Monday, 4 August 2014

This is it...

Well... This is also the last e-mail I will send to you while I am Elder Heinzlmeir. Yes, it does feel strange. It is hard to explain. I don't even know what to say. Thank you for the comforting words. The long journey is coming again to a cross-road. I am grateful for the support you have given me, and the things I have learned. I miss you, and am excited to see you soon! Thank you for sending me the topic for my talk.

This week went so well. We were really blessed with amazing experiences. The Spirit speaks to us when we are worthy. It allows us to do good, to do the will of the Lord.

I can't wait to share with you the things that I have learned and experienced.

I know God is there, and we can live with him again one day.

I love you mom, see you on Thursday!

Love, Elder Heinzlmeir

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Countdown....

Monday already?

Honestly... I am excited, (about coming home...) but I know I can still do a lot more, so I am trying to be very disciplined and focused. The other Elders and members are all excited too, which makes focus a little more challenging, but it's good for me. I would be down to go to a Chinese restaurant, I haven't been to a good one in months. I could even order in Mandarin. ish. The hardest good bye's will be next week, though I am sure to have a few. It is a little strange to have so much time in advance to know that I am leaving. I'll make the most with the time I have left.

Highlights of the week include great lessons with both Dominic and Frederick. And we gave a sister in the ward a blessing. The next day she called us and told us how she was able to sleep well the night before and how comforted she felt. That was great for me, to really see the difference such a simple act can make. Or the fact that we call Marc everyday to help him through this time in his life that is rather challenging. We don't see immediate changes in his situation but at least once a day he can feel the Spirit and feel loved. My hope is they will all become more converted to the Lord, who can offer these blessing for time and eternity, and for whom I am laboring now. Although I won't be around forever, I know He will be.

I am about three quarters of the way through Jesus the Christ. It is a great book. My scripture reading is helping me to feel happy. I had another cool personal experience this week. I was reviewing notes from my notebook and I came across a list of things I wanted to improve. I wrote it more than a year ago, and as I went down the list I was able to see how much I had truly grown. (I still have a long way to go though).

Thanks for your prayers and support. I miss you and love you very much.

Love, Elder Heinzlmeir

Monday, 21 July 2014

Still going strong...

Good Afternoon!

It is afternoon here at least. This week was great. Glad to hear you had a family BBQ. I think helping with unpacking will be a good activity to help me get into the groove of post-mission life. Missionaries that have gone home have told me that the most difficult part is not knowing what to do, so that solves that problem. I`m excited to see the Ward and how it works, even if it is just for a short time. Let me tell you about my week:

Monday:

Good day as usual, had dinner with the Beaudouin family, then had a lesson with Dominic. They brought us freezies, we were so excited. Well I was at least. I love freezies.

Tuesday:

We had some great lessons. In the evening we visited a member at the hospital. I love visiting people and talking with them, serving them the way Christ would. I guess feeling like you are helping someone makes it worth it.

Wednesday:

We had a lesson with Mike and he accepted our invitation to be baptized! Then we talked about family history with Sister Quijano. Interesting experience today, I was frustrated with myself for some miss-communication with the other Elders. I was really upset, in the moment the thought came to my mind to pray. As I prayed I really felt myself begin to calm down. My mood changed very quickly. This experience increased my understanding of the uses of prayer. Prayer really will change your mood and help you feel happier. It was a good reminder.

Thursday:

We went teaching with Brother Champagne! He is 91 years old! His testimony brightened the room. It was special to have him with us.

Friday:

We went to the hospital again to give a blessing to Hans. He seems to be doing much better. Later, we found out there is a piano outside on a street downtown, so we went there and sang hymns while people were about there evening. We met some very nice people. It was a fun way to do missionary work.

Saturday:

BAPTISM! Today was the baptism of Josée Lachance. The whole day was incredible. A lot of people turned out to support her, which was really nice.

