|Tanya is getting baptized this Sunday!!|
Transfer news: I will be leaving Peterborough for my last couple of weeks and will be heading to Oshawa to be a Sister Training Leader with the two sisters there. Sister Mosquera will be staying here with another sister who will be training another new missionary, so a cute trio companionship like me! My prayers are answered and I know she will be taken care of J
Sister Mosquera and I had an incredible week here in Peterborough! We had skills and interviews on Tuesday and it was such a great experience sitting down with President and Sister Clayton and speaking with them. Their examples of truly being a disciple of Christ have always impacted me and they have taught me so many things! As you talk with them, you can feel the love that Heavenly Father has for you and how proud he is of you.
Sister Mosquera and I were able to help Sister Beasley with her basement! When we opened the door Sister Mosquera gasped and I couldn't help but laugh! Helping her to organize things and clear out her basement. It was priceless when she walked in and was just overwhelmed with gratitude. Being a single mom with three kids is her world--so to see her joy just filled me with so much happiness, because "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." (Mosiah 2:17)
On Thanksgiving Day, Sister Mosquera and I had the opportunity to go to the temple J It was AMAZING! President Clayton now gives new missionaries (that have been out for six weeks) a chance to go to the temple. It was an incredible experience and I am so grateful that there is a temple in our mission, and that we have the opportunity to go and receive revelation for the people we work with, our area, and even for ourselves.
One thing specifically that happened this week was finding Susan Annis. Here is what happened! Our ward mission leader gave us her address and said that he ran into her--that was about four weeks ago. We tried to see her a couple of times but no answer. Finally one night during planning I said, "Sister Mosquera, we should go by again to Sister Annis. I think around 8pm... I feel like we should." So, we put our faith forward and went to go see her and she was home! After miraculously getting into the apartment building, we knocked on her door and she answered! She invited us in and we began talking with her. She was baptized when she was really little and has lived a really hard life. Her father had her smoking and drinking at around 10 years old and one day the missionaries came by and taught them the gospel and they were baptized! Not too long after that she fell away and has been going to many different churches for the last 40 years. When we knocked on her door that night she said, "Did someone send you tonight too?" We asked her what she meant and she said, "Well... My brother who lives in Trenton called me today and told me that the elders felt like they should visit him too. Maybe it's not a coincidence!" She went on saying, "I'm so happy to see you sisters! There is something different about you…..you glow... as we have been talking, I now realize, sisters, I want to come back. I need to! Can I be re-baptized?" AH! She is just so sweet and is so special.
BUT... this is special. We saw her a second time at the end of the week and just after we had taken off our coats, she said, "Guess what Sisters! I quit smoking yesterday and drinking coffee!" She began to tell us that she smokes 2 1/2 packs a day and has about six cups of coffee normally, because that's how she was raised and it has been that way for 40 years. She said, "I woke up this morning and thought of you sisters and the gospel and I went to put a cigarette in my mouth and... I didn't. I put it down and promised Heavenly Father I won't smoke, so I have the patches and have only had one cup of coffee today. Not bad after 40 years of doing it..." We celebrated and it was just so special. She makes me happy J I thank Heavenly Father for the perfect timing that this is in Sister Annis life and that I had to opportunity to be a part of starting her new life. She is amazing, I just love her so much!
Everyone else is doing great and they are on the road back to Heavenly Father is many different
They are linking their arms with our Savior, Jesus Christ. Yesterday I had the
opportunity to talk in sacrament meeting about our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am
so excited for the Christmas Initiative for "A Savior is Born". It is
absolutely incredible!! As I was reading the scriptures the other night of
Christ's birth, I was thinking that we know the story, but do people know WHY
we needed a Savior. My heart was touched and enlightened on our desperate need
for a Savior, who knows us and has been through everything we've been through.
Our weaknesses turn into strength, our regrets turns into goals, and our misery
turns into joy. This Christmas season... Discover YOUR why J I know that as we
discover this, our desire to share it with others will increase! When you have
that desire, put your faith forward and share it!! Act on the promptings and
feelings. I know that hearts are truly softened at this special time of year
and that the Light of Christ glows and others will see it. A Savior was born
and I am eternally grateful for Him in my life.
|Rosita from Oshawa, I love this lady so much!!|
At this wonderful Thanksgiving time, I want to thank each of you for all you do. Thank you for your love of the Savior, for your dedication to His work and your commission, thank you for praying for all missionaries throughout the world, thank you for praying for those who do not yet have the restored gospel in their lives, thank you for choosing in the preexistence to come to this Earth and go throughout these experiences. Thank you. I love all of you so much and hope you feel of my gratitude and love toward you all! This Gospel is true. I know it to be! How grateful I am for the opportunities we’ve been given!
I would like you to know of the immense love and joy I feel for this work and for my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that He died for me, and I know that He died for you. But one greater than dying for you and I is rising for you and I. He lives today. I know it. I know that He and the Father have not ceased working miracles among our Father's children, for I know that He has called a prophet again in this last dispensation, the Prophet Joseph Smith, to prepare for the second coming of our Savior and Redeemer. How incredible that message is!! A prophet of God living upon the Earth! How INCREDIBLE! And to come to know for ourselves, all we need to do is read the evidence, the Book of Mormon, and pray and ask the all knowing, Almighty God if it is true. I know these things are true! I love the calling that we have to declare it, unceasingly, and joyfully with our brothers and sisters! How GREAT is our calling!!
Until next time...
-So many little rays of light! I talked to Rosita at the Oshawa Stake Conference a couple of weeks ago and it's been about a year since I've seen her! She is doing great and she is getting baptized this Sunday!
-The cute Hungarian girl Sunshine that walked into our English Second Language class when I was
Mississauga was baptized a couple of days ago! J I am just so happy!
|Sunshine at her baptism!|
-Karolina came and visited Peterborough and was at church yesterday! Best surprise ever!! She brought along Mike Cynarski.
|Carolina came to hear me speak!|