them on Saturday, the wife revealed to us that she knows, without a doubt, that the book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet who restored Christ's Church. When she said that Sister Murdoch and I looked at each other with shock, but excitement. Sadly, the family will be moving to America this week. We are both are praying that there is a member from the ward there that speaks French, or that a missionary who speaks French will find them. They are truly prepared.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Transfer calls came and went. I will be staying in Gatineau. I have never been so happy to stay in an area =) Heavenly Father really does hear our prayers.
This week was an amazing week, as per usual. We were in Montreal for a missionary leadership meeting.
Sister Murdoch and I organized a sisters Training meeting for the sisters in the Ottawa Zone. It was amazing. The spirit was really there as each sister participated in spiritually nourishing each other. It was based around how we can magnify and fulfil our purpose as a missionary.
This weekend, one of our Amis got baptised. Her name is Anne-Marie. I have never seen someone so happy before in my life.
This week Sister Murdoch and I have been working on magnifying our purpose as missionaries by inviting our Amis come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel. As we do this, we have been seeing the change in our investigators hearts as they repent and progress towards baptism. Three weeks ago, we knocked on a man's door. He told us that he did not believe in God or in organized religion. He asked us to come back to teach him because he was curious about our Church. As we started to teach him, he started to believe that there was a God who loved and cared about him. he planted a seed in his heart and started to nourish his testimony with prayed and scripture study. He wants to be baptised in God's restored church. He know that he has a lot to change before his baptism next month, but he has Faith in God that he can do it, because, as he loves to say, ''his see dis planted.''
Also, this week we challenged our recent convert to invite his friends to our next visit with him. He bore his testimony to them and they both asked if they can be baptised into our Church because they know it is true. God really is preparing the hearts of people to accept the Gospel.
We as members of the Church have no power to convert our friends and family to the restored Gospel. Only God can do that through the power of the Holy Ghost. all we can do is invite. As soon as Lehi partook of the fruit of the tree of life, he searched for his family members to partake of it too because it was good. All he done was invite them with love because he really cared about them.