Monday, June 22, 2015

Little Things Can Bring Big Changes

Yesterday, Sister Chan and I went to ward council at "really early" in teh morning, which evens out to 7am. While we were there we got a call from a couple people. 

We got a call from our sister training leaders and turned the phone on mute because our mission president has asked us to not answer phone calls (no matter who it is, including himself) during meetings. 

We didn't answer. We put the phone on silent instead of vibrate and then kept in in our pockets till the end of the meeting. When we were leaving the meeting at about 8:30, we realized that we had a message from the President. Which does not often happen. 



We went out to call him back, following the instructions he gave on his voice mail. First thing we hear is "Why haven't you been answering all morning?" 

Apparently he had called us a few times. We told him we were in ward council and all his feelings became softer, and said "You sisters are so good! You have such a good bishop and ward mission leader!" That was perfectly said. We have a really good ward. 

He then said, "I have your transfer news for you" We start listening. Sister Chan is training somebody from Ethiopia learning Chinese! And that is super cool! 

And then he told me my news and I am starting somehting I have never done before.



I got my transfer news! It is so exciting! So I have a new companion, I am moving from Sister Chan to Sister Chen. With this little one letter change, so comes the other changes. 

Like me leaving White Rock. I am going from the oldest ward in the Chinese work (most of them are retired) to the youngest age around, 

I am going to the Vancouver YSA ward. And not just this, but Sister Chen and I are reopening a closed area. It was been closed for over a year, and we finally have enough Chinese sisters in the mission that we will be able to go forward with reopening areas! So exciting! 

So we are both new to the area, and we are both excited. We also are going to be the first sister training leaders over the Chinese speaking sisters. So that is pretty cool.  

So things are pretty good! I quite literally started jumping for joy and told President I was super excited. He started laughing at me over the phone and then told us how important it was to him that we do these things. 

I was pretty glad. I love being a missionary and getting to move to as many areas possible to get to talk with as many people possible. I am so blessed. 

I love this gospel. The Lord and His Atonement is so real, and really should be used daily. I know that He will guide us through this work and help us work together and have a successful companionship, successful areas, and most of all growing testimonies. 

What a blessing.
Sister Allen

Found a horse tracting. Because this is White Rock and that happens here.




Friday, June 19, 2015

Scripture Study is the Best

This morning in my studies I was reading about Captain Moroni in Chapter 55 of Alma. In that chapter, Captain Moroni has told the Lamanites a couple times that we will not exchange prisoners to get his people back. He keeps going forward in the story and his plan how it was executed. The Nephites ended up surrounding the other camp and waiting till the Lamanites were all drunk of wine and arming his people who were currently prisoners. It says that they armed every woman, child, and person that could hold a weapon of war. And they say that all these things were done in "profound silence" that nobody would hear, and then the next verse (verse 18) says that even if the Lamanites did wake up that it would not have been a problem and the Nephites could have slain them anyways. Pretty safe guarded. 


As I was reading all I could do was relate it to us as members of the church. We do not negotiate with Satan to give and take prisoners, the same way that Moroni didn't negotiate with the Lamanites, he just prepared to take back the Nephites and help the Lamanites that now were in their land. You think of the wards and the stakes of the church and how we really do our best to not let anybody go, we send missionaries out to get more and have more people stand on our side. We start arming people with weapons of righteousness as young as nursery kids when they start learning the basic principles of the gospel! And we continue to strengthen your armor as you make covenants like baptism and going to the temple.



Soon you read verse 32 that they were being cautious to the Lamanites trying to poison them. The world is no different now trying to put things into our lives that do not belong in the lives of children of God. I love in verse 32 it also says that if it would poison a Lamanite then it would also poison a Nephite, so they took precautions. How is that any different to the commandments we live today? We are taking precautions to the ways of the world and doing our best to live the way that Heavenly Father has proven to us that is most safe.


