Monday, January 4, 2016

Week #19 Happy New Year

Hello Everyone back home!

What a week. The weather here has now started to get pretty chilly and its not as easy when going tracking, but hey if we don't do it, who is? It is said that God most often answers our prayers through other people. As missionaries we actively work to be those people and that is why we must be out rain or shine because we have the opportunity to change people's lives as does anybody and that can be done through the gospel. There is a scripture found in Mosiah 8:18 That says "Thus God has provided a means that man, through faith, might work mighty miracles therefore he becometh a great benefit to his fellow beings." I would encourage each person who reads this to do these thing and to be a great benefit to his fellow beings. On Wednesday after district meeting I went on exchange with one of the downtown Elders. For those of you know Hamilton, know that the down town can be a pretty sketchy place. So I went and for the most part it was pretty normal other than people yelling at each other. Then at the end of the night we start walking back to the apartment and there is a guy stopped in front of us on the side walk. As we get closer I hear liquid and realize that he's peeing in this middle of the sidewalk ha ha. As Dr. Seuss once said "oh, the places you'll go" but I think he should have included " oh, the things you'll see" ha ha. For New Years we went back to the apartment earlier in the evening to do weekly planning. Its crazy to think that 2015 went so quick. I still remember last year that on New Years I was snowshoeing out in Waterton. It's crazy how much can change in a year and how you can be in a completely different place with completely different people and how you could be a different person. If you told me where I would be 1 year later I probably wouldn't believe you that I would be in Hamilton doing weekly planning with a person from Malaysia. New years day was very slow cause people I guess were pretty "tired" from New Years ha ha but found a couple new investigators hopefully that we can start teaching soon. This week we were able to meet with our investigator and we are meeting him tonight and tomorrow he is going to have his baptismal interview and hopefully he can stop smoking so he can get baptized this Saturday! We are excited and hope to have a baptism in the near future. One thing that was truly amazing was church and the testimony portion where a lady who was disabled in some way was rolled up to the front and bore her testimony and did so and explained how she actually pays to come to church cause she needs special transportation and then right at the very end she said that she prays for the missionaries and it was like a dagger in the heart. This lady had truly come to know the importance of the sacrament and I would challenge you to make it more special this upcoming Sunday. Anyways I love you all so much and hope your week is great and that you can be an answer to peoples prayers.

Love Elder Toly From week 19

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