Sunday, January 5, 2014

Busy Few Days

 Elders Williams and Lopez, our wonderful assistants to the President spent all P-day (Preparation) working hard, hence P-day clothes.    Of course when they come into the office, they have to goof off just a little bit.  This past Saturday was Transfer Day and after spending 6 transfers as an AP Elder Williams is being transferred to Trois Rivier as a trainer.  He is excited to be going.

 Friday was zone council and after all of the meetings the leaders of the 8 zones come to the office to pick up the supplies, packages, and mail for their zones.  Each zone has 2 missionary companionships as their zone leaders.  I always try to make some yummy treat for them.  This time I made Banana Breads, one of their favorites, and also a large package of candies for each team.

 Here is our hallway with part of the zone orders packaged up and ready to go.  I used to pack up all of the zone orders myself, but now that our mission has doubled, I have 2 Elders helping me.  It is still a huge job.
 Today after church we had a little luncheon to say good-by to Patrick Robertson our Branch President.  He and the entire presidency were released because Pres. Robertson got a new job and is moving three hours away to Quebec City.
                                   Marie Lise, Joanne, and Perpetue working in the kitchen.
 This is the new Branch Presidents wife and her little girl.  The baby is in the stroller asleep.
 Here is Patrick with one of his 6 children.  Patrick is from Jamaica and served a mission in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  He just finished school and passed the intensive testing to become  a border patrol and immigration officer.  He only served as president for two months and even then he had to be gone 5 days a week and some week-ends for his schooling which was far from Montreal.  President Patrick said it was quite unusual to have such an arrangement, but that the Stake Presidency was sure that he was to serve in this calling.  He said that if the Lord wanted him to do this work, then of course he would do his very best.  He is an awesome young leader and even though he was gone so much, he fulfilled his responsibility well.  He will be missed.
                                                     Sisters Allard, RS Pres, and Ordonez      
      Some of the kids couldn't wait to eat.  They had to have a few samples as the food was being           prepared and set out.
                                                   Sisters Issacs and Chen Hua
 Our new Branch President Stewart.  He is a great guy.  He is from Montreal and served a mission in France.  He and his family moved into the Branch three months ago from the Spanish Ward.  After being in the Branch for one month, he was called into the Branch Presidency as Second Councilor and now just two months later, he is the President.  I'm sure he will be wonderful.  He gives the best talks and both he and his wife are great people.  He is a brand new teacher this year too.
The Branch is quite small.  Though the numbers are few, the members are awesome.  They have to take on a lot of responsibilities and they doing it willingly and happily.  I took a few photos today of some of the people.
                                        Jarod Issacs and Oliver and Anthony Pardieu
                                                       Leah and Mimi

                                                       Rebecca and Jonathon
                                     The Pacquettes Branch Mission Leader and Primary Pres
                                                            The Pardieus
                                       Brother, Elders Quorum Pres, and Sister Verde and Yoali
                                    On the way home we drive past this Buddhist Pagoda.

                                                       An empty, snowy lot.
                                                       The side of our church.

                               Some of the frozen parks on Sherbrooke as we drive to our apt.

1 comment:

  1. I'm just like the kids - I always have to sample and snack as I'm preparing yummy food! :)