1. Transfer calls were last night! Sister Willoughby and I will be staying together here in Kitchener Mandarin...TRAINING! Our new companion will be coming in a few weeks. We're pretty excited! Tomorrow we'll head to Brampton for training on how to train. SO EXCITED!
2. Leo got baptized! He's been investigating since July and he was both baptized and confirmed this Sunday. We had the baptism before church and it was going to have to be quick since we only had 45 minutes from the start of the baptismal service to the beginning of church. And then Leo and the member baptizing him showed up 30 minutes late. We had to skip the talk on the Holy Ghost and the last song, but we managed to pull off the world's fastest baptismal service and still have the spirit there strong for our five investigators who attended. It's been so amazing to watch his testimony grow. Thank you so much to all of the missionaries who have worked with him over the past several months and planted seeds! I am so excited for him and can't wait to continue to watch his growth :) I'll send a pic of the baptism next week, it's on Sister Willoughby's camera.
3. Thursday morning we got a call from the Relief Society President in the Ward we are serving in. She asked us to come by her house that night at 8pm. We were a little confused as to why, but when members of the Ward Council want you over at their house, you don't hesitate to show up! So later that night we show up at her house and go inside. She asks us to sit down and tells us she wants us to see something. We were so confused. Both of us were thinking we were in trouble (what for, neither of us had clue) and were just wondering why she had invited us over. Then her husband pulled up a picture on their iPad and showed it to us. I freaked out. On his iPad was a picture of my mom, Madeleine, Chad, and Sis.Thompson. The kicker? In the pic they were standing in the Relief Society President's house. I was so scared. I was freaking out that they were in the house, that I was going to see them, and that I was going to get sent home. Heart attack. (no worries everyone, they were NOT in the house and I did NOT see them) The Relief Society President then proceeds to give me all of my Christmas presents that my family had dropped off at her house. Including a cooler full of my mom's home-cooking. Needless to say, I was a happy missionary. It was so nice to have my "Christmas package" arrive (I had been checking the mail for it for days) and to feel so much love. Included were notes from my home ward and family. Love you all so much! Thank you!
4. Apparently, we're moving apartments! The man who lives below us just had his apartment renovated, and ever since, every step we make sounds like a herd of elephants downstairs. He went to the landlords to talk about switching apartments and they told him that the people above him would be moving at the end of the month. He came and told us what they had said and we were really surprised. It was the first we had heard of anything. We called the mission office and asked if they knew about that, to which they replied that they did know and that they couldn't say anymore. So...we're moving. No idea when. Or where to. But we are moving. Fingers crossed for a nice apartment!
Love you all and have a very Merry Christmas!
Sister Makena Bauss