|Elder Quentin L. Cook,|
Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ
Winter has arrived in Atlantic Canada, at least for a few days. It has been snowing on and off for the last week. Yesterday, Sunday, we had a big snowstorm that left a lot of white stuff on the ground. But the winters here can be deceiving. On any given day we can receive snow, then rain, then wind, then sunshine, then snow again. Not necessarily in that order, but fairly consistently. So, we may have 5-6 inches of snow by noon, a little sunshine in the afternoon, maybe some rain in the evening, and lots of cold wind, and tomorrow there may be no snow left - but wait until the afternoon. Maybe! Anyway, the humidity and wind make it very cold here.
|At least the sun was shining!|
|Joni's brother Milford -|
postcard picture perfect!
|Well, some were dancing -|
some were not
Rick Cartier, our supervisor, came to our apartment for lunch last Friday. Sis. T made a fabulous fish chowder that can't be beat! We've had fish chowder quite often since we arrived, which Elder T doesn't mind at all. With the price of chicken and other meat being so high (chicken breasts at $6.99/lb - on sale), and fresh fish so available, it's the only way to go. How about fresh lobster right out of the ocean at $4.50/lb? Anyway, we discussed our spring schedule and expectations with Rick, and we are excited to get under way. We'll start next week as we go to Yarmouth and up the Fundy shore inspecting missionary apartments, we'll also try to make it into a few seminary classes for observation and inservice.
|Snacks at our district meeting|
provided by Sis. Wiebe
|Our District Leader Elder Wolsey &|
Our Zone Leader Elder Moss
|Elder Jensen and two anonymous|
Yesterday, Sunday, we had a very long day. Starting with church at 9:30 with the Halifax 1st Ward, a family ward we attend just to keep the feel of families young and old, then into the YSA church meeting. Being Fast Sunday, we heard some beautiful testimonies of the gospel, that helped buoy our spirits. The first Sunday of every month we fast from eating and drinking for 24 hours, and pray for extra strength through the Holy Ghost. The money we would have spent on food for those meals is instead contributed to the poor and less fortunate. Church meeting is then used for sharing the added spirit we feel through fasting and prayer by bearing our testimonies of what blessings we have and our love for the Savior and His redeeming love for us. It is our opportunity to express appreciation for the part the Gospel of Jesus Christ plays in our lives.
After church we picked up Stefan Aulenbach (a son of our friend Melissa) and his girlfriend, Sharlene. They were stranded in Dartmouth after a week or more on the road, they hadn't eaten for a few days, were very cold, and needed a ride to Kentville (about 50-60 miles away). It was snowing very hard when we picked them up, but we took them to a restaurant for a meal then headed down the highway. By this time it was dark and the snowplows had not been out. We made the journey on slippery roads in a much slower than usual speed, and delivered them safely at their home. After getting their car started with our jumper cables, we headed for home. It was quite an adventure of about 6 hours time, but we're glad we were available for them. As it says in the Book of Mormon, in Mosiah 2:17 - "And behold I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." Or, in Matthew 25:40 - "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Missionaries or not, this is our responsibility and blessing as children of God.
We hope everyone had a very enjoyable Christmas season and their new year will be better than the one just past, Mayan calendar and all. We and our family have been truly blessed this past year. A bike accident, a few surgeries, some tangles with rosebushes, football injuries, etc., but we're all still alive to talk about it. May our Heavenly Father bless everyone at least as much as He has blessed us.