Monday, November 9, 2015

Happy 2nd transfer...halfway through my training.

November 9, 2015

It really is amazing the peace the spirit can bring.  I had a couple hard moments this week. Don't really know why, but sometimes you just feel so overwhelmed. Sometimes it’s easy to see the changes you need to make and have the patience with yourself to sort them out, other times it's just so hard to be patient and understanding. But I was studying Ether 2:24 (my ponderizing scripture from a few weeks back) :) And had an amazing study time. I LOVE Ether. It's my favorite book :) But anyways... as it talks about the winds, rains, and storms, it's just so cool to realize that those winds are what blew them toward the promised land. Ether 6: 8... the wind NEVER CEASED to blow them toward the promised land. So cool. That those trials we have are what "blows" us toward the promised land, or toward our eternal progression and exaltation. It made me think of that dream you had a few years back. We all hoped for trials, because we knew how important they were. These trials were seen as a GIFT. Pretty amazing. I also turned to D&C 121 and 122. These sections are SO POWERFUL. I'd encourage you to read them. That promise in 122:8 is amazing. "Hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee". Whether or not we are ordained with the priesthood, as long as we hold on our way and do all we should, we have those priesthood blessings. The priesthood is the eternal power and authority of God. What could be a greater promised blessing than that? It's pretty amazing. :)
Also, I was reading in the temple magazine some more this week. It talked about our homes being the temple of God, and how that all begins as we have our temple sealing and honor that covenant of marriage. I was just thinking of the beauty, significance, and blessing of temple marriage. I'm not there quite yet in life, but I am so blessed to be born into a family that has been sealed and with parents so kind and dear :) Really though. It's such a blessing. And I know that as we put that temple marriage and strengthening that marriage above all else, the rest of the heavenly atmosphere of the temple will fall into place in our homes :)
Well I love you lots! I better get writing the big email :) Just know how much I love you and pray for you:)
I don't really need anything. Letters are great though. Keep those coming. Sister Beaumont gets tons of mail. So tell the family to pick up their game ;)
I love you sooo much!
Bisous bisous
Heather :)
p.s. you'd be happy to know that they do the bisous here. Yes, it's lovely. I thought you'd be excited about that ;)

Happy 2nd transfer :) I can't believe 6 weeks are already over here in Mascouche. Training is half way over... pretty crazy. I don't have tons of time left, so I'll have to make it short. I hope all is well back home though. It's so exciting to hear from everyone all the fun things that are going on... Halloween, wedding plans, school. Keep me updated. It's really SO good to hear about what's going on :)
Just a few little details from the week....
Marie-Clare ... did I mention her before? The sweet 80 something year old woman who was baptized in April. We visit her 2 or 3 times a week. She's a gem, but her memory is slowly failing her. She repeats the same testimony every day, regardless of the questions or comments we say. It's hilarious, but also pretty sad. But I guess it's good that if she's going to forget everything else, at least she remembers that the Savior died for us, she has a patriarchal blessing that she reads every day, she LOVES her bishop (and winks at him every Sunday ;)) and is sooo excited to go to the temple. That's what she tells us EVERY time. Multiple times a lesson. So this week we had a nice lesson with her. We had been talking about this darling dialogue we always have... and then we went to this lesson. I was really tired, so things were just extra funny. So as she started responding to my question, I just had to do all I could to hold in the giggles. The more I giggled, the more Sister Beaumont had the same problem... until I really just had tears streaming down my face and I couldn't contain it any more. Marie-Claire was just so puzzled. Haha so funny... I tried to convince her it was just the spirit ;) Oh goodness... It was hilarious though. I had a pretty steady stream of laughing tears ;)
Besides that lovely visit, most of our focus this week has been on the temple.. which is AWESOME. We started today at the temple and are scheduled to be at the temple every day for the rest of the week. It's GREAT :) The spirit there is wonderful. It really is the best place to be. I feel so blessed to be involved in this wonderful opportunity :) It's amazing! The temple really is the greatest blessing... I'd just encourage everyone to go there as often as possible. It's the greatest blessing :) At Stake Conference this week, President Patrick pointed out that the Temple Ordinances are the means by which we access the complete powers of the Atonement. Pretty amazing. We need the temple in order for the Atonement of Jesus Christ to fully work in us. So go to the temple. Find names to take to the temple. Get working in this wonderful work of Salvation :)

