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

Sunday, July 16, 2017


E. Hunsaker needed a little humbling!

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Week 92, 7/4/17

Well happy Independence Day to all you Americans!!

Wish I could celebrate our great country with you all today, but the Lord needs me in Edmonton.  I have absolutely zero time today since we are picking up the new missionaries real soon and it is transfers tomorrow, so even if I did have the time, there's no way my brain could piece together a decent email anyway since I'm so tired and frazzled prepping for all of that. 

Pics enjoying CANADA DAY!

I will just share two stories.  On Friday we had an awesome lesson with Ray.  We really want him to work more aggressively towards baptism and quit smoking.  We had a good lesson planned lined up, and at one point I asked him what next step he could take to show God his faith.  He said he could be more diligent about reading the Book of Mormon every day.  Right after that the spirit was so powerful in the room and Elder Hunsaker felt prompted to promise him as the Saviors representative that he would be able to have the spiritual strength to quit smoking if he read the Book of Mormon every day.  Hopefully he does!  I have no doubt that he will be baptized soon enough.   

Saturday was 150th Canada Day!!! It was a super awesome day.  The highlight was going up to the legislature building grounds where there were a couple live music setups, a bunch of food tents, activities, free legislature building tours, etc.  TONS of people were there. There was no open proselyting allowed so we pretty much just walked around and tried to be seen being friendly to everyone and starting casual conversations where we could, bringing up gospel things and sharing cards, etc. We came to learn that standing in lines and talking to people in lines was the best strategy. The Lord helped us in doing that when I went up to two people eating ice cream and started talking to them about their ice cream.  I genuinely wanted to get ice cream (it was super hot), so I was asking them about it and then the lady just says, "ya know what, you can have free ice cream on me!" And pulled a 20 out and demanded that I take it.  What?! Super awesome.  Then she wanted a picture with us.  Very grateful for how awesome she was because it allowed us to actually have money to pay for food so we could stand in more lines and talk to people!  

We had some great conversations! A bunch of people wanted to get pictures with the Mormons too, it was fun.  I got on the Vietnamese news waving a Canadian flag:) We were there for about 5 hours, most of the rest of the day was spent either eating food or on the LRT finding people.  It was honestly one of the most physically and socially exhausting days of my mission.  

At the end of the evening we were getting off the last train and it was almost time to go in (we still go in at 9, but our mission president approved us to stay out till 9:30 in the summer if we are finding), and we were getting off our last train a bit before 9 to go back, but something just felt a little off about heading back. Yes we had talked to SO many people and had so many awesome convos and gotten a few potentials, but we hadn't found someone super solid yet. We decided to do one more quick LRT run. Again, good conversations but no fruit.  Walking back to our apartment, out of the station, I saw two women sitting on a bench a decent ways away and I told myself "ah, we are done, its almost 9:30, I'm so exhausted and they are already having a conversation, etc" pretty much every excuse you could think of.  But then for whatever reason I just turned around and went to talk to them anyway, and they turned out to be super interested in the Book of Mormon and want to meet! Such an awesome feeling when we follow promptings :)  Well this is longer than I thought it would be.  Big news is next week we are getting a smartphone and Facebook

access in preparation to implement it into the whole mission. Exciting! 

Luv from Canada - E. Bonny

Weekly Scripture: 1 Nephi 13:30- USA!   

Lets take a closer look :)

Week 91, 6/26/17

My beloved kindred!!   

Jasper never ceases to amaze me. It seems like we went there like two days ago, but it was actually over a week ago. Crazy! Ill include some good pics.   

We actually had a missionary purpose for taking this photo.  Ask me someday...

Well this week was pretty awesome work wise.  Our investigator Tanesor is making some good progress.  He, as well as 3 other investigators (Ray, Cregg, and Ario), came to church on Sunday.  We had a great lesson with Tanesor on Saturday.  We taught the Plan of Salvation, and it was amazing how he, someone without much of a Christian background, was connecting all the pieces in his head.  We invited him to be baptized and he said he would give it some thought.  We also asked if we could teach the rest of his family as well as him and he seemed super down for it, hopefully that happens next time!  
This is how missionaries park.  We call it Celestial parking
I'm trying to think of other interesting things to write about.... We are ridiculously busy all the time and pretty much whenever I stop doing something that involves moving my legs and arms for more than 45 seconds I have to have an intense battle with myself to not fall asleep.  Pretty sure I could be like 50% better as a missionary if I weren't this tired all the time but oh well, the Lord helps me to do what He needs me to do. :)   

Lunch with Pres Pattison and his legendary tie-die apron

IHOP date with our favorite brown missionaries
We still go finding on the LRT (Edmonton light rail transit) all the time and there is always something interesting going on.  Whether it is a ridiculously drunk person freaking out for no reason, some high crazy person interrupting my conversation, us accidentally leaving Elder Griffin at a different station, somebody who literally walks around town looking like a life sized Barbie doll... the list is endless.  I love it though because there are so many great conversations to be had and great teaching opportunities to take.  Finding and teaching used to be kinda stressful and nerve racking for me, but over the course of my mission it has turned into stress relief - haha. I love sharing the gospel of Jesus of Christ with people!   
Well I hope all of you who went to Lake Powell without me last week enjoyed it.... whenever random people ask where I'm from I say Utah, and many times from there the conversation briefly turns into me telling them how great Utah is and how they need to visit the state, and especially go to Lake Powell, the greatest place on earth. 

Love Ya'll  

Weekly Scripture: John 14:26-27 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.   

Kate and Desiree from Slave Lake visited!

Week 90, 6/19/17

Hello beloved friends and family.   

Well this is going to be short because I am on my way to JASPER again for the third time:):):):)   

Pre baptism selfie with Zac!
This week was a good one as usual, we got a lot of good work in.  We found a pretty solid guy named Cregg but he's YSA so we're gonna have to pass him over.  We also found a guy named Thaneshwor from Nepal, he's super solid too!  We taught him twice this week and he is definitely progressing.  We will see where it goes with him.  There were tons of funny things that happened this week but I can't really remember any of them off the top of my head/I'm too lazy to write them.  

This tripan is so fun!

We taught Cregg on the Alberta legislature grounds

Shout out to my super dope dad. If you were an animal you would be a Pegasus because you soar above the world with your great character, and you're always spreading your wings and flying into trying new things, and you also gallop really fast on your bike, and you are always using your magical powers to fix everything.  Bam. You rock.   
Love you all!   

Weekly Scripture: Moses 1:39 For behold this is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.   

They love stealing my ipad and taking selfies

Blizzards and donairs - my two mish addictions