Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Week 89 - Calgary


¡Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!  (Happy Thanksgiving in Canada)


Holy cooowww time is going so fast! Next week is already transfers and like halfway through October! This transfer is a five week transfer but man it has gone by fast. Anyways this past week was incredible like always. Manuel received the Aaronic priesthood and is now a priest and guess what!? We are going to the temple as a ward on Saturday and Manuel is coming!!!!! He got his temple recommend and everything is set. It will be the first time for him to do baptisms and he will be able to be baptized for his dad!! Sooo excited and it is pretty crazy how fast all of these thongs happen. It feels like just last week Norma Rodriguez, Manuels sister told us that Manuel will be coming from Mexico and he will probably want to take the discussions. But that was like in the beginning of August and now we are already here. Its so awesome and time just really isn't a thing as a missionary haha it feels so weird. Also the hermanas convert Juan Jose will be going for the first time also to the temple. We have gotten close being at church every Sunday and we played soccer on Saturday and I have really grown to love playing soccer. We will try to get more people to come next Saturday because it was just 6 of us last Saturday but it was still great. Then on the 20th of October which is next Friday Valentina will be getting baptized! The daughter of la famila Garcia that we have been teaching. And she will being baptized with an investigator of the other set of hermanas, her name is Jennifer. So the work is really going strong right now and also to add to it we found a family to teach yesterday! They are soooo aweosme. So we knock on this door and this huge buff black guy with lots of tattoos and dreads answers the door with a new born baby in his arms and we didn't think he spoke Spanish but then we introduced ourselves and realized he spoke Spanish and is from the Dominican Republic and we were like YES!! and he invited us in and get this he was playing Destiny 2! So I was talking to him about it and turns out he was super into Halo 3 too back in the day haha it was so awesome. But then after getting to know each other we shared the restoration with him and he accepted to be baptized!! We didn't set a date yet but he is so into it and had never heard of the Book of Mormon and just had heard of the Mormon church. Then after he accepted he was like yeah I have never been baptized before and so like I gotta repent and be baptized because I have faith in Christ and my whole family can be baptized too!! Another one of those moments that you like at your companions in shock and your like freaking out inside haha. Then he offers to feed us soup that his wife from Nicaragua was making for us. It was soooo goood. Then some guy walks through the door who lives in the basement sits with us and we get to talking to him, his name is Eber, he is from Honduras. We explained what we do as missionaries and he said he has such a big respect for what we do and wants to help change the world and establish peace. So we explained how the church works and how we have apostles of Jesus Christ and Christ is the head of the church and he leads it so who better to establish peace than the Prince of Peace and His apostles and disciples? He thought that was awesome and he will be coming to church on Sunday. Luis who is the big buff black guy has to work every other Sunday so he will be coming the next Sunday. But yeah super awesome miracle and really looking forward for them. Then that night we called the hermanas and they found a family to teach too. So yeah I am loving it here and working a ton and seeing so many miracles happening. There's really nothing better than doing what God wants us to do. Loving and helping and serving one another and living the gospel. It is so wonderful and beautiful how it works. We really don't deserve the endless blessings we receive as we come unto Christ and live the gospel. Christ really is filled with mercy. He is so merciful. He will always forgive us and bless us. And we should be the same with others. Just serve and be willing to serve and help people out. Always keep your eye out for someone who needs help in anyway and pray to serve others and it will come. God answers our prayers and especially the ones that we are sincere about and ones that we truly want to help His children and our friends and family. Man the past couple of weeks I have kind of felt more that I have been out here for a while haha like I havent seen y'all in forever. I really cant wait to see y'all again and I just realized it will be in just 3 months!! THAT'S CRAZY!! Its coming soon. I love y'all and am looking forward to that day and also a couple days after that so I can meet Allie in person! haha :))) Hasta pronto!

Elder Fish, Elder Ibenz, Me - that lake is really that blue... crazy!




