We got a call to drive to the mission office on Tuesday, leave our car in Brampton, and drive a mission car back to be used for the transfer. This is the first time we have been involved in a transfer, so we needed to watch a safety video (staring Elder Holland) before we could drive a mission car. Since we were going to Brampton we arranged with the Zone Leaders to help load up our car and the Lindsey's car with all of Lindsey's belongings that will be shipped back to Utah. As you may recall, Elder Lindsey had a blood condition (probably picked up as a senior missionary in the Philippines) and had to return home. We were able to get everything in the two cars and take them to the mission home. After we unloaded, we drove our car to the mission office to trade for a larger car.
Wednesday was transfer day. Our assignment was to 1) Pick up Hermana Wheeler from her Christie apartment and take her with her luggage to Black Creek (she had other arrangements so it ended up just taking her luggage); 2) Pick up Sister Crosby with her luggage as well as Sister Tillet's luggage (she's going home) and return to the Christie apartment; 3) Pick up Sister Seller's luggage (she is also going home) at the Christie apartment and take the luggage to the Toronto Stake Center; and 4) Take all the luggage that we could carry of those going home from the Toronto Stake Center to the Brampton Stake Center. We had luggage for five missionaries packed in the mission car.
|Previous Christie Sisters: Fotheringham, Wheeler, and Sellers|
|New Christie Sisters: Fotheringham and Crosby|
|Waiting at the Toronto Stake Center for the transfer|
|Three of the four Wheelers|
|Hermana Wheeler, Sister Wheeler and Sister Brown (Hermana Wheeler's new companion)|
With transfers over, we had a big day planned for Thursday. We needed to get some mail from the old mission office (which we couldn't get earlier because they changed the locks), attend zone and district meeting with our new zone, and attend a 2:00 PM temple session with the senior couples and missionaries going home. We didn't do any of our planned activities. We got a call at 9:30 AM that one of the missionaries needed to be in Brantford (1 1/2 hours from Toronto) by 11 AM for a doctor's appointment. We got there as fast as we could arriving after 11:30. Fortunately, the doctor (LDS) was understanding about arriving late. While waiting, we took the car into a Honda dealership for servicing. We finished just in time to pick up the missionaries from the clinic. We arrived in Brampton about 3:30 PM, and were able to make it for a pot-luck dinner with the senior couples, then back to Toronto.
By Friday we were dead tired. We got a notice that our window air conditioner couldn't be in the bedroom (safety reasons - something about a 19 story drop on someone's head) so we moved it to the living room on Thursday night. We couldn't use cardboard to fill in the gap of the open window so on Friday we got some plexiglass from Home Depot, cut it to size, and installed it. It really looks good. The city was really socked in with a dense fog so our plans to walk the city center didn't materialize. We didn't get the break we needed this week.
Taught another Mandarin class for ESL on Saturday. It is really brain wracking trying to teach someone English with the very limited Chinese I know. We walked up and down Bloor Street near the church. We found a Portuguese butcher shop that also had guarana, a gluten-free cheese bread mix, and manjoca flour. Toronto is hosting a Caribbean Carnival downtown. We didn't go, but passed some people in "costumes" headed for it. We didn't take a picture since it wouldn't have been appropriate for a mission blog. We did get a picture, however, of two lovely ladies in front of a painted fence.
|Sister Hodgkin and Sister Phillips - new Toronto Ward missionaries|
|Ukraine Orthodox Church next to our chapel|