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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Week 81, 4/19/17

Most legendary 4-man pad ever!
Hey hosers!  This week was the best week I have had in a long time.  Mostly just because of Saturday and Sunday, because Dorine, Heather, Meccana (come to find out thats actually how you spell her name), and Bobby all got baptized and confirmed!   I love all of them to death.  I got to baptize Heather, Meccana, and Bobby, and confirm Meccana.  The most important thing is that these awesome people made a covenant with God, and they entered into the covenant pathway that will bring them, as El Guapo would say, "a plethora" of happiness.  It is definitely a nice tender mercy to be able to perform the ordinance as well though.  :) 

Baptism Day  - the crew and some friends, lookin' good in white
All of Friday and Saturday morning leading up to the baptism it was snowing.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not very happy about the never ending winter here, but it was cool to see everything coated in pure whiteness driving to the baptism, where 4 of my favorite people would soon have their sins washed away and become white as snow.  It totally made me think of the scripture in Isaiah 1:18 (this counts as my weekly scripture): 
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Not only that but with it being Easter weekend, it was a great constant reminder that yes, our sins can be blotted out and our red can be made white, but it is only because of Jesus Christ, and His infinite atonement.  He was resurrected on the third day, and He lives today.  The white everywhere is always a good reminder of our Savior and His love for us, and the potential for us to become like him.  

The baptismal service was awesome, there was such a strong spirit there.  I heard more about Heather's story while talking to her after the baptism.  She had been struggling quite a bit with various trials and even though she wasn't a super spiritual person, she resorted to calling out to God for help.  Literally 15 minutes later we knocked on her door :) She told us to come back a few days later, but then she wasn't there, and she wouldn't really return any of our texts, so we kind of figured it was probably another one of "those potentials", but then one day as we were driving by her townhouse complex we felt like we should stop by and see if she was there.  She was and she let us in to teach her about the restoration of the gospel, and the rest is history. :) Another bit of the back story that is kind of fascinating is that right before we knocked that row of doors, we saw someone sitting on their front porch smoking, so we went and talked to her.  Turns out she was super into witchcraft and creepy stuff like that.  We had a brief conversation and then asked if any of her neighbors might be interested, and she told us specifically to not knock Heather's row of houses because they were all super rude.   Looking back, I see that as Satan trying to prevent us from finding Heather... Luckily we already were planning on finishing the complex. :) There must be a reason I love tracting townhouses 200% more than anything else!  Heather and her family were so prepared by the Lord.  Believe it our not, Heather and Meccana are going to the temple TOMORROW to do baptisms for the dead! So awesome.

MLC - Mission leadership conference

Well everything else that happened this week is an afterthought to all that stuff I just wrote about.  Transfers were on Wednesday and Elder Mejia and I are still the gypsies.  Tuesday was spent with the new missionaries, Wednesday was transfer chaos literally all day, basically being a taxi service driving our "swagger wagons" around (pictures will explain).  Thursday was MLC, we received an amazing training on planning from our magnificent Assistants to the President, Elder Ridge Francis Payne and Elder Jess Robert Hunsaker.  They are truly inspired men. 

We are going to working with some companionships in the city for a little bit, we are excited to be sleeping in our own beds.

Well, this is obviously the Lord's work.  The Savior lives.  I hope you all had a great time celebrating His atonement. :)

Back with the Ellerslie boys

Swagger Wagons
I forgot there were no seats in this swagger wagon...

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