Thursday, August 28, 2014

ysa ysa ysa

What a great transfer! I swear, I feel like it was only yesterday that Sister Tebbs' and I became companions. She's headed home! Love her sooooo much. Lifelong friends, that's for sure.

Sister Tebbs and I with our korean investigators! SJ, Bin, and DK!
I'm staying in Toronto YSA!!! I LOVE TORONTO YSA. I LOVE THIS AREA. I LOVE THESE PEOPLE. And I'm going to be with my MTC companion, Sister Coleman. We're excited to thrash the nations. That also means we will be here for the Book of Mormon Musical, general conference, and going to the Temple! BLESSINGS GALOREEEEE

Also, I hit a third of my mission already. What?....Anyway!

This week we met with Bin and SJ! They are so cool. Bin just keeps bringing more and more and more friends! He and his roommates all came to church yesterday. When we met with them to talk about how church was, BIn's roommate DK said he felt good and calm; that is was a very different feeling, but that he liked how everyone feels close to God. Isn't church just oh so good! Man, so many blessings come from going to church! We feel the spirit, we rest from our labors, we take the sacrament and renew our covenants, we take upon ourselves Christ's name, we feel calm and at peace, we learn new things and receive revelation, we FEEL CLOSE TO GOD. What a blessing.

Zone leader fun!
Guess who texted us this week? DAVID SANTA CRUZ-- mine and Sister Waldron's former from last transfer who was SOLID for baptism and then just disappeared. He wants to feel like he did before when he was preparing for baptism... therefore, he is preparing for baptism again! 

We also met with Adriana-- she and Eurah (Relief Society President) have run into each other so many times and so they took that as a sign that they are meant to be friends haha. She grew up with religion being kind of shoved down her throat and has had some superstitious/spiritual experiences, and so hopefully as we meet more, we will be able to help her strengthen her faith and understand what these experiences mean. Crazy cool stuff happening here!

We also met with Yesol! Something I love about missions is seeing people change. I can tell that Yesol is changing. Her character is becoming more refined and her testimony more solid. I love her so much! 

Sad thing that happened this week: Danielle texted us after being MIA for a week. She fell back into her old ways and she isn't interested in meeting anymore. Pray for her that she'll ONE DAY be ready to ACCEPT and COMMIT to the gospel and claim the blessings that are hers!

Saturday night, Daniel, our ward mission leader (the best one to ever exist) took us out for all you can eat sushi! Our recent convert Robert and other YSA members joined! It was such a treat! We ate good food, had a lesson on how we are all God's children, and celebrated Sister Tebbs' birthday before she goes home! It was a good time with some great people.

Because it was Sister Tebb's last week, we had lotsssss of dinner appointments :) We had dinner with Laura Limas, with the Lim's (love that family!), and with Dali. He fed us and our investigator, Madison, spanish food and we watched "On the Lord's Errand" and talked about the importance of following the Prophet. I love at the end of the movie when President Monson says he loves the Savior and that if the Lord ever needs an errand run, he'll do it. I, too, love my Savior and am grateful to be on the Lord's errand. 

I love y'all!

"The fact that our heart yearns for something that earth can't supply is proof that heaven must be our home." -C.S. Lewis

The City!

Rodolfo! MY recent convert. Ladies man.

week 6, transfer 4

Life as a missionary is oh so great!

This week was pretty normal.

Monday we had a spiritual district meeting!

Tuesday we were late to EVERYTHING. We definitely did not gauge our time appropriately...
BUT we met with our investigator Danielle, who has actually been a former a few times with many missionaries. She fed us and we discussed the Gospel of Jesus Christ and talked about the notes she took on 2 Nephi 2. The only thing is that she is currently we'll say some prayers and try to find her.

Wednesday we taught our new investigator, Bin! He is from Korea! He is so cool. When we met with him the second time, we followed up with his reading of the restoration pamphlet. He told us, "These things I's like a story. Like, it's not real, I don't believe it." After we watched the restoration movie in Korean (still felt the spirit!) and taught and testified, he paused and said, "okay...I will believe you." He is progressing! Cool guy!

Thursday Sister Tebbs and I planned. It was slightly emotional since we both finally grasped that we were planning for our LAST week together. Bittersweet. We also visited two less-actives, Kathy and Ruby. I love those girls!

Friday we taught a guy we met recently. I truly learned the importance of CUTTING THE FLUFF. We can't talk and tell, but we have to teach and testify-- and keep it simple. We teach people, not lessons. We also visited another less-active who recently read her Patriarchal blessing and decided that she really wants to start coming back to church. She has a great heart, I love her.

Saturday we had ESL! Always so fun. Then we met with Robert and watched the Testaments. Throughout the movie, I kept getting chills and I realized that the spirit was LITERALLY testifying to me the truths that were being said and taught. I LOVE the spirit. By the end of the movie my eyes were teary and even though Robert was confused as to my emotions, I told him to never doubt the truth, to always go to church, to love the Savior, etc. etc. The church is true!

Sunday was good! The spirit was so present, as always. We met with Ga Hee and Yesol and read from the book of Mormon and it was so good. When in doubt, BRING IN THE SCRIPTURES. Scripture power, it's real!

A quote I love:
“The fact that our heart yearns for something that earth can’t supply is proof that heaven must be our home.” -CS Lewis

We truly are spirits having a mortal experience, not mortals having a spiritual experience. We have divine potential and we are loved.

I love y'all! 
Sister Court