Meredith in Montreal

Letters and Photos from Sister/Soeur/Hermana Hanna

Meredith mission update May 24, 2016

This is the last p-day of my mission. I can`t actually believe I am writing this email, because every missionary sort of imagines the end of their mission and how they will feel. I am trying to think about the moments of my mission, what I have learned, what I have experienced, and I can`t describe it because it has been both the hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done. If there is anything that I feel happiest about that I have acquired it`s an increased testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The fact that there is someone who understands me perfectly and loves me perfectly, who will forgive me of any mistake if I repent, brings me so much hope. That is what motivates me to continue, because I know that He trusted me enough to come out here because He knows our potential. He has never given up on me, and I am so thankful for it.
I love the people of my mission. They are my family that I had to come all the way to Eastern Canada to find! I know that I will always remember them and their examples. This beautiful part of the world is my second home because of them.  I love you all!
Sister/Sœur/Hermana Hanna

“You know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves.

Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.”

Doctrine & Covenants 123:16-17

 

 

Meredith’s mission update May 19, 2016

Hi! I was so busy on p-day planning out appointments for the end of my mission that I forgot to write home! My mission president said I could send something out quick to let you know I am still alive, in case you were wondering. I am doing fine, although I have been waking up every morning for the past 3 weeks at 5am, and then I can’t sleep. My mind wasn’t registering that I was going home, but now it seems that I am thinking more about it as this is unbelievably the last full week of my mission.  Hopefully, I’ll have more time to write next week!  I love you all!

“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.”

2 Nephi 31:20, the Book of Mormon

 

 

Meredith’s mission update May 9, 2016

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Receiving my exit letter at the mission office

Hello everyone!  We had some great dinner appointments with some awesome members this week.  One of the things I will definitely miss coming home from my mission is all of the amazing Haitian food! I don`t know how I will be able to survive without fried plantains and black rice.

On Wednesday we went to an appointment with some recent converts as usual and we were surprised there by one of my friends from the MTC who is now home. She came back up to Montréal with her family to see some people. So that was really fun! It is weird to see my mission friends in pants…
That day we actually did two member exchanges, which is really easy to do since we are a trio. It just means that a sister goes with a member to teach investigators so that the team of missionaries can be in two places at once. Thursday was an ordinary planning day.  Friday was our first exchange of the transfer. We had a great lesson with our investigator Nestor. There was a cool moment when he asked a question, and immediately a chapter from the Book of Mormon that I have always wanted to share with an investigator came to my mind. I later found out that it came to the mind of my two other companions as well. Unity! The next few days were lovely, including talking with our families on Sunday! I love my family so much and can`t wait to see them!

 

Meredith’s mission update May 2, 2016

 

This week has been a little hectic. My companion left, and she was replaced with two companions!  It only serves to remind me that my days are numbered. Monday we did as many touristy things as we could for her last preparation day. We went up Mont-Royal, walked around Old Montréal, and went to our favorite food places. Tuesday we visited a lot of people so she could say good-bye.

Wednesday I met with my 2 new companions.  The sisters who entered the MTC with me were waiting in the mission office to go home.  That was a little weird because I wasn’t going home with them.  Normally I would have gone home on April 28, but I extended my mission for 1 month, so I’ll be leaving at the end of May. Surprisingly, seeing the sisters waiting to go home didn’t affect me all too much. I am happy to be able to extend my mission!
The next few days we figured out how to merge two areas — mine and the one of my companion. We have a lot of people to work with, a lot of whom are really progressing! I love you all!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Doctrine & Covenants 4:  1 Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.

2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.

3 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;

4 For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;

5 And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.

6 Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.

7 Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.

 

 

Meredith’s mission update April 25, 2016

This week we finished up the exchanges and for my last 4 weeks as a missionary I am technically switching areas and getting not one but two new companions. I am staying in the same ward but they are shutting down the area I came into and merging it with another area. Other than that the week was quite nice. We continue to try to talk with every stranger we come in contact with and eat anything labeled with “saveur d’érable.” I was going to move apartments and had finished most of my packing, but then the mission office informed me that I will not be changing apartments after all.

I am amazed by how the Lord wants to help us in seemingly small but important ways.  He knows more than we do, and all we really have to do is follow the Spirit. We were in a situation the other day where we had to choose between two people to see. We had planned to see one person, but we had gotten a bad phone number from him although we had set up an appointment. The other person seemed more likely. Logically, it seemed like we had a clear choice, but I felt something telling me that we should see this man who had given us a bad number. We went and saw him, and he is now an investigator with a baptismal date. I remember a Sunday school teacher saying that if you follow the Spirit you will have no regrets, and I have found that that is true, every day.

I love you all!!

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3 Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.

4 Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.

5 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.

Book of Mormon, 2 nephi 32:3-5

Meredith’s mission update April 18, 2016

obligtory mtc map photo 12-9-2014On Monday among other things we enjoyed the drizzly weather around Cote-des-Neiges. Later we had some delicious Haitian food at a members house (although I have never actually had Haitian food that was not delicious). Tuesday someone gave us a bad address and we walked across literally our entire area to find it. Then someone wasn`t there for our appointment. After though we had dinner with our bishop`s family so that made up for it. Wednesday we were extremely busy all day, and I started MyPlan, which is a program for missionaries in their last six weeks to prepare for normalcy.  It is quite fun.
On Thursday we had another very busy day with lessons and planning. Friday I was on exchange. We visited a lot of people. It is starting to get warmer, and we are taking advantage of it! On Saturday I was on another exchange, this time with the companion I had in Ottawa for six months. It was fun to be companions with her for one more day! Sunday we had stake conference. I was able to see a lot of people from Terrebonne, my second area. I love them so much!

