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

Monday, March 10, 2014

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The highlight of this week was that we had the privilege to go to the temple to do baptisms with one of my recent converts from Gatineau, Serge Tanguay. It was so great seeing him again. It was a happy reunion. While there, we did the work for his parents. The spirit was so strong. I feel so blessed to be part of this church because we have the priesthood. Through the priesthood, ordinances can be done through the veil and influence those who have already entered into the spirit world. 

On Saturday morning, Sister Rubio and I were invited to share a spiritual thought to the Young Women in the Greenfield Park Ward during their Book of Mormon Marathon. We did an activity of the Tree of Life. We created an obstacle course in the overflow of the chapel and they had to make their way to the tree of life.The trick was that they were blind folded and all they had to lead them to the tree was a thin cord, not much thicker than dental floss. They all enjoyed the activity so much. The fruit on the tree was lifesaver mints. The white represented purity and the shape of it represented eternal life. Although in life it is difficult at times, we may fall and tumble, sometimes we may even feel like we are blind folded and do not know where to go or what to do. We need to always remember that it is through applying the doctrine that Christ taught us in our lives that we all can have eternal life: "the greatest gift of all" (D&C 14:7).

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Be happy

This week we have been trying to get 100% of our lessons (with Less Active, Recent Convert and Investigators) with a member present in the lesson. This week we managed to have 88% with a member present in those lessons. We have seen such a huge difference as we have done so. Our less actives have been strengthened by the testimonies of the members. and those Less actives, Active members and Recent converts who come out with us to teach other Less Active, Recent Convert and Investigators, have been strengthened also as they testify of revealed truths.

Last week I received a text from the Gatineau sisters telling me that one of my recent converts (Serge Tanguay) is ready to go to the temple to do proxy baptisms. We will be going to the temple with him this Saturday. I am so excited!

This Sunday one of my Recent Converts (Sheila Bilog) gave the closing prayer during sacrament meeting. It was so beautiful. Never in my life have I heard such a pure prayer straight from the heart. It made us feel so proud to see how much she has flourished.

Last week we shared the story of Peter walking on water to a few of the people we teach. Something that I love and appreciate about the bible story is that although Peter was commanded by Jesus Christ to do the impossible task of walking on water, he obeyed Him and did it anyways. As he had his eyes focused on the Savior he was able to walk on top of the water. However, he began to get scared by the chaos of the fast winds and high waves around him. It was Satan of course, distracting Peter from his goal (the Savior). As he feared and Satan began to prevail, he started to sink. But, then he humbled himself and asked Jesus to help him. Instantly, Jesus stretched out his hand  to help him and walk him safely to the boat. once they arrived into the boat, the sea was calm. As we shared the story a lot of things came to my mind. Peter represents us as children of God. The  high waves and fast winds represent the trials we all face day by day. Sometimes when God commands us to do something and we try our best to obey, we may sink as trials come our way, but as we humble ourselves in prayer, he will not take the trials away, but he will hold our hands as we endure it and then once we are safe in the ship (which represents our heavenly home), we will be calm and feel peace. I feel so blessed to know that as we use the Atonement of Jesus Christ we may be saved as we continue to change day by day closer to God.  

Hello (Feb 24th)

Last week Sister Rubio and I went and did a session at the temple. It was so good. We stayed there from 9am till 2pm. When we were there we saw many familiar faces. I saw all of my old companions (the ones still on their missions). It was so good to see everyone again. It made me think of what heaven was going to be like.



We also built a huge snowman. It was the first time for both sister Rubio and I. As we were building it people were looking at us as if we were crazy. It was kind of funny because we put ourselves in their shoes. Imaging walking outside and you see two young ladies, in skirts, climbing over snow banks to gather snow that was not even fluffy snow anymore ( it was icy snow) in front of an apartment building at 8:30pm. What a sight that must have been! It was tiring, but so much fun.

Hopefully this coming week I will have more to write.

Baptism of Sheila and Damien (Feb 17th)

 
Last Saturday was the baptism of Sheila and Damien. It was such a wonderful service. The spirit was really evident. It has been such a great blessing to see their whole conversion process. Conversion is such a beautiful thing. Whenever I think of conversion I think of the power of the Atonement. In Alma 36, Alma the younger is telling his conversion process to his son Helaman. After rebelling against the church, he was called to repentance by a messenger of God. After being racked with torment, he remembered the power of the atonement and repented. After he repented, he had a strong desire to share the gospel with those around him. Both Sheila and Damien have a strong desire to share the gospel. Sheila has desires to reactivate a friend that has left the church, and Damien wants his family members in Saint Martin to be baptized too. True conversion occurs when we share our testimonies with others and invite them to come unto Christ. The church is true! the doctrine is pure!

p.s Transfer calls happened and I will be staying in Greenfield Park with Sister Rubio.