Snow is here everyone!! J Even though we only got a couple of inches, it was amazing! Picture this... "Sister Mosquera... Guess what! It's snowing outside!" We both grabbed our coats and after I opened our door, her eyes got huge and her mouth just dropped. "Oh... Ah... It's beautiful!" Yes. Pure joy! Something that just melted my heart was when we got in the car and started driving, she said, "AH... Look Sister! How do you say... Um... The snow lights..." She just had the biggest grin on her face and was just fascinated. "The snow is beautiful, Sister Mosquera, it truly does sparkle." It's been so much fun, I love her!
It couldn't have been a more beautiful day: the Montreal Quebec Temple rededication with a light, beautiful snowfall that day. What an incredible day to experience a temple rededication. I learned so many beautiful things about our precious temples and experienced so much peace yesterday. I am so grateful that temples are the house of the Lord and to be able to attend to find safety and peace in a world full of chaos and confusion. The more I understand the temple through prayer, study, and listening to our apostles speak, the more I feel of Heavenly Father's love for each of us and how beautiful the restored gospel is.
On Tuesday we had a mission tour and Elder Perkins visited us! He is incredible! I love how he said, "We need to replace the word 'meeting' with the word 'revelatory experience'..." and it's SO true! I came with three questions and each of them was answered. The spirit was so strong and I know that the key to revelation is inspired questions--questions that we have that are from the soul. When we go to meetings with questions, we allow the Holy Ghost to work in countless ways throughout the meeting and are more sensitive to the spirit.
As Elder Perkins spoke, it was incredible to feel how simple and yet how precious the truths are. We went over a step of stairs of "what has to happen to have 'exceedingly' great faith" for missionaries and investigators. With each step, you can see how the atonement applies to everything! To go from faithless and developing belief, turning it into action and witnessing and developing power that creates faith and patience J When we reach the highest, fear and doubt are put aside and we are focused on our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Now for some exciting news... Chris got her temple recommend! Yippie! We talked with her about the temple and she said she will go when she gets her family names done. We are just so excited for her and through her progression, she is such an incredible example to me. I love her faith and dedication to do the Lord's will. Her memory is coming back swiftly as she has been reading non-stop everyday the scriptures and the Ensign. I sure love her J
We had a great lesson with Kirk, but the next day he called us and said he doesn't want to meet anymore and that he was already baptized... Sigh. It's okay though! I know that our effort wasn't wasted. There is a reason that we were meant to meet him and really help him get back on his feet and bring some peace, helping him to feel love in his life again. I am just grateful for the spirit, and I know that we were there at the right place and the right time and helped saved his life, literally. Before he hung up, he thanked us and said he wouldn't be here right now if it weren't for us, it gave me chills and I thank Heavenly Father for guiding us to Kirk that night.
Other than that, Brother Pio is out of cigarettes now and is smoke free…for right now! He says he's a bit cranky, but it helps reading the Book of Mormon everyday. He is doing great!! Shelley Sweet brought up something she has been thinking about... Her endowment! After talking with her... She wants to go at the end of December! Yippie! We are so excited to help her feel prepared and really work with the ward in helping her. She is great!! The work is moving in ways that Heavenly Father needs at this time.
To end off, Elder Perkins said something that really hit me and that we can all ponder about. "It was an infinite atonement, it was also an intimate atonement." I love it! I love this work and have never been so happy!
Have an incredible Thanksgiving week! Ponder on all of the things you are grateful for and ACT as well, by expressing your thanks to people in person. Hearts will be touched and the spirit will be felt. Remember to also give thanks to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, who without, none of this would be possible! I love you all.
Until next time...