Monday, August 25, 2014

Letter 43 - I never know what to put for the title of my emails haha...

Hello Family!

So the transfer news for the whole Toronto Ward was pretty shocking. We felt like there wasn't going to be a lot of changes since all of us but one Elder white washed in two transfers ago, and an area closed down in our ward last transfer, AND we knew that Sister Von Niederhausern was leaving this transfer. But what happened? Elder Meise and Elder Bowman got a call on Wednesday saying to pack all their stuff. Neither one had any idea why haha. So Elder Meise left and Elder Bowman worked with the Zone Leaders, and we took over a bunch of their appointments for the rest of the week. So the South Elders were definitely being white washed out. Sister Von Niederhausern is going home, and I, Sister Bodine am going to Mississauga to be a Sister Training Leader with Sister Hsiung! Haha once again the Toronto Ward is experiencing A LOT of change - poor Brother Nigri (ward mission leader)...
    I'm so excited and feel so blessed for this opportunity to serve with Sister Hsiung in this position. She is known around the whole mission for teaching simply and just being an overall AMAZING missionary. I am beyond excited to get to work with so many amazing sisters in the mission and learn from and be blessed by every single one of them!
    And I just found out that both Sister Mendenhall AND Sister Gillins are training. WOOT WOOT!!

So we had some pretty awesome experiences this week. First off, for the last two transfers we have been trying to get a hold of a recent convert who kind of disappeared after the sisters before us left. We haven't had any luck. On Saturday we were walking away from the area where he lives, not even planning on trying to find him that day. We walked past a laundromat and said hi to a man sitting on a bench outside. Both of us felt like we needed to talk to him so we turned around and walked back. As he introduced himself he told us he was doing laundry for his parents. We stopped, and said, "Wait! What's your name? B... E...?" He said yes with a big smile because we knew who he was. Haha tender mercies! We had a great conversation and got his information to meet with him again. It's so fun when small little miracles like that happen.

The promise in 2 Nephi 31 about the spirit speaking every language is REAL. A few weeks back we met a Hungarian man on a bike. He didn't speak English, but we somehow communicated enough to get his information. We visited him and his wife this past week. Neither of them speak any English. As we were at their home we communicated via Google translate as best we could. But my favorite thing about the experience is that the time the spirit was the strongest, wasn't when we were teaching through Google translate. It was when we were sitting on the couch with them testifying to them in English as simply as we could about God's love. I could see their countenances changing as they felt the spirit. C... began to cry because she "felt so good". They both told us they wanted to come to church. After Sacrament, they both put their hands to their heart showing how happy they were - and they want to come again! I know that God loves all His children no matter what language we speak - the language of the spirit is the same for EVERYONE.

I love my mission so much. I am so happy to be here. And I'm so happy that I still have so much time left! I know time flies by ridiculously fast and I don't want to miss a single minute. I hope we all continue to live our lives loving every single minute we are blessed to have no matter the consequence. "This is the day which the Lord hath made and we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:23. I LOVE YOU ALL and HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!!!

Sister Bodine

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