Friday, March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014 - Friday Forum Presentation

I voluntarily gave a brief presentation on my year-long mission at the Lethbridge Alberta Institute of Religion on the west side of Lethbridge, Alberta. I had a Power Point presentation prepared and read it while filming so to give everyone the opportunity to see what the last year of my life has been spent doing. Here is the link to the video and if you want the Power Point emailed, ask me.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March 4, 2014 - Last Day In The Field

Daylight had already sprung when I got the 7:15 a.m. bus from my house to downtown via a bus change at the university; after that, I got a taxi from downtown to the storehouse. When I arrived at the storehouse, I checked the produce, stocked cans of diced tomatoes on the shelf, and also helped stock toilet paper on another shelf.

After prayer with Woolfs, Gallups, Sister Rogers (a new sister), and Elder Goodsell and a compliment given by Elder Woolf about how great it was to work with and get to know me, everyone divided into pairs, with me working with Elder Goodsell, and worked to fill the out of town orders.

Once the orders were filled, I worked with Sister Gallup and taught her how to fill the cottage cheese and sour cream portion of the orders where others either filled the meat orders or prepared for the farewell party that was held for Sister Bly, Sister LeFeuvre (who couldn't come), and I.

A little after 11:30, the party started in the break room and Elder and Sister Peterson, Elder and Sister Gallup, Elder and Sister Woolf, Grandma Woolf, Elder and Sister Hodder from the Field Office, Sister Bly, Elder Goodsell, Brother Murray and Brother Nathan Kyler from the Field Office, Elder LeFeuvre, Elder Bullock (the out of town delivery driver) and Brother Reeve from LDS Employment all came to the party, which was complete with food and a lovely cake.

Anyway, Elder Woolf said that my service and I are appreciated and that I had all done a lot of good stuff for the storehouse. Sister Bly is continuing to volunteer there for now and Sister LeFeuvre was unable to make the party due to not feeling well, but I did get to say goodbye to her on the phone.

After the applause, Elder Goodsell said a prayer to bless the food and everyone got eating.

Pictures were taken after the luncheon was done and I will miss everyone I worked with.

 Elder Woolf and Sister Woolf.

 Sister Bly.

 Elder Hodder and Sister Hodder from the Field Office.

 Sister Rogers.

 Elder Goodsell.

Brother Murray (left) and Nathan Kyler.

 Elder Peterson, Sister Peterson, and Grandma Woolf.

 Elder Gallup and Sister Gallup.

 In honor of M*A*S*H, "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen."

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 1, 2014

Sister Bly very kindly picked me up at my house and brought me to the storehouse. Shortly after we arrived, we had prayer with Elder Kearl, Sister Kearl, and Elder Goodsell. We then got busy doing paperwork and helping patrons for an extended period of time before things got quiet again.

Around 11, Sister Bly and Sister Kearl summoned me into the break room and surprised me with a bit of a party that included food since it is my last Saturday serving at the storehouse as a missionary; Elder Kearl and Elder Goodsell were also there. Anyway, they had all got and signed a cute card for me and they also got me an amazing book authored by President Monson.

I also got a photo and said goodbye to Elder and Sister Kearl since my last day is Tuesday and they don't usually serve on Tuesdays unless they sub for someone else.
I will miss the mission, but the Lord only wanted me for a year and He truly knows best.