This week I hit my one year mark of being a full time servant for Christ. We celebrated with Subway. Because I could honestly eat subway every day of my life and nevvvveeerrr get tired of it. So, I only have six months left on the Lord’s mission! What?! Six months is only 4 transfers. It sounds a lot shorter when you put it that way…. :O It definitely feels like it’s been a year, but it’s been a fast year. And a wonderful year. Yet at the same time, it feels like I reached my 6 month mark yesterday. Time is so weird. At any rate, I’m excited for the adventures that lay ahead in the next six months!
We met Elder Dallin H. Oaks this week! He’s a member of the quorum of the 12 apostles. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is organized just how Christ set it up when he was on the earth–with Him at the head, and guided and directed by a prophet and twelve apostles. I got to hear from another apostle, David A Bednar, back in March. But this time we got to shake Elder Oaks’s hand! His plane was suuuper delayed so we only got to hear from him for a little bit 😦 But right after the missionary meeting was another meeting for recent converts and returning members. We weren’t originally invited to stay for that, but because of his delayed flight, we were permitted to stay and hear him speak again 🙂 I got to see people that I taught back in Bowmanville as well as Don Valley! What a wonderful surprise 🙂 Elder Oaks mostly testified of Christ and His restored gospel. I’m so grateful for living prophets and apostles that receive revelation from God and tell us exactly what we need to hear to guide us through circumstances specific to our day. God loves us now just as much as He did back in biblical times. He doesn’t approve of divisions (1Corinthians 1:10) or confusion, so he provided a prophet with the authority to guide the whole world under His direction. And it’s just a wonderfully unique opportunity and blessing to be able to meet one of Christ’s living apostles in person 🙂
Honestly, my favourite part was right at the beginning when he walked into the chapel with his carry on and his coat, fresh off the plane, a little frazzled. He got all settled in and cracked a joke and it just reaffirmed to me that Christ has apostles and His apostles are real life people who do real life things and had real life jobs and they just want to serve Him. I think that’s what surprised me most about hearing from apostles in person… they all have a wonderful sense of humour. 🙂 I firmly believe that Christ does, too.
So. Aside from hearing from an apostle of the Lord, THE COOLEST THING HAPPENED THIS WEEK. Okay so sometimes as missionaries we need a little motivation because, let’s be honest, missionary work can get a little mundane sometimes. So, sometimes our zone leaders issue little challenges to help us focus on one area of the work and get reenergized. So, this week we were keeping track of how many people we could invite to be baptized. Personally, I wasn’t super motivated by this challenge because I think it’s a little weird to invite someone you meet on the street to be baptized. Anyways. It was Friday and Sister LaPoint and I had super failed at contributing to this challenge. We were a little frustrated with ourselves as we were walking back towards the chapel. Then, about 5 houses down from the church, there was a man delivering some mail, and Sister LaPoint told me to invite him to be baptized. So I put on my brave face and told him that we were missionaries from the church down the street and we were trying to find people who wanted to follow Christ’s example and be baptized by His priesthood authority. And the craziest thing happened- he said yes! And he really wanted to know what we thought Heaven was like so we let him finish delivering his mail and met us at the church half an hour later! There were members inside doing some cleaning, and one of them joined in on our lesson. As soon as he walked in, the mailman saw the picture of Christ in the Americas and said, “Now why don’t the Catholics know that Christ came to the Americas?” Which gave us a perfect segue into testifying about the Book of Mormon. Basically he’s the most prepared person ever and doesn’t want his children to grow up thinking that it’s okay to buy things on the Sabbath. We’re going to keep teaching him in-between his shifts during the week!
This member of our ward drew a picture of me during sacrament meeting. I’d say he did a pretty good job, haha.
So. Story time. I was supposed to accompany the Spanish missionaries for a musical number at a funeral for a member of their ward last week, but we got all the way to the funeral home aaaand there was no piano. So Sister LaPoint and I sang in Spanish with the other missionaries. So basically you can call us hermanas now.
Remember Davidson? The guy I wrote about last week? Well we finally were able to teach him but it turns out he’s YSA, so we passed him onto the YSA missionaries. But we taught him the restoration and wants to be baptized! His family met with missionaries when he was 12 and basically he’s the coolest guy ever.
Speaking of people who want to be baptized, Female L is so excited for her baptism next week! We finished teaching her everything and she’s so, so ready. She even participated in Relief Society 🙂 We were talking about prayer, and she said before she met the missionaries, she did a lot of meditation and really felt connected to God through that. But now that she knows how to pray, she feels like she can really communicate with God and her relationship with Him has been strengthened. She is seriously the coolest woman ever. Except for my mom…. so L is the second coolest woman ever. 🙂
A recent convert of a year ago that we’ve been working with (the one who speaks Hungarian) brought her daughter to church this week, and she loved it!
We had a really good week out here in Toronto, my friends! Thank you for your prayers; I can feel them!
PS there’s this guy in front of me in the library who is just JAMMING OUT to some rap music about drugs. There’s a different crazy dancer in the library every week…. #torontolife