And then you consider how it was all done in profound silence, what a great way to describe it! The world might know that we are here, but don't quite understand how it is all working out till they become a part of it themselves! Things that go on in the church are not secret, but only through the Spirit will you know the truth of all things, so until they let the Spirit teach them, they won't know what is going. And just like Captain Moroni said, that even if they had woken up, they would have been able to slay them. I really hope we are building our stakes, wards, families, and selves so that we are all going able to slay the not so good parts of the world, the parts that we need to cast out in order to make it where we want to be, with Heavenly Father. Things are good, things are so good in this gospel! Heavenly Father literally prepares nursery age children to fight against the bad, and all you have to do is keep up with it. He has already come up with a plan, just as Captain Moroni did for his people, we just have to arm ourselves the way that He has provided, because through Him, we will all be saved and taken into our home land. Just as the Nephites were able to return home, we will all be able to as well, we will all one day be back with our Heavenly Father. What a blessing! Anyways, this is what I learned this morning, hope you all got to learn something too! :)

Love Sister Allen

Monday, May 25, 2015

HOPE

President Burt will send out a weekly email for encouragement and for studying. It is to be studied a lot like a conference talk would be studied and this week it was all about hope. It didn't really click till later in the week, but once I started thinking about it I got really excited and really started wanting to have hope! I related it to the mission, of course. From what I have seen other missionaries start to loose a little but of hope halfway some time though out their missions. I am no exception. 

I want to be a type of missionary that always feels like a beginner missionary and never wants to go home but is always excited to see her family when the time does come. I want to be the type of missionary who works hard to help every person come unto Christ and follow Him. I thought about how when we receive our mission call, we are all real excited and practically ready to jump to get there. 

Then, we get to the MTC and are just about willing to fly or walk on water to get to the mission and we are all just so stoked to go to the next step. Then you get to the mission and you just want to get going as fast as you can and literally talk to everybody, because the offer can't be taken away from anybody. And then you are a couple weeks or months in and realize you have to wake up at 6:20 every morning, or have some other realization that is a little bit harder to face than helping somebody get baptized. I don't have a problem with waking up at 6:20, but it isn't always easy to do it.
 
And then you compare it to life, we were in the premortal life probably all stoked to get to earth and have a body and have our families and be happy together. Along the way we realize we have to do hard things. But it is great because when you read Alma 34:41, you realize that you do all these things, even if there are hard things in the way, because you have hope that one day you will rest in the peace of the Lord. And even better, along the way, 

He blesses us to have those little moments that make life worth it! He has given me so many moments on this mission that make it okay that I have not seen anybody to baptism yet, He has given me so many moments to make it okay that I am not with my family even though my brother is graduating from high school. There are so many things in this time that make it worth it, because all He wants to do it bless us. That is why we are here, so that we can become like Him in a way that allows us to one day be with Him., and all He does is bless us along the way of doing it because He knows it isn't easy, but it is always worth it.

Hope, what a blessing.


We have three area books because there used to be three set of missionaries in this area, we are the long rovers. awesome. Anyways, planning is always a mess because we have that many area books!


Last Weeks Pictures


We had a Victoria Day Chinese potluck in Richmond on P-day, 
and they invited all the Chinese missionaries and all the Chinese members in the Vancouver area, 
it was awesome!


We got to wear pants! 
This is all the Chinese Sisters in the Vancouver area. 
There are three more on the Vancouver Island, 
but they could not come to the party, 
because that would have been expensive. 
Anyways, this is us!




A letter from a lost but now found member. It is so sweet and really shows the depth of how in tune with the Spirit you are on a mission, or when you really want to be. Because we can be in tune, if we want to.

 Hello,

I am writing both of you to express my gratitude for both the dedicated service and sacrifice that your daughter, Sister Allen has made is and a very precious and dedicated young lady. She is committed to the teaching of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am so grateful for helping to become reactivated in this true church of Jesus Christ himself. It was through both prayer and faith that my prayers I become reactivated were answered. 

