Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Hello, Hello!

First off, I would like to share something very exciting that happened this week...I said 'eh' for the very first time.  We were teaching a returning member and it just slipped out.  Such a milestone, such a milestone!

Anyway, we are already on the last week of the transfer, and I can't believe it.  Time just seems to be moving faster and faster and faster.

We got to do quite a bit of service this week.  On Tuesdays, we go to the Bowmanville Older Adults Association and we help them make lunch for the guests.  They had a Halloween themed lunch, so we were serving lunch to witches, zombies, Indian princesses, gypsies, was pretty entertaining!

I learned something cool this morning while I was reading the BoM.  I was thinking about King Lamoni, his Father, the wicked Lamanites who were later converted, and other wicked people in the Book of Mormon who eventually accepted to follow Jesus Christ.  Then I thought about the scripture that says the word of God is more powerful than a sword and how in Preach My Gospel chapter 10 it says we need to have faith in the converting power of the gospel.  I realized that if the gospel could change people in the scriptures who were so hardened they were killing prophets and followers of Jesus Christ, then the gospel can change people who smoke, drink, curse, or who are just grumpy that we meet each day.  There are no limits to His power.

I hope you all have a great week!


Sister Dille

P-day at the corn maze

My crazy district at the corn maze

Helping Sister St. Croix put up wallpaper

Me and Sister Russell

This is literally my favorite picture ever! Isn't it lovely?

The Gauthier's

Since it's Halloween...we dressed up as eachother!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mary Poppins & Rolling Skulls

Fall is definitely here!  It's officially cold!  The sweaters and coats are out!!

We had a really cool lesson with one of our investigators last week.  She's nine years old and her parents are less active, but she really wants to be baptized!  We invited her to be baptized on December 10th, and she said yes, but then she asked if her dad would baptize her and the Spirit just came so strongly.  Her dad shared his testimony with her of the Gospel and both of them were crying because it was so powerful!  Now, the whole family is working on being ready for her baptism and they want to get ready to go to the temple!  The Gospel is truly amazing.

Last Saturday, Sister Snickers and I got to be the ushers for a stake play (Mary Poppins, which was really good)!  On the way home, we were driving down a street (I should mention that the wind was blowing really hard) and a skull rolled across the road in front of the car.  I freaked out for a second and then I realized it was Halloween, haha!

This morning, I learned something really cool from the Book of Mormon!  I was reading in Alma 17 about Ammon when he smote off the arms of the Lamanites who were scattering the King's flocks.  I noticed that when talking about the Lamanites, the phrase, 'who were not few in number' is repeated several times.  But even though there were many Lamanites fighting against Ammon, he still won the fight, because he was on the Lord's side.  I learned that one servant of the Lord is more powerful than many servants of the devil! There is power and protection when we stay on the Lord's side!

I love you all and I hope you have a great week!


Sister Dille

Me and Sister Snickers!

Switching Places

Fall is Here!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Posing Camels, Bees & Car Problems

Oh boy, oh boy do I have a good story for ya'll, but I'm going to save it for the end because I want to save the best for last.

Well, this transfer is halfway over and I can't believe it! Where does the time go?! Anyway, we had skills and interviews last Thursday and it was wonderful! President and Sister Shields taught us about the importance of not being commanded in all things. They taught us that if our area is struggling with something, study it in Preach My Gospel, and then get on our knees and plead for the Lord's direction. He said it's important though that we don't just sit around in our apartment until the answers come, but that we need to get out and work. 

After skills and interviews, we had exchanges! I went to Oshawa again, (I've had exchanges with the Oshawa STLs my entire mission) with Hermana Tyler. It was so much fun! We taught a lot of lessons, like more than I think I've ever taught in one day. We ate dinner with a family from the Philippines and they made us something called adobo (sorry, don't show that to Elder Dille because it's probably spelled wrong). It's chicken and rice, and it's super good! 

Last night, our ward mission leader held a Why I Believe fireside at the church. Members could come and share their conversion experiences with whoever was there. It was really powerful! I think sharing your testimony is one of the most powerful ways to invite the Spirit, which reminds me of another story...on Saturday, we were teaching an investigator named Cody. A lady from our ward, Sister Sherlock, and her son, Ethan, came with us. At one point in the lesson, Ethan shared a very short and simple testimony of his baptism, and it brought the Spirit so powerfully into the lesson! It was such a great reminder to me that the simplest testimonies are often the most powerful!

