I can't believe it's Monday again! I feel like the fast forward button has been on the past few months. Time is going by much too quickly! It sounds like everyone is doing well:) It makes my heart so happy! We are also happily trucking along here in the CMM. This week was beautiful and eventful and equally disappointing and trying.
We had a really really really hard time getting our investigators to keep appointments, follow through with commitments, etc. Something to do with the nice weather I think. I felt like we were being sufficiently humbled after an incredible four weeks of back to back appointments. But the Lord in His wisdom knows best and I will continue to strive to be humble enough to accept His will.
On Tuesday after getting smurfed( i.e. our investigators didn't show up for their appts) 3 times in a row, my comp and I were walking through the park and there was this cool hippie guy sitting on a park bench. We watched him and realized that he was feeding squirrels on his lap!!! Squirrels don't normally sit on your lap so we thought this was pretty epic. We sauntered over and started up a conversation with him about his ability to feed squirrels, at which point he said, "it's easy. Sit down." So we sat down and he said, "Put your leg out." My immediate reaction was to think "Excuse me hippie man!". But he looked serious so I did. He handed me an almond and said, "Show the squirrel." So I did and he was right this little squirrel came scampering up my leg sat on my lap and ate the almond. This went on for about 30 minutes and I just wanted to squish these little guys they were so cute. And then I felt like a Disney princess and then I felt like a weirdo because I realized people were walking by and pointing. I was super happy because one time Elder Meza told a story about how he got to shake a squirrels hand, now I can tell a squirrel story too:) Long story short, that is how our worst day turned into the best day ever;)
This week my comp and I were invited to attend Zone Leader Council in Montreal. I felt so cool;) Until we got to Montreal. Then I felt like a greenie all over again. I used to think Ottawa was big, but in comparison to Montreal, Ottawa is a little postage stamp. Side note: I pretty much can navigate around Ottawa in my sleep now, which is crazy because before my mission I didn't have a clue where north was. Now I'm like a regular Magellan. Anyway, ZLC was really cool! I felt like it was a good experience for me to have because it really put into perspective a lot of the why behind the administrative stuff we have in the mission. It also was a cool experience to spend time with the Cannons, who I adore. President and Sister Cannon as usual had really awesome advice and fed us well:)
Last night we had a really cool lesson with Leah, the little chica we met on the bus last week. She was absolutely floored by the Book of Mormon and I could see so much happiness in her eyes when we gave her a copy of her own. As we explained the experience of the first vision she let out multiple gasps as if everything we were telling her was so wildly incredible. Before we left she told us that she wants us to teach her whole family! We were so happy and quickly jumped on the opportunity. It was such a blessing to be given an amazing investigator like Leah after the crazy week we had. It was a tender mercy of the Lord that reminded me that he is there.
This week I was studying in Mormon 9. It's a chapter about miracles and the Christ and is probably one of my favorites in the BOM. I really love verses 9-11 which read: