This week has been pure chaos! Getting everything ready for Christmas and the whole holiday season was entirely too busy.
Well I told you most of went on last Monday.
We went to Branco's for supper. We were going to go caroling to Dave and
give him a Book of Mormon, but when we went he wasn't there. We had a
busy night so we left. Apparently right after we left he pulled up and
the sisters were able to talk to him. We picked up the others from their
supper. We ran around and collected the wrapped BOM's that we handed
out to the YW. That was pretty much out night. Gong show. :)
Well we had an adventure today. We went with
the other guys to deliver some gifts to the Ft. Mac missionaries. We
drove up to Grasslands and met them at a gas stop. We then drove back.
Along the way we stopped and took some pics for a Christmas card that we
were going to make. As we came back into the city, we stopped at the
Sikh temple. That was an interesting experience. We walked in and took
off our shoes and stood there not knowing what to do. finally some
people came in that spoke english. They took us around. It was very
different than any other Christian Church. After the tour, they took us
down to the cafeteria and we had some Indian food. Still not my most
favorite. We then left and went to pick up some stuff. We met Claireview
at the Chapel, so Elder Canfield could give them haircuts for calls
home. We played some ball in the meantime. We then took off for supper.
We went to Dorrey's while the other elders went to the Hunt's. I really
love the Dorrey's. We have really become pretty close with them. It was
awesome, we had steak and potatoes. Delicious. While we were having our
lesson with them, Bro Dorrey was telling us about in all of the times we
have come over he has really seen us grow and be more comfortable in
lessons. It was really cool to see in less than 3 months people can
really see a change. We left the Dorreys and went to the Hunts'. They
wanted to do a Christmas Eve FHE with all of us. Well by the time we got
there they were just finishing supper. We had the lesson with them and
then left. Sis Hunt kept trying to get us to stay, but we had way too
much going on that night still. I always say 'some people are
persistent, missionaries are more'. We were trying to get a hold of
Claireview to give them some of their mail, but they didn't answer.
Instead we drove around trying to find a Catholic church for mass. We
finally found the Ukrainian Orthodox church. We were a little late, but
we just came in and sat down. It was interesting being there. Afterwards
we were walking around looking at some of the paintings and were able
to talk to quite a few people. It was a really good way to talk to
people, more like for people to talk to us. It was quite a day. We
didn't get home until like 10:30. By the time we got everything done for
the night it was already 11:30, so we just stayed up until midnight to
open the presents. We didn't know when we would be able to on Christmas
day, so we thought then would be the best time. We then went to sleep
About 5 hours later we woke up again to start our
Christmas day. Spanish and us went to Calvert's for Breakfast. It was
good, but missed the baked eggs. They got all of us stockings. We opened
them up. Just as we were going to leave we got a text from Ladd and
Canfield saying they were on their way. So we stayed there for a little
bit, until they got there and opened their stockings. We then went to
Palmers. They got us some huge stockings. It was some fun stuff. We then
went to Thomas'. We got there and Skyped. It was great time to be able
to talk with you. It really was hard to hang up. We then had lunch with
them and hung around. We then left and went to the other Palmers (ward
mission leader) for supper. We weren't hungry at all. They made
Brazilian food. The other Elders stayed up as well, but Canfield made
the whole night and day. He was like a zombie and Bro Palmer could see
it. It was like 7 and Bro Palmer said "Well we are going to put our kids
to bed, looks like your pretty tired so might want to leave." Pretty
funny. We then didn't really have anything else. Stebners texted and
said we could come over. So we went over there and ended the night
there. It was a really fun day.
Honestly Thursday was a complete blur. We
had district meeting and had a really good time there. The sisters and
Spanish had leftover turkey and potatoes and let us come join them. We
told them we would take care of the clean up. They only thing else that
happened that day was we went back over to Thomas' for supper. We had
curry fried chicken. So good. It reminded me of Bro Joseph's curry
chicken. It was super good.
Well we were going to try and catch up on some
of the people we weren't able to visit, but that didn't happen. Elder
Bramwell ended up getting an ET to Whitecourt. Don't know the whole
story, but he was leaving that morning. We ended up going to lunch with
Claireview and Elder Vega, before they took off. Elder Vega's new
companion was who Elder Bramwell was replacing. It was super awesome to
see Elder Vega again. We then went home and cleaned up the apartment. It
was a super mess from earlier in the week. We would come home put stuff
down and go to bed. We needed to clean up. We cleaned and had weekly
planning until supper, which was on our own. Something was going on and
so Elder Ladd was also leaving that night. They picked us up and went to
their place to say goodbye. Too much going on. not a fun day.
We really did play catch up. We did mormon.org
and then had lunch. We went up and shoveled Stebners walk for them. We
then went to Lopez to tell them that Elder Ladd had left. He was close
with them. We then went down to see Bro Guinard. He was just heading
out, but we got to chat for a minute outside. We then went and the other
guys picked us up for supper at Anderson's. They are a really sweet
older couple. He is the stake patriarch. Mom you would be jealous of her
chicken collection. The others dropped us off at Alosious, who wasn't
home. We grabbed some stuff from our place and went to Bro Duckworth.
That was our day. Still got a lot done.
We went to coordination. We then came back to
our place for lunch. We had some perogies. Most of the time was doing
the dishes we hadn't done yet. We then went to church. It was super cool
after sacrament. A little boy came up to me. "Do you know Elder
McMullen?" "Yes I do. Are you his little brother because you look just
like him?". I think I told you that Elder McMullen's grandparents are in
Londonderry. Well the rest of his family came for Christmas and were at
church. It was really cool to meet them. She took a picture of me with
his little brother to send to him. The rest of church went really well.
Oh Shanon came to church. She had called the Skinners the night before
and asked for a ride. They were out of town, but we found a ride from
Sis Brimacombe. Just out of the blue she shows back up. We had dropped
her like 2 months ago. It was really awesome and she had a great time.
After church we went to try by some people. We were picked up by the
others and went to supper at Brimacombe's. We took them down to Graus
and stopped by some others. We tried contacting a referral, but could
find his address. I hate when that happens. According to the address he
lives in the middle of a field. So much fun. We then picked them up and
dropped them off.
It was a truly crazy week. It felt really good the last couple of days to be able to get back to regular missionary work.
Well hope you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year,
PS. I'm really bad at remembering my camera/ cord so pictures will come one day.
Holy cow this past week has been crazy. A lot of things to do. All in anticipation for Christmas.
Well It was a pretty regular pday. The ZL's
were going on exchanges right after pday so it was a little hectic. We
ended up picking up some pizza's from Bro Palmer, changing and then
going to the church for the weekly lesson with Sister Stamp. It was
pretty cool on the way to Bro Palmer. Some one had lost control of their
car and ran into the snow bank by a right turn lane. We went parked and
went to help him. We were all in shorts and Elder Ladd was in sandals.
We were coming back from Basketball. We were able to help push them out
and met the two guys at a coffee place for a quick hot chocolate. They
were super nice and we shared a mormon.org card with them. Pretty great.
Well Tuesday morning we went and helped out at the
Food Bank. I don't really remember what we did that afternoon, but we
went over to the Higgins for supper. We were able to have a good time
with them again. It is probably the last time that we will see them
until after Christmas, for a lesson at least. That pretty much was our
day. We also got picked up from St. Paul. They were staying at our
apartment for Christmas Conference.
Today was a really good day. We started off
the day with Christmas Conference. It was really amazing. We had a
training/ council with President Manion about a successful missionary
and QGC's. It was really inspiring. We then had lunch provided by the Ed
North Stake Relief Society. We then had the talent show. It was really
good. There was a lot of talent. Their was a special musical number of
Silent Night that Sister Manion organized. It started with two sisters
singing in some polynesian language and then a verse sung by a small
choir in German and then joined by everyone else in English. It was a
special song to President Manion since he served his mission in Germany.
Oh course I joined in. Who knew that after taking two years of German
in High School would actually help. :) After the Talent show they passed
out the letters. Thank you so much for your letters. It was really
special. I was supposed to end at about 3:30, but as does everything
with missionaries, it went long. We didn't end up leaving until about
4:30. We had supper with the Conrad's. Had a QGC on the bus ride there.
Went to Bro Duckworth's after that and then rode the bus home. Had
another QGC back home. Really amazing day.
Well we did mormon.org
in the morning. I did a little bit of family history again. I can know
say that it was my last time until I get home. We had some questions and
asked President about it and he said that "Our work is for the living.
Unless it is to help an investigator or LA, you probably shouldn't do
it." It was so great. Oh well. That just means I'll have a lot of work
to do when I get home. We then got a lot of things organized and then
headed up on the bus to the Fixsen's. Had a good time there. Bro
Theissen picked us up to go to Sis Hernandez and it didn't work out so
we helped him with a secret Santa. Pretty fun. He then dropped us off at
the church. The CD1 elders needed to get in and get somethings, but
were going to have a lesson there, so we stayed. It was with a new
investigator Cody. He had called them the night before and had a lesson
with them that day with the ZL's. He is super solid, the only hang up is
going to be where he is going to be and where he is going to be
baptized. He works in Edmonton, but goes to Calgary for family quite
often. His girlfriend, who is LDS, Lives in Lethbridge. Crazy situation,
but he will get baptized.
Well Our day was a little scattered. We had a
lesson with Anette in the morning. It went pretty well. She gets
distracted a lot. We then came back and had weekly planning. We left and
went to stop by Dieter. He wasn't home. We caught a bus and went to
supper at Ewing's. After that we had another lesson with Cody with the
ZL's. Man I can't wait to be able to meet with him again after the
Well today was a lot of waiting for nothing.
We went and helped Bro Stelfox move some material from his basement to
his garage. He had these boards down in his basement and needed to move
them to finish the renovations. Super great guy. We went back and
changed and then went to the Graus Baptism. It was a part-member family.
The 8 year old son was getting baptized. We went there to support. We
then came back stopped by Dieter again. Sister Hunt called and said her
husband got stuck and she was going to go wait with him until the tow
trunk came, so we weren't able to go over for supper, but she would drop
something off for us. So we had to hurry back to our apartment. Well
she didn't get there for a while. Then we had supper. We then were going
to caroling as a district. Well teh ZL's got caught up and so us and
CD1 played some basketball waiting for them. Nothing happed so we just
went home. A lot of nothing.
Well today was pretty busy. We had coordination
first thing. We then had Ward Council. That was a little bit of a
problem. They other elders had to leave and we really didn't have much
to present to the Ward council. A bit of a gong show. We had brought
some lunch and heated it up in the kitchen. We then had church. We
taught GP and it went really well. Wasn't exactly how we planned, but
got a good discussion going in the class. We then went to change to
prepare for later in the day and were called by Sis Stebner if we could
give her husband the sacrament. We ran up and did that and dropped the
other guys off to change. we changed and picked them back up. We all had
supper with Calkins and Massey's. We then went caroling to some of
their neighbors with them. It was a lot of fun. We then stopped by the
Palmers. That concluded the night.
So Today has been pretty eventful. We didn't
get a chance to email until now. We went shopping and did the usual. We
then went to the office to pick up all of the packages. There were a lot
and most of them were for me. Thank you. I can't wait to open them on
Christmas. We then dropped off all of our stuff at our apartment and
changed to go sledding. Higgins took us sledding. It was a ton of fun.
The other elders got me good. It was pretty quick into it when I found
that I forgot to zip up my coat pocket and lost the keys. I was freaking
out. It had our apartment keys, the car key, the church key all on it
and I lost it. I was freaking out and tried to look for them. I couldn't
find them anywhere. The others were getting on my case, but just kept
saying "lets keep sledding and we'll look later. We walked over to
another hill which was much better. Once we were done Higgins left and
we walked back over to search for the keys. We had gone over by the
river to do some business and that is where I thought I had lost them.
Elder Ladd had the idea to go to where I thought they might be and we
all kneel down to say a prayer. We kneel and say a prayer and open my
eyes and the keys were right in front of me. The other Elders had found
them quite a while before and were joking with me the whole time. They
even got Sister Higgins in on it. It was one of those pranks that I had
had too much fun and it was way to well planned out that I really
couldn't be mad. It was really well played out.
Well that was my week. Can't wait to talk to you on Wednesday. I'll email you about the details.
this week was really pretty crazy. Everything is so different as a
missionary during Christmas. It is going to be a different experience.
I'm kinda excited. The Members just love the missionaries. I don't know
if we will have time to visit all of the houses. Good thing that we
don't have to do anything that day. Anyways let me tell you about my
So last Monday was a pretty crazy day. We had
to ride around with Spanish because the ZL's had something else they had
to do. Well everything took longer that expected. Well pretty much that
happened until we finally got to zone sports. After that we went to the
Laubmans' for supper. I was really pretty good. I really liked it over
there. Sister Laubman had just got a new computer and was having some
problems playing the videos. All that needed to be done was the
flashplayer needed to be updated. It felt really good to be sit down at a
computer and fix something even as simple as that. It's amazing the
small things that you miss and the simple experiences that make you feel
like your doing something good. We then went to the Branco's to have a
lesson with Sister Stamp. She really didn't say much there as she does
at the church. Pretty crazy day overall.
today was good because everything got planned out for us. We went that
morning to do service at the food bank. It was a lot of fun. We just
started to assemble the basic food box that they would give to someone.
It was much different up here in the city than it was in Innisfail. It
was pretty much our whole zone and some of the other zone. We all went
to Wendy's afterwards. We then went back and did some stuff and then
went on exchanges. I was going to be in Londonderry with Elder Cook.
Well that was the first time I was over the area. It was interesting.
Well we were supposed to have a lesson with Davin, but that fell
through. We then had to meet Poulin's (the housing coordinators) because
they had some furniture for us. Well we haven't found anyone to take
some of our other stuff, so we are pretty cramped. We had to bring all
of that up and then we did some stuff around the apartment before we
went to supper at the Johnston's. It is always super fun over there. We
then stopped by some people and then went to see Bro Duckworth. I found
out that day what stress and coke does. Some members gave us some coke
and cookies for p-day that we didn't eat. I was having a hard time
staying awake in the morning so I drank some coke. I was wound up and my
head was spinning all day. Coke is not good for me. I was think about
you that day Dad.
we went to stop by some people that morning and then had lunch. The
apartment managers were coming to inspect the apartment sometime between
12-1. There are only 18 apartments and we had to leave at 12:40 and
they still didn't come. Crazy. We got a new investigator Annette. She
was a former that was still interested in learning more. We had a lesson
and brought Bro Massey with us. He is amazing in lessons. Well there
were a lot of distractions. It is going to be another tough
investigator, but I can't wait. We then went and exchanged back. We had
supper at Higgins that night. Trevar is doing pretty well. It is hard to
keep him going. We then stopped by some people. We went over to
Stebners with the ZL's to pick up a present for a LA. We had some hot
chocolate. Hot chocolate has become one of my favorite things ever.
Thursday was pretty fun. It was all pretty much ZTM prep. The ZL's lost
their keys last monday and asked us to go to the stake center to find
them. Well we didnt' have keys to it so we were going to take CD1. Well
Found out someone had picked up the keys and taken them home. So we
ended up going all over for nothing. We went to Londonderry mall for
lunch and ran into the ZL's and Spanish. Well all of us, but Spanish had
ZTM. so We all piled into one car. I was driving. Good thing it wasn't
too far. SHH. ZTM was pretty hilarious. We had a small insight last
night of what was going to happen, but the ZL's still kept it a pretty
good secret. It was a ZTM about finding and QGC's. They did a roleplay
that was really funny. Elder Shreeve is an interesting man, I'll leave
it there. Anyways after ZTM we went home to change. We went to the
Dorrey's for Supper. We saw Jeff again. He isn't interested anymore in
taking the lessons. One day. I don't really remember what else happened.
we had weekly planning. Got a lot discussed. We then went to meet with
Bro Guinard. Our lessons with him are very border line. It is just
getting him to talk about something gospel related and saying a prayer.
Very informal. We then met with Davin. It was good to be able to met
with him again. We then had supper at the Tanner's. They are pretty
great. We went and had to pick up some things from Bro Duckworth and
that was our day.
today was supper fun. We went over in the morning to Higgins. Jessika
was having a craft party with her sisters. They all pretty LA. We went
over and made Christmas decorations. We each made a couple of ornaments.
Mine are pretty cool. We then were going to go to our place for lunch,
but instead we went with the ZL's to the Flea market where one of their
investigators works for lunch. It was pretty fun. We then came back had a
small Mormon.org time and then took off for the Stake Christmas
Concert. It was really cool. They had a choir and orchestra at the Stake
Center. It was really cool. To bad none of our investigators or LA's
came. It was still really good.
we had correlation and it went really well. We were able to have a good
discussion with the EQ pres, HP councilor and RS pres. We were able to
get a lot of referrals from them. The work is starting to really pick
up. We then went back to our place for lunch then to church. We hadn't
gotten a single QGC so before supper we went and rode a bus down to the
LRT and rode the LRT for a little while trying to talk to people. Well
the LRT only ran so far for a little while so it kinda threw a wrench in
our plans. We ended up walking to 118 and catching up with the ZL's and
went to supper. We had supper at the McLean's. It wasn't too bad this
time. With the 4 of us the kids weren't as wild and the food wasn't too
bad. Cranberry wings aren't too bad. Not the best though. We then went
down and were going to meet with Robyn. Well when we got there he was in
the shower, but we got to talk to his son Ricki. They would be a really
cool family to teach. So far they are just potentials. We are going to
try and do Bro Palmers idea of a home bible study. It will be really
good for them to start off with. Talking to Ricki also gave us a QGC. No
0's this week.
Well that was my week. Probably one of the better weeks that we've had lately.
Love you all
With Regards to Christmas, I hope to be able to know more by next week.
We are probably going to be Skyping from the Thomas'. I will find out
more about when. I would love to be able to talk with Sean, Em and the
kids. I miss them too. And possibly Grandma. TTYL
PPS I have pictures to send, but can't from this computer. Next week.
this past week has been really quite interesting. A lot of things
happened that we just didn't expect. Really pretty crazy.
Well we had P-day. I really enjoy being able to ride around with
the zone leaders. It was pretty strange because Elder Kinghorn was
leaving. We had P-day and then we had to pick up dinner from Conrads'.
They had signed up, but Bro Conrad was out of town. Sister Conrad was
nice enough to get a pizza for us. We then got picked up for the
scripture study class. We tried to get through it as quick as possible
so that Elder Kinghorn could say goodbye to some other people.
Well we went to see Bro. Duckworth. Those
visits are usually the same. Interesting guy. We then went home and had
lunch. We needed to do some cleaning and did that. Couple hours flew by
and then we went to supper at Higgins. We really needed to clean up and
we really got organized too. The apartment looks so much better. We had a
really great lesson with Trevor. He is really starting to understand
things and he is asking really great questions. Elder Kinghorn and Ladd
were there to say goodbye and were a huge help to us in the lesson. We
then went and saw Bro Guinard. We had a good time with him and actually
had somewhat of a lesson. It was a really productive day.
Well we had mormon.org
time. It wasn't the best since my headphone jack wasn't working. I
could hear the music for the videos and music on mormonchannel, but I
wasn't able to hear the voices. I know it was just the plug in. We had
lunch and then headed south for some stop-bys. Stopped by some
potentials and formers and then headed back up for supper with the
Palmers. Well there are 3 Palmers in the ward. This was Jim and Barbara.
They are an older couple who are super nice. It was really cool too.
They have a grandson on a mission in Halifax right now. I asked who it
was. Elder Brenton McMullen. I was in the MTC with him. What are the
chances. He is from Calgary and I'm now serving in his grandparents
ward. Crazy. The Mormon world is pretty small sometimes. We then stopped
by Alosious and a miracle happened. He was home and not busy. We have
stopped by and talked to him just about every week this last transfer,
but never had a lesson with him. So it only took 6 weeks, but we had a
lesson with him. He is super awesome, just busy.
Well we had district meeting and district
lunch. Oh that was great. Elder Phillips had slipped on a huge snow pile
as we were going to Alosious Wednesday. He thought it was more solid
than it was. It was pretty much all powder and he just stepped right in
and fell. Super funny. So he had to buy doughnuts for the district. We
stopped at the store and all they really had were some cookies. Well
Elder Cook had slipped too, so we had doughnuts and cookies. Sweet. It
was probably one of the best district meetings we've had up here. I'm
talking the spiritual side too. We went to the mall for lunch. We had a
thing set up with some of the youth in the ward to come for lunch and
bring a non-member friend. That really didn't go that well. Pretty much
no one showed up. After lunch we had the car so we went back down south.
The car is super nice. We got a different car at transfer meeting. We
used to have a Chevy Cruise. The mission was trying to put a lot of the
cruises in the city since they only have 2 wheel drive. Well we kept
getting stuck, so we asked for a different car. We now have a Subaru
Impreza. It is all wheel drive and so much better. We came up and had
supper at the Dorreys'. We then had a lesson with Sis Hernandez. It went
really well. We had a great lesson about the Tree of Life. We left and
went to stop-by Josh, Sis Chemko's grandson. We kinda got the cold
shoulder from his mom. We went and just asked if he was home. We hadn't
seen him in a few weeks and just wanted to see how he was doing. He mom
just said "oh he's busy doing his own thing right now". It was strange.
We were heading back home and about to get gas when Spanish called. They
were stuck in the snow. Well we drove over to help them. They went to
make a U-turn and got high centered on a snow pile. They tried
everything. We got there and tried to help break up the snow underneath,
but didn't help. They called a tow truck. Well it was going to be a
while, so we drove them back to their apartment to wait. We then drove
them back. The tow truck was delayed, but they told us to go ahead an
leave. We had to switch with the Zl's since they had MLC the next day to
we picked them up and drove home. It was a late night.
Well today was even more chaos. So we got up early
and went with Claireview to Seminary. The Seminary students had invited
us to come and play a scripture mastery challenge with them. It was a
lot of fun. You had your teams and 3 people from a team went up in each
round. You had to pick up the BOM and find the scripture mastery that
the teacher was reading. Then the 3 people on the team had to race
against the other to get Tic-tac-toe by sitting in chairs. Apparently it
was a tame game with us. I guess they are usually more aggressive and
picking each other up or pushing each other around. We really can't do
that. so it was a lot more tame. We then went and played some basketball
with them too. It was still kind of our exercise time. We then went
back and since we had a late night and an early morning, we decided to
take a quick nap, before weekly planning. In hindsight it was a bad
idea. We slept a little too long. we then had lunch. We were going to
start weekly planning and realized we left the phone at the church. so
we had to walk over and get that. We came back and we had a call from
the Housing Coordinators. They were in the area and wanted to come see
how our apartment was doing. So we had to do a little clean up. They
came and checked out everything. As soon as we get rid of our couch and
coffee table (very inconvenient) they are going to bring us some chairs
and a microwave cart. It'll be way better. Well we then had Weekly
planning. We got a call from Spanish and Sis Bonnell needed some help
moving things. She said it would only take like 30 minutes. GONG SHOW!
Service like that never takes 30 minutes. It was helping her get her
late husbands electric scooter out of her truck (out of the cold) and
upstairs. Well the wheels of the scooter needed air as well as her
truck. So we had to follow her to somewhere with an air hose. Filled it
up and then go back to take it out of the truck and upstairs, where
there really wasn't anywhere to put it. It ended up taking like 3 hours.
We both missed our supper appointments. Luckily Angells were nice
enough to leave the Chili on the front porch. We stopped by and picked
it up and then went home. Didn't really do a whole lot the rest of the
night. The ZL's gave us the car back. That was it. Pretty much Friday =
GONG SHOW TO THE MAX!!!
Nothing could have been as bad as
Friday. Well we did the usual morning routine. Then we helped Bro
Anderson move some stuff. Crazy situation, but he is moving back in with
his wife and kids. So we went over and helped him pack up the rest of
his things and load up his and Bro Dorrey's Truck. We stopped at Burger
King for lunch. and then went over to unload things. After we were done.
Sis Anderson made us some hot chocolate. We talked for a little bit and
then went back home to change. They gave us a little 3 foot Christmas
tree as well. Now we have a Christmas tree. We are still planning on
making one out of our lamp. I'll send pics when we get it done. Well we
took the rest of our lunch and finished up our Christmas Packages. We
then ran over and shipped them out. We then stopped by some people up
north and set appointments. We then went and picked up the ZL's for
supper at the Theissens. They are super awesome. They are so willing to
help us out with anything and are reaching out to some LA families and
friends by themselves. Such amazing member missionaries. Neither set of
us really had anything so we thought about who we could stop by as the
four of us. We decided we hadn't seen Sis Chemko for a while. Well I
still have mixed feelings about going there. The first little while we
were there was her chewing us out about how we stopped by to see Josh
and how her daughter felt like we weren't getting to know them, but
shoving religion down their throats. She was also saying how she didn't
feel like we trust her because we have to have the right numbers of
people. All in all, we probably won't ever be going back to help her or
her family. They were too used to some disobedient missionaries back in
Manitoba years ago that they don't like how we are trying to be
obedient. It is going to really be up to the Ward now. There isn't
anything that the missionaries will be able to do. Sad, but that's how
Well we had our usual Sunday
morning. Correlation, Lunch, Church. After church we went to Doug
Palmer's for a visit. We were going to go back to our place to have some
spaghetti for supper before the Christmas Devotional, but we were
invited over to the older Palmers again for supper. We were very
grateful for it, even though we had to eat and leave. We went to the
Devotional and none of us really ever watched it before. We all thought
it was 2 hours long. Well we then had an extra hour. We went and stopped
by Hancock's. Then went home.
Yep this past week has been a pretty crazy week. A lot of
things happened that probably weren't the best. That is what the
Atonement and this life is for it to learn from your mistakes and
improve. This next week is going to be better.
I'll start off by saying that we had transfer calls today
and.....Nothing. I like it when that happens. I'll be with Elder
Phillips for at least one more transfer. I'm pretty excited.
