Saturday, 24 February 2018

14. COMING TO CLOSURE

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WINTER December 2017 through April?? 2018

COLD ALL OVER CANADA INCLUDING WHERE WE LIVE



so cold the fuel line freezes--about 35 below C







SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK, 35 BELOW AND NO LIFEGUARD

Following snow plows in a blizzard at 40 makes a 7 hour trip turn into a 12 hour trip 



CHRISTMAS 2017

prepping the gifts to give out



Thanks for making these for us Ruth!


A nice cozy Christmas together

taking time during Christmas to make a jig saw puzzle




Christmas with the Temiskaming Branch














Homemade Christmas cupcakes for the Temiskaming missionaries, Elder Sayers and Elder Wolford

Activity night---decorating cookies for delivery 



Elder Woolstenhulme and Elder Tetauru with their investigator


VISITING WITH THE QUEBEC ELDERS TO JOIN THEM FOR DISTRICT MEETING AND BRING THEM SOME MEALS





CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR THE DISTRICT ON THEIR WAY TRAVELING FROM ZONE CONFERENCE BACK TO THEIR AREAS IN QUEBEC AN NORTHERN PARTS OF ONTARIO






AND SINGING TO PEOPLE IN OUR APARTMENT COMPLEX





HAVING A REST AND MEAL AT OUR PLACE BEFORE GOING ON THEIR WAY



MAKING COOKIES WITH ADAM



ANOTHER DISTRICT ACTIVITY HOSTED AT OUR PLACE AS THESE ELDERS ARE ALL 7 TO 10 HOURS (one way) AWAY FROM THE MISSION OFFICE AND SPREAD THROUGHOUT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC.  THEY LIKE TO GET TOGETHER AT OUR PLACE TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER.  WE LOVE TO FEED THEM AND HOST THESE GATHERINGS FROM TIME TO TIME.  OUR LIVES ARE RICHER AS A RESULT OF BEING INVOLVED WITH FULL TIME MISSIONARIES.  LEFT TO RIGHT:  Elder Cheve serving in Val-d'Or Quebec, Elder Hunter serving in Rouyn-Noranda Quebec, Elder Staheli serving in Timmins Ontario, Elder Bicon serving in Val-d'Or Quebec, Elder Palmer serving in Rouyn-Noranda Quebec, Elder Lamoreaux serving in Timmins Ontario and Elder Sayers and Elder Wolford both serving in Temiskaming Shores Ontario.



WHO'S STRONGEST???






ZONE CONFERENCE

TRAINED ON SMART PHONES 

HOW AND WHY THE CHURCH LEADERS DECIDED OVER THE PAST 8 YEARS TO IMPLEMENT THEM IN MISSIONARY SERVICE

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS FROM ELDER BEDNAR AND ELDER OAKS, DISCUSSING THE PURPOSE AND PROCESSES OF USING SUCH DEVICES IN THE MISSION FIELD

THEY MADE IT CLEAR THAT TECHNOLOGY CAN BE AN ELIAS THAT CAN ACCELERATE THE WORK BUT ULTIMATELY NOTHING CAN REPLACE THE FACE TO FACE/SPIRIT TO SPIRIT CONTACT WITH ANOTHER HUMAN SOUL

ELDER BEDNAR SAID THAT WHILE SCREENS CAN AND SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE FOR INTERNET AND DEVICES, THE ULTIMATE FILTER IS IN THE HEART OF THE USER

---THEN---AFTER A FEW HOURS OF ORIENTATION AND TRAINING---PUTTING THE SMART PHONES IN THE HANDS OF THE MISSIONARIES TO BE USED IN MISSIONARY SERVICE





NICE TO SPEND TIME WITH WES AND DIAN AT ZONE CONFERENCE


TRAVEL TO NORTH BAY TO BRING THE ELDER HANKS AND ELDER MOLDENHAUER SOME HOME MADE MUFFINS AND A HOME MADE PIE--AND TO COMPLETE AN APARTMENT CHECK.  IT'S WARMED UP TO -22 C SO THEY ARE QUITE HAPPY


CLEANING UP TO CLOSE AN APARTMENT



PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR BRAD AND SOLANGE'S WEDDING





PREPARING TO TAKE THE SACRAMENT TO 96 YEAR OLD SISTER HUYWAN, WITH EQ PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT HUMPHREY



OUR MISSION CONSISTS OF BEING INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY SERVICE, OFFERING SUPPORT TO THE TEMISKAMING BRANCH AND PROVIDING SUPPORT TO THE MISSIONARIES IN NORTHERN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC.  THESE MISSIONARIES ARE IN AREAS THAT ARE SOMEWHAT ISOLATED, FAR REMOVED FROM THE MISSION OFFICE.  WE LOVE TO HAVE THEM IN OUR HOME AND TO GO TO THEIR AREAS TO BRING MEALS AND COMPLETE APARTMENT CHECKS.



