Meredith in Montreal

Letters and Photos from Sister/Soeur/Hermana Hanna

Month: June, 2015

Meredith’s mission update 6/22/2015

Monday we started off with a Family Home Evening at a members house. We prepared the lesson and they provided the treats! It was really fun.

The next Wednesday we had a miracle. We had thought to talk with a member family the Sunday before, to ask if we could come over and share a message with them. On Wednesday they called and asked if we could come over right then so we could talk with one of their neighbors. We had a nice discussion with their friend and he agreed to meet with us again.

Thursday we continued working at the thrift shop where we have volunteered before. They agreed to let us wear our nametags so that made us really happy!

Friday a girl in the ward (the same one we did hair and makeup for graduation) invited us to play soccer with some of her and her brothers’ friends. It was really fun (mostly because they were all about at my level of soccer) and we shared a spiritual thought with them afterwards. Member missionary work! You can do it! After that we painted a closet for Chimene our investigator and then had a lesson.

Saturday at soccer we were joined by some Italians who probably could go pro if they really wanted. Crazy.

Sunday we were invited by a member family to have dessert with a former investigator friend of theirs. We shared a message based on families, and I may or may not have shed a tear when I talked about my parents 🙂
I love you all so much!

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Meredith’s mission update 6/15/2015

Montreal zone conf photo

Monday was our Jour de Preparation. I finally got a bag after my old one broke from falling off my bike all the time. Tuesday we visited some members and one of our investigators texted us back and said we could meet with her. She even answered the scripture question we had sent her a week before to remind her of her commitment to read Alma 32. Unfortunately it was the only time we were able to meet with her all week, but it was a great lesson on baptism that she hopefully will keep in her memory. Her baptismal date is the 4th of July (because we need some sort of celebration) but it may change.

Wednesday was spent walking up and down the streets of our area trying to talk to people. Thursday was Zone Training, which gave us a chance to drive to Montreal and soak in the city life before returning to the banlieu (suburbs). As it happens though, our area has a rather popular old town. People are always there at night, in between the bars and the cafes and the cremeries (I’m not sure if this is unique to Quebec, but there are so many seasonal cremeries and bar laitiers for eating ice cream. Literally one on every street corner). We also had two lessons in the evening.

On Friday after Planning we had a lesson with Chimene! She wanted to go through the Gospel Art book so 6-8-2015 Chimenewe did that and talked about the stories that went along with the images.

Saturday was our favorite — soccer. I’ll probably be pro by the time I get back. Some of my saves were not entirely disappointing this time. The leader of our team told me to just kick the ball as hard as I can, no matter where, so I suppose I will do that.

Sunday we had church of course. I played piano in Relief Society (who knew that “Called to Serve” was such a difficult song? I felt so embarrassed that I, a missionary, had a hard time playing it). After that we passed by some families and had a lesson. It seems odd, but I really have had a lot of special experiences in playing piano for the ward. I don’t play well, but I am so blessed to show a simple service to them and they are so patient to let me play. I know that with my piano, and in life, Heavenly Father makes up for our imperfections and shortcomings if we are trying with sincerity to love others and do His will. And as we use our talents, He will increase them and inspire others.

I love you all so much! Thank you so much for all your support and all your prayers and thoughts on my behalf. It means so much to me that I have so many good people cheering me on when times are good and bad. My family and friends are always in my prayers! You are all wonderful!

My mission update of June 8, 2015

Monday we helped someone in the ward move and then we went to a lesson with Chimene. We brought with us a member who was part of the “Original 12” missionaries that were sent to Haiti when it was opened for missionary work. He loves speaking Creole and was so excited to talk with Chimene and her son. It is amazing how fast the church has grown in Haiti, opened for missionary work in the 80s and already with a temple in plans!

The next day was so fun! We had a short lesson with Nelcia and then went over to do the makeup and hair for the graduation of one of the Young Women in the ward. We had offered to do it earlier in the month and she actually took us up on it! Sister Willis did most of the hair and I did most of the makeup, and she looked SO pretty. She liked it so much that she asked us to do the makeup for her Prom in two weeks. Later that night we went to Ward Council.