So once again I forgot my planner. We switched planners and I didn't bring my old one. Oh well.
had P-day. It was really cool. We share a car with the other
Londonderry elders, so we drove around with them all day. We Played
basketball in the Morning and then did laundry at their apartment. They
live in a condo that is owned by a member rented to the church. They
have their own washer and dryer. We went and did studies there. We then
went shopping and then went to the office. I could get used to that. We
go to the office to pick up mail for the zone. Well guess who is usually
in the office? Elder Marsh. The AP's usually do a lot in the office so I
get to see him every week, since we go to the office now. We then came
back and emailed. We then went to zone sports. We played floor hockey
again. This time I didn't get hurt. We had supper at the Branco's. They
are really cool. Elder and Sister Branco are well, missionaires. Elder
Branco is the vehicle coordinator. Sister Branco does the mail. It was
cool to be able to go over there for supper.
really didn't do a whole lot. We found a former investigator who is
still pretty interested. She had a bed bug problem and got that taken
care of. She is interested in learning, but probably not too interested
in committing to much. We then went and saw Bro. Guinard. It would be
great if we could actually have a lesson with him. We then went to
Higgins. We had supper and then Jessika gave us haircuts. My hair was
getting long again. We then had a awesome lesson with Trevor. We did an
object lesson and told him to choose which of Prayer, Scriptures, or
Church attendance he could work on. He knew he needed to go to church
more often. Hopefully he will start coming more regularly.
We honestly didn't do much. Things are
pretty slow. We were able to have 3 QGC's which was a companionship
record. We had supper with the Hancock's. They are a cool family.
was pretty awesome. We had district meeting and we had a pot-luck with
the other districts. It was a good thanksgiving lunch. We then went and
tried some people down in the lower part of our area. We then rode the
LRT and caught a ride with Spanish to supper at the Calvert's. It was
more like the Calvert's/Hunt's. They had a Thanksgiving dinner for us.
It honestly was a gong show. Needless to say, that was the rest of our
Well we had weekly planning. Things
took a long time today. We didn't get much done afterwards. We had
supper with Massey's. They are awesome member missionaires. We told them
about a LA that lives around the corner that we are hoping to start
meeting. They went that night to invite her to the Ward Christmas Party
and the other stake things. They were great. We also took the bikes back
to the Nolet's and Massey's. They have been in our apartment for a few
weeks now. We haven't been able to ride them much since we actually have
snow that stays. We then went were going to stop by some other people
in the area. We stopped at the ZL's place and they were there. We ended
up going with them to help the Stebners with somethings. Bro Stebner had
hip surgery and Sis Stebner needed to get some Christmas decorations
down. They are such a fun family.
today was another all day long adventure with the ZL's. Pretty common
truly. We went and helped this LA family move. They live up on the Army
base and he quit the army so they needed to move. The 4 of us went up
with Bro Palmer to help. Afterwards he took us out for Indian food. I
now know that I don't like Indian food that much. We then were asked to
help with the Food Bank. So we went down to a Grocery store and Elder
Phillips and I greeted people as they came in and asked if they would
like to donate to the food bank. They had $5 prepaid bags they people
could buy to help "Stuff the Bus", fill the ETS bus outside. We greeted
while the other guys were at the exit collecting more donations and
taking the bags out to the bus. We then went and grabbed our clothes and
changed at the ZL's place. Then it was off to the Ward Christmas
Dinner. It was nice. Nice Turkey dinner. Not much else happened that
we went and had correlation. The 4 of us went back to our place since
it was closer to the church for a lunch break. No food since it was fast
sunday, but still took the break. We then went back to church. Trevor
did come, but left after Sacrament meeting again. Just stay. Oh well.
Afterwards the Theissens were having a huge family dinner, since they
blessed their baby. They invited all of the missionaires to come and
join. That was right after church. We then went with the others to say
goodbye to Sis Visaijye (?). She is from the Phillipines and had to go
back since she is still working on getting permanent residency. We went
over and sang a hymn with her. Then we had supper at the Calkins. It was
kinda crazy since right after we were done eating (which we didn't eat
too much since we had just barely eaten with Theissens) Sis Calkins and
the two oldest girls had to leave for the Stake Christmas practice. We
still got to share a message with Bro Calkins and the two younger girls.
We then caught the bus down to go see Aylissa. It was pretty cool. It
was a little cold so we didn't want to have to wait for the bus for
forever. We texted the bus stop to see when the bus was suppossed to be
there. It was going to come in like 3 minutes. Pretty miraculous.
Aylissa still didn't let us in. We stopped by Saturday and said to come
back tomorrow. We show up and she isn't there/ Didn't answer. We went
and stopped by David another LA pretty close. We were able to get inside
and talk with him. We didn't get to share anything since he had to go
pick up his wife, but it was still really awesome to go in. He said we
could come back. Progress is being made.
Well that is our
week. We are pretty much going to start over with most of our
investigators. I guess that's one of the patterns of my mission. Come in
with a ton of investigators to drop most of them and find new ones.
Sounds fun. :) haha.
Now you are up to date. It sounds like winter has hit Canada:
From Elder O'Neill:
So this week was pretty interesting. Things might be slow, but we are still doing all that we can and having fun doing it.
I might be a little sketchy on details. I usually have my planner open doing this but I left it Castledowns car.
It was a pretty crazy day. We finished emailing and then wandered
around the mall waiting for the Claireview elders. We ended up just
leaving and walking way down the road to Walmart. We shopped got what we
needed and walked back. We dropped off the stuff and went to the
church. Everyone else was coming there for sports. We went and played a
little basketball. We then went to supper with the Ewings. We walked
back to the church for the scripture study class and got a call from Bro
Bonnell. He came and picked us up to go help with a blessing to a
member from Fort Mac that came down to Edmonton hospital. She was
pregnant and had severe complications. She ended up having the baby at
like 24 weeks. Super early. We went and some friends had come earlier
and given a blessing to her and her daughter. We were able to talk with
her. she and the baby are doing great. She was able to get up and start
moving around that day. She might be able to be discharged pretty soon,
but the baby has to stay for a while longer. It was super amazing to
hear her situation and how the Lord is really helping in every step
along the way.
Today was a long cold day. I think the
temperature was about -28C in the middle of the day. We ended up trying
by a lot of LA and formers up north. Later on we stopped by Bro Guinard.
We talked to him a little bit and asked if we could practice the
lessons with him and his wife. He was fine with it, but was going to
check with her. He is great. Didn't really have a lesson with him, but
still a great visit. We had supper at the Higgins. We were able to have a
pretty good lesson with Trevor. The basis was trying to see what we
could do to help him progress. He has been an eternigator for a few
years. We were able to see what he needs and how we can help him find
his answer. He gave us a ride to our next place. We went to stop by the
Nixon's. They are a LA family that we had stopped by before. We had
called earlier, but they didn't answer. We went in and simply asked if
there would be some other time that we could come by and get to know
them a little better. Sister Nixon very abruptly denied us. "No were
really not interested." Well that was a bummer. Luckily Trevor waited
outside for us and gave us a ride home.
Today I really don't remember what went on. Like nothing. Must have been pretty boring day. :)
was really a gong show. We had district meeting that morning. We left
and went to the mall for District Lunch. I had my first Donair. It is
really pretty good. They have some meat on big rotisseries. They slice
it off and wrap it up in a pita with some veggies. We then wanted to
grab some things and then went back to our apartment. We waited around
there for a little while waiting for the other Elders. It was
incredible. WE GOT OUR CAR BACK. We got the car and that's when the gong
show started. We drove them up to there place to drop off some stuff.
The were having a lesson with some investigators and the member they had
fell through so we ended up going with them. We got out of the lesson
kinda late. We were going to have supper with the Branco's but they had
to go to a teachers training. So we drove the other elders to their
supper. They went up and asked if we could join. The Christensen's were
nice enough to let us. So we had supper with them. After that we were
going to see Sister Hernandez again and we couldn't find anyone to go
with. We drove them up to an appointment with another LA. We hung around
in case it fell through and then they came with us. We had a great time
at Sister Hernandez. We went over and made scripture boxes and
decorated them with pictures from old ensigns and pamplets. Everything
ended up working out. We just spent the whole day with them pretty much.
It was fun.
We had weekly planning and then later on we
went on exchanges with Castledowns 1. I knew it was going to be a crazy
time. I was going on exchanges with Elder Shettell. I might have
mentioned it before, but he is from AF. I went to High School with him.
Ya now I'm going to be serving with him for a day. Insane. Everything
went well. We had a lesson with a LA, Alex. We then had to stop at the
church for a minute. We got a call from the other Castledowns elders. We
went and picked them up and had A&W for supper. We went back to
their place, ate and played poo. Sounds weird, but such a fun card game.