Well that's all I have time for... but I love you all and pray for you! Really. I've been working hard to improve the quality of my prayers. It's actually been a really good experience. So I'd encourage you to do the same. Just think of how much you like talking to your parents or children.. Heavenly Father feels the same way, only a million times more so. So talk to your Heavenly Father and make it sincere :)
Well I love you lots! Keep being wonderful and feel free to write me letters :)
Bisous bisous!
Sister Heather Shelley :) :) :)

I had Sister Beaumont do my hair :) The sweet German man at the temple open house told me his daughters used to wear their hair like this. So...I looked like an authentic German ! Pretty exciting :)

                                                            Montreal Temple

First day helping at the Montreal Temple open house!  :) :) :)

This is Marie Claire... the wonderful and famous :) She just got a haircut and perm ;) And called us about 10 times to come over and get a picture of her... :)

                                                                   Famous for her wink..:)


All set and ready for stake conference.. looking so cute and matchy ;) and so excited for church :)

The purple monster... from the missionary clothing bank. Yes, we're preparing for winter ;) Don't worry mommy ;)

Wonderful Week :)

November 2, 2015

November 2, 2015
Hello!!! :)
Where to begin? It's been such a wonderful, full, blessed week :) Tuesday we had our Trainers and Trainees meeting. That was SO INSPIRING. Sister Beaumont and I left with such an enhanced desire and vision to work for the miracles we want to see. It's cool seeing how much that meeting changed our outlook, and how it's affected our entire week, planning, goals, and success :) This new perspective has made such a huge difference. I'm just so grateful for that meeting :)
We talked about the "vision" for bringing about the work of salvation in these Latter Days. I've just realized that it isn't only the missionaries job... but so much the members. We were saved for these latter days for a reason. Each of us was put here at this time for a purpose. The Latter Day Saints have a special purpose here on the earth. The culture of the church is changing, and we have to start individually in bringing about these changes. So... Family. Friends. Missionaries. EVERYONE. Start doing ALL you can to invite people to Christ. No matter what situation you are in. Whether all your neighbors and friends are members, or you're the only member for miles around. Start now to invite people to Christ. Look in the Bible Dictionary under Latter Day Saints, Mission Of (I'm pretty sure that's it... something like that :). It's not the role of the missionaries, but of all the Saints in these latter days to strive to bring others to Christ. So I just wanted to invite all of you to think about what you can do to be better about this in your life. I know I was pretty bad about it before I started my mission. Pretty content with where I was. But this is salvation on the line. And these really are our brothers and sisters. Each of us should be thinking of what more we can do :)
So set some goals and start working toward them. That's another big focus we've changed this week. Set goals that are attainable, but that will stretch you. Don't set goals that you know you can meet because you're already making them... that's not the purpose of a goal. But don't set an outrageous goal and do nothing to attain it. Set goals you know you can make if you do your part. And then DO YOUR PART. Look back on those goals every day or week. Look at how your doing, really think about all you can do to make those goals happen and what you're doing to prevent them from happening. And then change accordingly. Go forth with faith and do those things :) There's little growth in a comfort zone, and little comfort in a growth zone. So we should all be a little uncomfortable with this ;) But I KNOW that we will be blessed as we do this. The more we strive to do our part, the more success we will see. Just imagine if every member did something every day to find a missionary opportunity. To invite a friend or family member to come closer to Christ. The church would excel. The Lord's kingdom would multiply. This is what he expects of us in these latter days :)
And that doesn't come from my own ideas... that's mission president revelation right there. Straight from my notes from the meeting ;) This really is a wonderful time though. The gospel really is going forth to every land and nation. But we really can't do it without the help of every member :) So please start thinking now of what more you can do. Also.. do your family history work. Please :) We will be blessed and feel so much joy as we do this work for those who aren't able. Family History and temple work is such a great blessing :)