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Week 88 - Calgary


Conferencia General

Wow what an incredible week!! So kind of funny, right when I finished emailing last week our lesson canceled with la familia Garcia and we were like "woooow they never cancel, what are we gonna do now?" And then 10 seconds later this girl about 20 years old asks us so are y'all mormons? And we were like yes and she asks I don't know if y'all are busy but could I ask you some questions on what you believe. And we were like YES! haha so that was super cool and I feel like that happens all the time. No matter what happens even if great lessons cancel there are always miracles and cool things happening. So we talked to her for like 45 minutes and she is catholic and had some classic questions that a person who goes to the internet and reads about mormons has. Like how we think we can be Jesus Christ and how there is no historical evidence for the Book of Mormon and how the leaders of our church are super rich and we should not pay tithing to them and we should really think about what we are doing. So when she was saying all this I got kind of offended and it is interesting because I didn't used to get offended because I know they don't understand at all what we do but now I just feel like my testimony of Jesus Christ is so strong that it literally makes me sad for them and I just want to help them understand so I just started testifying of the Book of Mormon that she was holding in her hand that we gave to her and testified that the Book of Mormon really saved my life because all it does is testify and teach us of Christ and it was through that book and prayer and faith that I was able to overcome what I did and now I see people as who they are now, children of God and they have so much light in them, every single one of us even if you cant see, we all have the light of Christ in us. I promised her that if she really read and prayed about the Book of Mormon and lived the gospel she would understand and feel even more love for the Savior for her. She accepted but I felt that she didnt really have the true desire to do it. But maybe one day. And it is interesting to me because as disciples of Jesus Christ we are supposed to build and help others faith in God no matter what and there is love there. But she was trying to tear down our faith so it kind of shows you who is doing the right thing and "following what the bible says." So that was cool and MAN! GENERAL CONFERENCE WAS AMAZING!!! Every single talk I took a bunch of notes and my favorites were Joni L Koch about how we should be one in Christ and we really have no right to judge other or speak ill about anyone! That is always funny to me and I even do it sometimes too and it is literally something you learn in kindergarten. Don't be mean. Treat others how you want to be treated. Be nice. But right when that person who annoys you leaves the room you start talking bad about him or her. Why?!?! haha its just negative. Think of how Jesus Christ feels about him or her. He knows everything about him or her. You don't. He knows exactly how to help him or her. You might know a little bit but that's not enough. That's why we have to pray with all the energy of our hearts to have that pure love of Christ and just love them and never speak ill of anyone. We are all in this together so don't beat each other down. I also loved Bonnie L Oscarsons because she talked about serving those around us. Agh I am running out of time. So my top favorites were by President Russel M Nelson about the Book of Mormon and its power because that is exactly what I have been feeling these past couple of transfers and now I want to be even more diligent in studying and praying with the Book of Mormon and then of course I loved Elder Neil L Andersons who went last. That was Enmanuels favorite too, we had a lesson with him last night and man it was awesome. I wish I had more time to write but just know that this is the best work in the world, the work of the Lord. Be a disciple of Jesus Christ, share with each other, love each other, work together, help each other, and share the gospel because that's how we do it. We did another 2 moves this week and miracles happen. Its the best thing ever. Alright now I gotta send those Banff pics and others! I love y'all and cant believe I just have 99 days left!!!!



