February 9, 2015
This week was awesome! And crazy. Remember how everybody dropped us last week? Well, EVERYBODY dropped us this week. We are no longer working with Caleb. He sent us a text and told us he was switching wards because he doesn't feel like he is progressing. He is still struggling with smoking and now he has been drinking as well. We are happy for him because he doesn't speak French and he is twenty, so he should be in YSA. But we miss him. A lot! It makes us sad.
Ana de Sousa, one of our recent converts/less actives is moving to Ottawa. So we will miss her!
Jean Claude, a media referral, is too busy to see us.
But a couple of weeks ago we were in an apartment building of a member. As we were going to leave, we felt like we should knock. So we knocked a few doors and found a young man--we've been referring to him as FRIEND-- who had Mormon friends in Africa. So this week we finally got a hold of him again-- turns out his name is Lamin-- and taught the restoration in the hallway of his apartment with him. In the middle of our lesson one of our former investigators we are trying to teach again came down. Things like this only happen to missionaries. It is just the best!
Also, we found a beautiful family as we were getting into our car a couple of weeks ago. We contacted the father, Patrick. We have tried to have a lesson with him and Sister Carpenter finally got in with Sister Narraidoo last week while we were on exchanges. So we have a new family! Patrick and Esther have four and five year old boys. One of them is special needs. I guess the lesson was really hard, but they were so into it.
Tuesday we had dinner and a lesson with Isabelle and the kids at Frere Allard's (Djim didn't show up again). We talked about missionary work and asked Fanny why she was going on a mission. Afterwards we watch the #becauseofhim video. We talked about the blessings of the gospel and why that's important to share it with everyone and talked about who they can share it with. As we were wrapping up, Isabelle piped in and talked about how grateful she was for the missionaries. She said how grateful she is for Sister Wright and I bringing this blessing to her and her family. She started crying! It was the sweetest thing in the world. I love this family so much. We found out that with all the paper work the earliest they can get married is the 13th of March. I am so heartbroken. We have transfers on the 4th of March. I will be sad to miss that if I get transferred but it's not about me! I am just so happy for them and I just pray that the Spirit will continue to work with them and change their hearts so that they can go to the temple as a family one day.
At the end we had to say goodbye to Fanny and Josiane Allard. It was so hard! I wish I could express how much this family means to me. These girls were such bright rays of sunshine during the hardest times of my mission. I am so beyond grateful for them and just so filled with love for them! We cried so much! We miss them so much. But we are so excited for them. They are in Utah this week with Sister Wright and Elder Smith and will go to the MTC on Wednesday.
Wednesday we went on exchanges with Dows Lake! I was in Dows Lake with Sister Matos. She is in the second transfer of her training. She is a fireball and such a good missionary! It was so fun riding on buses again and working with her. While I was with her, we taught their investigator Michael with Caleb at the Rideau Centre, our huge mall here. Sister Carpenter and I are here doing emails right now and talked about how we feel like we are coming to the Capitol every time we are here! So that was fun. On the way out we ran into Elder Spencer (DL of Dows Lake..the YSA ward in Ottawa) all by himself! Ha,ha. It was so funny! He had gotten split off from Elder Simoes (ZL) on the buses while on splits. So we escorted him around the mall until we found Elder Simoes. It was hilarious.
Thursday we went to Dows Lake's district meeting and gave a training on the vision to baptize. It went well and definitely gave us more of a vision. Why is baptism so important? Not rhetorical, you should study it this week. I am so grateful for the priesthood and the ordinances and the blessings they bring. If you get a chance read Elder Anderson's Power in the Preisthood talk from 2013.
We had a lesson with Samuel and Blanche this week. They are the family from Benin that we found on Christmas Eve in Les Galeries De Hull. They are doing awesome. We watched the Restoration with them. His brother Julius was there. He loved it! Sam always has friends and family from Montreal so we give lots of great referrals to the Montreal missionaries every time we have a lesson with them. En tout cas, they understand the apostasy and the reason we are asking them to be rebaptized, and they are going to pray about it this week. Samuel said the closing prayer which is always a little bit odd because he always sings and chants before he starts his prayer. We are not sure what to do about that and asked to know if our message was true. We know they will receive an answer if they are sincere and put forth their efforts. They still haven't come to church yet but we are so excited for them! We are going to baptize a family!
Saturday, we had nothing to do. So we went knocking looking for a friend of Frere Oula that we had knocked into months ago. It was in small apartment building just down from our house. We are pretty sure that Heavenly Father moved the building! It is not there anymore. But just to be sure, we went and knocked all the number two apartments on the street. While doing so we found Luzna. She is the cutest Haitian girl! She said we could come back the next day. So yesterday we went and saw her and her husband. They are a young couple, both from Haiti. Apparently she was the girl that we had helped with a table outside of her house during the fall. Sister Carpenter and I were walking down the street on our way to catch a bus to church and I was talking to Caleb on the phone. Sister Carpenter stopped us and started to help them unload a table from their car. After a minute, I set Caleb down on the sidewalk and helped out too. She is so cute! We started talking, and found out that she had a Mormon friend that gave her a Book of Mormon six years ago in Montreal. She is so prepared! We are so excited for them. We are going back again next Sunday.
Today we went to Le Bal De Neige Winterlude in Ottawa! They have the coolest ice sculptures. We went with our district. Afterwards, we walked on the longest skating rink in the world and got beavertails. So great!
Love you all! Have a great week.