Through prayer I was inspired to return to White Rock, BC and begin to seek out my now personal start in the reactivation process.

First, I received help to make the trip back to White Rock and to specifically to return to the White Rock ward where I had attended with my two sons and newborn daughter 22 years ago. When I arrived in White Rock I struggled to search out the location of the White Rock chapel. 

When I did locate the building it has doubled in size. After I tried repeatedly to get to church. However it was stake conference. 

The next week I tried again only to realize it was too late. Instead of being angry with myself I had a very humble prayer of sanctity to my Heavenly Father. He testing me to determine my deep desire was both sincere and "seatiful" to be reactivated. 

On my third attempt to return I had again made yet another walk to the chapel but I was too late. I sat down on the steps of the front chapel entrance. Still no one came. I was not angry. The belief was my faith who was strong. That this truly was the true church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He knew in my heart I was not giving up. 

I began my journey back to my residence still believeing the missionaries would find me, even if I could not find them. I had walk several blocks but this time I had felt inspired to walk down a different path to my place of residence. This trail was brand new to me. 

As I turned around a bend I looked up and there were two young lady missionaries with their name tags on. I knew instantly. Heavenly Father had heard my plead, I was embraced with a muster of personal humble feelings of love and compassion from both these young sisters. Tears were running down my face as were the young missionaries also shed some tears. 

The gift of the Holy Ghost was so pronounced in all their hugs. We could not stop embracing each other. It followed the Saviors path and these two special missionaries, Sister Chan and Sister Allen had both followed the same prompting to walk the same path I was inspired to follow also. The tears were flowing with all three of us. 

The witness of the Holy Ghost was so profound. All I could say to them was I know I have come home and He sent these two young sisters, Sister Chan from Hong Kong and Sister Allen from Colorado. I am very humbled by the grace and mercy of Heavenly Father and know he does love each one of us. He does love us, He does try our faith and He does hear our prayers and He does answer them when He knows the time is right and have been tried to be trusted. 

As a parent writing to parents I want to thank you both for the life you are living and the example you are setting and the sacrifices you are making.

JohanneCraig

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Missionary Work

When I thought of missionary work as a kid, I thought about suits with ties. When I thought about missionary work as a young woman I imagined baptisms, like big family baptisms. When I started going out with the missionaries, I started picturing doors. 

Then I became a missionary, and now when I think of missionaries, I think of Preach My Gospel. It is the best thing that can happen to anybody! I still see the ties, I still see baptisms, I still see doors, but I always refer to Preach My Gospel. I study it every morning, I use the techniques when talking to people, I teach the lessons it provides, and it is just a missionaries second best friend! Next to the Book of Mormon of course.

I love it!



This morning I was studying the part about missionary work from lesson five. It was great, it is all blessings! I prayed for Heavenly Father to help me understand this from a member's perspective and then from a missionary's perspective because I need to figure out how to teach it too. 

When I looked at it as a member I was like, "Dang, that's a ton of commandments." and then as a missionary I felt like "Holy cow! These people need to get going! Look at all those blessings happening if you share the gospel! No wonder why missionaries are always happy!" I mean seriously, if you look at missionary work at a perspective as if you are being blessed in the process of allowing others to be blessed, you just get happy. I then realized that we are asked to share the gospel in times of serving others, beautiful. 



I can not tell you how genius Heavenly Father is. First of all, if you are already serving somebody, you're happy, they are happy for the help and things are more open to conversation, why not bring up the gospel? Perfect time for them to accept it, and hopefully be able to have a good idea of the church. That's the thing too, just because the people you talk to about the gospel don't always accept it, does not mean that God won't bless you for your efforts. I see that all the time as a missionary. Pretty quickly, you forget about the things that hurt because you share it with everyone and find somebody who is ready or willing. 

Missionary work can be different for everybody, and can mean different things to different people. I encourage you all to go read that section from Preach My Gospel and find somebody today that you can share a spiritual insight with. I promise you that you will be blessed by the Lord to know what to say and when to do it, and as you pray for those missionary opportunities to come, they will.