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Week 81 - Calgary


Toma la mano de Jesucristo y deja que te ayude
 
So we are at the library right now and most of the time there are quite a few disabled or mentally handicap people here and so this old lady is strolling around us singing "let your love flow, you know what i mean, its the season, let your love flow" Its the sweetest thing ever and what makes it even better is that these past 2 days I have felt such an incredible amount of love from the Savior and Heavenly Father. So on Sunday Elder Fish and I had an incredible experience studying together but I will have to share it when I get home. Then yesterday we had zone conference and it was one of the best zone conferences of my mission. We had it where I had my very first zone conference at the Evergreen chapel where also Elder Christofferson came to visit us in April of 2016. That fact blows my mind haha. Anyways the whole conference was mainly on love and the Atonement of Jesus Christ and we all prepared by coming having read and studied Elder Bednars talk, "In the Strength of the Lord," that he gave when he was the President of BYU Idaho. It is such an amazing talk and it has helped tremendously various times. Yall have to read it together. I remember yall sent it to me on my first Easter here and I studied it and loved it and it has helped me on my mission so thanks again for sending that. So we spent an hour talking about it and ended with a testimony meeting. I have probably never felt the Spirit so much in my life. Being able to see so many missionaries change so much because I have been out for a while now and I have literally seen missionaries change sooo much and like the way they give their testimonies and the amount of knowledge and love for people they have gained on their missions is a miracle and it comes from the Atonement of Jesus Christ. So towards the end of the testimonies I bore mine on how the greatest miracle of the gospel and the Atonement is the change that it brings to ones life if they apply it to their life and testified that Heavenly Father really is our literal Father in heaven and we are His children and that Jesus Christ is our Savior and the way that we know this is by living the gospel and having the confirmation of it through the Holy Spirit. They make up the Godhead and truly are involved in our lives. I looked at them and said to them you are evidence to me that the gospel is true also. I know some of the missionaries stories and they are so incredible and some of their testimonies hit me so hard. I love them. Here is one of the quotes from Elder Bednars talk, he quoted President David O. McKay, “The purpose of the gospel is . . . to make bad men good and good men better, and to change human nature” and Elder Bednar uses my favorite scripture Mosiah 3:19 to really dig deep on the meaning of it. I have really learned on my mission that the gospel is for everyone no matter where you are in your life. People are just not perfect. We do not understand to Atonement fully because I feel like if we did society and life would be a lot different, even in the church. There would be no fear in us or irritated feelings or contention, there would be no desire to sin or to do wrong, we would help and care for one another, we would truly love one another as Jesus Christ loves us. I can promise you that Jesus Christ can be friends with anyone and He is. So we should be the same way. Just think of how you get irritated with some one you dont get along with or yall are just different. Now just think of how different you and Christ are. He is perfect and you are not. He wants to help you out and sometimes you just completely disobey and choose not to be nice to people and love them and serve them and choose not to obey a certain commandment, then you start to feel sad and get irritated with others and it just goes downhill from there. But if we choose Christ its the complete opposite. We still will have trials and hard times but that deep feeling of happiness and peace will always be there in you and you will feel the love of Christ as you continue to improve and live the gospel. There was an awesome missionary who bore his testimony and he has been out 23 months so he is about to go home and he shared this hymn because his dad said you should read this hymn, hymn number 127. Then he looks at it and its "Does the Journey Seem Long?" We all laughed but then he shared a couple of experiences that he has had on his mission and then read the lyrics "1. Does the journey seem long, The path rugged and steep? Are there briars and thorns on the way? Do sharp stones cut your feet As you struggle to rise To the heights thru the heat of the day? 2. Is your heart faint and sad, Your soul weary within, As you toil ’neath your burden of care? Does the load heavy seem You are forced now to lift? Is there no one your burden to share? 3. Let your heart be not faint Now the journey’s begun; There is One who still beckons to you. So look upward in joy And take hold of his hand; He will lead you to heights that are new— 4. A land holy and pure, Where all trouble doth end, And your life shall be free from all sin, Where no tears shall be shed, For no sorrows remain. Take his hand and with him enter in." I have been able to take the Saviors hand and in a way I feel like I have entered in to a part of heaven. I am enjoying life so much because I know that Jesus Christ is on my side. I feel His love and am trying my best to emulate that love that He has for everyone of Gods children, all of us. It is all about really applying His Atonement in our lives. We can read about it, study about it, go to church once a week and feel the Spirit and go back home and be ourselves and not change but that wont really help us, it will help us some but what really matters is applying and acting. Let Christ change us, we are supposed to change as President David O. McKay said and King Benjamin in Mosiah 3:19. Thats what the gospel is all about, change, which is repentance. Its a lifetime process, its a journey so start now and a lot of problems in your life will be solved and you will come to realize that the problem was you haha you arent perfect. I have learned that so much being here. I am no where near perfect. Just when I think I am doing good something comes up and I have to work on another weakness I have and they add up. But that is why we have the gospel so its all good. So yeah I am super happy to be here and I am in shock once again because its already the 15 of August and I just have 5 months left and right when I think the time cant go any faster, it does. So weird because I know this is a weekly email but it feels like I am here every other day haha. Time flies when you are having fun. Well I wasnt able to write about some of the cool stories that happened this week. Not a ton happened because it was another rough week with lessons canceling and people being busy but still there are always miracles everyday but yeah keep praying for us and for our investigators and especially for Manuel! I love yall and miss yall and looking forward to seeing yall soon :) que tengan una buena semana! Chau
 
Love, Elder Proctor
 


Some joker pulled the fire alarm during Zone Conference - what is this? Jr. High...

