Dear Family and friends,
Monday, June 6, 2016
Goodbye to Hermana Wilson & Surrey
With Sister Shi
With Sister Gregory
Saying hello to Sister Huszti again! She is serving in Kelowna west
Dear Family and friends,
Oh my goodness. It was so hard to say goodbye to my family in Surrey, but I feel so strongly that Kelowna is the place where God needs me. I didn't get to see everyone before I left, but I got to call them all so that was great. So first of all...Kelowna is sooooooo hot. So hot. And second, I do not know how to speak English. For the past 9 months of my life, I have been speaking Spanish every opportunity I had and now I can't. It's hard to be out of Spanish work. Also, everyone keeps saying I have an accent. YES! I have always wanted a Spanish accent. Ha, during lessons a few Spanish words will slip in and I keep forgetting that my companion can't understand me when I speak Spanish, but it's all good. I am loving it!
Okay, so we are on fire here in Kelowna. My companion, Sister Moore, has only been out for 12 weeks so she just finished training. She is incredible. I have never met anyone so sweet and she always has the Spirit. I am so grateful for her, she is teaching me so much. She is my first Canadian companion so that's pretty cool. She is from Rocky Mountain House Alberta. I already love her so much! She reminds me of Sister Wright a little...so I already know we are going to be GREAT FRIENDS!
Sister Huszti and Em's new comp Sister Moore
We have already had so many many miracles. One of my favorite miracles is Oscar. So it was our first day together and we were out finding in Downtown...it doesn't even compare to the Downtown in Vancouver..so I love it! And we were just talking to everyone we saw and then I saw Oscar pass us. It seemed like he wanted to talk to us, but we were talking to someone else at the moment. So after that conversation, we kept walking and we ran into Oscar again. He came right up to us and was wondering what we were doing. We explained to him that we are missionaries. And guess what...Oscar is from PERU! So he speaks Spanish. We told him that we could meet with him again and he asked, "but what will you teach me?" And so we explained the Restoration a little. Two days later we were able to meet with him and we brought a YSA member who just finished serving her mission in Peru. Like a dream come true...right? We taught him the Restoration and he was so excited to read the Book of Mormon and come to church. Then...another miracle...he came to church! He brought his Book of Mormon and told us he had read the Introduction. We weren't able to stay with him during church and we will have to pass him to the other missionaries because he is YSA. But he told everyone that he is excited to come to church next week too. So we will have another lesson with him tomorrow. So golden, please pray for Oscar.
Then we met Julie yesterday. So Sister Moore and I were feeling a little lost when we were finding. We decided to say a prayer. We received different promptings, but we went with the direction that Sister Moore felt. We were walking along the street, meeting everyone, then we met a thin lady with a bright orange shirt. Sister Moore's favorite color is orange so we HAD to talk to her! Julie said that she went to our church for a while but now she doesn't go to any church. She doesn't agree with the Bible. Right when we met her, I knew she was special. I just kept praying so hard that she would accept the gospel. She asked us a question about faith and immediately Sister Moore pulls out her Book of Mormon and reads from Ether 12. The Spirit was so strong. Then we offered to say a prayer with her...by this time we could tell that her heart was softening a bit. We asked her if there was anything specific that she wanted us to pray for. She began to cry and said that she has been struggling with depression for quite some time now. We prayed for her, and we all felt the Spirit so strong together. At the end we were all tears, but we couldn't do anything except rejoice that God would send us the Spirit! Julie said, "You know what. I feel something different with you. If this is God...then God is real. I can see God in you." She completely changed. She took a Book of Mormon and wouldn't give us her number, but she has ours. So we are just praying and praying that she will call us. Please pray for her too!!!! This scripture reminded me of this experience. When the two apostles of Jesus Christ were with Him after His resurrection but didn't even know it. Luke 29 "And they said one to another, Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?"
So Kelowna ward. Haha...interesting. Well, the ward is incredible and I am so excited to be here to work with all of them. Yesterday was quite interesting though. During sacrament meeting, we had someone get up to bear their testimony, but instead he just said anti things. He had to be escorted out and then we had quite the debate going on in Sunday school. I hear that it's not usually like that. But I was able to meet the Bishop, the leaders in the ward, and most of the members. They are so amazing! And we have so many recent converts to work with. I already love it here so much!!!
Well I want to share my testimony of Jesus Christ. Yesterday, I was reading 3 Nephi 11 when Jesus Christ visits the people in the Americas. The people heard the voice 3 times. The first 2 times they didn't understand it. But the 3rd time they did. What was the difference? The 3rd time, all of the people had their view on the heavens where the voice had come from. They had their eyes fixed on where God was. And then they could understand the voice which was introducing them to their Savior, Jesus Christ. "Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name-hear ye him." We often have moments like this in life. God is trying to talk to us, but if we don't have our view or focus on Him, we cannot understand Him. It is when we put our view on God and make Him our priority when we can hear Him and understand that He is introducing us to our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ. In those moments I have learned that my Savior can comfort me, bless me, help me, support me, and heal me. All can be right through His Atonement.:) I know that's true.