Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24

Monday we had p-day then we worked on Less-active stuff.

Tuesday we visited Bro D and briefed him on what we were going to do in our lesson which we were going to bring him with us to on Thursday. Then we saw sister C and went over a list with her, had lunch, and did online work. Then we saw Bro S, then we went and B had us over for KFC and we watched the Testaments with him.

Wednesday we had district meeting,had lunch, then we did online work, then we helped bro P go to his Chiropractor appointment. Stopped by some LA members and then we had a meal with J and X and tried to teach her a lesson.

Thursday we took Bro P to the hospital, then we went with the sisters and gave a less active member a blessing. Then we met brother D at the Forks and taught the restoration to B's friend C. That didn't quite go as planned but fortunately it turned out okay in the end. Then we had lunch and did online. Then we tried to contact our lost investigators but have not had any success. Then we went and taught a very powerful lesson to D on the plan of salvation where he expressed that many of his questions were answered and it was really good because Brother G came out with us. Then we came home, had dinner, and went over some more less-active stuff.

Friday we weekly planned and had lunch, did online work, looked for some service opportunities in the city, and then we had 3 member appointments the rest of the night.

Saturday we helped Brother P go to the hospital again and as far as I know he is still there. Then we went and helped Brother H all day with some more tree cutting down and clean-up then we finished assembling our LA list and had FHE with B and watched the Saratov Approach. Good movie.

Sunday we had missionary correlation. Went to wake up and help B get ready for church but he was gone... had church and it was the primary presentation which was good and D came again. After Church we gave a youth fireside on service to all the Youth and that went well. Then we went over to sister G and she fed us a really good dinner and then we went and helped B move some things from across town to his place. Then we visited with J and X except it was just X because J had to leave.

Today was p-day.
I love you mom I hope you have a great week! Take care!

-Love Elder Shane Dola

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17

This week Monday we had p-day and then we went to J and X home and sister F came over and we ate a ton of food and shared a message seeing as it was going to be Elder Ruth's last time there they made a ton of food and made sure that we gorged ourselves.

Tuesday we helped rake the L's leaves and had interviews with President Thomas and then we went and helped Brother H cut down some trees at his office. One fell on Elder Ruth but he was fine. Then we had dinner with the C family visited the G family and then visited B one last time before Elder Ruth left.

Wednesday was district meeting and I had Elder Ruth do the training portion which was really good, then we went for lunch and met up with one of Elder Ruth's friends he knew in Kenora who wanted to say bye before Elder Ruth Headed back to Saskatchewan. That took forever and was on the other side of the city so we went there and came home then we had an appointment with the T family. Then we went and had dinner with the L family. 

Thursday Elder Ruth got the rest of his affairs in order before he had to leave we visited a few other members and went to transfer meeting then I picked up my new Companion Elder Griffith from California. We came back to our area and then we went and taught a lesson to J and X made us dinner and then we went and taught a really good lesson to D on the Plan of Salvation. The spirit was very strong and he really enjoyed it and had a suit all ready to come to church in that week. Then we picked up the other Elders who were in their Shorts in -20 because they got off a bus to a sports night which was cancelled and had no way home for like 20 minutes. We took them home, then we visited B and he got to meet Elder Griffith and we shared a quick message.

Friday Elder Griffith was feeling sick from something that he ate but we still managed to do our online work and weekly planned and had a dinner appointment with T and a member the sister have been working with. Then we had our basketball night which was pretty good.

Saturday we stopped by a investigators home who was in the process of opening the door but then just didn't open the door. I don't think he is interested anymore. So we just stopped by Sister Z and C to introduce Elder Griffith and they surprised us with Pancakes and Bacon and Hash-browns so we ate with them and visited B after. Then we went and did our online and went to the Forks, because B told us there was a big festival going on and we might be able to talk to some people. So we went there and it wasn't very big at all, just a stage with some Irish Dancers which was pretty neat, but we left and helped B move some stuff to VV-boutique and gave the P's each a blessing before we went to the C's for A's birthday party and ate a ton of Filipino food and then we went to the L's and finished raking the leaves and Elder Griffith got to meet the L family, then we came home.

Sunday we had missionary correlation meeting and then we went and woke up B for church... and he woke up but then fell back asleep and never ended up coming... then we went and tried to get J to come to Church but she declined and instead X cooked us breakfast. Then church came around and D came and he stayed for sacrament meeting then had to go but it was really good that he came! He really enjoyed it. Then the rest of church was good. We then had lunch and then stopped by some of our investigators who we couldn't get a hold of. But that was to no avail. Stopped by some members the ward has been trying to track down but I am pretty sure they are dead, or 103 years old. Then we shoveled sister F's walkways and she discovered us and made us come in and fed us dinner. Then we walked around a bit but no one was around so we went home collected indicators and then looked through our huge less-active list!

