Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Foot is broken, Life is Good! - Week 64 (Transfer 11, Week 2) - 18 July, 2016

Mikkia makes a ride-on shopping cart look good!

Hey everyone!

Another incredible week. Busy busy busy. I'm so grateful to the Lord for keeping me busy. I honestly think I would go crazy if He didn't. When I'm not actively involved in doing the work, I get sad. No need for sadness! Just do what you're supposed to, focus on other people, and all is well. :)

Went on exchanges with Sister Johnson in Orangeville. It was an interesting exchange. I learned a lot about the Spirit and that sometimes missionary work isn't about the people you are teaching, but sometimes it's about your companion. That's something Sister Turley taught me too. She was really good at serving her companions and turning outwards.

Tuesday: Still in Orangeville. Met two nice members of the ward who's children are struggling. We talked with them over lunch about faith and how to help their children who are far away on missions or far away in other ways. It amazes me how much mothers love their children. :) Then we exchanged back and I went on exchanges with the Aurora Hermanas that night. They are in a trio so I was with two of them here in Barrie. I was with Hermana Meyer and Hermana Rowley. We taught the most prepared investigators in the world named R* and T*. R* is in her 20's and was raised Sikh. We taught her how to pray and afterwards she had the biggest smile on her face. She  told us she wants to meet with us because she's heard about Jesus Christ and that he's died for us  and she "feels something". *cough cough the spirit*. Then we taught T* who accepted to be baptized and LOVED learning about the Restoration. We have been working hard to find those with humble hearts and to turn those who aren't ready to keep commitments over to the Lord. Haha that's what I love about Sister Allred: she's not afraid to let people go. I LOVE IT.

Wednesday. Still on exchanges with Aurora. The heat was intense. Really humid. My foot was throbbing and swollen and we were tracting and I was on crutches and I thought I was going to die. But we did it anyway, and sang lots of songs, and pretended it was awesome and all turned out well.
That night we exchanged back for 2 hours so I was with Sister Allred again. We went to a dinner appointment and taught our investigator Iris who's husband recently passed. She is the cutest.
Then we exchanged with the Bracebridge sisters. Sister Kehrer and Sister Detlor!

Thursday: On exchanges with Sister Kehrer and Sister Detlor! Sister Kehrer is my baby and Sister Detlor is her baby!!!! So it was like...grandma on exchanges with mom and grandaughter. LOVE IT. Posterity here in the mission now. We saw lots of miracles! I LOVE THEM. I miss Sister Kehrer and Sister Brown. But they are both doing great.
That night we exchanged back. The zone leaders called and informed us that we were giving an instruction the next morning for skills and interviews and that I was doing the musical number. LOL I love it.

Friday: Skills and interviews with President Shields! We gave an instruction on planning and got TONS of revelation about how to help our area/sisters/zone. LOVED it. Then, FINALLY when skills and interviews was over I finally had the time to go to the doctor. So we went. Got it x-rayed. Found out it's broken. I got a boot. We hurried home to our dinner appointment. Taught the Restoration. Went to coordination with the zone leaders that night. Got home 2 minutes late. Planned for the next day until 10:15. Made some calls. Updated the areabook. 10:30 came around. Time for bed. Turned off the lights and brushed our teeth in the dark.

Saturday: Taught lots of awesome lessons. Did weekly planning finally because it was our first day together as companions.

Sunday: Church. Taught lots of investigators. Visited Sister Reeve in the hospital. Followed up with all the Sisters on exchange commitments. Talked to the zone leaders and district leader. Went and taught a bunch with Sister Lofters and tracted with her. She is the bomb. She gave us lemonade.

That's all.

I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!! This week I learned a lot about diligence and never giving up. I was reminded that the Lord loves me.
On other cool news and miracles, do you remember P*?!?! (The Attorney from Pakistan) He was finally baptized this week. And guess what?! My former companion Sister Anthony is serving where he is now in Etobicoke and is the one who got to help him get there. I love this mission. It has changed me life. I'm so grateful to be here.

Love you,

Sister Mikkia Osman

From another email:

Questions for the week?

How has Heavenly Father been speaking to you lately?
Um....the usual way? I don't know. That's a good question. I have been wondering that myself! I don't know, usually when he does it's through thoughts. Like when we are knocking doors I will just know in my head that I need to knock on a certain one or that I need to talk to a certain person. Usually it's at a very inconvenient time so it makes it harder for me to follow it, but if I don't then he doesn't give me anymore. So I've learned to follow every impression or else I'll be in the dark and that's no fun. I've gotten really good at following the spirit in lessons. I honestly feel like I just open my mouth an it's filled. I just know what to say. Not perfectly 100% of the time, but I feel like I've practiced enough now that I know when the spirit is telling me to speak and what he's telling me to say, and when he gives me the answers to their questions in my head but tells me not to say them. There are often times when the spirit tell me not to answer their questions or speak, because I know they wouldn't value the answer and it wouldn't be good enough for them. There would be no use in teaching them what they won't learn. So sometimes the spirit just stops my lips and stays my mouth and forbids me to speak. I'm always grateful during those times. Sometimes I wish everyone would just stop talking for two seconds and be quiet. My mission has taught me a lot of patience...but in some ways I think it's also made me way more frustrated. I wish everyone would just stop talking and LISTEN. If they would just do that, then they would get there answers. But that's how the spirit works: he won't talk or let God's servants talk if you won't listen.

What have you been asking Heavenly Father?
Who is supposed to be baptized? What am I missing? What do you need me to do to help our sisters feel more successful and be more obedient? How can we help people get to church. Pretty much I had a big long conversation with him last night begging him to just please help us get people to church. So yeah. Those things that I just listed are what I pray for the most often. Then usually I say thanks for my family at the end of the prayer and ask him to keep you all safe.

Are you good friends with Him?  I love Him and He is one of my best friends! I chat with Him ALL DAY LONG! :) (And mostly I thank Him for my amazing life and You and everyone else who means the world to me!)
Haha yeah. Way good friends. Well actually, maybe not so much good friends as like he's like the only mentore I have on earth that I can tell anything to and that understands everything I say. Sometimes I get really annoyed because no one understands what my mission is like, because straight up no one is me. But he always does. And he always finds some way to call me to repentance and keep me on the straight and narrow. ;) Something I've been wondering lately is how I can know what he thinks about me...Like I feel like I know what he thinks of me, but I want more specifics so that I can know where to improve and what I'm doing well. specifically.

"Osman Family defensive measures against the great Canadian postal strike."
The Canada Post office has been striking, thus no letters could be sent for a while, but we found a kind soul who was traveling to Toronto and took Sister Osman's letters and some treats directly to her.
We love kind people! Thank you!

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