Wednesday, October 26, 2016

LONGUEUIL August 1, 2016

August 1, 2016

What a week. I feel that our theme scripture needs to be Alma 26... So many miracles being wrought in the land of Longueuil as we're doing more and more to put our trust in the Lord. We're working to improve our ablities to teach and to find and to love and serve. Our capabilities our expanding, but we need the Lord's help even more as we do so. We could be the best teachers in the world, but without the help of the spirit, people won't be converted. We could be great at talking to everyone. But without the Lord we might never find those who are actually willing to talk to us. But we're seeing those miracles as the Lord is placing people in our path.

This past week and in the coming week we're planning to teach more first lessons than I have during the rest of my entire mission. And what's exciting is that we're realizing now how much room we have to improve with our teaching skills. Definitely some humbling moments. The mission is full of those- when you feel like you're doing so well, then you're humbled and realize how much you really lack. We're working to humble ourselves and keep ourselves humble. But this week was wonderful. We had mission leadership council, and had some wonderful trainings and discussed how we can help the other missionaries get this direction, vision, and fire for the work. We had an awesome restoration role-play with the Phillips' son, who recently returned from his mission, and talked about how we can focus on the teaching simple and clear doctrines. It was a good reminder of how easy it is to complicate the things we teach. Then I studied alma 18 later in the week, and was even more inspired by Ammon's way of teaching king Lamoni... with his simple, direct questions, and bold way of teaching the doctrine of who our Heavenly Father is. So we've set some more goals of how to improve our teaching. Lots of good role plays, which I'm so excited for. I'm just starting to gain a love for role-plays finally :)

But I think the Lord is preparing us for those he has in store. Because last week several of our lessons fell through, and were instead taught this week. But because we'd been able to refocus on this need for simplicity the lessons went so much better and we were really able to teach the people in a much more meaningful way. So I'm excited to keep pressing forward and improving our ability to teach together. :)

We also focused a lot on the importance of using the Book of Mormon in teaching. So have been trying even more to use the book of Mormonn in every teaching opportunity, and testify with power about its truthfulness. As we do this, my testimony of hte Book of Mormon is increasing too. We've been reading the Book of Mormon with our zone, and it's amazing all we can learn from it. I don't know how many times I've read the Book of Mormon. But every time I read it I learn new things. I find things I never read before, and feel such a powerful spirit that confirms its truthfullness. I love the Book of Mormon :)

So just a couple new investigators... I don't have time to go into too much detail. But at least I can ask you to keep them in your prayers. Fabien, Pierre, Kathy, Ulrich, Genevieve, Megan, Emily, Allain. It's amazing to see all the people the Lord prepares, and humbling to see that he allows us to have a hand in helping them. I love this work and I love these people. I'm so excited to see the miracles the Lord has in store. And excited to see what happens with these wonderful people we have to teach :)
love you all! HAPPY WEEK!

Sister Shelley

                                                   Just a fun little pic from leadership council :)

Monday, August 29, 2016


July 25, 2016

Holy cow this email time is flying by today... lots of fun pictures and fun emails to read. I'll try to share as much as I can :)

It's been a great week. Loving life. We're definitely learning the magic of constantly finding people. Making that extra effort to make opportunities to contact more, and really just talking to everyone around us. Regardless of how scary they look or how late we are to an appointment. And we're finding so many people. Lots of potentials, and setting up lots of lessons. Too bad we don't have more sisters in our zone to do blitz exchanges with in our area, because we need two more of us to actually see everyone. Craziness. But oh so fun.

