"Go ye therefore and teach all nations . . ." Matthew 28:19

"Go ye therefore and teach all nations . . ." Matthew 28:19

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Week 29 - Worner's, Court, and Ice

Bonjour à tous!

For starters this week the Worner's are back!!! It's been amazing to see them and spend time with them and hear about life in good 'ole Utah. It's so great to have them back! They are such a strength to us! 

Also, we went to court this week which was interesting. Back story: Last summer the two Elders that were here were knocking on doors trying to find potential investigators and they were outside talking to a guy when another guy came out of his apartment shouting and waving a knife and he proceeded to attack the guy they were talking with. Police showed up and the guy was arrested and that was that. Well the court case was this past week so one of the Elders who witnessed the attack had to come back to Rimouski to testify, since the other has since finished his mission and returned home. 

So this Elder, Elder Stothart, is on a 8 hour bus ride from his area of Cornwall to Rimouski when I get a call from the court saying that the guy pleaded guilty and there wouldn't be a need for Elder Stothart to come back. Unfortunately he was already on the bus so we were told that if we came by the court the next day with all the relevant court paperwork that Elder Stothart would be reimbursed. It was kind of confusing, but we went to the courthouse and the court reimbursed Elder Stothart and that was that.

The weather has been weird with a lot of freezing rain so the walkways are really icy. Elder Stothart and I managed to slip multiple times. We were walking to the courthouse and we were crossing at a crosswalk and just as we reached the sidewalk I lost my balance and almost fell. Immediately after that I hear a groaning and I turn around to see Elder Stothart on the ground flat on his back. On the way back from the courthouse it was a downhill walk... so I bet you can guess what happened. I slipped and since it was downhill gravity took over and it turned into basically an unintentional slide tackle into Elder Stothart. Gotta love ice.

In religious news, we had several good lessons with our members. They've been reading in the scriptures more and have been more involved since we started reading the Book of Mormon over with them which has been incredible. I hope one day I get to meet our member Michael. He works up north, a plane ride away, so he is unable to make it to church or even to Rimouski, but we call him multiple times a week, read in the Book of Mormon, and discuss different things that we liked and learned. What I love about Michael is that when we discuss different verses and chapters he doesn't focus on the well known scripture mastery. He talks about verses that sometimes I don't think twice about and we have a good five minute conversation on the different spiritual applications. He is such an example to me about ongoing conversion. He could quite easily just say I'm too busy and too far away I'll just read my scriptures when I have the chance, but instead he arranged a system many missionaries before me to have them call him and have lessons with him. 

In church we had a great Sunday School lesson about three different Liahona's we have in our personal lives. We have the Holy Ghost, Patriarchal Blessings, and our own consciences. All three guide us to make righteous decisions and be better people, but similarly to the Liahona Lehi's family had, it works better with faith. Faith to accept God's will over our own and faith to do whatever is asked of us. Faith is a principle of action and of power. I know for myself personally I still have a lot to work on when it comes to faith. I hope that we all improve and become better day by day continuing to be more faithful, more obedient, and more responsive to promptings we are given. As servants of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ we should always be on their errand but to do so we have to be attentive to the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. 

I love you all so much and miss you just the same! Have a great week and as always, stay safe, and stay faithful!! 


Elder DiReda

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