One of my favorite Missionaries! Elder Oswald this is at the end of exchanges.
The sky here is always beautiful!
Sometimes missionary work can be tiring..
Sometimes missionary work can be tiring..
Comp: Elder Jared Nilson (Kaysville, UT)
1. How is your week different because of transfers?
2. What was the best part of your week?
3. Any Spiritual experiences or tender mercies that stand out?
4. Tell me about your comp and your favorite missionaries
5. Tell me something that is different about Canada than the US
6. How much do you get on your support card each month?
7. What advice would you tell to a missionary that was having a hard time?
8. Tell me anything!
I AM SO GREAT! As always haha.
1- haha.. well the anticipation of transfer calls is pretty crazy! More so than normal because we dont get a call telling us where we are going but we make the calls and we also get to see where we are going. but nothing too different we usually just do a tim tam slam.. It is a CMM mission thing, and make the calls. figuring out where everyone is going can take some time though as well. As zone leaders we are in charge of helping them figure out public transportation. so that can be somewhat time consuming but there was basically noone that got transfered this last transfer so it didnt take any time at all.
2- what wasn't the best part of my week? But I think my truly favorite part of this week was when we got to confirm Sylvain! I got to stand in the circle and of course it was very special and a wonderful blessing was given It really helped me see the fruits of missionary work and It felt really amazing watching someone truly accept the gospel in their life.
3- I think Sylvains ordination was probably the biggest one. Other than that.. I was reading a talk I had watched my 1st week in the MTC. I wasn't struggling or having too hard of a time per say when I watched this talk but as every missionary does I had my own concerns and problems. I distinctly remember though that as I watched this talk the overwhelming feeling that I was where I was supposed to be and that everything would be alright. I remember feeling peace and comfort. So many things! I remember some of the things that I heard through the spirit from the talk and I wrote them down. It was quite miraculous to see though that as I reread this talk and looked over its contents that everything that I had written down was not in the talk at all. It reminded me of a quote that says " If I speak by the spirit and you listen by the spirit you will hear more than everything that I have to say" Or soething a long those lines but I was able to truly recognize that I had listened through spiritual ears and that the spirit had told me things that I was ready to here and I wouldnt have heard unless I was truly listening. I knew at that moment that heavenly father truly does watch over his missionaries. I felt the love of my savior.
4- I love Elder Nilson! We have had so much fun together he is hard working easy going, so easy to get a long with, he has great teeth BTW. He is an amazing teacher and he speaks french extremely well he is from Kaysville Utah he loves golf, singing, sports events! He is seriously just the coolest classiest guy you will ever meet! I love being with him so much! My favorite missionaries? That is a hard one! Do you remember Elder Lund? he was one of my favorite missionaries he went home this week! It was super weird to because he only had like 2 more transfers than I have now when I came in. So that is a scary thought! He was the AP that you talked on the phone with actually. There is so many missionaries I love.. Elder Baldabinos - He is the man! I came in with him and if and when we serve together we are going to gt so much done! He is a powerhouse and really just one of my favorite! Of course Elder Vanaquer! Came in with me French what is not to love? Elder Buck Also came in with me! from Idaho reminds me a lot of my friends back home! Super nice super funny! Elder Gentillon! going home this transfer.. Super sad but I love him so much and he is super funny! There is definitely so many more but I dont have time to name them all! Elder Udave as well I have to throw him in there! he is the man I love him so much! As well as Elder Dalmasi - was is not to love about him!
5- Haha well the culture is definitely different it depends on where you are but specifically quebec i feel that they are Very European. The food is a little bit different I feel that there is not as much fast food here. More Nicer restaurants. A lot more Maple everything though. They have like no Mexican food at all though.. There is like 6 tacos bells total I have eaten at 2 of them though and well.. they were both really disappointing haha. Not even the same as america! But I really do love it here. I think I could live in Ottawa it is a very homely city is is very clean super green! Always has nice weather it seems like a perfect city!
6- I get about 160 dollars in American I get 200 in canadian in each month so whatever the exchange rate is to give me 200 canadian dollars is what I get each month. When you live in a 4 man it is a lot easier to conserve money.
7- I think I would just want him to know that he is in the right place. that he has been called of God and that at all time he has the right to call upon the powers of Heaven to help him because he is on the Lords errand. Heavenly Father not only wants him to succeed but expects it. He is not alone. He has the hosts of heaven on his side and if presses forward in faith everything will be alright. Sometimes Heavenly Father doesn't instantly bless us because he wants to test our faith. He wants to make sure that no matter what you will always have faith in Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God. At no point will he ever truly leave us alone but he allows us to be tried and tested to test our obedience and our faith and as we continue to be diligent and persevere despite our hard circumstances he will bless us with the strength that we need to accomplish any task.
8- I dont think there is too much more to tell. Things are about to go crazy and I am excited! There will be like 30 missionaries going home this tranfer and like 24 coming in so lots of trainers as well as president patrick will be going home in like 17 days! So much is happening it will be AWESOME!
Love you Have a great week!