Last Saturday, we took a day trip down to Niagara, Ontario. It was a beautiful drive and so much to see. We started with the Butterfly Conservatory. We watched a short film about butterflies and then spent over 45 minutes in the Conservatory. There were waterfalls, small streams, large trees and plants of all varieties to attract the butterflies. Butterflies of all sizes and colors were everywhere. It was amazing. One butterfly liked Elder Swendsen's hat and rode around on it for a good 20 minutes. It looks brown when it's wings are together, but when it opens them to fly, the tops of them are a gorgeous and vivid blue. We had a quick lunch and then took a horse and wagon ride through the Botanical Gardens that are there.
The gardens cover over 100 acres and are gorgeous. They will look even better come summer when there are more flowers in bloom. They have trees of all sizes. There is a huge herb garden, a beautiful rose garden and so much more. It was a great ride with Rodney (the horse) and our very knowledgeable driver.
After the gardens we drove to the floral clock on our way to the Falls.
The Niagara Escarpment was amazing. Our world is so beautiful. On to Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls is so fantastic. You really have to see it in person to appreciate the magnitude of it all. We are looking forward to going again when Heather and Bryan and the girls come for a visit in July. We can take a boat (Maid of the Mist or The Hornblower) up to the falls. We can also go in behind the falls. I have heard that is an exciting thing to do.
Monday evening was a special evening for all of the senior missionary couples. We had a pot luck dinner at the Mission Home followed by a guest speaker. Brother Pallin is the father of our current temple President. He was also a councillor to President Monson when he was the mission president here. He spoke to us about the history of the Church in the Ontario area. It was so interesting. He is a great story teller. We could have listened to him all night.
We had a bit of a slow week in the mission office. We are all ready for transfer week next week which will be crazy busy yet so exciting.
The gospel is true. Serving a mission together is so wonderful. We love our family. We love the Lord and are so blessed to be serving him here in the Canada Toronto Mission.