It was another good week in Quebec. Transfers have come round and.... drumroll.... we're staying! No movement this transfer, which I'm pretty happy about. However, they're splitting our area. Elder Hunter and I will be staying in Val d'Or, and Sisters Gariki and Allred will be coming up to cover the city of Rouyn. Sister Gariki is from Tahiti, so she speaks french fluently, and Sister Allred apparently has some background from school, so we're really excited. Honestly, I'm so happy about this. The whole two apartments thing was such a hassle. We just had to pack everything back and forth twice a week. It will be nice to do less driving now.
So that was interesting. We had some pretty fun experiences this week. On Thursday we went out to the native reservation of Lac Dozois and did some service for people. We were told beforehand that we were going to shovel snow off of someone's roof. We thought "Oh, yeah, there's probably a few inches left over from the last snowstorm that we'll have to get off. It will take...maybe a half hour?"
There was like 4 feet of snow on this guys roof. And he had a big house! So we were feeling a little overwhelmed, but then Elder Sabin had a great idea. The whole roof was slanted the same way, and we dug a channel down the middle of it (which took a while). After that was done, we just started cutting snow off the sides of the channel and pushing it down the roof. After some time, it got big enough that we could use the mega-shovel (I don't really know what to call it. It's like 4 ft by 4 ft. and looks like a sled with a handle). At that point it got really fun, because we could fill it with snow and then just slide down the roof with the shovel. The roof was really slick on the parts we had cleared to, so that helped. Also, eventually our pile at the edge of the roof was tall enough we could slide off the roof into the snow, which was fun as well. It's a bit hard to explain. It was memorable though :)
Also, we met with Josephine and her family this week, and we finally got the whole family to sit in! Oh, it was a miracle. They are awesome, but man, they are so hyperactive. We finally got them to listen in though, and even though they're all on way different levels of conversion, it was cool to finally teach all of them at the same time. They were going to come to church, but with the time change, they slept in :( Oh well. Next week.
Gwenda is still doing awesome. Elder Hunter's birthday was this week, and so Gwenda and I planned a surprise birthday party for him. I want you guys to know how hard that was. We have to stay in sight and sound of each other as missionaries, and it was not easy to plan a surprise party for a companion. Anyway, it was a perfect success and all her siblings (non-members) were there as well, which was awesome. They made him a cake and bought him a ton of candy. There were balloons involved as well, which I wasn't expecting.
Also, the Zobell's came up and visited us this last week. They're the senior couple staying in the Temiskaming Branch. They live in Haileybury, which is about an hour and-a-half from Rouyn. We've known there were sisters coming up since last week, so we wanted to get the apartment ready for them, and they were awesome in helping us get it clean. They also made Elder Hunter a cake, and they cooked Toad in the Hole, which is this cool British dish. I guess they want to make Elder Hunter trunky.
We've been helping Yvette a lot as well. She's had some serious struggles in her past with substance abuse, and she really wants to help her family. We've been seeing some really cool progress with some of her relatives, and we're hoping we can help them start coming to church soon.
The Otter family is as good as ever. They were in Amos last week, so they couldn't come to church, but we'll probably see them later today.
There are a few others, but those are some of the main people we're working with.
This week at church, we finally got to have some members of the stake presidency come up, and I was able to be sustained as the second counselor. I don't have to be set apart since I'm already set apart as a missionary, but now I can help with tithing, so it was good to get that done. I'm telling you because I think they had to move my records here to do it, so don't be scared if my records disappear from the ward.
This week at church was really fun. In gospel principles, we started out on repentance, but one of our investigators kept bringing it back to tithing and how that couldn't possibly be part of repentance and should be optional. It actually ended up really good, and we had a good discussion on following commandments, but I was at the limits of my french vocabulary in this debate. Then in Priesthood/Relief Society we talked about the role of women, which is a topic that's almost always controversial. It was good, and the teacher did a great job handling the controversy, but it was still very entertaining.
Also, the Simard's daughter came this week. Cynthia hasn't come in a while, just because of work, but she asked for work off on Sunday's off so she could come. That was awesome.
As far as the puppies back home go, I'm glad to hear they're doing well. I'm sticking with Askim, but you have to make it funny. You can't just say "His name is Askim". You have to introduce all the puppies to everyone except for him, so they say "Oh, what's this one's name?". Then you can say "Oh, Ask him" and the confusion will begin. I'll just take pleasure in knowing that my efforts are making people ask dog's questions.
Glad to hear that Chase and Tanner got their calls :) They're going to do amazing. Let me know when Stephen gets his as well.
Also, Hayden, they lost by 100 points? How is that possible?
A few of you asked me if it's still cold up here. Yes, but it's getting better. It used to stay in the negatives non stop, but now gotten up to 5 or 6 degrees (celsius) a few times. We had a cold spell earlier in the week that put it back down to -20, but it's coming back up again. I think winter's finally starting to wind down.
Hadley, je t'aime aussi. je t'aime de tout mon couer!
I love you guys, and hope you have a wonderful week! The kingdom continues to roll forth!