I just wanted to apologize about my short e-mail again last week. The mission received transfer calls on Monday this time, usually it's Tuesday. We didn't get a call in Burnaby, Elder Henderson and I will be staying in Burnaby for another 6 weeks, all the missionaries that I serve around think it's crazy how long I've been here and even crazier that I'm staying everyone thought I was going. It's great though I love Burnaby and I really love the people here. All the members were really happy that I'm staying too. People were telling me that I should just have my membership records moved here.
This week has been so much fun though. We were blessed with an opportunity to teach Krassimiere and his whole family this week. We were able to teach them at the home of the Hernandez family. It was such a good experience, we testified of how the Gospel blesses families, when brother and sister Hernandez bore their testimonies the spirit was so strong! I am so grateful to be in Burnaby because we have amazing members here with powerful testimonies and they actually want to be involved in missionary work.
Also this past week we had a new ward mission leader called. I was really happy about that because we've been without a ward mission leader for almost 4 months now! While we had no ward mission leader, the missionaries were basically doing their best to fill that role. We had our first meeting with our ward mission leader, Brother Stuart this week and we prayed and asked Heavenly Father what he wanted us to do. After praying we all felt that we should focus on calling ward missionaries to serve alongside us. So that's what we're working on now and I'm really excited because I know that the more members we get involved in the work, the quicker the work will progress.
Gordie was really happy to hear that I'm staying and so was his whole family. He's going to be getting baptized when he graduates from High School, which is this year. I hope that I'm still here to see his baptism if not, I hope that President Tilleman will permit me to make a quick trip to Burnaby to see him be baptized!
I feel so blessed to be a missionary because I know how much I've grown while I've been here. But most importantly I am grateful for the wonderful opportunities that I've had to help wonderful people who are my friends to come closer to Jesus Christ. Last night we went drop by a part member family named the Sullivan's. Brother Sullivan actually served his mission in Quebec and spent quite a bit of time around the Granby area. He really loved his mission. Anyway missionaries have tried teaching Sister Sullivan several times in the past, it seemed that no progress was made with her though. So last night we went over and Elder Henderson and I were praying that what we had planned to share would be what she needed to hear to start investigating seriously. We said a prayer and explained the purpose of the Book of Mormon and read the introduction with her. As we read together she expressed that she never understood exactly what the Book of Mormon was and why it was so important. She said because of what we told her tonight it makes clear logical sense and that she would read and pray about it. We also invited them to come to church next Sunday and they said yea!
Looking down the road I know that there is tons of work to be done in Burnaby. I know I've been here a while but I truly feel that the Lord is keeping me here for a purpose. Being here for as long as I have I know the area extremely well and I feel that we can use members effectively because of the relationship that we've been able to establish.
I'm excited to keep working and serving the Lord the best that I possibly can!
Have a great week in Florida,
Elder Kameron Lahache