Also... TEMPLES. I am so excited about the temple open house starting this weekend. I get to be there almost every day, helping at the openhouse, answering questions, being at the temple :) I'm so excited. But it's so exciting for our mission, because this is such an amazing opportunity. Such an amazing chance for our friends and members to feel the spirit and to be inspired to come to the temple :)
Last night we had a "VIP" Open House night for any friends and less actives the missionaries wanted to invite. And we were able to come with them. We ended up driving down with a family.  It was a wonderful experience. Probably one of the best days of my life... made even better and more spiritual by the fact that it was a great fast Sunday :) But we drove down with them, and had such a wonderful visit. They were feeling the spirit of the temple SO STRONG. Wow it was amazing. So special to watch them as they had this experience. Especially in the celestial room. That part of the tour was silent, as we sat on the couches and chairs, and just soaked up the spirit there. They closed their eyes and sat in silent reverie, just feeling and meditating on the wonderful spirit there. They loved it. They even said they want to try to come back next week during the general open house :) Now we've just got to get them to where they can go through the temple for themselves :) :) . Really though, it was an AMAZING experience with them. They loved it so much and felt such a spirit. It was such a privilege to go there with them, to walk through and be able to talk about things with them after. They had such good questions.. I think the experience really got them thinking more about things. It was wonderful.
I feel so so blessed to be here at this time. I KNOW I came at the right time. Crazy to think that if I'd waited to leave in October, I'd barely be in the MTC. I wouldn't get here til the end of the open house. I wouldn't have had that wonderful evening with this family or had any of these wonderful experiences I've had in these 5 weeks here. I am so grateful to be here now. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world :)
I love this work with all  my heart. I'm so grateful for the blessings of the gospel, and for the wonderful knowledge I have. I'm so so grateful for the temple. The more i study it the more I'm overwhelmed with so much gratitude for it. Take advantage of having a temple close by and share those blessings with your ancestors too by making the effort to find them :)
I love you all so so much! As a wise recent convert (80 year old Marie-Claire who we visit each week) might say, moi je vous aime, mais le seigneur encore plus! (I love you, but the lord loves you even more) Haha she says this every visit ;)  But really though. The Lord loves you so much. Don't forget that :)
Have a great week and don't forget who you are and all the Lord expects of you. Never stop striving to be better and to become perfected as he is :)
Love you lots!
Soeur Heather Shelley :) :) :)

p.s. the other day Sister Beaumont commented on how I'm ALWAYS singing. How even when the song doesn't have words I find a way to sing along ;) haha just so you all know I'm still the same me... got to love singing :)

Getting my first ice cream of the season ;) This place is delicious. The other sisters have gone SO MANY TIMES ;)

                                                                 another picture for Nakita :) 

Dressed and ready to go  to the Montreal Temple 

hahaha this is the bag that a sweet recent convert gave us a bunch of bananas and apples in ;) she always gives us her super ripe bananas... in pad bags. Haha its hilarious ;)

Monday, October 26, 2015

October 26, 2015

First off... I got the package this week. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Haha sister Beaumont loves that frosting you sent ;) Pretty funny actually... being a missionary does strange things to your eating habits. You just want to always eat to get rid of the stresses. Terrible. But we're doing great at going running each morning in the freezing cold, so I haven't seen too many terrible results of food yet. Really, I'm not eating too weird. She does have her days of cookies and frosting though ;) But really though, the package was great. Thanks so much. I got that, yours and Andrews, and Nakita's letters this week. So that was wonderful :)
Also, it's so weird that wedding plans are happening... but so exciting! This time is flying by. It does not feel like 7 weeks since I left. Has it flown by this much for you? Crazy....
Love you lots! Have a grrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaatttt week :)
Bisous bisous

