Hello friends and family! WHAT A ROLLERCOASTER OF A WEEK. Wowza. I can’t even.
First of all, how great was that Canada-Wide Stake Conference Broadcast? Elder Perkins gave Elder Johnson from Taber Alberta a huuuuge shout out. Elder Johnson served in Bowmanville Ward with us for the first two transfers of my mission. He’s a rockstar.
Okay so remember how I said I was working on developing patience? Well, I take that back. Never pray to develop patience. It will be the most trying week of your life! Haha but seriously I’ve grown a ton this week. Reason #1 why you gotta be careful what you wish for.
I’ve gotten a lot of the same questions over the past three transfers here in Bowmanville, so I’ll do a little FAQ for ya 🙂
1) What is the weirdest thing I’ve eaten? Honestly, nothing. Bowmanville is a very white area. There’s a lot of immigrants from the UK and second and third generation Canadians whose heritage is from the UK, particularly Scotland. Someone fed us goat meat once. It wasn’t my favourite, but then again I don’t particularly care for meat in general anyways. The grossest thing I’ve eaten is an omelet. Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t stand eggs. I can’t even smell them. I’ve never eaten anything so quickly in my life! But other than that, I don’t think I’ve has a meal here that I absolutely did not like. They’re pretty good chefs over here in good ol’ Bowmanville.
2) Any culture differences between Bowmanville and Alberta? Nope. Other than the fact that everyone here is obsessed with the Blue Jays, Raptors, and Maple Leafs instead of the Oilers and the Flames, not much. There is a local hockey team here called the Clarington Flames whose logo is exactly that of the Calgary Flames though. The only other difference is they drink milk out of bags. They seem to dislike Quebec just as much as we do out West, so nope, not too many differences 😛 Oh yes, and there’s Maple Trees EVERYWHERE. They’re beautiful. And there’s a lot of different colours of them too. Who knew.
3) Do you have a car? Yes. It was a blessing in the winter, let me tell you! But I really do prefer to be outside moving and being active. This week I mentioned to sister Hoki how I almost wished we had bikes so we could move more. Reason #2 to be careful what you wish for.
We’ve been teaching a lot of single men lately. Mission rules are that you have to have another member of the same gender with you when teaching a member of the opposite sex. So we’d always have to drag another female along. I mentioned to sister Hoki how it’d be way easier for Elders to teach all these single men. Reason #3 to be careful what you wish for.
So you’re probably wondering how transfer calls went!
BOTH me and sister Hoki are leaving Bowmanville. =( When both missionaries leave and are replaced by two new missionaries, it’s called “White Washing.” It seems like the entirety of the mission is getting white washed this transfer! Bowmanville East is getting taken over by Elders, thus reason #3. Thank heavens we kept an accurate area book! I’m sad to leave, especially since that means we both miss the baptism of one of our investigators 😦 But I’m also so,so stoked for things to come.
I’m going to Don Valley West. All I know about the area is that there’s 4 sets of missionaries in the ward, it’s in the GTA, aaannnnnd we don’t have a car. Hello buses! Back to reason #2….
My companion is Sister Griffen, who I haven’t met yet. She just got released as a Sister Training Leader this transfer. And, this is the last transfer of her mission. Gonna tear it up! I also failed to mention that we’re white washing into the area. Going in blind! I know a lot of missions do the sister training leader thing differently. In the Toronto mission, Sister Training Leaders are companions with each other.
In our new ward, there are Farsee speaking Elders. I’m pretty sure that Toronto is the only mission in the world with Farsee speaking missionaries. One of them is from Calgary, Elder MacMillan, who I used to hang out with at youth dances back in the day.
I’M JUST SO EXCITED I CAN’T EVEN TELL YOU.
We went to the park this week to try and attract people with sister hoki’s sidewalk chalk skills. She drew the first vision. Sorry the picture is so bad. The shadow and the angle made it hard to get a good view.
I don’t even remember everything that happened this week. Transfer news is all I can think about. I’ve learned so, so much from Bowmanville and from Sister Hoki.
My spiritual thought for the week comes from Elder Uchtdorf’s talk, “Forget Me Not.” https://www.lds.org/ensign/2011/11/forget-me-not (just click on it to read it) If you haven’t read/watched/listened to it lately, I’d encourage you to do so. Something I love that he says is “Forget not to be happy now.” Don’t spend your life waiting for some future event that will then make you happy. Find joy in everything you do right now. “The happiest people I know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments. They are the ones who, thread by daily thread, weave a tapestry of gratitude and wonder throughout their lives. These are they who are truly happy.” Especially since I tried to work on patience this week, I found this fitting. It’s entirely your choice to be happy. Don’t let anyone or anything bring you down.
I got like triple the amount of emails than I usually get this week and I’m so, so sorry that I won’t have time to reply to you all since we need to go pack! But I promise I will next week! I love you all and love to hear from you!!
Shout out to Mary who recently turned 19 🙂
Love you all! Toronto here I come!!