But I love you, you have a great day! Take care!

-Love Elder Shane Dola

Monday, November 10, 2014

November 10

Monday had p-day and stopped by a few others

Tuesday we had a Zone Training meeting and went for lunch then were busy the rest of the day and visited with brother L and had a good discussion with him

Wednesday we visited with J and X in the morning and then told on the high school kids to their principal for trashing the church parking lot then we went for lunch at Mongo's Grill and I got my lunch for free because it was my Birthday. So did Elder Spell because one of the cooks accidentally threw an egg at him and Elder Pestridge  got his for free too because they found a giant hair in his while they were cooking it. So it wasn't even that special because other people got free meals too! But that was good then we went and helped a member's friend clean out her house as she just had everything thrown into her apartment from her friend who just died. That was good. we explained to her what we did as missionaries and ended up taking a car load of dishes with us then we went and had dinner with the L family and taught a lesson then I had to do a baptismal interview for the sisters baptismal candidate. Then we went with the sisters and Zone leaders and had a turnover lesson to the sisters from the Zone Leaders.

Thursday we got together with our district and washed the dishes at the church for 2 hours, then we had our studies, did online, and gave M her dishes back.  Ee ended up teaching her a bit of the plan of salvation and were able to make her a new investigator then right after we went and visited D, who we have been contacting for quite a while and we taught him a bit of the plan of salvation and made him a new investigator too! Then we went and dropped some stuff off at VV-boutique and then helped sister C make sandwiches for the homeless the rest of the night. And we walked around looking for people to teach.

Friday we did our online and got water for the P's and then we went to the library and weekly planned. Then we stopped by a few people and had dinner with Sister Z and C and they bought all of the missionaries in our district Christmas trees for our apartments! Then we went to basketball night.

Saturday we did our online work, got transfer calls and I am staying in Winnipeg another transfer. We went out and had a lunch appointment with the H's and helped him do some things around his house and yard still preparing for the winter. Then we came back, showered, ate dinner, and then we went to the baptism, and cleaned up, and that was our night. 

Sunday we had missionary correlation church, which was good. We got 8 of our Less-Actives we have been working with attend church. Then we had lunch and a correlation meeting as a district for the list of all members and part-member families and Prospective elders and unbaptized children of record. Then we did our online work and had a dinner appointment with J and X.

Monday, November 3, 2014

November 3

This week went pretty good

Monday we had P-day and then we had a really good visit with a member who is allergic to the carpet and so is her daughter so they have a hard time coming out to church... but we brought Brother D with us. They really appreciated the visit. Then we went and contacted some of the potential investigators that we had tracted into on the previous Friday and the first one was busy but M, the second one, let us in and we had a really great experience with him. He is First Nations and turns out that he has always had a belief in Christ and has always wanted to learn more as he has always been the rock and main support in his family. His biggest concern was "Why doesn't God speak to men anymore like he did with Adam and Moses and Noah?" and "Why are there so many different Church's" and "What is going to happen to me after this life?" All perfect questions! It was great to be able to answer him and he really believed what we were sharing with him and the spirit was really strong, he accepted the invitation to be baptized, read the Book of Mormon and to come to church that Sunday! It was really exciting, definitely the most successful finding and teaching situation I have had here in Winnipeg!

Tuesday we helped sister Z clean up and organize her basement and got to hang out with her non-member husband then we had did online work and stopped by some potential investigators that we have been working with, saw J and X and read some of the Book of Mormon with them.

Wednesday we had district meeting and then we had lunch and made some poppies for sister C for the meals that she hand out to the homeless. Then we met with Brother L and had a good meeting with him and his Catholic-baptized Mormon wife joined with and we had a good meeting and she surprised us with cooking us a very large dinner. Then we went and visited B and he is doing well, then we went and were with X and J the rest of the night they had invited us to dinner

Thursday is was cold, we did our online work and visited Br at his shop and his friend was there who Br invited right there if he was interested in hear what we have to say and he was so we are going to be teaching him this week!. Then we had lunch and mowed sister F's lawns an had dinner and then we went and looked for people to teach

Friday we went out to G's place and split a ton of wood probably 3 times as much as we did the last time that we went out there and put some of his bee hives away into the bee house for the winter. Then we went to Sister Z's house for dinner and were there all night we helped her hand out Halloween candy all night   

Saturday we went to a bible study at the SDA which was good we got to share out thoughts and beliefs and the good thing was that almost everyone there except the pastor who was running the study were of different belief! Then we were there for their service and had been previously been invited over for dinner by one of the Elders in their congregation so we went there and had a good visit with them and had some good discussions on religion and had their completely vegan meal which was surprisingly good! Then we rushed over to Giant Tiger and helped with a service project with the Boys and Girls Club organization and met a really nice guy there who was also volunteering who has a brother in Boston who is a convert of the church! So that was good we had dinner and stopped by a few to no avail did online and then went for ice-cream to celebrate one of the sisters in our Districts birthday!

