Elder Stowell and I are doing our best to keep up with the city life. North York would maybe be a bit hectic to live in, but it's a great place to be a missionary. As always, the cultures are entertaining. Just this morning I've talked to a people from Ethiopia, India, England, China, and Korea, and that was just from walking next door to the library so we could email. Take special notice that I didn't mention Canada on that list :)
At the risk of sounding cliche, this week was full of miracles. David is doing great, in case you were wondering. He told us more about a dream that he had a few weeks ago where God told him the church was true. Honestly, I thought this stuff only existed in those cheesy mormon movies :) Anyway, he keeps mentioning how he's determined to endure to the end, and how he will never ever drink coffee again. He's really been on a spiritual high lately :)
We'll probably meet up with him later this week. He's amazing.
One of the miracles this week was Michelle. She's a friend of one of the youth in the ward, and she's already been to church a few times. So far we've shared the restoration and the plan of salvation with her, and if I've ever met an investigator that reads and prays about what we tell her, it's her. She actually asks us for more Book of Mormon chapters between lessons, and she started reading the Pearl of Great Price. And she's 17. Super fun.
Anyway, she has a baptismal date for the 29th of November, but she'll actually probably be baptized sooner. She's Anglican, and she makes a lot of funny comparisons between our churches. Apparently she originally thought it was super weird that everyone in our church knew that God loved them. It seems like such a simple thing, but it really made the difference for her.
Anyway, everyone else is doing super well. I'm not going to write out an exhaustive update, cause I'm lazy and stuff, but just know that this was a really awesome week. We met a lot of new people this week, and we're really excited to continue working with them. Bayview, as always is a wonderful ward.
I was reading this week in the Book of Mormon, and I really feel inspired to invite you all to read it again. I've heard all the stories about the early saints and what they went through, what Joseph Smith had to do to translate it, all the miracles and things that had to line up to make it possible for it be printed etc.
There's nothing wrong with any of that, and I'm not trying to denounce it at all, but if you go on a mission and try and prove the truthfulness of that book with facts like that, you will find little success. Just letting you know. It doesn't work. If someone wanted to be impressed by facts, then they would spend more time at school, not at church. They will decide whether or not to believe you based off of how they feel. They'll ask in their head "Is he sincere?" long before they ask "Is it true?" So believe what you say. It'll help, trust me :)
Anyway, I love you guys! Have a wonderful week. Keep your heads high and remember that you're a cool guy! (or girl) Keep it up!
David's Baptism : )