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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Find My Sheep...

Hello Hello,
Its been a great week. Elder Poirier and I have done our best to stay busy and to spend time where we are most needed. Its been a week of finding new people to teach. That's been a focus for us recently, I always like leaving areas better than I found them, and when I got to this area it was already doing really well, so for me it was a tall order, but I have tried to do my best and Elder Poirier and I have worked really well together. I want to be able to leave this area and know that Elder Poirier and his new companion will have plenty to do and many people to teach and help.
The Lord blessed us with a family this week. We made a goal to find a family and its funny how it happened. We decided one afternoon to go by a girl that we had talked to on the street my very first day in this area, but since then we could never catch her at home. But we went by, and turns out she happened to be home, as well as her aunt who shes living with and her uncle was there too. They welcomed us right in and we sat down. Fernanda the girl we initially spoke with and taught speaks English and Spanish but her aunt and uncle speak hardly any English. So at first it was tricky. But with faith we said a prayer and just began teaching them. Fernanda was translating for us, which was nice. It was just one of the coolest experiences I've had teaching on my mission because as we spoke Fernanda was able to really process what was being said and teach it back to her aunt and uncle. Elder Poirier and I were even pullin' Spanish out of who knows where. It had to have been the gift of tongues. I was remembering vocab that I learned in high school from almost 5 years ago. After the lesson which was simple and powerful because of the spirit, we had Fernanda say a prayer half Spanish and half English. In her prayer she truly spoke with her Heavenly Father. She thanked him for the spirit that she felt and said that it was very nice to have that in their home. We left filled with the spirit. It was a lesson and experience I will never forget. I've already forgotten what was said, but the feeling will always remain.
I Love the spirit! I have recently gained a stronger testimony of the spirit and his role in the Lords work. And just in our everyday lives as well. The spirit and that companionship is everything. I am grateful for it, I would not be able to do what is needed to be done here without it. This mission isn't slowing down, the work goes on, and I am happy to be alive. I Love You All. I Love the support and the emails and packages and prayers from everyone. Its been Real.

(Service day)

Until Next week. More sweet stories to come!

(With President & Sister Tew, the last week in the mission)

Love, Elder Page

(Putsin, it is a Canadian dish, so Will will probably eat this alot)

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Ultimate Cliche...

Hello Everyone,
this week was definitely one of result which is refreshing and sweet. So for starters, Elaine Came to church yesterday for the first and second hours! We are making progress with her. Just the night before church we talked a lot about the sacrament and why its so important that we are there at church to receive it weekly. The sacrament is something I've been trying to understand and appreciate more recently. I've felt that as I've taken the time each week to really think about what the sacrament is for me and how it helps me I have the spirit more with me throughout the week and then I am better able to share my testimony of it to the people we meet with.
Also yesterday a less active member that we've been working with that has been inactive for the last 13 years gave a talk in sacrament meeting. He has come for the last month and he did a great job! It made elder Poirier and I so happy to see him up there sharing his testimony and making those steps to grow in his faith and testimony of the church.
Lastly, a recent convert that we've been meeting with, Brother Hoke, was interviewed by the stake president yesterday for the Melchizedek priesthood. He has been making a lot of big steps lately to grow spiritually. Family History work, going to the temple and now the priesthood. He is such an awesome guy! Its just been a blessing for Us lately to see all of these people who we care about doing things and making choices on their own to draw nearer to the Savior.
I've caught a glimpse as a missionary how Heavenly Father must feel when we do the things that bring us true joy and bring us closer to Him. I Love being a missionary, I know its the ultimate cliche to say that, but its true. I guess cliches are cliches for good reasons. I am Happy, and I know that the Lord has more great things in store for the remainder of this mission. Until next week, never doubt yourself, trust God, and be diligent.

Love, Elder Page

P.S. President and Sister Tew gave their final trainings yesterday at a specialized training. They cried , I cried, pretty much every one cried. It was sad, but one of the most spiritual moments of my mission. It was after a long testimony meeting where we were able to get up and share thoughts from the trainings and after all was said and done President Tew Got up and closed the meeting. He said, "This will probably be the shortest testimony I've ever given... It makes me happy to know that you can teach one another better than I can teach you... Sister Tew and I always have... and always will... Love You. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." I Love them, like their my own family.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Let the Holy Spirit Guide...

