Tuesday, October 30, 2012
After the training I go upstairs and make copies of everyones passports, visas (which I first un-staple from the passport and the re-staple into the passport. Sister Conway and I work as a team. We also copy drivers licenses, international drivers permits and various other documents which we then assemble into their folder which we previously put together with many other pages of information. We keep the passports and visas in a safe until they need them again.
After the training is over, we rush back to the office and work for about an hour. Then we go to the Temple with all the departing missionaries. The temple president forgot that we had scheduled a session and so we had to wait about an hour for him to arrive and open up the temple. It's interesting that the entire session is run by the senior couples. We also will become temple workers. As it turned out the present president called us and then could not set apart because he was just released and a new president was called. Only one person has the authority to do the setting apart. We will be set apart next time we go.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
In the mission office there is an identical transfer board in his private office. When the board is closed it is a calendar of events. When it is open you can see the companionships.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
part of the U. S.
Almost everything in Montreal is very expensive. Last week we went shopping and came home with these items. It cost us $50.00 including the treats in the photo below.
Monday, October 22, 2012
On Monday's the Assistants to the Pres go to his home for a meeting and they also do their laundry there. This particular Monday we saw them in the morning before we left for the office. Pres and his wife had already gone the day before to Ohio for a Mission Presidents seminar and to visit their kids on the way home. They would be gone for 2 weeks. That evening around 10:10 John was already in bed reading. I was on the computer. Suddenly I heard the electric garage door opening. My first thought was that maybe the Pres forgot something and they were coming back. I rushed to the window which
overlooks the driveway but couldn't see anyone or any car. I creeped out of the room, went to the staircase, and shouted, "Hello, hello. Who's there?" I got silence in response. Then in a couple of minutes I hear the door shutting. I was kinda spooked. John got out of bed and investigated, but didn't see anyone or anything unusual. I was still kinda nervous for a while, but finally went to sleep. The next morning I asked the AP's if they had come by the house and they answered that they had. They forgot their sheets in the dryer and were sneaking in to get them. They were sorry they had scared me and apologized several times during the day. We had a good laugh about it then and several times after when we saw the two APs. Here is Elder Ramiro staging sneaking in. He is a wonderful Elder from Mexico. His parents are divorced and he actually gave up a scholarship and his position in the University to serve a mission. He will go home this Thursday.
Our first day coming to the office and being the first to arrive we calmly unlocked the door and walked in. We barely were able to walk across the cultural hall when a very loud alarm went off. We had no clue what to do or how to turn it off. I quickly called our trainers and they said that there is a control box by the door that has to be turned off by pushing in the code. We had no clue that we had to do it. They gave us the code and the alarm stopped. We were glad that the police didn't show up.
The following Monday we were going to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. The office was still open that day and we were busily working upstairs. The office is on the 3rd floor. Suddenly the fire alarm went off. We all had to evacuate the building. Soon we found out that the Elders who were making the stuffing put it on the stove to heat and forgot about it. The stuffing was soon burning and the smoke set off the alarm. Again we were able to take care of it, but we did have to call the fire department and someone else to deactivate the alarm.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
We finally have internet in the apartment and now I have to many things to catch up on. I will try to write some catch up posts.
Perpetue is in the R.S. Presidency of this little Montreal East Branch. She is a lovely woman from Haiti, the mother of 3 young boys. Her husband is a computer consultant that solves computer problems for companies. He is often gone traveling with his work. She and her family have lived in Montreal for a few years. She is very spiritually inclined and is a great example to all. The wards and branches in this stake were challenged by the Stake President to read the Book of Mormon before the next Stake Conference. She has taken this challenge to heart and is almost done. She says reading this great book has helped her immensely in her everyday life, in how she treats her children and husband, and how she lives her life in general. She read the part where we are not only counseled but commanded to read the words of Isaiah and to apply them to our life. She stressed the word commanded and has encouraged the sisters to heed this advice and to receive the blessings. We would all do well to heed her advice.
Last week we arrived at church for Sacrament and there were less than 20 in attendance. After the Sacrament was over others started straggling in throughout the rest of church time. We ended up with about 45 people attending. This Branch is really struggling and has lots of needs and problems. Many of the Branch members have said how excited they are that we will be there. They had a Senior Couple before who left in the beginning of February and they did a lot for the Branch. They were well loved. They have been telling us that we will be able to help them now. I hope we will be able to help out in someway, but it's hard to fill someones shoes who did so much and is so well loved. Also, their calling was Member and Leadership Support to this Branch and our calling is the Mission Office. We will do all we can and with the Lord's help we will have the energy and ability to work in the Branch also.
Last night we got a call from the counselor in the Bishopric asking us to speak in Sacrament. And so here we are barely here and we have to give a talk. That is one of the more difficult things for me to do. I always stress so.