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.