Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Our Entries for Novmeber

      This month brought about the first baptism for the Chilliwack 2nd Ward in a year or so.  Sister Neese and I, along with the Elders taught Carol Koch who is from Bolivia and witnessed her baptism, Sunday, November 10th.  Carol has a son 17 years old and will be baptized very soon as well.  Below are pictures from her baptismal  service.

Carol Koch on her baptism night, Nov. 10, 2013
Elder Bradley, Carol, Andrew (her son) & Elder Pont

Elder Bradley and Carol before her baptism

Elder and Sister Neese at Carol's baptism with Andrew, her son.

       Another investigator we are teaching, we are hoping will be baptized in December or January.
       November 11th, Veterans Day, Remembrance Day for Canada, we found that patriotism and honoring veterans is very big here.  The people here in Canada love their country and their military.
      The second half of this month was almost totally dedicated to visiting less actives and a trip to the beautiful Vancouver Temple.  Next month, December, will be the busiest month since starting our mission.  We love what we are doing and enjoy watching the lives of each person we work with and serve.
October was a really good month for us.  The month started out with the LDS General Conference broadcast Saturday October 5th and Sunday the 6th.  We always look forward to these broadcasts every April and October each year.  It is so inspiring to hear the words of our Prophet and Apostles and sisters and other leaders of the church.  And we love the music of the Tabernacle Choir.

Don had the opportunity to teach our Ward Seminary class, Monday morning with our young men and young women.  Two young men are getting ready to serve missions soon.

Monday, October 14th was Thanksgiving Day her in Canada.  We were invited to two homes to celebrate their Thanksgiving dinners.  Bishop Dale Guenther and his wife, Shirley on Sunday, Emily's birthday and Monday the 14th to Sister Lyn Smith's home.  The food was quite similar to our traditional Thanksgiving dinner, except they both served brussel sprouts!

Fun things outside of missionary work included the visit of our son, Spencer, his wife Kimberly and their little one, McKay.  We celebrated McKay's 1st birthday and Emily's birthday as well.  See pictures below.  A day in Vancouver with the kids, pictures of a train show here in Chilliwack and Birthday celebrations for McKay and Emily at a favorite British sweet shop called Dicken's Sweets and a museum there as well of English memorabilia as well.  Lot's of fun.

Table setting for McKay;s 1st Birthday
McKay checking out his birthday hat
McKay with his Birthday presents
A really Cool Dude/Birthday present
More presents

Nice Yellow shirt and warm sweatshirt for birthday
Emily opening birthday package
Pretty Canadian Maple Leaf necklace from Spencer & Kimberly

Bringing McKay's birthday cupcakes
McKay checking out his cupcakes
He was really enjoying the cupcake, smearing it all over the table
Entering the park for the Train Show

A volunteer conductor at the Train show

Grandma and McKay watching the trains
Grandpa showing McKay a wood train set we bought for him
Grandpa and McKay watching the trains
Kimberly, Spencer and Grandma with McKay at train show
Getting back to Missionary work
Elders in our District, 2 on left are 2nd Ward - 2 in middle are 1st Ward

On the left are some pictures of young Elders and Sister Missionaries we are working with currently, taken in District and Coordination meetings.  We enjoy working with these young missionaries.  They are a great spiritual strength to the work and fun to be around.

District Meeting Elder Pont leader, Bradley, Alden & Butler

Coordination Meeting with Sisters Dockstader & Struempler,Bro. Calling & Bishop Guenther in back

  Part of missionary work is to help people with packing and moving.  At the end of October that's just what we did.  With 3 trucks and a trailer and eight of us helping, we got Sister Lyn Smith moved from a city called Hope, B.C. to a city called Agassiz, B.C.  Sister Neese and Sister Lyn Smith packing up her garage
Helping Lyn Smith pack boxes for moving to another home

Lyn would hate us for posting this picture of her.

The month ended as all Octobers do with Halloween.  All missionaries were told to go to their apartments for the evening from 5PM on, and do their November planning.