Thursday, October 15, 2015


It has been a great week--busy but great.  In Seminary we decided to do a General Conference Jeopardy game.  The kids did pretty good.  I had fun.

Allan and I went to see Martian on Friday night.  I had heard lots of good reviews.  I didn't know much about it, but we thoroughly enjoyed it.

On Saturday morning we headed out to one of our outlying branches.  It was quite the drive.  I have to laugh when we head to these branches and have to go out of Canada into the U.S. for a couple of hours and then cross the border again to get back into Canada.

We met up with a couple of sets of missionaries so Allan could have a meeting with the Branch President.  Unfortunately he was not able to be there, so we ended playing Conference jeopardy with them.  It was a good review for them.

We then met up with the Zone leaders and had dinner at a Mexican restaurant.  Another great meal.

We then drove the hour and a half with the Zone leaders to a different branch where we were going to attend Church the next morning.  (The drive was absolutely beautiful--the colors were gorgeous.)  Spent the night at a small local motel.

The next morning I couldn't believe the weather--it was absolutely gorgeous.   Allan and I and the missionaries all spoke.  It was a great meeting and then after Relief Society/Priesthood,  they served a pot luck--soup, salad, rolls and meat and a great chocolate cake with cherries and a yummy chocolate frosting.

Our drive back to Fort Frances was beautiful.   Wish my pictures would have done justice to the amazing colors. We stopped to go to the dump because one of the Elders told us you usually find eagles there--no eagles, but at least this guy!!!

We dropped the missionaries off and headed for home--beautiful drive.  Got home around 7:15.

We had Canadian Thanksgiving dinner at the Mission Home with the Senior Couples--such a great time.  A fabulous meal.  Love being with these couples.  They have such fun stories.

It isn't my week to teach the weekly WebEx class, so I feel like I have a bit of a breather.  I am glad since we have a couple of mission meetings.   Last night we went to the Mission Home for dinner and the meeting to welcome the 16 new missionaries.  Wow, was it ever great.  All were excited to be out, some probably a little anxious, but they bore such amazing testimonies and the Spirit was so strong.  One of the Elders asked about Kyle who served in Pocatello and asked what years.  When I told him he said his brother served in that same mission at the same time.  And when I got home I remembered, Kyle told me that a brother of one of his mission buddies was coming to Winnipeg--but he told me that back in June, so I forgot.  As well, one of them is a VISA waiter and will be heading to the Roseville Mission where Stephen and his family live!!! Small world!!!

Another dinner and then Farewell Fireside tonight.  Should be great.

Sidenote #1:  My ponderize scripture for this week has been "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."  John 13:34

Sidenote #2:  Congratulations to the Blue Jays on their BIG win.  Here's hoping they make it to the World Series!!!!

Sidenote #3:  My sentence to help my students remember the Quorum of the Twelve in order:  "No One Better Have His Brothers Climb Constantly Around Rocky Steep Ravines."  It's funny because I still remember the older sentences, and so does Kyle ; )

Monday, October 5, 2015

Great General Conference

General Conference was wonderful.  I was uplifted and inspired.  I took notes and am looking forward to organizing them a little better.  It is my week to teach the lesson on Tuesday night, so I have been busy getting that together.  (I asked my kids to help me my giving me some questions for my jeopardy game--they did a GREAT job)

One of the things I have started doing with the talks is type up some sheets with each speaker and the phrase "Therefore what?"--inspired by Elder Packer.  I want to type up why that talk was important to me personally and what I need to take and apply to help me become what the Lord would want me to be.  I just have to remember that I don't have to "be" that next week--it is a process.

Hence my first scripture to "ponderize" is Isaiah 40:31-- "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Sidenote:  One of the elderly sisters in our Ward (who joined the church 66 years ago) went to General Conference for the first time.  I can't wait to hear about her experiences!!!!