Monday, November 24, 2014

Where did November go?

Tomorrow is November 25, that means that I have been on my mission now FOR 14 MONTHS! What the heck? I cant believe how fast it has gone. I feel like I was in the MTC and I blinked and now I only have 4 months left!! I don't want it to end :(

I don't have much time today, so todays email will be a bit quick and most likely scatter brained.

Things are going awesome in our area. Our investigator David has agreed to get baptized!!! So exciting to see how much he has grown just in these past couple weeks! Such an amazing man. He is 74 and just proves that you are never too old to accept Jesus Christ in your life. I love teaching him because he just accepts it all, makes it so easy. He was definitely prepared by the Lord.

We have another investigator that is doing amazing as well! His name is A and we just started teaching him this week. He's also accepted everything we are teaching so far as well! He is just soaking it all up ha. He is 20 years old and moved here from India. I love teaching him because he is so real and just wants to do the best he can in this life. We taught him the Plan of Salvation this week with little pictures. He loved it so much he pulled out his phone and took a picture of the diagram haha. While we were teaching him about the Celestial Kingdom he said, That is now my motivation, I want to be there, I want to be there with God and Jesus Christ. Ha multiple times during the lessons with him my mouth will just fall open with shock and the things he does and says. We found A while we were walking around last week when our car was in the shop, Heavenly Father definitely wanted us to cross paths.

I feel so blessed to be a missionary and to share my testimony of this Gospel. I know that this is the Lords work and that it is true. If you EVER see misisonaries, ANYWHERE, listen to them. If you are a member or not, listen to what they have to say. Its from God.

I love an miss you all so much! I hope you are all happy and safe. Thank you SO MUCH for all your love and support. :)

Sister Jaynie Connor 

Scripture of the Week:

Doctrine and Covenants Section 58 verses 3 and 4.

 Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory‍ which shall follow after much tribulation.
 For after much tribulation‍ come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned‍ with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand.

Heavenly Father has a plan for you, we cant see the whole plan, but that's where faith comes in. Trust him and just keep going. I love you and so does he!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bring on the POUTINE...

Hello Family and Friends! Good news! I'm alive. Bad news? I'm freezing haha. Man I thought that if you can survive one Canada winter you're good to go. Lie. I'm still cold. And its not like I'm not dressed right. I wear a down filled coat, leggings, boots, mitts, and a tuque everywhere I go. Ha I'll survive don't you worry.
This week was a long one and a ton of stuff happened. But, I don't have enough time to type it all. SO..... bullet points here we come.
- We went to Calgary for Pday, but since it was so snowy and gross we didn't get there until dinner time. But we had and awesome dinner with the Alvarez sisters from the Brentwood ward.
- I got my mind blown with some scriptural knowledge with Brother Pitcher. He's so smart! And knows so much about the scriptures. So he shared some knowledge with me and gave me a new perspective.
- I gave my first training at a Zone Training Meeting as a Sister Training Leader on the Atonement.
- Then I got to go on exchanges with Sister Kolodisi from Fiji! SO FUN
-Went up to Lake Louise with Sister K for lunch with the Wrights and to look at the beauty.
- Taught our investigator David who's doing awesome, agreed to be baptized!
- Helped some members move
-Way cold.
- Had some car mishaps :( Temporarily with out a car now. But its being fixed as I type. :D
- Miracle after Miracle with street contacting.
- Sick in bed.
- Saw a herd of at least 40 elk!
- Contacting miracles continued.
- Had a super Saturday event up in Banff with the Branch Relief Society.
I love how in each of my areas there's a specific food we always eat.
Queensland- Donairs or FiveGuys
Shawnessy/Evergreen- Brothers Chinese Food
Raymond- Subway
Canmore/Banff? - La Belle Patate POUTINE
It is soooooo good! Ha this place specializes in poutine so they have a ton of choices. My favorite and the one pictured below? Shepherds Pie Style. #heaven 

Haha sorry this email is not the most informative. Know that I love and miss you all. Thanks for all that you do for me. Keep praying, he's listening. All we can do is our best.
Love you Always!
Sister Connor :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

You've had an extra pair of gloves this whole time?!

