Meredith in Montreal

Letters and Photos from Sister/Soeur/Hermana Hanna

Month: January, 2016

Meredith’s mission update Jan 25, 2016

Monday we did the usual things.  However, heading to an appointment after Preparation Day ended, I looked behind me after I got off the bus and my companion was gone! I spent a frantic 10 minutes looking for her, sat at the bus stop alone, then decided to head to the appointment and ask the recent convert if I could use her phone.  Someday walking alone will be normal again. I got to the library on campus and there she was! She had gone the opposite direction after getting off the bus, and then she couldn’t find me. Another crazy thing this week was when we were rushing out of the house to get to an appointment. We went to the library to check the address, went downtown, and then at the bus stop I realized I wasn’t wearing a skirt.  I was wearing a shirt and leggings (to keep my legs warm) under my knee-length coat, but missing was the skirt to complete my missionary outfit.  🙂 We quickly stopped at the mall and got a dress then went to the appointment.  Otherwise this week we taught some lessons and stopped by to visit members.  There was also a missionary broadcast, which was great, and we served at the homeless shelter.  Then we had a zone conference –that most hallowed of days that comes only once every two transfers:  Eight hours of edification, a free lunch (in this case there is such a thing), and mail!
I love you all!

Meredith’s mission update January 18, 2016

On Monday we had a pretty usual P-Day, except that we also got some Beaver Tails. I have found that all the heavy food at the beginning of my mission that I could only have about once every three months is now becoming very easy for me to eat often. I don’t know what that means…
Later we had Family home evening with a person we’re teaching.
Tuesday my companion had a doctors appointment and then we stopped by to see some people.  Wednesday we had some good lessons and spent time talking with students around the uOttawa campus. Everyone is very nice and busy. But then so was I as a university student.
Thursday we did service at the Ottawa Mission and Friday we had a packed schedule with a lot of lessons. It was a great day.
Saturday we had a lesson earlier in the morning, then a dinner with the family of a former member of the YSA ward. He’s over 30 now so “aged out” of the YSA Ward 🙂  Sunday there was a potluck and a re-broadcast of the CES fireside with President Nelson and his wife speaking. I love you all!
Meredith

Mission update Jan 11, 2016

The end of my mission is seeming more and more near…I got a call today from the mission office about what airport I am flying into when I go home.  This phone call is known to missionaries here as the “death call.” My sister training leader told me to expect it soon, but I was thinking like in-the-next-month soon.
This week was a great week. I feel so much love for the people here and so grateful for every day that I can spend serving them. On Monday we went to see a potential investigator at what we thought was his apartment, but it turned out to be some sort of Catholic shelter for refugees. They told us he had left earlier, away from the shelter and wasn’t allowed to come back. Utterly perplexed, we went home.
Tuesday we had a great lesson with a member who is coming to church again.  We planned a movie night to see “Meet the Mormons” with an investigator at a member’s house, which was fun. We had lots of junk food so it felt like we were at a very edifying video party.
Wednesday we stopped by to see several former investigators. Thursday we finally met the potential investigator we tried to see Monday from the Catholic shelter.  He was leaving that day to move to Montreal. It was a great lesson though, and he is already in contact with missionaries in the YSA there.  Later we went to Ottawa Mission to serve food. The spaghetti was delicious. Friday we went on exchanges. I went to Gatineau and my companion stayed in Ottawa. I had probably some of the best poutine of my mission on that exchange. It was called “ptit cochon” which means “little pig.”  I don’t know if that is making reference to the pulled pork on the poutine or the fact that you look like a pig eating it. In any case, it was delicious.
Saturday I came back to Ottawa, always good to be back!
I love you all!
Meredith

Meredith’s mission update Jan 4, 2016

Happy New Year!

Monday we had a mad rush to get everything done, but I was able to write letters and clean so I consider it a success. We had a lesson with an investigator that lasted maybe 10 minutes because we had another lesson right after.  Maybe a record for shortest lesson on my mission. On Tuesday we had a huge snow storm, huge. We were practically swimming in snow. It hadn’t really snowed at all before, just a faint dusting at the beginning of December if I recall correctly. We planned for about a half hour extra of commute time between everything we had planned just in case. So many cars were stopped on the road, stuck in snow banks.

Wednesday they got most of the sidewalks and roads cleared, thank goodness. But all of our appointments canceled 😦 So we made do and contacted some former investigators. Thursday we served at the food bank for New Years Eve. Everyone asked us if we had plans for the night, not knowing of course that as missionaries we have to be home by 9 and in bed by 10:30 haha.
The next day we woke up and it was 2016! It is so odd to think that my whole year has been spent as a missionary and away from home, and even odder to think that at some point in this year I will leave my mission and never be a missionary in this way again. Once again, our appointments all canceled! But it was expected because everyone was probably getting over all of their celebrations.
Saturday we went to a baptism in Orleans. It was great. And Sunday was great too. The only downside to the cold I think is that my face is feeling very raw. I love you all!