Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The week of MANY Mini Miracles!

Hi-ya family and friends,

I hope your week has been great! As you can see by my subject mine was. Like I said this week has been filled with Many Mini Miracles. It all honestly started on Wednesday. So I will go through the week....

Wednesday, we went by a solid potential we found last week. His name is Kyle. We decided to go by and visit him. When we went over we actually got to his house right on time. He just got home from work 30 minutes previously. We set up an appointment with him for Friday. 

Thursday, we have a potential named Sophie we found last week. We tried calling her but she never answered so we decided to go by her house. Sophie was busy at the moment but we got a return appointment with her for next week.

Friday, Kyle's appointment came. We brought a member with us because Kyle was under 55. And guess what? Kyle didn't flog!! We taught him the Restoration and it was great! He understands that he needs to find out the truth of the message by himself and not just believing us. Kyle is a new investigator with a goal of baptism on the 22nd of August. 

Saturday, we had a lesson with another potential named Rebecca. I found Rebecca with Sister Georgson while knocking. We taught her about the Restoration as well! Guess what? Another new investigator! She seems really genuine and wanting to find the truth. Next week she plans on coming to church with her four kids. 

Later that day we received text message saying, "Hi this is Arash, I'm interested to visit the church of Jesus Christ, could you please send me the address and the time you start. Thanks" "You gave this card (with your number) to my friend" Well Sister Silvennoinen and I gave him the address and time. Sunday morning we see Arash (whom we never met) and his friend we gave the card to. On Tuesday we will be teaching them with our Ward Mission Leader. 

Later that day we visited more potentials and have two more return appointments!! This week has taught me to just be patient and to work hard! Hard work eventually pays off. I love missionary work and the mini miracles that make a week so wonderful! I hope you all have a great week! :)

With much love,
Sister Garrett

P.S. I finished the Book of Mormon again two days ago. The Book of Mormon is so true! Heavenly Father loves us. His love is shown by him giving us the Book of Mormon. Read it and find it out yourself! :) I love you all!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Good week.

Dear Family and Friends,

This week wasn't as good as last week. Sister Silvennoinen's and I focus on the previous week was better. This week we tried visiting potentials, less-actives, and some of the Elders former investigators. Not many people answered the door. It is a bit frustrating to knock on the door and know they are inside but they don't come to the door. Sister Silvennoinen and I recognised that this next week needs to be better then this past week. We want to improve our finding.

We have been working with a less active named George lately. He keeps saying he is going to come to church but he never shows up. We decided to re-teach George the lessons. He loved the Restoration lesson but makes excuses about coming to church. This week we wanted to help him come to church.

At the Zone Training on Wednesday I learned a lot! I came back and realized I want to be a better finder. I want to work on being more confident and talking to everyone. I want to be better at my approaches and transitions. I went on an exchange with Sister Davis after the meeting. Sister Davis is great! I felt boosted after her exchange! These past few days I have gained more confidence in myself and in my finding.

Sister Davis and I taught a lesson to a girl and her friend on Thursday. Her name is Fahmida and her friend name is Molly. I believe Molly has a lot of potential. We don't have any contact info for her but we will get it from Fahmida.

Ward Council this week was really good! The focus was about how we can make Sacrament Meeting better. I feel I personally made this Sunday better. On the way to church Sister Silvennoinen asked me what my favorite sacrament hymn was. I told her "I Stand All Amazed" or "How Great Thou Art." The sacrament hymn sung at church was "I Stand All Amazed". I felt the spirit so strong! While they were passing the sacrament I went over the words.

I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me, Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.
I tremble to know that for me he was crucified, That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died.
 Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!

Because of my mistakes Jesus Christ suffered. I love being on a mission! All my weakness and mistakes have come to light while being on a mission. And Jesus Christ can help me. He loves me and he wants me to have the best chance. Now it is up to me to do the rest. These next 9 months of my mission I want to work harder and make the most of the time I have. Time on the mission is just way to short. I love my mission!

Sister Garrett

Monday, July 6, 2015

Dear family and friends....

Guess what??? I am 20 years old now!! Woo hoo! (jumping for joy)

 At the beginnning of the year it felt like my birthday was ages away. I cannot believe it has past. Time on the mission has just flown by!! I have only 9 months left. So sad!

I feel bad every week because my letters are always so short. Nothing really changes every week. Honestly it really is only finding. Every Monday night we have been going to Charlie's house to have Family Home Evening. It has been so cute to see her teach her children the Gospel. I have been becoming closer to the Grimsby ward. I feel like they are my family from home. The members gave me a cake on my birthday and they are all so thoughtful! I will make next weeks email more exciting!!! :)  I love you all sooo much!

Sister Garrett

The start of a new transfer.

My family and friends,

Wednesday was sad to have to part ways with Sister Georgson. Her and I were best friends. We seriously were the same person. I felt, honestly, empty to not have her in Grimsby. 

My new companion is Sister Silvenoinen. She is from Finland. Hence, why it is hard to pronounce her name. Good luck. Her and I were in the MTC together so she has been out for almost 9 months. Sister Silvenoinen is the oldest of 8 children and everyone in her family is a member. She is 21 and loves to read.

Sister Silvenoinen is naturally very quiet and shy. The past few days has been actually difficult to get use to. Sister Silvenoinen and I have different ways to find and so it was hard at first to find with her. She talked to everybody but I thought the way she found was a bit awkward. I was a bit stubborn I have to admit. Last night when we got home from a lesson we talked about how we each felt. We worked everything out and made goals of how we can help the area in Grimsby grow. I am excited to work hard with her this transfer!!

I was reading in Preach My Gospel this morning in Chapter 9 How to Find People to Teach under Talk with Everyone. I came a
cross a scripture in Doctrine and Covenants I would like to share with all of you. It is in section 60 verses 2-3. It showed me how I need to be more willing to share my talents and to not be fearful but courageous. I challenge all of you guys to improve your talents this week! :) Have a great week everyone!!

Sister Garrett

P.S. I gave a talk yesterday in sacrament meeting. It was great! I actually love giving talks now. Surprising!