Meredith in Montreal

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Month: October, 2015

1 yr on mission update October 27, 2015

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To start, guess who has been out on their mission for a full year? ME. Exciting and frightening at the same time.
Monday we had a good p-day looking for winter boots for my companion. This is always such a long process. Tuesday we spent a little extra time cleaning our apartment because a member of the Seventy, Elder Christoffel Golden, was coming to our mission and told us he would be inspecting apartments. No one ended up getting checked, but our apartments looked great at least.
The next day was our Zone Conference with him and his wife. It was definitely a unique experience to spend about 7 hours with a General Authority. I thought we would spend the majority of the time talking about missionary work, as in Finding skills, Teaching points, etc., but we ended up spending most of the time in the scriptures studying the Plan of Salvation. The Spirit was very strong.
Thursday we served in the food bank and Friday we had some good lessons, one with Emilie and one of her friends that she invited to meet with us. We also taught another investigator who is really beginning to open up to us. Because she is barely 17 (and not almost 18, as we thought), we will have the sisters in her corresponding family ward teach her.
Saturday we met with a less-active member and the Senior missionaries in our ward for lunch. We love our Senior missionaries so much!! Also they have a car and they kindly drive us places.
Sunday was stake conference. I used to think the way returned missionaries would talk about their mission presidents was a little weird, but now I totally understand. I feel so proud when I hear President Patrick and Sister Patrick speak.
I love you all!

Meredith’s mission update Oct 19th, 2015

It’s getting a little nippy outside again.  Monday commenced with my first Canadian Thanksgiving! Not much different, except that I was in Canada. A member of our ward invited us to have dinner at her house, and her mom is a professional caterer, so you can imagine the quality of the food. My mouth is still watering as I think of the pork tenderloin we had. Mmmm…

At District Meeting the next day we had some more information about the temple Open House laid out for us. Pretty excited about that! The elders in our ward will be taking over our areas for the week we are in Montreal, so they will be rather busy. Later that day I was on the bus trying to talk to a girl next to me. It is rather rare to find people on the bus that aren’t wearing headphones, and she wasn’t, so I was excited to talk to her. We had a conversation, and she asked me what church I was a missionary for. I told her, and she asked about the services and said she would come! That was great, and so needed, because we are struggling to find people to teach.

Thursday was Ottawa Mission (the food bank) and then we saw Nelly, a recent convert. During our lesson a girl was watching. She asked if we did “Bible Study” at uOttawa (where we were) every week at the same time. We said yes, and she asked if she could join the next week. Such miracles!  Friday I discovered that Tim Horton’s sells pumpkin spice donuts.

Saturday was Emilie’s baptism! It was small and perfect for her. Her dad came to support her, and we were able to have a lesson with him and her together before the service. One of the people who was asked to give a talk said she couldn’t and so Sister Arizmendi and I did one together completely from the Spirit. It turned out ok.

Sunday we found out that Emilie had another medical emergency that made it so she couldn’t get confirmed. It was sad, but we will keep on going! I love you all!

Meredith

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/open-house-and-rededication-dates-announced-for-montreal-quebec-temple

https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/collection

Meredith’s mission update Oct. 13, 2015

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Last Monday was a typical P-Day, except that we went to a butterfly exhibit at Carleton University. When Sister Arizmendi and I got there we were almost immediately swarmed by two other teams of sisters that also decided to come.
The days after consisted of us trying to find more people to teach and preparing E for her real, actual, going-to-happen-in-real-life baptism. We also had training for how the sister missionaries will help out with the Montreal Temple Open House. We will not be giving tours members will do that, but we will be hostesses for the intro video and the reception room. The standards are very high. Our mission president and his wife told us that we have to dress every day like we were going to see President Uchtdorf.
I love you all so much!

