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

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Where do I begin?

Where do I begin?

Firstly, I am staying in Greenfield Park with Sister Rubio. I guess there is still some work for me that God needs me here for.

Last Tuesday, on my birthday, our car decided to rebel against us. We were parked to make some phone calls. After we done so, we tried to start the car, but the battery died on us. No matter what we did, the car would not start. Of course that day it was super cold outside, and neither of us wore warm enough clothes to walk to our appointments. Whilst we were in the car, waiting for the battery to warm up we made a few phone calls. One of the people we called was someone named Eric. He was taught by missionaries a long while ago. When we called him he was super open, he invited himself to go to church, and he set up an appointment with us to teach him the next morning. Eric is an excommunicated Jehovah Witness who is looking for a place of belonging. He is really open and has so much potential. He came to church and loved it. It was the primary presentation. If our car did not die on us, we would have never called Eric (an unknown number that was on our phone). God really does work in mysterious ways.

Last Thursday we had a Zone training Meeting. Sister Rubio and i were asked to give a training on 'Giving the Baptismal Commitment.' I think it went really well.

My ex-companion, Sister Murdoch sent me an email telling me some interesting stories that happened to people we taught together in Gatineau. 2 months ago in Gatineau, we street contacted a man called Tambwe. He seemed really interested to meet with us and was very enthusiastic about us teaching his family about the church. I then got transferred, out of the area. Sister Murdoch and her new companion went back to teach Tambwe and his family. Tambwe has 9 children and they love the teachings of our church. Tambwe and his family have a baptismal date for January 11. They are so excited to read and pray and find out if the church is true. They know what they committed to, and they know that it's a commitment :) They are awesome!
She also told me about someone called Jean. While I was in Gatineau, the spirit told me to talk to a teenager (I usually do not street contact children). I asked him if his parents would be interested in our message. He said yes. I then got transferred, but they started to teach him and last Sunday he invited him self to church and loved it =)
Also, one of my recent converts is preparing himself to go to the temple to do baptisms for his ancestors. He has an excitement to hunt down names. He loves doing Genealogy work.
Love you All!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What a week!

This week must have been one of the most tiring weeks of my mission. This week my companion and I set a record by teaching 33 lessons this week. We were really blessed because we had a few miracles: surprise calls from our investigators telling us that they have some time to meet with us; our investigators referred us to their friends and family members; Members opened up their homes for us to teach our investigators. (Alma 26:35-37). A lot of missionaries keep asking us how we are teaching so much lessons, we tell them that we do not know, we just follow the spirit, worked super hard, and put our trust in God and he done the rest.
This week was mission conference. We had the privilege in listening to the councils from Elder Piper, from the Seventy. He showed us how to teach from the Book of Mormon and how to follow the Spirit in teaching. He showed us how what we do (principles) and how we do it (application) are based on what we believe (doctrine). He emphasized the doctrine of agency and showed us how to teach people to find their own answers from the scriptures. He taught us how Priesthood power and ordinances bless the families of the Church as we make and keep sacred covenants. It was so inspired.
Hope you all have a great week full of miracles of course =)

Monday, November 11, 2013

The church is true and i love it

This week I had the privilege of witnessing the Stake Presidency change. I believe it was the first Stake Presidency change that I remember in my whole life. I know that the Montreal Mount Royal Stake is in good hands. I knew that it was an inspired decision.

During the Saturday session of Stake Conference, Elder Piper of the Seventy asked all the Missionary companionships who had taught at least 20 lessons within the last 7 days to stand up. Both my companion and I stood up because the week before we taught 25 lessons and by that Saturday night we were already at 20 lessons. After standing up, we looked around and realized that we were the only missionaries in the Stake standing up. It was so surprising. Then on top of that, President Patrick called us up to be in a panel, where people would ask us questions. It was an interesting experience. I was glad the Elders got asked all the hard questions about Ward Council. The question I got asked was what would I say to all those 18 and 19 year olds that have not made their minds up to go on a mission. I have no idea what I said, but I know that God guided me in my words.

I am so grateful to be a missionary to the Canada Montreal Mission. I know I am supposed to be here. I know that there are people prepared for the Gospel that God needs me to help progress towards accepting His Gospel. I know that if I continue to work hard, God will continue to use me as his instrument to Hasten His Work in these last days. The Church is true and I Love it!

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Work of Salvation in effect

This week was a great week. We had a Zone training Meeting with all the Missionaries in the Stake. Of course they spoke about hastening the Work of Salvation. It was very uplifting. As a missionary, it is great to see the Work of Salvaion in effect, as both members and missionaries work hand in hand to "bring to past the immortality and eternal life of man." At the moment my companion and I are teaching a lot of people who were referred to us through members, whether they are non member family members or friends. As more members learn to put their trust in God and invite those they love to partake of the joy that comes from being a member of the restored Church of Jesus Christ, God will prepare the hearts of those around them quicker because he knows of their desire to obey the wise councils from God's messengers here on Earth. I know that God loves each and everyone of his children, and that this new emphasis members helping in missionary work shows that God really is preparing more people. He is doing it through the members and the examples they show to their peers and family members.

Last week, a member invited her non member friend to a halloween activity at the chapel. The friend and her children enjoyed it so much that they came to church the following sunday. On sunday, they were welcomed and greeted with open arms by the members. They told us how much they loved Church and that they want to come to Stake Conference and have missionary discussions to see what our Church is all about. What would of happened if the member did not use that oppertunity to invite her friends to come to the halloween activity? You can probably answer the question yourselves.

Missionary work begins with just being a good citizen and a friend to those around you. I promise you that if you be a good friend to those around you, God will do the rest. It also begins with a desire for the salvation of those around you. In the Book of Mormon, a prophet reveals a promise for all, it reads: "Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the Earth" (Mormon 9:21). I know that this promise is true. Throughout my life I have put it to the test and God has not failed me. Especially when I ask him something that is according to His Will, such as for opportunities to share the Gospel. I know that if you trust in God pray to Him for the courage to help those you love to receive the restored Gospel, of course He will do it =)

Hastening the work of Salvation (Oct 28th)

This week my companion and I have been working with the members a lot. We have started to teach their non-member friends and family members. I can sense that the members here have a great excitement to hasten the work of salvation on a personal and individual level. As members put their trust in God, He will give them the strength to invite those they love to learn more about this glorious Gospel.

On Saturday, Sister Rubio and I went knocking. We knocked into a Vietnamese woman, who did not speak english or french very well. She told us that her uncle speaks better english and that he might be interested in missionary visits. On Sunday, we went to their home and the uncle was there. We shared a message about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, committed him to be baptized on December 7th, and he accepted. He even invited himself to come to our church.

Also, in my first week in Greenfield Park, we street contacted a man from China and taught him about our church. He seemed interested so we set up a return appointment. Last week we gave him a Book of Mormon in Chinese. He was so happy. We commited him to be baptised in December too. He accepted to work towards that date.
As people see our love for the Gospel, they will be more open to accept it. We are blessed as members of the church to be brought up with such good values and principles. as we share that with those around us, they want the same joy in their homes with their families.
The Church is true!