I wake up at 6:30 am to our cellphone alarm. I also have my alarm clock set but I keep it in the drawer at night because the ticking sound is ridiculously loud. I found I couldn't pray at night with it out because while I think all I hear is the tick-tock tick-tock. So I've had to muffle that noise as much as possible. We set that seperate clock in the first place because our phone went skitzo and we slept in for an hour one day. It just never went off! We decided that was God giving us an extra hour for all our hard work. ;) then we do our exercises, personal and companionship study, 12 week study, and finally head out the door. We schedule time to make phone calls, we walk and track, street contact, check up on potential investigators and try to contact referrals. We snag a lesson here or there and get members to come with us. By the end of the day we are rushing to get home before 9. Then we plan for the next day and try to do that within half an hour. (usually we're lucky if it's under an hour at all actually) and then we get ready and go to sleep. Oh how I love sleep. Sister Sharp mentioned yesterday that every time I talk about home, I say "Back home, in bed" haha I always think about being warm and sleepy in bed haha.
Sister Sharp is my companion. Yesterday as we accidentally killed some paper in the printer at church (tried to print on two sides, ended up printing twice on one side) the Branch President came in to talk to us and saw us squabbling (we were having too much fun.) and talked about our different personalities he said, "Well... Sister Sharp is more focused and reserved but we see her fun side sometimes... and Sister Smith, you can tell really enjoys life and is more outgoing." hahaha so that's us. She is from Idaho, a Ballet Dancer, loves animals, is really confident, and this is her first time training.
My Lessons. We've had a hard time getting a lot of lessons. We're refreshing our area right now. So we only have a few investigators and all of them are super busy. But we teach well, we use the pamphlets and I usually know what to say.. still working on that. :) They speak English up here, but they do have a bit of an accent. Some people say eh every now and then, but it's not too bad. The food is a lot like our, except putine and tim hortons haha. Everything is expensive, especially dairy products. The people are all really friendly and they give you the time of day even if they're totally not interested.
Highlights from the week:
Tuesday: The talent show Sister Sharp and Sister Broadhead (the one before me) had started with Town Hall. It was a benefit for someone from town and it was highly succesful, we'll be working with town hall to put on more of those!
Wednesday: Met with our headquarters referral, he was a tough cookie. Really intellectual and has studied a lot of religions and doesn't believe in God. I think he'll come around though. We don't have an appointment with him. He wants to call us when he's ready.
Thursday: Played bingo...
Friday: Weekly planning took almost all day. literally. It was insane! We had to work out the kinks, our old way of doing things was just NOT working. So it was a good day to get everything organized to be more effective throughout the week. (We ended at 5:00pm. bleh!)
Saturday: Had lots of walking. I do love the fresh air. We saw Canadian Geese (ha-ha- we're actually in Canada now so that's cool.) on a piece of ice in the river. Decided that was picture worthy haha. Oh, we're easily amused.
Sunday: Dropped some more contacts "Another One Bites the Dust" and started planning how to accomplish our Transfer Vision. Which has a lot to do with Member Missionary Work. Everyone should read Gordon B. Hinckleys talk "Feed my sheep?" from the May Ensign in 1999 it was so great.
So things are rough, but there is a lot of hope. Our investigator wants to read the Book of Mormon completely before baptism, so there's no date on her. But she's heading in the right direction. I love her so much, please pray for her! And if you could pray for help finding investigators that would be great too.
Love you all,