WE USE A DIFFERENT TYPE OF CALANDER HERE


CLOSING THE ELDER'S APARTMENT IN TEMISKAMING AND THE CLEAN UP CREW INVOLVED:  ELDER AND SISTER SPACKMAN, US, ELDER TARTAR AND ELDER COOK.  LUNCH AT OUR PLACE AFTER THE JOB IS DONE.




EV CAMBRIDGE'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT ACTIVITY NITE



WE HOSTED STAKE CONFERENCE STREAMING AT OUR APARTMENT FOR THOSE WHO COULD NOT MAKE THE 6 HOUR ROUND TRIP JOURNEY




AND ENJOYED A MEAL TOGETHER AFTER


AND CELEBRATED BARB'S BIRTHDAY ON THE SAME DAY



AND WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY A VISIT FROM GWENDA AND JOSEPHINE ON THEIR WAY HOME FROM STAKE CONFERENCE IN SUDBURY TO VAL-D'OR QUEBEC





APARTMENT CHECK IN TIMMINS--TRANSFERS HAPPEN FAST.  THIS IS ELDER TIMMINS ON THE LEFT, WHO IS SERVING IN TIMMINS, AND HIS COMPANION ELDER LAMOREAUX




WALKING OUT ON LAKE TIMISKAMING TO CHECK OUT THE ICE FISHING HUTS







THE QUEBEC MISSIONARIES STOP BY THE TIMISKAMING BUILDING TO SET UP FACE BOOK FOR THEIR NEW SMART PHONES.  THEY ARE RETURNING FROM ZONE CONFEENCE WHERE THEY HAD JUST TAKEN TRAINING ON USING SMART PHONES TO PROMOTE MISSIONARY EFFORTS



AND ON THEIR WAY THROUGH WE FED THEM HOME MADE PIZZAS.  THEY ALL AFTER A SIX HOUR JOURNEY THEY STILL HAD TO DRIVE ON TO ROUYN AND VAL-D'OR IN QUEBEC AND TIMMINS IN ONTARIO




LEFT TO RIGHT:  ELDER BICON, ELDER LAMOREAUX, ELDER HUNTER, ELDER PALMER, ELDER MULON AND ELDER TIMMONS


VISITING OUR DEAR FRIEND, LOIS POLLARD, IN THE HOSPITAL.  AT 95 SHE WAS QUITE SICK BUT WE KNEW SHE WAS WELL AGAIN WHEN SHE TOLD US ABOUT THE LETTER SHE PLANNED TO WRITE THE NEWSPAPER ABOUT HOW THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE NURSES IN THE HOSPITAL.  I WOULD NOT WANT TO GET IN HER WAY WHEN SHE IS UPSET


AFTER VISITING LOIS IN THE HOSPITAL WE WENT BACK TO A GATHERING IN OUR APARTMENT COMPLEX, ALL GOOD FRIENDS OF LOIS, AND REPORTED ON HER IMPROVED CONDITION


MARCH 17 RS GATHERING

preparing



cutting and sewing angel wraps to donate to local hospitals

making hats, booties and tiny gowns to donate to the local hospital

many made out of former wedding gowns




DISTRICT MEETING IN TIMISKAMING SHORES





REMOVING FISHING HUTS FROM THE LAKE
during the winter there were about 200 or more fishing huts on Timiskaming Lake.  by law they have to be removed on march 31.  we always wondered how they get them on and off.  one day, on our walk, we saw how they do it.





STREAMING GENERAL CONFERENCE AT HOME AND SATELLITE WITH THE BRANCH




BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS FOR A COUPLE OF PEOPLE
STEVE AND JOYCE SIMON

A COUPLE OF KIDS WITH ICE CREAM
PRESIDENT KARL JAKOB AND STEVE



APRIL 4 LEAVING FOR TORONTO TO ATTEND COUPLE'S MEETING AND ZONE CONFERENCE.  BAD ROADS ALL THE WAY.  MIRACLES NEEDED FOR SAFETY.


ENJOYING BEING WITH THE COUPLES AT THE COUPLES MEETING WITH ELDER AND SISTER NIELSON.  ELDER NIELSON OF THE FIRST QUORUM OF 70 PRESIDING




ZONE CONFERENCE WITH THE WONDERFUL YOUNG MISSIONARIES

HYMN IN MANY DIFFERENT LANGUAGES