Monday, 27 May 2013

Surprise visitor...


Ya it was unreal to see Andrew. (Andrew Willmott went to Ottawa this past weekend and surprised Taylor at church.) At the end of Sacrament meeting I looked at the door and he was standing there looking around, I got up and went and gave him a big hug! It was really cool. Yesterday was just all around amazing.

Lets see, highlights from the week. On Wednesday we had lunch with our friend Wang Xian Ke at is house. He cooked us great authentic Chinese food. I absolutely LOVE Chinese food, it is so good! We taught him about the Plan of Salvation, it was great, he really has such a desire to find truth. He is also quite sensitive spiritually, and keeps telling us of new experiences he has with prayers being answered. He tells us we are awesome all the time, it's all Heavenly Fathers work though. Oh and I have been showing everyone the picture of our family and they all freak out like "WOAH" it's awesome.

Oh and then on Saturday, the missionaries we live with, Elder Gamez and Elder Williams, a person they have been teaching got baptized! It was just nice, everything went well, and the Spirit was really strong. They had a little time too where Catherine, the one who was baptized, shared her testimony of the Gospel. It was incredible :)

What else made yesterday awesome was Bryan! We met with him after church and we talked about his baptism, he is really prepared, so we moved his day to the 7th of June! It's so exciting! I'm so happy for him. So more news on that to come soon.

Life is great, loving the work, no problemas. Si yo hablo espanol. Te quiero mucho! Wo ai nimen!

Love Elder Heinzlmeir

Monday, 20 May 2013

Busy, good times.

Well this week was an interesting one. For starters, yes President and Sister Cannon leave at the end of June or beginning of July (his mission President and his wife are finished their time and he'll be getting a new President for the area).   Also yes we met Andrew's friend on Sunday, she is the ward pianist.(Andrew Willmott knows a young lady in Taylor's ward in Ottawa!)  Good to hear you are getting healthier.  Can't wait for the calls to come in!(A bunch of friends are heading out on their missions and awaiting their assignments.) Heard about Mitch going to Vancouver with Aaron! I hope he trains him! Super exciting news.

So... this week... well... hmm... many appointments cancelled on us this week, which just meant we got to go out and talk to people! We contacted 399 people last week! We just started counting in the mission to make sure we are on track. We did get to meet with our friend Wilford. We first met Wilford on the street in March, and saw him a few other times, finally got to meet! He is cool, but just moved back to China for the summer.

I think the highlight of the week though has definitely been Friday. Friday was a great day! There was a baptism in our ward for one, a guy the Sisters have been teaching. He is incredible, really changed his life around, and even might serve a mission! So Friday after studies we went to Williams house to eat yummy Chinese food! Then we watched the Restoration with two of his friends.  After some planning we went to the baptism. We had 5 of the people we are teaching come to the baptism! It was unreal!  It was also one of the most spiritual baptisms I have been to on my mission. The speakers were excellent and the atmosphere was right. After the baptism we mingled. One of our friends who came to the baptism...this is his story, very cool.   We were at a park with a few members, as we were leaving there were to guys that came playing Frisbee, we recognized one of them and they asked if we wanted to join them. We agreed and had a great time, we invited them to church afterwards and the one we didn't know accepted! He came to church and loved it! He has such a strong desire to follow the Saviour. After mingling, we watched the Restoration with him as well. It was great! We all felt the Spirit. It brought such a feeling of relief, comfort, and peace. I could see he was feeling it too. He told us he wants to find out for himself by praying! That is all we ask people to do, he gets it! He came to church yesterday as well and stayed for the pot luck. Cool to see because 8 months ago coming from China he had no religion, but has found that God is there and answers our prayers.

Another one of our friends that came to the baptism and church is also so cool. We met him on the street, he was with his friends but left them to talk to us. It was awesome! He understands all we have to teach so clearly, like he has already known them from his experience with the Bible. Just goes to show how beautiful the Words of the Lord are.

Well, hope you all have a wonderful week!

Love you!

Elder Heinzlmeir

Monday, 13 May 2013

Great Mother's Day Chat

Mother's Day this year was especially...well, special!
Taylor Skyped with me for a while in the afternoon and it was just perfect.  He's so happy and so funny (as usual) and it was just awesome!

This was his letter for today:


Well seeing as we talked yesterday, not too much to report. But I'll write some thoughts I have been having lately. It seems like on the mission that challenges are always around the corner. I guess it's the Lord's way of testing us, pushing us to the next level. Things get tough and you have no idea how you can overcome, whether it be a personal problem or something with the people we are meeting, but whatever it is once you put it in the Saviour's hands, He lifts you up and makes you stronger. It is really an incredible pattern of personal growth, and helping people find it in their lives. Cool eh?

Still have week points I'm working on, but that's the important thing, I'm working on them. 

I have writer's block now, probably the worst time to have it is Monday's during e-mail time but what can you do right? 

Love you!

Love, Elder Heinzlmeir

Monday, 6 May 2013

Tender Mercies

The pictures are fantastic!!! I love them, could you send me some for my picture book? I like the one with all the kids. Grandma and Grandpa are looking good!  You and dad look pretty good too mom! The boys are so cute!  Cali is so cute!  Glad I wore the right tie! (In his video message to Ryan and Kaitlin, he was wearing a blue tie, just like the rest of the guys in the wedding party!) Happy stuff, cool to have a Brother-in-law now. Funny, we actually saw a wedding on Saturday and it reminded me that there was one going on at home.

We have been having great weather here this last week, like mid 20s everyday! Short sleeve season! Just found out Elder Jason's little brother is going to Calgary for his mission! He was going to go to Halifax but he hurt his hand at the MTC and today he is going to Calgary, cool eh?
This week has been incredible, a real week of miracles! The other day we were at the apartment planning, and we had an appointment with a time but said we would call about location, but the number we got wasn't working, so ya we were sitting in the apartment and we thought well lets go to the place we met him to see if he is there. We went, he wasn't there, BUT, we started talking to this lady, and she was being super nice to us, and then she started crying. Turns out she had just recently moved to Ottawa from a really small town in Ontario. She was having a hard time adjusting, especially being away from family. When she lived in the small town, she met missionaries and gave them juice and stuff, so we reminded her of home, and she said it was just what she needed. We were then able to testify that she has a Father in Heaven that loves her and will comfort her. It was a touching moment, and I am so glad Elder Jason and I were able to follow the Spirit and be instruments in the hands of the Lord. This pattern has been reoccurring this whole week! Incredible!
Really cool to see the Lord's hands in the work. Makes me pretty happy :)
Well hope all is well, aka get better soon,
Love Elder Heinzlmeir