Chocolate Banana Nut Bread! Bueno....

 

Week 80 - Calgary


Muchas bendiciones y el amor de Dios

Man this week was awesome but also pretty tough. One of those weeks that you literally cant meet with any of your investigators because they are busy or the appointment falls threw and then you set some other things up with members and that falls threw so you end up contacting and knocking doors and showing the Lord you are here to work and serve and then you get blessed! So on last Friday it was one of those days just contacting all day and we had dinner with la familia Hinojosa, they are from Peru and one of those super strong and sweet and awesome members who have amazing stories and love the gospel and you can feel the Spirit so strongly in their home. They just have one son who is 17 years old and is preparing for a mission. The dad has some health problems. He had a really bad stroke a while back and I think he has like problems with his muscles, I forgot what its called. Super strong in the gospel though. So we had dinner with them and they always make amazing Peruvian food and share stories about Peru and its super cool. Then for the message we shared 2 Nefi 31:19-20, "19 Y ahora bien, amados hermanos míos, después de haber entrado en esta estrecha y angosta senda, quisiera preguntar si ya quedó hecho todo. He aquí, os digo que no; porque no habéis llegado hasta aquí sino por la palabra de Cristo, con fe inquebrantable en él, confiando íntegramente en los méritos de aquel que es poderoso para salvar.  20 Por tanto, debéis seguir adelante con firmeza en Cristo, teniendo un fulgor perfecto de esperanza y amor por Dios y por todos los hombres. Por tanto, si marcháis adelante, deleitándoos en la palabra de Cristo, y perseveráis hasta el fin, he aquí, así dice el Padre: Tendréis la vida eterna." And we really focused on how hope and love for God and our brothers and sisters is the most important thing in the gospel and how it is the greatest commandment and we must be like Christ and have His love in order to be truly happy and serve the Lord. Jesus Christ gave His life for us so we must give our life to Him. It was super awesome and then after the message Hermana Hinojosa thanked us a lot and said she really needed that and then asked us to give a blessing to Hermano Hinojosa. Right after that moment I just felt a huge amount of love for them in my heart and the Spirit fill me. I said of course. Then Elder Fish did the anointing and I gave the blessing. I cant really remember everything I said but wow I know without a doubt that the amount of love that Heavenly Father has for each one of His children is truly amazing and it is shown through His Son Jesus Christ. He knows what we need and what we want, He knows what we need to experience and need to learn. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses. I felt the Spirit so strongly testifying to me these things as I gave that blessing to Hermano Hinojosa. Because of this experience I feel like I love others more and am really growing to Jesus Christ and the way He sees us. And what is incredible is that this same type of thing happened the next day. Last Saturday we contacted a ton and then just before dinner we get a random call from this guy asking for a blessing and so right after dinner with the Carters we drive over to his house and meet him for the first time. His name is Hermano Alvarez and he is from Colombia. He says he has 2 daughters and one just got back from her mission and then I am like wait! you are the dad of Camila Alvarez! And he is like yeah! And I was like wow thats so sweet. So he explain to us what was going on. He has only been here for about a month here in Canada to be here with his daughters but he said it has been really hard to adjust to being here and that the past couple of nights he has had panic attacks and struggles with anxiety and I immediately felt for him and explained some of what I had been through and also my mom. Then we gave him a priesthood blessing and once again I started to feel soooo much love for him and hope for him like I did with Hermano Hinojosa. It truly is awesome and I am just so amazed of the love that Jesus Christ has for us. I have always loved that hymn, "I Stand All Amazed." But through learning more and understanding more of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, it has so much more meaning and significance to me now. I just feel like so honored to be able to work and serve here and to be able to learn how to really love people like Jesus Christ because I am here acting in the place of Him. I am His representative. I really do fall short but He lifts me up so I am able to do it and be here and continue. Last night I was thinking about y'all a lot and really just missing y'all and then I looked over some of the first pictures of my mission on my old camera and thought of the countless amount of miracles and awesome memories I have seen and made over the course of my mission and felt again the love and blessings that the gospel brings. It is so worth it. It is sooo worth it no matter how hard it may seem. The ups and the downs. Just keep living the gospel. There are things that you can learn by living the gospel that can not be answered or be learned by man. It really comes from God, we are His children. We should love and serve one another and ultimately love and serve Him. Alright I guess it is time to wrap up again. Oh and Manuel is still doing great, we are meeting with him tomorrow and he came to church and his baptism is coming up soon! Next Saturday! I am super pumped. Bueno hasta la proxima semana! Los quiero 
 
