The canola fields are also in full bloom right now in Alberta, and so when you drive from the south up to Calgary you see the beautiful fields of yellow! They are spectacular! We have also had some very hot weather! A couple of days it has gotten to 36! Which is about 97-98 Fahrenheit! So hot for Canada!
On July 6-7 we had a mission wide fast to help us in our efforts to find more people to teach. Each companionship began with a prayer around 7 p.m. on Thursday and would close the fast together about 5:00 on Friday. It was so neat to think that our whole mission was united in fasting and prayer to bring more souls to the Savior. We designated the hours from 2-5 p.m. on Friday to be hours where every companionship would be outside talking with people, exercising the faith that if they were out working, they would find people who are receptive. We had so many miracles happen, and we felt very blessed. Steve kept receiving texts from missionaries telling him of the events and miracles that were happening. It was so powerful! We truly do know that when we come together unitedly in fasting and prayer, the Lord will bless us, and He did!
We had the weekend home to prepare for zone conferences the next week and then on Monday evening we drove back to Lethbridge for our zone conference with every single southern zone. We had to do it this way because we had Tiwi's being installed in all of the cars. Tiwi's are devices to help our missionaries be more safe. It has a GPS system in it, and it will actually alert the driver if they are going above the speed limit, so they can readjust their speed. We are excited to have them in our vehicles. As we've read the statistics from other missions that have them, it is amazing to see how their accidents and speeding violations have decreased. It will bless our missionaries.
We had our 3 zone conferences, the one in Lethbridge and two up in Calgary this past week. We focused on Teaching for Understanding, Applying Preach My Gospel more in our work, Having the Faith to Find, and Finding through the Spirit. We felt like the conferences went really well, and the missionaries were uplifted and inspired.
At the end of our conference in Lethbridge as we were holding our testimony meeting, Joe Paul (the man in charge of the TiWi Installation) came in telling us that a senior's facility right next to the church was on fire and they needed help getting the senior residents out of it and into a safe place. So, we stopped testimonies and headed outside to help. The Firefighters were evacuating the people, and our missionaries helped walk them from the facility into the church where we set up chairs in the gym and got them comfortable. We were able to get them bottles of water, and some snacks, and just visit with them and calm their nerves while they waited for family members to come and pick them up. The Red Cross came and set up their station inside the gym and began helping with 'triage' and assessing if any of the seniors were in need of medical attention. It was a great blessing that we could be there to serve and help, and an experience our missionaries won't forget! It was quite an ending to the zone conference!
This first week of July we also had the difficult experience of informing one of our sweet sisters, Sister Poll, that her dad had unexpectedly passed away. We have not had to do that before, and prayed for the spirit to be with us, with her, and with her family. That was one of the hardest things I've done on my mission, is to relay that news. We let all of our missionaries know what happened, and as it had happened right before our fast began, they all included her in their fasting and prayers, so that was a sweet experience.
So, we have completed all of our zone conferences and this week we will complete interviews and start preparing for transfers. There is never a dull moment, and we had a few days where we were literally exhausted. But we are always renewed to do what needs to be done. We know Heavenly Father blesses us beyond our capacity. We were grateful for prayers from our children at home, who sent extra ones our way. We are so grateful for their love and support.
|Beautiful BC scenery|
|Elders Hawkins & Bryner helping out on Canada Day!|
|Sisters Ence & Williams dropping me off after going out teaching with them!|
|Canola fields in full bloom!|
|Lunch at zone conferences in Lethbridge|
|Love these sisters!|
|Missionaries celebrating birthdays getting their 'gifts'|
|The seniors our missionaries brought to the church from the fire|
|The senior facility on fire in Lethbridge|
|Zone conferences in the north|
|More cute sisters!|
|and more cute sisters!|
|We always enjoy lunchtime at zone conferences!|
|Selfie with Sisters King and Carillo|