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

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Week 24, 3/10/16

Hi again everyone! Well wouldn't ya know it was another great week up here in slave lake, Alberta. On to the the highlights: Wednesday night we finally got to play volleyball after three weeks of it falling through! A few of Bxx's daughters came and played and Bxxxx and the boys were there running around the gym too. There were a bunch of people from the community there playing too! We were on a team with Rita and her friend and a few other people and it was lots of fun! It was a great way to improve our relationship with them. My volleyball game was a little rusty at first but I held my own;) 

Thursday and Friday we were in Edmonton! We drove down Thursday for interviews, and we got the opportunity to do a temple session before our interviews:). I hadn't been to the temple in over 5 months so I was super excited! It was definitely the highlight of the week. The spirit in that building is so strong, it really is the house of the Lord! 

Interviews with President Manion were great too. We spent that night in the mission home with several other elders, it kind of felt like the MTC again. The next day we had a great zone conference! I learned so much about how we can improve the way we work with members and extend commitment invitations to people, and a lot of other great things too.

Saturday Bxxxx invited us over to celebrate Rxxx's birthday with the fam! It was a lot of fun, we got fed pizza, wings, cake, and got to spend some good time with them. I love the fam so much:) Later that night we had a lesson with them too. The lesson went great, at first we kind of recommitted them to live the word of wisdom. Still wasn't a super solid commitment but more solid than the last one for sure. That is probably going to be the main thing that gets in the way of at least the daughters getting baptized. We are going to find out tonight how they have been doing with that. 

After that we taught the 10 commandments and went over the law of chastity again. There were a lot of things that we were able to clear up with them and help them understand why they are commandments, for example taking God's name in vain, praying to things other than Heavenly Father, etc. After the actual teaching part of the lesson we talked more about baptism and we decided to push their baptismal date back to April 9th (you're a true homie if you know what else happens on that day;)). They all believe the Book of Mormon is true except for Bxx who is still trying, it's just the big commandments that are the biggest hurdle at his point. Your prayers for them would be much appreciated;) 

After that Bxx asked us if we could give one her daughters, Dxxxx, a blessing. She is the one who recently had a 1 year old son pass away and she has been going through rough times lately. She chose me to be voice and I did my best to follow the spirit in what I said. It was such a great way to conclude our visit, leaving on a spiritual high note like that, and I think it helped Dxxxx out a lot. It was such an awesome spiritual experience for everyone there! Afterwards Elder Hunsaker told me that when Bxx asked us to give her a blessing, four specific things came to his mind that she needed to hear, and in the blessing I said every one of those four things one after the other. This was such an awesome testimony builder for me, I know that priesthood authority of God has been restored to the earth today and I'm so so so grateful to be able to use that priesthood which I hold to simply be an instrument in God's hands bless the lives of others! Having access to the priesthood is such an amazing blessing we have in this church and we can't ever take that for granted! 

Other than that not much happened this week, Bxxxx was the only member of the fam who came to church on Sunday so that was kind of a bummer.... yesterday we shoveled tons of snow and had a Filipino feast at a Filipino member's home! I hope you all had a great week! Love you all, 

the church is true ️  

Weekly Scripture (new thing im gonna do): D and C 123: 16-17- 16 You know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves.  17 Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.

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