Sunday, April 30, 2017

One busy week! Interviews complete!

This last week has been so super busy!  We felt like we were running the whole week...late nights, 10 minutes to eat lunch, and lots of miles put on!
But on Monday we had an answer to prayers--we found a senior couple to serve in our office!  We have been praying and praying for this.  It is Elder and Sister Stephenson who are already serving as one of our housing inspector couples.  They have already served one mission in California, but after Steve spoke with them, they readily said, "Yes".  We can't even tell you how thrilled we are!  They will be great, and they begin tomorrow, which will be great because Elder and Sister Thorley and Eler and Sister Sefick, who have all extended their missions just to help us out, will be here to help train them.  We are just so grateful for all of our senior couples!
Monday we needed to drive to Medicine Hat for Tuesday's interviews, but we had to stop in Taber first--so we went the 'round about' way, and finally got to Medicine Hat about midnight.  Tuesday we were able to begin our interviews with the Medicine Hat zone, and attend one of their district meetings.  It was such a great meeting.  I wish you could see these elders and sisters teach and train.  They are quite remarkable.  I learn something from them in every meeting.  I love it.  Following that district meeting we finished up with the interviews there, and then drove on to Rosemary and then Brooks to interview the missionaries serving in those areas.  Then we headed back to Calgary, getting home about 9:30 that night.  Wednesday and Thursday we had more interviews, and Steve had his Coordinating Council Meeting with all the stake presidents and Elder Spackman up in Calgary on Wednesday night.  Friday we had our 'retrainer's meeting with our new missionaries and their trainers and it was also a great meeting.  I just love being with these missionaries.  Our assistants both did awesome trainings, and we had good discussion and training with everyone, followed by a hotdog lunch!  After that we finished up interviewing our last zone!  So, interviews for this transfer are now complete.  Saturday morning we were actually able to catch up on emails and many other things that had been neglected because of our earlier schedule and then we headed to Cardston (about 2 hours 15 minutes away), to attend the stake conference there with Elder Larry Y. Wilson and Elder James Evanson of the Seventy.  They came to reorganize a new stake presidency.  We spoke at the Saturday evening session, and then on Sunday President Low, McKenzie and Beazer were released and President Ferguson, Quinton and Nunn were sustained.  This is always such a tender time--for the old stake presidency and the new one!  We've been there and completely understand how all of them are feeling.  We have appreciated working with President Low and for his support.  And we are excited to work with President Ferguson.  And as always, it was fun to see our 6 missionaries serving in the Cardston area.  The members there tell us how much they love these missionaries--which makes us so proud!
This was our weather on Monday!

District meeting in Medicine Hat!

I think spring is coming because we see all the new little calves as we drive!
Hotdog lunch after Retrainers Meeting!

Stake Conference dinner with our sisters serving in Cardston!
Sisters Rasmussen, Stash, Ence, Smith

Steve with our Cardston Zone Leaders- Elders Wilgar & Harrison

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