We then went and stopped by some PM families. didn't get in with
Well we got up and had studies. We went and
picked up Castledowns 2 again and went to get bread. We were waiting at
the Stake center. We waited in the car for a while and then went inside.
Soon enough about there were about 12 elders waiting for free bread and
treats. Yep that's what we do. We got everything and then went to
exchange back. We came back to our apartment and dropped everything off.
We then went and had mormon.org
time. We were trying to figure out a supper for that night. We had
called Sis Chemko and asked if she could feed us. She is LA, because she
is on call 24/7 and often has to work. She said she would be able to
feed us, but she pretty much lives alone. We called the other elders and
finally got everything sorted out. We went down there for supper. It
was really good visit. She lives in the basement. Her LA daughter lives
upstairs with two non-member sons. We were able to talk to one of the
sons who is potentially interested. (The other son is 4, not much
conversation out of him). We then went and tried by some formers. We
stopped by Dieter. We had had an appointment set up with him before, but
he called and canceled. We stopped by and ended up having a really cool
conversation with him. He is pretty anti-social and we were able to
suggest some scriptures that he could read. We then went down and met
with another former Robyn. He is a Figian man who is pretty religious.
He goes to church at a number of churches, because he lives on 96 st
where there are like 30 churches along that street. We can definitely go
Well we went to Ward Correlation and then we
went to Ward Council. We were really able to discuss how the ward and
the auxiliaries are able to help us. After church we drove the other
Elders home and then went to supper at Brimacombes. After supper our
lesson with Steve (LA) fell through. We stopped by Stebners. He had to
have surgery on his hip. Younger family. His hip was formed right. The
ball and socket weren't fitting like they should and it wasn't much of a
ball. We went to see how everything was going. We then went and stopped
by another LA Genie. We had stopped by before and she wasn't home. This
time she was and we had a really good conversation with her. Not sure
why she is really LA. We then had a lesson with Francis and Liz. It went
really well. Still not sure if they are going to go to YSA or not. Liz
seemed up to it, but Francis didn't. Craziness.
Well that was my week. We are able to do a lot more with a car. It's just so nice.
So we have finally come to a normality in this area. The only bad part is that the normality is called slow. oh well.
So last tuesday we didn't do much for the rest of the day. We went
shopping and just hung out at our apartment. We had supper at the
Dorrey's and then we went to Bro Duckworth's with Sister Dorrey to teach
him about indexing. He can't get out much, because of his health, so he
thought that indexing could be a way to have some purpose in life. The
only thing was that he doesn't know his username or password or
membership number to sign on. We'll be able to get it next Sunday.
Well today was pretty usual. We really
didn't get much done in the morning. CD2 picked us up for lunch. We went
over to the Northgate mall and got our flu shots. They are free if you
live in Alberta. We then went to the Food Court. They dropped us back
off at our apartment and we went around and tried to find some more LA's
in the area. It's good for figuring out the area too. It was pretty
good. It also doesn't help when we read the wrong address. Elder
Phillips read one of the addresses and we wnet to find it. Well the
street where it was supposed to be on dead ended at a lake (more like a
small pond). We thought then it would be on the other side of the lake.
We walked around the other side and couldn't find it. We rechecked the
address. Just read it wrong. We were just right about where we should
have been. Pretty big detour, but we had nothing but time. We were going
to go over the Higgins, but I guess there was a conflict of schedule so
we couldn't. We ended up going to a 7-eleven and using a coupon for a
free pizza. It was good for supper. After that we made our trek down to
Vernon's again. We got there and talked to him a little bit...outside of
his window. He told us that his life was looking up again and that he
was taking some time and drawing some pictures that he is going to sell
to some people. We asked if we could come in. "Oh no I'm busy. I've got
to finish these pictures". Well we told him to call us when he has some
free time. It isn't worth it for us to go down every other day to be
turned away at the window.
Well we had district meeting and then
district Lunch at the Londonderry Mall. We went back to our apartment
and waited for Mission Hill 1. They are the French missionaires for the
mission now. Elder Kalala and Elder Jennings. They picked us up and we
went to a lesson with Queen and Beatrice. Well we went down there and
Beatrice wasn't home. She is the one that speaks French. We had a lesson
with Queen and towards the end Beatrice came home. We said a closing
prayer and suddenly there was Beatrice. Elder Kalala went off in French
with her. We are trying to pass them off to French, but looks so far
like we are co-teaching. We came back and did Mormon.org time. I love
the Mormon Messages. We then had to hurry and go to the Noberts' for
supper. We were about 15 minutes late. Oh well. They are a great couple.
They are both converts and are supper funny. We got a ride from Bro
Nobert up to Sis Hernandez. We also had a great lesson with her. Got to
know her and her family. Kinda a tough situation, but she is making the
best of it. Next time we go over there we are going to make scripture
boxes. It's going to be fun.
We had weekly planning and then tried by some more
LA's. We were supposed to go to the Stewarts for supper, but Bro Stewart
wasn't home, so we had to go pick it up. It was actually really good
stew. We then went down and met with Joe. He is a RC. We had a good
lesson with him and his dad who is LA stayed in the room for the lesson.
It was amazing. We were teaching him about how to teach. Went really
well. We rode the LRT back home. It was the first time in about a month
that I've actually seen someone come around and check tickets. We also
figured out what is stamped on the tickets. It is the time in a 24hour
clock and the date. We couldn't ever tell before. Our tickets were like
10 minutes expired. We didn't really know and luckily they didn't really
care. At least we had tickets.
Well the snow was starting to come down
Friday night, but continued pretty much all day today. We in total
probably got about 2 feet of snow. We were actually told to stay inside
that morning. It was a lot of confusion. The wind was really bad and the
snow was coming down pretty hard. We were told to stay in and then a
little while later we were told to not drive, but go out and work. While
we were still inside we saw some women trying to get in their car. They
locked the keys inside and were trying to get the door open. They were
on top of the car and slipping everywhere. We went out and helped them
get in their car. Well we really didn't have anything to do, so we spent
about 5 hours shovelling sidewalks for some LA's and other people. We
were able to talk to quite a few people. Being a missionary is really
weird sometimes. We aren't allowed to take money from people. Well doing
service all day and people are gracious to try and offer and you have
to decline is just strange. We could have gotten about $50. They were
persistent, but we are even more. We had supper at the Johnston's and
then went and met with the Senuk's. We didn't know them very well. It
ended up being a lot of interacting with the kids and trying to keep the
kids focused that being able to get to know the parents. We'll try some
Today was really good. We had correlation in
the morning. We went to stop by Alosious, but he was doing chores and
really couldn't meet then. We said we would be back later that night. We
went and grabbed a little bit of lunch and then went to Church. There
were some really good lessons and talks given. I love being able to go
and learn instead of teach. It was also pot-luck afterwards. It was
great to be able to get to know some of the member a little better. The
food was also really good. one of the Calvert girls is really funny. She
has her favorite missionaries in the ward. Elder Ladd is #1, mostly
because he is mexican, I'm #2, Elder Phillips is #3 and Elder Kinghorn
is #4. Don't know why it is that way, but it is. We hung around and
helped clean up. We then went to go to Alosious' again and he went out
with his sister. We can never meet with him. Ugh. We then tried to meet
with Aylissa (LA), but she wasn't home. We got a call from Bro Duckworth
seeing if we had gotten his membership record number, which we did, and
told him that we would be down in a little bit. We went and helped him
figure out his account and then went back to met the Tanner's at our
apartment. We usually drop off our laundry at their house, but there is
no way that we could today with all of the snow that we got and us
walking, so they came to pick it up.
Well that was my week. Pretty slow as usual, but that's missionary life.
Sorry folks I forgot to post the last couple. So you will be getting three posts today. Silly or crazy Missionary Mom!!! Now from Colin!
I've realized something as I'm starting to write this email...not much
is going on. We have had a lot of appointments that fall through and we
spend most of our time walking around. Just keep that in mind as I tell
you about my week.
Second, Yesterday was Remembrance day so that is partly why I
wasn't able to email home and our P-day changed to Tuesday for this week
for reasons I'll tell you later.
Monday we had P-day. That was fun-ish. We ended up catching a ride to
the stake center with Spanish. Well in the Stake center they have a
closet with different sports stuff. Well half of the gym they were
playing Basketball. The other half they were playing floor hockey. So I
was playing floor hockey, because it is much more interesting than
basketball. So we were playing and I was constantly going against Elder
Simms. He is about 6' 4" and 320 lbs. Big dude. Well he is a competitive
guy. Well went to go after the puck and totally smashed my thumb. It
wasn't much fun, but I did ok. I didn't break it or anything, but there
is still some bruising under the nail. Welcome to Hockey. Later on we
went to the Calkins and had supper. Bro Calkins drove us to the church
for a Scripture Study class that we are trying to start with our
investigators and anyone else who might be interested. So far it's not a
big turn out.