Something that stuck out to me yesterday when I was on the skype call with my family, which was great, was that they all had experiences to tell me about the church. It was awesome. Some time of missionary experience to share, and they were happy when they were doing it too, because even if they hadn't recognized it, the Lord's hand was there. 

Right now, my dad teaches the stake missionary prep course and he told me that they use the Preach My Gospel as curriculum, it gave me bounds of joy hearing that! Right now, my missionary work is 24/7, it isn't going to be that way for others, maybe it is shoveling a snowy driveway, or unflooding a basement, but there is always something to do, an act of service a day, will be guiding you to those opportunities to share this plan of happiness. 

Love you all! Thank you all for the emails!

Sister Allen


By the way, those mountains are America. I love seeing America! Every time I do see them, I tell my companion in Chinese that it is America. I love it, and we see them all the time too, so just wanted to let you know that I really am close. :)



I was in Vancouver on Tuesday, it hailed like crazy. And the air is super polluted, who would have guessed. Anyways, got this super cool picture!


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Priesthood is the Best

April 27, 2015



I saw Americans! That isn't uncommon in Canada, especially in White Rock because it is only about 5 minutes away from the border. We literally have Americans in our ward. 

Last night I was able to go door knocking, casual Sunday night thing to do. Sister Chan and I were able to be out by the border last night, it is always comforting to me how close to America I really am. 

Anyways, we didn't find any doors that were angry with us, everybody was very polite in telling us they were not interested and many people were very kind in talking with us about how Christ has changed their lives, some were even willing to come by the church and check it out next Sunday! 

Always a great thing to happen.

When we were walking it felt a lot like an American base, it felt a lot like my home in Colorado, a neighborhood in the middle of nowhere, combined with the warm neighborhood feeling. It was great. 

While we were knocking, we found these two men with "US Navy" T-shirts on and it made me so happy! I ran after them and told them I was American and that I grew up in the US Air Force. They were so happy to see another American too! It was such a blessing to talk to Americans! I should have got a picture with them. 



Anyways, it was so good! It was quite a tender mercy too, we did not have a lesson all day, but seeing them just helped me feel like I was at home getting to know my neighbors. It was a blessing sent from the Lord.

Now I (Alyssa's mom)  am going to get a bit nostalgic and post some of my favorite pictures of living in North Yorkshire, Harrogate.






I encourage you all to get to know your neighbors, and really just do your best and loving your brothers and sisters. Because let's face it, everybody could always use some extra love in their life.

Really cool fun fact, somebody we ate dinner with last night, served in the mission where I used to live in England! And he remembers the base to be his favorite area! It was so cool when we realized that last night!
I love White Rock!

Be good, be happy and follow the commandments,
Sister Allen



May 4, 2015

Pictures that my companion take while I am not noticing are the best. This Wednesday I was really able to feel the power of unity in our companionship. Part of it was because we had an incredible zone conference that allowed us to connect to the Spirit really strongly. 

We then went to the office to see President Burt. We had asked him for a blessing, and it was so good to be involved in that. I have not received a priesthood blessing since I was in the MTC. I went with Sister Chan who had been needing one. 

I talked to President and we discussed the district, things that we can do to make it better and keep progressing, I had asked for a blessing to help the district, but then I actually received the blessing, turns out that is not where my concerns were. It really was a blessing of comfort, it was incredible.

It lasted about 10 minutes and the first half was all about how the reason why I was able to do this was because of my faith in the priesthood, Heavenly Father was telling me how strong my testimony of the priesthood was. That was cool, then it kept going. 

Heavenly Father blessed me to become fluent in the language, which is really comforting, and to help my companion's testimony grow, and that I will be a leader in the mission and through out the life I live. 

It was a really humbling experience, it was incredible, I loved it. 

