Way fun week! Lots of Adventures and Learning and Growing happening up here. 🙂 I hear there is snow falling down there.. It is FREEZING, but no snow yet.. Hallelujah
- On Monday, We had the privilege of hiking the beloved ‘Gros Morne’ Mountain. It was by far the most beautiful view I have ever seen in my life. We were the only ones hiking for a while then this one girl started coming up behind us and we got talking to her, SHE WAS LDS!! On the top of a mountain is that last place you would think to meet an LDS person in Newfoundland:) But it was awesome! She had just finished biking across Canada and it took her 84 days. Way cool, but anyways.. never in my entire life have I ever been more cold than I was on top of that Mountain. Haha. Then on the way down a 66 year old man passed us and is like,” I used to hike this whole mountain in 3 1/2 hours.” Yea.. it totally took us like 6!! haha.
- On Tuesday, we got to go on an exchange in Gander with the STL’s and it was so FUN! My companion for the day was Sister Park. She is from Tooele, Utah and she was so fun! They have this investigator there that I have taught a couple times now, and they have really been wanting to put her on date for baptism cause she has been coming to church and reading the Book of Mormon a lot and she FINALLY made the decision to be baptized in our lesson with her. I am SO EXCITED for her.
Also, the best line of the day was given to us by Sister Olsen after finding out that NONE of the members that were baptized up here in the 90’s received Patriarchal Blessings,” Not to be a jerk, but what is the heck was the church doing in the 90’s, what is this? ” haha.. so now we are working on getting people their blessings that they never were able to receive:)
- Thursday we got to go to Cox’s Cove and help one of our members paint his ‘Hair Room’ (He cuts hair) and he is probably the funniest man on earth. He makes a joke out of everything, and its awesome! But my favorite thing he has ever done by far was while we were helping him clean out all his stuff from the room and he picks up a half used perm bottle and shakes it with this *OH CRAP* look on his face and says, “Well, that one didn’t work. wonder who that was” It was SO funny!!
- I keep forgetting that in Newfoundland if you tell someone you like something in their home they will give it to you, and the other day in a lesson with this really nice guy we have been meeting with I told him that I liked his plants on his table and he sent us home with a plant in a ginger bread house, a Catholic Jesus candle, and 3 apples that he stole of his neighbors tree that just so happens to be a lady we have taught in the past. So that was fun! haha.. I LOVE THESE PEOPLE!!
For all of you in Gospel Doctrine Sunday School, you most likely have heard this story, because we shared it with the Gospel Doctrine class that we teach in our branch here, but I just loved this story so much and I wanted to share it with you all:
“A man, traveling through the country, came to a large city, very rich and splendid; he looked at it and said to his guide, ‘This must be a very righteous people, for I can only see but one little devil in this great city.’
“The guide replied, ‘You do not understand, sir; this city is so perfectly given up to wickedness, corruption, degradation and abomination of every kind that it only requires one devil to keep them all in subjection.’
“Traveling on a little further he came to a rugged path and saw an old man trying to get up the hill side, surrounded by seven great, big, coarse looking devils.
“‘Why,’ says the traveler, ‘this must be a tremendously wicked old man, only see how many devils there are around him!’
“‘This,’ replied the guide, ‘is the only righteous man in the country and there are seven of the biggest devils trying to turn him out of his path and they all cannot do it’”
In these last days I have seen that Satan in getting a lot trickier in how he deceives God’s children. The important thing is that we stay prepared, so that when he comes at us we are too strong to be taken from our path. I love you all, Share your testimony with someone this week. It doesn’t even need to be a formal sharing, but you can just share it through your actions:) Until Next Time, God Bless
– Sister Kilmer