Well... it's been a kind of weird week actually. Lots of meetings and canceled appointments that made it interesting. But we also had some great MIRACLES to make up for the things we missed. So a great week nonetheless :)
Monday night was a trainer's meeting... so Sister Beaumont did that while I went around Montreal with some other sisters. Yes, they unleashed a bunch of greenies on Montreal. Still not sure what they were thinking ;) haha just kidding, it wasn't too bad. I really enjoyed being able to use the metro and bus again :) I've missed that since coming home from Europe... but that was a good experience. Kind of hard because there were 4 of us sisters all together. It's hard to keep track of 4 sisters, when you all go at different speeds and just keeping track of that many. But it was good :) I realized how weird it is to be separated from Sister Beaumont, though. And how much I love her... it was sad being away for those few hours :)
That night we slept at the STL's apartment. Slumber party! haha :) Sister Hunt and Sister Neri are wonderful sisters... and it was nice to get to know them a little better :) (while still getting to bed obediently by 10:30 :) That was crazy because we had to wake up at 4:30 to get ready and be at the church for Zone Conference at 6. A.M. Eek. That was a lovely morning. But zone conference was grrrrreat! I really loved it. Elder Golden from the 70 spoke. Holy cow he said some good things. Kind of like being struck by lightning though, as I realized ALL I need to improve on. It's been pretty smooth sailing these first few weeks in the field. But his words made me realize that I should be working until I'm killing myself. Not just doing enough, but literally doing ALL I CAN. So there's lots more to do in that aspect. It was just an amazing conference. I wish I could write everything he said because it was just AMAZING. We learned tons though :). But that was a long day. We were at that church about 10 hours... crazy. And then we had ward council, so not much got done that night.
So our normal week didn't really start until Wednesday. We got to do some service for A, the sweetest woman ever. She's about 8 months pregnant, and just darling. The sisters have been getting to know them for a while, but haven't taught the lessons yet. But we have big plans to start them in the coming weeks. So be excited about that. But helping her clean her house was WONDERFUL. Cleaning like a normal person is one of the things I miss as a missionary. Sometimes it's just nice to spend the whole morning cleaning :)
Thursday... we set TWO baptismal dates! YAY!!!!!! It was a great day :)
First we met with Mari This old woman who speaks English and smokes. She's an interesting woman... But until now, the sisters have really only talked with her when they came over. Not really teaching lessons or committing. But we've put that to a stop :) After a rather... interesting... conversation about the temple ( in which she determined that she would NOT be going to the temple openhouse because we judge people and aren't equal), we were able to turn things around for the better. She's a hard woman. And not very motivated.  But she is a very strong believer in God, and she knows that he can answer her prayers. So she committed to be baptized if she received the answer that it was true. So that was awesome :) Now we just have to guide her to feel that spirit, and to be committed to doing the necessary things :) But that was great.
And then we had our weekly lesson with the Ris. We've planned EVERY WEEK since I arrived to set a baptismal date with them. And it hasn't happened. But Thursday we said we were not leaving until we invited them with a date. We talked about the Sabbath day and then about Baptism... Vic committed to the 14th of November! Which is close. So we've got lots to do :) But I know he can be ready by then, and he really is so ready now... his family LOVES church. He said he believed the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith was a prophet... so we just need to help him connect a few lines so he can be baptized :) We're still working on Jaci. We'll get her though :)
It was so great though! Helped us realize the baptismal invite really isn't that scary. And it really does help to have that goal and move things forward. So never be afraid to invite for baptism :) It's what we're here for as missionaries :)
Saturday we had Denise's funeral. That was so sad, but again, just such a peace to  have our knowledge of the Plan of Salvation and temples. It really was a happy thing, knowing she's moving on to something so much better. You could really see the difference between her active and inactive daughters, though. The knowledge of the gospel really does bring so much peace.
We had a GREAT miracle visit with an inactive member of our ward this week. P  has been inactive since he was 18, but the missionaries have continued trying to work on him. So we stopped by his home Saturday night. His wife answered the door and let us in. Their daughter was having a birthday party, so she ended up allowing us to help her come in and help her clean up from it. She's apparently been very un-receptive the other times the missionaries have come by. But we had a great talk with her and left her with a temple invite.Such a great contact! She was so open to us, and it was such a great feeling :) Definitely led there though. We hadn't even planned to pass by, but because others weren't home we ended up going. Nothing happens by accident :)