Fall in Ottawa -update Oct 5, 2015

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The butterfly exhibit

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This week has been rather nice. I do love the fall here. I have realized that while it is a bit more chilly, I don’t actually miss the humidity and sweat that accompanies the summer. The moment I felt the first gust of fall air in September, I knew I would be loving life in October. And now here we are!
As it happens, I am on my twelfth month of being a missionary. Can you believe it has been that long? I cannot. People on my mission have told me I have changed but I feel like that may be wishful thinking on their part haha. I feel quite the same. I just can’t believe how fast time has gone, though in reality, it actually has felt like a long time since I was home. I can’t say truly that it felt like “just yesterday” that I stepped on the plane to Provo.
Conference was so amazing this week! I got so much out of it, for me and for the people we are working with. Our area is going well, though because some investigators have dropped us (in so many words…) we are going to be focusing more on finding people to teach. Emilie is doing well and is fully recovered. She read all of For the Strength of Youth and loved it. She also watched all of Conference!
The elders texted us and gave us a referral of a less-active. He wants to strengthen his faith. We had a powerful lesson with him on Friday.
I love you all so much!
Meredith
PS. My scripture to ponder for the week is Matthew 6:11 🙂 http://classic.scriptures.lds.org/en/tg/b/177

Meredith’s mission update — 9/28/15 Staying in Ottawa

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If this post looks familiar it’s because I’m reposting it to see if Meredith’s Facebook settings changed. 🙂

Sept 29th is the 11 month anniversary of being on my mission!

So, in the transfer call this week we found out we are both staying in Ottawa! I am so happy to be staying with Sister Arizmendi in Dows Lake. There are so many things we have left to do here!
This week we mainly tried to prepare Emilie for baptism. However, opposition decided to make an appearance and she fainted on the street, hit her head on the ground and had a concussion. This lead to subsequent amnesia, and she couldn’t remember her family. She told us the morning after (her dad reminded her that she was getting baptised that weekend), and thankfully we were still able to meet with her. We watched the Restoration video to jog her memory. The day of the baptismal interview she was able to complete it without problems, but the day after she told us that her parents told her they didn’t think she and her family were in a good condition for the baptism because they also had contracted the flu. So we are postponing it.
A miracle happened though and out of the blue a girl contacted us. She had found our number on Mormon.org and wondered if she should go to the YSA or family ward. She is 23, and had just moved to Ottawa for school. We asked if we could meet with her, and she said yes. We found out that she had met with missionaries in Vancouver after a returned missionary friend had talked about the gospel with her. She had always been searching for truth and exploring difference religions. We are teaching her now, and she came to church on Sunday! She is super nice, and everyone thought she was just visiting from another ward.
The area is doing well and we see miracles every day!
I love you all!
Meredith

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Update 9-28-15 — Staying in Ottawa!!

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If this post looks familiar it’s because I’m reposting it to see if Meredith’s Facebook settings changed.  🙂

Sept 29th is the 11 month anniversary of being on my mission!

So, in the transfer call this week we found out we are both staying in Ottawa! I am so happy to be staying with Sister Arizmendi in Dows Lake. There are so many things we have left to do here!
This week we mainly tried to prepare Emilie for baptism. However, opposition decided to make an appearance and she fainted on the street, hit her head on the ground and had a concussion. This lead to subsequent amnesia, and she couldn’t remember her family. She told us the morning after (her dad reminded her that she was getting baptised that weekend), and thankfully we were still able to meet with her. We watched the Restoration video to jog her memory. The day of the baptismal interview she was able to complete it without problems, but the day after she told us that her parents told her they didn’t think she and her family were in a good condition for the baptism because they also had contracted the flu. So we are postponing it.
A miracle happened though and out of the blue a girl contacted us. She had found our number on Mormon.org and wondered if she should go to the YSA or family ward. She is 23, and had just moved to Ottawa for school. We asked if we could meet with her, and she said yes. We found out that she had met with missionaries in Vancouver after a returned missionary friend had talked about the gospel with her. She had always been searching for truth and exploring difference religions. We are teaching her now, and she came to church on Sunday! She is super nice, and everyone thought she was just visiting from another ward.
The area is doing well and we see miracles every day!
I love you all!
Meredith

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