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

Monday, June 23, 2014

Pictures!!!

Pictures taken from the Royal Canadian Mint. This is one of the places where Canadian money is made. We were not allowed to take pictures inside of the building where the money is made, but we were allowed to take pictures on the grounds. 






Out eating lunch today

​We went out to eat Indian food. Look how huge this Naan is

A real Canadian Mountie

You learn the most interesting things on your mission...These two sisters look like the same person, but they are not =)

Sister Dick (my roommate who was serving in the Dows Lake YSA branch) and I 
(I taught her how to solve the Rubix Cube)

I taught my companion, Sister Gerday, how to solve the Rubix Cube



Last week in the mission field

This is my last email I will be sending you as a full time missionary. It is strange to think that my mission is almost over. In these past 18 months I have grown so much. I do not feel like the same person I was when I left. it is amazing how much serving a mission has changed me. I left home as a girl, and I am coming back as a woman. I am sad to be leaving, but I am excited to see family and friends again. I feel so fortunate to serve so close to home because it makes it a lot easier to meet up with my converts or to visit areas I served in. Serving a full time mission was definitely the best decision for my life. I have had the opportunity to see many miracles wrought by faith. 

On Friday, I had the opportunity to see one of the investigators I worked with when I was serving in Gatineau get baptized. His name is John Craig. When he left the water he was glowing with joy and happiness. He was found by a street contact. He had a few concerns about being a member of the church, but was able to overcome them through faith in Jesus Christ and the power of prayer. It was a happy reunion to see him again. I am glad he is doing well.

I am not quite sure what to expect in life as a Returned Missionary. I know that God will help me figure it out =)

Alfonso got baptized! (June 16th)

This week has been awesome. where to begin. First of all, Alfonso got baptized!!! After his baptism we asked him how he felt, he replied, "better". Then after he received the gift of the holy ghost we asked him how he felt, he replied, "I feel the holy spirit, sisters." He is so happy to be part of the church.

We had another miracle. a less active member who we have been working with for 3 weeks now came to church for the first time in over 20 years. He enjoyed church so much. His strong active mother has been praying for him for years. Her faith reminded me of the faith of Alma the Older and the members of the church, in the Book of  Mormon, when they prayed and fasted for Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah to change from their evil ways and repent. He has had such a significant growth. he is making changes to make sure he is keeping the commandments, he also has expressed to us that he wants to strengthen his testimony in certain aspects of the gospel.  

This week is my last full week as a missionary. I am going to make sure that this week counts!

Conversion is real (June 10th)

This week has probably been one of the longest weeks of my mission. We have been working with a new investigator called Cory. She is a woman who has had a tough life, but is ready for change. Earlier on last week, we had to move her out of her house because "bad people" were going to invade home her that night and beat her up again. We found her a safe place to live and brought her cat to a member’s home. On Saturday she was able to move back into her apartment. Whilst she was evacuated from her home, she gave us her house keys to destroy and throughout all the bad, and fill her apartment with uplifting church DVDs and pictures of the Savior. She was able to come to church on Sunday. She bore a powerful testimony of her conversion process and how much she has changed since receiving the missionary lessons. She told everyone that she knows the book of Mormon is the word of God and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. She also told everyone that she is excited to be baptized this summer (August 16th). It has been so exciting to see how amazing to see the power of the atonement in action. The gospel really does change lives! 

This weekend one of my investigators, Alfonso (60's) born in the Philippines, is getting baptized.  He is someone who has been meeting with missionaries since spring last year. When we started teaching him he was a scruffy dressed man with a scratchy beard and longish hair. We were not quite sure if he had a testimony of the Church or if he had desires to one day join our Church. All we knew was that he had never been to our Church before. As we fasted, prayed and taught to his needs, we started to see him becoming more converted to the gospel. We did not just see him change spiritually with his testimony flourishing; we saw an external change in him too. Each time we would see him he looked more and more put together. He actually showered before we taught him. He combed his hair. He shaved his beard. He got a haircut. He wore his Sunday best to our lessons. He was a new and improved person. It strengthened my testimony knowing that as we look at people as God does, by their divine potential, we will love them more and hope more for their salvation. Alfonso is really excited for his baptism this Saturday.


