Comp: Elder Seelos (Kaysville, Utah)
Area: Ottawa Ontario Stake, Champlain Ward
1- This is what happens when you get up at 6 and it is freezing outside so you decide to stay in the apartment haha..
2-This is our squad! I will miss elder Buck!
3- This is on exchanges!
1- I will be....... staying! For another transfer will Elder Seelos! That makes 5 here! I am super happy to still be here! It is an amazing area and I love elder seelos so I am happy!
2- Good! So that was our district thanksgiving day feast and it was a blast! I made Mémé's potatoes so of course they were super good and for the sauce I used poutine gravy! They were so good! It was a big feast though and it was very good! Other than that yesterday was the official day and we went and ate a members house and it was this big thing with 12 people and the food was so good! I think it was all gluten free too but it was delicious! We had the opportunity to share the gospel with one of the recent converts father who is now a member and who knows I think we will be seeing more of them! I am super excited!
3- Hm.. Well Monday we had a little bit of time left after p-day so we decided to go and contact this old referral that looked like it had never been contacted and we found.. a FAMILY! It is a big family of 6 and they are all from africa. Honestly 80% of all our investigators right now were in Devins mission. Crazy cool but somehow most of them speak english which is really nice! But that was monday and then we saw them for 4 days in a row it was so cool! They have an amazing story and it is so cool to talk with them and get to know them. Throughout the rest of the week we visited 3 district meeting had 3 exchanges and went all the way out to Petawawa which is the farthest west art of our mission! It was so cool out there I love it! You will have to look it up on google maps and I will send you some pictures as well! Other than that.. Saturday we had tranfer calls which are always a blast I am staying but basically my best friend in the mission Elder Buck will be leaving which is sad, but he will be opening a new area training, new district leader. So I am excited for him. He will do great! I dont know if there was anything particularly difficult this week just managing everything and making sure that everything went smoothly we had a lot of stuff to do this week.
4- So definitely finding the family! That was so amazing! We just had all these amazing miracles with seeing people and currently we have 7 people on date for baptism and there should be 3 more soon. That is more than I have ever had. Elder Seelos and I are just killing it out here in Champlain I am loving it! Definitely a very good week in the mission!
5- So many things. Especially as a missionary I have come to appreciate so much more everything that I have. Being a missionary has given me a lot of perspective about the world. Other peoples lives. I am grateful for; my family, my friends, my mission, Heavenly father, Jesus Christ, My health, My brothers, Talents, the opportunity to serve, knowledge of the gospel, hope, charity, love, patience, the scriptures, You name it. I love everything! I will never be able to thank Heavenly Father enough for all that he has given me.
6- I have really come to appreciate the scriptures on my mission particularly the book of mormon. The thought that comes to my mind though as I think on the scriptures goes to Mosiah. Particularly on the subject of culture in relation to King Noah and King Benjamin. Near the end of King Benjamins reign we read in the words of mormon that he had established peace throughout all the land. He has established a culture of peace and of a people that worshiped and respected God and His commandment. As the story goes on we see an entirely different culture in the sight of King Noah and his wicked Priests. His people became blood-thirsty and a wine drinking people. All because of their example and what they did. When I think of these two stories I see the importance of righteous leaders. What the ward council does established the culture of a ward. What the stake council does establishes the culture of a stake. Similarly as a zone leader or district leader. The things we do and say set the culture that other missionaries follow. As I think back upon my life I have a very deep appreciation for you mother as well as dad for all that you did. For the rightous example that you set for me because that is what I grew up to be. As we seek to be righteous leaders and follow Jesus Christ. We set the standard and example to the people that are looking up to us and it creates a culture wherein everyone will start to do the same thing and eventually you create a God serving Missionary oriented people if that is the Example you set. That is what I have been thinking a lot about lately. Love you! Sorry I wrote it fast so there may be some things that dont make sense!
7- Life is just great! I am excited for the changes that are to come! I know that this is going to be a crazy awesome tranfers so many things are going to happen! We will be having a 70 visiting us soon and we will have a couple special meetings with him. I am really excited! Other than that it is finally starting to get cold again which I am happy about! I hope that this winter gets cold! Last years was not as good so I am hoping that I will be able to bring out the whole shebang of things this year! Other than that everything is just dandy!
Same area? New area? New comp? Don't leave out any details!!
2. Tell me about Thanksgiving! Sis Scott sent pics... it looked amazing!!3. What did your week look like? Best parts, hardest parts...4. What were your favorite things that happened this week!5. What are you grateful for?6. Any thoughts or spiritual thought for our family?7. Tell me anything!