Sunday:

Josée was confirmed, and we had a lot of people come to church. I taught Sunday School and Priesthood. Then we went over for Brother Russell`s 74th birthday! It was a good time.

That is the week in a nut shell. My scripture study was really great this week. I learned (and remembered) many things. I studied chapter 13 of Preach My Gospel to help me better understand certain peoples roles`in missionary work. Especially my own, but also so that I can be more effective in helping. I love you mom!

Love, Elder Heinzlmeir

Monday, 14 July 2014

Short and Sweet

Taylor and I 'chatted' online today so I told him I'd give the overview from our chat for the blog entry...

They went to a primary party with the ward at a park...made him think of his siblings and he's getting excited to see everyone!

They had dinner at a family's home who are from Mexico...they said whenever he wants to go to Cancun, they'd hook him up with lodging etc.!  I'm all over that!

"Wednesday was cool. I think I mentioned that I met a lady on the bus that then a member met at the park the same week. Well, the members invited her and her family over for dinner, and us too. Way for them for doing missionary work. It was so special to really feel that we were working as a team."

"Tuesday we had Zone Meeting and interviews with President Patrick, which is always a great time. Took all day, but was worth it!"

"Oh and we went to the Desjourdy`s when we got back from Longueuil, their daughter leaves this week on her mission to temple square, so their family was down, church was PACKED!"

I can't believe he'll be home in just over 3 weeks!  But who's counting? ;)


Monday, 7 July 2014

Challenges, stress and motivation.

What a Wonderful World!

This week was rather interesting. Many unexpected events that turned it upside down. Luckily we are well anchored and feeling great. I have a lot of mixed feelings right now. We have been facing a lot of challenges, inward and outward, that creates stress. I feel I have however, been managing that stress well. I very motivated to work hard. Although no one we are teaching has agreed to a date to be baptized, I have faith it is still possible. We will work and see what happens.

This week "came to pass" this way:

Monday:

The Elders from Drummondville came down and we played soccer, great way to unwind, and exercise always helps us to be happy. We helped a family in the ward move into their new place that night.

Tuesday:

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! 25 Years! Hope you had a wonderful day. Taught a few lessons, had dinner with the Kikongi's and helped another guy move. Everyone moves on Canada day in Quebec... don't ask me why.

Wednesday:

Good district meeting, cool experience. We received a call from the Elders in Quebec. One of the members in the Quebec ward has a sister that lives in Sherbrooke that is interested in learning English. She gave her sister our contact information, and she called us, that night she came to English Class.

Thursday:

We helped our good friend John lay some bricks today, good work. I'm glad Dad always worked with us outside. I appreciate it much more now than I did before.

Friday:

We had a cool experience. The Rivero's are visiting from Venezuela, their daughters family lives here (The Vasquez family). We invited Bishop Rivero (he is a bishop in Venezuela) to come teach a lesson with us. It was so special. It was in Spanish, so I only understood around 65% of the things they were saying but the Spirit was there so strongly! Bishop Rivero shared his testimony about the Atonement and the Book of Mormon, and how living the Gospel helps us and his families. You could just feel the truth behind his words. I know that is true, I have seen it! That was special.

Saturday:

We are helping a man overcome his addictions to cigarettes and alcohol. It was his Birthday today, he called us in the morning and we sang to him. It was really sweet. He really wants to succeed and is trying really hard. It feels good to be able to help someone overcome their struggles, and interesting to see how the Gospel helps them to do that. It gives them the faith and hope they need. And we really see how Heavenly Father strengthens them in time of need.

Sunday:

If you remember back I mentioned we visited a man in a rehabilitation centre. His fiance just moved to Sherbrooke to help take care of him. We visited them again today. It was really special. He is making great progress.

This week in Preach My Gospel I studied all the lessons over and Chapter 11, about helping people to make commitments and helping them to keep the commitments they have made. It is a good chapter, and shows just how we are to provide love and support. We invite people to act, to do things to get closer to Christ. We give them a choice to make. Then when they make the choice, we can do all we can to support them. Isn't that awesome?

