Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April Flurries Bring May Flowers

This has been my first "White Easter" with 3 inches of snow. It is
currently snowing outside right now. It is barely sticking, and almost
all of the snow we had Saturday night was gone by Sunday evening. It
comes and goes and comes back. I feel bad for all the gardeners, but
hopefully some of the mosquitoes hatched early and die so there won't
be as many this summer. That happens sometimes with late season cold
snaps in Canada. That and making snowmen is about the only positive;
most of us up here are done with snow for the season.

This week has been the best week of my mission so far. Elder Rodriguez
is awesome. He is from the Dominican Republic but he moved to Toronto
Canada three years ago. He hasn't been to the MTC, his call is to Perú
and he was assigned to go to the MTC there. He calls me his "pre-MTC
trainer." He is a really good guy.

Last Tuesday we met a guy named Charles. He was in a really low point
in his life and so he went searching for a church so he could talk to
a minister. He came to our church, and here was no minister but there
was a maintenance man who was a member from Red Deer that talked to
him. He later told us when he was looking for which church to go to he
saw Jesus Christ on our building so he said that seemed like the right
one. The member gave us a call and he gave us Charles's address. We
went over that night. I felt that it was too good to be true; before
we even entered his house he said he wanted to be baptized. He is
easily the most humble person I have met on my mission. He reminds me
in a lot of ways of Salvador. Charles is so lonely it has physically
affected him. We came back on Wednesday, then on Thursday, and we have
been there every day this week. I have grown to love that man. He came
to church and he really enjoyed it. He says he doesn't feel the love
of God but he still follows Him and is willing to do what God wants.
He is just incredible. In meeting with him for one week straight we
can already see a change in him. He looks happier.

We have been keeping busy, and it is awesome. Not to long ago I
learned that there is something the Lord wants us to do every hour of
every day. We have to plan and seek his will, but be open to change as
the spirit directs. We have been changing a lot of schedules, from
unexpected visits to Returning members while helping a member home
teach, to putting the Canopy on a truck for some older nonmembers to
street contacting the Main Street of Innisfail, God always has
something he wants us to do.

Saturday we went to the wedding of a part member family. It was
surprisingly spiritual for a nonreligious ceremony. We were really
happy for them. We think the fact the had a kid out of wedlock was
keeping the sister from coming back to church. I'm sure if she will
come back to church, her husband will see the change and perhaps
desire that for himself and for their family.

We had a great week. Time is flying by. We are doing well.

Élder Grimmer

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