Wow, the first week of my final transfers already down. I'd like to compare the last few weeks of a mission to rolling down a hill in a shopping cart with no way to stop or slow down. You know that your journey will end soon and you will be able to free yourself from the cart, but the means by which you will exit the cart will inevitable be hard and most likely painful. I am actually beginning to now face reality. It's the hardest thing to believe that two years have passed. Going back to my grocery cart analogy. Although the end may be hard to face the ride until that point is none the less sweet! The Lord has continued to bless me, he has continued to stay by my side, he has continued to answer the prayers of members, investigators, and my own. The more I think about the principle of enduring to the end, the more it occurs to me that the Savior truly is the perfect example of one who endures to the end. Not only will he continue strengthening us, and comforting us and blessing us, he Cannot Stop. It isn't his Character to stop. He will always endure our trials with us, He will always be there to Love us and to Heal. I just have a strong belief in this, because my mission although nearing its end has continued to be as Sweet to me as it always has been, because of the Blessings which are being given and received. Elder Poirier has continued to teach me french and I love it! We have continued to get to know each other and rely on one another for help and for advice and strength. I know that we are meant to be companions at this point and time in each of our missions.

One last thing, before I have to go. I have so much I want to share and talk about, but I'll just share this story because it means a lot to me. This week we began giving service for a non profit organization that helps provides for the homeless. We sort clothes, shoes, clean the facilities, and help with meals for the people. Its been a very humbling thing. So the other day as we were doing service there, there was a homeless man who didn't speak much English who was waiting outside to go in for the dinner they were preparing. He looked at me and I didn't know what he was saying but by his motions I knew he was thirsty and need water. So, I went inside, got him a cup of cold ice water and he smiled as he drank it. Just a matter of seconds later he looked at me and without saying anything I knew he wanted more because his cup was empty, So for the second time I took his cup and refilled it and brought it back to him. He was just as grateful the second time as he was the first time. To make a long story short, this happened about 4 more times where he would want more water, I was amazed not only at his ability to down 6 cups of water in a 5 minute period but I also surprised myself. Each time he would want more water I would Gladly take the cup and go refill it for him. I wasn't impatient at all in doing this, I didn't feel nagged or annoyed. I think because I saw that it was something he truly needed, but couldn't do it for himself, I was more than happy to help him. And as soon as I saw this in myself I then had a strong revelatory experience that Heavenly father is like this with each and every one of us. He has the power and the ability to provide the spiritual water for all of us! And he doesn't only do it as we ask, but he already knows before we ask what it is we need. He loves us, he is happy to help us and to provide for us. I just felt blessed that the Lord would allow me to have a small spiritual experience to help me better understand the Lords Love for me.

I Love what the mission has taught me. I Love The Lord. I Love My Companion and I Love You Guys, All of You Reading this. Until Next week, Patiently Wait.

Love, Elder Page

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Last Leg...

Well, I never thought I'd Be able to say this, but it is now the start of My final transfer. 6 Weeks is not a long time at all. It is a pretty bitter sweet time of my mission. I am having a lot of emotions, but one emotion that has remained constant throughout these two years is the true joy that has come through the sweet and the sour moments. The Hard and the easy, the good and the bad, every moment, really has been good regardless of the circumstances. I can say that because I know that the Lord has been with me every step of the way and everything that has happened has been for my good and for my experience. I Love what I do. I Love Missionary Work, I Love the missionaries I've served with and the ones I currently serve with. And I Love Heavenly Father.

This week has been really great! But I have to say the highlight of it all was the mission wide meeting we had. Two general authorities came. Elders Gent and Gay. They both spoke to us and gave us inspired advice as to how we can get more out of our missions by giving more. I Loved what they had to say, but even more so what the spirit had to say. The Spirit is the best teacher there is and he is honest. It was really nice to be able to see every companion that I've had that's still on a mission. As well as other missionaries I've come to know and love. President and Sister Tew go home in 4 Weeks, so it was nice for them to be able to have all the mission together one last time before they finish their missions. It was a tear jerker that's for sure. I Love President And Sister Tew Like their family, because that's what they are. They have done so much for me and for this mission. They will be missed by everyone, but it will be nice to know the New Mission president (Pres. Patterson) for a couple of weeks.

Its been good, The weeks are just passing me by but they are fulfilling. The work is smooth, it is rich and I am happy. I cant complain, nor have I ever really been able to. The Lord is directing the path. I Love You All! Until Next Week. Keep Smiling!

Love, Elder Page

P.S. Elder Poirier & I are staying together!!!!

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