Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11

My week was pretty good, the shingles are almost all gone. The Tambres had Elder E and I over on Monday night and x came too and we had a birthday cake and celebrated my birthday and then on Tuesday a lady who volunteers at the Dryden Mission made me a cake and then on Wednesday y and his family made me a cake so I was all caked out, had a good birthday though. I got the package on Thursday! Thank you so much for everything I really like the green tie! Thank you so much for everything else too! Please thank Grandma and Grandpa Dola for the card and please thank Grandma and Grandpa Schultz for the car and the chocolates and the card! Elder E said he loved the chocolates too!

Great to hear that everyone is doing so well and that Brandon made it home safe and sound!

Today was Remembrance Day so we went to the Memorial service and today it was -22 with the wind-chill and my toes and face froze off so afterwards we went and I bought (ordered them!!!) some sorel boots that are good to -100 so I should be good now, so if you could could you please go online and pay off my VISA Credit Card using my monies! Thanks! We also saw z and set a baptismal date with him!

But yeah last Monday we had quite the adventure going out with this 82 year old man helping him split wood followed by him taking us to lunch (Sister Tambre is in the process of writing up the story so stay tuned!) Then we had the dinner with x and the Tambres, followed by FHE.

Tuesday we had a great day. We were able to teach the P's a really good lesson where all the kids were at school for the first time so they all were able to focus more! We also had a great time serving y at the Mission and afterwards we were able to have a lesson with him.

Wednesday we helped at the foodbank had a good lesson with x, had Dinner with the Haesslers and had a Elders Quorum meeting (We are the councillors to the Elders Quorum President) then we had our Bible study.

Thursday we drove up to Fort Frances via the Tambres and it had snowed and stayed on the ground for the first time this year so the roads were a little rough and we almost hit a chicken in the middle of the road. Then we had a great Zone Training Meeting and every companionship changed in the entire Zone except for Elder E and I. Then we finally got mail, having waited for about 8 weeks, and opened our packages on the way back. Got home around 5:00 PM and then headed out to the Vahovicks and helped them out by putting their horses in the barn and had dinner and then we helped make sausage.

Friday was a great day. We weekly planned and saw the P's, taught a lesson to a referral we received a few weeks ago, and were finally able to get video chat to work (the only way we could teach him seeing as he lives in Red Lake which is about 3 hours away but still in our area!) but it was one of the greatest and most spiritual lessons/experiences I have had on my mission. He was so open and just so excited to learn what we had to say and it was amazing to see how greatly he could still feel the spirit, even with him being 3 hours away being taught on a poor quality video-chat on Facebook. After that we went and had a lesson with L and had dinner at President McDonald's and his family and shared a quick message with them following us teaching one of our less-active members.

Saturday we had our Elders Quorum breakfast, which was fantastic. We had 1 of our Investigators and two non-members there and there was a total of 10 of us. We had bacon, eggs, sausages, toast, pancakes, hash-browns, orange juice, milk, everything you name it. It was a very successful event. After that we helped President McDonald prepare some things for winter and then we went and taught x and were able to meet one of her daughters for the first time! Then we went out to y's place and cut a ton of wood and had dinner with his family.

Sunday Elder Elliott and I were the speakers and both gave talks. Z and X were both there and are both doing really well! After that we had a really good lesson with an investigator who we were finally able to set up an appointment with, which was great! And we were able to bring President Haessler with us. After that we had a great dinner over at the P's and tried teaching them a lesson as well but they had like 6 kids over so it didn't go according to plan, but it was still great to see how everyone we see trusts us 100% and are willing to serve and help us out too!

-Love Elder Shane Dola

P.S. Thanks so much for the package and everything in it, and if you send a Christmas package the only thing that I absolutely need is this purple tie! Thanks, love you!

This is the tie that I so badly want.  The purple one.