Still in Nanaimo for now

Still in Nanaimo for now
Elder Samis on the ferry

Monday, 2 June 2014

June 2, 2014 - Nanaimo South

Well you might say Elder Lawter is officially "dead."

On Tuesday evening President Tilleman and the other Nanaimo zone missionaries gathered together for our monthly zone conference. President Tilleman said something during his training that I'll remember forever; "How you treat the hastening of the work on your mission foreshadows what will happen in your life after." 
Once the conference was over we went on an exchange with the assistants. I was put with Elder Smith who just went home with Elder Lawter. In the space of our exchange it seemed as if we were quite literally talking to every person we would see. We found 3 new investigators that night and another shortly before the exchange ended the next day. 

And now for the most previous week:
Last Monday evening it was time to say goodbye to Elder Lawter. Him and Elder Smith took the Nanaimo South car to the ferry terminal and the two of them flew home on Wednesday...

Then came the time to begin working with Elder Glover. We started off by finding that evening. We found 3 that night but then I woke up the next morning feeling a bit under the weather. I was still fit to tract and we went finding again and found another 3... then another 3 on Wednesday... we just kept working and working but by Wednesday evening, my voice began to disappear and got steadily worse as the days went on. Then we went to a Native reserve on Saturday where we found 4! In total, we found 14 investigators this week which is a personal high but boy oh boy were we wiped! We spent most of our time in the southern part of town despite having the north and south Nanaimo areas being temporarily merged into one. Once Elder Glover goes home in the coming transfer, Nanaimo will once again have 2 sets of Elders again. I will likely not be moving.

We didn't have too many lessons this week but among the few we taught a Native woman named Louise. She seems really pleased to be meeting with us and she told us that throughout her life she has ignored the peer pressure of her friend's negative choices and actions. Her belief in God seems to be very similar to that of our own!

On Sunday we went to the big Canada wide broadcast and Tanya was there! She hasn't come to church in a while but she's back now and still wants to be baptised! She only stayed for about an hour since she was heading back up to Campbell River to spend more time with her mother.  
By Sunday night at 7:00pm we had to stop finding so my vocal cords and I could get some rest. With the scratchy throat came a dry cough. I took some cough medicine when we got back to the apartment and took about an hour nap before waking up again to do our daily planning. Even now my voice still isn't at it's best. Of course, it's tough losing your voice on your mission because you have to talk to people, whether it be your companion, or people you are approaching or teaching all the time!
Elder Glover has been one of the greatest missionaries I have had a chance to work with! He works like a horse, he knows the scriptures, teaches great, knows when to be serious, but also knows when to be hilarious! It's a shame that he's going home soon. I've considered myself to be VERY lucky serving along side so many experienced missionaries while working here in my first area. That's all for now! Hope you all have a great week!

With love from,
Elder Maclean Samis  


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