Grandfalls, Great Faith

May 16, 2017

Hello hello to everyone!!

It’s been a couple weeks of adventure and fun out here! 

1. Saw a moose 

2. Ate Lobster

3. Sat on some icebergs! 

Spiritual note:

Reflecting on mothers day I was reminded of the Savior’s life and how He cared for all those He met. Mothers, like Jesus, have an intrinsic way of loving those they meet. I pondered this some more and thought about how often we are offended by someone, or leave our faith because of someone else. Matt 11:6, “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” 

We need not take offense from others as that can be the downfalls of our own spiritual nature. The 2 ways that I have thought about how to increase our ability to not be offended is by FIRST: gaining a perspective that all people are a son or daughter of God. This allows us to remember that they were a child once, they are learning just as we are, and the remark they made to us may be caused from some un-met need. SECOND: Compassion. In the very moment when someone jerks our fancy, I have found that remembering compassion and wanting to serve them allows for the comment to sink in. 

May we follow Christ’s example in the way we live our lives!! 

I love Canada, the people, the nature, the opportunity to serve!

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May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017

Exciting week of travels on the front over here! 

Lay down of the week:

Tuesday: Drove to Corner Brook Newfoundland and ate Moose-meat pie! yes real moose

Wednesday: Flew to Halifax and worked with some elders there! 

Thursday: Had a big meeting in Moncton, New Brunswick. Spiritual thought to follow. 

Friday: Went on exchanges with some elders and it was super fun! I love Halifax!

Saturday:Went to catch our flight home, however the plane was delayed an hour, then 2, then cancelled.  

*At this point we were a little sad because now no one in Grandfalls could go to church! It was a sad realization point…

Sunday: Went to church in Halifax with a ward of 150+ and was overwhelmed!! Seriously blew my mind away at how many people were there!

Monday: Went to catch our new flight, and we got all excited because we were having a layover in Labrador (a place no missionaries get to go)!! We got on the plane and were all nicely seated, then the worst announcement came on……mechanical leakage….everyone get off. HAHAH They realized that we wouldn’t make our connection and so our only option was to wait 6 hours in the Halifax airport! Our flight left at 11:30pm and we got home around 2am! 

Anywho, it was a funny experience, and loved every minute of it! 

Spiritual thought:

Personal Conversion to the Doctrine of Christ can make trials and tribulations easier to bear. I was reminded again this week of how learning and applying the Atonement in my life will help me have peace through all trials. While we dealt with travel problems, this was the first time in my life that I was not frustrated, nor angry. These things happen in life, and getting frustrated and flustered, stressing and sub-conscious about these matters will never help. 

I love this beautiful life we live!

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