Monday, October 29, 2012

An old Cherokee told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.  One is Evil.  It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego.  The other is Good.  It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth."
The boy thought about it, and asked, "Grandfather, which wolf wins?"
The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed."

Zone & District Leader
Training Mtg.

We are truly feasting on the good word of God.  It is a real joy serving this mission as representatives of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to work with the other senior missionaries and younger Elders and Sisters.  They are so great to work with because of their enthusiasm and love for the Gospel, and they truly have a spirit of love for their calling as His personal representatives.  We gain a lot of energy and rejuvenation just by our association with them.
Elder & Sis. Pierson (far left),
Elder & Sis. Romney (3rd From left),
We've had the opportunity to meet a few of the senior missionaries from other parts of the mission.  Elder and Sister Duncan, a couple from a small Wyoming town who are currently serving in Prince Edward Island, were here for a leadership training meeting with the missionaries.  They are a ball of fire, with a lot of energy and spirit.  We loved being with them for a couple of days and look forward to seeing them again before they leave the mission sometime in the future.  We also met Elder and Sister Romney, a couple from Utah who have been serving in Newfoundland their entire mission.  Pres. and Sister Leavitt had a very nice dinner and farewell for them and Elder and Sister Pierson, giving a number of senior missionaries an opportunity to say goodby and wish them well.  Both couples have served very honorably and now returning to home and families.  They will be sorely missed.

The YSA branch is filled with some really great youth.  They are truly an inspiration to us as we watch them organizing activities, both fun and spiritual.  The Church is in good hands with the young people who are our future leaders.  They definitely keep us going, between church/missionary assignments and activities.  They have fully accepted us into their branch and activities, so we are sometimes finding our worn and tired frames being pushed to keep up with them, and often all we have to do is be there for a little counsel and advice (and an occasional hug).

At our recent Stake Conference the YSA Branch was assigned to have a choir at the Sunday session.  They were amazing!  They spent a lot of time in practice, and we spent a lot of time and miles getting them there, but they were wonderful.  Then Hallowe'en came along, and we've never witnessed how much people get into Hallowe'en costumes as they do here.  After the institute class on Friday evening, they had a dance, and the costumes were phenomenol!  It was very well attended and they minded their manners very well.  Then Saturday morning they arrived at the chapel somewhat bright but early, to take their turn cleaning the building for Sunday.  Afterwards they went to the valley (on the Bay of Fundy coast) for an all day activity.  They visited a haunted house, a corn maze, and a number of activities that took the entire day.  Then they were right back to church on Sunday.  We love serving with them.

Hari and Ashley
We didn't go to the Saturday activity with them, as we were at the temple with Hari, a young man from India, for his first visit to the temple.  Ashley Croft, a young lady who taught Hari the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a missionary then went home to Utah, has returned to be with him.  They have plans for an eternal family unit, as soon as all papers are cleared between Canada, the U. S., and India.  It was a wonderfully spiritual experience being in the House of the Lord with them.

The Dalhousie University and Bridgewater institute classes are going very well.  We have good participation and the youth are very thankful to have us there.  It is a highlight to be with them in smaller groups, to share the gospel and to bear testimonies to them of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ, and His and Heavenly Father's love for us.  We are very blessed to have Prophets and Apostles on the earth once again, to guide us and give us hope in the resurrection and possibility of returning to be with our Father in Heaven and to be in His presence if we live worthily and make ourselves clean through the Blood of the Lamb.  The youth are very eager to share their own testimonies with us, and to express their love of the gospel.                                 
Fall colors in Milton, a small village near Liverpool (Sister Tiff's hometown).
The colors have been amazing, but our camera doesn't quite get the brilliance of it all.  A couple of the pictures are taken from our apartment window. 
Along the river between Liverpool and Milton.
From our apartment window.
As you can see - color is not just in the leaves, but in homes, shops, and downtown Lunenburg, also (home of the sailing ship "The Bounty").
These are little shops at Fisherman's Cove in Eastern Passage - on the east side of Dartmouth.
Note the colors on the trim of this home in Mahone Bay.  Much brighter than the camera is showing.
Also along the river to Milton from Liverpool.
This is Mahone Bay harbor before the changing of the leaves.
Another angle (opposite direction across the bay) of Mahone Bay and the "Three Churches".
Halifax harbor with 4 or 5 cruise ships at dock.
Halifax, Nova Scotia harbor - 2nd largest natural harbor in the world (Sydney, Australia is 1st).  Halifax on the left, Dartmouth on the right.

This is Chester Basin, north of Mahone    Bay.

The message we are sharing with the world is either true or it is not.  We can know it is true by the Holy Ghost, as promised in the scriptures.  After reading and pondering the message of the Book of Mormon, any who desire to know the truth must sincerely ask in prayer to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, if it is true.  If we ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, He will manifest the truth of it to us by the power of the Holy Ghost.  "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering... (James 1:5-6).  That tells us He will answer all our prayers, if we ask sincerely.  We know of a surety that what we are sharing with the world is from our Heavenly Father and is true.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie stated in"My Missionary Commission" what we are here for: "I am called of God.  My authority is above that of kings of the earth.  By revelation I have been selected as a personal representative of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is my master and He has chosen me to represent Him - to stand in his place, to say and do what He Himself would say and do if He personally were ministering to the very people to whom He has sent me.  My voice is His voice, and my acts are His acts; my doctrine is His doctrine.  My commission is to do what He wants done; to say what He wants said; to be a living modern witness in word and deed of the divinity of His great and marvelous Latter-day work.  How great is my calling!"

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