Tuesday, 17 July 2018

All Done Transfer One

When President and Sister Nelson spoke in Calgary Sister Nelson alluded to big roadblocks prior to the broadcasts. She didn't explain what those things were but just said that Satan is real and wants to stop this work. Jill's letter explains more about what Sister Nelson was talking about. Fascinating! Here is her letter this week:

Hi everyone! I'm writing you from the most patriotic country in the world at the moment! These people sure love their soccer! President wanted us in our apartments for the whole time the final game was on, in case things got a little rowdy. Which they did. People were yell g and honking until super late at night! 

We had a lot of cool experiences this week! The head of the missionary department of the church stopped by so that was a little nerve wracking! But not as nerve wracking as the next week when one of the visitors Centre instructors that taught me in the MTC came in. 😅 

The missionary department head is named Elder Nielson. And he shared a really cool story with us about President Nelson! On the Friday of the Be One devotional, he had a super sore throat. After the devotional it got worse and worse until Sunday, when he was supposed to address the youth about the gathering of Israel. It got bad that he literally couldnot talk! He knew that what he had to say was so important and would make such a difference that the adversary was trying to stop him! He asked Elder Oaks and elder Eyering to give him a blessing,and because of that he was able to talk and give his message at that devotional with such strength! You guys have to listen to it!! Again!!!

Bastille day was this week too! We didn't do too much to celebrate, but we did invite one of our people to be baptized on my birthday! (August 18 in case anyone wants to send gifts) but really what better gift could I ask for! 

I hope everyone is having a great week! I'd love to hear about what's going on in the world! 

Soeur Ackroyd

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Summer Update

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The Week of Seven (jk! Two!) Plagues

This week's Jill's P-Day got changed to Tuesday so that a bunch of missionaries could go to the temple. She even saw her friend from school, Sedric LaPlante....now known as Elder LePlante! Peirce laughed when he saw the picture. He said, "It's like they're strangers, the way they're standing!" Ah yes. Mission rules!

Get ready...there's some crazy stories in this one:

So this week started off amazing!

We had a really good lesson with one of our "amies" about the priesthood! We taught him how it's direct revelation from Heavenly Father, made to suit our needs. We got the Visitors Centre Director, Elder Woods, to give him a blessing! It was incredible! Literally everything that we wanted him to hear and understand was said. He was even promised that if he would keep pushing his own limits and strengthening his relationship with Heavenly Father, he could have a family sealed together for eternity in the temple! Everyone present was really touched by the spirit. It inspired me to consider having more priesthood blessings!

Also this week was the BYU folk dancers performance! It was amazing!! They did a really cool Indonesian dance that looked like an elaborate secret handshake. Another highlight was when they sang the song from footloose called "fake ID" but changed the lyrics to make it about the BYU creamery. It was really fun and nice to listen to some different music! It was a great missionary opportunity too! One lady in another ward invited 120 people!!! 

Honestly after that the week got pretty wild!! On Friday night we finally got an exterminator to come and kill this HUGE wasp nest that was in the door frame that led to the patio. The exterminator told us it was pretty dangerous and that we shouldn't have waited so long to call him. But the answer was mostly because there was this horrible chair on our patio from long gone missionaries, so we didn't need to go out there anyways. (I attached a before and an after picture)

So he took care of that.... And we were happy to have his number because we needed it again a few day later!! Yesterday One of the other sisters in the apartment woke up to rice all over the floor. And then when she looked at it closer the rice started moving!!!! There were like 200 maggots on our floor! We canceled all our missionary work for the morning and spent literally eight hours cleaning. Just picture the scene: 6:30am, four sister missionaries running around stomping on worms, trying not to cry, scream or barf respectively. Needless to say, our neighbors aren't going to be learning about the church anytime soon.

But things shaped up today when we went to the temple! It was so amazing to finally go and see the real version of the temple model that we always teach with! Even with the incredible spirit that surrounds missionaries, the temple is incomparable! I even got to see my friend Elder Laplante!

Old high school friends!