Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! (10/13/2014)

Wow, I can't believe how the time has flown. This time last year, I was sitting in my cabin in Vanderhoof eating turkey . . . so weird. Well, today is thanksgiving! What are some things that you are grateful for?

We all have so much to be grateful for! It's the best thing to have an attitude of gratitude!

This past week was awesome. Sister Bartlett and I had fun walking around on Main Street on P-day. A member saw us and treated us! What a blessing <3
Tuesday we got a call telling us that we needed to go to Nanaimo to meet with President Burt! We packed our bags and left right away. It was pretty awesome. We all got to be interviewed by him and afterwards went to Wendy's. What a great way to get to know your mission president! 

We went on exchanges that day while we were in Nanaimo. Sister Bartlett went with Sister Reed and I went with Sister Fonnesbeck. We had a lot of fun together!

We ended up staying in Nanimo for the night because we had a zone meeting on Wednesday morning in Duncan! It was so fun. Sister Fonnesbeck and I even went to the beach for our workout on Wednesday morning. (see pics above)
So Wednesday, I was back with Sister Bartlett and we had a great combined zone conference. I learned so much from our inspired leaders :) I just love them so much. Afterwards, Sister Fonnesbeck, Reed, Bartlett, and I went out to Boston Pizza with the Victoria 2nd Sisters. That was so fun! Good food and good people . . . best combination ever.

We then drove the long trek back to our little Courtenay up in the north part of the island. I love it here. We met with this less active couple that we had previously set up an appointment with. They were very nice and friendly, but we don't know how willing they are to change. We asked them to read the Book of Mormon. They said no. We asked them to pray to see if they should read the Book of Mormon. They said no. We asked them to think about praying to ask God if they should read the Book of Mormon. Ding ding ding...we have a winner! Finally a yes! Well, it's better than nothing.
Thursday we did some planning. We had to drop our car off to get the oil changed, so we thought we would walk back to our house and finish weekly planning while waiting for the car. Actually, we just ended up talking to a lot of awesome people on the street. We didn't even make it back to our apartment! This guy saw us and just stopped us. He said, "are you Mormons?" and we were like "yeah..." He was like, "AWESOME! My friend told me about you guys. I'm tired of all the hypocrites in the Christian churches that I have been too. My friend told me that Mormons are awesome and live what they preach." We had an awesome conversation with him and will hopefully see him again soon. That was such a miracle! And as he was walking away, a former investigator walked up to us and asked us to come visit her again! Walking brings miracles!

So after getting our car, we drove back home and finished weekly planning. We went finding, had some dinner with a member family, and then helped them clean the church afterwards because everyone is out of town. Yay, service!

Friday we visited a lot with our less actives. We are trying to strengthen their faith and help them to get back to church.  We also met with Sammui and set a baptism date with her for November 1st! we are so excited!!

Saturday we went out tracting in the boonies. That was fun :) We also visited this new family that moved into the ward. The husband isn't a member, but the wife is. They are awesome and hopefully we'll be able to help them paint their house sometime this next week!

Sunday! Church! Ken and Sammui came! Along with our pagan less active friend, Nate. It was so sweet! He hasn't been to church in over 15 years. It is so awesome seeing people coming back to church and see how it changes them, even if it's just a little bit.
Funny story: we went tracting in the evening and it was already dark. It wasn't too late though. We met this really cute old lady, then kept on knocking. I was doing a gangster walk because I think I'm funny. Sister Bartlett tried copying me. We then knocked on this door and a creepy man answered. He said that he wasn't religious but he took a card for his friend and himself. Then we proceeded to the next house. This cute old couple answers and they are born again christians, but not too interested. We asked if they knew anyone that could use a message or service. They said to not go to the house next door. There had been some shady things happening, and they said that the police were watching the house. We said "Thank you" and then headed our merry way. We just started laughing. They were talking about the creepy man house. And we did our gangster walk to that house. And the police were watching that house. OH man, life as a missionary. It's full of so many adventures.

I'm so grateful that I can be a part of this church and be a servant for the Lord. Our friend Ken is planning on getting baptized on Sunday, and we are SO excited for him. Everyone please pray for him that all will go well this week. I know that a lot of opposition can happen before something wonderful. 

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

Sister Struempler

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