Thursday, March 9, 2017

Week 59 - Calgary


Pues yo he estado en Calgary por un ano y en el mismo area!! jaja

Alright so this week I realized that I have already been in Calgary for a year and I am still in the same area haha. I have loved it so much and am still loving it though. So I don't have a ton of time because Elder Sorvari and I went shopping because he is going home on the 28th of this month. That blows my mind because when he came here with me he still had 4 months left. Time just keeps going faster and faster. Alright so here we go. This week we were able to make arepas with Carmen, Jorge, Luis, and Omaira and have dinner with them. Let me just tell you that arepas are amaazing! They eat arepas in Colombia and Venezuela and then you put some ceviche in it, oh my gosh soooo goood. Ceviche is peruvian I think. Anyways it was super fun and nice and then after we decided to just read the Book of Mormon with them because they still are not reading on their own. We read the book of Enos in the Book of Mormon and talked a lot about faith in Christ and what is it and how to develop more faith in Christ by doing all that the Lord wants us to actually do. It was a super good lesson and we committed them to come to church once again but we have like 4 times and then don't show up. But stay tuned, then the next day we have our first lesson with Felix and it was a perfect restauracion lesson. We really got to know him and he is catholic but does not practice too much anymore. So we teach him all of it and as we are going through he actually asked a lot of good questions that were super easy to answer. Then at the end when we explain how we know that the restuaracion is real and that Joseph Smith is the prophet of the restuaracion (I forgot how to spell it in english wow, spelling in spanish is so much easier)  is by the Book of Mormon and everything, he told us that when he was our age he was super faithful in the catholic church and super into it but then once he started to really look deeply into the church and study it and then he got divorced he said that good feeling went away and now is searching for the truth and wants to see if being a mormon will be good for him, he actually said that! So awesome and we promised him as he lives the gospel and prays about the Book of Mormon he will feel the Holy Ghost again and much more powerfully and it will give him so much peace ad joy in his life. Then we all kneeled and prayed about the Book of Mormon, I said the first prayer to give him an example of how to pray and then he did it. It was so cool!!! I definitely felt the Spirit and know that if Felix does what God wants him to do then he will receive that answer to his prayer that the Book of Mormon is true and the gospel has been restored. So excited for him and then on Saturday night we had a meeting with our ward mission leader and started a special fast for all of our investigators to help them progress closer to Christ and have the Spirit touch their hearts and get a baptism this month. Then also that night before going to sleep I said a really heart felt prayer for Carmen and Jorge and their family and Felix and then can you guesss what happened that Sunday? They alllll showed up!! And it was such an awesome fast and testimony meeting and a lot of the members testified of living prophets and that our prophet today is President Thomas S. Monson and then for gospel principles we taught all about prophets. Everything lined up so well. It is amazing how much I have seen my prayers be answered on my mission. I really have knowledge now that prayer and fasting works when you have real intent. My prayers have been answered so many times and I am so happy that I have learned this now because I still have my whole life to live and I will always have Gods love for me and prayer to help me endure and enjoy everything there is in life. The more and more I step out of my comfort zone the more and more I realize that there is really nothing that we should fear. "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" by Franklin D. Roosevelt, I love that quote. We all have fears and weaknesses but we should not fear those weaknesses, we have so many tools to make our weaknesses strengths. We have the Atonement of Jesus Christ, if we put all of our faith in Him and in His enabling power, His grace, then we will become perfect one day like Him. He is our example and I know that following Him and His gospel is the best thing you could do in your life, so much happiness and so many blessings that God offers you, He just wants you to follow Him.  Alright I got just a few pics to send and then tengo que irme! Pon tu hombro a la lid!
 
Love, Elder Proctor
 
 
Beautiful Mountain
 



Making dinner...

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Week 58 - Calgary


ME ENCANTA MI MISION!!

Esta semana fue súper chévere! So this might be the shortest email I've written. Writing super fast because yesterday we went to Canmore which is far away close to the mountains and it was sooo awesome but then on the way back we got stuck in the worst traffic ever because of a car wreck so didnt get back in time. Anyways here we go, so today has been increible, I have felt the Spirit a ton. We had Zone Training Meeting and President and Sister Miles were there with us and it was such a powerful meeting. Then we had interviews with President Miles and it was so great and I feel sooo pumped and motivated to work even harder. So this past week we were finally able to meet with Carmen and Jorge and all their family and what's crazy is that I think 2 Fridays ago I had a dream that we had to go visit Carmen and Jorge on Monday instead of Wednesday or Thursday like we usually do but I thought it was weird so we still knocked on Thursday but they weren't home. But then we knocked last Monday night and guess what they were all home! Elder Sorvari said I was a prophet haha. So we had a super nice visit with them and finally got to see Omairas newborn baby girl and she's so small and cute. Her name is Luisa. And we got to see how Jorge was doing because he had a kidney infection but now he is doing better but what's crazy is that he was going back to the hospital to get some more exams done on Wednesday and Thursday so we came at the perfect time last Monday. Super crazy and after catching up we really focused hard on the importance of church and taking the sacrament and serving. It was really nice and it was one of the most unique lessons I have had in my mission because we taught things from all the lessons and went over a ton of their questions and they are all so friendly. It was awesome and we committed them to come to church and they sounded excited about it but then just like in the past they have an excuse and don't show up. That has happened a lot on my mission so I have learned to have a lot of patience haha. And just think of how much patience Heavenly Father has when we say we will do better and then don't over and over again. It does take time to change and get better and for some more time than others. So even though they weren't able to make it to church, church was still incredible yesterday because it was our ward conference and remember that guy I fasted and prayed to help at church a couple of weeks ago? He was at church again today! So Elder Sorvari and I run and go sit by him. His name is Felix and now he is back from Peru and he had a ton of questions after sacrament meeting. Elder Sorvari and I were answering them all but then he said he had to go an couldn't stay for the rest of church but we could definitely visit him this week! Super excited for him and he is super interested. It's so incredible how much true prayer and fasting and just never giving up really works and pays off and makes you happy. I love it and have learned a ton this week and have had so many funny and crazy things happen this week but I'm already out of time to write. I just want to leave y'all with my testimony that I know that Jesus Christ should always be our focus in life, be a part of His church, devote our lives to His service, do all that we can to become like Him, live His gospel. You will be so happy and find true joy in your life even though you may be going through something super hard. No one has ever said it will be easy. Salvation is not an easy thing to acquire. I would love for each of yall to watch Missionary Work and the Atonement by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and in the background is the bible video of Christ performing the Atonement. It is incredible. I love Christ so much and I love y'all so much and ask myself often why I deserve to have such a blessing to have a family that supports me so much on my mission and to have the gospel in my life and to be sealed together forever. I just know that if we will just be true and faithful to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and live how They want us to live, then we will have joy and deserve those blessings. They want us to be happy so They give us the choice to follow Them and be happy!
 
Love, Elder Proctor


Calgary

Awesome District

Canada is Beautiful!!!

Chrissy's bunny needs a pal...

Mountains

It's kinda cold here.