Tuesday, November 15, 2016

11/14/16 Group Email

Hey fam!

Another great week up here in Canada. The weather has been beautiful! (sorry about no snow for skiing.. but it's good up here for missionary work! haha) So now that we are on a lovely trio, we are working with hermana schenbs' investigators. So last week we met with a father and a son named Juan and Jose (how much more latino could they be?) and had a lesson with the fellowship family. We taught them the plan of salvation and it was amazing! I sure do love teaching that lesson. Juan is a single dad who just barely got custody of his son. He wasn't able to have him because he wasn't making very good choices.. but now that he has his son, he wants to change. So after the lesson I got the strongest feeling to talk to him about baptism.. So I whispered to Hermana schnebs "have you talked about baptism with him??" she said a little.. so then I just flat out asked him "so what do you think about baptism?" and at first he was hesitant, but then he opened up and Hermana Schnebs came in with the bomb! she said "we feel that you could be prepared to get baptized the 31 of December.. It's a Saturday and is the last day of this year. You would wash away all your past and be able to start a new year completely clean" IT WAS THE COOLEST MOMENT EVER!! The spirit filled the room! And he got tears in his eyes and started smiling and said "yeah.. i want that" and then his 9 year old son was grabbed his arm and looked at him and said "dad! can we do it!? i wanna do it!" and the fellowship friend was over on the other side of the room just bawling.. it was really really neat. Lessons like that make this missionary work so worth it!

Another really amazing lesson we had, was the other night we ate dinner with Helen Martinez (the mom of Hermana Vera's boyfriend, but don't worry, her boyfriend lives in Toronto! So we spend a lot of time with her and we're super super close!) Hermano Fernando (my favorite man) and Hermano Soto! We ate dinner and then afterward we read Alma 13:3, which talks about how we were predestined to come here.. because we had a lot of faith and we did "buneas obras" we were able to come down here. So we shared that and then EVERYONE started talking deep doctrine.. but it was such cool doctrine! My mind was being blown! Those are three really amazing members and we were all sharing scirptures about pre-earth life and what we did in heaven to be able to have the privilege of having the gospel in our lives. It was amazing! I love these members so much, I feel like I'm at home when I'm with them.

We had a lesson with a member who lives downtown, so we took the train and contacted down there for a bit. I love downtown contacting! You meet some: nice, mean, CRAZY, in love with you, happy, sad, depressed, funny people. Seriously.. you meet every single type of person. It makes it quite the adventure. Anyways, it's a really spiritual experience going downtown contacting because they are so many people, it's impossible to contact them all. As we were walking, I was looking ahead and this one guy was basically glowing. Out of all the other people, he was jumping out to me, the spirit telling me that we needed to talk to him. So we bypassed all the other people and he even had headphones on, but that never stops me lol, so I wave him down and he immediatly takes the headphones out and stops. So we start talking and he knew that we were Mormons and he even has been to our church when he lived in Edmonton! He didn't give us his number or anything, but we left him with a card and our testimonies. But it was really amazing to see that out of all the other people on the street, God was pointing to him. He needed to hear about our message, and it turned out that he knew about our church! 7 good experiences with a Mormon and people's hearts soften to learn about our gospel!

I love this work! I love being an instrument in the hands of the Lord. He really does guide us to who He wants us to talk to. I love getting out of my shell and talking to people about the gospel. It's a once in a life opportunity, but it makes me so happy!
Have a good week!
Hermana Dean

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