Hey everybody!! This is Joe Sopal. My new name for the next two years will be Elder Sopal. While I am away my amazing Mom. She will update my blog every week on how I am doing and my weekly letters. For those who do not know I will be serving a mission for 2 years for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As my title says I will be serving in the Toronto Canada Mission.
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Who Knew Tracting Would Be This Hard?!
hey please dont send letters to my address in windsor! send it to the 197
county court one! the mission home or office. My pday is monday here! I am having so much fun here!
Send me my winter coat please! :) I would apprciate it! yea it is
supposed to get very cold! haha.
My first area is Windsor
Ontario and it has been pretty nice. My companion or trainer is Elder
Koceja. He is from Utah. He is 20 and has been out for just over a year.
He is really into knowing the doctrine and so good at teaching. In our
role plays he helps me to solve concerns of investigators we may have.
In our apartment we are staying with two other missionaries who do not
have an apartment yet they are Elder Ward and Elder Genowsky. So
traveling on monday was pretty good! the flight was nice and I got
seated beside an agnostic atheist. He did not - i repeat did not! - want to
talk about religion haha. However I did give him a pass along card and
the plan of salvation pamphlet. He said he would look at it!
We traveled in a
decent group of 11 people i believe. When we got to the airport in
Toronto i had to wait for all the other people to come
through immigration as I was already a Canadian citizen. Sister Kurtz
did too cause she was Canadian. She and I waited around for the others and went
and grabbed luggage haha I felt like such an apostate. I am missing the
spirit of the MTC but i have learned so much and loving serving a
mission! This will be an amazing two years!
when we got there we met President Scott! He is such a cool, inspired,
nice, kind, and divine man! His wife is super sweet and loves all of us!
haha. The AP or assistant to president came and picked us up in white
vans and took us to the mission home. We had a lunch at the
mission home and bore testimonies. The spirit is so strong here and
when you are around other missionaries. We then went to the hotel and
stayed there for the night and the next morning we would get to met our
trainers. So in the morning we did orientation.
So then after the orientation we went to met our trainers.
They all look so old and knowledgeable! Elder Gunnel got called to a new
mission and is now speaking Farsi! He was so surprised! I met my
trainer his name is Elder Koceja! he is from Utah and has a Utahian
accent haha. He is a pretty cool Elder and has such a strong testimony.
After that we went and I found out that I am driving my first day here! I
am driving it was so nerve racking but I got to drive a sweet car! I
drove for 4 hours to our place in Windsor! longest drive but it was good
and cool to see all of Southern Ontario. my comp is really
knowledgeable and like me in many ways more then one! We got to our apartment and it is
small on the 2nd floor in Windsor right next to the detroit river! We
all sleep together and I have actually been able to get to sleep at
night! It isn't that hot here but it has been changing now and then.
Yesterday it rained all day and we went tracking in it.
goal for every day is talk to 10 new people. Which we accomplished on
our first day we talked to over 90 people! We "white washed" an area, as we
said, and so Elder Koceja and I are both new to the area. The previous
missionaries before did not have any investigators. The first day in the
field we went and knocked on doors and talked to people on the street.
We met this one former who we placed a Book of Mormon with and we challenged her
to pray! We are going to follow up with her and see if anything will
come from it.
We have been given fake numbers and told to leave people
alone. Door knocking is the most scariest thing ever! like actually! It
is so nerve racking as you get to the door and knock. We have met people
who yell at us, others who bible bash with us, and others who are nice
and respectful, and say they are not interested. There are many people
with their own religions but it has been cool to teach them of the
gospel of Jesus Christ is back on the Earth today through the prophet
We have talked to so
many people on the streets and it is hard not seeing success.There will
be many hard days ahead and depressing days. I just want people to all receive the gift of eternal life and salvation. I feel so sad when
people wont accept our message. But you know i keep faith and endure
till the end! because i have accomplished my purpose inviting all to
come unto christ. We will contine to tract street by street. We will
search for people until we find those who are prepared to receive us.
were walking one day by a High School and it was the smoker crowd
outside haha we and talked too and tract 18 people from that group haha!
It was great met some real solid people! One guy worship Satan and that
was fun as he rode off swearing. I shake my head at some of the people
here. My companion and I do not have bikes or anything. So we walk
everywhere! Our area is so huge! I am loving serving in windsor and we
found this one guy who is so prepared to her the gospel as we went
tracting in the rain yesterday. He has given up drinking and starting to
give up smoking. He is reading from the King james Bible and he
believes us coming by and seeing him is an answer our a revelation to
him from God. We teach him this week!
ward is very small here and quiet. There is not a lot of members. So we
are also teaching less actives and getting them back out to Church
which we have accomplished with two people! The ward is a strong ward
though and its members are so nice and kind to us. It is a great life
being a missionary. My comp is letting me take the lead in discussions
and spiritual thoughts and teaching! It is once again causing me to get
nervous but it is going well. I am learning so much and how to teach
actually investigators from our role plays. I am going start making
actually food this week for my comp and I cause we have been doing
sandwiches and cereal and kd haha! Yea for the diet of a missionary.
am so annoyed with our apartment because we have no dish towels! and it
is really dirty. So i will clean it! i am still so busy so I will
probably try to keep better track of what to say in my next letters.
what else haha.... its been great you know. I am loving this place. The
people are so cool here but it is very difficult and they are hard to
talk to. We serve in a pretty great area and there is definitely hard
work. I will endure and put my trust in the Lord. I have never prayed so
much here. I know the power of prayer is real and works we have used it
and God has answered many of our prayers so far. I have a goal to talk
to 10 new people every day! its been happening so far!
The Elders tease
me that I am from Canada and we had a huge debate about Americans and
Canadians last night haha. I need to shut my mouth sometimes haha. But
it is in all fun and games. Elder Ward made so many funny jokes last
night. I have been so forgetful of our keys and
of everything. We are making so many jokes about my comps accent! He is
I gotta go mom! i love you ill send pics next week bye!