Well today was an interesting day. We went to
Bro Duckworth's house, because he had called us and said he knew some
people that were interested in his church. They wanted to change their
life around and knew how happy he was with his church. So we went and
started to teach them. Dwayne and Gailene. They are a really cool
couple. They have had a really rough past but really want to change and
get their life in order. We haven't been able to talk with them much,
but they are also moving into Castledowns area so we won't be teaching
them for much longer. We didn't do much the rest of the day. Stopped by
LA's. We had a meeting with Bishop Greep that night and it was really an
eye opener. Things aren't going as well as we had thought.
Well today we had ZTM. It was really
different, because we see our whole zone pretty frequently. Our whole
zone is Castledowns 1&2, Londonderry 1&2, Claireview 1&2,
St. Paul, and Ft. McMurray 1&2. Well we usually video conference Ft
Mac into ZTM, but before I got here someone broke in and stole the tv.
so they weren't there. Everyone else was and the only people that I
didn't know already were St. Paul. It is also very different than from
RD. There are no sisters in our zone. We are the only zone in the
mission without sisters. It is really pretty strange. Well at least to
me. We didn't do much the rest of the night. We stopped by some members
that we didn't know very well and that was about it.
Well today the only appointment we had was
supper with the Anderson's. We did a lot of street contacting, LA's, and
tracting. A lot of walking. We were supposed to have a lesson with
Jeff, but they cancelled.
Well today was the really bummer day. We had 5
lessons planned and didn't get a single one. We were supposed to meet
with Dwayne and Gailene this morning, but he was called into work. So
that didn't happen. We were going to have a lesson with Queen. She is
one of our investigators and I have never met her. We were going to have
a lesson with the French missionaries with her. Her mom Beatrice is
also interested, but only understands a little English. We thought it
would be good for the French missionaries to teach them. Well 30 minutes
before She called and had to cancel. We went to supper at the Tanner's
and we had prepared a lesson, but the other missionaries shared a lesson
with them. It was in their area, but still. We got out of supper way
late so we had to cancel our lesson with Vernon. We went to go to
Trevor's and they weren't home. Didn't really get much accomplished.
We again didn't do much. We were supposed to
have a lesson with Shanon at 12. Bro Skinner was going to come with us.
He lives in an apartment complex right behind her. Shanon wasn't home
so Bro. Skinner asked if we would like to come over for some Hot
Chocolate. We had biked down and it was snowing. We went over and had
some Hot Chocolate. They also offered us Lunch. Did I tell you perogies
are a big thing in Canada. Well we went back home and then tried more
LA's. It was a long cold day. We also tried by Vernon. We got there and
he had said he was reading again which was good, but was busy so we
couldn't teach him. Life is life.
Well we had correlation. After that the ZL's
came over to our apartment, since we are pretty close to the church. We
had lunch and then went back for church. It was really good. After
church we went home and the went to the McLean's for dinner. Holy Cow.
Words can not describe. Their kids were so hyper active. Wow. We then
went to have a lesson with Francis. The YSA sisters wanted to come with
since Francis is YSA. Well he wasn't home, but his two younger sisters
left us come in. They had met with missionaries before they had moved
and were still interested.
We introduce the BOM again and read the introduction. We were able to have 2 new investigators from it.
we didn't have P-day today so we had to have a normal day. Pretty much
we went and met with Bro Duckworth to tell him about church, We tried by
LA and found some active members we don't know very well, and then went
to supper. We went to the Theissens. It was super fun. Supper wasn't
quite ready, but while we waited he gave us a passion fruit. They are so
weird to eat. It is like a pomegranate. You bite into it and then don't
eat the outside. Inside is a mess of green goo with the seeds. You just
suck it out and that is the passion fruit. It was really good. After we
shared our message we sang some Christmas songs. It was super fun. We
then went to the Scripture study class.
Tuesday So for this week it was p-day today. Now I'll
finally tell you it was moved to Tuesday because it was....TEMPLE
P-DAY!!! We got to go to the temple this morning. It was super cool. It
was also really cool getting there. Our car is still in the shop (making
us mad) so since neither set had a car we got a ride from President and
Sister Manion. They are so wonderful. It was cool to be able to spend
the morning with them. Temple P-day is so great.
Well that was my week. Nothing really happened.
Missionary life gets that way. I'll doing fine though. Walking
everywhere really isn't fun, but it's what we have to do. We meet a lot
of crazy people so it makes it interesting.
let me start off by saying that I'm feeling much better. My legs are
getting used to biking and walking around everywhere. I learned also how
much just raising the bike seat can help. I guess I had it way too low
for me and that was where most of the pain was coming from. So let me
tell you about my week.
Monday was P-day. After we were done emailing we looked around in the
mall with some of the missionaries in Claireview 2. They wanted to look
for some things. I ended up finding a bag that can be either an approved
sidebag or it can be a backpack which is much easier on a bike. I used
up some of my leftover US cash. We then went and shopped around. We went
to Walmart to get some groceries, but it was very little. We didn't
have much room on our bikes. We then went and played a little basketball
at the church. It wasn't much of a game. Clairview is on bikes as well
and 3/4 of us were too sore to do much. We went to supper at the
Johnstons. They are a cool family. They used to live in PG. probably
right around where Patrick and Steph used to live just south of the
Hospital. They were pretty fun. Our other appointment fell through.
is when I raised the bike seat and things were going much better. We
went to meet with a LA girl that we were finally able to set up an
appointment with. We got there had a member meet us and she wasn't
there. Kinda crappy. We then went and helped another LA Bro Duckworth.
We went down to the southern part of our area and then went tracting.
There wasn't much success. We met with Shanon. It was a pretty scattered
lesson. Not much desire there. We then came back and had supper. We
waited around for a while because we were supposed to go on exchanges
with Castledowns 1, but they were running late and it wasn't going to
work out. So we did a lot of stop-bys.
We went and helped this guy Dave
rake leaves. It is a weekly service thing. We help him rake his and his
neighbors leaves. It is quite a project really. There are tall elm trees
all down the street with a lot of leaves. There were about 8 of us
helping him. (us, Londonderry 1, Kingsway 2, and Spanish North). He then
took us to Tim Hortons for Hot Chocolate and Doughnuts. Later we had
supper at the Fixsens. They are a nice couple. She is really involved
with helping a lot of LA.
we had district Meeting and then we went to the Londonderry Mall for
lunch. Most of us don't have a car so it is really close to the church
and really close to our apartment which is nice. Oh and Yes Mom.
Halloween exists in Canada. It was fun to see everyone dress up and
walking through the mall. Little kids are the best. We then went and did
some shopping. We need to get some stuff to fix the bikes up. We found a
bike repair place and finally got in. We also bought some tools and
helmets that we hadn't gotten yet. We later went to the Dorey's for
supper. I know I didn't really say much about last week, but we were
there last Thursday too. They have us over for dinner along with their
LA daugther and her Fiance' Jeff. Jeff really wants to learn more about
our church. He said "I'm marrying into the family, and this is such a
big part that I want to learn more." He was very up front with us that
he doesn't want to join, just learn more about what the family believes.
It's going to be slow, but good. We were supposed to be in our
apartment by 6 unless we had a specific appointment. Well we did so we
finally got in about 8:00. We ended up playing UNO for a little while.
Well we had weekly planning and then
we waited around for Castledowns 1 for exchanges. I went to Castledowns
with Elder Cook. He was cool. He is from Bear Lake. We were with the
other Castledowns Elders for quite a while too. We went and raked one
families leaves, they weren't home so we did our best. We then went to
go rake this older ladies leaves and we helped this lady that was raking
the neighbors leaves. We helped her out a lot. We went to leave and she
tried to give us 20 bucks. She was pretty persistent and tried to give
it to each one of us. We were just more persistent in refusing. We then
went back to their apartment and changed. We then went to supper with
this member. He was strange. It was kinda a make your own pita with the
random stuff that he had cooked. It was pretty good, but interesting.
Not much else exciting happened that night.
in the morning the bread truck came. Some members pick up the old bread
that the safeway is going to throughout. Nothing is wrong, just been on
the shelf. So the missionaries and some other people get free bread. We
loaded up the car with what we needed and some for LA. We then went and
rode the bus to Alex's. It was cool to visit him. He shares a message
with us and we share a message with him. We then did a little tracting
while we waited for the bus. We then went back had lunch and then CD2
picked us up to take us back to LD. We got back and we went down to try
some people. We were pretty much riding around in the storm. It was
little ice crystals coming down. Not too much fun. but we made it
We had corelation in the morning and then we went to walk back to
apartment. We were almost there and Elder Phillips left the keys in his
coat at the church. We just kept going to Alyssa and then just walked
back to the church. We had church. We then went to the Laubman's for
supper. We went to Bro Duckworth to catch him up on church and then went
to meet with another investigator Francis. He is super solid. It was a
really good night.
