|Elder Perry in Val-d'Or, Quebec|
Mom and Dad,
This week has been good.
We finally got permission to move into our apartment and we did as fast as we could. We don't have any furniture yet so we have to wait for that. We were going to get our furniture on Tuesday but the moving people got the address wrong and sent our furniture to Quebec City (which is 8 hours away). They then had to send it back to the warehouse. We just got notification we’ll get it on Tuesday(Tomorrow), YIPEEEE! I will never be more grateful to put clean sheets on a bed then when we get our beds and I can sleep in a real bed. We’ve been sleeping mostly on mats since I have arrived in Canada.
We had Zone Conference and Transfers. Elder Carman is now in a tri-companionship with Elder T. (Can’t pronounce his name) and Elder Thompson (My companion all through the MTC) and they have been assigned to labor in the Rouyn-Noranda area. Elder Feth and I are assigned to labor in the Val-d’Or area. We had an incident or two on our way to Zone Conference.
Let it be known, I was not involved as the driver in either one!
Before transfers, we were driving to Zone Conference and one of my companions was driving. He got pulled over for speeding and got a $249 ticket. The Police Officer spoke in French and I had to give him all the information. Luckily I understood him in French. I prayed I would give him the right stuff. We were late to Zone Conference and when we walked in our Mission President we were meeting for the first time, gave us a bow and said “thanks for joining us” in front of our entire Zone. Embarrassing!
Then after transfers, another companion driving our car and another missionary was driving their car with 2 other elders rear ended us . The other missionary hit the back of our Nissan Rogue and caused quite a bit of damage to their car a Chevrolet Equinox . The Nissan Rogue had some damage on the rear bumper and hatchback handle, but not very bad. Lucky us, everyone now has lots of paper work. Let’s hope this is the first and last experience with the police, and car accident paper work. But We are all OKAY!
Lesson for the Week- No speeding.......and don't rear end the other missionaries.
Positive Bonus for the Week: I am now our designated driver.
Most of the week has been getting into the new rhythm of a new area and I think I am starting to find my stride. We spend a lot of time in the church doing our morning studies and planning because the church has chairs and tables which makes it easier.
We had skills and interviews with the Mission President. He said that we were kind of like pioneers up here because of it being a new area and new branch. We had a goal to find 3 new investigators for a day here and as the day progressed, we talked to a lot of people. At the end of the day we actually found 11. Ask and ye shall receive. A couple people we found were drunk at the time, so I hope that they will come around.
The country up here is just like Oregon but a lot windier and a lot colder. Winter is moving in and we can tell because for a couple days, we woke up to snow on the cars. The snow melts away with the sun, but one day it won't.
That’s all for this week.
I will be praying for you every night and every morning.
Canada Toronto Mission
Abitibi Branch, Val-d’Or, Quebec