Well everyone, I hope your enjoying the warmer Alberta weather. The colds are all but gone now. Still got a bit of a cough but I'm feeling so much better then I did last week. Elder Lamb is at 100%! It's the last Monday of the transfer and that means that there's a chance one or both of us could be moving in the next few days. Calls are tonight! I'd certainly like to spend Christmas here, but we'll see what happens.
On Tuesday I went on an exchange with Elder Walker who came from Chilliwack. We helped Tim out by digging some trenches in preparation for the new shed he's building. The weather was nice enough to work in a tshirt. It was sure a great workout! Sadly we never got a chance to see the Bernards who said they were busy all week.
Wednesday was pretty packed. We ate at a sushi restaurant called Mandori. We got a buffet and filled ourselves pretty good. Next we stopped by a less active member named Saul. His family is from El-Salvador and we taught his nephew, Christian about the plan of salvation. He seemed to really enjoy it and our 2 week investigator drought came to an end with that. Saul also came to church on Sunday. The same evening we found a potential named Faith who seems pretty cool. She's ysa aged and is interested. After finishing up a bit of tracting we ate out AGAIN this time with Brother N. I ordered a pork schnitzel that turned out to be the size of my face, complete with a baked potato and veggies. I don't know how some people can eat that much in a sitting.
On Friday we had another cottage meeting at the bishops house. These meetings are one of my favorite parts of the ward. We met a recently returned missionary named Reese who showed up with his girlfriend there. When he told Elder Lamb and I that he served in the Canada, Toronto mission, I asked him if he knew an Elder Gedleman. He replied "I did! In fact he used to be one of my zone leaders!" Then I told him that we're cousins!
Saturday night we decided to go to the big Christmas tree lighting by the Cinaplex up on high street mall. We were quite surprised at how many people came to this thing, though I'm pretty sure that the premiere of Mockingjay had something to with the size of a crowd. We had a few good gospel conversations and we saw Chris there too! Sadly, we didn't get to see the actual lighting itself since we had to hurry off for a dinner appointment but we popped by after to get a picture after it was less crowded. The lights on the tree have been programmed to do some pretty intense patterns.
Sunday we sang with the sisters in sacrament meeting which went okay. We received quite a few compliments from the ward members afterward. That day we finally heard from Devin who apologizedfor not getting back to us sooner. He told us that he was having a really bad week and had a lot on his mind. We'll be seeing him this Wednesday! After church we ate dinner with the Kozaks before heading back to the stake center to practice with the other missionaries from across the zone for choir. We sang the hymn "Hark All Ye Nations" in the mission fireside called "Why I Believe" A lot of non members showed up and President and Sister Burt spoke there. A recent convert from Abbotsford 1st ward gave a great talk about how he got a personal testimony of the Book of Mormon.
I'll end this letter off by sharing some great news from Nanaimo. According to President Burt's most recent weekly news letter, Bruce has been baptized! It's so great to hear that the seeds that were sowed in Nanaimo are at last giving fruit! I'm so happy for him! Elder Burns and Elder Durfee must be thrilled! Elder Burns and I sure had a lot of good memories teaching and getting to know him. With Devin finally back on board and Christian and Faith found, we're just beginning to see a lot of miracles that can occur when you're patient with the Lord's timing. I just hope we don't get transferred before we witness them. On that, I bid you all farewell until next Monday.
Elder Maclean Samis