May 2, 2017

May 2, 2017

*shout out to Tracy and Tyler Hales! Sealed in the temple!! Blessed Day!*
Lesson learned this week:
Finding the balance between listening and participating. We’ve been teaching this woman who just talks and talks and talks. I’ve come to realize that while listening to her is important, with out guidance or us being able to speak, no one is being edified by the Holy Ghost.
At church, some people talk a lot, some not at all.
At school, some raise their hand to every question, some not at all.
Harmony is achieved through group participation and being able to hear the voice of all present.
Love,
Elder Em

Twilingate, Newfoundland

April 25, 2017
Twilingate, Newfoundland
Adventure of the week:
Going to Twilingate Newfoundland. Pretty sweet place. I felt like I was at the end of the world. Check it out on google maps cause we were in the New World Islands baby! It reminded me that this world is beautiful and we are loved!
Spiritual High:
We have a recent convert here and she is amazing! She wasn’t responding to our text messages and when we went over to her home, she was inside reading the scriptures and said she couldn’t stop reading to message us back! It was so sweet.
She is so dedicated to feeling the spirit in her life that she won’t let anyone talk about drinking, smoking, drugs, fornication in her home. She is an example to me about how I need to always strive to have the spirit with me. If my life goal is to return to live with my Heavenly Father, then I should always be able to feel His love.
I love where I am! I love what I’m doing! Life is good!
In short:  Spirit > Worldly Pleasures.

On the ROCK!

April 18, 2017

Coming at ya live from Grandfalls, Newfoundland!!

If you are in for another weird situation here it is…
Grandfalls: 3 active members
Church: Living room of an apartment, 2 hours long
Transportation: V6 Dodge Grand Caravan
SO here’s the low down- Sunday mornings my companion and I call “the list” and see who is coming to church that day. Then we make a route and off we go! the Mini-van gets rolling, we pick up everyone for church, have church (over skype, into Cornerbrook NF) and teach a gospel class. The service concludes with everyone pilling back into the van and taking everyone home!!
Never in my life would I think that church would be in an apartment building, me chauffeuring the members and whom-ever else, and only have it be 2 hours!
My new companion: Elder Warner. Love him. From Utah and loves soccer!
Spiritual lesson:
      What I’ve learned from the first week is that we need to always take what life gives to us. Go with the flow, and love every funny, sad, or horrible situation that we are in. Even when we’re lonely, sad, embarrassed, or awkward – taking that moment, learning and growing from it and becoming a better person is what it’s all about.

Shocker of the Day

April 12, 2017

TO THE ROCK I GO!
Here’s all the stuff you want to know:
-Leaving New Brunswick for the first time in 11 months.
-Now going to serve in Grand Falls, Newfoundland
-New companion is Elder Austin Warner
Lessons Learned From Fredericton:
1. People are much nicer to you talking to them on the streets than in their homes.
2. I can’t take myself so seriously.
3. Being honest, true, and trustworthy are some of my new favorite qualities.
4. Giving people responsibilities is a sign of thoughtful leadership.
Being in this large area with the beautiful ward was amazing and I am excited for the adventure to come!

Be less than three <3 not angry

April 3, 2017

 To love is better than fear. Try not to project anxiety or fear, but spread love and compassion wherever you go!
Experience: After the other elders tire popped, we helped them put on the spare instead of acting up and being crazy about being on the side of the road. Made the situation much better, and now it’s a funny moment.
Love,
Elder Em

Life through Heaven’s eyes!

March 27, 2017

I love diversity and I am so thankful for the way God created all of us! This week I was able to visit Halifax and experience, talk to, and meet so many people from around the world. One man from China had never heard the word ‘God’ before, another German man talked to us about his Pagan belief! It felt like I was right back home in SC!
I know that God created each of us individually. That we are perfect in His eyes, and that as we embrace the beauty in everything, we can be blessed and happy.

March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017
Get out and meet someone new!!
A new train of thought was going threw my mind this week, and that is to always be looking out for the lonely. I have really gained a desire to reach out to those who look sad, or are not talking to anyone. I was to help all those who seem awkward or uncomfortable feel included.
My invitation to all and a challenge to my self is to act as the Saviour did and minister to the one. The one who is new, shy, alone. Reach out a loving hand in gratitude for what you have been given and strive to show happiness to others.
This week I reached out to a woman on the bus, by simply asking her if she was ok. Her response was no, and we had an amazing conversation about her rare bone disease. At the end of the conversation, she asked where I found my inner peace and it gave me the opportunity to share the gospel with her.
I am thankful for my Heavenly Father and all the people He has had reach out to me.
Love you all 🙂
Elder em