Happy Monday! :)
Sorry again for last week's crazy email.. I didn't really get to talk at all about S's baptism. It was a pretty intense week, really trying to work with her to be ready for her baptism, and to be worthy and stay worthy before and after. The word of wisdom was definitely hard for her to overcome... But it's amazing to see her faith since she's been baptized. Satan's trying so hard on her to get her to slip up. There are definitely a lot of stresses for her right now (we helped her move this weekend! :) ). But she's so set on keeping those covenants she made. She kept saying how she knows she made a promise to God, that she knows she has to live up to those covenants. She's amazing. I still just feel so blessed to be here with her :)
We had a crazy night just a few days before her baptism. She has several important medications, after having had a heart attack several years ago. Because of other things going on, she hadn't mentioned to her husband that she needed her medication, so they hadn't budgeted it into their week. So she found herself waiting a few days with no medication. She was pretty tired Tuesday ( of last week), but was doing okay. Wednesday night was probably the scariest night of my mission. We went to see S in the evening, and she was so shaky and could only whisper. We walked back to sit in the kitchen, and had to catch her as she almost fell down. She'd been feeling alright earlier as she'd been pretty relaxed and resting... but then she got up and decided to do some laundry, packing, and other things around her house. Her blood pressure had shot up SO HIGH. She described the heaviest feeling in her chest. We were pretty terrified. We asked the Elders to give her a blessing, but they were having a really hard time finding another man who could accompany them to her home (it was the first night in weeks that her whole family happened to b egone...). Finally the Elders were able to come and give her a blessing... and it was amazing the peace we all felt. S described how much the heaviness lifted at that point, and that she felt the most peaceful calm come over her. After that she slept so soundly until she was able to take her medication in the morning. It was absolutely amazing. Definitely such a powerful experience, and strengthened our testimony so much of the power of priesthood blessings, prayer, and the healing power of Christ's Atonement. Miracles have definitely not ceased.
Sandra was able to be baptized, and it was really just a beautiful beautiful day. She was so filled with the spirit, and her family was really touched as well. And Sandra's been an amazing member already.. so excited to teach with us, and be a ''sister'' to all her ward family :)
I love her so so much and am just happy to be teaching her :) It's amazing how much her life has changed since we met...
This week was also great. We had a lesson with HYacinth, after almost a month of no lesson. A convert in our ward, brother Holland, came with us. It was an amazing lesson.. it was amazing how much more HYacinth opened up, and the spirit we felt. WE're really hoping to get working more with her and help her feel the truthfullness of the restored gospel. We've definitely seen the power of bringing members to our lessons this week... so I encourage you all to go out and teach with the missionaries. I know I was terrible at this before my mission, but I've repented and have plans for after my mission for sure :) But really, there is power in having members there to testify and share experiences as well. I love the members here in Greenfield Park so so much :)
Well, famille et chers amis :) je vous aime, mais le Seigneur encore plus. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Keep looking for the hand of the Lord in your lives. Look for those miracles he gives each day. I know he does lead us along, and we grow so much closer to him as we look for his hand. I love you all. Make good choices and remember who you are :)
Soeur Heather Shelley
Up on Mount Royal with our district.
Our freezing apartment...;(
The baptism book we made for Sandra,,,,with pictures and notes from everyone there :)
Sandra loved her book!! :D