Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mission life is going great.  The pictures above are of the Toronto Temple and the Brampton Stake Centre.  We attend the Heart Lake Ward in this stake centre.  It is right beside the temple.  We have now been serving in the mission office for one month.  Elder Swendsen and I have learned a lot and are still learning.  We work with two super couples in the office, Elder and Sister Cannon and Elder and Sister Wolfley.  It is so nice to work with such humble people and the atmosphere in the office is so loving and peaceful.  It does get a bit rowdy/full of excitement when the young missionaries come to the office.  This past Wednesday we had MLC at the office.  This is Missionary Leadership Conference.  All the zone leaders, the APs and the sister trainers come for the day.  There was about 30 of them.  We started at 7 AM by making them waffles for breakfast.  There was also fruit and yogurt for them.  Our stake Relief Society president then made lunch for all of us.  She does this every month for this meeting.  The missionaries have training all day with President and Sister Shields.  Afterwards the zone leaders pick up supplies, and mail for their zone and they head home.
Elder Swendsen has been diligently trying to get more of the missionaries certified so that they can drive a car if needed.  He is also trying to update records on all the cars on when they last had their oil changed and their tires rotated.  He also has to rotate cars out of service and sell them or send them to an auction.  He is also trying to sort out which car has which TIWI.  A TIWI is a device that tracks how the missionary is driving - speeding, aggressive driving, etc.
Sister Swendsen has been hard at work getting all the tasks required for arrivals and departures of missionaries sorted out on the computer and in her head.  We have date sensitive things to do for each arrival and departure.  Arrivals/Transfers/Departures happen over a three day period (Monday to Wednesday) every six weeks.  Because of all the time sensitive things to do, I have to work on at least four to five transfer periods at all times.  My head is swimming.  I have put together a spread sheet with all the dates for each transfer time together, so I am not going through all my individual spread sheets.  I almost have it finished.
We are so loving our work and all those that we work with.
I have talked to my second cousin, Judie, who lives in Smiths Falls a couple of times and we chat on Facebook all the time.  We are looking forward to getting together a few times while we are here.
Three weeks ago, we went to West Hill, where I grew up, and had a wonderful visit and lunch with my god-father.
A week ago, Friday, we found a new place to eat called The Mandarin.  It is a Chinese food buffet.  It is a huge place.  The food was amazing, right down to the chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.
The weather here changes a lot, but not as much as in Calgary.  We had pouring rain a few days ago and then a small skiff of snow yesterday morning.  It has been very windy and the wind is cold.  We do enjoy the blue skies and sunshine which we have this morning.  Spring is coming.

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