Well hope you have a great week! I will send the box. Don't forget about the Scholarship. Thanks. I love you!

Elder Heinzlmeir

Monday, 30 June 2014

Summer in Quebec

Good Morning!

Hope everything is going well, especially with the move coming up! This week was quite enjoyable. It`s been getting quite warm lately. Sweating a lot. That`s also because I have been having great morning exercises. I went for a run this morning, it was great! You feel so much better when you are healthy, and eating right. Speaking of eating right, we had a barbecue yesterday with the Russell`s. it was so good! Followed by a delicious strawberry shortcake. I don`t know if you believe me or not, but I do eat fruit now. Not all the time, but quite often. 

Yesterday I gave a talk in Sacrament meeting. I was a little nervous because the night before I had a dream that I went to speak and couldn`t make myself talk! Good thing that didn`t actually come to happen. I gave a talk about Hastening the Work of Salvation. It was a missionary Sunday, something the ward does, where the 5th Sunday all the talks and prayers are missionaries. We even had a musical number. We sang "Called to Serve" (in French of course). 

This time of year in Quebec is when everyone moves. Over the last week, everyday we helped at least one person to move things from their apartments. Mostly fridges and ovens and what not. We will be helping a family move tonight as well. 

My studies this week have been really rewarding. I have been learning a lot. Mostly I feel I am really understanding the principles I have known for so long. Thanks for teaching me! It is interesting how much time it can take to truly understand something, not just know it. 

I think I will send some pictures now, love you so much! Have an excellent week!


Elder Heinzlmeir


Monday, 23 June 2014

Time for the countdown?

Good Morning!

Everything is going well thanks. We received our transfer calls on Saturday... I will be... STAYING!
Another transfer here in Sherbrooke with Elder Gonzalez... my last transfer. Crazy. I should e-mail next Monday as usual. The young men in our ward are going camping this week too.(I had mentioned that both Lewis and Austin will be going on Young Men's camp next week) I`ll definitely help Lew with that and Preach My Gospel so we can get ready for his mission! Hey I have my box to send by bus, I haven`t sent it because I don`t know where to send it. I guess I should just send it to the new house. I need the address though. Also, I haven`t seen pictures of the new house. Glad that Austin had a good year at school. Good luck with school and tests this week. 

Monday:

Tacos with Dominic! They were alright, we made them, so I can say that. It was fun though. Played some soccer too. Then we went to Family Home Evening at the church. 

Tuesday:

I`m having trouble remembering what we did because I left my old planner at home.

We taught the gospel, visited wonderful people. Helped people feel loved. Went to John`s for breakfast on Saturday (french toast)! Translated at Church yesterday, into English. It was actually a little bit of a slower week, but we are really motivated to find a family ready to accept the Gospel. 

Oh, and yesterday we went to the Moreno`s for Mexican food! It was delicious. 

This week I was studying Chapter 5 in Preach My Gospel about the Book of Mormon. I love the Book of Mormon, it helps me so much to feel the Spirit. It helps me to learn more of our Saviour. It is so important. What a great gift from our Father in Heaven. 

Don`t get me wrong mom, I am pumped to be able to see you. (I was telling him how incredibly excited I am to see him...and I haven't told him much that I miss him or that I can't wait to see him because I didn't want him to be homesick...but now that it's only 6 weeks...I caved!  I told him that it's okay if he doesn't feel the same yet...lol...he's got work to do still!) I know I will not have the chance to serve the Lord in this way again, that is what is sad. 

Love you!


Elder Heinzlmeir

Monday, 16 June 2014

New experiences continually...

