Monday, September 15, 2014

Ouch bee, don't sting me!! (8/4/2014)

Monday we had some fun at the information center :)

That's what missionaries do for fun. Seriously... hahaha! We went finding at a complex that night. Such a miracle! We ran into a guy that we had met street contacting. He gave us his mom's number so we couldn't get ahold of him again...until we found out where he lives! He gave us his number and we were able to find a new investigator. :) The Lord leads us to where we need to be.
Tuesday we met with this lady named Mandy and her 12 YO daughter. She has been meeting with the Jehovah Witnesses for 12 or 13 years and still doesn't believe in God. We are going to try to help her to have her own experiences that will help her have a testimony of God. She's super cool! She makes her own yarn using different animal hair, then she dyes it, and then knits cool stuff from it. Super crafty!
Wednesday we had district meeting and then ate and left as soon as possible to catch the ferry to Denman Island! We also went to Hornby Island as well. It was beautiful! We meet some really interesting people and were able to hand out a few copies of the Book of Mormon. It was such a fun, exhausting day! I didn't get too seasick :)
It was so pretty going there and such an adventure! So many artists and hippies live on those islands. I don't think I could ever live on an island though.
Thursday we finished weekly planning in record time! Sister Shelley and Sister Holbrook came down because Sister Holbrook was having some problems with her visa. She had to go to Vancouver and Sister Shelley got to hang out with us for a day and a half. It was really fun!
Thursday night we taught this lady named Shawna who is less active now. She still totally believes that the church is true and shared some really cool experiences with us where she knew God helped her in her life. We are going to start working with her and her son to come back to church. She used to work on Sundays, so she got out of the habit of going to church. It's so easy to slip out of the gospel. We need to constantly be checking ourselves and making sure that we are staying on the right path.
Friday we went contacting in a parking lot! I've never done that before until I came here to Courtenay. It can be slightly awkward, but it was pretty fun. We got a couple phone numbers from people and will follow up with them later.
Another lady in our ward has stopped drinking coffee for 5 weeks now! She has only 1 more week to go and then she can get her temple recommend. Her name is Arleen, can everyone please pray for her? Thank you!!!
We taught Ken, the man that got brain cancer when he was 14. He is doing so well! We finished teaching him about the restoration and he was like, "What does it take to become a Mormon?" And we were like, "Oh, let us tell you!!" It was amazing! He is so prepared. The gospel helps everyone no matter what their challenges or concerns may be!!
Sister Shelley left with Sister Holbrook back to North Island Saturday morning. It was fun to be together as a district! Apparently we are the only mission in the whole world that has Sister District Leaders.
Saturday we got to teach Shaun (less active), his girlfriend Amanda and their friend Corey. It went so well! For teaching a bunch of 20 year olds about eternal marriage, it wasn't even that awkward! We even talked to Corey about learning about the gospel again, and he said that he'd be ready to meet with us again. Miracles are happening here in Courtenay!
Sunday....oh what a day! I don't even know where to begin. Triston showed up at church which was such a miracle! He had to leave after sacrament meeting to go to the Salvation Army Church. He might be moving to Duncan to learn how to be a tattoo artist from his dad. We'll see what happens with him. After sacrament meeting Bridgette showed up at church! She was the lady we taught that lives on Mt Washington. She LOVED church and was just glowing afterwards. I just love seeing how the spirit can touch people so strongly in their lives.
Then after dinner, we went tracting. We were knocking on a few houses and then one had a gate that you had to open to get in. I reached my hand under the gate to open the latch and then PAIN!! EXTREME PAIN! I was running away from the house screaming while Sister Jolie was frantically trying to figure out what happened (she thought I had just seen a spider...bahahaha)...I got stung!!! By a wasp or bee or hornet or something. My finger started swelling up like a balloon! So we went and stopped by the bishop's house who happened to live close by. I got some ice to put on it and then we finished tracting while I was holding a bag of ice to my finger. It was an interesting experience. I was able to get some Benadryl from a member so hopefully it will go away soon. My finger looks so nasty. It was a strange experience.
So that was my week! Full of miracles. I love seeing God's hand everyday in the work we do, because it just strengthens my testimony that the gospel is true. God knows all his children and we are just His instruments in helping them remember what they already knew.
Send me letters! I would really appreciate it :)
Sister Struempler
p.s. here's a cool new website that the church put out! Go Canada!

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