Still in Nanaimo for now

Still in Nanaimo for now
Elder Samis on the ferry

Monday, 22 September 2014

September 22, 2014 - Area 2: Clearbrook


Another week gone in what seems to be a great transfer, but also strangely a slower one. I guess the reason is because it's a new area and the fact that our teaching pool has been fairly shallow. Regardless, it sure has been fun!

We had another 6 meal appointments this week. The highlight of those 6 came on Monday when we ate with the K. family. They are a younger couple with a kid and its so much fun talking with them! Sister K. made this amazing Mexican styled homemade pizza with avocado in it. All of us are big NHL followers and anybody who knows me well knows that if there's one subject (besides the gospel) that will get me to talk, its news about hockey! ;)  

On Wednesday I went on an exchange in Chilliwack with Elder Kohanhi. I also got to drive for the first time in a while so that nice. We found most of the day without much luck, but it's still fun to see another new place I've never been to.

Friday morning we went to help collect items for the annual Thanksgiving BC Food Drive, which may sound boring, but it's impossible not to have fun when you're with the members of the ward! About half the ward showed up and it didn't seem to take too long to sort through so many bags. At the end of the sorting into the truck, we had lunch and went on our way.  

Our Sunday was filled with miracles! We had 5 of our investigators go to church, including Chris who is as far as we know, living the word of wisdom! He took his son as well. We also had a young man named Alex come to church as well. His Grandparents, who are members of the church took him. We'll be meeting with Alex at dinner this Tuesday to teach him some more. The 4th of the 5 is Curtis who married a member a few years ago. He's been coming to church for quite some time and knows that it's all true, he's just not quite ready for baptism yet.   

Throughout the week the members have been helping us out more then I've ever thought possible! They've been buying our groceries, they've given us referrals, and above all else they love us! I sometimes don't feel worthy to receive so many blessings from the members and from the Lord. We've been working hard with them to gain their trust and to teach those who are prepared to hear about the gospel. Truly, President Burt's instruction to us for building solid unity with the members is taking the way the work is done to the next level. Missionary work is no longer just about knocking on doors for hours at a time. That may be one way to do it, but it's not the most enjoyable way. There are many other ways.

I suppose that I should mention the fact that Myriah (mentioned her last week) is in fact NOT an investigator, but a less active member. We'll still keep working with her, just not prepping her for  baptism. :P That's the report for this week! We sure have reasons to be optimistic about the week ahead. Glad to hear the weather is good across Alberta. Snow in September sucks. Plain and simple. Hard to believe that today is my 8 month mark. I may have been out a while now but there is still plenty of fun and work to look forward to. Miss you all lots!

Elder Maclean Samis    



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