Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Hello Everyone and Merry Christmas!!!
This week was a great and different one cause we had CHRISTMAS. On Tuesday we planned to go to a member's house, but were not able to visit them so we did what all missionaries do when something falls through. We tracted. And we found a lady and were able to get her an Arabic Book of Mormon and later that day we delivered another one to a person who had asked for one as well. That's one thing that has for sure been different about living here in Ontario rather than Southern Alberta is that you find so many people from everywhere ha ha it's insane. That day as well we went by one of our investigators who 17 years old and we shared more about the restoration of the Gospel and invited him to be baptized on January 23 to which he accepted. It was so great to see someone who wanted to make a change in their life and the great thing, is that this kid knows he has potential and wants to reach it which is awesome.
The 24th was also great. We went to a member's house and she fed us tomales which a southern American dish and is pretty good. I had tried them in London, but my companion had not. We then went to another house with investigators who are from south/central America again and once again we were fed Tamales ha ha ha it was so funny cause it was my companions first and second time in the same night.
Also after planning we read Luke Chapter 2 and sang Christmas carols in which you could really feel the spirit. Amazing.
The next morning on Christmas we left early cause my companion needed to skype across the world. We went to a brother in the wards house to do that----their house is huge and it was so cool cause he has a ton of pictures that are autographed by famous people and also has,........... Sorry I had to pause cause it's just too awesome but he has the THE blouse from the Nacho Libre movie, the original one used in the movie, that Jack black wears when he sneaks into the party and I got to wear it which was so cool!
We also got a ton of presents from this member and we also got lots from the ward, they are so awesome and they truly care about the missionaries. We then went to a meal at another house that other missionaries were at, then went to another house to eat which the zone leaders were also at ha ha. Then visited some other members as well. It was just a great day. But as soon as the night was over and the clock struck midnight I was by the toilet just dying ha ha ha.
Then yesterday we interviewed one of our investigators and other than quitting smoking which he is going to do this week he is good for baptism on the 9th of January. Wooooooo. Pretty good stuff going on here in Hamilton.
LOVE YOU ALL AND HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR!
This is Elder Toly From Week 18
Autographed Pictures at the Members house Jaxson Skyped us from
Oh My---Jaxson is perfect!!
Monday, December 21, 2015
MERRY CHRISTMAS Everybody.
Wow its crazy to think that time has already come. Back in August, I remember some of the Elders talking about the new star wars movie which was to come out around Christmas time and now that time has already come! Here in Hamilton, it's very interesting. Last year they apparently had a ton of snow around this time, but as of now we have nothing but lots of rain. And from what it sounds like is that there won't be snow coming and staying till February. This week we were able to see some good things happen in this area. We found five new investigators and were able to see some less active members at church. YES! We also set a baptismal date for January 23 with one of our investigators who is only 17, but wants to make a change in his life and measure up to the potential that he knows he has and that Heavenly Father knows he has as well. The same day we also reset a baptismal date for another investigator who wasn't ready for his original date, but hopefully he will do those things to prepare him for January 9th so things here are good and there is definitely some good things happening here in Hamilton. Also another note, the Hamilton Mountain Ward is awesome, this week people kept booking meal appointments and we have received food and gifts from members who truly care about their missionaries which is really nice and reaffirming. We are still continuing to share more about the birth of Christ during this special time and are encouraging people to go onto christmas.mormon.org and check out the videos and I invite all of you that read this, to share this website or videos with others on social media along with your testimony of why we need a savior. As you do this you can also build up your testimony of Him and His atonement. I wish you all a Merry CHRISTmas and hope you celebrate the birth of Jesus in a way that strengthens you relationship with him. I Love you all and Hope your Christmas is full of Love, Joy, and Christ. Merry Christmas
from Elder Toly in week 17
Monday, December 14, 2015
Dear everyone back home,
What a wonderful week we were able to have.
Here in Hamilton it's not really bad at all and all we have been getting is rain and A LOT of fog/mist in the last couple days, but no snow so I'm not complaining ha ha.
This week was pretty swell as we met with investigators, new converts and returning members. Our focus right now is on one of our investigators who has a baptismal date but still needs to quit smoking so we have challenged him to cut back to less each day and hopefully that goes well. We also met with a less active members house for dinner and invited him to come to our Christmas Cantata which we were able to participate in which was really great and he came and also came to church the next day which was great. Also able to meet with a young man who has some struggles at home, but is so great and has a sincere desire to make his life better and would like to be baptized which is soooo great and we are meeting with him later today. Also met with a less active young man which we talked about the importance of reading the scriptures and tried to set up a family history account so he can do family names for the temple and he came to church on Sunday. Blessings! We also have found a couple promising potential investigators (people who are interested but we don't have a follow up appointment....yet! ;) )
So this has been a pretty great week and to top it off, one of the young men in the ward had his mission farewell this Sunday. His father was the Bishop and it was a really touching meeting and I also got to share my testimony.
Great things are going to happen in Hamilton And I hope Things Are well back home for you all!!!
-Elder Toly from week 16
Monday, December 7, 2015
Dear everyone back home,
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Here on the mission the Christmas season is awesome and I'm SO PUMPED for CHRISTMAS! Here on the mission we are sharing the Christmas Initiative which if you search christmas.mormon.org and watch a few videos that show the true meaning of Christmas and the joy that we have knowing we have a savior who is the true gift and that #ASaviorIsBorn I would encourage all of you to share this website and/or hash tag on social media and express your love for the gift of Jesus Christ in the next week. I would also invite you to read Luke 2 talking about the birth of Christ. Fun Fact: The other name of the savior is Immanuel which means "God With Us" which I love because Jesus Christ was sent of God the Father and shows us that he cares and the plan of happiness is forever real.
This was a amazing week! On Tuesday I met my new companion who is Elder Ngerantar, he is from Malaysia and has been out on his mission for about 10 months. He's an amazing hard worker who has been here for 3 transfers previous and has an established relationship with the members of the Mountain Ward which is funny cause my home ward is the Mountain Heights Ward.
So much happened this week. On Wednesday we went and help the young men with service at a place where they give toys to those children in need and on Friday we met with one of our Investigators named M. And we set a baptismal date with him for December 19 so We are super excited. Then on Saturday and Sunday we went to Stake Conference where we got to hear from Elder Schwitzer of the 70 who really stressed that Joseph Smith a man with a fourth grade education could not have written such an in depth book that would have taken historians, war history and strategists, theologians and physicians and various kinds of scientists and specialist and it's amazing cause he didn't write it. He simply translated it with the Power of God and this was all done in the space of 90 days. For those of you who try to read this in 90 days I want you to think about how all this was done and written in 90 days. In Matthew 19:26 it says "but Jesus beheld them and said unto them, with men this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible."
Later on Sunday evening we were blessed to hear the beautiful music of the Christmas devotional which would recommend to those who have not seen it yet. Also we will be participating in a Christmas singing Cantata in our ward so I'll Give you an update of the next week. Anyways love you all so much and God Bless and Speed.
-Elder Toly from week 15 (Holy cow ha ha ha)
This is Jaxsons' new place---wow boys are not very orderly now are they?