This was one for the books. Or for the Journal that I am super behind in.. : haha!
We have been so blessed this week! It has been quite a busy one. We have been able to have many wonderful lessons with many wonderful people! We have also had the change to interact with President and Sister Clayton quite a bit! :) I shall explain.
Mission Leadership Council was held. It was the last one with the Clayton's. :( We will miss them so much! I believe they will fly out on . President and Sister Shields will arrive on . We are excited for them to come and join us in the great work here in Ontario! I know they will be wonderful and steer the mission in the direction it needs!
Two highlights from MLC:
-Turn your doubts into questions. Sister Clayton spent about an hour with the Sisters talking to us about this very subject. She expressed how we need to take things that might be doubts, and simply turn them into questions. Then, we need to use all of our resources (mormon.org, the prophets, parents, leaders, scriptures, Heavenly Father, etc) to search out the answer for ourselves. As we do this, we turn something negative into something positive. She stressed how important this was to help us become truly converted disciples of the Lord and to become truly converted to the gospel. And, to be prepared to be parents one day to questioning children- to help them build their testimony and foundation.
-Stand on your Foundation. This is President Clayton's new favorite thing! It is wonderful. He talked about what our foundation is made of- the experiences we've had in the gospel, the revelation we've received from God, the times we've felt the spirit, the times we've felt love from our parents, the time we've found answers or comfort the scriptures, and so forth. All of these things that have come from Heaven contribute to our foundation. He then stressed the importance of not leaving, stepping off of, or abandoning our foundation. Don't doubt the things God has told you. Don't leave them. When people do, they become much like the people in Lehi's dream who wander around in the mist, confused and lost. As missionaries and members, it is our job to have a strong and solid foundation. Be the light in the darkness, and invite others to come and join us! Helaman. :) I really appreciated both of these thoughts!
We spent most ofin Brampton attending parts of the activity and weekly planning when we weren't. That evening, we came back to Mississauga to have a lesson with our other progressing investigator Violet and a sister in the ward, and the Clayton's! :) They are wonderful! It was a good lesson. I think Sister Nabhan and I were both a little intimidated by having the Clayton's there, but all in all, we feel it was a good lesson and was what Violet needed! She is working towards baptism and is just struggling to give up her smoking addictions. President and Sister Clayton offered great support and love to help her. :)
I just adore the Claytons! It was nice to be able to learn from them and see them so much this past week. After the lesson we were able to sit and talk with them for a few minutes. It is going to be hard for them to leave, that I know. But, they are on to great things. We are going to miss them. So so terribly much. But, like I said, we are also looking forward to the Shields! They are going to be great. I am grateful that I will have some time to learn from them and their examples! :)
I love this work. I love being a missionary. I love being able to serve the Lord. I love my companion- she is hilarious. I love this ward- the members are so great and so willing to help and support and friendship everyone we are working with! We love the bishop- he backed us out of our parking spot yesterday after church when it was absolutely pouring. We love serving the sisters here and look forward to the 3 exchanges we have this week. We, especially I, just love it. I am excited to keep loving it for the time I have left.
God is good. So good. Pray to Him. Let Him know what's up. He will help you and bless you because He loves you. I testify!
One funny story!
One funny story!
We've recieved 5 messages from SLC about a media referral- Ethel. So, we decided to make her priority and went to drop by her. She is a very busy lady and it just so happened she was home! She let us in and we started to share a quick restoration. Before we had begun she had remarked how she thought that people like us were trying to contact her a lot- even some boys. We had just brushed it off because there are a lot of JW's and others that do the same thing we do and often times others mistake us for them. Anyways, we come to the end of the lesson when Ethel's phone starts to ring. Someone was calling from the buzzer downstairs. She picked it up, and we heard our District Leader and his companion on the other side. Sister Nabhan and I started dying. It was so funny! They came up and gave her another Bible. They were shocked to see us there. It was great! :)