Well that was my week.
Things are going much better. Still no car and there is now snow. Not the best, but I can make do.
this past week has been a tough week. I have honestly had a hard time
adjusting to this new situation. I agree with Bro Harris. The first
transfer is the hardest. It was really hard to leave Innisfail. I had a
hard time saying goodbye.
Well it has been an interesting overall week.
I told you mostly about monday. We had transfer calls. We then went and
emailed. We went shopping and I really didn't need to buy much. We went
back to the apartment for a little while and I started packing. Packing
wasn't actually that bad. We went and played basketball with some of
the youth again. We had a good time. We then had to hurry back to
shower, change and then go out to the Robertson's. It was a really cool
experience out there. one of there daughters is LA and we were able to
answer a lot of her questions and concerns. She had some concerns about
eternal families. We told her that if she prayed and read her scriptures
and came to church the next week that she would be able to find her
answer and know for herself the importance of eternal families. The
Spirit was really strong. We then drove back and stopped by the Mower's.
We stopped by to say goodbye and we had some things to talk with Bishop
Mower about. We were talking downstairs at his Japanese heated table.
It is the coolest thing. It is a low table that sits on this rug, it
has a blanket that comes out just underneath the edge of the table.
underneath the table is a heater that heats up the space underneath the
blanket. It was soo warm and comfortable. We went back and we were about
to do some planning when there was a knock on our door. It was the
Georges'. They were dropping off some left over Turkey soup. I was able
to say goodbye to them.
Well today we were running around saying
goodbye to some more people. We got a call that morning and Bro Ellis
wanted to make breakfast for us. We went over and then I said goodbye.
It was probably the hardest goodbye I had to say. It was like leaving
home again. Later we went up to Penhold and help Lori out some more. We
ended up crawling underneath her trailer to try and put some supports in
place so that the wood stove would be stable. Well we crawled from the
only opening available until we hit a wall. We pushed out the side of
the trailer to be able to see better and found out that we weren't
there yet. Well we went to the other side of the trailer and pulled out a
wall. Well then there was a wasp's nest built into the insulation.
Elder Sorensen had gloves on and pulled it out and then we Raid-ed the
rest. Well we really didn't want to crawl under there anymore, but we
peeked under and found a giant stump already holding up where we needed
"Oh the guy that lived here before had a wood stove there."
"How big was it?"
"Bigger than mine"
was not a fun conversation. Well with that done, we went and grouted
her tile. Oh the things you learn how to do on your mission. Well then
we drove back and Sister Kinder was going to meet us at a park so the
kids could say goodbye. Met them at a park by the local pool. It was a
good thing that the windows were closed, Elder Sorensen would have been
dying. (He was a swimmer did I mention that). We went over and said
goodbye. Then went back to change. We changed and went over to the
Blanchards. We then went back and picked everything up. I got to say
goodbye to the Georges one last time. Bro George was just getting home
and they helped load everything into the car. We then went to say
goodbye to Bro. Burns but he wasn't home. We then stopped by the
Woodruff's and M&B Ellingson. We then had dinner at Sharon's. It was
a great dinner. We were able to share a little message with them and I
bore my testimony. The lesson didn't go really how we would have liked,
but Elder Sorensen is going to start teaching her again one day. We then
drove up to Edmonton. We got out of Sharon's late so I didn't get a
chance to say goodbye to the Christensen's and Joseph's like we were
planning. I called them as we left town and said goodbye. It was hard. I
still miss Innisfail and the wonderful people there.
Well we had transfer meeting. We had to be
there early, because Elder Sorensen had to go to the trainer's meeting.
His new companion is Elder Nemeth. He is from England. He seems really
great. Well my new companion is Elder Phillips. Thought I told you that
last week. He is a great missionary. He has been out for 3 months. Have I
told you about missionary posterity? Well your trainer is you dad and
his trainer is your grandpa and then there are brothers and sons and
nephews and uncles. Well Elder Phillips is my nephew. He was trained by
Elder Crow who was trained by Elder Marsh. Getting it?? Well anyways
Elder Phillips has had a rough couple of weeks. Elder Crow had some
depression and went home. He was with with another missionary in the
next area over and they were covering both areas until transfers. He is
great. Well we had transfer meeting and it was great. Then the adventure
began. I thought it was a little unfair. So they were shuffling a lot
of cars around because they were trying to get the Subaru's which have
four wheel drive out to the outlying areas and leave the Chevy's Cruzes
in the city. Well we lost our car. We are in a car share with the other
Londonderry Elders. The bad part of it is that they are the Zone
Leaders. So we don't really have a car. Well we called them and they
came down to pick us up. They dropped us off and then the adventure
Well the next couple of days were just about all the same. We
had to walk everywhere until we got bikes. It got cold. It snowed
yesterday. My legs are in constant pain. All of our lessons with our
investigators have fallen through. It hasn't been too much excitement or
Well that was my week. I'm trying to stay positive, but it's hard.
was transfer calls and I'm being transferred. I am going to be serving
in Londonderry. I am really sad to leave Innisfail, but I know that I am
supposed to go up there now. It's going to be a new experience.
I did have a
cool experience last night regarding transfers. I just had a feeling
that I was. I was praying to really find out and I had a confirmation
that I was. I really didn't want to, but I am.
Well let me tell you about this past week. I can tell you right now
that I'm not going to be able to tell you much of what went on and it
might be a little scattered. I'm still in a bit of shock from the call.
I guess I already told you about Monday.
we went and emailed on Tuesday. Then we went to see Bro. Burns. We were
able to meet with Rob and really have a good lesson with him. He is
also changing. He really has a desire to meet with us more. We had
supper with the Hallman's and then did the PMG lesson with the Mower's.
They are great and it is super fun to see how different people are
learning. Oh I forgot the crazy experience that we had with Laurenne. We
were calling her to see if we could still go see her tomorrow, and we
couldn't. Apparently the night before she was walking home and was hit
by a truck. Ya crazy right. She is doing alright though. She broke her
wrist and her foot, but everything else is fine. Crazy things happen.
we went and meet with Bro Crawford. We are able to meet with him again.
We can't go over when his son is in town. His son works in Madagascar
for about a month at a time. He went back to work, so we went to meet
with him. We then went to meet with Fred. It was a mutual drop. We won't
be really seeing him anymore. We knew it would come out, but we just
have too much of conflicting opinions. It was good that is was mutual.
We then went over and started the PMG lesson with the older Ellingson's.
They are really great. (talking about who we have visited is really
tough. I'm really going to miss this area.) We really didn't have too
much else happen. We had supper with the Byam's and we got to see their
new son again. Little babies are so cute.
today we had ZTM. Well we went out in the morning and went tracting.
Not too many people were home or interested. It wasn't super cold. It
was only like 5C, but the winds were ridiculous. We were only cold
because of the 40-50 winds. We were on the Blanchard's street and we
went and got to talk with Bro Blanchard a little bit. We then headed off
for ZTM. It was really good and I learned a lot. We talked about some
unique finding ideas. I might take some up to my new area. We then had
supper with Melanson's. We went up to Springbrook and were trying by
some potentials. We knocked on one door and we had talked to the wife
Carry, but the husband Marty answered. He thought it was the neighbor
that he was going to go help move a deep freeze. (ya another deep
freeze). We ended up talking to him in the driveway for a little while.
The neighbor texted and said it would be later so he went back inside.
They are definitely still potentials. Well we were walking back to our
car that was around the corner and the 3rd ward sisters drove up. They
were lost and didn't know if they were still in their area. They were
far from. They told us that they had just stopped by Marty, because he
was on a potential form of theirs. Well Marty is definitely prepared if
two sets of missionaries were sent to talk to him. It was great. We then
had a small lesson with Lori. She went to the RS activity and we were
talking to her afterwards. She was on overload and the lesson didn't
really go too well.
pretty much all of our plans that we had set fell through. We pretty
much just spent the day doing some tracting. We had supper with the
Clark's. Later that night we went to stop by a family that we didn't
know all that well, Beckers. We knocked on the door and no one answered.
we were just about to our car when someone came to the door. Bro
Becker, NM, answered and we went in and talked with them for a little
while. I have seen her at church, but didn't ever really put a name to a
face. It was a good visit. We then went and talked with Bro George. He
is a fun guy. He told me that Big Bang has started up again. How is it?
