Wednesday, January 28, 2015

 Missionaries from the MTC

 Having fun and staying warm in Montreal!

January 26, 2015

Salut lo lo!!

Start of the transfer started off pretty smoothly we didn't have any planned splits this week but we had an emergency split and the start and that went well for me as for my companion she was stuck in a snow bank for a couple hours but luckily found someone to push them out! We had an awesome stake meeting with us the zone leaders and the president of the Montréal stake. We got to tell him how awesome our stake and zone is doing and that as a stake alone we almost reached our missions goal for baptisms in a month. He is a really great stake president and is really helping this stake hasten the work! 
We had many potential lessons this week which is always fun! Sister Arriaga and I are getting really good and tell people our purpose and the restoration lesson! A couple weeks ago I talked to a man in the apple store as I was doing my emails he found out I was American so he started with the major American football talk this poor man didn't know I have not seen a football game in 18 months and couldn't even give a good guess who was going to the super bowl this year but I played a long with it. I gave him our card and didn't think much of it. Well this week he called us and wanted to meet. We were able to sit down with him and have  a great discussion on the Book of Mormon. I also had to really dig through my brain to some of the football conversations with my brother (thank you Kendall) My Danish companion could only comment on the o ya I love football I think I have seen it once! 
We have an Indian investigator that is progressing and he was able to come to a fireside held at a member’s house. It went really well and it was cool to see him be able to make friends. 
This week we start our many splits for this transfer so my companion and me say our goodbyes ha-ha jk but sometimes I feel like I never see her. 
This week in my reading of the Book of Mormon I read in Alma 40’s and love Alma so much I look up to him so much in my missionary work. He was not perfect but with him being in 20 percent of the Book of Mormon we can see that anyone can change and help 1,000 change their lives! 33,000 other Christian religions use and interpret the bible but I am so glad that we have the Book of Mormon with the bible to really know what our heavenly father has in store for us! I love you all tons Bonne Semaine!!

-Soeur Dick

Monday, January 19, 2015

 Beautiful view of St Joseph from a sisters apartment

January 19 2015

 Como están! 
This week I started my week off with splitting with some sisters who are in a Spanish area. I love Spanish people so much! They have the sweetest spirits unfortunately the way they show their love is by FOOD. We were fed four Dinner appointments I thought I was going to die!! I was in a food coma for sure but some how I managed to make it home with out my companion rolling me back home! We had an awesome zone training this past week about contacting. The zone leaders really helped us with our vision and WHY we find people and then my companion and me did training on HOW we find people. We were able to do these really cool role-plays of contacting and working with members that will hopefully really help our zone be even better! 

Since I have gotten to this area I have wanted to go and try and find people by the university here because it worked so well in Ottawa. Well, this week we were able to go and check it out the university here are a lot different and packed into the city. We walked into this building that looked like an old chapel and we said a little prayer asking heavenly father if we could just find one person after that the first person we saw I asked him what building this was and he told us and we got talking about where we are from and why we are here. We were able to sit down with him and explain our purpose and give him a Book of Mormon. It was a really neat experience and i am excited to continually use the university here! 

This weekend with had this big YSA conference that our YSA put on for Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, and some states to come to. We helped a lot with setting up and getting things ready for it. On one of the days we got to do a missionary workshop where people would come and we would teach them on how they can be better member missionaries. The best was on Sunday when our entire chapel was filled for testimony meeting! The spirit was really strong and I got to translate to one of my recent converts from Ottawa who doesn't speak French. 
This week we have been able to have some lessons with potentials we have contacted on the metros and we were able to teach this really awesome guy from India. We taught him the restoration and the next lesson watched the restoration movie with him. The spirit was really strong and he really enjoyed it. Its amazing to see how different his culture is but how the gospel can touch anyone!
I got some really awesome news this week from our ward mission leader and that was that his parents who I taught in Laval are going to get baptized January 31st. I was so excited I was jumping up and down. They are the most amazing people and I'm so happy for them and for Carlos our ward mission leader to see them as a family move forward in the gospel.  
We had transfer calls this week and I am staying here with my amazing companion for my last transfer! I cannot believe it has already come. I’m excited to live it up and have amazing miracles everyday!

