Monday, December 16, 2013

Alma 29 :)

Mum, PahPea, Family and Friends!!!

OH MY GOODNESS, HI!!!! So here's the thing, I love you all so much. seriously, so much!!! I can't express just how much I love you all. I wish I could but nope. I sure can't. :) Speaking of people I love so much...ahem...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSIE SHEPHERD!!!!!!!!! :):):) I hope you have the most fantastic birthday in the whole wide world!!!! You're the greatest! eyup. eyup you are. :) Love you Jessie!!

Well, I know that there's SO MUCH you would like to know about, so let's dive right into....
1.  TRANSFERS....what's happening?
Sister Williams is going home :( I am staying here and going to be with a new sister training leader sister Edwards. I hear she is awesome but I have not yet met her, but I sure am excited!!!:)
2.  Christmas phone calls - Skype again???  Do you have specifics yet?  (Approximate time of day, how long you get to talk, etc....) 
Eyup, we are skyping again, of course, if you'd like to, of course:) We don't have specifics yet because we didn't want to make plans in case i got transferred. We'll get specifics for this week and let you know next week for sure:)
3.  Ornaments - approximately how many have you received?
oh yikes! I forgot a picture. of course I would do that. I've probably received about....50. yeah, that sounds right.
4.  Are you attaching pictures of your "tree" today?  (hint, hint!)
eye sowwy........
5.  Have you been able to contact Musa?
sadly no. Because of the busy season, we're going to contact him after Christmas. We'll keep trying to get him to church :)
6.  Are you staying warm?
Eyup :) I seriously think I should become a professional at layering to block ontario wind. I'm getting pretty good at it. :) Thank you so much for all the scarves and tights you've sent me, I seriously appreciate it, more than you'll know unless of course you move to Ontario Canada.:)
7.  I know upstate NY got dumped on with snow this past week.  Did you see much in Toronto?
We sure did! We didn't get a ton but they did cancel church. In all honesty, not really sure why, we were all really confused about it, but we were able to go to the weston ward instead and there were 18 missionaries there!! crazy! haha so glad that we're in Toronto so we can go to a church service in another area:)

8.  The highlight of my week was when...
We taught David about the Plan of Salvation and he accepted it immediately! The light of Christ that came into his eyes was incredible!! 
9.  With Sister Williams going home this week, I feel...
Super sad to lose her as a companion yet super excited to hear about the impact she is going to have around those back home, because she definitely is a spiritual giant!:)
10.  I laughed so hard when...
a cockroach ran through our kitchen and we were on followup calls with our district leader elder leonard and we screamed super loud. and then we grabbed our roach spray and sprayed it thinking it died. then a minute later, it jumped super high and we screamed again. poor elder leonard. we probably burst his eardrums. haha SOO funny!
11.  I'm so excited about...
BEING COMPANIONS WITH SISTER EDWARDS!!!:) ooper dooper excited:)
12.  This week I went on exchanges to (inset place) with (insert who).....
Both here in Etobicoke with Hermana Reid and Hermana Barron
13.  The best thing about going to the Caldwell's for food is....
Just being around Sister and Elder Caldwell! They are going home next week so I'm glad we got to spend time with them before they left. They are so great, I just love them both so much!!!:)
14.  When we attended our Ward's Christmas party, we....
Divided and conquered and talked to every person there, including the 15 nonmembers there! I love church activities, there are so many opportunities to talk to SOO many people!!!:)
15.  My favorite Study Session this week was....
I was reading Alma 29 and putting myself in Alma's shoes. I was thinking about how sometimes we wish that we could be in a certain place or doing something specific with other specific people other than what we're doing at a certain time, but then are awakened to the purpose of right here and right now. Alma was awakened to such when he says that he wants to share repentance and the plan of salvation to all because he knows them to be true. But then he realizes in verse 6 that because he knows this, he's foolish to wish to be in another place, in another state, for to this spot is where he'd been called by God to labor in his vineyard. "Now, seeing that I know these things, why should I desire more than to perform the work to which I have been called?....therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true. I know that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy." How incredible it is that we can look at where we are, right here, right now and know that we're here for a reason! We can learn from every spot we're here and in every spot, there is a way to share the Gospel. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have of the truthfulness of this gospel and the opportunity I have to share it at this time here in Etobicoke and now with Sister Edwards! So excited to continue to learn more and more!!!:):):)
16.  I am so grateful for....
All of you. seriously. so much.
Consecration to the gospel of Jesus Christ
Sister Williams. goodness I love her...
Well I need to go, and always remember, The Church is true!!! Every ounce of joy I have is stemmed from the Restored Gospel of our Savior, Jesus Christ! and it can be for you too, if you let it! Everything comes through experience, and I can testify that experiencing life as a disciple of Jesus Christ and then consecrating yourself to it will either solve or give you the strength to conquer every worry, trial, and hardship in your life! I testify that Jesus is, indeed, the Christ! He was born, He died, He rose, and He lives all because He loves us!! It is only through Him that we can find peace and absolutely assuredy of the truth of this restored gospel! Remember, it's either all true or it's not, and I testify it is true!!! and I get to share it alongside of you, oh, how GREAT is our calling!!:)
Love for now and for ever,
Sister De Groot :)
Missionary Invitation: Let's play "share your favorite scripture about the Savior's birth with someone that you love" :) I'll do it too!:) I love you so much!!! have a wonderful week!!!

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