Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Second to Last Email!


Ha this past week has been AMAZING!!! Banff was awesome. We'll definitely have to come back up and go to it as a family, absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately BC is like on fire right now, so we weren't able to go to some of the main things that we wanted to go to... and the smoke was horrible, but it was so fun to be out in the mountains again. Seriously so nice.

Anywayyyy, like I said this week was great! 

Jacob-- we had an awesome lesson with him. We were really struggling on what we should actually teach him, then clear as day the talk from the last October conference  "Am I good Enough, Will I make it?" came to my head. So we read that with him. That was perfect. He has been super struggling with just like life, family, school, pretty much everything. Breaks my heart. But we just had a good discussion about how God loves us and he isn't a "merciless referee waiting for any chance to throw us out of the game." The Spirit was so strong. He was crying. His fellowship was crying. It was great. After the lesson we asked how he felt and he said he felt better. So that was good.

The high point of my week was definitely Sunday. It was the best. So one of the priests that we were working with in our ward gave his farewell talk! He's heading to Winnipeg next week. That was pretty cool. Then, one of the guys we've been working with in our YSA ward got the Melchizedek priesthood. He invited us to come to his ordination. That was pretty cool. After everything was all done, both of his parents came up to us and thanked us for everything. That was pretty special.

Sabrina-- she leaves tomorrow for Australia! She's gonna be there for a month! So said goodbye to her yesterday, saddest day ever. She really is so amazing. She's already contacted people out in Australia so that she can go to church, and she said that she's going to take her cousins with her. Solid member missionary.

Tuan is still doing great. We just finished up with the new member lessons, so that's exciting. He's also moving his records into this Mid-singles ward that they just created. So that'll be super good for him.

We were able to do quite a bit of service this week. This super sweet, old lady in our ward passed away. We helped at the funeral, which was a huge job!! I have never seen so many people at a funeral before. She really was an amazing lady who did a lot of good, so I can see why there were so many people.
We also helped a couple people move. Which was super fun. 
Not much really else to tell. Other than I just love being a missionary. Honestly it's the best thing in the world. 
Super weird how fast the time is going by. I don't really know what to think right now, but gonna make these days worth it!!!
Love you lotssssss!!

scripture of the week: Alma 13:28-29 -- Be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering. Having faith on the Lord; having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life; having the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his rest.

quotes of the week: "Don't fear, just live right." --Neal A. Maxwell
"If we are not able to be "all in" the way we are presently walking, then maybe we need to run.; maybe we need to recalculate our route. We might even need to make a u-turn. We might need to study more intently, pray more earnestly, or just let some things go so we can hang on to those things that really matter. We need to let go of world so we can hand on to eternity." --Elder Gary B. Sabin

Love you all so much! Have a blessed week :)

Sister King

Thursday, July 20, 2017

What e're thou art, act well thy part

So I'm apologizing now for the quality of this letter, we're heading to Banff in a little bit so I only have just a little bit of time to tell you what I've done this past week.
The Drabbles gave me a shirt for Canada day :)


Zeyu again

Ma girl Sister Dewsnup

This is Hamish-- he brought us Saskatoon berries.

17 monthssssss!!!! (this is Elder Johnson-- sat by him on the plane ride here)

Ha so we did service for this lady that has like a bunch of super cool things, super expensive!! And she said that we could take anything.... what did we choose? Matching Nevica jackets.

 Amy and Daniel are the greatest. Got me shoes for my "going away gift" :)

First off, so we found out that Zeyu doesn't live in our area... bummer. So we did a pass off lesson with him this week, you could tell that he was super apprehensive about it but took it like a champ. Sad that we won't get to teach him any more cause he's awesome, but we did have an amazing lesson so that was good :)

Our week was super busy, but I loved it. We had zone conference on Thursday which was amazing, as they always are. The theme of it was a quote from David O. Mckay-- "What e're thou art, act well thy part."  It was a super awesome meeting. President and Sister Miles are just the greatest human beings ever. However we just got tiwi put into our cars... so that's been interesting. Ha but we're handling it. Did I tell you that I get to drive this transfer? Normally you don't drive your last transfer but Sister Romo got into a car accident down in Brooks, so that makes me the driver. But anyway, so at your last zone conference they have you bear your testimony. And it's like what in the world do you say?!? I've been studying, learning and growing for the past however many months and they expect me to be able to sum it up... oh well we did it. 

Tuan is doing amazing!!!! HE is seriously so awesome. We had a great lesson with him this week-- we've been teaching him at the Stake President's house and that's been great. President Craig is like one of the most knowledgeable people ever, so we just had a discussion about the temple and ordinances and stuff. Spirit was super strong, and Tuan still just goes to the temple like at least twice every week.

