Monday, May 30, 2016

The big, fat cat!


Well, the first week of the transfer is officially over and it went by way too fast! We had a busy week, and it was awesome! Last Monday, we had a lesson with one of our returning members. We taught him about the first vision, and it was a very powerful lesson. I felt the Spirit so strong in his lesson, (one of the strongest times I've ever felt it before) it was such a neat experience. The only problem was the returning member has a very fat and mean cat. I was sharing my testimony and then the cat jumped up on my lap and started digging his claws into me. It kinda ruined the moment, haha. :) 

We have three other returning members who are getting ready to go to the temple this month too, so we've been doing a lot of work with them lately to help them get ready to go. It's been amazing to watch them progress and to watch their faith increase as they prepare to enter the House of the Lord!

Sister Hunter and I received a big answer to our prayers on Saturday night. We have an investigator who we love so much, but we've been really worried about her. On Saturday, she asked if we could come over so she could talk to us. I was really nervous she was going to tell us that she didn't want to meet anymore, but actually she really opened up to us and told us about the things she's been struggling with. It was so powerful! She also asked if we could help her make the arrangements so she can get a priesthood blessing. It made my whole day! We were so excited when we left that we both started crying! It was such a great experience!
I love you guys!
Sister Dille

Saturday, May 21, 2016

I'm Staying in Brockville!

Hi Everyone!

It's the end of the transfer already!! These past six weeks have flown by, especially this last week, because we were super busy! We taught a lot of lessons, we had several service projects, we had skills and interviews, and we went on exchanges with our Sister Training Leaders.

We had a really cool lesson this week with our investigators who are deaf. We've been struggling to figure out a way to teach the Plan of Salvation simply, but this week, we were finally able to make it through the entire plan while teaching it simply so they can understand. It was so amazing! At the end, we invited them both to be baptized, and they both accepted the invitation. It was such a powerful lesson!

Exchanges this week were super fun! Sister Hunter stayed in Brockville with Hermana Mousley, and I went to Oshawa with Hermana Smith. We had such a busy day, but it was so much fun. We pulled some weeds for an elderly lady in their ward, we talked with some really neat people, and we taught some lessons to some really amazing people. I learned so much from Hermana Smith! The hard part about exchanges in Brockville is our Sister Training leaders live over three hours away from our area, so we spend a lot of the exchange driving. I think we spent almost eight hours in the car in two    days! :)

I had my first Skills and Interviews yesterday. Skills and Interviews is a zone activity where a couple of the companionships do instructions and you also get interviewed by the mission president and his wife. Sister Hunter and I gave one of the instructions on setting people with baptismal dates. It was really cool, and we learned a lot from the other missionaries.

Last night was transfer calls. The assistants start calling at nine, and they can call you all the way up until 10:30. It was the longest hour and half of my life, but...I GET TO STAY IN BROCKVILLE WITH SISTER HUNTER!!! I'm really excited for the next six weeks!


Sister Dille

Monday, May 16, 2016

Time Flies!!!

Hi Everyone!

This week flew by! I can't even remember what we did!

We have senior missionaries now in Brockville (the Hatches)! They're awesome! They came on Tuesday and we took them around to visit some of the members and returning members. They're a lot of fun and we are so grateful to have them. They always bring us cookies when we have meetings, so that's a bonus too, haha. :) We had our district meeting in Smiths Falls last Wednesday. While we were meeting, someone was tuning a piano in the other room and it was so flat it was driving us nuts! Afterwards, the Hatches made us all Navajo tacos. To get up to their apartment, we had to cram into the smallest elevator I've ever seen! We had six missionaries squeezed into a little tiny space! 

We have a returning member we're working with who's doing so well! When I first got here, she wouldn't even pray in front of other people because she was so shy, but in the past two weeks, we've been taking her teaching with us and she has grown so much! Yesterday at church, she prayed out loud for the first time, and now she even wants to give a talk in Sacrament Meeting and teach a lesson in relief society! The coolest part of it all, is that she is now preparing to go on a mission! It's so amazing to see how missionary work helps people increase their testimonies!

I hope you all have a great week!
Sister Dille
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Learning Sign Language

Wow, this week went by so fast! it was such an amazing week, and we saw so many miracles! The week kind of got off to a rocky start, and we were a little bit overwhelmed and discouraged. We had an investigator preparing for a baptismal date on May 7, but we went over to his house to teach him, and he was standing outside with a bag full of all the books we had given him (Bible, Book of Mormon, etc.). He told us that he didn't want to get baptized or meet with us anymore. It was so sad to watch him reject the gospel, especially after seeing his faith grow so much! Sister Hunter and I talked about it though, and we decided that we couldn't let it discourage us, and we just needed to get back to work. So that's exactly what we did, and we've seen miracle after miracle!

Yesterday was, by far, the best day of my mission. After branch council in the morning, we walked into the chapel and two of our investigators were sitting on a pew waiting for us. We were soooo excited to see them. We've only taught them twice, but we love them so much. It's so much fun to teach them, because they're both deaf, so we really have to simplify because our sign language is extremely limited. The branch did such a good job of helping them feel welcome, and we taught the members how to say things like "how are you," "my name is," and "thank you," to them in sign language. It was such a great day, and there was such a strong feeling of love during church.

This week, my appreciation for the Plan of Salvation, and the Atonement that makes it all possible has increased so much! I am so grateful that even when we have hard days, the Atonement is there to strengthen us. I am also so grateful that because of the Atonement, death has no sting, and the grave has no victory. One day, we will again be able to see all of our loved ones who have passed on. This life is not the end. Our loving Heavenly Father has a perfect Plan for His children, and this life is but a small part of that plan. I am so grateful for the knowledge we have that we will be able to see our beloved friends and family again!

I love you all and you are in my thoughts and my prayers!
Sister Dille
Skyping on Mother's Day!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Baptism on Saturday

The transfer is halfway over already, and I can hardly believe it! We've been so busy and time has flown by! We taught over twenty lessons last week and it was crazy!

On Saturday, one of the little boys in our branch got baptized and two of our investigators came to watch. They both really liked it and it made them even more excited for their baptisms. On Saturday, our investigator Larry had his baptismal interview and his baptism is on Saturday. He is super excited and he's really starting to love reading in the Book of Mormon. His faith and his testimony have grown so much these past three weeks, and watching him change has helped my own testimony to grow.

We had exchanges last week with our sister training leaders. It was a lot of fun, but we spent a lot of time in the car! Our sister training leaders are from Oshawa, which is over three hours away, so there was a lot of driving back and forth. I stayed in Brockville and Hermana Mousley came with me. I learned so much from her about being patient and about the importance of sharing my testimony when teaching. Since Hermana Mousley is a language missionary, I also got to do language study with her for a bit. I didn't really know what was going on, but it was still fun. :) 

Last night, we had a very powerful lesson with one of our returning members. We were teaching him the Plan of Salvation, and we decided that we should read D&C 76:22-24. As I was reading this scripture and testifying of it's truthfulness, I felt the Spirit so strong! I am so grateful for the knowledge we have that our Savior truly does live, and that through Him, we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. I know that He really does live and I know that He is with us in every trial we face. I know that He loves you all!

I hope you all have a great week!
Sister Dille
Sister Hunter and me!