Canada Montreal Mission
Wednesday, 2 November 2016 - 13 November 2016
Dear Family and Friends:
It has been a busy the last couple of weeks—but you were probably busy as well.
On Wednesday, November 2, we had “Activity Day’s” for the young girls. We made pizza. I brought fresh mushrooms, bell peppers, pepperoni, Italian sausage, cheese and the dough to make the pizzas. I thought they wouldn’t like the mushrooms or bell peppers, but they were the first to go. We had fun doing it and you’ll see the silly pictures we took.
November 4, 5 10, 11 were big missionary days. On Friday, Nov. 4th, we met the missionary couple from the mission office who deals with apartments. We had to close an apartment in Fallowfield. We brought two sets of missionaries to help us and we got the furniture loaded, everything cleaned in 3 hours (8 of us). It was so great having the missionaries as the apartment was on the 3rd floor and there was no elevator!
The next day (Nov. 5), we had more apartment inspections that we had moved from the 4th. When we arrived at one apartment, the sisters told us they needed new beds, a new dresser, a new desk chair and 2 table lamps. (Just so happens that all of this stuff was just moved back to Montreal the day before). So, I apologized all over and asked if the mission office could bring some stuff back to Ottawa with the mission van as they were having a general authority come to our Zone Training on Thursday, November 10th. It ended up that the Assistants to the Mission President brought two twin beds, two mattresses and 2 desk lamps for the sisters. We got an unused desk chair from another apartment, so we were able to get them set up Friday with the help of the district leaders.
On Monday, November 7, several ladies in the ward and I celebrated a friend’s birthday at a restaurant called “St. Hubert.” This was only the 2nd time that I had eaten there, but I couldn’t wait for the dessert—Pouding Chomeur—or Peasant Pudding. It is really a light white cake with delicious maple, cream and butter sauce, topped with ice cream. I’ve probably added a few pix of that also.
On Thursday, November 10th, we had Elder Bennett from the Quorum of the 70 do an all-day training. You knew that this was a man called of God as he had incredible energy, he had an outpouring of love for us and he shared many great stories and messages for us. He really drilled in what it means to have our Heavenly Father love us, how there are people out there to hear our message and how we have a greater role to play in “helping” them come to the gospel.
I was asked to get lunch together, so we did sub sandwiches (from Subway), potato chips, left-over Halloween candy, cookies, fruit and water. We ate as districts rather than in one big group.
Some of the pictures of scenery are just taken out of the car window. Some of the trees still have their colored leaves. It is so much more gorgeous than it is in the pictures. South of us live some Amish people and I got a pictures of their horse and buggy that they still use. Very interesting.
Saturday, November 12, 2016—Our ward had a temple trip. This was for the youth and the adults. We got to take 3 adults—we were to take 3 youth also, but one forgot, one was sick and the other got a ride with someone else. Steve helped in the baptistery and I got to do an endowment session with a man in our ward who was going through for the first time. It was a really lovely experience for all. I have included pictures of the different people who attended. It was so cold and windy, reminded me of winter (burr!!!).
Sunday, Today at church we had the Primary Program. The primary is the church’s organization for children 3-12. They learn gospel songs all year and hear stories and talks around the theme, “I Know the Scriptures Are True.” The program was so enjoyable, the kids gave great talks and they knew all the words to the songs and sang them out with love. Their last song was, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” It was so touching to hear them sing that song, one of my favorites.
We are continuing to love this experience and know it will be hard to leave all of our friends here. We love you all and hope you’ll send us a note along with your favorite Thanksgiving treat.
The cute little baby is our newest granddaughter. She is wearing a sweater that the lady I visit teach in Utah made for her. Thanks Katrina!!!