Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27, 2015
Salut Family and Friends!
Lovely Laval-cute cobblestone road.
" Let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance to see the salvation of God and for his arm to be revealed."- D& C 123:17
      This week I learned that you just have to do all that you can do and than leave the rest in the
Beaver's Tail (aka scone shaped like one).
Notre Dame (our lady) Cathedral
Exact Replica of Notre Dame in France
 Lord's hand. It can be frustrating when people don't show up for their appointment, or 'come to church or read. But what I realized is-that we just have to do all that we can do, that is within our power, and work as hard as we can and than just leave the rest in God's hands. This is his work and he knows what's best for each of us and those we teach. And at the end of the day we just have to remember that. 
P-day with the Sisters
       We had some pretty powerful lessons with one of our investigators, and she even came to a  baptism. It was a beautiful baptism and the Spirit was so strong. One of my favorite things at baptisms is after the person gets baptized -to see the happiness that they experience right after and the Spirit that they radiate. As our investigator said, "there is just this energy that you can feel from her. It's the Holy Ghost."
There have been many times this week that we have felt guided. Specifically, we had a lesson with an investigator and had the bishop there for the lesson. Unfortunately, we went to the door and no one answered and when we called the same thing happened. After waiting for a few minutes and than getting into our cars the bishop drove away and right as we were pulling out I turned to Sister Mildrum and just felt like she was there and we needed to try again. Sister Mildum called her and she was home! She had been in the parking garage and so she hadn't  heard the buzzer. We were able to call the bishop, who was just a block ahead and have a very spiritual lesson. It was was so powerful to me to feel the spirit, act and than see the results. To do all that we could do and than see the Lord's hand in HIS work. It was a very special experience for me.  I know that this is God's work and that he is very aware of each of us and our situation and will guide us and provide a way when we have done all that we  can do.  He directs this work just as he directs this church! I feel so blessed to be here in lovely Lavel, to help him in his work!
Old Montreal
Old Port
Love you all! 
Soeur Rawlings

Monday, July 20, 2015

July 20, 2015

       This was a crazy, busy, exhausting but miraculous week!  But wow- talk about miracles! The
First time on the Metro in Montreal!
Lord is really preparing the hearts of people for us to teach. I've decided it all comes down to the equation   Obedience + Faith = Miracles
       At the beginning of the week we were needing new people to teach and thru lots of hard work we were able to find two new people to teach. 
       The amazing thing is that the first one was in...Spanish. Now, I don't know a lot of French but I know even less Spanish, but we prayed and prayed that we would both be  able to understand him and help him feel the Spirit and during the first lesson I felt what they say when they talk about the gift of tongues. Somehow...(well through the Spirit) I was able to understand what he was saying, it was an amazing thing! I couldn't really respond except in French but it was amazing to see how when we do all that we can that the Lord will use us, even if we are not qualified.... for truly God qualifies who he calls. 
The market! Tons of fruits and veggies.
       The other new person we found was a former investigator who they taught a few months ago. We were able to meet with her twice and woah-what spiritual lessons. We taught the doctrine through the Book of Mormon and things just clicked for her. It was amazing to hear how the Lord is truly guiding her in her life and to be a part of it. 
       We've meet lots of people this week and have been really trying to walk to  meet more people.  It's been really fun because in my genealogy I have ancestors from Greece and this past week we have meet many Greek families, so we are able to talk a little bit about that which has been fun.  
Colombian dish!
   Don't worry about me and my compnion starving- we make a pretty good cooking team! The picture shows a columbian dish-!:) Yum!
       We've also had a really fun service opportunity-to work in a kitchen and help prepare older peoples' meals. It has been really fun! Makes me feel like I'm in a little French Kitchen, like in Ratiitiollee(spelling?), the Disney movie. We've helped peal hundreds of carrots, make dough,  cut, packages and other stuff. It has been really fun!
       The French has been  bit stressful. After three hours of Church and another two hours of meetings, I was pretty exhausted but it's coming. I'm slowly understanding just a little bit more each day.  Still not!  Not too shocked. But I know that the Lord knows exactly where we need to be and if I do everything that I can in my power than he will help me be the most effective tool in his hands!
Soeur Rawlings

Monday, July 13, 2015

Good bye to Cromwell pictures!
Luke and us!

Christy Cuzack  (my cousin)!

Last supper in Cromwell.

Raquel and me!

Last time with Sister Lindquist.


Bonjour, Hola, hello, salam a la comme(arabic),chidobre dubrikle( polish),

That is just a few of the languages that we have come in contact with this week here in Lavel. :)
Transfers were this week. My companion is Sister Mildrum from Albert Canada,  who has been out for 8 months.
She was called in Spanish and is also learning French. She s the best! It has really been such a good week. We're practically twins-we are so similar!
Lavel is a beautiful area. Very much a city- which makes it very interesting to drive in. There is so much culture here, I absolutely love it!
Just the other day we went to some Morrocan woman's home. They were so sweet and really went out of there way, making all this food and drinks. They really showed us hospitality. They also taught us some Arabic, and we even got invited to their daughter's wedding! 
We have meet people from Greece, Poland, Morocco, Haiti, Columbia,... and there are more's really interesting learning about all the different cultures. Love it!
Just yesterday we were running low on kilometers for our car so we decided to walk to and from church and talk to EVERYONE! We talked to this Greek family sitting outside and had a really good conversation (this one was in English). It's amazing-we testified and she told us what she believed and at the end of the conversation she gave us her number and accepted a card from us. 
Something that I love about here is that everyone does bisou (spelling?)  which is where you kiss each other on each cheek. It is done when you first talk to someone or after you meet someone or after you are parting.

Look who I found at transfers! The MTC Gang!
Most of the area is French but there is a good chunk of members who speak Spanish. So the it is a bit difficult for me when I don t know if i don't understand the french or if the reason I don't understand is because it is Spanish. It is kinda crazy though because just today I felt like I was starting to understand the Spainsh... gift of tongues.  I know your all wondering, How's the french... it is good. I can understand for the most part-if I really, really concentrate. I don't understand every word but for the most part I know what's going on but responding is a whole other story. My French is a bit slow but I'm trying and practicing. Sister Milldam is amazing and so patient with me.  But I've already seen an improvement. I look forward to the day when I can understand it without much thought.... patience.That seems to be one of the themes of my mission.  But I love it here! We have  already seen some miracles and I am so excited for the coming week!
 Bissoux, je vous aime!
Sister Dexter-awesome sister from Tahiti!
Soeur Rawlings
We meet again...Demi-so sweet and the first person I met in Canada.

Monday, July 6, 2015

July 6, 2015

Well transfer calls were Saturday... and drum roll.......I"m being transferred to Lavel, Quebec (North of Montreal)... French Speaking!  I'm pretty excited but it's bitter sweet. I love Cornwall and all the people I've meet, they are all just wonderful.  

 I'm kinda pressed for time so, I'll just explain the week in photos:)
After zone conference the sisters went out for Thai food.
Last District Photo.
The first lesson I taught as a missionary was with Christine.

Sister Malyon

Dinner with Meghan and Miguel.
Sister Greeves

Sister, soon to be Seour Rawlings!