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 ;)




Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Canadian Thanksgiving :)

October 13, 2015

Salut! :)


It's crazy to think it's already been another week. I've only been in the mission field for 2 weeks, but it's flying by. Crazy to think I've already been gone a month. I'm loving it here though. This area really is wonderful. The members are amazing. Spreading the gospel is wonderful. The people here are so kind... even if they tell you they're not at all interested, it's almost always with a smile on their face. Haha so that's nice I guess ;) It's been a kind of weird week, but a good one. :)

Wednesday we had a training for the Montreal temple open house. I am SO HAPPY that I am here early enough to be involved with that. Had I waited a transfer I'd arrive just at the tail end. But instead I get to be involved in 2 whole weeks of open-house, and hopefully bring some friends to it as well. It's pretty wonderful :) So we had that first training in Montreal, and it got me so so excited.  It's going to be quite a bit of work, and be hard to keep up the work in our area, but I am so excited. We just talked about what an amazing opportunity this is. Really a once in a lifetime opportunity that we'll always be grateful for.

This last week I've been trying to study and ponder more about the temple... I realize how significant it really is. The temple is so important, and such a blessing. I realize that more than ever as I'm in the mission field teaching people who don't have the blessings of the temple in their lives. As we closed our training session, we sang "I love to see the temple". I couldn't help but get emotional in that song. We are SO BLESSED to have a temple. To have the knowledge of the restored gospel, and all of the blessings available through the temple. Just singing those words struck me with the profundity of the temple blessings. I was just overwhelmed with gratitude for that in my life. Last night we had a family home evening and sang "Families Can be Together Forever"... another one that just gets to me. I love the translation of the French version. The final line translates into something like, "Lord, do thy will". I just love that. Our families can be together forever and we are promised so many blessings through the gospel and the temple... but we need to be willing to submit to the Lord's will, plan, and timing. I love that :) 

The rest of our week was kind of weird, plans fell through a lot and we had some things take a lot longer than planned. We started learning a Christmas song to sing together though (us and the Terrebonne Sisters who live in the apartment with us... I LOVE that everyone in there loves to sing with me :) So we started a beautiful arrangement of Silent Night... so exciting! Saturday one of the Terrebonne Sisters (Sister Schmull) was sick. They had some really important lessons, so we had a weird day of exchanging back and forth between companions, so they could meet their appointments (we didn't have a ton of solid plans). It felt weird sitting home for quite a few hours straight that day. You never sit home and talk as a missionary. But Sister Schmull and I got some nice time to talk, which was good since we haven't gotten to know each other as well yet :) And then Sister Lonas and I went out around Terrebonne for a while too. We went to the most beautiful park there and just walked around contacting. We met so many nice people and had some GREAT experiences. One woman, I went up to her and started speaking French.... when she said the best thing ever: "Do you actually speak English? My French isn't the best" Yes I speak English! Haha I was so grateful to hear that request :) So we had a great talk. We asked if she or anyone she knew might be interested in hearing more. And then, straight up she just said, "yeah, I think i would be." haha it's kind of sad when your initial response from that is "what??? ARe you sure?" (haha don't worry I didn't actually say that out loud ;) ) But really though.... people never say that here. So she seemed really interested. Apparently just the other day her son had been asking about Christ. So that was cool :) We also met a very nice JW... so that's fun :) She was so sweet though. She stopped US. (which also never happens ;) ) to tell us she just really appreciated our modesty and classy appearance. Like a warm hug when most people won't talk to you once they see your nametag. So that was nice. The Terrebonne sisters actually have an appointment with her this week... so we'll see if that goes anywhere. :) But yes, that was a strange day. We only spent an hour or two in our area that night, but still had some good experiences. 

