Don't worry everyone, I still got to celebrate American Thanksgiving in Canada. Thanksgiving was actually probably one of my favorite days on my mission so far! The Parks (the awesome senior couple in our area who live right below us) had some of their family come up and visit them, so Elder Payne and I got to get to know them pretty well. We played basketball with them last P-day, got in a few prank wars with them, they took us out to eat once, and they invited us over to have their Thanksgiving feast with them. I have to say they made us feel like family, and Sister Park is a magician with her cooking so it made for a pretty stellar Thanksgiving :) still wasn't the same without a turkey bowl though (Parker you lucky hoser).
|The challenge - fit as MUCH CANDY as possible on top|
This week still would've been awesome though, even without Thanksgiving! On Friday we had a random, spur-of-the moment lesson/discussion with our investigator Vance who we haven't been able to meet with in forever. He had a lot of questions we answered and we just had a really good discussion and we committed him to baptism on December 19th! He didn't come to church though and he never has because he has some medical problems that cause a lot of problems for him, and our investigators have to come to church at least three times before we can baptize them, so that date is probably gonna have to be postponed, but we're still happy about it.
We also had a lesson with our investigator Lawrence on Friday and it went pretty much as well as any lesson could go! We taught him the Plan of Salvation, and we prepared a very detailed, precise lesson plan with a lot of scriptures from the Book of Mormon, and the scriptures we read were perfect for him. He even said he felt like they were all pointed at him. The spirit was there testifying to him through the scriptures, and it was so cool to see! We cut our lesson at the point where the spirit was the highest and invited him to be baptized on December 19th (we asked once before and he said no). He thought about it for a second and then said yes! :):):) after that lesson we were so pumped hahaha. Basically just picture me after Malcolm Butler intercepted that pass in the super bowl last year. Ok if I'm being honest we probably weren't quite as pumped as I was then, but you get the point.
Anyways, Lawrence came to church on Sunday and was smiling the whole time and looked genuinely happy to be there. He even participated a lot in our gospel principles lesson. So basically we are super hopeful and excited about how well he is progressing. In other news the Edmonton Eskimos, their football team, won the gray cup on Sunday. That's basically the super bowl for the Canadian Football League. Some people are pretty excited about that here.... But in the back of my mind I'm kind of just like yeah big whoop there's only 8 teams in the league but hey if it makes them happy I'm excited about it too.
On Sunday a member and her non-member friend told us to come over wearing our service clothes for a surprise with their family. We were pretty confused but we went, and it turns out they planned a fun little gingerbread house building party for us haha. It was a good time, got us in that Christmas spirit! And then they fed us dinner too, they may or may not be our new favorites:)
Well I guess those are all the big highlights of this week. Oh, we also picked up two new investigators tracting last night named Warren and Sammy. They are super nice and fun to be around and had a ton of questions for us. We taught them the plan of salvation and a few other things and they seemed pretty interested! We are stoked about that too:)
Well I'm having a great time out here in Slave Lake and I hope you are all having a wonderful time back home! Love you all, and I love hearing from you all too:) Now this email is over so take off eh!