Good Morning,

Hope all is well :)

We just keep having great weeks, well that`s life right, taking everything one step at a time, and finding joy in every one. First off Happy Father`s day Dad! Hope you all had an excellent weekend. Second Happy Birthday Lewis! 17 already. Wow. Have a super day tomorrow. Hope exams are going well. Keep up the good work! Great that the house sold, that`s awesome. Great to hear Mitch is back out there, and with Aaron, they will make a great team. Just two weeks left for Aaron though. Going into 
Real Estate, good idea! (My next adventure...Real Estate!) Actually that reminds of some new ideas for my future plans. Our week went as follows. 

Monday:

Had dinner with the James family, they are awesome! They are moving to Halifax in a few weeks, and they actually met Elder Nzojibwami up there. Then we had a lesson with Dominic at the Jette`s home. He wants to be baptized, he is so sincere, also helps that his best friend is a member.

Tuesday:

Went to the Salvador`s again. Oh and we were teaching a family, then they moved, and we didn`t know where, so last week we saw them driving down a street, we went back there and found them again! So that was a cool miracle. 

Wednesday:

Good district meeting, and dinner with the Beaudouin`s. Made tons of cookies and dropped them off for people!

Thursday:

I was on exchanges with Elder Lucas (from Tahiti). We had a great day. Met some nice Nigerian ladies that invited us in, but we were just us two so we couldn`t enter, hopefully they call us back. Taught Hans, a member in the ward from Germany. He has met four prophets and a bunch of apostles. Super nice man. Also we dropped by a recent convert, Carol. Turns out she met the Haitian lady we found last week, and talked to her for hours about the church! Then she invited her to come on Sunday. That was amazing!

Friday:

We had a traditional Québecois meal at the Laroche`s house. We had poutine! And a desert that is like cinnamon buns made with pie crust. It was pretty good. Then read scriptures with the Champagne`s!

Saturday:

Lessons all day with African families! Brought Brother Kikongi, he is from Congo, but has been here for a long time. He is the former Bishop. It was sweet!

Sunday:

Went in the morning early to Sister Quijano (72 year old lady from El Salvador) to take the bus with her to church. Directed the music. Sundaes for the men after the meetings! Aubert came with us all day. Had a lesson in the psychiatric ward of the hospital... yup. Oh and dinner with the James again.

I was reading President Packer`s talk from the last General Conference. It is amazing. I was really touched by the beginning where he explains that of all the titles He could of chosen for us to address Him, He chose `Father`. I am so grateful that we have a loving Heavenly Father, and that you and Dad have been such great examples to us. I love our Saviour and know He lives. I know that like Elder Packer says in his talk that the whole purpose of the Gospel is to bless us with happy families. In Preach My Gospel, I was studying Chapter 5 about the Book of Mormon, I am grateful the Lord blessed us with additional scriptures to increase our understanding of the Gospel. I know that is true. Have a great week mom. 


Love Elder Heinzlmeir







Here is the talk he referred to:


The Witness




Times of war or uncertainty have a way of sharpening our focus on things that really matter.
World War II was a time of great spiritual turmoil for me. I had left my home in Brigham City, Utah, with only embers of a testimony, and I felt the need for something more. Virtually our whole senior class in a matter of weeks was on its way to the war zone. While stationed on the island of Ie Shima, just north of Okinawa, Japan, I struggled with doubt and uncertainty. I wanted a personal testimony of the gospel. I wanted toknow!
During one sleepless night, I left my tent and entered a bunker which had been formed by lining up 50-gallon fuel drums filled with sand and placed one on top of the other to form an enclosure. There was no roof, and so I crawled in, looked up at the star-filled sky, and knelt to pray.
Almost mid-sentence it happened. I could not describe to you what happened if I were determined to do so. It is beyond my power of expression, but it is as clear today as it was that night more than 65 years ago. I knew it to be a very private, very individual manifestation. At last I knew for myself. I knew for a certainty, for it had been given to me. After some time, I crawled from that bunker and walked, or floated, back to my bed. I spent the rest of the night in a feeling of joy and awe.
Far from thinking I was someone special, I thought that if such a thing came to me, that it could come to anyone. I still believe that. In the years that have followed, I have come to understand that such an experience is at once a light to follow and a burden to carry.
I wish to share with you those truths which are the most worth knowing, the things that I have learned and experienced in nearly 90 years of life and over 50 years as a General Authority. Much of what I have come to know falls into the category of things which cannot be taught but can be learned.
Like most things of great worth, knowledge which is of eternal value comes only through personal prayer and pondering. These, joined with fasting and scripture study, will invite impressions and revelations and the whisperings of the Holy Spirit. This provides us with instruction from on high as we learn precept upon precept.
The revelations promise that “whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection” and that “knowledge and intelligence [are gained] through … diligence and obedience” (D&C 130:18–19).
One eternal truth that I have come to know is that God lives. He is our Father. We are His children. “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost” (Articles of Faith 1:1).
Of all the other titles that He could have used, He chose to be called “Father.” The Savior commanded, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in heaven” (3 Nephi 13:9; see also Matthew 6:9). His use of the name “Father” is a lesson for all as we come to understand what it is that matters most in this life.
Parenthood is a sacred privilege, and depending upon faithfulness, it can be an eternal blessing. The ultimate end of all activity in the Church is that a man and his wife and their children can be happy at home.
Those who do not marry or those who cannot have children are not excluded from the eternal blessings they seek but which, for now, remain beyond their reach. We do not always know how or when blessings will present themselves, but the promise of eternal increase will not be denied any faithful individual who makes and keeps sacred covenants.
Your secret yearnings and tearful pleadings will touch the heart of both the Father and the Son. You will be given a personal assurance from Them that your life will be full and that no blessing that is essential will be lost to you.
As a servant of the Lord, acting in the office to which I have been ordained, I give those in such circumstances a promise that there will be nothing essential to your salvation and exaltation that shall not in due time rest upon you. Arms now empty will be filled, and hearts now hurting from broken dreams and yearning will be healed.
Another truth I have come to know is that the Holy Ghost is real. He is the third member of the Godhead. His mission is to testify of truth and righteousness. He manifests Himself in many ways, including feelings of peace and reassurance. He can also bring comfort, guidance, and correction when needed. The companionship of the Holy Ghost is maintained throughout our lives by righteous living.
The gift of the Holy Ghost is conferred through an ordinance of the gospel. One with authority lays his hands on the head of a new member of the Church and says words such as these: “Receive the Holy Ghost.”
This ordinance alone does not change us in a noticeable way, but if we listen and follow the promptings, we will receive the blessing of the Holy Ghost. Each son or daughter of our Heavenly Father can come to know the reality of Moroni’s promise: “By the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:5; emphasis added).
A supernal truth that I have gained in my life is my witness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Foremost and underpinning all that we do, anchored throughout the revelations, is the Lord’s name, which is the authority by which we act in the Church. Every prayer offered, even by little children, ends in the name of Jesus Christ. Every blessing, every ordinance, every ordination, every official act is done in the name of Jesus Christ. It is His Church, and it is named for Him—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (see D&C 115:4).
There is that great incident in the Book of Mormon where the Nephites “were praying unto the Father in [the Lord’s] name.” The Lord appeared and asked:
“What will ye that I shall give unto you?
“And they said unto him: Lord, we will that thou wouldst tell us the name whereby we shall call this church; for there are disputations among the people concerning this matter.
“And the Lord said unto them: Verily, verily, I say unto you, why is it that the people should murmur and dispute because of this thing?
“Have they not read the scriptures, which say ye must take upon you the name of Christ, which is my name? For by this name shall ye be called at the last day;
“And whoso taketh upon him my name, and endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. …
“Therefore, whatsoever ye shall do, ye shall do it in my name; therefore ye shall call the church in my name; and ye shall call upon the Father in my name that he will bless the church for my sake” (3 Nephi 27:2–7).
It is His name, Jesus Christ, “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
In the Church we know who He is: Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is the Only Begotten of the Father. He is He who was slain and He who liveth again. He is our Advocate with the Father. “Remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that [we] must build [our] foundation” (Helaman 5:12). He is the anchor that holds us and protects us and our families through the storms of life.
Each Sunday across the world where congregations gather of any nationality or tongue, the sacrament is blessed with the same words. We take upon ourselves the name of Christ and always remember Him. That is imprinted upon us.
The prophet Nephi declared, “We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins” (2 Nephi 25:26).
Each of us must come to our own personal testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. We then share that testimony with our family and others.
In all of this, let us remember that there is an adversary who personally seeks to disrupt the work of the Lord. We must choose whom to follow. Our protection is as simple as deciding individually to follow the Savior, making certain that we faithfully will remain on His side.
In the New Testament, John records that there were some who were unable to commit to the Savior and His teachings, and “from that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
“Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
“Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
“And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:66–69).
Peter had gained that which can be learned by each follower of the Savior. To be faithfully devoted to Jesus Christ, we accept Him as our Redeemer and do all within our power to live His teachings.
After all the years that I have lived and taught and served, after the millions of miles I have traveled around the world, with all that I have experienced, there is one great truth that I would share. That is my witness of the Savior Jesus Christ.
Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon recorded the following after a sacred experience:
“And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
“For we saw him” (D&C 76:22–23).
Their words are my words.
I believe and I am sure that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that He lives. He is the Only Begotten of the Father, and “by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:24).
I bear my witness that the Savior lives. I know the Lord. I am His witness. I know of His great sacrifice and eternal love for all of Heavenly Father’s children. I bear my special witness in all humility but with absolute certainty, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Monday, 9 June 2014