The best part was after, I felt like Dad was giving to to me, it felt like Heavenly Father was talking to me and that Dad's hands were on my head. It was so hard to not just hug President Burt right after, it was great. I am so thankful for the priesthood power of the Lord. I am so glad that we have these things to be grateful for! 

Love you all tons!
Alyssa


Sister Chan sent a few pictures of the Sisters wearing their new CTR sweatpants and Alyssa's new "Allen Boys" hoodie. They sure look happy together!!

Love,
Jeni Allen






Monday, April 20, 2015

So I Ran a Red Light... and other Life Lessons



Life Lesson:  Always check what color the light is before following a great big truck....

Example:
So I ran a red light. Without knowing it was a red light because there was a huge truck in front of me who was also running the red light and I could not see anything in front of him. He did not slow down at all, so I ran the red light thinking it was still green and nothing had changed at all. I was in Vancouver.The office made up for it though, they felt really bad, they fed me homemade strawberry shortcake and gave us a new car. A really nice car, the Assistants old car. Anyways, it wasn't my fault, the office knows, but the church is not supposed to have that publicity, and Canada is weird about this stuff, they would make me go to court if I didn't pay it or even if I told them why it wasn't my fault, so, I will be paying that soon. 

Life Lesson: The Temple is beautiful any day of the week!

Example: 
We got to go to the temple on P-day. Which meant the temple was actually closed, but we got to walk on the grounds because it was close to a body shop we had to take our car to. So that was exciting!






Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pancakes, the Ocean, and the Language

Things are good here in Canada!

We have been making pancakes for lunch a lot, and for dinner too. They are pretty easy and quick to make and they are always worth it too. Kind of like our lessons. They are not always easy (obviously) but they are all pretty quick. They go by really fast and every single one of them is worth it because you know that you were doing your best, and hopefully they understand the things we taught. 

Then it comes to the syrup! The best part that everybody still expects with the pancake. We all expect a baptism with our investigators, eventually, it will always come. Some times it happens after a long time, sometimes it happens after a short time, but it eventually always will happen. We give all those little lessons in hopes that they will be able to go to the waters of baptism. 


We pray it doesn't just stop there, we pray that the pancakes will "nourish and strengthen our bodies" we pray that one day it will nourish and strengthen their seed. That one day they will go to the temple, make those covenants and be sealed to their families for time and all of eternity. That would be wonderful! 

We are talking more than just syrup now, this is like strawberries and chocolate and yummy goodness. And it is available to all people! 

This yummy goodness is for all people. All they have to do is learn how to make a pancake, (take the lessons) add the syrup, (blessings of baptism) and then just keep it going (adding all that other good stuff). 

Missionary mind, I know. Not a ton of people relate the gospel to a pancake. But why not? Everybody eats pancakes, everybody can read the Book of Mormon too. They are totally alike!

The gospel is available to so many people that the church lets the all the resources to be available in any language you can think of. I watched General Conference in three different languages this year, and almost had two more. 

We watched conference in English, Mandarin, and Korean. We almost watched it in French and Spanish too, all because one person needed it. 


Yesterday we got an oil change and met a member who was down in Salt Lake translating for a local Indian language that I had never heard of. It is awesome! God's kingdom is moving forward! Things like that, do not just happen. Ultimately, it all comes down to the language of the Spirit. It doesn't matter what language you use to speak with, you learn new things with the language of the Spirit, which can communicate to you so specifically and so personally that it we all kind of have our specific language. And yet it is all connected. 

Like the ocean, it all connects. 

There is no missing link, when the Spirit talks to you, you can't deny it, He talks to your spirit. He communicates with our hearts, and only we can understand. That is why it is so difficult to explain to people what the Spirit feels like, because it is different for everybody. Because He gets personal. 

I know that the Lord has given us the Spirit so we really all can learn, there is a scripture in Alma 5:45-46 that explains to us that He will testify to you of all things, but it doesn't tell you how He does it. Heavenly Father is so personal. He made us our own language, and has helped us get our own pancake, with our favorite type of toppings. 