The next day we had District Meeting and practiced using the book of Mormon more in Finding situations. We had a lesson with an investigator and she ended up taking us out for ice cream in her little red convertible. We had our lesson while walking around the park in the old town at sunset. What a lovely memory.

6-3-2015 maple ice cream

Thursday we did community service, but they don’t want us to wear our tags so we might not go again. Then we planned for the week and taught a lesson. On Friday we had a lesson with an investigator. Later in the night we played volleyball with the youth. We were supposed to help them out with a bike relay but the weather was unsavory so we stayed in the building. It was fun to get to know the youth better, it brings me back to when I was a youth and I thought missionaries were wandering holy men with an unlimited and unending knowledge of the scriptures. How time has changed.

The next day we were supposed to do soccer but the people who usually come were distracted by a soccer game on TV and didn’t show up. Sunday we passed by some members as all of our appointments didn’t go through.

I love you!

5-18-15 skirt

Meredith Mission update June 1, 2015

This week started off well with a lesson with our investigator Chimene. We read with her and discussed 1 Nephi 5. We do one lesson of reading with her along with two normal lessons.Tuesday we helped some people move, and I got my mail for the first time in about a month! Mail doesn’t come often, because it only goes to the mission home, so it is like Christmas every time someone goes to the island and comes back with packages and letters. After that we had two lessons, one with a little boy preparing for baptism and one with a less-active family.
Wednesday we realized we were without enough kilometres for the rest of the month. We have a limit and because our area moved from the town we live in to a couple towns that are about a half hour away it is easy to use a lot of kilometres. But we decided to take over the elders’ area for a couple days until June started to save what we could to be able to drive to the church building on Sunday. Quebec is a hard place to dress for, the weather changes all the time. Perceiving that it would be cold because of the rain in the morning, I wore tights, a heavy skirt, and rain boots. Unfortunately, it went to about 90 degrees in the afternoon and I was dying as we walked around the city for about three hours, talking to as many people as we could.
Thursday we had a decision: leave to go into our area and proselyte for the day or teach a lesson in a different town to our investigator the next day. We chose the latter. We were planning on just walking around until randomly someone in the ward asked us to help out in a bike relay for the next week, assuming we had bikes. We made a call to a missionary who used to serve in our area and she told us that yes, indeed, we had bikes, but they had been outside all winter and were fairly rusty. Anyone who is in my immediate family knows I am not a bike rider. I never really learned how to ride a bike without training wheels. I absolutely never ride bikes at home. I probably know how to surf better than I know how to bike (note:I don’t surf). I digress, but you get the point.
We drove home and discovered that one of our keys unlocked the bikes. Then we had to get to a store to get tags to make sure that our bikes wouldn’t get taken away for charity as per our landlord’s instructions. So we had to bike about 15 minutes away in the rain. I was terrified and I zigzagged everywhere but with a lot of prayer I got through it (with a lot of bruises, mind you). Sadly the lovely bag I bought for my mission did not make it.
Friday after Weekly Planning we had dinner with a family and taught our lesson.
Saturday we had to get to soccer. It was HOT. And humid, because Quebec. We were breathing in as much water as we were sweating it out. We started biking to a member’s home so that we could drop off our bikes there. They were so kind and oiled our bikes and gave us ice cream as we changed into soccer clothes. Their son decided to come with us to soccer so we sped off. Imagine this, family and friends: I, Sister Hanna, biked up a hill to play a sport that I’m not good at, and I enjoyed it. Missions definitely push you out of your comfort zone. Because it was so hot everyone was pretty languid to say the least. At the end we biked back to the member’s house but entered in right before a huge rainstorm. We had to stay inside with them for a bit and they fed us dinner. We love our members! When the rain subsided we biked home and contacted in the area.
Sunday we went to stake conference in Montreal (no we didn’t bike there). Then we went to a baptism for a little boy. His family had invited a lot of non-members and I got to practice my Spanish!
It was a great week! I love you all!