He's an Uncle!

I`m an UNCLE!


That is so cool! Being an uncle now. Kinda reminds me that I am almost a quarter century old (as Elder Gonzalez regularly reminds me). I was so happy when Sister Desjourdy called to let me know. Their family is sweet. We had a fantastic week, packed with many awesome experiences.
I`m happy the house sold, that`s great news, most importantly that everyone is healthy (especially Calvin). This is how my week went:

Tuesday:

We had Zone Conference in Longueuil, so I got to see Elder Fontaine again. President taught us, it was great! We had dinner with the Kikongi family, they are also awesome. Then read scriptures with Yannick, a member that was baptized about a year ago. Zone conferences are always really inspiring, I received a lot of needed direction. It was a little sad though, because it was my last one. 

Wednesday:

Great afternoon lesson in the park with Louise-Elizabeth. Also, the Barrios family for dinner. Good stuff.

Thursday:

Lunch with the Bergeron family, Shepherd`s pie! Met with a member from Iran that hasn`t been out to church in a while. It was a good meeting. I  understand more how it feels when the scriptures say to `have compassion` for someone. He had forgotten most of what he had learned, I hope we can help to rekindle his joy.

Friday:

We did service for the Salvador family, helping weed their yard, and they had a barbeque with us! Great homemade burgers! Then it was cool because without being asked we started doing dishes. Sister Salvador was pumped, then she asked us to visit her friend! Best way to gain trust... serve!

Saturday:

In the morning, we helped John with some yard work... I got sunburn. He took us out to Subway afterwords. Then we took the family from Central Africa for a tour of the church. It was awesome.

Sunday:

It was our Ward Conference too. Stake leaders all came. Elder Gonzalez and did the sharing time in Primary about priesthood ordinances. Aubert came out with us all day, he is going on a mission  to New York in August. Elder Nzojibwami was here when Aubert was baptized! We taught a Haitian lady and her daughter! Then went to the Desjourdy`s for dinner, as you know. She was so nice to send you all those pictures.