Love Elder Proctor  (forgot camera to upload picts)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Week 79 - Calgary


My mission is the best :

Oh my gosh this week has been one of the best of my mission. I could honestly say that about every week though haha, this week I just feel like we worked super hard and we have seen so many crazy and awesome things happen. Like I wish I could tell y'all every little miracle that has happened this week but it would be like writing a novel. I'm super happy I have my journals though. I have written a ton in them and sometimes I have slacked but I always write in my planners everything so it's all good. I am just so happy right now. The amount of happiness and fulfillment that comes from missionary work never gets old. So this week we took some of the young men with us some days for almost the whole day and it has been incredible. The prophets and apostles really want us to work with the youth a lot because they are our future so one thing that has been amazing is to see these young men pray with real intent like right before a lesson and take a leap of faith during the lesson and share their experiences that they have had and how they know that the gospel makes one happy and really changes ones life. Also how they feel the Spirit and how they have made it here to Canada. Their testimonies are so strong. It's the coolest thing ever and one time one of them shared Mosiah 2:41 which is a scripture that I love, "Y además, quisiera que consideraseis el bendito y feliz estado de aquellos que guardan los mandamientos de Dios. Porque he aquí, ellos son bendecidos en todas las cosas, tanto temporales como espirituales; y si continúan fieles hasta el fin, son recibidos en el cielo, para que así moren con Dios en un estado de interminable felicidad. ¡Oh recordad, recordad que estas cosas son verdaderas!, porque el Señor Dios lo ha declarado." And he shared this to a less active and he shared his experience without the church before he was a member and how he was bullied in school and he didn't see his dad for 6 years because his dad was up here in Canada working and then once they all got to Canada they found the missionaries and the gospel changed their lives and they have been blessed immensely spiritually and temporally. It was amazing and what blows my mind is that he is only 13 years old! I believe he is so mature because of what he has been through. All of them are and something that I am continuing to realize is just how amazing it is to feel the Spirit and see these things happen.
I think I have already said this before but I know without a doubt that the greatest miracle of all is the change that comes to ones life who really lives the gospel. No matter what age or race or language they speak, we are all children of our Heavenly Father and we all have Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. No matter if you are 8, 9, or 10 years who just received the gift of the Holy Ghost or 12,14, or 17 who is preparing for a mission or has the priesthood or is preparing to go to the temple or is 50 years or is 97 years old and a new convert or going to the temple for the first time. I have seen so many peoples lives change because of the gospel and continue to change including mine. It really has given me like un testimonio inquebrantable and it keeps growing. I love it so much. So yeah the gospel is amazing. Oh and we got to teach Manuel and Ramon 2 times this past week and we read the Book of Mormon with them and their family, 2 Nefi 31, that chapter is so awesome and then we taught some the gospel of Jesus Christ and guess what!? Manuel has his baptismal date! On the 19th of August!!!! Soooooo excited. Ramon is still willing to listen but he says he just wants to listen to us because he has already been baptized in the catholic church and we explained to him what the gift of the Holy Ghost but he said again he is ok and will just listen but we will get him eventually haha. But yeah Manuel is so ready and really wants it. But the scary thing is this week is transfers!! Tonight we find out but I really don't think I will go back to the south Spanish ward so its all good. I just hate the feeling of not knowing for sure haha. So hopefully I stay and get to be here for Manuel's baptism. Also this week we had exchanges which is when you go with another missionary for 24 hours. I went back to Strathmore with the crazy natives and the entire day we did service! I literally didn't wear proselyting clothes the whole day. It was pretty nice haha and it was so awesome doing service. We did helped with a move for a non member family and I swear sometimes I feel that I have been called here to just be a mover haha we do at least 1 move a week and every once in a while we do like 3 in a week. Its good though. Then we helped this guy build his house and I cut all the weeds in the backyard with this nice weed whacker and then we went to help a member cut wood with his nonmember friend and they feed us dinner, they're from England and that was the day haha. A lot of driving, Strathmore has like 10,000 people and there's super small little towns surrounding it kind of like Nacogdoches. And Strathmore is like 45 mins away from Calgary and the little towns around are far away. It was really nice. I have always been in the city so it was really nice getting that feeling of Nacogdoches back. I definitely like small towns better than the city. Well I am running out of time once again. I am just so happy to be here even though I am growing to miss y'all more and more. Its already August which blows my mind. Time continues to fly. I love y'all and I just read that Mason and Allie will be there the day after I get back!! I can't wait to be there with all y'all!!! Dang I am so excited. AGH such a weird feeling though. Mason and Allie know what I'm talking about and dad. Alright time for some pics:
 