We had some awesome first lessons this week. And got to set some baptismal dates, too. What miracles :)

One was with a 20 year old from Africa, Ulrich. Sister Prince and I actually met him back in may I think, and we've been setting and resetting appointments again. Due to weird circumstances with the Greenfield park car getting hit in a police chase (crazy), we had a little emergency split. So I got to go teach with Sister Prince again! So it was just meant to be that the two of us went and taught Ulrich. Kind of crazy lesson, involving walking 20 minutes with him to go to the library for the lesson, in which I was the only one who actually talked with him (so kind of weird). But the lesson worked out. Invited him to be baptized and he accepted. Then invited him with a date, and he accepted. Looks like we'll be working to help him be one of our transfer miracles :)

We also had this interesting first lesson with our new friends .. so crazy! I had met them on splits with Hermana Mayora a few weeks ago, and honestly did not think they were actually interested. It definitely took some pushing and pulling to get them to open up and be willing to give us their number. But to my surprise the number was correct and he arranged for a lesson yesterday. We showed up with our member, and found the address was a tanning salon. I hoped we'd gotten the wrong address, but also thought he'd just made a joke of us. But then his wife inside waved us in. So we ended up having a lesson in the basement of a tanning salon in his office. She  at first said she was too busy to stay. Then she started to open up. Actually she started to talk pretty loudly and quickly and get pretty worked up. Talking about how if God really did love her, why would he let so many hardships come into her life. Why had he allowed both her parents to pass away from cancer? Why were her in-laws battling with the same issues. She just opened up and poured everything out. With some tears as well. And we really couldn't say a whole lot. But we were able to say just enough to testify of how the restored gospel will be able to bless her, to open up the Book of Mormon, and invite them both to read about the resurrection, and the atonement of Jesus Christ. The member with us was able to testify gently and powerfully. We were able to say just enough so that she gained that trust in us. Enough that she opened up and said, "now you girls are going to come back and see me, right". (Yes, after talking in French for an hour she let us know that she was American from New Hampshire... good Quebecois practice, though :)).  So she has her Book of Mormon, and we have a return visit set up where we'll hopefully teach more. Pretty cool, though.
We're working to make contacting a more powerful teaching experience.. To get the people talking and see what's important to them. As Sister B puts it, "dangle the carrot", give them something to bite onto. It doesn't have to be anything too fancy, but really just start from that first contact to teach the people, rather than just saying the same approach every time. Absolutely wonderful :)
So there's this week. Lots of good things, lots more good to come as we press forward to work on our goals :)
love you all!
Sister Shelley

Sunday, August 28, 2016

LONGUEUIL July 18, 2016

July 18, 2016

What a wonderful week. And what wonderful weeks to come. We are seeing miracles, and we're working to get them. Sister Beaumont and I will be together another transfer, and I'm so excited.

These last few weeks we've gotten a lot of trainings and other inspiring moments to really raise our vision. We had some good exchanges with other sisters. We've had success with our less actives. We're working hard to find new people, and have found more potential investigators. We are  really motivated with French and are determined to speak a lot more. And have been speaking together  all the time. We realize that this time together is a time that we really need to work hard. We are blessed with a wonderful friendship. We work really well together, get along, and are able to plan and teach so well. So we can let this be a point where we settle down and get content where we are, or, we can let it be blast off time and help each other push forward and become even more. 

So we've decided to do the latter. We set some awesome goals for this transfer and for our whole missions. We realized that we have this idea sometimes of what we want to learn, be, or become on our missions. But it's so easy each day of your mission to push off goal setting and not really push yourself. You can do the minimum and still do great things. 3 hours of scripture study, gospel lessons all day, praying 20 times a day. Not too bad in and of itself. But if we really want to become who the Lord sees us becoming by the end of our mission, there is so much more we can do. We have to push above the minimum, and do all we can to become his disciples. That's when we become consecrated missionaries. And that's where we really feel the joy, too :) So we realized we had all these ideas, and yes we've learned a lot so far. But before you know it you've got less transfers left than you've done. Before you know it your trainer has only 3 transfers to go... now's the time to star blast :) 
So after some humbling and down moments, we're ready to shoot forward. Don't think that all is smooth sailing and we're just sailing by. We definitely had those hard and humbling moments that have led us to get this perspective. (we're still working on humility... the Lord's going to get tired of compelling us to be humble) But we do have some good goals and I'm just excited to see where this transfer goes :) So pray for Sister Beaumont and I. We're just going to try to do our best :) 

Also, we had fun being innovative to use our talents this week. We ended up jazzing up some hymns and singing at a piano on one of the main streets here.. so fun. And good contacting :) Always trying to be creative.
Love you all!