As a missionary sometimes the love you feel for the people you have served with is so great that it is truly indescribable. I can`t express it, but I know that it must be because serving helps you feel Heavenly Father`s love for people in such a profound way. I love you all!!

Meredith’s mission updateApril 11, 2016

image.jpegThis past week I was mainly at home taking various medicines and trying to sleep. I do feel so much better though! We had two exchanges and the sisters that stayed with me just took care of me at home. It was very nice.  We had a Zone Conference on Friday, and it turned out well. I felt a little bad that I haven`t done a lot of real missionary work in the past three weeks. I know this week will be much different. I love you all!

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From Meredith’s mom~~We are so grateful that Meredith’s feeling better this week, and we thank you for your prayers and concern for her.  Following is a note from the sister pictured above who was in Meredith’s MTC group.  She is going home in 2 weeks and had an exchange with Meredith a few weeks ago:

“Had to take a picture with sweet Sister Hanna on our exchange. The whole 6 weeks in the MTC we talked about how one day we would be companions and then for our entire missions we were in separate zones until my last 2 transfers as she is now my STL (Sister Training Leader) and so for my last exchange of the mission, our dream came true and she was my companion for a blissful 24 hours 🙂 It was unreal being back together and realizing how much had happened since our MTC days. She is a fabulous person and missionary <3”

Meredith’s mission update April 4, 2016

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Monday we proselyted instead of having our preparation day because in Canada the Monday following Easter Sunday is a federal Holiday, so more people were at home and out and about. On Tuesday we had Preparation Day and went to a cute little market near our apartment to buy produce. It actually was a lot cheaper than the grocery store and they also had a lot of Québec maple products. The funny thing about it is that the market is a 24/7 outdoor market, which I have never seen before.
Wednesday we were on exchanges, and I got to be with a friend from the MTC. We always joked that we would finally get to be companions at the end of our missions, and for this one day that was true! We had fun reminiscing on our missions, which have been so different but perfect for each of us. Thursday I started feeling weak in the morning, which I tried to brush off but it kept persisting. My cough all of a sudden got awful, and during a District Meeting my companion and I were visiting I realized that I was not ok. I won`t go into my symptons but it wasn`t pretty. Unfortunately we had a lot of appointments, and so we arranged things so that I could stay with senior missionaries for the day and my companion could be with other missionaries. The next few days are a blur of not sleeping, vomiting, fever, and calling my mission presdent`s wife who is in charge of all missionary health issues. I am so thankful to my companion who has been so patient in nursing me to health, making me soup & herbal tea, taking calls, and being so understanding, and for the senior couple who yesterday let us watch Conference at their house and catered to my every need. I am so thankful for my mission presidents wife who is always checking in on me, and for the elders that put their suits back on at 10pm when the mission president asked them to come to my apartment and give me a blessing. I have never felt more dépendent on people in my life, and I have honestly never been this sick in my life either.  But I am thankful for this experience and that Heavenly Father puts such special people in our lives to Helen take care of us. Yesterday I actually got 5 hours of sleep so things are looking up. I love you all!

**Dear friends and family,  Please keep Meredith in your prayers.  As is typical, her email is upbeat and optimistic, but she has a bad case of strep throat.  She has been to the doctor, but she isn’t sleeping well because of coughing, congestion and her painful sore throat.  To top it off, as of yesterday she has pink eye.  Please pray that she can have a speedy recovery and get back to her regular schedule.  Thank you so much!!

–Meredith’s mom.

 

Meredith’s mission update March 29, 2016

This week was such a miracle. Even though I was sick for its entirety with the flu and bronchitis we were able to get out a couple times, and when we did we were able to teach five new people messages about Jesus Christ and the Easter season. The Lord really helped me to teach the lessons and to perservere until I could get home, where I just slept, coughed, and blew my nose.  It was a little sad because Easter time is a great time to be out visiting people as much as usual, but alas. It was also quite cold considering we are in the end of March. But things are looking up this week, and I am feeling a ton better! I am so thankful for the Spirit which makes up for the things we lack!

Don’t forget general conference this weekend!  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/04?cid=HP_SA_3-26-2016_dPFD_fGC_xLIDyL1-B_&lang=eng

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Meredith’s mission update March 21, 2016

imageBonjour chers amis et famille,

This week has been a happy barrage of the usual lessons, dinners, phone calls and everything else.  Plus, I also had my first sickness as a missionary.  I have never really had a cold, fever or cough during my mission, except for now.

As a missionary I spend a lot of time thinking about my Savior and His sacrifice for me and all of us.  During this Easter season especially I encourage each of us to “Follow Him and Find New Life” https://www.mormon.org/easter

Happy Easter.  I love you all!!

Love,

Meredith


Alma 7: 11-12

11And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

Isaiah 53:3-12
(Isaiah speaks about the Messiah—His humiliation and sufferings are described—He makes His soul an offering for sin….)

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 ¶Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10 ¶Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.