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.