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

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Week 23, 3/2/16

Wow it seems like every week goes by faster than the last one! Maybe that's just because we keep getting busier and busier? Probably. Well this week was great and we did a lot of good work. 

Wednesday was probably the least productive day of missionary work in a long time for us because we had a district meeting in Barrhead. That means we spent 5 hours of the day driving only to go to an hour long meeting and eat lunch with the other Elders in our district. District meetings are great and all....and I try to have a good attitude about them... But if ya ask me they are a BIG waste of time, gas, and our monthly kilometer allotment. The bright side of going to district meeting was the lunch we got:):):) getting donair poutine at a delicious greasy spoon food place in Barrhead actually might have made the trip worth our time. I'll attach a picture of the heavenly, heart attack provoking food concoction. We also got really good Oreo shakes, and I haven't had one of those since the last time I went to that restaurant which was in early December.... So yeah I think I can happily say the trip was worth it:) 

Wednesday night when we got back we had plans to go play drop in volleyball at the local rec centre with a few members of "the fam," but they couldn't come so that got cancelled. I was pretty bummed, I was looking forward to it all week but oh well, hopefully it works out this week. Thursday around noon we had a very interesting lesson with a less active... Okay interesting is putting it too lightly.  It was straight up the weirdest/creepiest thing that has happened on my mission thus far. We brought the Parks with us because we can't meet with single sisters alone. It started off good and she was talking about how the Book of Mormon helped her avoid contention, and then one thing led to another and somehow she started talking about how ever since she was a little kid she has had a "gift" of being some sort of psychic medium. She said she receives messages from spirits to give to people, and she explained that pretty in depth for about 20 minutes. Then she said she had 10 people she had messages for at the moment, and one of them was President Park. She then proceeded to give him his "message." Man it was weird.... The spirit was about as absent as it could be at that point. After she was done, the Parks and we all tried to help her realize that she was basically being deceived by the devil and she needs to be really careful with this "gift".  We talked a little about the priesthood and I can't really remember all of what we said, but hopefully it helped her realize that this is something she needs to overcome.... So yeah there's that fun story. 

On a more uplifting note, Thursday night we were able to meet with just Bxxxx and Bxx, with the Parks, in President Park's office. We didn't really have a set lesson plan, we just had a few questions we wanted to ask Bxx, and basically focus on her needs. It's hard to do that with one individual person when you are teaching 11 people at a time, that why we really wanted to meet with just Bxx and Bxxxx so we could key on helping Bxx with her conversion. It was such a great discussion we had with them! The spirit was directing everything that went on in that room, and I think it really helped her.   They still haven't set a marriage date, but we really hope that is coming soon. Bxx has come such a long way! 

                                                           The Slave Lake Crew

Friday we went on another fantastic Wabasca trip. We met with our investigator Txxxxx, and taught him the restoration again, and established some baptismal expectations for him that he accepted pretty well. He says he wants to get baptized but never keeps any commitments.  We are hoping to change that. We had a good lesson with him and he gave us cheesecake :)  After that we had an appointment with a potential who we talked with last time we were up there named Lxxx. When we pulled up to the house they were in the process of loading him into an ambulance because he was throwing up blood.... So it's safe to say that appointment fell through. He is doing okay now and he is back at home. 

Saturday was the busiest day of the week!   We had another appointment with Lxx, and we brought our stalwart recent convert Lawerance with us (who we had a lesson with the night before), and the lesson went great! It was great to have Lawerance there so he could relate with Lxx and help him with some of his concerns. Lxx basically told us he wants to be 100% committed before he is baptized and that he will tell us when he is ready... He is so ready right now gosh dang it we just need to keep trying to help him realize it. After that we helped Lawerance with some family history for a while. Later that night we had just another average lesson/ ping pong sesh with Nxxx. After that we had another lesson with Bxxxx and his four boys. Bxx wasn't there, apparently she went to visit her parents and do some soul searching. It was a good lesson with the boys though, we love teaching them! 

I'm sure the Elders worked very on hard on this choreography.  It's nice to see unity in a companionship!

Sunday was great! The Parks and Elder Hunsaker and I had a special fast for Bxx.  Elder Hunsaker and I also both gave talks in sacrament meeting about the importance of church attendance. Basically any free time we had towards the end of the week we spent writing our talks, and that definitely kept us busy.  Any of you who have seen me give a talk in church might find this hard to believe but my talk lasted 28 minutes according to my companion.... It felt like 12! Anyways aside from going too long I think I did alright, my comp killed it, and it was great. Lxx and Bxxxx and his boys all came to church as always:). Sorry for having such long emails lately!  There are just so many things to tell you guys about!!  I love being out here having the opportunity to serve and represent my Savior Jesus Christ and take part in His work. Thank you all for the support, I hope you guys have a great week and I love hearing from you all!    

Elder Weston Bonny🇨🇦 

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