Recently I was told that my mission finished June 26th. I cannot believe that it is the end soon. Time surely does fly, especially when I am, having fun! These next two weeks are going to be hectic, but I am going to treat every day as if it is my last to make it rewarding as I get the most out of it.

Mini Mission success (June 2nd)

My District (Daws Lake YSA and Champlain District)
This week we had the privilege of a young single adult from our Ward to come over and have a mini mission to experience missionary life for 24 hours. At the end of the mini mission, she told us that she is starting to consider going on a mission. When she was with us, it reminded me of when I would go out teaching with the sisters. The biggest thing that shocked her was how receptive people were to learning about the gospel. A lot of the people we spoke to gave us there information and asked us to come and visit them to share our message. God really does put those in our path who are ready for the gospel. All we need to do is overcome fear by opening our mouths.

On Saturday we had an interesting experience. We went to teach a less active member of the church, but to our surprise, we found two Jehovah witness men with him in his apartment. That day we had our mini missionary with us. They were speaking in Creole (the language of Haiti), but through the spirit we were able to understand what they were saying. They wanted to bible bash us, but we just bore our testimonies and encouraged them to pray to God and ask Him is what we said was true. The atmosphere was so tense. They want to meet with us again. We will see how the next visit goes.

This week the sisters from Gatineau told me that 3 people that I worked with are going to get baptized this month. We shall see if they make their scheduled date. I will keep you posted.

 Have a lovely week!
 Sister Gerday and I after we changed a flat tire



Monday, June 16, 2014

Miracles all around (May 26th)

This week I had the opportunity to do companionship exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders. I went back to Gatineau, my old area. It was great seeing the faces of individuals who I found and taught the gospel with. I was surprised to see how much people remembered me. It was such a happy reunion. It was great to see how well my recent convert Brother Tanguay is doing. He now has the Melchizedek Priesthood and is enrolled in the temple preparation class to work towards going to the temple near his year mark of his baptism. I heard that he taught a really good lesson during Sunday school about the atonement a few Sundays ago. He is even teaching the gospel with the missionaries with his friends.  When I saw him, I thought about how much the gospel changes lives. I am so grateful to be a missionary to have the privilege of being God's instrument to touch the lives of others by teaching them His gospel.

Sister May, Rosie (recent convert in Gatineau), Serge Tanguay (Recent Convert in Gatineau), Friend of Serge who is taking the missionary discussions. Picture takien in Serge's home.
Most times as a missionary, I feel like Nephi when God commanded him to go get the gold plates "led by the spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do" (1 Nephi 4:6). That happened yesterday evening. One of our lessons cancelled on us, so we had to make a few changes in our schedule which led us to have a time slot of time to pass by some less actives. Before we left our apartment, I felt inspired that I should bring my guitar with me. As we walked to one of the less actives homes a man approached us. He asked us why we were walking around with a guitar. We told him that we are going to visit some friends to sing to them. He then asked us if we would sing something to him. We sang him I am a child of God. We then started to talk to him about what we do as missionaries. He then started to tell us his life story. He told us that he has been in and out of prison and that he wants to turn his life around. He asked us if we could strengthen his faith by sharing with him the teachings of Jesus Christ. We will see him again on Wednesday. I wonder if he would have approached us if we did not have the guitar with us. 

I look forward to each day as I kneel down in humble prayer to God in faith for the welfare of those we teach. I know that God hears all our prayers. I have seen many miracles this week from prayer. An inactive member of the Church (has not be to church in over 20 years) sent us a text telling us that he thinks he is ready to be re-taught the missionary discussions. An investigator who has been investigating the Church now for 1 year wants to be baptized. An investigator family who I found while I was in Gatineau will be baptized in a couple of weeks. A Young Woman wants to go on a mini mission with us. It is such a blessing to see in action "that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they be in; yea he numbereth his people, and his bowls of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy" (Alma 26:37). 

I hope that this week you take an extra look at the tender mercies of the Lord and the miracles, whether big or small which happen each day.