Still in Nanaimo for now

Still in Nanaimo for now
Elder Samis on the ferry

Monday, 2 February 2015

February 2, 2015 - Area 2: Clearbrook (Abbotsford)

No Greater Joy Then That of Service

It's pleasing to report that perhaps we are going to find success in Clearbrook. Things began when we called Teresa on Wednesday to confirm her appointment. She told us that she was busy cleaning an apartment that belonged to one of her friend's who had moved away a few days earlier. We offered her some help and instead of having a lesson with her, we did some service! Teresa was indeed grateful and wants to meet with us again soon.

Wednesday we went to Garry's place and things seem to really be calming down now. His girlfriend is doing better and he says that he can turn his attention more to learning the gospel. I asked him if Carol has ever thought about learning with him. Must have been an inspired question, he told us that she did! She had been asking a few questions about what he's been learning during the days she was unstable. He told her that it was really not much different from what his church teaches. It seems like the 2 of them have been drawn really close to each other in this time of trouble. It's our hope that times like this will strengthen their relationship and they'll have a desire to get married! The only downside is that Garry has relapsed with the word of wisdom. This was pretty expected and we'll keep on praying for him. 

Friday night I went on every missionary's dream exchange! I went with Elder Petillot to Mission and we woke up the next morning thinking that it was going to be an ordinary day with nothing but personal finding. Turned out to be the opposite. Remember that member family I mentioned a couple weeks ago named the Herd's? Well, we helped them finish the last of their move by moving out a couple of loads of stuff to their new place and then scrubbed their floors.

We went home and ate lunch after, only to receive a call from another member requesting a helping hand. His name was Ron and he joined the church 4 years ago. One of the missionaries who baptized him was from Edmonton. Ron loves dogs enough to own 4 of them, 3 of them Siberian Huskys. We spent a lot of time replanting some trees in his yard. Then Elder Petillot fixed something on his roof. When our work was done, he took us out for dinner to one of his favorite restaurants. The pizza there was awesome! So was the freshly brewed rootbeer.

During this exchange Elder Johnson and Elder Butler managed to find success on their exchange. They taught our old buddy Chris who suddenly seems to have a bit more intent. Sara wasn't there but he told us that she had been wanting to meet with us when she could.

On top of these things, we're seeing more and more potential in our area. We're off to a great start to the new month with January beaten. The Lord appears to be rewarding us for staying strong and enduring. The transfer is already half over! Life sometimes just doesn't feel real! Hope everyone is having a great start to February. If not lighten up! Won't be long till spring comes now. Bye for now!  

Elder Maclean Samis  

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