Welp, ha finally got a card reader that worked!!! Ha that collage sums up the last 3 weeks pretty well I think haha.

Bad news, winter finally hit. :( Yep, it was -10 C this morning and it snowed all night. I finally caved and got out my boots and leggings ha, It was time.
This weeks emails going to be a bit short.
BUT I want you all to know some things.....
1. I'm alive
2. I'm healthy
3. This gospel is TRUE!
We had a dang good week for teaching. We picked up two new investigators and made some awesome progress with one of our other ones.
One of our new investigators is from Ethiopia! We gave him an Amharic Book of Mormon and he started to read and he was so surprised that two white girls had a book written in his language ha.
Our other investigator lives up in Lake Louise and we just knocked on his door. I was on exchanges with Sister Shumway at the time and while we were teaching him the first lesson he was like, "Yknow its weird that you guys are here, I was just thinking about God this morning. I want to follow him but I don't really know the right way." Pretty sure my mouth fell open.... So that was way exciting. We were teaching him in lawn chairs under a car port while it was pouring rain. I love being a missionary. End of story.
This Friday was Mission Leadership Council, so we got to drive in to Calgary. So that was fun! I got to see some of my favorite missionaries. :) And then afterwards since MLC was in one of my old areas, I took Sister Jones to my favorite chinese food place for dinner. But even better...we got it to go and I went and knocked on Sister Peters door in Evergreen. (The one we used to live with) Such a blessing to be able to see her again, I love that woman. :)
I'm kinda spacing on what else happened this week.... must not be too urgent haha.
I hope that all of you are doing well and that things are going good. Im so thankful for all of you and all that you have done for me. I want you to know that I have a testimony of this Gospel. I know that it was restored through a prophet.
scripture of the week:
Doctrine and Covenants 11:28-30
 "28 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the life and the light of the world.
 29 I am the same who came unto mine own and mine own received me not;
 30 But verily, verily, I say unto you, that as many as receive me, to them will I give power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on my name. Amen."

Receive him. And don't turn back.

I love you all! Have a marvelous week!! :)

Check out my sick new sweater!!! Yep.

Sister Jaynie Connor

Monday, November 3, 2014

This is Halloween....everybody make a scene?

