Sorry, today's email will be fairly short because we're short on time. :)
This week was so crazy! We went on back to back exchanges with our Creditview and Etobicoke sisters, and then we went on exchanges a few days later with Hamilton, so we feel like we haven't really been companions at all this week. I love exchanges though...they're really good opportunities to learn from and serve other sisters! =)
It was Canada Day on Saturday! This was a special Canada Day because it was the 150th anniversary of our country! It also happened to be our 500th day on our missions, so it was pretty sweet! In the morning, we got all dressed up in our missionary appropriate, Canada Day apparel (white shirts and red skirts, hahaha) and we walked to the church for ESL Class. While we were walking, a lady in a minivan rolled down the window and yelled, "Are you twins?!" She went and turned her car around, parked, and got out. She was like, "Sorry! I saw you two from the back and I just had to see if you were twins!" (Sister Holmstead and I don't think we look very much alike, but everybody else up here thinks we're twins, haha). She happened to be in a red skirt and white shirt too, so we took a picture with her. =) It was cool...I love random things like that.
Our mission has been working really hard to talk to more people everyday. We've been asked to talk with 20 people everyday independent of regular finding activities and working with members. On Sunday, our whole mission fasted for the strength, faith, and courage to open our mouths and talk with more people. We've seen so many miracles as we've tried to talk with more people. We've found more of God's children who are prepared to hear the message of the Restoration, and we're so much happier! Missionary work really does bring greater joy!
I want to share my testimony of the healing power of the Atonement. In Isaiah 53:5, it says, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with His stripes we are healed." I've been able to have some powerful experiences with the Atonement this past week...I never realized before that through Jesus Christ we can be healed. I know that as we rely on Him, he can heal our broken hearts, give us the strength to forgive, and help us have peace to move on.
Hahaha, I guess it didn't end up being that short...had too much to say!
I love you!