Monday, September 17, 2012

Transfer Calls! (and this weeks letter too)

Hello family and friends,
Due to a busy P-day I have 2 minutes to send this e-mail haha. Well we got transfer calls on Saturday and...... I'm staying haha. So is my companion so nothing new. I found out, however, that my two MTC companions, Elder Pehrson, and Elder Hansen, who have been out as long as I have, will be training this transfer! And they are both in a French speaking zone! So crazy haha. Well this week was better, things are starting to pick up. All is well. I'll send more details next week.
Love you all!
Elder Oxborrow

Dear family and friends,
This week has been a big relief. We finally saw some of the results we've been working for. We concentrated a lot this week on getting member present lessons since that's what we've been struggling on for the past few weeks. So this week we made sure we were bringing members to almost every lesson we had. We were getting some here and there although many were still falling through. We decided we'd fast on Sunday to see if that would help us meet our goals. When we got to church, James (a convert about a year ago, preparing to go on his mission) told us he wanted to come out with us for the whole day. We started off visiting less actives and went tracting before dinner. While tracting, we got one lesson, then headed to our dinner appointment. After dinner he texted two friends and asked if they wanted to learn about his church and they both said yes! So we got three member present lessons that we didn't have planned in one day! That was an awesome day. We've got a lot of so so investigators so we're working on solidifying them. Having a ball out in Ottawa! Love you all!
Elder Oxborrow
P.S. the photos are:
1. Snake a lady had who we found knocking
2. Different languages of BoM we have in our apartment
3. Our new pet
4. Steve's (our recent convert) ring from when he was with the Maple Leafs and they won their conference

Monday, September 3, 2012

Almost Transfers...

Dearest family and friends,
It has been a good but tough week here in Fallowfield. We've been struggling to get member present lessons since our solid investigator was baptized, so we decided to put emphasis on that this week. We planned member lessons with four different members throughout the week, totalling ten lessons. Then... they ALL fell through, so we got zero member present lessons this week for the second week in a row. So I guess at this point we're just being patient in the trial of our faith. We're working hard though and we know we'll find some more solid investigators soon. Transfer calls come this Saturday and then transfers are the following Wednesday! Pretty crazy. I think I'd like to stay in Fallowfield, even though my pants are getting a little too tight out here. The members are awesome out here and love missionaries. Today there was a ward party for the Champlain ward so all the missionaries came to that. We played ultimate frisby for a while which was fun. I'm kinda sweaty now though. I hope everything is going well back home. Sorry not too much to report this week... I'm pretty sure a miracle is just around the corner. Happy school year!
Elder Oxborrow

Another Great Week!

Hello family and friends!
First off I'd like to say thanks for the letters! I'm working on writing back, but P-day is often one of the busiest days of the week. Well Everything has continued to go well. After the baptism last week we don't have anymore serious investigators which means we've been doing a lot of finding this week. I'm learning to like knocking doors more and more. Especially when it works. We also tried to visit a lot of less actives this week... which turned out to be equally as adventurous as knocking. We have a list of less actives so sometimes we just drop by the ones we're close to so we can introduce ourselves. So we were doing that one day and we knocked and a Haitian lady came out and started speaking French. We told her we saw her name on our list. Turns out her daughter who used to live there is a member but her and her husband are Jehovah's Witnesses. So she invited us in (most Haitians do) and after a long religious discussion, she offered us some orange juice and we left. A few days later, we were doing some less active hunting again and we knocked a door and a kind looking lady opened it. The first thing she said was "Oh they're not home but we're the more active side of the family." Apparently the couple who lived there were downtown getting things ready for their daughter's wedding, but all the extended family from Toronto was at their house. So after being fed by them and finding out a little more about the family, we headed off. You never know what's going to happen when you knock on a door haha. Hope all is well for all of you!
Elder Brenden Oxborrow

P.S. The last address I sent was only mostly right. So don't worry letters still got here, but here's the more accurate one.

Elder Brenden Oxborrow
3231 Steeple Hill Crescent
Richmond, ON K0A-2Z0