Yes, it has become tradition (since we are now meeting at the Lion's Club) to have every group photo with the lion:) This is our smallest zone conference (number of missionaries) but certainly not the least meaningful or fun of our zone conferences. Our Newfoundland missionary couples are the ones that feed us at our zone conference now (much nicer food than at the Gander Hotel). We appreciate them so much for providing the food for zone conferences and other meetings as well as innumerable and unusual ways they serve the missionaries and people of Newfoundland.
Our Wednesday Zone Conference took place in Dartmouth/Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Our office missionaries fed us tasty Mexican food, and we received great insights as we counseled together to make our mission stronger. Our office couples (the Hulls and McKibbins) and Sis. Street take great care of the us, the missionaries, and everyone in the mission boundaries.
Our New Brunswick Zone Conference took place in Moncton, New Brunswick as usual. We are treated very well there. A wonderful group of members feeds us at every zone conference (every 6 weeks). They are so kind to the missionaries, and we appreciate their caring service. You can see below the process it takes to get an organized group photo of 60+ missionaries as well as photos that demonstrate how much the missionaries love being together!
We had a very lively, fun, and dedicated group of missionaries depart this month--5 amazing sisters and 3 fabulous elders. Each of these missionaries is remarkable in his/her own way and will, I am certain, do much to serve God and others as they go forward. We miss you already!
Our new group of missionaries has arrived. They are excited and ready to work. They are the first group to receive additional training at a New Missionary Training event here in Halifax. We are so impressed with them and how quickly they are adjusting to missionary life.
This is our group of missionaries in the Metro area who walked in the Canada Day Parade in Sackville, Nova Scotia. As you can see, they are smiling despite the drizzle!
We had a great leadership council in June. We are all learning to counsel together to receive inspiration. It's remarkable how well that works and how insightful the missionaries are. You can see we had a great hands-on lesson about "getting water to the end of the row" and how the leaders need to communicate training to every missionary so that all benefit.
We sent off our amazing Welsh Elder and three fabulous Sisters who were great mission leaders. We owe them each a debt of gratitude for the difference they made in the mission and in our own lives. We spent a great evening together hearing their testimonies and discussing what they are looking forward to in the future--including what favorite foods they will eat first when they arrive home:). They've been a joy to serve with and will surely be missed.
We had another early morning arrival as the missionaries weren't able to clear customs and get their visas in time to make their flight from Toronto to Halifax. That makes for some pretty tired missionaries. But, they arrived intact and in good spirts. We are already seeing how much they have changed in a month, and we are very excited to have them here in the CHM.
Thanks to all you parents who are so willing to see your sons and daughters serve. They are truly blessing the people here, the other missionaries, and all those they come in contact with.
We had a couple of days where we were able to see some of the sights in Newfoundland. We saw several icebergs and a few puffins. Puffins and icebergs were on our bucket list, so it made us really happy. Thought you might be interested in seeing a little bit of what has become ordinary to your missionaries serving in Newfoundland.
Sis. Debra Pratt