Love Elder Proctor
 


Mi Amigo, Diego

 
 
 

 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Week 78 - Calgary

 
Adivinan cuando regresare 😊
 
Oh my gosh I swear the weeks just keep going by faster and faster. This week has been so much fun and really busy. So I will start off with a funny story. So Elder Fish and I see this pretty cool park we have never been too and so we go there, talk to people and its super nice and Elder Fish looks up and sees a "red moon!" At first I was like nooo wayyyy! That looks amazing! And then I was like in my mind waaaaiit that can't be the moon, that's the sun, the clouds are just making it look super cool. So then I go along with it with Elder Fish then I say we gotta take some pictures! And then as we took some pictures some kids who are like 7 years old walk by and Elder Fish turns to them and points "hey look! the moon is red! Isn't that cool!?" And then one of them just says, "nooo that's the sun you idiot" and just walk away and I start dying laughing and so does Elder Fish haha it was sooo great. Alright and here's an awesome miracle that happened. So I think I told y'all last week that we have been getting a ton of people to teach for the English missionaries lately and they all have been miracles like this week we had another awesome one. We found this family from Ghana, well they found us and they just walked into the church this Sunday and asked about the church and everything and we gave them to the Sister missionaries and that family is sooo ready to receive and live the gospel. The sisters said the first lesson with them was incredible and that the reason why the family wanted to come to the church was because some missionaries in Ghana did a lot of service for them a while back. Super awesome and goes to show you that no effort is wasted. Anyways we prayed a lot one night to find someone who was really just as prepared as these people we have been finding for the English missionaries and then the next day at dinner with Hermana Rodriguez, as we start to eat she just says "so I have someone for you to teach Elders! My brother! His name is Manuel and he finally is now really interested in the church and he wants to take the lessons!" Elder Fish and I were pretty shocked and super happy. So then a couple days later we meet him, his name is Manuel and is from Mexico but has only been here for about 4 months so we told him about our ESL classes that we teach and he said he would come, then we taught the first lesson to him, the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and halfway through the lesson one of his friends comes and we teach him too! His name is Ramon and has been here a bit longer than Manuel. He said he was willing to listen and learn so at the end of the lesson we invite them to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and come to church and they say yeah we will for sure. Then we ask them if they want to get baptized and Manuel said yes!!! It was so amazing and Ramón said he doesn't know yet and wants to learn more but that's still good. So yeah that was incredible. Definitely an answer to our prayers and efforts in finding. Then this past Saturday we had a big picnic barbecue thing as a ward at this nice park and tons of people came including Manuel and Ramón and we played volleyball an other games. It was super fun and super good turn out. Agh I love the Spanish people here so much. And it's soooo nice to play games and sports with them because you learn new sayings and words and it's just awesome. So yeah the work is going soooo well here and I am lovin my mission as much as ever and I finally understand a little bit of what a missionary feels when he or she is going home because guess what!? I got a call from the mission office this week and so I am coming home on January 10th!! I was pretty shocked to get that phone call this early but I guess President Miles is just planning for the future. I don't know but yeah January 10th is the day and after the phone call a rush of emotions hit me and I was like wooah this is so craazzzyyy! Aghhhh I'm like sad but also happy and excited but don't want it to end but I want to see y'all and yeah it's just the weirdest craziest feeling ever. But then shortly after I stopped thinking about it and it's all good now! I got an amazing 6 months ahead of me and will be continuing loving this time I have. I do have to say I am so beyond excited to see y'all on that day. It's been a while haha I love y'all a ton and hope yall are loving the summer! Its goin by fast so enjoy it! 
 