I love you all

-Hermana Dick

Monday, January 12, 2015

 Notre Dame
 Ice Cream with Sister Fox
 Baptism Day
Our beautiful "scrap book" apartment

January 12, 2015

I survived a really cold week in Canada! This week was supa cold!! Its when you try to find every pair of tights you own and your still cold. This week started of a little rough on Monday we went to one of the university’s here to a guys apartment whose information we had received through a media referral. He was really nice but when we introduced the Book of Mormon he wasn't too nice any more and started really lecturing us about how it was so wrong. We tried to do our best with testifying but it was going anywhere. I wish he would of at least opened up the book and just tried to read it because I know you can really fill the spirit of the Book of Mormon when trying. It just so happened the next day everyone I contacted seem to reject our message it didn't seem like we could do anything to get anyone to listen to us, but I know that if we didn't have rejection we would realize the miracle with contacting either. This week I had one of my favorite contacting experiences we got on the metro and when I looked across the metro I saw this younger guy and I felt the spirit touch me to talk to him so I told my companion that we needed to go sit over there. I started talking to him and he said that is so crazy your missionaries I have been praying every night. He gave me his number and is really interested to learn more. It was really cool to have an experience where you feel the spirit to do something you do it and you immediately see why you needed to do it. 
We had two good splits this week with some awesome sisters who are working so hard in their areas! I got to go to one area where they teach mostly Haitian people it was a lot of fun because I really love Haitians. They are so down to earth! We had a baptism this week WOOT WOOT His name is Josue and he is actually from Haiti but has been living here for a little bit to go to school. He is really great and has so much faith. At first we didn't know if the baptism was going to go down with no lights in the baptism font, no vent, no plug to keep the water, and both Sister Arriaga and I cutting our toes in the process by almost making the baptismal font look like the red sea! In the end he was baptized after waiting for a while because we might of gotten the font water too hot. I think we were trying to compensate from the temperature outside. The cool thing was Sister Rios; my last companion was able to Skype in and give her testimony at the baptism. On Sunday he received the gift of the Holy Ghost and it was really great! We also had two members to church and we were able to talk to them at set up lessons with them! Member missionary work is so much more affective we have been finding lots of potentials lately but most of them we have to pass off to other missionaries because they are too old for YSA or they speak English. We did talk to this one older man this week and gave him our card. When we called him to see if we could have a lesson with him he told us that later that same day he saw us other missionaries contacted him and gave him a Book of Mormon and he has been reading it ever since! 
I hope you all have a great week lots of love from Canada

-Soeur Dick

Thursday, January 8, 2015

 Beautiful India Temple

 Tree ice

Salut ma famille!

Joyeux année I hope you all had a great jump into the New Year. That’s what I did my Danish companion tried to get me to incorporate her Danish tradition with literally jumping into the New Year. I wasn't the happiest person when she was literally jumping on me at 12 in the morning. 
This past P-day some sisters and us were able to go and visit a Sikh temple from India here. There is so much culture and is so fun to be able to visit some of it. We got a personal tour from a young girl around our age. We got to talk about their beliefs and a lot about ours we told her that she had to come to our church and we will give her a tour of it! 
This week I got to go on splits with sisters that live the farthest away in our zone. It’s a really cool area because it’s more in the mountains well what they call mountains and we call hills. A YSA girl lives up there and she was able to come with us most of the day to teach with us it was a really fun day. 
Lots of sisters are getting sick with this cold weather so we had to go on a couple of exchanges with them this week. The weather has been crazy this week it has been raining freezing ice, which makes everything a huge skating rink! My companion and I just hold on to each other and glide across the sidewalks only falling on top of each other a few times! It got so bad on Sunday that they actually cancelled our church.
We have been able to find some new investigators this week, which is really cool, and we have been helping our investigator prepare for his baptism this Saturday! 
This week as I was reading in the Book of Mormon I came across this passaged that touched me and I would love to share it with you!

16 And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.
 17 Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—
 18 But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.
 19 For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?

This also reminded me of the talk that Jeffery R. Holland gave
We can always serve people and give people the best we can! It easy to judge people and think that they deserve the situation they are in, but "are we not all beggars" This week we saw a girl struggling to get up the metro stairs with a suitcase and tons of groceries. We hurried over to here and help her get up the stairs and insisted to help her get to her house. I have never heard anyone say thank you so much! We trucked her luggage to her house in the blizzard and my companion gave her the gloves she was wearing because here hands were bright red. I will never forget that experience and the feelings I received from it. I know we can always look out for service opportunities to help our brothers and sisters! I love you all tons 

Soeur Dick