Monday, October 24, 2016

Week #61

Well, here we are again. Its Monday. I'm writing a blog and you are reading it right now.

On Monday we went to a Spanish family's place for dinner where they fed us Papousas (I don't know how to spell it and if you speak Spanish please ignore it haha) There these circular dough made things with meat and cheese on the inside. I've had them before but hadn't had any since Hamilton cause in my last area it was a bunch of white people. So anyways heres where the story changes. We are now back around our place and have a little more time left and decided to contact people around our place. The first is a lady (Nacho Libre voice "And that is a crazy lady") She is interested in why the world is going downhill and I give her an answer and she's like "you're good". We then talk with her a little bit and see if she is interested. She's not but would like to read the Book of Mormon so we give her one. She won't take one our cards with a number on it though because it has one of those things on the back you can scan with a phone and she says its cause the government can track her on it and other stuff as well. So she walks the way which is the way that our place is. We keep going the opposite direction and start heading back the way she went. We then run into this guy and start talking, while talking he randomly touches my arm and I'm like "are you ok man?" He says yes and we keep talking and he then randomly touches Elder Pollards shoe. And we are just confused haha. He then tells us he is homeless and hungry and asks if we have any food so we start walking to an convenience store and elder Pollard buys him a couple bags of chips and some water and while Elder Pollard is paying this guy finds a receipt on the floor of the store and is throwing it up repeatedly and is smiling and turning in circles like a crazy person. The lady we had talked to earlier is now in the store as well. So we give the guy his chips and here is where the story is a little hazy. We keep talking to the lady and the guy at different times and the guy leaves so we keep talking to the lady who is asking us questions. The guy then runs back to us and touches the ladys shoe and then runs away giggling. She is then telling him to come back cause she'll hit him with her stick. She then asks us what we think is wrong with him and I say "I think he's on the devils lettuce" she then replies agreeing with me using some choice language (She had a little bit of a potty mouth) and then says "you know what?! I think he's a Satanist" Man the glorious life of being missionary where you're not safe until the door actually closes (and locks) behind you to your apartment.

Tuesday was happy and sad. One of our investigators decided he no longer was going to continue learning because he wasn't willing to fit his will with the Lords. Too bad but at the same time we found a new person who has three kids and doesn't really believe in God but was willing to listen and accepted a book of Mormon to which he read a little bit.

On Wednesday we went to Keswick and met with one of our returning members. The old lady I have talked about before. We were planning on sharing the restoration and it turns out she had one of those books/pamphlets and was reading it just last night. We then committed her to come to church cause I was going to be speaking. After we went to an awesome families house called the Carltons. They made curry soup which was sooo good. Here in Ontario Curry is definitely more of a thing than out west. We then met with one of our investigators and it was cool cause he had read through the plan of salvation book and answered the questions in the back on his own and read the chapters we left with him but is still hesitant of church cause he works on Sundays. We also were meeting with someone at the church later that day while youth activities were going on and got into a game of 2 on 2 with a couple of young men. All I'm going say is the gym floor is now clean cause we used them to wipe it. 12-7. Who says you get out of shape on your mission?

On Thursday we went to Barrie for skills and interviews where everyone in the zone gets to met with the President. The meeting was pretty good. Then had dinner at the Genoas home and that was great.

Friday we met with a returning member struggling in his faith and shared a message and gave a priesthood blessing.

On Saturday we met with a couple people. One was a family from our ward who have such a large lot and home. it takes a minute to get to their home from the coded gate haha. Sunday I got to give a talk on missionary service which I was only given notice of less than a week before and I got to talk about mission work. I ended my talk by telling the congregation about my friend Brock Ramias who passed last year at this time. I talked about how we need to share with everyone so that we can leave this life and enter the next our friends will be thanking us for telling them about Jesus Christ and the gospel. One thing I remember about Brock is that while waiting before a football game in the lecture theater at LCI he went to a whiteboard and wrote "Only the strong Survive" and his older brother Brett pointed it out. I remember that making an impact on me that day and its stuck with me since. May we all be strong as we make it through the daily problems that life faces us with. It's possible and you can do it. Wherever you are and whatever situation. You can do it. If you turn to Christ things will get better. Only the strong(those who rely on Christ) survive.

Have a great week!

Elder Toly

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