Ello Loves!
This week was interesting and exciting haha. I think eventful is the proper word for it.
I bought a card reader this morning so I could send home pictures finally! Plugged it into the computer.....doesn't work. Typical haha. So I need to exchange it for another one. Sorry bout that.
I love being a missionary.
Mmkay, Day by Day run down time.
Monday was PDay!! So we emailed and did some quick shopping, then took off for Calgary. We played flag football with our zone at a park and then all just hung out with each other at the Olgeins in the Arbour Lake ward. Sister Olgein's the sweetest! She found out that we didnt have a dinner and invited us to stay and eat with their family and all of the Mandarin Elders. That night we spent the night with the Arbour Lake Sisters, Sister Butler from Utah, and Sister Kolodisi from Fiji.
Tuesday was Zone Conference!!! I love zone conferences, so spiritual and amazing. We (the Calgary West Zone) combined with the Calgary Central Zone. I learned so much!! It went by so fast and I was so sad when it was over. I am so thankful to be out here on a mission surrounded by all these amazing people, and missionaries. I'm so thankful that I decided to come on a mission, best decision I've ever made. Tuesday night we went on exchanges, I stayed in Calgary in the 17th Ward with Sister Davis from Arizona. SHE'S AMAZING. Convert to the church at 18 and has a burning testimony. She has been on her mission now for 17 months. I learned so much from her and felt so blessed to even be around her. We had so much fun doing work in their area.
I was still with Davis for Wednesday during the Day and we went around their area and walked around trying to contact some less-actives. We had a good time! :) Then it was time for me to come back up to Canmore with Sister Jones. We came back just in time to eat dinner with Sister GP. She lives in the 3 Sisters area of Canmore, there's tons of apartment buildings, so we decided to contact some people that we had found the week before tracting. No one answered. Ha. So we tried a door across the hall from one of them. A lady answered the door and was so frazzled, she looked down at our tags and immediately sighed a sigh of relief. She then proceeded to tell us how crazy of a day she had and her whole life story, complete with tears. She finished looked up with us and then said, "So what are you guys doing? Going around sharing some sort of message?" We were like ummmmmm yeah! Ha then proceeded to tell her the miracle of the Restoration and gave her a Book of Mormon. She was so grateful and even said that we could come back and share more! I'm excited :) I love how comfortable people get around us, they see JESUS CHRIST on our name tags and immediately open up. So amazing to be a servant of the Lord.
Lake Louise Thursday ! Ha once again we made the trek up to Lake Louise. I love it up there, so many missionary opportunities. ( running out of time so these days are about to get real short ha) We came back to Canmore and taught one of our investigators named David the Plan of Salvation. And he loved it. We asked him if he came to a knowledge that what we taught was true if he would get baptized and he said YES. I was like wait what? Super exciting! We're hoping to meet with him again soon to teach him more :) Super sweet grandpa. Thursday night we went on exchanges AGAIN with the Sisters in Cochrane!  I got to go with Sister Cheney. She's been out now the same amount as me, we were in the MTC together. She's from Wyoming and is a convert to the church as well. She joined at age 19. I feel so lucky to be able to serve around these amazing sisters and to hear of their amazing stories. And I just love sister Cheney anyways ha we get a long so well!
Friday was HALLOWEEEEEEEEN! Kind of different to be a missionary for Halloween but hey its all good ha. Me and Cheney brought out or Black and Orange outfits for the occasion. We had to go into Calgary to drop off their gas receipts and had a spare hour before we were going to do some zone contacting in Tuscanny. So we decided to get permission to go downtown street contacting in Calgary. My favorite thing ever! I hadn't done it for 6 months so I was a little rusty, but it felt so good! We only had a short amount of time once we finally got there on the C-Train but we were able to give a copy of the Book of Mormon away to a guy. I hope that he reads it, it's life changing. Then we went to do the Zone finding activity with the other missionaries in the Tuscanny ward. Me and Sister Cheney were out contacting and ran into someone who was putting on a HUGE haunted house that night, it was massive, built with wood pallets in their drive way. So being a missionary of course I walked up to them and asked if they'd like to learn about Jesus Christ. They said no. So I asked if they knew anyone who did. They said, "No, but if you want you can do a walk through of our haunted house and then tell us what you think!" I was like, "Shoot, sure! see you in a bit!" And walked in. Ha things havent changed much, still hate halloween. But they did a really good job, I was quite impressed.  Since it was halloween we had to be in by 6 pm, so me and Sis. Cheney went to our dinner and then went back to their house to meet Sister Jones and Sister Schell. We ended up just spending the night with them because we had to go to a relief society conference in Calgary the next day.

Saturday is a special day....
Ha we went in for that Conference, It was over on the East side of Calgary and we got to hear from Sister Carole M. Stephens of the General Relief Society speak. It was amazing, she has such a good way with words and I loved learning from her. We were sitting there and the phone rang on my lap, it was Sister Martin! One of my favourite Sister Missionaries who has recently finished her mission. She was in CALGARY, AND I GOT TO SEE HER!  Ha I was so excited!!!! I love that girl so much. Absolutely made my day to see her. :) After the Conference the Cochrane sisters and us went to the infamous Peter's Drive Inn for lunch and then headed back up the Mountain....IN THE SNOW. -___- Welcome November eh. hahaha 

Sister Blomhaert, Martin, Sister O'Dell, ME, Sister Jones.

K, Out of time for real now, sorry for the novel of an email!!! I love you guys so much! Keep being good!
Sister Jaynie Connor!