Sabrina-- She's still doing great. She comes with us to lessons-- we're actually teaching one of her friends, which is amazing. And get this, she wants to serve a mission!!! How amazing is that?!? So we're just pumped about that, it's a long way from now but we're still excited. Also, she is leaving for a month to go to Australia this week.... so saying bye to her is going to be the worst thing ever.

The rest of our people are doing pretty great. Nothing else really to report. We're just going out and trying to find some more people right now, which is like my favorite thing in the entire world. So we're just still working.

Sorry that's like the worst email of my entire life, but we're getting ready to go :) I'll be sure to send a bunch of pictures next week.

Anywayyyyy, love you all and hope you have a great week.

Scripture of the week: Alma 7:15-- Yea, I say unto you come and fear not, and lay aside every sin, which easily doth beset you, which doth bind you down to destruction, yea, come and go forth, and show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with him to keep his commandments, and witness it unto him this day by going into the waters of baptism.

Quote of the week: "Don't take counsel from your fears." --Bishop Surdu (at a YSA fireside)

another one cause why not? -- "Through our faith in His atoning sacrifice, the Savior cleanses us, heals us, and enables us to know Him by helping us become like Him." --Elder Grow

Love you guys :)

Sister King

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fast and Find

Hey hey hey!!!!
Holy shnikeez, can't even believe it's already pday! What an eventful week, don't even know where to start.

Ha okay let me start out with a fun miracle-- we went and were helping at a BBQ for the Calgary Stampede, they were doing a little raffle drawing and all of us volunteers got to put our name into the drawing. There was one thing that I wanted, this awesome animal blanket. It's super sick. So we were just talking to a bunch of people-- have a few solid potentials (which is another miracle in and of itself), then I heard it, they said my name over the intercom and I won the blanket. It was legitimately  the best moment of my entire life. So ya, this is what dreams are made of, told you that miracles are happening.

The blanket I won... I told you that it was amazing!!

We woke up this morning and there was a cat in our living room.... ha I about died laughing.

The Andersons came up from Taber a little bit ago and gave me this amazing shirt "Happy, happy, happy.
 Ask my why?.... I'm an Auntie" Aren't they just the cutest?!?
Sister Zuidhof came to see me a little bit ago and I forgot to send the pic. Seriously the best person of my life...

Ha but as for the actual good stuff miracles there's a bunch of those too! So our mission did this mission-wide "fast and find" from Thursday to Friday. We all fasted that we would be able to find some more people to teach.  Then on Friday (which just happened to be the hottest day of the week) we all were out from 2-5 knocking on doors, street contacting-- just out and about talking to literally everybody we could see. It was awesome. Forgot to put on sunscreen, sorry mom. But I'm good! We knocked on a bunch of doors! Like it was awesome. We gave out a couple Book of Mormons and have a bunch of potentials that we're going to this week. It was awesome.

 And there were definitely so many miracles happening throughout the entire mission, super cool!! Just a couple of the people that we talked to-- Carey, this cute young mom that has 1 year old twins. We talked to her as she was getting out of her van, talked to her about how families can be together forever and she invited us to come back :D YAY! 

And another one, we were up tracting in our family ward-- kinda the wealthy part, we thought that we would use our faith to go to that area cause we need some work there, but we ended up tracting into this YSA age dude, Jordan. He was just getting ready to go to work but we bore a quick testimony to him and we're meeting with him again tomorrow. 

Then get this, we got a phone call from the assistants, they had some other missionaries on the phone with a referral for us. They met this guy, another guy named Jordan, who has some friends on missions and was hoping to read the Book of Mormon before they all get home, he was super excited about meeting with missionaries!! YAY, serious miracles people! Hoping to meet with him sometime this week as well. Also, finding is like the best thing in the entire world. I love it.

As for our people that we're working with, we met with David and Jody last night. David is the retired Marine, less active member, and his wife, Jody, is investigating. We had a super awesome lesson! David likes to talk... like a lot. And he also likes to play Devil's advocate. Which makes for some super interesting lessons... but anyway he was kind of going off an a rant and the spirit was like "ASK HIM ABOUT THE PRIESTHOOD!!!" So loud and clear. So I interrupted, honestly have no idea what he was talking about, and asked him if he had a testimony of the priesthood. He got silent. Which for him is unheard of. He sat there and thought for a second and he said yes. He said that he has had revelations with the priesthood and that he knows it's the power of God. So then I asked him if he thought that getting a priesthood blessing would help with the questions that he has, and again he sat for a sec. Then said it probably would. So... we're gonna try and do that this week. I just thought it was super cool.

