Serving in the Canada Edmonton Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Week 17, 1/24/16

E. Hunsaker and I having a "Blue Steel" competition.  Who wins?

Hi everyone! This week flew by so fast! Whenever I come to write these emails I always reflect on the week and what we did and I can't remember what day anything happened on because everything just blends together haha. Every day feels like a week and every week feels like a day... That's mission life for ya! 

Check out these awesome Captain Moroni socks!
Becha never seen that before.

E. Bonny - we still don't understand the "Quack" reference...?

Anyways, this week was great. At the beginning of the week we had a district meeting in a town about an hour and a half away called Athabasca. It was a great district meeting, but sadly the highlight was probably my lunch haha. Let me just give a little brief cultural background real quick... Here in Alberta, we have these wonderful creations called donairs. The donair has taken over this part of Canada, there are donair/burger shops wherever you look. They put donair meat and sauce on literally everything, there are regular donairs,
donair burgers, donair pizzas, donair salads, donair poutine (French fries with cheese and gravy, another Canadian delicacy), etc. Before district meeting I got a donair calzone, and it was probably about the size of my head, maybe a bit bigger. I know most of you probably don't have any idea what a donair is, but let me just say when I come back to the states I am bringing a donair shop with me. They are heavenly. 

The next few days after that weren't super eventful, we had a great lesson with our investigators Warren and Sammy, and they half committed to baptism! I say half because it wasn't on a specific date and there are still a bunch of hurdles they will have to get over, like they still haven't been able to come to church. They basically said they are open to the idea of being baptized.  Every week we make a lot of progress with them though, and we are both confident that they will be at church next week. On Saturday we had lessons with some of our investigators that went pretty well. Len is our old friend who is such a nice and he has come to church the last two weeks, we are really excited about that. The other one, Nick, is a recent convert's brother who is our age who is interested in learning what we teach. We haven't made a whole lot of progress with him in a spiritual sense, but after every lesson we play ping pong with him. It has really helped us improve our relationship with him, and we think that's probably one of the only reasons he wanted to learn more after our first lesson with him, because he knows we are actually real people haha!

Other than that a whole lot happened this week because it was SO COLD on Saturday and Sunday especially. We couldn't do much because of the cold. On Saturday it was -30 with windchill all day... Yeah I'm not even joking. We still knocked on quite a few doors though. That night we did a little science experiment.... We threw boiling water off our balcony into the -35 degree weather and.... I'll just let you watch the video;) Yesterday my comp was sick most of the day so I basically just laid in bed and read scriptures and read about some of cool ancestors. We ended up doing a little work later in the day but not too much happened.

Hanging out with this HUGE Mastiff that likes to slobber all over my coat.
This email wasn't super spiritual so to finish off this already long email I would just like to let you all know that I have a simple and strong testimony of this gospel. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that Joseph smith was a true prophet, called by God to help restore the one and only Church of Jesus Christ to the earth in this last dispensation. I know that we have living prophets today, and I know that because I have prayed and received answers through the power of the Holy Ghost. I'm so grateful to have this gospel in my life and for the opportunity to share it with others! I love you all, and I hope you have an amazing January 19th, 2016-January 25th, 2016😛 thanks for all the support!    Elder Bonny

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