Tuesday, July 28, 2015


hello hello!!!

this week was really great!  Lots of miracles were wrought in this wonderful land of River Valley!

I had my first exchange as a sister training leader, and Sister Wilde came to our area for the day!  It was such a blast.  She has been on the mission for two weeks and she is such a rockstar.  We had a few minutes before our supper appointment, so we knocked a few doors beforehand that were in the neighborhood.  Not too many interested souls, but as we were walking to the supper, a guy came out of the house next door!  So we ran over to talk to him!  His name is Riley, he's 17 and going into grade 12!  We taught him about the Book of Mormon and gave him one and the spirit was SO STRONG!  Sister Wilde bore a such a powerful testimony of it and i just couldn't stop smiling.  :)  We ended up being able to teach him later in the week and it was SO GOOD!  We taught him in his neighbor's home, and the spirit was so real.  He has been reading the Book of Mormon and wants to know how he can get answers to prayers.  It was so fun to teach him.  After the lesson, we asked him how he felt and he said, "at first, i was nervous to come over here, but after we started i just felt so joyful and happy, and the scared feeling left."  THAT'S THE SPIRIT AHHH IT WAS GREAT. 

The second miracle that happened on exchanges was IN. SANE.  :) We were trying to stop by an investigator (who actually wasn't home) so we decided to knock some random doors.  We awkwardly tried to talk to some people who were walking their dogs who were clearly uninterested in talking, but then we knocked on this door.  Antonio answered and was really friendly as we started teaching him about the restored gospel, then this lady (Angela) comes in front of him and goes, "we're not interested," all snooty like and started closing the door, so real quick we just asked if she knows anyone who needs a message of hope, and it was so cool.  We literally saw her countenance change from "get off my porch you filthy animals" to...humble realization..? maybe?  not entirely sure but her countenance changed and she just stops and says, "yeah, i need a message of hope."  we were just like...uhhhhhh okay!  then she looks to Antonio and says, "I TAKE EVERYTHING AS A SIGN!" then to us she says,"I was just comin over here to be all rude to y'all and then you ask me that!" she then went on to tell us how she has been reading this book on how to have a better life and what not, and then we come knockin on her door. GOD'S TIMING IS PERFECT I TELL YOU! so we got her information and everything and set up a lesson to teach her yesterday!  sadly, it fell through, some things came up, but we're planning on teaching her this week!  pray for her please! 

yet another miracle that happened that day, we found a lost sheep family from the Philippines!  We thought a potential lived there, but we had the wrong address.  We talked to Mary, and she was like, "oh yeah, we were mormon back in the philippines, my dad was a bishop!" we were just like WHHAAA??  So we sent the Tagalog elders over and the mom of the family said that she took it as a sign from God that they  need to come back to church.  #miraclesonmiracles

While doing a ton of finding this week, we found like a MILLION potentials for the Tagalog elders!  It was so great.  #moremiracles 

Also something really funny this week, we do service at this retirement center, we just go and visit with them for an hour once a week.  We were playing dominoes with these old guys, and the one, Joe, starts telling us how good these crackers are.  Then he's like, "oh here they are," and he picks up a domino and TRIES TO EAT IT!  it was probably one of the funniest moments of my life.  had to be there....those people are my favorite.
also, our investigator, Hergit, is so great.  We stopped by to teach her and she just gets so happy!  she's from India and is Sikh, but also believes in Jesus.  So that's good hahah.  We taught her about the atonement and the need for a Savior, and she loved it.  then she goes into the kitchen and comes out with two massive plates of rice and curry and we just look at each other like..oh no.  (because we were going to our supper appointment after that) but alas, we ate it and it was really yummy! i love indian food!  But she was like, " i hope it's not too spicy," and i said, "no i love spicy!" and she got all excited and comes in with these firey pickle things and we had to eat them and i almost died.  word to the wise: NEVER TELL INDIAN PEOPLE YOU LIKE SPICY.  just don't. 
all in all this week was superb.  I absolutely love the members here in River Valley, their faith is UNREAL.  Every lesson we have with them, they are just so gung-ho about the gospel and about doing missionary work!  this area is so ready for more miracles and these members are going to bring them about. :)  I feel so blessed to be here and to have this opportunity to serve with all my heart, might, mind and strength.  My mind has been very occupied lately with the concept of light.  More specifically, The Light of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
"I give unto you to be the light of this people. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid."
WE can be mirrors of the light of Christ, so that others can see who he really is!  It's our job to reflect the light of Christ so all we come in contact with can see that light and feel our Heavenly Father's love for them. 
i read this talk by Elder Brewerton that I invite all of you to read as well!

also i'm really stoked, we get to go to JASPER next week!!!  

anywho, i love this gospel, i love the Lord, i love this beautiful land of Alberta and all the people here. 
Onward, ever onward. 
Sister Jones

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