We had 2 great missionaries arrive last night. This is the 2nd time in a row that missionaries have made their Toronto connection and arrived at a decent hour (hooray!). Sister Green arrived from Grande Prairie, Alberta. She seems happy to begin her missionary journey, and we are grateful she's here. Elder Gregson--also a Canadian missionary--arrived last night as well. He is from Lethbridge, Alberta and seems equally happy to be here. We are so glad to have him here as he begins his mission . Can't wait to see all that he will accomplish.
Elder Braeden Butt has been called to serve in the Guatemala, Guatemala City Central Mission. He was set apart as a missionary by President James R. Pratt (Canada Halifax Mission President) at the Halifax International Airport during a stopover on his way from Corner Brook, Newfoundland to the Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah. His grandparents, Lloyd and Doris Butt, are pioneers of the Church in Newfoundland; and his father, Dr. Sheldon Butt, also served as a missionary. Thus, the family has a legacy of faith and service which Braeden is excited to continue. We pray God's blessings will be upon him and his family.
We are now having additional training for new missionaries during their first 12 weeks. We believe this will benefit the missionaries greatly. So far we feel it has been very successful in helping the new missionaries understand their priorities and giving them ideas that will aid them in their efforts. We feel very good about these young missionaries and are once again amazed at their goodness and strength. It says a lot about the future of the CHM.
We ran out of time to have a group photo taken during our October MLC, so we did some quick group photos. These meetings are so inspirational. We get many great ideas from the missionaries. Enjoy!
These photos don't do justice to the beauty in this mission. Just wanted you to get a glimpse of what we've seen this fall during our travels. Hopefully your missionaries are sending you some pics as well.
The Edmonston Branch, New Brunswick Stake was created October 15, 2017. Missionaries opened the area in August, 2016. Brother Samuel Gionet was called as the Branch President. It's an exciting time of growth for the Church in the area.
Twice a year we have a leadership conference. This conference had a fire theme. We as a mission are Catching Fire. We can see the momentum building, and our missionaries are working harder than ever. We are grateful for their efforts and how they are blessing the lives of all they come in contact with.
We recently had our French Temple Trip. All the French missionaries were able to come to the Metro to attend the temple. This trip included a special guest--Sister Leroy who was here to pick up Elder Leroy from his mission. The missionaries loved being together. It was a great evening and included Belge Chocolate--need I say more?!
Elder Larson (after extending for a few weeks) went home this week. It was difficult to see him leave as he has shared great insights and talents that have benefitted the mission as well as been a great example of excellence in his missionary work. We wish him the best in all his future endeavors.
Our August Zone Conferences are over and done. Time is flying, and we had great zone conferences. We focused on some of the miracles we have seen in the mission. It was exciting to see the remarkable new members who have accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was very encouraging. Here are a few photos of the events. (Nova Scotia top, New Brunswick middle, and Newfoundland bottom.)
Sis. Debra Pratt