Thursday, July 10, 2014

Angels are here on Earth (7/8/2014)

This week was just full of miracles. I just don't even know where to begin. On July 1st, President and Sister Tilleman left to go home to Arizona. They will be missed. I love them so much and I am so glad to have gotten to know them. They will forever be a part of my life. On July 2nd, President and Sister Burt came here to become the new mission President and mission mom of the Canada Vancouver Mission. I love them so much already and can't wait to get to know them even more! I know that this gospel is true. I know that God calls people to different areas of his church at different times for a reason. It won't even be a hard transition, because the church is true. President and Sister Burt have been called by God to lead our mission now. They are truly inspired leaders.
Monday June 30th we were able to check out one of the local marinas. It was so pretty! Here are some pictures:
It was SOOO pretty. I love serving here on the island. It's just beautiful! We had a ward potluck picnic on Monday night. There were some non-members and less actives present, so we were able to go. It was fun to be able to get to know the ward and become better friends with them :) 
Tuesday we had so many miracles and a hilarious experience. July 1st - Happy Canada day! They don't even have fireworks, which is lame in my opinion. We decided to go street contacting in the morning because there would be a lot of people. Lo and behold there was actually a parade going on. We accidentally started walking along with the parade and started handing out cards to people as other people were trying to hand flyers to us. It was a confusing, funny mess. We met this awesome lady named Tabatha and...more on her later. 

After being thoroughly embarrassed, we went and had lunch. Then, all our plans for the afternoon started to slowly fall through. We decided to call this referral a member gave us and they told us we could go visit them! We called the member who referred them, and they were able to come as well. We taught them the plan of salvation with their friends and it was such a cool experience. They decided that they didn't want to continue further, but the seed was planted :)

We also got to go teach this super sweet lady named Debbie. Oh my goodness, I love her. She is so kind and quiet. We taught her about the Book of Mormon and she loved it. She wants her kids to learn about God and have that as a part of their life. We are going to try to see her again this week as well :)
Wednesday we had district meeting over the phone. I love having Sister Shelley as my district leader. Did you know that we are the only mission in the whole world that has sister district leaders? Pretty crazy, huh? 

We tried to follow up with some of our potentials and ended up knocking on Tabatha's door! We found out that she had moved there and that she was interested in hearing more. So, we set up a return appt and prayed that it would work out. We also had a really cool lesson with this lady named Shelley. She has always wondered about what happens to people when they die. She was taught a year ago and now we are going to start teaching her again. I'm super excited!

Thursday we had weekly planning. We went out finding and ran into this guy named Brandon. Sister Jolie and her trainer ran into him her first transfer here in Courtenay when he was about done. His mom had just passed away and he didn't know what to do with his life anymore. So, Sister Jolie and her trainer just testified to him about the plan of salvation and told him that everything was going to be alright. Then, we ran into him. He told us all about how we had changed his life. He said that he put the card they gave him by the picture of Jesus Christ in his house so that he could always remember that experience. It is just so cool to see how much the gospel can affect someone if they let it happen! 

Friday we taught a couple of really cool people with a member. It was such a miracle that they were both home and willing to learn more! Saturday we went finding a lot. Sunday was fast and testimony meeting! It was so special to be able to hear the ward bear their testimonies about Jesus Christ and how much He has changed their lives. We also had a lesson with Tabatha. It turns out that she had met missionaries growing up when she lived on the Queen Islands. She was totally open to learning more and we even set a baptismal date with her for August 15th! I'M SO EXCITED FOR HER :D Everyone please pray for her! 

Sunday night, we drove to Qualicum Beach and stayed the night there. Monday we drove the rest of the way to Nanaimo for our first Zone Conference with President Burt! It was SO amazing! They are so inspiring and I love them so much already :) I can't wait to see what they will do next for this mission. We also were able to go on an exchange: I went with Sister Holebrook and Sister Shelley went with Sister Jolie. We both stayed in Courtenay and saw so many miracles. Miracles have not ceased!

I know that his gospel is true and I am so grateful for the Plan of Salvation. I know where I came from and I know what my purpose is on this Earth. I know where I will be going when I die! It is so important that we help other people so that they can know this truth for themselves as well!

The church is true! God loves you!

Sister Struempler 
p.s. here's some more pictures

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