Yesterday was Canadian Thanksgiving. We were initially worried we were going to have a very long day with no appointments and no food... but then we ended up being stuffed all day (although not with Turkey dinner :( ). We did service in our Bishop's garden in the morning... which is WONDERFUL! I loved it so much. And then I did some barefoot gardening, which made my heart happy. It's been way too long since my bare feet touched the dirt ;)    *** ( I just have to insert a mother's comment  here... The thought of Heather gardeniing barefoot just made me smile...I can just picture that scene so well...that is Heather for you..loving life and making the  most of it!! )       Really, it was wonderful though. I could do that all day every day. And it was the most BEAUTIFUL day. so unusually warm for this area in the middle of October. But I loved it :) We had a bbq with them after the service, and then had a little lesson as well. So nice! And they're one of the few quebecquois families I can understand... so that's a plus :) After that we stopped by a member's house. He fed us two different kinds of chocolate costco cake. I felt so sick. Haha but he was such a funny guy, and we shared a thanksgiving message out on his back deck. Seriously that weather was AMAZING. To die for :) We went contacting after that for about an hour. You never know who you're going to have success with. A little hesitantly, we began talking to a guy who was sitting out in the sun drinking a beer. He was so nice though! And we ended up talking for quite some time with him and his girlfriend. Didn't want to hear the discussions, but it was a great contact nonetheless. Haha I feel weird with how much I actually love contacting. It's actually one of my favorite things ;) I just love all the people we talk to :)
We then had a dinner appointment. Holy cow we were full Eating almost constantly since about 1:00. That was lovely... I was going to explode. And then we had an FHE with a family... and of course they gave us dessert at the end of all that. So that was an adventure. The FHE was great though. It was with the Ri  and the Vallées (a member family). So great. We had a huge lesson with the Ri last Thursday.. where we really tried to help them understand the importance of reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. Vi (the dad) seemed very willing to rededicate himself to reading. So this was a great night :) I LOVE their family. Seriously the sweetest people ever. I just hope they'll choose to be baptized. Agency is a hard thing. Sometimes I just wish I could plant my knowledge and testimony on everyone I met. Not easy waiting for them to listen and accept it ;)

But life is wonderful, as usual. I really do love being a missionary. I feel SOOOO blessed to be here right now. In this beautiful area with these wonderful people. Really it's such a blessing. I love you all and am praying for you! Thanks so much for your love, support, prayers, letters, etc. It means SOOO much. Again, I love you!
Love,
Soeur Heather Shelley
p.s. The good thing about an earlier Thanksgiving is that I feel more justified about listening to Christmas music now ;) haha so I'm slowly working to convert Sister Beaumont to the idea... gotta love Christmas :) 














6:00 a.m.  The beautiful view as we run in the mornings! I LOVE the run we do :)







Cute little house along the river, surrounded by trees :)





Friday, October 9, 2015

First week in Canada!! :) - Mascouche

Tuesday, September 29, 2105 7:00p.m. :Tuesday night we received a very short email from Heather letting us know she had arrived safely in Montreal.Her brief email captured her enthusiasm:

Just letting you know I made it safe and sound to Montreal. P-day will be on Monday :) I'm so happy here! FRENCH!!!!! It's amazing :) I'll talk to you then though :) Love you!
Sister Shelley


October 5, 2015

Well...

 I am in Canada.  I'm speaking French.  Life is good :)


I love it here so much

The people are so kind,
my companion is wonderful,

 the weather is sublime (for a short time... I'm bracing myself for the freezing cold that's soon to hit)

.All the leaves are changing.

 We have Canadian Geese and beautiful rivers across the street from our apartment.

 It's beautiful here. I'm in an area called Mascouche... it's just north of Montreal. It's a beautiful area.

The members are so so nice. We've been trying to work a lot with them to do their own part in missionary work.
Quebecquois is.... very interesting... haha I definitely have a hard time understanding it. Some people more than others. But there are some older people I can't understand at all ;) So that's interesting... it's going to take some getting used to. But I LOVE speaking and hearing French. It makes my heart happy :) I'm fighting against the quebecquois accent though... I do not want to acquire that accent. It may be inevitable though. It's hard when I'm trying to improve my accent, but that's the only accent to hear. It's tough. Haha

But my companion and i have been trying to speak more French together, which is good. We try to speak French when we're outside of the apartment, which is great... each night I come home still thinking in French. So that's good. Definitely tough though.... but I love French so much. I'm so happy to be speaking it.