I bought sunscreen today, so don`t worry. Also this week was cool because we kept seeing the Lord`s hand in the work we were doing. Everytime we were just stopped somewhere or walking down the street, we run into people that we needed to see. All these un-coincidental coincidences just show who is in charge. I love that Heavenly Father guides us everyday.

Love you so much!

Love Elder Heinzlmeir 

Monday, 2 June 2014

Inspiration

I LOVE YOU!

Great news! Pray that the inspection goes well. (we sold our house and are just waiting for the the home inspection to be completed and the condition waived!) That`s awesome! What does the new house look like? I bet the other people will be happy to. Neighbors to the Nzojibwami`s! Yes!

I`m an Uncle! `faints` (7 Brides for 7 Brothers)
Cool. Hope all goes well with the procedure. (lol  We love the movie 7 Brides for 7 Brothers...so that was a little joke...relating to Kaitlin having a c-section this week, June 5th...so Taylor will be an Uncle!)

This week flew by! Let me think of the most notable things. We did some service this week, did some painting! I am grateful for the times we painted, gave me the skills necessary to do a good job. Thanks mom.

We helped a member pack things up to move, then he bought us pizza! The slices were huge! We then were going to an appointment and needed to catch the bus. Just as we were coming to the bus, it pulled away. We tried to catch it... going up the steepest hill in town. Needless to say we didn`t make it. But we still had the pizza so it was awesome!

Super cool experience. We were at Church a little early for our District meeting, and were the only ones in the church. I was reading my scriptures while Elder Gonzalez was practicing the organ. It was pretty loud. I had a thought to go and stand by the door on the other side of the chapel. It was kind of weird to get up and go there but I did it. All of a sudden, the phone in the hall rang. I was conveniently located in a position to both hear and go to the phone promptly. I answered and it was a man in the hospital. He asked if he could have someone visit him. We didn`t let this opportunity slip passed us. We went by and visited with him, and it was amazing, he kept complimenting us for being humble, it made us really happy. I found out pretty quickly why I was supposed to be standing by the door.

We taught some lessons in Spanish this week. That was fun. Got to practice Spanish un poco.

Saturday was cool. We had the best lunch with the Russell family, with a delicious chocolate cake. Then Brother Beauregard drove us to Longueuil for the Saturday session of Stake Conference. We helped with a youth activity. It was awesome! I will show you pictures. They made a picture in the parking lot about our beliefs, and filmed it, it should be on youtube in the near future so they can share it with their friends.

So we had a pretty good week. I have been studying the importance of family history. It is so important! And it is really fun. Good section about it in preach my gospel. How have your studies been going?

Hope you have a good week! Love you!

Elder Heinzlmeir

Monday, 26 May 2014

Food, food, food...and sweet people in Sherbrooke!

Good Morning!

Hey Mom! What a week. Thanks for that awesome quote! Ya it is cool that Bishop`s family are friends with the Crapo`s, what are the odds. Ben`s Facebook post is pretty funny, considering we hear those sayings on the right everyday! (I sent him a post from Ben of French phrases translated to Quebecois...pretty funny stuff) Speaking of Ben, he served in this ward! Cool pics from Calaway Park. Where is Garrett going?(Friend...Garrett G. is going to South Korea)  I would love to go to Honduras! That would be a great experience. Cool plaque idea. (Our Bishop makes a plaque for each missionary in the ward with all their details and picture that hangs in the church and then when the missionary gets home, the plaque is given to them.) My favourite scripture keeps changing. I think you can put on the plaque, 3 Nephi 5 :13 or 3 Nephi 9:14 if the first one is taken, both are awesome! There is a Sister in the mission that is related to the Godfrey`s from BC, Sister Godfrey, and Elder Keenan is too somehow, but he is from Chicago. Cool eh?

This week was good. We are starting to feel grounded in our area. We know it decently now. We walk a lot, which is great for our health. Also I try to eat healthily. We get fed more here than I ever have in my whole mission! The members love having us over, and they are sweet. There is a group of anglophones that meet Monday`s for FHE, and we taught the lesson this last week.

