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.