Saturday, April 19, 2014

Note From February 17th

Dear Dad,
My heart reaches out to you as I email today. I couldn't stop the tears from coming as I read the news about Scott passing away. It causes me so much grief and pain to know that he's no longer with us. All I wanted was to see him again. He's been such a  great friend to you and the best adopted Uncle me and the boys could have asked for. I am so sorry Dad. I know that this time is so hard for you. I can't imagine the hurt you're experiencing at this time. I wish I could be there to give you a hug and just cry with you but I can't. I am just crying as I type.

Yesterday in Relief Society we had a lesson on Eternal Families. I felt the spirit so strongly as we discussed the eternal blessings we can have as a family. I think that Scott will be a part of that family. He didn't fully accept the gospel in this life, for what ever reason, but I don't doubt for a second that he knows Our Savior, Jesus Christ. And I am so happy to know that he still has the opportunity to accept those ordinances in the Spirit World. I think it will be a beautiful day when you're able to take his name to the temple. I hope that I will be able to join you on that special day (I'll be home in a year). I am so grateful for our family and the sacrifices everyone has made in my life time and in the past to allow me to have such an amazing family. I am so blessed to know we are all working our way to exaltation and we will be united as a family for eternity. There's nothing I would want than to be with those who matter most to me. I am praying for you dad and I will write you a letter today.

So this week went pretty well. I just want to share a quick miracle. So we were contacting on Tuesday night in our usual spot, where all the chinese are, and we were speaking to a man in Chinese. A woman came up to me and asked me where the casino shuttle comes and I could hear a spanish accent. I asked her where she was from and she said, "El Salvador" I felt prompted to try and speak spanish with her so I said, "Usted habla espanol?" She was so surprised that I could speak spanish. I explained to her I used to study spanish for many years but I forgot a lot because I am learning chinese. I told her I was a missionary and in broken spanish that we want to share more with her. She told me she believes in God and she loves Jesus. She started giving me her phone number and address before I could even ask. She said we could come over and share more. She was 79 years old but looked 60. She said her husband died 20 years ago and she has 7 or 8 kids. I was able to communicate with her! It wasn't my best spanish but Heavenly Father deifnitely blessed me with the Gift of Tongues. I understood so much and I was able to remember words and conjugate. the spirit was so strong as we spoke. The spanish sister were supposed to visit her so I need to call and ask what happened. It's moments like these that give me a stronger testimony of why i was called to canada. There are so many different people here and I can use English, mandarin and (broken) Spanish to share the gospel. The Lord really knows what He's doing!

We are seeing more and more investigators progressing and that is always a motivator to keep working hard. We're working hard and trying to fill our planners with lots and lots of appointments! and the Lord is sure filling em! I am pretty glad too because the weather lately has been ridiculous! haha It has been pouring all week and it's supposed to rain all this week. I am finally experiencing "Rain-couver" I am trying to stay happy even though I am wet haha. We are going to be able to see a lot more success in our ward because they added another set of sisters. We have 3 sets of elders and that makes 5 companionships total. The work is going to explode! We cover south Burnaby, New West, Coquitlam, Port Coqutilam and Port Moody. Then the other sisters cover north burnaby and all of Vancouver. We are hoping to see a lot more success!
I am grateful to be a missionary at this time. I go through trials all the time and I can feel Satan trying to creep in and bring me down in some way but I become stronger everyday. I am able to bear my testimony everyday and even though most don;t accept me or this message, it's the one that matters. President Tilleman says the best convert of our mission should be ourselves. I can really feel myself becoming converted unto the Lord. It's been a great 6 months and the Lord is going to work some miracles in the next year :) I love you and pray for you everyday. I will send a few more prayers your way this week and hope you can feel God's love for us. 
Love, Sister Emily Dahl

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