So with the temple openhouse coming up, I've been doing lots of temple-related study. It just makes you realize how wonderful temples are, how significant, and how BLESSED we are to have that knowledge. They really are the greatest blessing. So I've been reading the church's temple magazine. EVERYONE should read that magazine. Over and over again. It really is AMAZING. You learn so much about the temple I LOVE it :) But just some cool quotes from that... that just made me realize the importance of doing family history work:
(talking about members doing family history :) ".... they in effect say to themselves, 'if I love my wife and children so dearly that I want them for all eternity, then should not my deceased grandfather and great-grandfather and other forebears have opportunity to receive the same eternal blessings?'"

"We reflect on... the Lord Jesus Christ, who served as proxy for each of us in a vicarious sacrifice in our behalf. Here we set aside our own selfishness and serve for those who cannot serve themselves."

I love both of those so much. It just makes me think about the blessings of the temple and how grateful I am for them. It really is so selfish to just keep them to myself. This is why we're asked to do family history work, and to go to the temple AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. These people cannot do it themselves. I LOVE that last quote... Christ "served as proxy" for each of us in the greatest sacrifice ever known to man. He suffered EVERYTHING so that we wouldn't have to. Standing as proxy for others in the temple gives us the smallest piece of that experience. It allows us to show just a portion of the love that he showed for us. It allows us to set aside our own selfishness and do just a small portion of the things they aren't able to do. And then we don't even have to suffer when we make the "sacrifice" to go to the temple. We are SO BLESSED. IMMEDIATELY. Where the Savior stood as proxy for us, undergoing the greatest pains, afflictions, and sorrows, we stand as proxy for our ancestors and in return gain peace, strength, and comfort. We're forever indebted to him. But temple work is one of those small things we can do to pay back :) So my challenge for everyone this week is to make a greater effort to do family history. Find those people who are waiting, who can't do it themselves :) And then go to the temple! MAKE THE TIME to go. We're so blessed to have a temple SO CLOSE. We really should take at advantage of that :)

Well that's all for this week. I love you all so much! Keep strong and remember the Lord is on your side :)
Love you lots,

Soeur Heather Shelley :) :) :)

                                            Roasting S.mores!! Thank you mommy :) :) :)

                                                          Polka dots on polka dots

                                                 Benefits of being up at 6:30...beautiful sunrises!

The SPAGHETTI. Oh my goodness...Sooo much spaghetti. The youth had an activity with a speghetti dinner...they kindly gave us sisters ALL the leftovers. RIDICULOUS :)

Toute la spaghetti...


Make sure Nakita sees this...this little kitten is just 2 weeks old! Haha even I had to admit it was pretty precious :)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Winter is Coming...