We met with Samantha this week as well, she's finally not sick anymore :) We taught her the Restoration and that went so well! Before the lesson she had asked us why there were so many churches, and after the lesson she told us how everything just made sense. We asked her if this was something that she thought would make her and her family happy and she said that she knew it would. She's so amazing!! Can't wait to see what happens with her.

Jacob-- Jacob is still on date for the 22nd of this month.  :) We had a really good lesson with him. We read the talk with him called "Perfect Love Casteth our Fear" and that was super powerful. He is such a smart guy and has so many questions in every single lesson, this time I think something was a little different. He understood everything and didn't really have any questions. It was just great.

Yesterday was amazing!! We had a pass off lesson with our zone leaders for a girl named Nyahok. The Elders have been teaching her family, but she's the only one really progressing and she's YSA age, so we all went over. And we brought Sabrina with us :) Turns out her and Sabrina are actually friends and we got to talking about baptism and Sabrina pretty much taught the whole thing. She just told her all about her baptism and the spirit and how she came to the decision to be baptized, honestly it was the neatest thing to be able to hear how solid Sabrina is and seeing how it was affecting Nyahok. So that was a super awesome lesson and Nyahok is on date for the 29th of this month :)

Miracle after miracle, I'm telling you. God is good.

Quote of the week: "When you pray with faith, you will feel God's love as His spirit speaks to your soul. No matter how alone or uncertain you may feel at times, you are not alone in this world. God knows you, personally. As you pray, you will come to know Him."
 -Elder C. Scott Grow

Scripture of the week: D&C 93:1-2 Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandmants, shall see my face and know that I am; and that I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

Life is good. I love being a missionary. This gospel is true and it's the only thing that will bring us true and everlasting happiness. Sharing that is the best thing in the entire world.

Love you all :) Hope you have a great week!!

Sister King

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

True North Strong and Free

HAPPY HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!! God bless America!! Seriously though! Canada doesn't really know how to party. It was Canada Day on Saturday and let's just say that Americans are a lot better at celebrating than Canadians, however it was still pretty fun!

Happy Canada Day!

This week has been awesome! Me and Sister Romo are really working hard-- so that's awesome! We've mainly been meeting with people in our ward so that Sister Romo can get to know them, but we've also had some really good lessons with our investigators.

Stampede Breakfast

Saying bye to Ceri-- she went to Australia and won't see her again before I leave :(

My favorite person ever, Daniel

Zeyu-- we met with him yesterday. He's doing awesome! He has been reading the Book of Mormon and just has so many questions. Yesterday we taught him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This one is one of my favorites to teach because as missionaries we are here to "Teach Repentance and baptize converts." So teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is great cause you get to teach all about repentance! Repentance is like the best thing in the entire world! He really enjoyed the lesson as well. We brought up baptism with him and he said that he needs more time but that he thinks this is a good thing for him. YAY!

Jacob-- Jacob is still doing great. He wasn't able to come to church cause if was the long weekend for Canada day but I'm really excited about the way he is progressing. He's still on date for July 22nd-- so that'll be here before we know it :)

Karl-- okay exciting news here!! KARL IS ON DATE!!! wahoo! We taught him the Restoration and that went super well! At the end of the lesson we were talking about how God loves us and there are things and tools that he gives us to help us be happy, the spirit was straight up like "INVITE HIM TO BE BAPTIZED ON SEPTEMBER 16TH!!!" It was super clear. So went for it, and he accepted! Ha and September 16th is a Saturday too. Pretty neat.

Since it was Canada Day we got to help at some breakfasts. The stampede is coming up though so there are going to be a TON of breakfasts and bbqs going on. Pretty pumped for that.

Funny moment of the week: woke up the other day and Sister Romo asked me if I remembered what I was dreaming about and if I knew that I sleep talk... ha I had no idea. She told me that I taught her a lesson in my sleep. HA! I guess I've been a missionary for a while. But I just thought that was pretty good.
ANYWAYYY this week was super awesome and we have a pretty good week ahead of us. The time is just flying by! Hope you all have an awesome 4th. 

Quote of the week: "He wants us to reach out and take firm hold of the iron rod, confront our fears, and bravely step forward and upward along the strait and narrow path. He want this for us because He loves us and because this is the way to happiness." -President Uchtdorf

and "The Lord promises to direct our paths, but for him to do that, we have to walk, trusting that He knows the way because He is the way." -L. Whitney Clayton

I would highly suggest 2 talks from this last conference. Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear, and Whatsoever He saith Unto you, Do it. They are awesome!!

Scripture of the week: 2 Nephi 4:34-- O Lord, I have trusted in thee and I will trust in thee forever.

Hope that you guys all have an awesome week! I love you lots and think about and pray for you guys all the time.

Love you lots,

Sister King :)