What a week!
I got to go on an exchange with Sister Woolsey, who just came out this transfer! She is such a gem and is already such an amazing missionary. It was fun, once again, we just did a TON of knocking on doors and such. We found a few potentials, now the trick is getting in to see them. :)
We taught Riley again and he's doing pretty swell! He didn't come to church even though he said he really wanted to, so that was a big bummer, but hopefully this week. We invited him to be baptized and we'll be setting a date this week!
We had our Mission Leadership Council meeting and man it was so enlightening and such a big slap in the face with a slice of humble pizza. (my favorite kind of pizza btw) President gave trainings on becoming better teachers and we had some AWESOME revelation come and it was just amazing all around. It was also my year mark and so many of my bff's from the MTC were there and it was just super cool to see how much we have all grown.
We went to see a less active, Laurie, and her nonmember boyfriend, Steve on Friday night! (oh and we totally biked there....trying to save on klicks so we're doing some biking in our area....:)) but it was INCREDIBLE!! Sister Howard and I accidentally didn't have a lesson plan for them because we randomly had the inspiration to go see them, and we get in and Sister Howard looks at me like...what are we sharing?? and I just look at her like....i don't know whatever the spirit gives us! In my head, I had thought of a specific mormon message, but didn't say anything yet. As we started teaching them, we just got some of Steve's background and what not, and I look down at Sister Howard's ipad, and she had opened the same mormon message that came to my mind earlier!!! #spiritofunity It was pretty cool. We shared it and had an amazing lesson and the spirit just hit me so hard that we needed to invite them to take the lessons together and THEY ACCEPTED!!! We're going back tonight. :) Pray for them please!
We got to volunteer at HERITAGE DAYS!!! which is the greatest thing ever, it happens annually and they have a ton of tents set up from different countries selling cool cultural things and the best part FOOD. I ate a Jamaican beef patty which made me feel like a dragon because my mouth was ON FIRE. but it was oh so good. Canadians don't do spicy so it's a tender mercy when we can eat spicy food. But we volunteered with the food bank and collect donations from people, I got to talk to some pretty awesome people and it was all in all a good day. In the morning it POURED on us for about an hour, so that was an adventure.
Aaaand yesterday we got to go to JASPER!!!!!!!!!! the most beautiful place on the planet. Okay, I don't know, but it was BREATHTAKING. I haven't seem mountains in like....a whole year!!! I'll try to send some pics because man it was unbelievable. President lets each missionary go once while on the mission. The Larsen's took us along with the Rainbow Valley sisters, sister Warr and sister Rasmussen. :) I honestly just felt the spirit so strongly as we were overlooking the beauties of God's creation and it just made me so grateful.
okay so i had this incredible epiphany in my studies the other day i just have to share!
I was reading Alma 36, where Alma is telling his son, Helaman, his conversion story and he just testifies so boldly of the atonement. Before his experience, Alma had been one of the "most vilest of sinners". After his soul has been "racked with eternal torment, harrowed up and racked with his sins," he says this,