Sunday we got up thinking that it was 6:10 but really it was 7:10 (I set the clock back on the phone an hour for day-light savings but the phone decided to set it back another hour) so we were late for our missionary correlation meeting at 7:30...but after the meeting we went to M's and he didn't answer the door and the phone number he gave us was wrong but church was good even though M didn't come. Brother L came and Brother S came who are both Less-actives who we have been working with. We helped with the Giant Tiger Thing again that afternoon and had a good conversation with a girl who was volunteering there from Selkirk and referred her to the missionaries there. Then we had dinner and contacted some people but no one was home did our online work and tried to street contact but no one was on the streets that night so we came home collected indicators and that was our night!

Today the sisters cut my hair and did a very bad job. We went to p-day activity and then to Boston Pizza with almost the whole Zone to celebrate sister D's birthday today and then we went shopping at Costco for groceries and then now we are e-mailing..

Thanks for the e-mail! I love you you take care! 

-Love Elder Shane Dola

Sunday, November 2, 2014

October 27

This week was rather interesting. Gave a lot of Priesthood blessings.

Monday we had our P-day and then we met with X and J and taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ which was going pretty good until we explained receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by those who hold the proper Priesthood authority. She got really mad because she knew that it was only men who hold the priesthood. So that lesson went completely down hill.

Tuesday we weekly planned, had lunch, did our online work, and raked some leaves for some people, stopped by a few members, did some street contacting to no avail. Had dinner and stopped by some former investigators and had a pretty good success, hopefully will be working with them soon, Then we went to Bishop Gatz's home, had a really good visit with him and his family and had a good lesson and some good dessert!

Wednesday we had our district meeting, had district lunch and had to stay at the church and watch it for a while because they were doing voting in the gym for the election here in Winnipeg. After that, we did our online work and tried to find more people to teach the rest of the day, and then had our appointment cancelled that night, and started our exchanges. 

Thursday, while on exchanges Elder P and I cleansed his apartment of their nasty futon mattress and threw it out the 6 story window. Then we did our online work, had lunch, and jumped on a bus and went down town and walked down Portage Ave...We ran into some of the most down-trodden people I have ever seen, and some people who I am pretty sure were on some pretty serious drugs! I really can tell why Winnipeg has such a bad name after walking there for a while! But nonetheless, it was very fun. We ran into a man who chose to be homeless to follow the way that Christ lived and he had met missionaries before, he invited us to the church for the Homeless that is in Winnipeg. While talking with him we got interrupted by a lady who gave us some pamphlets and warned us that God is an angry, killing, punishing God etc etc and that the bible was a warning for us to follow. So met them and ventured into some of the Winnipeg Tunnels and then back out and talked with quite a few people and weren't able to set any appointments but we gave out a lot of pass-along cards, all of the ones we had actually. We were looking for the Jehovah Witnesses because they usually have some of their members on the street and have stands and we were going to go and meet them and see if we could get some ideas about maybe doing the same thing downtown but we never found them but we made a random turn and ended up in China Town and ran into a girl who called us over and told us she was baptized when she was 12 and was just thinking about coming back to church and then she saw us! Then we were heading back to a bus stop and ran across a Church of Scientology and stopped by and that was the weirdest thing I have ever experienced... they gave us a free personality test and told us how to better ourselves through there Dianetics and other interesting stuff then we gave them some pass-along cards and shared some of our beliefs with them. Then we were heading back to a bus stop and a guy while walking piped in "YOU GUYS REALLY NEED TO KEEP IT TO YOURSELF" and kept on walking. Then when we got on the bus, a creepy lady stared straight at me for like 5 minutes for no reason. Then we got home, had dinner, and walked and I met M, the new investigator who is Muslim and a very nice man.

Friday we weekly planned and had lunch, had our appointment cancelled, and then we saw sister Z and C and set up some appointments to see them. Contacted some more LA members and tracted out a whole neighborhood, had dinner, had our other appointment cancelled, went to basketball and one of the kids we met tracting came and it was a really good night. 

Saturday we went out and helped Brother Heieie do all kinds of stuff around his yard and his house preparing for winter and went to a corn maze and petting zoo with their family, and ate pizza.

Sunday we had missionary correlation and Church and M came, looking really classy in a white suit and pin-stripped shirt. We gave the sacrament to Bro L in his home and gave him a blessing. We had the rest of church, did our online, had our appointment cancelled. Then we ended up helping Sister L clean out water from her basement, had a dry shredded wheat patty for dinner, and then we went to the mission fireside.

But I love you, you take care! Talk to you later!

-Love Elder Shane Dola

All the food in our cupboard!