I love being a missionary.

Here is the cute funny Alyssa tidbit I got in my letter. It shows that some Alyssa's will always be Alyssa's. I promise I brought her up as a good Christian. I'm not quite sure why she thinks Good Friday is a Canadian Holiday! 

Hey mom, sorry I didn't email yesterday. All of the libraries were closed still because of Easter. They celebrate it differently here than in the U.S.. They have it stretch for the course of a couple days. It starts on Friday, they have their own holiday called Good Friday, which I guess is the day that Christ was crucified. Then, on Monday is when they celebrate Easter, they have Easter Monday instead of Easter Sunday, because He was resurrected three days later. Pretty cool I guess. I like remembering the resurrection more than the death, but hey, both things needed as a part of the Atonement, so good that they all remember the whole process. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Jesus Take the Wheel

Today we received our transfer calls and things are changing again! They called in the middle of studies, weird, but it was good because it helped me direct my studies for sure.

Our mission is the only mission in the world that has sister districts, as in, no elders and only sisters. Recently, our first Chinese zone was established, just this transfer! So we had two Chinese districts, one of the elders and one of the sisters.

I was asked to be the district leader of the Chinese Sister District this morning. Elder Rolfson, (the assistant who gave my companion and I the news) told me that I have to represent President Burt in being a district leader because he does not speak Chinese, and he has to make sure that there is no language barrier between the missionaries and him. Scary.

As soon as he hung up the phone, I thought of an experience and really awesome companionship study sister Chan and I had.

A couple days ago we had an exchange with some other sisters in Vancouver. Neither of them drive, so I was the one driving us to their middle way bus stop and we were going to switch companions at the half way mark. On our way home, we had a pretty scary experience while driving. Like really scary.

Like we almost died scary. And I went into shock. I was driving in shock. I do not remember how I got home. There was no recollection what roads I took. There was no GPS. I didn't look at the map. I just somehow drove all the way from the heart of Vancouver sky train station to White Rock. I was so scared! I remember the person I was with, sister Xie, was very calm. She was working to help calm me down too. heavenly Father really took the wheel from me and just took on the trial for me. Took it all away, there was no stress, just driving along to make sure we made it to our next appointment on time.

The next time I was with my companion in companion study, we realized how driving can relate to life. We have to be humble enough to let Heavenly Father drive all the time. We have to be open to being humbled, not making Him just take over when we can't anymore. Heavenly Father has NO blind spots, so we don't have to worry about getting hit or getting scratched. We might get into scary situations like that day where we almost died, but we have the ability to stay in the middle lane, on the straight and narrow, making sure that we don't get dents or scratches. Our car is totally fine, we lived without any physical damage. And if we take care of our car, take care of our spirit like reading scriptures daily and praying often, we aren't ever going to have those problems of not being able to be repaired. The Atonement is so good! Christ really takes care of our car, and lets us repair all the time! 

Today, I was asked to be a district leader and continue training Sister Chan in White Rock. I've really got to be the humble person I can be so that Jesus can take the wheel every time without me trying to give Him directions. I've got to help take care of my car so i can let others hop in when they need a ride. Things are good, but they are going to keep improving because Jesus is going to be driving.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Answered Prayers and Priesthood Power



Family and Friends,

I love being a missionary!!!


I have been praying for new things to happen, been actually praying for miracles, and really just looking for Heavenly Fathers guidance. I have been making an extra effort to just do what I can. 

This week was crazy, we had a really great start on Monday, we had a member visit and an MPL with somebody who said she would be willing to accept baptism once she learns more. We are going to continue to meet with her for sure. Then, Tuesday came and every lesson fell through for the week until Thursday night. No big deal, because we were able to set another baptismal date, who is actually the son of the current baptismal date we already had. 

