Hello Again! What a week it's been in Nanaimo! With transfer calls tonight, it will be interesting to see if I stay or go. Sadly, it's unlikely that Elder Glover and Duersch will be staying. Both of them go home in 6 weeks. Elder Lawter is now on an extension and will be moving on in 3 weeks.
It appears that the devil is trying to do everything he can to keep our 4 baptismal dates from happening. Elmer ended up moving on Sunday (we still knows where he is and he said that he felt bad and really wanted to go the week after) Tanya got sick, and as it turns out Shawn and Violet are common law and don't plan on getting married for quite a while. :( We will still keep on praying for them and I have faith that God will prepare a way.
Tuesday was a bit of a rough ride. Elder Buchanan and I who both can't drive due to lack of experience asked Brother Back to give us a ride to see an investigator named Marie who is originally from Haiti and is a devoted Catholic. When we discovered that the other Nanaimo Elders could give us a ride we decided that it would be easier for Brother Back to just drive straight to the lesson. They had something that came up and then we had to call Brother Back again to ask if he could give us a ride when he had already was almost there! After we finally got to the appointment we were able to have a great lesson with Marie about the Restoration and things somehow miraculously worked out! After the appointment, Brother Back and our companionship went back to his house for a while and ordered pizza from a place called "Little George's" which some claim has the best pizza in Nanaimo. Those people didn't lie!
On the more positive side of things, we did find 6 new this week! Elder Glover and I went on an exchange together on Wednesday. As we drove down to the reserve by Ladysmith to visit Jackie and Jerome, we received a call from them that Jackie was sick so we decided to turn around and tract in Ladysmith for a little while before driving back to Nanaimo. Later that evening we found 3 investigators in a large complex not too far from our apartment. We taught another investigator we found last week named Kevin who said that he had a dream about the two of us and him "crossing paths." Kevin is incredibly solid and it almost seemed as if he was meant to join the church! The only reason why we couldn't set a baptismal date with him was because of the fact that he has some word of wisdom issues. He told us that he feels like as he learns more about the message of the gospel, he will strive to overcome his addictions. When we told him about the Book of Mormon and gave him a copy he stated "I feel like this book was made for our day." This was very surprising to us because we had forgotten to mention that part all together! It's almost like he can see into the future or something! We will meet with Kevin again tonight.
The miracles didn't stop there! Last night Elder Lawter and I went street contacting downtown. We needed to find just a couple more people to teach about the gospel before the week was over in order to reach the standards of excellence. The first person we found was a man named Matt who was originally from Edmonton of all places and is currently living outside of Nanaimo. He said he is looking for some guidance in life and we gave him a Book of Mormon. We agreed to meet him at the church this coming Wednesday. The second person we found was a little more interesting. As we walked away from Matt, we noticed a couple of young adults goofing off and making loud noises just across the street from us. My first thought was "Oh please no, anybody but those two!" And sure enough, Elder Lawter began crossing the street towards them... When we told the two of them who we were, the young woman said to us "Hey that's really cool, I'm actually looking for a church to join." My eyes must have gone to the size of softballs. This had to be a joke, but it wasn't. The Lord sure knocked some sense into me that night! Her friend walked away but the young woman stayed. Her name is Jessica and she was originally baptised a Catholic. She asked all kinds of stuff about what makes us "different" from the other churches. We told her and she loved all the stuff she was hearing, especially the bit about life after death. We agreed to meet with her on Saturday.
Well that sums up the week! It will be a sad day when I have to leave Nanaimo. I never thought I would say it, but teaching is actually my favorite part of the mission! I've met a lot of great people here and I'm looking forward to meeting many more as time goes on. I love you all and miss you!
Elder Maclean Samis
Elder Maclean Samis