Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

Well this has been one of the craziest but best weeks in the mission by far! Let's just start off with all of our wonderful investigators!

Myrna: Our investigator that was sent from heaven! Or Mexico ha ha! Wow. She's incredible. Well this week we had two more lessons with her. We taught her about the gospel of Jesus Christ and she prayed with us! Such a tender experience. Then the night before the left, we went over to say goodbye and taught her how to study the scriptures on her own. We took pictures (attached) and gave lots of goodbye hugs. She even gave us her number and address so we can send the missionaries to her home in Mexico! We are so sad that he had to leave so soon but I know the gospel will continue to bless her life wherever she is.

Juana: This lady is so cool. Back in December, we got a call from a lady in an English ward and she told us all about her friend who loves hearing about every church so we invited her to our Christmas party. Juana showed up to our Christmas party with 8 (YES 8) family members!!! We sat there and talked to her and her family from Colombia all about the gospel and missionary work. They absolutely loved it! Well this week we were doing some weekly planning, and we decided to give Juana a call to see if we could visit her during the upcoming week... She told us to come over in an hour! So we did! She talked to her about the how the gospel was restored, and she knew almost everything because she has met with tons of missionaries. Then we asked her if she's ever prayed to know if these things were true. And she said she hadn't. So then I started to bear my testimony about the truthfulness of the gospel and how it can bless her life and she just started crying. We then knelt down and said a prayer together. Honestly, I have no idea what I said to her but I know that the spirit was able to speak through me and touch her heart so she could feel Gods love for her. We are going back next week.

Enriquetta: Well the got this super awesome text from our recent convert Sandra (the one who got baptized my first week here) asking if we could come over and teach her mom who is visiting for a few months! WELL OF COURSE WE CAN! So on Thursday we went over and taught Sandra and her mom, Enriquetta, about the restoration and it was so great! The mom loved it and doesn't really have doubts. She kept telling her grand kids to be quiet because she was "learning the word of God." She's the best and we are going back to teach more this week!

Maria: Maria has been one of the people that I have heard so much about but never actually met. Ever week during weekly planning I find myself singing "how do you solve a problem like Maria?" From sound of music ha ha we haven't been able to get a hold of her ever since I arrived in Canada. UNTIL THIS WEEK. We had a lesson with her and it turns out she's been super super sick and can barely even speak. Well, we taught her all about the restoration and she loved it! She told us that she doesn't have any doubts, and she wants to keep learning more! She's even been reading the Book of Mormon! Wow. So great. Probably one of the nicest ladies I've ever met. Well we are going back this week to teach all about the plan of salvation. So pumped!

Monica: THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST! Wellllllllllll apparently before I got here, some missionaries helped this lady move and afterwords she told us that we could come back and teach her. Well, we haven't been able to get a hold of her for 6 whole weeks and we couldn't figure out why. So on Friday night we decided to just stop by her apartment but she didn't answer... So when we got home we decided to call her.... And she answered! We set up a lesson with her this week! But wait it gets better! Maybe 10 minutes after talking to Monica we get a phone call from a random number so we answered it and this guy starts talking. He asked us if we were missionaries and if we had just talked to Monica on the phone. We said yes. Then old us that he is an active member of the church, and he just came to Canada, and he and his family are staying with Monica! He was so excited because he's been trying to get a hold of the missionaries. Then he asked a bunch of questions about when church started and how everything worked with the Spanish branch. We told him about stake conference too and he and his family came yesterday! We have a lesson with Monica and this family tonight! Talk about good timing! Apparently we weren't supposed to get a hold of Monica until she just happened to have a Mormon family staying at her house. ;-)

So basically the church is totally true! there have been countless miracles left and right this week. I know that the Lord watches over his missionaries and helps them to complete his work on the Earth. I love being a part of this great work!

OK. I'm going to end with a funny story.

So this week we had transfers. But because I am still in training, my companion and I just stay where we are. Well anyway, there was this big conference call on Tuesday night with all the missionaries in the zone so our zone leaders could announce who was being transferred. About 20 minutes before the call, we got a call from the Assistants to the President of the mission. They explained that there was a typo and it said that Hermana Call (my companion) was going to move up to the North but it was wrong and she would just be staying down here in the south. But the only ones who knew it was a typo was us and the APs.... So we decided to prank everyone and make them think she was being transferred! We convinced everyone in the Spanish program and everyone in the zone that she was being transferred. We even convinced the other sister missionaries that we live with. Hermana Call legitimately started packing her stuff to make it more believable ;-) We planned a goodbye party with the Spanish speaking Elders too. Basically, we tricked everyone and no one found out until we didn't show up at transfers. It was great!

Well, that's about all for the week! The mission is great! I love it!!!! 

Love you all, 

Hermana Thorstenson

Myrna, Our investigator from Mexico.
Yes. It is cold here!  I Love My Mission! But I did love this bumper sticker too!
If you would like to email or write to me, my contact information is below:

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Hermana Rachel Thorstenson
Canada Calgary Mission
7044 Farrell Rd. SE
Calgary AB T@H OT2

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