Okay, now for the funny story of the week...This is the story of how Heather became a former. On Wednesday, we decided that we needed to heart attack one of our investigators, because she wasn't responding to any of our texts or calls. So, we go to her house, cut out the pictures, write a note to her, and then start taping everything onto her front door. Well, wouldn't ya know that she drives up right as we're standing on her front porch. But here, it gets awkward. She sees us, backs out of the driveway, and then starts circling the block, waiting for us to leave! So awkward! We get back in the car, and just our luck, it won't start! The engine won't even turn over! Ah! So we start calling members and finally get ahold of someone who can come help, meanwhile, our investigator is still circling the block waiting for us to leave. We just happened to leave the windows down too, so a bee flew in the car and Sister Snickers hates bees! Anyway, Brother Inengite came, and we messed around with the car for almost two hours! We played with the battery, alternator, and the starter, but no luck! We called a tow truck, and just as it showed up, the car starts! Ugh! I was pretty much done at this point, haha. Well, in the end, the car is working, the bee is gone, and Heather is now a former, haha. 

Have a great week!

Sister Dille

 This is where the branch president of the YSA branch lives.

This member in our ward has Empress trees.
They're the fastest growing tree in the world!
        The leaves are bigger than my face!

It's Fall!

Peterborough zoo!

The camels were totally posing for me! 

Oh my goodness! I found a Cobourg member! It's Sister Russell!

                 Exchanges with Hermana Tyler!

The leaves are amazing up here!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Thanksgiving in Canada

AH! IT'S WEEK 3!!!

I can't believe how quickly this transfer is flying by! We're already almost halfway through! 

I finally got to meet most of our ward, and they're so awesome! Last night, we got a call from a member who wants us to come tonight to teach one of his friends! It's the first time that's ever happened to me on my mission, so it's super exciting!

We've been struggling to find new investigators the past two weeks, so on Sunday, we were fasting and praying that we could find two new investigators. We spent most of our Sunday out tracting and OYMing, trying to talk with everyone. It was getting close to the end of the day, and we still hadn't found anyone. We were a bit discouraged, but as we were walking to an appointment, Sister Snickers spotted someone working on their RV. We went over and talked to him for a bit, and he agreed to let us come back and share the message of the Restoration. Even though we didn't find two new investigators, it still felt good knowing that we did everything we could to achieve our goal!

We ate Thanksgiving dinner (in Canada, Thanksgiving is on October 10th) with the Whites, they're super cool! They invited their non member friend to eat with us too, so that was great!  Brother White asked me where I was from because he said it almost sounded like I had an Irish accent. Sister Snickers told me that I have a really bad Spanish accent when I try to speak French, hahaha, so who knows where I'm from! She did teach me how to say I want to sleep in my bed though this week...Je veux aller dormir dons mon lit! I can say two things now!

Sorry, this is a super short email, but we're going to the zoo with our zone, so we have to hurry! I love you!


Sister Dille

Monday, October 3, 2016

Belgian Chocolate!!!!


Sorry, this letter won't be super detailed because we're in a rush, haha!

This week was busy, stressful, and so wonderful all wrapped up into one! First off, Bowmanville is so wonderful! The members here have such a strong desire to share the gospel, and they're acting on that desire by inviting their friends and family members to come to activities with them, to read the Book of Mormon, and even to be taught by the missionaries! It is so powerful when members share the gospel! Bowmanville is a big ward! It has about 220 active members, so it's about five times the size of my last branch! It's going to be a bit of a change, haha!

My new companion is so wonderful! Sister Snickers is from Belgium, she speaks French, she just got a huge box of Belgian chocolate in the mail (blessings!!!), and we have the same trainer, haha! I'm going to learn so much from her!

We got to go to the temple on Friday! It was the first time I had been in over six months, so it was so wonderful to go back and be able to feel the Spirit inside! Temples are such a huge blessing in our lives!

General conference was wonderful! I am so grateful that we have prophets and apostles on the earth today to teach us and to help us stay on the path! I loved Elder Oaks talk on...member missionary work, haha! Pray for opportunities to stand as a witness of Christ! I also loved the talk about being ambitious for Christ! We have such an amazing opportunity as members of the Church to reach out to others and help them come unto Christ! 

We had such a cool miracle this morning because we opened out mouths! We had to get our car fixed, and at first, I was a bit disappointed that we had to spend a good chunk of our p-day sitting in a car repair shop, but anyways, there we were! So we were sitting on some chairs and a guy was just wandering around the waiting area, so we said hi to him and started up a conversation. He said he's been studying with a different religious group, but he had questions about the plan of salvation and some of our other beliefs. He told us that when he saw us walk into the building, he could tell there was something different about us (a wholesomeness, he called it) before he even saw our name tags! We invited him to let us teach him, but he's not quite ready. We left him with a pamphlet and a card though, and it was so cool to be able to share the gospel with someone! Opening your mouth works! This was honestly one of the coolest experiences on my mission so far!

I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week!


Sister Dille

Look who I found at transfers!

Hehe, both of my French companions! (Man, you'd think after spending so much time with French people, I'd be able to speak a teeny bit of the language by now!)

 My new district!​


Oh my goodness gracious! My companions got a big box full of Belgian chocolate in the mail! What a wonderful time to get transferred!