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

Monday, April 14, 2014

Miracles Everyday!

This week was a week full of miracles. Firstly, Rosaire (one of our investigators) passed her baptismal interview with President Patrick and will be getting baptized this Friday. She is awesome and is so prepared. She has been converted to our Church since December, but chose April 18th as her baptismal date because she wanted to get baptized on her birthday. She is really excited and happy to finally be a member of our Church. She was introduced to the Church by her sister who is now a returning member. 

Also, whilst we inside an apartment complex, a man contacted us because he saw us carrying our scriptures in our hands. He told us he wanted us to go to his home when we were in the area to talk about God with him. He gave us his information. Later on in the week, we passed by and his wife invited us into their home. We shared our message with the whole family (him, his wife, his parents and his sister). They are from Nepal and seem pretty interested. The only hard thing is the Language barrier (they speak Nepali). They invited us to come over for dinner this week and also for a spiritual message. 

This week we made a list of all the Less-Actives that live in our area, and started to contact them. We have had a lot of success as we have started to phone them and pass by them to meet them for the first time. Many are receptive, which is great for us. One of them came to church for the first time in three years. She even bore her testimony about the power of the atonement and enduring to the end. 

Whilst we were walking on the street, a woman asks us (without seeing our tags) if we were Mormon. We said with a surprised look on our faces "yes we are". She then said "me too". We asked her how she knew. She said that she could just feel it in our presence and see it by the smiles on our faces. This woman was a less active member from the west of Canada that moved into our area a few years ago. She told us that she had been praying to draw closer to God, so God put us in her path. She was really happy to see us. She seemed really interested to meet with us, so she gave us her information. God really does work in mysterious ways. We were in the right place at the right time. Before we met the woman on the street, we were stuck in a less-active member’s home (one that we met for the first time) for longer than we expected. Now we know that it was all God's doing so we could meet that woman on the street. 

We had a really good lesson with Barry, an investigator. He told us that he has a testimony of the Book of Mormon, and that he knows that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet to lead the final dispensation of the fullness of times. He knows that our Church is true. He is working towards a baptismal date towards the end of May, but he is scared of change because Catholicism runs in his family, and he does not want to be the one to break it. At the moment he is praying to know what to do. We will see what happens this week when we see him again. 

Also, we taught Alfonso, an investigator from the Philippines (he has been investigator the church now for 1 year). He has a testimony of the Book of Mormon; he knows Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. His problem was that he did not understand why he needed to be baptized again. We read 3 Nephi 27 with him and focused on baptism. The spirit was really there. We asked him about his baptism. He told us that he got baptized the Catholic way. We then spoke to him about the way Jesus was baptized. He told us that he wants to get baptized like Jesus was. We told him he can. He now is working towards a baptismal date towards the end of May. 

We passed by a potential investigator called Bettina. She is from Haiti. Her parents are members of the Church, but she isn't. When we passed by, she was in the middle of getting her hair done.  We had a great lesson with her and her friend Naomi about prayer. She beckoned us to come back to see her. Naomi even asked if we could come visit her too. 

Also, one of my investigators from Gatineau who has investigated the Church now for over 40 years has agreed to be baptized. She has had a testimony for decades now (she has been a full tithe payer and has gone to Church every Sunday), but has been scared to get baptized because she did not feel ready. She should be getting baptized 3 weeks from now. We will see. 

It is such an exciting time to be a missionary, especially here in the Champlain Ward in Ottawa. I feel so blessed to see miracles everyday. 

Hope you all have a great Week!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Week One in Ottawa

Sister Rubio and I at transfers. Look who we saw.
This week has been such an amazing week.

The highlight of the week, of course, was General Conference. The talks were very inspired. a lot of talks were focused around the savior, families, and communication with others. I love General conference so much, and I appreciate it more since I am a missionary.

This week in Ottawa it was great. The Ward Council has asked us to work with Less actives because unfortunately, 80% of the members in my Ward are no longer active. Our mission here is to reactivate. This week a lot of less actives have really opened up to us because we taught them by their needs and asked them inspired questions.

My new companion, Sister Gerday, is amazing. I feel like it is going to be a great transfer together.

Sister Gerday and Sister May =) in Ottawa, the Champlain Ward
Love you all, and hope you have a great week!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ottawa here I come!

I have been transferred to downtown Ottawa. My new companion is Sister Gerday. I have no idea who she is; all I know is that our names rhyme. It is sad to leave sister Rubio. She is my longest companion (5 and a half months) and one of my closest ones too. She will be staying in Greenfield Park with Sister Landeen, a close friend of mine in the mission.

Last week there was a huge missionary correlation in the Greenfield Park Ward. the Stake president, Mission President, 2 representatives from the high council, the two teams of Zone leaders in the Stake, the sister Training leaders, the Ward mission leader and the two teams of full time missionaries assigned to the ward (us). We spoke about hastening the work of salvation. Then President Glowa asked sister Rubio and I what we were doing to be so successful in teaching so many lessons. After the correlation meeting, we all split up to visit different less-actives and recent converts. It was such a wonderful experience to see hastening the work of salvation put into practice. We had a ward missionary come with us to teach one of our less actives. They are now friends. The ward missionary wants to come with us again to help strengthen this less active. Someone from the high council and a missionary went to visit one of our less actives. After the visit, the less active wants to start putting God first and come back to church.

The General Women's meeting was amazing. the talks were so inspired. I felt the spirit throughout the whole meeting. I look forward to looking over my notes again and look forward to receive the ensign that contains the talks in it.

Hope you all have a great week!


Mission Conference (March 24th 2014)

This week I will focus on the inspired words of the general authorities who came to the mission conference. It was such a spiritually edifying experience. Before the meeting, we all had the opportunity shake their hands and introduce ourselves to them.

Bishop Gerald Causse of the presiding bishopric spoke to us in French. He asked all the missionaries to think about why we are here on a mission. He then said that we should be here because we know and understand the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. As we understand the power of the atonement, our desire to share the gospel will increase.

Sister Causse also addressed us in French. She spoke about the importance of having a personal experience with the atonement and to let it build us up. 

Sister Hallstrom spoke about studying and pondering the words of the savior. She promised that as we do that, we will have a larger desire to grow and change. She also said to remember the ability of the atonement has on us to become like Him.

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom one of the presidents of the first quorum of the Seventy spoke about the importance of letting the things we learn on our missions continue to let us grow and become even better after our missions. He told us that the things we learn and the good habits we create on our missions will help us work towards our divine potential. He committed us to make today the turning point of our lives. The day that we choose to devote all our time and all our efforts devoted to the Lord.

Sister Andersen spoke about the difference that we make, as missionaries, in the lives of others. She said that no good, effort, or testimony shared is lost in the scheme of our eternal lives. Every effort counts in the sight of God.

Elder Homer the Area President said to let our testimony of the atonement strengthen you. He said that Jesus volunteered to give his life for you. He then said that the message that we, as missionaries of the Church, have to share is the most important and sacred message in the whole entire world.

Neil L. Andersen of the quorum of the 12 Apostles spoke about many things. One of the things he spoke about was that many large things swing on small decisions. The choices we make today effect tomorrow. He then spoke about how mission calls are made. He said that they pray on their knees about each person individually to know where God wants the missionary to be. He then spoke about the importance of not comparing ourselves to others, that we could only compare ourselves to ourselves and strive to be better each day. He then spoke about the atonement and said that the Book of Mormon focuses on the testimonies of the power of the atonement. 

Each talk was really inspired from on high, by our loving Heavenly Father.

What an amazing weekend!