Monday, August 29, 2016

LONGUEUIL July 25, 2016 "LOVIN' LIFE"

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!






















Friday, August 26, 2016

LONGUEUIL July 11, 2016

July 11, 2016

Hey, sorry, I don't have much time today.
But things are going great. We had another exchange this week with our lovely Spanish sisters. I was with Sister Mayora from Mexico. I love her. I love exchanges. It's just fun to be able to learn so much from the other missionaries we serve with :) There's always so much to learn and grow...

Also, President Philips is here! We had some meetings with him this week, and he's so great. We had a mission leader council on Thursday, then a zone conference on Friday. His family is wonderful. I'm so excited to work with them. I think having the change is giving us even greater motivation and desire to serve even more diligently :) I can feel my vision being raised, which is pretty exciting :)_  I think we'll definitely see lots of miracles as our mission is gaining a fresh and enthusiastic vision for things to come here in Quebec. I really am so excited. 

Things are going well here :) Happy as usual... I can't believe another transfer has flown by. Transfer calls are this weekend. I love Sister Beaumont... my goodness I hope we can stay together at least one more (although I feel like I say that with every companion  ;) I'm just feeling very blessed.

I also wanted to invite you all to read this talk by Elder Bednar :)

It definitely taught me a lot this week about trusting in the Lord and submitting our will to him.
I Know the Lord loves us and is watching over us. He knows each of you personally. He wants you to pray to him and open up to him. I know he is able and willing to bless us with miracles whether or not in the way we expect.
I love you and pray for you!

love
Soeur Shelley




                                                          Sleepover party in the kitchen! :D





                                                               Bohemian beauties.




                                  Yes, I did my hair myself... my nice German hairdo! ;)