My companion is great. Her name is sister Beaumont. She's from near Vancouver and is lovely. She just barely finished training. But her French is amazing because she did the immersion program growing up. So that's great :) It's been good getting to know each other better this week.

So... not a ton of time to write, but I just wanted to talk about a few people we've met this week.

The Ri family... they are WONDERFUL. We went to dinner this last week at their house. We had big plans for the lesson.... role played a ton and I was so excited. We were planning to aim for setting a baptismal date with them, which would have been wonderful. But the circumstances at dinner weren't as planned. We ended up helping make tortillas... which was awesome, but took over an hour. So our dinner/lesson appointment ended up being a 3 hour dinner appointment. No lesson and we didn't get home til after 9. But  Saturday night we ended up going by again, which was a wonderful miracle visit. We had stopped by so many houses after conference, but noone was available. All of our appointments had fallen through and we were starting to wonder what we were going to do with the time left in our day. We ended up stopping by at the Ri home... it was great. Vi (the dad) went to Priesthood (yay!), so Jac and her two girls were just at home. They invited us in to join them for pizza and poutine. It was great because Jac has previously been more distant and less open to us I guess. So it was wonderful to have some time to just talk with her. She opened up a lot to us. Sister Beaumont ( my companion) shared the scriptures in Moroni 7 about Charity... the perfect thing for the conversation we'd been having. It was a simple visit, but it really was a miracle that we were able to stop by and have such a wonderful visit. There really was a reason for everyone else to be unavailable that night. 

We also had some really great visits with some inactive members yesterday between sessions. They were so open to us and so kind.Everyone here is kind. Even those who tell you they're not interested at all in what we have to say... they're all super nice and polite about it. So I guess that's nice ;)

 But it is frustrating how many people just close their doors after hurriedly saying they respect all religions but are not looking to change. Seriously that's every single person. It's just sad though... knowing we do have the restored gospel, and knowing how much happiness the gospel could bring into their lives. It's tough. But we're still going to do our best to bring those who will listen :) That's why members are so great... they can get their friends and family to listen a lot easier than some random missionaries on the doorstep. So family: PLEASE help them missionaries! I realize now how important members are in the work. They really are so so important. Be willing to help the missionaries. Talk to your friends. Be willing to share the gospel. The missionaries can't do it all alone. We need the help of the members :)

Sorry that email's all over the place. I wish there was more time to describe all the adventures we've had. I love you all though soooo much! Keep strong this week and don't forget about me.

Bisous bisous
Soeur Heather Shelley :)


Sister Hoffmann! We were only comps for about 2 days while traveling to Montreal and our last day in the MTC.But she's so wonderful! So sweet and so beautiful:)



President and Sister Patrick ,Sister Hoffmann and me


All of us ready to go out and serve! (these are all the missionaries I arrived with:) Yes, I know i look extremely
black...i promise this isn't the norm. I just grabbed the thickest sweater nearest the top of my suitcase when it was cold. :)





Welcome to the Canda Montreal Mission!!



Montreal on our first day! A bit rainy and dreary.But we stood here and President read the words of Doctrine and Covenants 4...these are the people we're ready to convert.:)






Sister Beaumont and me with President and Sister Patrick :)


Companions:) Already sporting our coats (wonderful finds from the missionary clothing bank at the mission home,,,that saved my life. I was not prepared to jump right into cold weather after 90 degree weather last week!)




A lovely church in Mascouche!


hehe...we set the tiimer so we could get a cute picture of us in our Sunday attire :)


Just to show the view out our balcony...there's a beautiful river just past these buildings...It's amazing with the Canadian geese on it and the pink clouds refelcting at sunrise. We go running past here some mornings. It's amazing! :)