How's it going everyone,

This week like the week indicates was a little dry. Turns out people don't enjoy the cold very much and when you try and talk to them they enjoy you even less. Me and Elder White went tracting at a bunch of town homes and people looked through their windows and waved us off or just kinda looked from the top and said, "It's too cold!" We're like you're telling me buddy.

This week we had another lesson with Gilbert and we were really hoping for a miracle with him. I had been praying for him the whole week, prepping a solid lesson, getting really pumped for a miracle to happen aaaannnnndddd it was the worse lesson I've taught on my mission. The Spirit was killed with contention and every attempt to bring it back did not work. So I was really bummed and now we might have to drop him because he's not making any progress, so that's really sad for me.

This week you all should go and watch the new Nativity video it's really good and the wise men are awesome. Go shovel someone's driveway too! That's an easy way to be nice. Love you all and hope you continue to have a great Christmas season!

Whats up it's Elder Shipley

This week was pretty solid. It's still a grind here in Scarborough. Toronto, Canada is an interesting place and it gets more interesting with everyone I talk to haha. We got a call last week saying that our tripan was getting split up and now Elder Hugh is training a visa waiter straight out of the MTC and me and Elder White are having a party trying to share the Gospel.

The most insane Spiritual experience of my mission happened this week. So me and my trainer like my first 3 weeks found a guy named Gilbert and he has been one of my favorite and least favorite inverstigators I've had. He has been so frusterating and has pushed me to become more literate in the scriptures and he has grown me into a way better teacher. I want him to get baptized. SO. FREAKING. BAD. I love this guy so much but he's so stubborn. I pray for him every night that he'll feel the Spirit when he asks by himself. Anyway, enough ranting heres the story. So we prep for the lesson and we decide we're just gonna testify of our Savior Jesus Christ and testify and pound the Book of Mormon and just bring the Spirit and help him recognize the Spirit. We go in and the lesson starts off good and then it just went down hill. He started getting frusterated and going after our doctorine even though we were giving him layup answers that I feel like can't be interperated at all a different way. He has a lot off Catholic doctorine ingrained in him even though he doesn't like the Catholic church. We just got really bold with Gilbert and basically called him out and said if he really believes in the Holy Ghost and that it can tell him the truth of all things then he shouldn't be this stubborn. We said he could not believe one word we said but if he brings this information we've shared to Heavenly Father in prayer the Holy Ghost will testify. We answered every question he tried to come back at us with, "Ask and the Holy Ghost will testify, we've already given you the answer." The Holy Ghost was so strong in that room and he finally said, "Fine if we want the Holy Ghost to talk to us, pray for me right now." And as soon as he said that I was prompted and I told him that as priesthood holders we could give him a blessing. He agreed and I started giving him the blessing. I was saying that we bless him to have an open mind and an open heart as he calls on his Heavenly Father in prayer to know if the Church is true and all of a sudden I had no control over my mouth and the words just came out by the Spirit, "And know through the Power of the Holy Ghost that this is the true church you have been looking for." I have never felt the Spirit so strong when those words came out of me. If he denies feeling the Holy Ghost the next time we see him I'll be kinda crushed, because I know he feels the Spirit.

Sorry about the long email but the Church is true. There is no doubt and I have been so infinitly blessed to have been born into this Church. I know The Book of Mormon is true and I know Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, I know the true church was restored and that Jesus Christ is leading this church. I'll talk to you all next week, love you guys!

Hey what's up amigos



This was a solid week. We worked really hard this week on finding and I feel like my bus contacting and testifying with the Spirit has been getting a lot better and I'm really pumped about it. Even when people turn me down or don't show interest it doesn't really phase me so I'm feeling good right now haha.



Cool Bus contacting story: So we were on the way home from serving at a Food Bank and I was sitting on the bus and this guy sat next to me. I just started talking with him and he didn't really want to talk to me but I just kept up conversation. He started to open up when I told him that I work for my church and that I don't get paid and that I really love church because I get to feel the Spirit in my life. I felt the Holy Ghost as I was just doing simple, simple testifying, not even anything about our church in specific. Anyway he started to open up a little bit and told me his name was Wilson and he was from Kenya. Shout out to Elder Jakes because there are so many people from Africa here and when I tell them my best friend is working for our church in Africa they get excited and open up. He started asking me questions and said that he might come to church Dec 1 so everyone pray for Wilson.



Alright to the title of my email and one of the funniest experiences on my mission so far. We just dropped off a Bible to a guy in a cemetery, also kind of funny, and are waiting at a bus stop. All of a sudden this tiny East Indian guy walks out of the gas station and sees us and gets excited. He waddles over to us and just goes 100 mph in his accent and all I could pick out was that he has gone to our church before, he likes the missionaries, he was starting a new job, and he just barley got a new out fit for work. He looks at me and hands me a tie he pulls out of his pocket and does a motion for me to tie it, so I tie it and he bends his head down and so I slide it on but then he just stays like that so I pop his collar, tuck in the tie, straighten his collar, get the knot all straight and snugg and lemme tell you my boy Rajeejh was looking fresh. We were hyping his outfit up. Then he starts speaking 100 mph again and motions to his pants pocket and saying "Rip it" to my companion Elder Hugh. Like all new dress pants the pockets were sewn shut and my boy Rajeejh needed them back pockets. So he's motioning for Elder Hugh and Elder Hugh looks so uncomfortable and Rajeejh is like, "It's okay you can touch my bum, we are friends." So he's like aight and opened his pocket for him. He gave lots of thanks and went off to his new job I guess. It was very funny we laughed at Elder Hugh for a long time.



Sorry this email is really long already but for a Spiritual thought I would just encourage you to figure out how the Spirit speaks to you. I've had a hard time descerning the Spirit on my mission but this transfer I've been having a really good time and getting to understand it a lot better and it's really cool. The church is true and all you need is the Spirit to tell you. Love you guys talk to you next week!

Jeremiah Shipley
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