Meredith in Montreal

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Month: May, 2015

Meredith Mission update 5/25/15

Monday we had dinner with a member and shared the family mission plan.

Tuesday among other things we taught a lesson to a new investigator! She is Haitian and has been through a lot of tough life experiences that have led her to seek Heavenly Father’s guidance. We taught her the first part of the Restoration, and we invited her to baptism! She accepted a date and we are so excited! Later in the day we had Ward Council.

Wednesday we had District Meeting and later a dinner appointment with a member family. Thursday was a little more of the same thing.

Friday after planning we taught a lesson to a little boy who is preparing to get baptised (notice my fancy Canadian spelling of “baptised.” If I don’t write it this way it says I misspelled it).

Saturday we shared the Because He Lives video to a family and taught a lesson to Chimene. She came to church the next day with her son, which is really exciting! I played piano again, this time with barely any practice beforehand. It turned out ok.

I love you all so much! I found out that my companion and I are staying together in our area for another transfer! Yay! I really dislike leaving places.

Love,

Meredith

Meredith update of May 18, 2015

Monday besides the usual P-Day activities (emailing, shopping, and so forth), we mainly went contacting in a part of our area. While we were at a McDonald’s trying to talk to people (yes we do this) we were having surprisingly no success. Shortly before we were supposed to head home, the janitor came up to us and told us he knew everything about our religion. This is an interesting thing for anyone to say about anybody’s faith, but he went on to tell us about a Cegep (Cegep is the mandatory school level here in between high school and university) class he took about religions and how he knows about Joseph Smith, etc. It turned into an interesting discussion, and we were able to give him a pamphlet.

Tuesday was mainly finding activities, although we had a great meeting with our Relief Society president. She told us things we could do to help with Visiting Teaching in the ward and some of the needs of the sisters. Also (please don’t freak out everyone) I dyed my hair red! I was just curious and so I dyed it a dark reddish brownish color. I like it but I am looking forward to seeing my natural color soon.

Wednesday was Zone Conference! Yes one of those hallowed days in mission life where we are both spiritually and physically fed (for free!). Anyone who hasn’t looked at the Hastening the Work of Salvation website on lds.org and watched some of the videos really should. Yes, this is an invitation from a missionary (and not just because my awesome mission president is in a lot of the videos). Zone Conference took most of the day, not including the travel time to get back home when the elders accidentally led us off course.  My mission president is the Stake President in this video:  https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2013/06/a-spiritual-work?lang=eng&query=victor+p+patrick

Thursday we got a referral. Friday after Weekly Planning we taught a lesson! It was so amazing! We found her under the Potential Investigators list and finally someone was at home! She agreed to have three lessons (in our mission we are trying to have shorter but more frequent lessons now) this week and come to church next week! YESYESYESYESYESYES! Honestly a miracle. And she became almost best friends with the member we brought with us.

Saturday we helped out at a garage sale and then played soccer. I comfort myself during soccer time with the thought that I have many talents, and while I may not be able to face weathered soccer players on the field, I have definitely played some Bach and Beethoven on the violin. The only thing is, I make things worse for myself with the squeaks that come out of my mouth when the ball is coming near me. Super embarrassing.

Sunday we had church, and I played piano again! It went well, and a member told me he had been praying for someone who can play piano to come into the ward. So nice of him! We had a great dinner with a member and had some delicious chocolate fudge cake that can only be experienced to be described.

I love you all!

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Meredith’s mission update of May 11, 2015

I don’t think I ever understood the saying “April showers bring May flowers” until my mission. It is so beautiful in Quebec right now, with all of the green and the flowers that have been hidden under slush for so long. We had several days of actual heat, which was bizarre for me.  I actually wore short-sleeves! It is definitely humid– sometimes I feel like I am wading in a bath when we are outside. However, today it is currently raining and a little cold.

Monday was just the usual Preparation Day, but Tuesday we had service all day and were rewarded with grilled meats and vegetables and a lesson with an investigator! I can’t think of a better compensation. Later in the night we had Ward Council.

Wednesday after District Meeting we met up with the Young Women’s president and discussed the needs of some of the girls. We had a miracle when on Thursday we saw one of the girls she was talking about out on a walk alone. We pulled over and asked if we could walk with her.  It was a lot of fun.

Thursday we did service again, and again on Friday we did service with the bishop’s wife. It was so hot. Literally, I was drenched in sweat for most of the day. Also, my companion and I have noticed a sudden propensity of mosquitoes which are in great abundance in our area because we are next to a river. Bleh.

Saturday we stopped by a member’s home to do a follow up on the Family Mission Plan. They fed us ribs and ice cream and then the daughter showed us her ball gown for the Quebec equivalent of Prom. It was so beautiful! It brought back all these memories of the dances I went to, getting ready and being so excited. We also played soccer. It was hot, sticky, and pouring rain which made things fun. I did ram into one of the elders though and formed quite a nice little bump on my forehead.

Sunday being Mother’s Day we got to talk with our families, of course! It was so nice even though I definitely used a lot of tissues. I love my parents so much!!

I hope you are all having a good week!

Love,

Meredith

Mission update of May 4, 2015

Last Monday we learned how to knit with a member for P-Day. I have currently knitted a significant portion of the slippers I am hoping to make. Many people here have dozens and dozens of knitted slippers in baskets so that guests have something to keep their feet warm after they take off their shoes. Tuesday we did some pass bys and did some knocking. It is amazing how some people will completely open up about their lives after just saying hello. Sometimes this is a bad thing.
Wednesday we had District Meeting and did some service for one of the elders’ investigators.
Thursday we had our unit interviews with the elders, the team interviews with companionship, the personal interviews, all with our mission president. It was really good to get feedback and training and also to vent. We had a lesson with an investigator and a Family Mission Plan lesson with a member.
Saturday we once again did service and we played soccer. We always have so many people playing soccer– members and non-members– and the majority of them are really, really good. Thankfully they are all super supportive too, which must be hard because of all sports I’m probably the worst at soccer, and of all pass-times, I am the worst at sports. But every time the ball comes near me they are always yelling,” You can do it hermana!” After soccer we taught a lesson with a member and our investigator Chimene. She promised to come to church the next day, and we were so excited!
Sunday was church and we had gotten a ride so Chimene could go. She called the ride and told her she would be coming later, and we were a bit nervous. But in the middle of sacrement meeting Chimene and her son came walking in! It was awesome, and the members did a great job of welcoming her.
The weather is actually at a point where it is hot! I, for the first time since I started my mission, am not wearing tights! Quebec is beautiful, and I have loved seeing the progression from winter to spring. I love you all so much!