Their names are Megan and Derek. They are wonderful. Megan's back is pretty sore, she tore something (I think, they were using Chinese, something really bad happened) while gardening and she currently cannot walk or sit up for any period of time. She has been sleeping on the ground this entire week because it is the only thing that is hard surface enough for the healing to happen. Anyways, she was not able to go to church this week, and her son was at home taking care of her with his twin brother Jimmy. 

When we were writing the teaching record this Saturday night we thought of what we could write under the "Help wanted from the ward" category, we thought of a priesthood blessing but we didn't know if she would really understand what it was, because even though you teach about the priesthood, people don't really understand about it until they see it, she has only seen them bless the sacrament. We decided to write it down anyways. It was Priesthood council instead of ward council this week so we were not at the meeting, but our ward mission leader and the elders were giving the information in the meeting for us about our investigators. They mentioned about how she might need a blessing and the priesthood were so WILLING to help! 

We found two brothers that day at church to come to Megan's house that night to give her a blessing. But we still had to tell Megan that we were coming over, because we hadn't yet. So we called and she didn't want to inconvenience anybody, she did not want to make them come over and see her sick. We assured her that it would be fast and easy and that the reason why we have invited them over was because that we and they loved her and wanted to see her get better. She agreed to having them come over and so later that night we went over.

The veil was softened yesterday night. I felt like I was literally walking with God. The Spirit was SO STRONG. We asked the brethren to explain what they were going to do and why they needed the oil. We let the brethren explain what the priesthood was again so she could understand and have it fresh in her mind. They started with explaining to her that the blessing would be dependent on her faith, she was a little nervous about that, not knowing if it would be enough. The ordinance was performed and then we all started to cry in silence. 

Sister Chan and I shared our testimonies and it was incredible. We asked her how she felt, and she said that she was extremely more comfortable. ("bi jiao shufu" for my Chinese Speaking friends) It was a miracle.

Love Sister Allen

Monday, March 9, 2015

I'm teaching English!

I teach English class now! It has been very new and it is so exciting! I love teaching these people! They are people who come from China and move here with their kids and grand kids. Most of their families can speak English because they learn in school, but these people have not. This week they were all learning how to say "Hi, my name is ____" and "I am from China" some basic starters! They are great!

We start out with a prayer, and explain to them what prayer actually is. Once they know what prayer is and that it helped me learn Chinese this fast they are more willing. 



Because prayer has to do with God and religion, a couple of them have started calling us and wondering how to learn more about God! Wonderful! We are finding a lot of good success from it. 

The class really just helps. It helps us get excited to help others to learn, it helps the Chinese people learn English living in Canada, it helps people get into the church and it helps me just be happy.

It was such a blessing that we got to teach English this Friday! It really set up my day for some successful happiness. Stuff that you can't take away. I was so happy. Friday's plans changed like crazy. The only thing that stayed on schedule was the actual English class itself. 


We had three other lessons planned that day and a member for every single one of them locked in and ready to go. Every single investigator then called within minutes of the lesson and canceled. 

The great thing was, neither my companion or I freaked out or got upset. We knew that we were needed somewhere else at that time. We just stayed happy and did our best to have that good attitude. But we got better, we moved on with the day and found miracles. And we smiled all day, it is incredible how influential it is when you just choose to smile. 

That night, we were writing three things we were grateful that happened in our planners during daily planning. We both realized that because we had been so happy in English class that day and chose to smile throughout the day, things were good. 



We were both a lot more grateful for things even though every single appointment changed. We were so happy to be out on a mission and to be able to tell people that we were missionaries and that we became missionaries because we know that Jesus Christ was resurrected, and that God loves us so things were good! 

Anyways, I know that English class was a part of what I needed to have happen that day. I know that it really was a part of God's plan for that day so I could choose to be happy. 

So I could remember those big things that happened that can make a simple difference in my day. I know that God lives and that He loves me. I know that Jesus Christ was resurrected and that's why we want to go out and let people know that because He was resurrected we can be too! Being a missionary is so good.

Sister Allen

Sydney Allen

Sydney Allen
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