Referals in December
Its hard to say that it feels like Christmas. Today it's 12 degrees and the snow is nowhere to be seen. Tuesday night we went to Aldergrove to contact a referal from Sister Lougheed. His name is Raj and he's lives in the same multi-suite home as she does. Sister Lougheed told us that he is very interested in learning about the church. We didn't teach him much since we caught him right as he was about to leave for his night shift, but he seems like a really friendly guy. He told us that he moved from India about 6 months ago. His English is pretty good. We told Sister Lougheed about the visit and she told us that he came with her to the "Why I believe" fireside and that he really admires and respects the way we present ourselves. Those suits and ties sure are good for something!
The week started off pretty slow. We taught the Bernards on Tuesday and they basically dropped themselves. :( They just don't believe there's enough evidence to suggest that the book is true. Brother Kozak was there and the 3 of us bore testimony that it was true before leaving. There was no hard feelings between us. They're still an awesome family and we were really glad they let us teach them for a while.
Wednesday we taught Devin at Briana's place. We read a chapter in the Book of Mormon since he's been having trouble understanding what he's reading. A couple days later he went back to Kelowna.
Friday I finally went on my first exchange in Mission, a town a few kilometers north-east of Abbotsford. I was placed with Elder Petillot (pronounced Ped-a-low) and we spent a good part of the day tracting on a chilly day. I also got to drive again! We ate dinner that night with a part-member family from Mongolia. They're a fairly young couple, and the husband is the member and his name is Okna, and the wife who is interested in being baptized is Ogma. We taught her the first lesson and set a date with her for Jan 3. The spirit was so strong in that lesson as Elder Petillot exercised his great teaching ability. It seemed to be a little harder for me to try and simplify since Ogma doesn't speak English that well. Her husband did some translating for her so things were just fine in the end.
Meanwhile in Clearbrook, Elder Lamb and Elder Butler received word that Brother Newman's new roommate, Bill wanted to hear about the gospel! I wasn't at the lesson but it sounded like it went pretty good. They also took Brother Newman out to teach Chris! We didn't have much luck with our investigator attendance for sacrament meeting. Only Kurtis came and he's decided that he wants to take a break form being taught.
Sunday we saw most of the Christmas devotional after church. We went to the Hara's for dinner towards the end and missed the last speaker. As Christmas gets closer, the miracles are starting to arrive. It will take some time before the people we're teaching are baptized but I know that God works in his own time and no matter what happens, all will be well as long as we keep working hard. Hope you're all staying warm up in the Chuck and have had a great week!
Elder Maclean Samis