Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
So this week was a roller coaster to say the least. We had 7 appointments cancel this week and 4 people dropped us. We had a lot of finding time and it caused me to realize that my speaking skills are not where they need to be. I am understanding so much more but it's not enough, I can't share the gospel unless I can communicate to the what the gospel is. It was super tough. But the weekend was great.
Elder Paul V. Johnson of the 70 was here. He presided over our stake conference and I learned so much from him. We had a baptism Sunday, Agnes Teng. She is awesome. Her desire to be better and her faith are incredible. Then yesterday, we had a mission conference. I learned so much on how I can be a better servant of the Lord and what I need to do to hasten this work. We had a transfer call. Sister Ding (the taller one) is being transferred to Richmond and Sister Lin and I will stay here in Burnaby. I did not see this coming. The thought of me being a senior companion is absolutely terrifying. I fear that next transfer Sister Lin will leave too and I'll be left to tell the new sister about the ward and the people.
I received a letter from Kaylie Sanchez yesterday and she is doing so well! Her testimony is so strong and she is sharing it with everyone. She has so much faith.
This transfer is going to push me and make me a better person and missionary, and I thank God for allowing me to have this opportunity to grow. He knows me and He knew that I needed a push, I needed to run a little faster and get a little further out of my comfort zone. "There's no growing in a comfort zone and there's no comfort in a growing zone" I read President Monson's talk this morning from General Conference. It brought so much comfort (and tears). With Christ, I can do this. He will heal my aching heart. He would never give me more than I could handle, even though I can't see that now. We can do anything with Christ.
This morning after companion study, I went in the bathroom and got on me knees. I plead with the Lord, in a verbal prayer to help me. I am feeling His love more and more and I am learning to rely on Him. I am learning to trust in the calling He has given me. I ask you and mom to continue to pray for me, I really need it right now. I don't know when it's going to get better but I have faith that it will. I know that as I endure my trials patiently, I will be so much stronger. I will be able to relate to more people and I will become more of the person God wants me to be. I'm going to be quite the catch after these 18 motnhs ;)
Anyway, I'll tell you more about the mission like you had asked. So we don't eat with members, we aren't allowed to unless they have an investigator friend, less active, or it's a part member family. From 5-7pm is consecrated finding time. We aren't allowed to have any other planned activities at that time, except lessons, but we need to be tracting or street contacting. This is a finding mission! Then 7-9pm is supposed to be consecrated member time. Since we aren't allowed to eat with members, we visit them at this time. For our ward it's a little tricky because the Chinese wards have no boundaries. It's people from all over the lower mainland, so it's tough to find members to attend lessons and visit them unless we plan well. It's better now that we have a car but it's tough. Our ward is struggling a bit. There are the few super active members, but they aren't super fired up about missionary work. Stake conference was all about the ward and missionaries becoming one and I hope that they get more excited. I am working on getting to know the members better. I am pushing myself to get out of my comfort zone and talk to people (weird, huh?). I usually can't shut up, but in Chinese I am the quietest one in the room, I'm working on it.
Tell Mom I love all her notes and cards, they help more than she knows. I got the package and I loved it all! My comps were excited too. Tell Kaylie I loved her letter and sorry that I didn't get it until now!
I am glad my cats are doing well. I miss seeing that red and blue run across that green! Keep me updated on their coming weeks. I can't believe Shane comes home in 2 months. Crazy. He's a crazy kid. I can't wait to see little Lucy grow up, make sure she knows who Aunty Em is haha How's Abi?
Well I love you. Thank you for the emails and the prayers. I will be okay. I am just becoming more of who God wants and needs. I hope you have a good week and tell Raini happy birthday for me (it's on thursday). I can't believe she leaves next week! She'll do great.
Keep me in your prayers, you are definitely in mine.
Love, Sister Emily Dahl
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
So tell Coy and Poppy happy birthday! That's fun mom is going to Missouri.
I could not email yesterday because it was Canadian Thanksgiving. Who would have thought? You can send all mail to the mission home. They deliver it twice a week. I am about 40 minutes from the mission home and from the temple...(I don't know). But we get to go about every 4 months, so that's exciting. There are about 275 missionaries in the mission and 19 are Mandarin...9 are sisters, so I gotta get comfortable. haha Only 3 of us are American. So that's fun.