I was exhausted. We got up and helped the Kirkpatrick's move. Then we
went down the street to help Lori lay some tile with Bro Ellis. We
didn't have much else happen. We went and stopped by a bunch of people,
but nothing worked out. We went over to M&B Ellingson's and
continued the PMG lesson. They have finally finished L1.
was a really good day. It was ward conference so we had ward council
with the stake. It was good and we talked a lot about how to help the
ward become a more Zion people. Well Lori and her son Devin came to
church as well. It was really good. She is really coming along. She is
so willing to learn. Her son enjoyed it and said that he wants to come
back again. It was great for them, they are really getting involved with
the ward. We also had Pot-luck again. So much food. Afterwards we went
out to do some visits with Bishop Mower. We were able to catch the
Coopers and we know how we can help them now. They are going to be
reactivated really quickly. The ward has got it covered. We then went
back and had "dinner". Elder Sorensen didn't have much and I was still
full from earlier. We tracted some more and then went to see Bro Votary.
He is a great man. He hasn't been feeling good for a little while.
Elder Sorensen asked if he wanted a blessing. It was really good for
him. We then went and saw the Woodruff's. We started lesson 2 with them.
They are so much fun.
Well that was my past week. Now I get to pack up and go to a new
area on Wednesday. These next couple of day's are going to be a lot of
goodbyes. I guess I'm ready for the change.
I'll get back to that later. This week has been just INSANE. This past
week has been quite a roller coaster. So much happened. This was the
most exciting week of my mission so far. Don't want it to ever be more.
This isn't going to be a short email.
Well I told you about playing pool.
It's very fun. I'm a righty but play pool and drive lefty. It's fun.
Well later on we went and played basketball with some of the youth. We
moved tuesday night basketball to monday afternoon so we don't have to
play in pros. Well then we went and had dinner with the Propps. Bro
Propp isn't a member and so our lesson was teaching him about the Book
of Mormon. We might start teaching him soon.
Well we started by helping Mary
drain her water barrel. Well it was about 5 C with a pretty strong wind.
We had to take a bucket and fill it and dump it in the garden or on the
dry spots on her lawn. It wasn't the warmest activity in my life. Well
the rest of the day was quite boring. We had supper with the Ellis'.
Later that night we went with Bro Ellis to go look at Lori's house. She
is wanting to put in a wood burning stove and Bro Ellis has taken it
upon him to oversee the job. At least he knows what he is doing. We went
over to look at the situation and figure out what needs to be done.
Well we had district meeting
today. We had district lunch afterwards and we made egg mcmuffins. It
was really pretty good. We then went on exchanges. Well Elder T can't
drive so I had to drive out to Rocky. It seems like a longer drive out
to Rocky that the time I drove up to Logan even though it's only like an
hour. Well we went out there and meet with some people. We ended up
having supper with the Michele's. I actually already knew them. Sister
Michele is the oldest Motley girl from my ward. They were living with
her family over the summer and I got to know them then. Well I guess
they moved out to Rocky about 3 weeks ago. It was fun to see them,
because Bro Michele is super super sarcastic. I think I'm the only one
who thinks he is even slightly funny. We then went to go to another
member lesson. Well it was out on a range road. Well I'm driving and
don't really know where I'm going. We are looking for 8-4A. Well all
that I'm seeing is 38-5 38-4 38-3A. Well I thought maybe whoever wrote
it down wrote it wrong so I'm trying to find 38-4A. Well it apparently
doesn't exist. I guess the range roads don't make too much since and if
you keep going the road curves and then there is 8-A. A little weird.
Well we tried by some potentials
and formers and went tracting a little and then had lunch and drove back
to Innisfail. Well we had supper with the O'Connell's. We took some
advice that Sister Manion gave us in the last mission newsletter we got.
We had called them a few days before and asked them to invite a
non-member friend over for supper. It worked. They invited Bro
O'Connell's sister and we had a good talk with her. We still haven't
quite figured it out, but she lives in RD so we might start teaching her
at the O'Connell's or RD1 is going to start teaching her. It was way
cool that it actually worked out. Well then we went and had a lesson
over at the Herbert's with Lori. The Wolfes were busy and we decided to
call the Christensen's since they are ward missionaries. We had a great
lesson with her. We started teaching her the Plan of Salvation. We were
teaching her out of the scriptures like she has wanted. We really broke
through and we could tell that she was definitely feeling the Spirit and
was starting to understand out message. At the end of the lesson we
asked Lori if she would say the closing prayer. SHE DID!!! It was the
first time that she had prayed out loud in front of us. It was amazing. I
was at a loss for words.
Well today we had weekly planning. Not much else exciting happened. We had supper on our own. Kind of a boring day overall.
today we did a lot of service. We started by helping Sister Kinder rake
up some leaves and help her pick up her yard for the winter. We then
went up and helped Lori. We were going to go with Bro Ellis to lay some
tile before trying to install the stove, but Bro Ellis wasn't going to
be able to make it. Well we helped her clean out her garage instead. She
had moved some things so that we could get to the stove and pull it
out. We helped get down all of the pipes that were necessary. She then
wanted our help moving this big deep freeze. Well we had to help clear
everything out of the garage so we could move it out. Well that thing
was just toxic. It had food in it from 3 years ago and the best part was
that it has been unplugged for just as long. Words can't even describe
the horrific smell that was smelt. We didn't open the lid and we were
gagging on the stench. We finally got it outside, but needed to move it
over just a little more. Elder Sorensen had a dolly on the back trying
to pull it back a little bit. Meanwhile I was on the front going to push
it back. Well I didn't push low enough on front. I went to push and I
pushed the door open. In about half a second I had realized what
happened let go and started to walk away. I'm glad that I held my breath
for a split moment. The toxic stench could be smelt to a gagging level
within about 20 feet of the thing. It took a moment before we could
resume. It was horrible. Well we went back and changed and tried by some
potentials. Well not long after Bro Day called us and asked us to come
help one of the Ellingson's move. They were moving out to her non-member
parents house. So we went back and changed again and went to go help.
We finally got back, and had supper on our own again. It was really good
Elder Sorensen made a pork roast in his crock-pot. It was delicious.
Sunday Well we met with the Sister's early that
morning. We are going to try and meet once a week to try and coordinate a
little better in case we find someone the others could teach and talk
about lessons with member that we might both see. We then had church and
we had to teach GP again. The lesson was rough at the start, but
definitely got better. We went tracting a little before supper. Well it
was pretty fun. Monday (yesterday) was Canadian Thanksgiving. Well a lot
of people got together as a family Sunday for it instead. Well we were
able to talk to one guy and actually were able to have some what of a
lesson with him on his porch. He finally came to that he had worked for
so long to free his mind from any type of bias and that his mind was soo
open that he wouldn't take a Book of Mormon, because it would just
close his mind to much. The logic that some people have utterly astounds
me. Another lady we talked to saw us coming and ran to the door because
her son was sleeping. She then goes on to chew us out about how this is
a horrible time to be knocking on doors, and people are going to be
busy with their family. I just love how frustrated and upset she was
that she didn't know what to say. "This is a horrible time to be doing
this. Just go home, just go...do....something" as she is waving her
hands and shuts the door. We had a laugh about that one. In reality it
is a perfect time to go tracting. Families are going to be home and
together. We also held back that Thanksgiving is tomorrow not today.
Tracting can be really funny sometimes. We then had supper with the
Wells again. We then went over to the Blanchards. They are back from
their trip to California. The whole time they just raved about how they
love the PMG member lessons and now that they are home they really want
to continue. We also went to the Woodruff's and they taught us the
Restoration. It was a good lesson. Finally someone is ready for Lesson
Well it was a pretty great day. 3
things. It was P-day, Thanksgiving, and Elder Sorensen's Birthday. Well
we went over to the Ellis' that morning to do laundry. They had told us
to come back about noon for lunch. Well we went shopping and then went
back to the apartment for a little while. The Library was closed so we
didn't have much else to do. Elder Sorensen had a headache and so we
both took a nice nap. Well we woke up and went over to the Ellis' for
lunch. Well we got there and Sister Kinder and Sister Coull and Tanner
we just getting there too. We thought it was a little strange. Well they
had a birthday party for Elder Sorensen. His mom had been in contact
with Bro Ellis and she had ordered a birthday cake. It was super cool.
Bro Ellis' brother was in town and was there too as well as the
Blanchards. It was so much fun. We talked and a lot of them had left so
Bro Ellis took us down and we played some more pool. I won two games
again. I'm not a bad lefty. We then went and changed then went up to
meet with Bro Joseph to go up and play basketball in Red Deer. It was a
ton of fun. We had thanksgiving dinner with the Millers and Sister
Kinder. She had a very missionary day. She was at the Ellis', then went
with the Sister to the Mower's, then was at the Miller's with us and
then later on we just stopped by the Ellis' to get a picture and she
showed up a little while later. It was pretty funny. We then just hung
around our apartment. We were supposed to be in our apartment by 6
unless we had appointments. It was a really good day.
Wow. See I told you I had quite an action packed week. It was utterly insane.