- Christmas decorations
- Christmas music
- . . . And giant spiders to fall from the ceiling and land in the middle of our lesson planning, causing my companion to think I'd caught fire (since we were warming up by the heater after 2+ hours of knocking in the bitter cold) as I scrambled up from the floor as fast as I could, trying to decide whether to save my cocoa or my scriptures first (the scriptures won). After a few minutes of panic (our downstairs neighbour probably thought one of us was dying), sister Davenport started smashing the poor thing with her shoe, just as our district leader called. When I picked up and he could still hear sister Davenport screaming in the background as the spider tried to get away from her. How awkward for us. . .
Anyways. That was how I almost suffered a heart attack this week. Who knew Canada was home to such monsters?
We had Zone Conference this week which was pretty fantastic. Oh, and I got my package last week! I forgot to tell you! Those small plastic hands have made weekly planning sessions far more entertaining, so thank you, Noah :)
We handed out treat bags and #LightTheWorld cards at the annual Annapolis tree-lighting ceremony, and then the next night drove all the way down to Yarmouth to walk in a Christmas parade with the elders there! It was so much fun! I love Christmas.
Our favourite investigator came to church! It was awesome! During our lesson with her last week, she was telling us about how happy she's been since she's started meeting with us. She told us about how her self confidence has sky-rocketed and she understands more fully who she is and who she can become. Her fellowshipper, in the ward (who's so much better at inspired questions than I am, haha!) asked her, "Well, who are you?" and she looked up at her and said, "I am a child of God!" And basically everyone burst into tears. IT WAS AMAZING. She's soaking up the gospel like a sponge and it's so awesome to watch it happen. She loved church - every minute of it! Sister Davenport played I Am A Child of God as the opening hymn (Our investigator didn't even know about the song before !) and she was so touched! During sacrament meeting, I hurriedly put together a Gospel Principles class (since this branch hasn't had missionaries here for a long time and so hasn't needed one) and asked a few members to come so that it wouldn't be our investigator all by herself. They were very cooperative and the lesson went super well. Oh and the sacrament meeting talks were PERFECT and very "investigator friendly". One was about Joseph Smith's first vision and the other was about the Godhead! I LOVE THIS BRANCH.
For our lesson last night, we wrapped up a bible and brought it to her. Never have I seen someone so excited and so touched to receive a bible for Christmas. I can't even express to you all how grateful I am to Heavenly Father for sending me to this area and for trusting me to teach His daughter about the Gospel. The way that she studies the Book of Mormon and every single pamphlet we give is the perfect example of how someone can truly feast upon the words of Christ!
I love her so much, and even though I know I probably won't be around when she gets baptised, it comforts me to know that she's going to be well taken care of in the humble little Annapolis Royal branch.
ANYWAYS. One last thing and I'll have to go. I was studying Russell M. Nelson's talk from this last conference and decided to try a different of studying the Book of Mormon. We've all been told that the Book of Mormon can answer any question right? Right. So I thought of a question, ("How can we find more investigators?") said a prayer, and then just started reading where I was. I happened to be in 2 Nephi 8, and even though the chapter had nothing to do with finding new investigators, because I was purposely looking for answers to my question, I found lots, just in a few verses! Some of those answers were;
- Look to Christ, trust in Him!
- The Lord will comfort His missionaries. He will make this area prosperous, as long as we are obedient!
- Be grateful and sing loud!
- Don't worry about what others think of you, only what God thinks of you!
So here's my little testimony. I know that through diligently studying the Book of Mormon, we can find answers to all of our questions, problems, and concerns, no matter what they are! When we are truly seeking for those answers and our hearts are open to the Spirit we will find them! Just like Moroni promises (Moroni 10:3-5)!
I love you all lots! I challenge you all to go to God with questions before you start studying the Book of Mormon! If you have that sincere desire, real intent, and faith in Christ than "by the power of the Holy Ghost" you'll find those answers no matter where you are reading!
- Sister Enright
(Here's a picture of our cute little Christmas tree - and our random little tree topper that we found while we were out knocking)