I arrived to Canada safely but was in immigration for 2 and half hours waiting for my visa. It was horrible but I stayed positive! I love President Tilleman. He loved to hear that I knew Dave Campbell so well. He speaks very highly of Him. Let President Campbell know I am proud to be associated with him ha ha.My area is called Burnaby. It covers Burnaby, Vancouver, Coquitlm, and New Westminster...It's huge. I have 2 companions again. They are both from Mainland China and they really like to speak Mandarin. Sister Lin is a convert of 2 years. She is from Southern China, I think and has lived in Toronto with her family for the last few years. She's been out 6 months and speaks pretty good English. Oh and she's a total stickler for the rules, which is awesome but I get told what to do a lot ha ha Sister Ding is great. Also from Mainland, not sure which part. She speaks very little English, but we meet in the middle. She has been out a year. She's much more laid back than Sister Lin but it's fun to have a balance. They both are helping me a lot.
So we have no car because neither of them can drive in Canada. So it's me as the DD. President wants me to get used to BC first so we have no car but with about 10 progressing investigators it's hard to get where we need to on public transportation. I ride the bus and sky train everyday. Lots of contacting time. I have been struggling to talk to people (weird, right?) but I am learning quickly. I just gotta open my mouth! SO weird how thats hard for me haha but everyday gets better.
I had a really hard time adjusting. I cried a lot yesterday. (I wrote you and mom a letter about it, just know I am doing much better. It was quite therapeutic) I have come to realize that it is going to take some time learning this language. It is so hard. At church I felt so alone. I did not understand and I just wanted to get out. In lessons it's a little better but I feel like the investigators don't care that i am there because I do not understand. I really beat myself. I felt like I was failing as a missionary. That everyone says it'll get better but I didn't believe them before yesterday. I just broke down. I hit rock bottom. But I realized that Christ is with me. He was just waiting for me to take His hand and do this together. I love my Savior so much. I have come so much closer to Him the last 2 days than my whole life. He has already made so many burdens light and it is such a comfort to know He is with me. It confirms to me that the message I am sharing is true and it gives me a drive to keep pushing.
I am adjusting quickly and am taking it day by day. I can't believe I have been here a week already. I am growing and stretching and I know I'll be able to help someone soon. Keep me in your prayers. I love you!
Love, Sister Dahlabill
Monday, October 14, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
SO Something super awesome and legit that happened this week. I am singing in the General Relief Society meeting on Saturday at the conference center! Wooo! I'll be wearing a blue-ish shirt. Look for me :) You should totally sneak in dad. If they know what's good for em they'll show my face, haha but I could always use a humility lesson and don't worry mom, I get them daily.
Monday, September 16, 2013
How is Devante Neal liking the good ol' UA? I hope he loves it like I do!
I am so happy Scott (Stump) and fam came and visited! I love them, it's so amazing that you two are still best buds.
I am so excited for Raini to go to the temple, I wrote her an email today and a letter last week prepping her a bit. She'll love it.
I am loving my assignment as Sister Training Leader. I attend branch council meetings and I look out for the sisters. I interview senior companions and report back in council meeting. This week my job gets super fun! We have 5 new sisters coming into our zone, I am soooo excited. There are 2 international sisters who come on Tuesday and I have to help them out all afternoon and during Devotional. Then on Wednesday the other 3 come and I will introduce them to the MTC, give them a tour, and pretty much be their big sister. I am so stoked! I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to serve them, it'll be way fun. I also get to participate in leadership trainings which help me a ton in becoming more Christ-like, it's great.
Well I love you all!
btw I may be singing in the General RS Broadcast if I get chosen. I had to fill out a survey so hopefully all those years of dealing with mr. Ross will pay off now haha. You all are wonderful! I am learning a ton!
Thank you for the prayers!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
So I've been here a week and a half, WHOA. Its so true that once you hit Sunday it flies by. This week went well butWednesday was hard. We had to teach again and I just was feeling down and discouraged and that I couldnt communicate what I wanted to. I was especially emabarrassed when He kept asking us if we had eaten or not and me knowing this culturally that when someone asks you if you've eaten they are asking you if you are doing well. This happened twice in a lesson and it wasn't until Thursday that I realized what he was saying. It was even more of a shock when our investigator walked in as our new teacher..haha. I couldnt handle that! He's actually not my teacher, because he's moving to China so we have a different one.