Joyeux Noel!

DECEMBER 26, 2016
Shout out to: Capitola Ward/ Primary, Haruyo/ Tracy Pearson, Charlene Wenworth, Baba and Papa, Grandma June, My family, and everyone else for the amazing presents and letters!!! It was a glorious Christmas!!
Lesson from Christmas 2016:

On Christmas morning we had a man who said he wanted to come to church. We had arranged him a ride and checked to make sure on Christmas eve that he still wanted to come. We went to his place before the ride came to make sure he was ready. As we walked into his home we found 2 random people asleep on the floor of his living room. Half-asleep, these teenagers said that our friend wouldn’t be up for church.
I pondered this little situation and thought about sad it is that these strangers didn’t even have a bed. These boys were away from home and sleeping on the floor of this man’s apartment.
When I thought it was hard for me, to be away from my family this Christmas, I was instantly reminded that I have a bed, warmth, and many many people who love and care for me.
We made a delicious meal with 4 other missionaries and I loved being able to see my family via the inter-webs!
Love, Elder Em

No one at church… what?

DECEMBER 19, 2016

Well I think if there is a rock bottom for a missionary, I think I’ve hit it…

Not one person came to church this week here in Miramichi. Our sacrament service consisted of the 2 sister missionaries, my companion and I. Although you would think of it as somewhat depressing, it made me realize how blessed I am!
We sang, prayed, gave talks, worshiped together, and most importantly- partook of the sacrament together. We watched the Christmas Devotional for class and discussed the life of Jesus Christ.
 I have a testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the Holy Ghost and the comfort and peace that I feel every day. Remember that you are loved and watched over- I pray for you all everyday.
The way I stay happy even in situations like this is by pondering: someone has it worse off than me. Count your blessings- and your friends at church!
Love,
Elder Em
pictures:
1/2. Shout-out to the Nigh/ Linneman family for the cookies and honey! So delicious/ needed!
3. The cool old bridge crossing the freezing river
4. We took a picture after church of us! (Don’t worry it’s not a real chapel, so we can take pictures in it)
5. Our Christmas tree 🙂
Address:
202 Brownlow Ave. Bldg. F Unit F
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3B 1T5
CANADA

Sore as a Couch

DECEMBER 12, 2016
Parable of the week: Our apartment is a little old and has 1 ratty love-seat couch, so when one of our former investigators said they were getting rid of their old couch we jumped on it!
We picked it up and squeezed half of it into our car and drove home very preciously. The two of us struggled to twist, turn, flip this couch up 3 flights of stairs to our apartment door. *note this is one of those couches with a mattress thing in in- making it very heavy*
After a exhausting 45 minutes of trying and trying ans trying we could not get the couch through the door and around the corner into our apartment. It was a sad moment of defeat. We sat there tired and out of breath, defeated by this couch.
The next morning we woke up, the couch still in the hallway and our bodies un-movable. We were both so sore. It hurt to write with our pens. My for-arms were the tightest they have honestly been in my whole life. no joke. This couch had taken we down. All I can say is thank goodness it was Sunday because we didn’t have to exercise!
I reflected on this moment- sore elder em, with a couch in the hallway of our apartment, with this face -__-
What could I take out of this situation: sometimes even when you try and are beaten, you still won’t get what you want.
I’ve learned that it’s hard to accept failure and defeat, even when you’ve done all you can. This happens to everyone in life at some points. I won’t always win. The Lord is in control- and for us, the couch was just not supposed to get into our apartment.
Let Christ into your heart to help you through these times and you will know that everything will be fine.
Love,
Elder Em

Bump Day

highlight of the week: being in a parade and falling on ice in front of a lot of people. I guess all my dance skills have left my body…
LOL of the week/ new insight to my brain: On Thursday we had a huge storm and amongst the wild, snow, rain, and hail the sisters in our area dropped their apartment, car, mailbox, and church keys in the snow….
Commence the search for keys at 8pm!
1 hour of searching lead to a mess of frozen hair and teardrops. It lead to the situation of us and the sisters sharing our car. It has made me really appreciate the automobile and the technological revolution! Every set of missionaries in this mission has a car, and so this was a real #1worldmissionproblems
Because of this incident I have gained such a strong testimony of sharing, and being able to work in unity. Life is about trade-offs. One thing for another. Changing our plans, and sitting in the middle of the back seat has made me feel blessed for the car we have.  As simple as sharing a car is, it made me thankful for the opportunity to plan and act as a team!
I looked at the situation and thought about how Christ would want me to think and act with having to share a valuable resource.
This season, may we all do what is right, share what we have, and love those who make mistakes.
Love,
Elder Em