Monday, June 22, 2015

May 25, 2015

Hey everyone! So apparently I need to wish you all a happy Memorial Day! To be honest, I was completely oblivious to that fact until someone clued me in.... Hopefully you all have nice weather for celebrating!

Also, I realized my email list wasn't sending to everyone, so hopefully now it will be more consistent :) (Hopefully you've been able to see stuff on the blog though)

Where do I even begin for this week.....

This past week half of my zone (4 companionships) got purge calls, or in other words, we were told BOTH companions were being transferred out. Not only that, but they also told everyone to close out their apartments as well! So, Calgary West zone was in upheaval all weak trying to pack, clean and be ready to go who knows where! For those of you who haven't served missions, this is super crazy and rare, because normally at the end of a transfer one companion leaves, one stays to transition. But for 4 areas  to be cleared out completely - that is something else! We later found out that by the end of summer we will be losing about 30% of the missionaries out, so everything is downsizing. This is also the last transfer before we get our new Mission President.

Anyway, we showed up at the transfer station, and I ended up going to the Calgary North Zone, in the Coventry Ward. (It's right near the Airport, and the zone covers the northern most part of our mission boundaries). My new companion is Sister Widgren from Kansas, and she has been out about 6 months. So far she has enjoyed "greenie-busting" me. :)

Oh, and one other thing: at transfers we were informed that they are cracking down on mileage. So basically, everyone has an allotted number of clicks for the month, and if we go over, then our keys get taken and we walk for the remainder of the month!! So, half our north zone started out transfers getting parked, and now everyone's kinda freaking out a little. Sister Widgren and I are safe, but being frugal with clicks, so we have walked a LOT. Sadly, this area is much more hilly then my last one. But it will all work out.:)

It's been crazy trying to transition from one area to another (this being my first time). Part of my brain is still worrying about what we had going in the west, and now I'm trying to figure out the north. But as a super awesome way to start off the transfer we got an investigator on date to be baptized next month!

Missionary work is awesome, and finding people ready to receive the gospel is incredible. I can hardly believe it's already been 3 months! The days go by slowly, but the weeks go by fast- not sure why.

"Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.
Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;
For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;
And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.
Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.
Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen."
(Doctrine & Covenants 4)

Sister Patterson

May 19, 2015 - Pictures

Zone P-day activity at the park - Zorb Balls!!!

Goodbye to the Zone (end of transfer).
The one in front with the hat is an Elder going home, and he is a bit of a cowboy. That is his custom flag in front. ;)

Found a "maze" garden.


May 19, 2015

Hey ya'll, sorry it's been a while, it's been crazy busy.

The transfer is coming to a close, and I can't believe how quickly its gone by! My 12 weeks as a greenie are just about done, but to be honest, I still feel like there's a ton left to learn.

We have been keeping busy in a variety of ways. For one, spring has finally come (although this past weekend was stormy/snowy/icy), so it's been a great opportunity to help both members and non-members with service (yard work, moving, etc). Our zone pulled together to help move an elderly lady (not a member) to a new apartment, and it proved to be a LOT of hard work. But it was totally worth it to build that relationship of a positive view of the church. Hopefully in months to come missionaries will be able to go back and teach her the gospel. :)

We've been able to make a lot of progress with getting in to teach less actives in the ward, and it's been amazing to watch as we teach and extend invitations, and as they follow through on their commitments, that there is an immediate change in their lives; the spirit is stronger and the blessings seem to pour from heaven as they start making those changes necessary to be more aligned with the gospel. Heavenly Father truly does bless us the very moment we start to change and turn to Him. As we are patient with ourselves and persistent in our efforts, we will notice our lives filling with light and clarity, with strength and peace to continue on. Our bishop has extended to the ward an invitation of one way in which we can experience these blessings: begin daily scripture study with prayer, and read with a question in mind. I would like to invite you all to do the same. I can promise as you make a consistent effort, you will be blessed with the answers you seek. Starting with prayer is like opening a window for revelation to more easily enter, and lets our Father in Heaven know that we are ready and willing to listen and learn. As we pray we talk to him, but it is as we search the scriptures, that He talks to us. I can promise that this invitation is a simple but effective way to find greater spiritual guidance for our lives, and that when we make our best effort to search, ponder and pray, we will be blessed with answers.

I love you all,
Sister Patterson