Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 4, 2016 P-Day #10

July 4, 2016  P-Day #10
Hello hello my sweet humans!! Happy 4th of July!! Eat sooo many hot dogs and watch fireworks for me okay??
Canada Day was this week! So I did get a BBQ with the branch and some fireworks(:
Today Sister Anderson and I are up in Gander with some Sisters, we had sleepover with them last night and now we are going to have some 4th of July fun this P-day!! 
Sooo this week has been the coolest!! Sister Anderson and I got to do something most missionaries don't even dream of doing on their missions...CAMPING!! 
Yup, that's right! We went camping this week with the young women in our branch! The coolest part is that our 14 year old investigator who gets baptized this month (July 30th) was there and then all the other young women there aren't members! They and their families are former investigators, and the girls just kept coming to young women's! So that was a super great experience! We did an activity with them that was AMAZING!! So to start we read the theme for the youth this year, 2nd Nephi 31:20 "Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hop, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life."
We explained to them that we would be doing and an activity with them and the only help we were giving them was this scripture. We told them we would give them something that was Christ, and they would have to be steadfast and never let go of that thing if they wanted to reach the end and receive eternal life.  Then we told them to feast upon the word of Christ, which was what we (the missionaries) were telling them and that they shouldn't listen to anyone else.  But that if they needed help they only needed to ask us. Then they were all excited thinking it would be sooo easy...BUT then we pulled out blindfolds! Haha their faces were priceless! So we blindfolded them and then lead them to the rope course we had set up. We had tied a rope through the forest from tree to tree leading back to our campsite. One by one we put the girls on the rope (Christ) and told them to be steadfast. This is were the leaders came in, they were the adversary and were trying to get the girls of course.  Now I was thinking Sister Anderson and I would have to do a lot of saving, but to my surprise every time one of the girls was told to "let go and I'll help you over that log then I'll put you back on" by one of the leaders their immediate response was "NO! I cannot let go of the rope!!" One of the girls even fell, but she still held on with all her might and did not let go! It was amazing!! They truly understood being steadfast in Christ and they all held on for dear life, because they knew eternal life was at stake! 
The coolest thing about this whole experience is the leaders told us up until this point they were really struggling with the girls, and none of them (accept our investigator, wooo!!) would read scriptures and were refusing to participate in the spiritual activities.  Then after our activity the girls were arguing over who got to pray and asking if would be okay if we all knelt to pray!! It was amazing to see the spirit working in them!!  

Funny story of the week:
Soooo you know when you complain about something so then it happens ALL the time after that...well I had an experience with that and shirtless old men this week haha! While out and about knocking this older man answered his door shirtless and after as we were walking away I was like, "oh my gosh, does he not realize he should probably put a shirt on to answer the door??" Sooo pretty much every door after was an elderly man with NO SHIRT!! One guy even answered the door with not only no shirt, but no pants as well, and he was a whitey tighty underwear fan! Like what the heck?? Then over the past week its warmed up a ton so pretty much every guy we've talked to has been shirtless!! Sister Anderson thinks it's pretty much the funniest thing ever because she knows I just hate it haha! Our landlord has even decided he is no longer a shirt fan!! So pretty much every time we walk out our front door I am immediately graced with his shirtless presence haha! Heavenly Father sure has a sense of humor! Lucky for me my papa prepared me for seeing shirtless grandpas (; 

Thank you everyone for the love and support!! I hope you have the BEST week!! Celebrate it up! I love you all!!  Make it magical!

-Sista Hird

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