I love you!
Dad, Happy Father's Day. I have almost put a card in the mail for you. it is coming. I am sorry it will be late, but it will be good! :) But, thank you for all you do for me in my life! I love you so much! I am grateful for your example, and for all that you have sacrificed for our family! Thank you for holding the priesthood, and always being worthy and willing to utilize that power you have been given. Words cannot express how much I love and look up to you! I thought long and hard about what I could do for you. And, this is what I came up with! I am going to use those piano lessons you have payed for over the past who knows how many years, and put it towards playing prelude music for the Etobicoke ward Sacrament Meeting every Sunday to help invite the spirit! So know, that your hard work that payed for my piano lessons is now being used in such a way so that an entire ward can more readily feel the spirit. Thank you! :) I love you bunches!
This week was good, but not very eventful, so there isn't much to say. We worked harder than we have been. Things are still slow with investigators, but as we continue to work hard, I have faith that the Lord will be able to use us to accomplish the work that is necessary for us to do at this time. We were able to, through a member bringing a friend to church, find a new investigator yesterday! His name is Richard, and he is from Haiti. Our Bishop served in Haiti, and watching the two of them talk in French/Creole, was the funniest thing I have seen in a while! We are excited to keep working with him, and our bishop is excited to continue to refresh his language skills. I love watching people connect! :)
Speaking of connections, get this! So, this week, I learned something super cool. Toronto has a great history, especially in the eyes of the church! Well, this week, Sister Gillins and I arrived early to District Meeting, so we sat outside the chapel. We go to district meeting in a different chapel than we do church, so we don't have keys to get in. There is a plaque on the outside wall, and out of boredom, we started reading it. Through reading it, I learned that Marry and Mercy Fielding were both baptized in the Black creek, a creek that runs right behind the chapel. For those that don't know, I am related to Marry Fielding! Talk about walking where your ancestors have walked! This gave me a new and great appreciation for the area that I am serving in! :)
Something that I have learned this week in my studies is the importance in my attitude towards reading the Book of Mormon. I have been reading through and highlighting every time Christ is referenced. But, I began to view it more as a project than anything, and started to waver in enjoying the scriptures. However, since I have refocused my attitude on reading the scriptures because I love the scriptures and want to draw closer to my Heavenly Father, it has made it more enjoyable! I am getting more out of the scriptures. I am loving what I am reading, and I am learning from what I am reading!
I believe that is all for this week. Look on LDS.org Canada for a picture of our ward (Etobicoke ward). I believe it is cultural week or month or something along those lines for Canada, and apparently we are going to be the front page! Our ward has people from over 70 different countries. Talk about diverse! I love serving in this area, I love the food, I love the people, and I love this work, with the good and bad included! :)
Keep rocking! Stay awesome!
|Raman and Mariyam at their baptisms! FInally! They are doing well. Mariyam said the opening prayer in Sacrament Meeting the other Sunday, and we are looking forward to Raman joining us soon! :)|
|This unicorn is at one of the recent converts homes.. it stares us down during lessons! haha I love it!|