Hello hello! So, we will be heading to Down Town this afternoon to go
to Ripley's Aquarium with the Etobicoke South sisters- Sister Maas and
Sister Mau! We are super excited! There is a ton I want to say, but so
little time! But, here we go!
So, this week was good! I have been continuously working on my bus
contacting, and talking to everyone. Sometimes, it is a struggle, and
then other times, not so much. But, it is a process! Yesterday, after
church, we were sitting on the bus, headed to try and drop by some
less active members. I was sitting there, and I just did not want to
do anything. Sundays as a missionary are often times more stressful
than they are enjoyable! It just comes with the job. I was just
stressed out, and had little to no motivation to work. Kinda sitting
in a "woe is me" state. And then, I did something I used to never do,
but have started doing more and more the past few days.. I got up from
my seat on the bus, and sat down next to someone, and started talking
to them. We had a short conversation about where they were from, then
I quickly shared a pass along card with them before they got off the
bus. Then, I moved, and sat down next to someone else, and started
talking to them. Then,after they left, I got up and sat next to
someone else, and after they left, sat next to someone else! It was
one of those "Aha!" moments. I forgot about myself, and became a
missionary, with the desire to talk to as many people as the Lord
placed in my path. The best part, it was fun! The other neat thing
that I realized last night, was this happened probably not more than
15 or so minutes after the Summerlin Ward started their Sacrament
Meeting. Why is this significant? Because at the beginning, they pray
for all the missionaries. Your prayers help. Every single one of them.
And I thank you all so much for your love and support! This work is
not easy, and knowing that everyone is helping, gives me great courage
and helps me to press forward!
Sunday ended up being the highlight of my week. We were also able to
attend a meeting in Brampton on Sunday night. We found out after we
got there that it was a General Priesthood meeting for the stake. I
love being a Sister Missionary! You get to see a sorts of cool things!
haha It was a great meeting though. They covered a ton of different
subjects, and I would love to share a few of the thoughts!
First, they talked about Institute. President Monson has urged us to
"make institute a priority in our lives" especially for young single
college students (cough cough Nate cough cough;)). They talked about
how important Institute is, and then transitioned into how important
it is to study the scriptures. The second councilor in the stake said,
"Scripture study has the power to bind us to our Heavenly Father." I
love this statement! It is so true. We need to be studying our
Next, they talked about the priesthood. But, they also talked about
the Priesthood for women. They shared some really neat thoughts. I
probably won't be able to convey them as powerfully or clearly as they
did, but I will attempt. They emphasized that Sisters have authority
given unto them. This is impart because they have been directed under
priesthood keys. We, as Sisters in the church, have authority. We
might not physically hold the priesthood, but, we can still call upon
the power of God when needed to bless the lives of others.
Then, they finished by talking about Missionary work for the living,
and Temple work for the living! ~Because it is for the living, it just
depends on where they are living! But, the prophet, in the First
Presidency Message of the church, has asked us to assissit in the
hastening of the work. This happens on both sides! So, we need to be
opening our mouths, but also doing our genealogy and family history
work! I imagine that missionary work on the other side of the veil
would be frustrating! You have a golden investigator, so ready to get
baptized, but no one has done their work, or even sought out their
name. So, they cannot progress, and are just stuck waiting! We need to
do our family history work, and go to the temple! :)
Our stake president, at the end, pulled up the Ontario Temple
President, as well as President Clayton, the mission president. It was
a cool visual as he explained the following. President Clayton hold
the priesthood keys for the missionaries in the area- keeping them
healthy, teaching them how to teach and so forth. The temple president
holds the keys for the temple- supplying the staff, the work behind
the operation, and so on. The stake president, however, holds the keys
for missionary work in the area. Not one of these could work without
the other. They all need each other! This is not my work. This is not
your work. This is the Lord's work, it is Our work, it is ONE work. We
all need to be involved in order for anything to go anywhere.
Sorry if it feels like I have been preaching! I just thought this was
such cool insight, and I wanted to share! In the mission, we are
really moving towards helping the members to understand that we, the
missionaries, cannot do anything without them! We come and go, but the
members stay! It is not just the missionaries job to teach and find,
but it is the members job as well!
A neat thought president Clayton shared with us a week ago is that our
purpose right now is to invite others to come unto Christ. Our purpose
when we go home will be to invite others to come unto Christ. Our
purpose days before we die will be to invite others to come unto
Christ. Our purpose on the other side of the veil will be to invite
other to come unto Christ. Continually inviting, all the time, now and
forever because this is what Christ himself would do. And, as members
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we strive to do
what Christ would do. It is part of the covenant that we made with our
Heavenly Father the day we were baptized.
How Great is Our Calling!
I love this work. I love being able to be a missionary. To wear the
name of my Savior, and your Savior's name each and every day. I know
that this Church is the Church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth.
I know that our Jesus Christ lives, and that as each of us strive to
follow His example, we will be happy. Live the gospel, have faith in
Him, endure to the end. That is what this time here on earth is all
about. I know this to be true.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Family Letter, June already? Say what! and lots of pictures!