October 19, 2015

Hello everyone! We're going apple picking this beautiful morning, so I have just a few minutes before that to do a few emails. But I'll be back later for the second half :)
How is everyone? I hope all is well :)
Life is great here in Mascouche... but it is getting CHILLY. FREEZING. Negative temperatures (in Celsius...). We are already learning how to bundle ourselves. I  just don't know what we're going to do when it gets down to negative 20 , 30, or 40.... we get enough funny looks as it is ;) But I really do love it here. I can't believe how fast this week flew by. Lots of great things to be doing. It definitely had its ups and downs though... we had some hard days this week. So here's just a few things from our week.
We've been making more of an effort to contact more people. We don't have very many friends... The Ri family (who we love to death :) are really our only solid progressing investigators... so we really wanted to make more of an effort to find some more. So we spent lots of time outdoors, walking neighborhoods, knocking doors, and at the most wonderful park we found. We met lots of nice people, had some great conversations, but so far haven't made any new friends as a result of it. But we're still trying! :) We won't give up this easily. Haha we do enjoy contacting though. There's just too many fun times :) When else do you get the excuse to walk up to every single person you see, regardless of their age or appearance, and start talking about Christ? When do you get such worthwhile and happy experiences? When do you have such hilarious experiences? Probably nowhere else... so we make the best of it and thoroughly enjoy our contacting experiences :) And this park we found.. oh wow. It is beautiful. Tons of trees, lakes, and lots of people walking the trails. So, we get to have the fun of talking to everyone, while soaking in the beauty of the changing fall leaves. It's great :)
Some funny experiences this week.... Thursday we had been out contacting in a neighborhood... we ended up teaching a lesson to a former investigator (Lo). But she kept talking. Which is great, but we had another appointment for 5:15, and it was 5:10 when we left... We had been wandering for 2 or 3 hours, and weren't even exactly sure where our car was. And so, we proceeded to run. In our boots, skirts, and with our heavy bags over one shoulder. We were quite the sight to see I'm sure ;) We definitely got some looks and even some funny comments ;) We arrived to our car SO HOT. But, we only got to our appointment a few minutes late ;) The early morning runs we've started doing came in handy though... ask me to run to our car a few months ago and I probably would have died. It's sad but true :) But yes, that was great :) There's always funny experiences chasing people down too. And the looks some people give you. But you just have to keep smiling and do all you can to help them accept their message. Not always effective, but still fun :) So that was a good week of contacting.
We also had some great lessons with the Ri's. Thursday is our set lesson day with them. We planned to teach the Word of Wisdom to them, and brought Soeur Limoges (bishop's wife) with us, because she's a convert and had to get over smoking. Her story is amazing. The Ri's really appreciated her experience and all of the testimonies she shared. It was great. Easier for her to relate to them since we're just 19 year old girls who have never had problems with the W.o.W. They don't have too many problems with it... mostly just coffee and some drinking. They've always wanted to stop, but had such a hard time. But they recommitted to do so with God's help. I still don't feel like I'm able to contribute as much as I'd like, with  my limited French. But the fact that I can understand pretty much everything they say is SUCH A BLESSING. I can really feel God's help. I've already been able to understand so much more than when I arrived... less than 3 weeks ago. It's amazing :)
Last night we stopped by the Ri's again. It was a GREAT visit. Jaci (the mom) asked US if we wanted to come EVERY DAY to help them read the Book of Mormon. Yes we do! We've been trying a lot harder for daily contact, so we were so excited when she suggested that. She's the one who's been more hestitant about the Book of Mormon. So that made us so excited. We're excited for them. Seriously the best family ever :)
well that's all I've got time for right now. But I love you all! Keep strong and remember the Lord is on your side :)
Love you all!
Soeur Heather Shelley :)

Just a few things to add on now that I have time... :)
Sadly, apple picking actually didn't happen today :( I guess the orchard is closed because it's too cold. We were pretty sad about that, but we've had a good day bundled up in our apartment with hot chocolate, just doing some good organizing, cleaning, and other good stuff :) Tonight we're driving down to Montréal for a Trainer meeting and then zone conference tomorrow :) So that's fun :) :) But back to the week....
Another cool thing about the Ri's family.... church yesterday seemed to be planned exactly for them. Holy cow it was AMAZING. Sister Beaumont and our District Leader, Elder I don't remember his name right now ;) gave the talks in Sacrament. On being converted, and then on preparing for the temple. After church, Jaci commented on how interesting those talks were.. and how the examples Sis. Beaumont shared about Laman, Lemuel, and Nephi, were so understandable because it's exactly what they'd just been reading in the Book of Mormon. So that was amazing.. especially that Jaci was the one who seemed so inspired by it all :) And then Sunday School was on... the law of health (not sure the exact english words for it ;). So, a huge portion of that was the Word of Wisdom. Which was PERFECT for the lesson we just had with them. Really, so amazing. And so many people baring testimony of the Word of Wisdom, and even Jaci and Vi were making comments and offering their support of the idea behind it. So that was awesome :) Jaci kept mentioning how applicable church had been. So that was so so great. :)