Love, Elder Proctor
 
Elder Fish and I with some friends!

Red Moon....



Hermana Dean (former missionary out here) came back to visit with her family.

fun sock/tennis ball game.
 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Week 77 - Calgary

 
Casi estoy hecho con mi mision de hermana jaja
 
Here I am again!!! So weird and crazy how I am here writing y'all again. The weeks really have been going by faster and faster.  Anyways this week was super awesome just like every week of my mission. Even if people are not receptive to us there is always like so many miracles throughout the week. So yeah this week was pretty hard for finding for us. One day we literally knocked on like 50 plus doors and only 4 people answered and they weren't interested. But one super important thing I have learned on my mission is that if you are working hard and showing God that you love Him and are obedient and trying your best, the Lord will bless you in so many ways. So super randomly we get a text from some sister missionaries from the Hawaii Visitors Center and they give us a referral! This guy named Ian Wallace and by the name we were like aghh because he's English but we gave him to the English Elders and they had been struggling finding people to teach too and then at zone conference we shared our experiences and miracles we had from the mission fast we had and the Elders shared that they had really been struggling finding and even the whole day for the mission fast they didn't find anyone but then 2 days after they got Ian Wallace and turns out he is like the most golden guy ever and he went to church and wants to get baptized and asking crazy questions like "Am I allowed to go to the priesthood meetings? Is it possible for me to have the priesthood?" So it was super awesome hearing that at zone conference and just being a part of this great work is soooo fulfilling and its just like the First Presidency says at the beginning of Preach My Gospel "We compliment you on the great opportunity you have to be a missionary. There is no more compelling work than this, nor any which brings greater satisfaction." It really is the best thing in the world to be a missionary especially right now because the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is literally reaching every part of the world. It is so cool to me and also at zone conference the sisters that came out with me are going home in a couple weeks so it was their last zone conference and they bore their testimonies at the end of the conference and each shared like one of their craziest awesomest miracle and felt the Spirit so strongly and then I thought, where did the time go?!?! I just came out but now all my sisters are going home!? And hearing the incredible stories and testimonies of them made me just feel like in awe for the amount of blessings God gives us and the tender mercies we can see and the amount of happiness and joy we feel if we just choose to love and follow and live the gospel that God has given us. And I loved how all of the sisters ended with their super strong but simple testimony of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. It really hit me hard and it makes me so grateful for my mission because having these experiences everyday really will help me so much throughout my life. I can promise y'all that y'all don't have to be on a mission right now to experience this happiness and joy that comes from missionary work. This past Sunday we did a missionary activity with the youth and their parents and we committed them to be more involved with missionary work and pray for a stronger desire to do it and to pray for all of their friends and other things and it was super cool and some of the members have already shared with us some cool things they have experienced from it. So I want y'all to do the same! Take more time out of your week to actually live the gospel and not just sit down and play video games or watch Netflix all day and read and study the scriptures more and actually apply what you learn and pray to feel the Spirit and share it with your friends and just love and serve one another and pray for these things, God will help you. When you do y'all will feel the Spirit so much more and it'll just make your life easier and will make your summer even awesomer! Alright I gotta wrap up now but I love y'all and hope y'all have an awesome weeek!!  
 

Mi leche se cayo :(((((((