On Friday we held our 'retrainers' meeting with all of our new missionaries and their trainers. We hold it at the church that is just around the corner from the mission home. It was such a great meeting--and we determined that what made it so good was the fact that the missionaries came prepared and with the spirit, and with such enthusiasm. They are all -the ones being trained, and the ones training- working hard, and being obedient, and trying their best. That is all we can ask. If they do those things, good things will happen! We love seeing the faith grow in our missionaries.
On Saturday we left early, at 6:45 a.m. to go to Lethbridge to interview that zone down there, and to participate in the Lethbridge East Stake Conference. We had a good day of interviews, and then President and Sister Stewart (the stake president and wife) invited us to catch a bite of lunch with them. It was great to go with them and just chat and enjoy their company. President Stewart is a family doctor, and he has helped me so much with needs of missionaries down in Lethbridge. He is my 'go to' doctor! He is always willing to help in any way--I have so appreciated all he has done. And then, his counselor, Pres. Koegler, is also a doctor, so I can use him as well, and his other counselor, Pres. Peterson, is an optometrist, so I can use him as needed! I have found great doctors to help me around the mission. I have several in the Calgary area, and two in Medicine Hat, and one in BC. They are all so kind to offer their services and fit the missionaries in.
Steve and I both attended the Priesthood Leadership Session of the Stake Conference and did some training on missionaries and members working together. At first I was a little worried the way the meeting was going (which by the way, I was the ONLY woman in the whole meeting..talk about intimidating), but then Steve finally got them to open up and begin discussing, and it ended up being a great meeting, with lots of ideas and thoughts shared.
We also spoke at the Sunday morning session for just a few minutes. Both the Saturday evening session and the Sunday session were so wonderful. I have decided that I am very grateful to be able to attend and be involved in all of these Stake Conferences. There is always such a great spirit there, and I am always so inspired. And we get to become friends with all of these stake presidents and their wives, and we enjoy them so much. We hope we will be lifelong friends!
Following the conference we had lunch at President Peterson's home, and then we headed back to Calgary for Steve to meet with the assistants, Elders Cervantes and Christensen.
This week we are anxiously awaiting the visit from Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder James B. Martino on Saturday. They have given us permission for our ENTIRE mission to be in the meeting!
It will be such an amazing day to sit at the feet of an apostle and be taught. I just can't wait! Our missionaries are so excited!
|Elders Jenkins, Proctor, Bailey, Fox, Sanchez, Ellison, Whicker, Mecham|
|Sisters Barlow, Wagner, Larsen & Cunningham|
|Sisters Jensen, Allard, Dobyns, Black, Atkinson, Carter, Pipkin|
|Another group of cute sisters at retrainers meeting|
|Elders Gray & Thackeray with the cake they had made for some missionaries in their zone.|
|Us with President and Sister Stewart of the Lethbridge East Stake|