Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Climbing Mt. Everest

oh MAN this past week was an adventure to say the least!  It was so good to talk to the fam for mothers day.  i sure do love you all! 
here's some highlights/random/awesome/strange things that happened....
*the sister training leaders called us at the beginning of the week to see if we could do exchanges on really short notice, so we did and MY OH MY it was a good thing we did.  We had exchanges on Tuesday and Wednesday.  (just some background....it hasn't been that cold, but i guess i'm acclimatized to the weather here, but poor Sister Moser has been freezing her bum off.  It has been getting warmer, so she decided to wait on getting winter gear.)  For exchanges, I stayed in Forest Heights, and we woke up Wednesday moring to A BLIZZARD.  yep.  basically.  Sister Adamson and I had planned to contact this part member family that lives in this super weird place just outside of downtown, and we had to walk down and up the staircase of DEATH.  It goes down into the river valley so it's like a bajillion stairs long and after you walk up it you feel like you climbed Mt. Everest.  We got all the way to their house annnnnnnd she didn't even let us in even though we were soaking wet from all the snow.  We literally looked like we just jumped into the river... #welcometoalberta  we walked ALL the way back to city centre food court to eat our smashed pb&j's.  everyone just laughed at us walking through the mall...water was just squishing out of our shoes...it was so pathetic.  we just went to the washroom to ring out our clothes and such and it was just really ridiculous.  A DAY I'LL NEVER FORGET!   I was so grateful that Sister Moser had a car that day and that she didn't have to go through all that.  and don't worry, all the snow melted within a day and it's sunny as can be!  

*one night after visiting a less active, we had a little time left.  All of a sudden we both really were just craving some Tim Tams, so we thought we'd go into walmart and do some contacting and get some Tim Tams and potentials!  So we thought we should pray first to see if that's what we needed to do, and right after the prayer, we open our eyes and our bus was leaving....soooooo we took that as our answer. :) We caught a later bus after walmart, and I talked to the bus driver who is a sik and he was totally interested in the gospel so we're getting him set up with the missionaries in his area. 
Heavenly Father knows what he's doing!!!
*we've also been running to and from appointments to make sure we're on time.  Exact obedience is bringing forth the blessings of heaven!!! 

*We only had one investigator lesson last week....so we did a ton of finding.  We've been praying and fasting to find a FAMILY, and since we started, basically EVERYONE we run into and every door we knock on is a family.  None have been interested yet, but God is providing a way! 
*after only one investigator lesson last week, yesterday, MIRACLES HAPPENED!!!  we went to see Janet, and her friend was over.  Her name is Anna and she said, "I just knew you girls would show up, i've been needing to find some people like you to talk to, i want to start fresh with my life!" so we taught her the restoration right there and she said she'd be baptized.  WHHHHHHAT??  so cool. 
*George, our friend from Ghana, finally got back from work, so we taught him yesterday!  It was the biggest gong show lesson i've ever had (he just wants us to answer all these really complicated questions) but he decided for himself if he really wants to know that he needs to work for it.  we left his house feeling a little overwhelmed, and then he yells from his porch, "wait!  when is our next meeting???" :D just what we wanted to hear!
*and in the same day we taught our new investigator, Kathy!!!  she found a book of mormon in her father's things (he passed away recently) and she wants to find the one true church.  #holla! 

sorry this is really long....oops. 
i just can't even describe the joy that i feel...like....HEAVENLY FATHER LOVES US SO MUCH!  so much.  I just had this lightbulb moment the other night while writing in my journal, how neat is it that Heavenly Father doesn't expect us to be perfect to feel the spirit??  All he expects of us is to be striving to be better each day.  As we have been seeking his will over our own, the spirit has just been poured out upon us in such abundance.  I haven't felt the spirit this strong before this point.  I am so grateful that Heavenly Father is so merciful and loving, he'll give us the spirit if we truly desire it. 

"And they did pray for that which they most desired; and they desired that the Holy Ghost should be given unto them."
"Father, thou hast given them the Holy Ghost because they believe in me; and thou seest that they believe in me because thou hearest them, and they pray unto me; and they pray unto me because I am with them. And now Father, I pray unto thee for them, and also for all those who shall believe on their words, that they may believe in me, that I may be in them as thou, Father, art in me, that we may be one."
[3Nephi 19:9,22-23]
Onward, ever onward. 

Sister Jones

soaking wet....

our bff Janet;)

 Mt. Everest :)

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