And then we had some hard times this week... we've been visiting a member named Denise. She's only in her 60s, but had a degenerative disease that made it so she could barely talk or walk. But her mind is completely here and you can tell it's so hard for her to be so confined. So we usually visit her at least twice a week in the care center she lives in. So Saturday we went for our visit, to find probably 6 to 8 people in her room... her daughters have been saying for a while that they knew her death would be coming any day. But that didn't make it any easier to arrive at that moment. Her daughter, Soeur Paquet, came out to talk to us. She hadn't passed on yet, but they were basically waiting for her last breath, they said. It was pretty overwhelming when they invited us to come in and see her one last time. She was unconscious, but pretty uneasy in her breath. I've known this woman for only three weeks, been hardly able to understand what she's said for me, yet I have grown to love her so much and felt SO MUCH PAIN as I stood there watching her take those last breaths. That was hard. We sat in that somber room for a number of minutes, watching her children and grandchildren crying, while we ourselves were crying to. It was so overwhelming. So sad. But at the same time so hopeful, because you knew how welcome this probably was. Her husband's been dead for quite some time. She's been confined to a chair. Dying really was like letting her finally be free of the confines of her deteriorating body. She died later that night, we found out the following day. But it still was so hard. Not the moment you hope to walk in on, yet still we were so grateful that we were able to have that moment to say goodbye. We really did love her. I know Sister Beaumont did even more.... she was able to know her before her health deteriorated this much. She's seen her steadily decline, and kept visiting with just as much love. It was so hard for both of us though, and affected us for the rest of the day. We both were just so grateful for our knowledge of the gospel though, and of the plan of salvation. It really is so hopeful and comforting to know that she did move on to be with her wonderful husband again. A really tough moment to experience though.
So that affected us for the rest of the weekend. But really just gives you so much more desire to spread the message of the gospel that we have. We really do have such a worthwhile message to share. It's sad knowing how much joy and peace and hope our message would bring to people if they'd listen, yet so few are actually willing to listen.

So there's our week. The biggest details I can think of. We really need to find some more friends to teach. Had its ups and downs, but a good week nonetheless.
All week we've been working on memorizing the scripture masteries... so have been singing the scriptures all week long ;) The best is 2 Nephi 25:23 and 26 to the tune of the song "Bad Day". It's become our theme song. Definitely helps to lift us up when times are hard :)
"for we talk of Christ, rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ. And we write according to our prophesies that our children may know to what source they may look for remission of their sins..."
Really, it's what we're all about. It's a great song to sing the entire time we're out contacting :)
Well, again... I love you so much!
Also, just wanted to share D&C18:15&16... it's so true. Spreading the gospel really does bring SO MUCH joy. So I'd invite you all to do all YOU CAN to help invite others to Christ. It's most definitely not the  missionary's job :)
Love you!

Sister Heather Shelley :) :) :)

I love you lots and miss you! But not too much... I'm keeping nice and busy and happy in this work here in Mascouche :) Loving life, Canada, and Soeur Beaumont :)

Our humble thanksgiving dinner we made the other night.. purple mashed potatoes... gravy, frozen corn, and canned turkey. hahahahah :)

 it really is SO COLD here. Holy cow. I've been freezing. We laugh quite a bit about how ridiculous we look all bundled up. In the middle of October. haha, it's great ;)