Meredith in Montreal

Letters and Photos from Sister/Soeur/Hermana Hanna

Month: May, 2016

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.