Yes, winter has arrived in Alberta. Friday it started snowing and it was basically snowing pretty lightly all weekend, aside from Sunday morning– it was dumping on us pretty good. Last winter was an "El Niño" winter, which basically means super mild. Usually an El Niño is followed by "La Niña" which is the exact opposite. So far it looks like that will be the case this year. Not really looking forward to it but hey, if I'm going to come to Canada for two years I might as well get the full experience right?
So I guess I'll start off with a few non-spiritual highlights from the week: Monday night we were driving on a pretty popular road in the southern-most part of Edmonton, and we see a huge moose up on a little hill like 20 yards from the road. We did a u-turn as quick as we could and went back to check it out and it was prancing along by a fence like right next to the road, it was crazy!!! Monday was also Canadian Thanksgiving. We ate so much good food.... wow. Also just ate like half of a pumpkin pie and ice cream for breakfast. Yum. Now on to the spiritual stuff:
Wednesday we had a lesson with A M, and we were finally able to find the perfect fellowshipper for her!! We brought a more elderly sister who is the wife of an emeritus seventy, along with another Brother who actually had a pretty cool spiritual experience where the spirit prompted him to cancel his plans for the night, for no particular reason, and then 5 minutes later we called super desperate for someone to come with us so this lesson could actually happen! It's like this is the Lord's work or something eh? Anyways, the lesson went great! The sister we brought is just so christlike in so many ways, my jaw was dropping the whole time just by observing how amazingly kind and sweet she was. A M instantly connected with her, like I'm sure anyone would when they are feeling that outpouring of christlike love directed towards them. The lesson itself was still a battle like it has been lately. Battling her skepticism and stubbornness and the anti-mormon junk her friend fills her head with has been brutally exhausting lately, and I'm happy to say I think it might be over now, thanks to the Lord through this MVP fellowshipper.
Saturday we taught her again and actually had Sister White (the MVP) go there a bit early to teach her piano, deliver her the bread that she made her, and talk one on one with her, and the lesson was different than any lesson ever before. A M was like a completely different person, she listened and accepted things we taught and seemed so much more teachable! And she had read the Book of Mormon too, which is a huge deal for her! It was so amazing, when Elder Sites and I got back in the car we both just looked at each other like, "what just happened?" Sunday she came to two hours of church (another first), and she was a little fiery in gospel principles class, but she really liked sacrament meeting. Keep praying for her!!
We have this less active guy we meet with every week who is about our age, and still lives with his parents. We have gotten to be pretty good friends over the past couple months. He has a super bad underbite and had surgery on Friday to get it fixed, and they totally wrecked his jaw, he can't open his mouth for like a whole month. Saturday we got permission to go downtown to visit him in the hospital, and he really appreciated it. Monday we went over to his house to see him again and share a message, and he wasn't doing so hot. We was dehydrated, super hungry (he has to eat and drink through a syringe), nauseous, in pain, sleep deprived, etc. The worst thing for him though at least when we were there was the stomach pain from all the gasses built up. I guess that's a common thing after surgery. But yeah essentially he had tons of gas and couldn't fart it out, and it was excruciating for him. He asked us to give him a blessing so we anointed him with oil and I literally blessed him that he would be able to pass gas and that his pain would subside! I never thought I would ever bless someone to be able to do that😂 Its a funny story but a pretty cool story at the same time because the blessing helped him feel so much better. Like 5 minutes afterwards he was upstairs sleeping. No matter how strange the circumstance and the needs of the person, the priesthood is real and it blesses lives.😊
We did a good amount of finding this week. We found a few decent potentials and a few investigators for other companionships, and also saw some interesting things along the way.... Update some other people: Tracy finally got back in town on Saturday, we are meeting with her on Thursday. Zeke and his fam have officially moved back to his old house outside of Edmonton, but we made sure the missionaries out there know and they are working with them:)
Well that's it for this week fam! The Lord continues bless us in the work one little tender mercy at a time. I love being a missionary and having the chance to testify of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel to everyone, even though most think I'm super weird and annoying and want nothing to do with me😇 Hope you all have a good week, love you all!!
Weekly Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10: 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.