Monday, September 22, 2014

Thanksgiving Food Drive! (9/22/2014)

I got fed almost every day this past week . . . so weird! I don't know how to handle eating with members, but I'm getting used to it. We've already seen so many miracles with members giving us names of their friends to go contact. I'm excited!
Monday we had curry with some members! It was delicious. We also went finding in the dark. That was new. It's starting to get dark early now, so people get mad at us when we go finding after 8 pm. But, we went anyway and tried to follow the spirit and met this really awesome guy that wants to learn about God. Miracles!
The next day, we went to a trailer park in the morning. We met this sweet, old lady that just told us that her husband and daughter had passed away. We prayed with her to help her feel better. I know that prayer is so powerful. Then we had a delicious lunch with a member. On the way to the restaurant, we met this lady who gave us a referral for her friend! So crazy! All these little miracles happen every single day. We then went and visited this member who is battling with cancer. She can't even hold up a book, so we read the Book of Mormon to her. After that we went finding a lot and then had an awesome lesson. Seriously, so amazing! We went over with a member to teach this lady named Crystal that we tracted into. Turns out she had met with missionaries about 10 years ago! Then, her roommate Nate walked in and sat down. He was baptized in Ontario and was active for about 2 years! THEN, her roommate Rachel walked in and told us that her mom is a Mormon. SAY WHATTTT?!?!?!?! So many awesome connections! We obviously were sent to their house for a reason! So amazing. 
We drove down to Qualicum Beach on Wednesday for district meeting. It was our first one together! It was really good :) I love being together with my sisters and working together to learn and grow. On our way back to Courtenay, we went tracting in Fanny Bay and dropped by a member as well :) Then we had dinner with some members, went finding, and dropped by this super awesome investigator. She told us about how she got LOCKED in her bathroom the other day. She was screaming and screaming for her neighbors. Then finally, when she was about to lose it, someone noticed and saved her. Phew, that would be so scary! I'm glad she was rescued. We got to know her a bit better and then talked to her about the Book of Mormon. It was a wonderful night. 
Thursday! So last week we were challenged to get weekly planning done in under 3 hours. Guess what? We did it in 2 hours and 50 minutes. It felt SO good! Now, we just need to keep doing it that way! We went and visited Arlene who now has her temple recommend! She's going to the temple in October and I am SO happy for her :) It's amazing! Then we volunteered and helped out with the giant B.C. wide food drive! I helped out last year when I was in Vanderhoof, so it was pretty awesome to be able to help out again. We dropped off a bunch of bags at people's doors with a member. The Nickel's (an AWESOME senior couple) came up and visited us as well :) Then we had dinner with our Bishop, went tracting, and made some phone calls.
Friday! Oh my goodness, Friday was insane! Seriously. So we went and dropped by a couple people in the morning. Then we went and taught Mandy. She's awesome! She wants us to read the Book of Mormon with her, so we will! Then we went and tried to see Ken and Shelley. They had just gone to the doctor and got some bad news. :( Everyone keep them in your prayers! We will be visiting them hopefully tomorrow! We had a lesson with our friend Triston. He told us that he had only been meeting with us because we asked him too. It was so sad to see him go, but he just isn't ready for the gospel yet in his life. We just had to bear our testimonies to him and tell him that God loves him. Agnes was next! We read 1 Nephi 1 with her :) She's preparing for eye surgery though, so it's getting hard for her to read. We're praying that it will all go well and that she'll be able to continue to learn more. After dinner we went finding. We met the CUTEST old man ever. He's 93 years old and just feels so guilty that he killed people when he was in the war. We told him that there is hope and taught him the restoration on his doorstep! He is so excited to read the Book of Mormon and learn more. I'm so happy for him, because I can see it changing his life already in the 10 minutes that we spent talking with him. 
Saturday was the food drive (For more info go on (or something like that)! We went over to a member's house for a quick breakfast before heading out. We ran from house to house collecting bags. In all of the Comox Valley, I believe that we collected about 23,000 pounds of food! That is amazing! We were all so happy and filled with the spirit of unity and service. The church organized it, but there were tons of volunteers helping out from all over the community. It was a very successful service project :) 
Sunday was church. What an amazing week. We went to church to partake of the sacrament. It was so great because a less active family that we are working with was able to come to church. We helped them get to know more members, because they just moved here. Then we went and taught Mike! He is doing so well! He wants to read the Book of Mormon every day and we even invited him to be baptized! :) We ate dinner with some members before going out finding. Funny experience: We knocked on this man's door, he opened the door and said, "Are you sure you want to talk to me?" As he is holding a large knife in his hand. Ahhhahahaha! We were dying. Then we visited this less active member who really wants to gain her faith back. So, we are planning on trying to help her do so!

This week was so great :) I just love being a missionary and serving the Lord! 

Sister Struempler
​PS: this is what happens when you don't see what the other person is wearing first...companionship unity at it's finest! hahaha

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