April 20, 2015
This week was a very blessed week, we were able to receive 8 new investigators and had many other successes.
Monday we had P-day and visited with some people.
Tuesday we made invites to our potluck dinner went around handing those out for a while then we saw R. Visited with W and then we were able to start teaching a new family, T who we contacted coincidentally last week, who is a member, has three kids who she wants to be baptized. So we got to meet with them that day and had a really good discussion with them and invited two of them to be baptized and they accepted. Following that we watched some conference talks with M and had a good discussion with her and her trying to quit smoking.
Wednesday we were out and about again handing out invited to potluck and then we saw W and then we were able to start teaching another part member family and committed all of the kids to be baptized and they accepted. It was a really great experience to see J, their father who is a member but has never really attended church, ask some really great questions.
Thursday we had district meeting over Skype as per usual then we went over to L's and helped him rake up some leaves in his yard and then we had a good discussion with him and had dinner with him. Then we visited with W and then we saw J and he wasn't doing so well since he is going through Chemotherapy again but we prayed with him and then rushed back to L's and helped his step-son load a bunch of garbage into his truck then we rushed back to the church for our youth-night which was great, we played capture the flag and all had a good time.
Friday we had breakfast at W's and then we went to the school and helped out in the Cafeteria which is great because we always get spend time with the workers there who are all less-active members. We then had lunch, weekly planned and then visited with W and her family before they headed off to Regina, Then we went over and visited the R's and played some lacrosse with kids and they had some friends there too and we then went inside and their friends wanted to come and listen to our message and we were able to teach them and they all asked if they could be baptized it was great! Then we had dinner and stopped by KC and saw O and had a really good conversation with him. Then we stopped by some other investigators and members but they weren't home.
Saturday we went to the band hall to hang up some posters and were invited to come to the feast that was to happen in an hour so we went back and got to experience and spend time with the community as guests at one of their feasts they put on in remembrance of some of their relatives who recently passed away. After that we visited with J who is a less active and her boyfriend who is an investigator. While we were over there her sister M came who is also less active and we got to teach them and some of their kids. We then were able to visit with KC and while we were there his nephew who lives down the road he saw us drive up and came over and wanted to listen to our message so we got to teach him and committed him to be baptized and he accepted and wanted to start reading the Book of Mormon too!
Sunday was good we had a great sacrament meeting.Unfortunately only had 24 people out but it was great to have L and 6 other less-active members out including both J and her sister who hasn't been to church since T and T got baptized. Had a good potluck dinner afterwards and then we were surprised by a visit from F and J (taught him in Regina and he got baptized) who were passing through CTK to go up to Balcarres so we had a good visit with them for a bit and prayed and shared a quick message with them! Then we saw W and a couple others before having dinner and then we went to Orson's sweat lodge and it was different than the others I have been to. C who is a strong member of the church, beside him never coming to church, was running the ceremony. It was different because there was no pipe and he basically just prayed and taught and talked about Jesus Christ and the atonement and he talked about the church as well! Then we were given the opportunity to teach in the sweat lodge and bear our testimonies which is a great honor to have. Then after that when we were leaving O gave me an eagle feather to thank me for the work we have done in the community. Receiving an Eagle feather is considered a great honor among the First Nations people as they view the eagles as very sacred. Then K wanted to give me his hand drum before I left too. Great to see the people and the respect that keeps growing and them continually growing closer to coming back to the church!
-Elder Shane Dola