Last Monday, we finished off my birthday by hosting a stake Family Home Evening for the recent converts and less-active members in the stake! I’ve been working on my chalkboard calligraphy, Sister LaPoint! 😛 Since it was a stake event, Sister Mencarelli and Sister Anderson came, and brought some people I had taught in Mississauga! We played a “Restoration Jeopardy” game that Sister Arnold and I created. It was a lot of fun. 🙂 Over 30 people came from the stake, and we had a great time! Sister Arnold even made them sing to me haha.
Also on Monday, we had lunch with our Elder’s Quorum President’s friend. He wanted to meet with us without the EQP there so he could ask us some questions about life in the church. He’s totally gonna be baptized one day 🙂
When transfers happen, almost everyone meets at the Brampton Stake Centre the Tuesday morning of transfers to meet their new companion. Since we live so close to the stake centre, sisters from far away areas come and spend Monday night with us. So we had a birthday slumber party with a couple sisters from the mission. 🙂
Time for the highlight of the week! A couple of weeks ago, there was a man who contacted the temple because he wanted to bring his world religion class to tour the temple grounds. The temple passed his information onto us, and we organized a presentation with our ward mission leader! The “class” was really a church group of 27 people mainly from Mississauga, but one was from Northern Ireland, another was from Chile, a few were from Winnipeg, and a couple were from other various places in Ontario. Most of them were middle-aged, but about a third of them were young adults. It sounded like their church does a tour of various world religions every year, and this year they decided to include us! The man who was organizing all this on the phone said his group visited our church in Chile one year and they made the missionaries there cry…. yikes! Anyways, with the help of our Ward Mission Leader, we put together an hour and a half presentation which started off with us teaching the restoration, followed by a video about our temples https://www.lds.org/church/temples/temples-a-conversation-with-a-church-leader?lang=eng , a tour of the temple grounds, and an open Q&A. They visited the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the morning and ended up being TWO HOURS late for us… luckily everyone involved was flexible!
We set up the Relief Society room so that every chair had a copy of The Book of Mormon and a Restoration pamphlet on the seat. We had ten minutes to teach the restoration simply using the pamphlet. Oh man we were so nervous! I guess nervous isn’t really the right word. We were pretty confident in our teaching abilities and the power of the Spirit to guide us. Anxious might be a better word. But it went so, SO well! The Spirit was definitely guiding us.
The Family History Director gave an excellent tour of the temple grounds, and we came back for refreshments and Q&A. There’s a lot more symbolism to the temple grounds than I thought! It was interesting to see how the people with the hardest hearts were the middle-aged people, and the people who had sincere questions were the young-adults. No wonder God called a 14 year old boy to do his work. The old ones are too stuck in their ways.
It was fun to answer their “tough” questions though. It’s also interesting to note how differently I respond to bashing compared to the beginning of my mission. I’ve definitely gained some spiritual maturity! All of their silly questions would be resolved if they’d just prayerfully read the Book of Mormon. Most of them didn’t even take a copy.
Overall, I’d say it was a huge success! Many seeds were planted. And now they at least have correct information. We showed them how to use mormon.org to find more information, and had a table set up with pamphlets and other literature. The Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Plan of Salvation pamphlets were the biggest hits.
The missionaries in our zone have been bugging us for the past two transfers to come and play morning sports with them at 6am. They finally convinced us to roll out of bed early to come play volleyball this week. I like volleyball. I don’t particularly enjoy volleyball at 6am…. But it was fun. 😛
A lovely sister in our ward stocked up our fridge this week with groceries. =’) She even bought us laundry soap!!!
We crashed Young Women’s this week to get to know the youth. They sewed ties for Father’s Day. Very cute idea! We didn’t have time to sew one for ourselves, but we helped out a little. Add sewing to the list of homemaking skills I’ve learned on my mission. As they say, the MTC is training for the mission, and the mission is training for life. I’m all ready to go! 😛
Happy Father’s Day! I’m so grateful to have such an awesome dad. 🙂 He is the definition of someone who has both feet firmly planted in gospel soil. Happy Father’s Day to my grandpas as well! I’ve been so blessed to have such a wonderful family! On Sunday, Sister Arnold and I wore “plaid for dad.” I guess that’s a thing now?
Our friend, Brother S, is doing so well! He just needs to quit smoking! Keep him in your prayers!
This week during our visits with active members, it surprised me to find out how many members of the church haven’t read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover… If you’ve never done it, now’s a good time to start! As Richard G Scott said in the October 2014 General Conference, Feasting upon the words of Christ each day “is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it!” His words are true, my friends! I don’t know how much clearer it can get! If you think you’re an exception… well, you’re wrong.
I love you all so much! Keep living the gospel!