We have a man in our ward that is 91 years old! Him and his wife are great! They gave us chocolate when we visited them last week :) We have been visiting members to follow up on their study of Preach My Gospel, which has been really helpful to help build trust with them. How is it going for you? We went to Young Men`s on Wednesday to teach about missionary work. We watched videos on the Hastening the work website and they set a goal to double in one year! Cool eh? Lewis should watch those videos and him and his quorum could do some missionary things. Like inviting friends to activities. That will help prepare, and to start studying Preach my Gospel as well. OK Lew?

We had an open house on Thursday with a great turn out. Of members at least. Which is great! A lot of people live far, and it is hard for them to come, but they made the effort, and everyone had a good time, and got to see the church.

We had dinner with some cool families, and have been meeting the sweetest people. Yesterday we were fasting, for a family to teach. After church, we taught Louise-Elizabeth, a super awesome recent convert. Then instead of going late to Ward Council we decided to get to work. We passed by some people that weren`t home, talked to some people in the street. As we were leaving we said hello to a young man sitting outside his sliding door. He said hi and waved us over with a big smile on his face. We started asking him some questions but he didn`t speak much French, but he told us to wait for his dad. The father came out soon and we started to chat. They have 11 kids as well! They invited us in and we shared a message with them. They are from the Central African Republic. So amazing! We are going back tonight to see them! We are really excited.

Pretty good week, as usual.

Love you lots!

Elder Heinzlmeir

Monday, 19 May 2014

Sherbrooke

SHERBROOKE

Good Morning! What a week this was. Many changes. I`m grateful to be living in this time, for the experiences I am having, and for all the blessings in my life. Seriously, life is G-O-O-D. Another week, another story.

Monday:

Elder Fontaine and I took it easy. We played sports at the mission office, which was a lot of fun. Then we went about trying to visit as many people as we could.

Tuesday:

Felt like a continuation of Monday. Continued making visits, then had dinner with the Patricks and Elder Gonzalez (The new Elder Taylor is training until he comes home). During dinner, President says "Elder Gonzalez, you`re new companion should be here by dessert." Then we started eating dessert and he gave the great reveal.

Wednesday:

We made the switch, and we left Montreal (after having to get a poutine with Elder Gonzalez.)

The next few days, we used to get to know the area and the people we will be working with. I really like Sherbrooke. It has a pretty laid-back feel. Especially compared to Montreal and Ottawa.

Sunday:

Church was great! Everyone was so nice! Nothing Better than a warm welcome.

Elder Gonzalez is great. It is a pleasure to work with him.

I got a call this morning from the office... with my flight plans. Rough. Direct from Montreal to Calgary. Crazy.
I have as much time left, as I spent at the MTC.

I realized this morning, I have come a long way. My understanding of the Gospel is going to set the tone for my whole life. I read a talk by Richard G. Scott about his mission and how he feels about it, because all the things he most treasures in life are a result of that. I can see that the same will be for me as I continue on this path.

We have been visiting everyone to help them learn from Preach My Gospel. I have been studying frequently from Chapter 1. Our Purpose. I really understand the meaning of having joy. That`s what we are here for. It comes as we follow God, simple as that. That is why it is important to help others come unto Christ, eternal happiness is at stake!

I found out I really like jump-rope. And playing guitar. And eating healthy. It`s fun.

How is everyone doing? House coming along? Study anything interesting in Preach My Gospel? Hope you had a great week!

Love, Elder Heinzlmeir



When Taylor sent this picture he took, it made me instantly understand how, when we are 'set in our ways', change is nearly impossible--without the help of others.  Let us not be trapped by our 'ways'.  We need to be flexible and willing to change for the better despite feeling trapped by our old habits.








Taylor's greenie.  Elder Gonzalez