|Elder Woodruff, Elder Seabra, and Elder de Moura|
|Back - Sister Wheeler, Marcia and Sara|
Front - Marcia's son and Sara's daughter
Tuesday was a different day for us. It was transfer day with many new missionaries in the mission and several leaving. President and Sister Scott have a full schedule of meetings at the mission home to greet the new missionaries and say farewell to the leaving missionaries. This includes meals. Elder and Sister Ratto have often helped in preparing meals, but they are some of the leaving missionaries. Sister Scott asked if we could be available to help, so there we were. Silvana Padron, a sister from a ward in Brampton planned the meals, but needed help in preparing and cleaning up. It was a busy day, but it was also fun to see all the new missionaries and say goodbye to the old ones. We were also able to eavesdrop on some of the good counsel given by President Scott. We finished by about 8PM and headed back to Toronto. A side benefit for going to Brampton is that the repair shop finished our car and we were able to drive it home. Elder Wheeler commented that he could see a future experience reporting to the High Council after the mission. High Counselor - "What was your most spiritual experience on your mission?" Elder Wheeler - "Washing dishes in the mission home."
|Elders and President Scott at the mission home|
|Sisters at the mission home|
|Silvana and Sister Wheeler|
|Elder and Sister Ratto with Sister Wheeler|
Things didn't slow down on Wednesday. We got a call Tuesday night asking if we could pick up Adla dos Santos (a new member of the church) at the airport at 6:30 AM. She had gone to Brazil to get married and was returning to Toronto. Her family couldn't pick her up. This meant a late night Tuesday and an early morning on Wednesday. We were able pick her up and get home to get a quick breakfast before going to give a first missionary lesson to Tony and Simone. We really enjoyed the lesson and they were really receptive. On our way bak home we stopped by to see if we could give an invitation for a baby shower to Maria Carreiro. We have tried several times to meet her without success. She was at home so we delivered the invitation just in time for the phone to ring. She was saved by the bell, but at least we met her.We then stopped to visit a Portuguese man named Filipe (the name given by some Spanish elders that had talked to him earlier). Like all Portuguese we were told, "I won't close my door on anyone." This is usually followed with a declaration of Catholicism with no inclination to change. Mamede and Natalia Filipe (their real names) are Seventh-Day Adventists, however. We had a nice discussion about the Book of Mormon with an invitation to return and a promise to read it along with the Bible. They will be going back to Portugal for an undefined period of time (it looks like their house is for sale) so we don't know what will come of it.
|Ice in our water pitcher - it does get cold in Toronto|
Friday was another "let's see Toronto" day. This time we went downtown to see the Museum of Inuit Art (MIA). The Inuit are the extreme northern First Nation people (Native Americans) we sometimes call Eskimos. We had free tickets from the library, but didn't need to use them since it was a free day anyway. We also went to Dufferin Mall to find some winter boots for Sister Wheeler. No luck.
|One of the pieces of art at the MIA|
Sister Carroll, the mission nurse, called to tell us that Sister Hodgkin was sick and needed to go to a clinic to be checked by a doctor and get some medicine. The problem was that it was getting late in the afternoon and no one knew where there was a clinic nearby their apartment. It "just happened" that we were not too far from their apartment so we went to Bloor St. and finally found a clinic that was open until 5 PM. We got her there by 4:15, but the doctor had just left to go home. We asked about another clinic and were told about one on St. Claire (close to our apartment). We hopped on a bus and arrived in time. After a long wait and a two-minute consultation, she had a prescription (the pharmacy stayed open to fill it) and was ready to catch a bus back to their apartment. Sister Hodgkin is an example of a great missionary. Even though she was not feeling well she talked to a girl on the bus, telling her about the church and inviting her to church on Sunday. At the clinic she talked to a lady who accepted the Book of Mormon with a promise to read it. She also left some pass-along cards to be handed out by the clinic. Her companion is Sister Hurst, a new missionary from Idaho. If you can't tell the "Greenie" she's in the green coat.
|Sister Wheeler, Sister Hurst, and Sister Hodgkin at the clinic|
Now here we are at Sunday, the last day of a busy week. We had the main session of stake conference this morning. Simone said she would meet us at the Ossington subway station at 9:00 AM to go to conference together (Tony had to work). We called just after 9:00 and she said she was behind schedule, but would get there as soon as possible. It ended up she had to work until about 3:00 AM and had little sleep, but she still met us at about 9:30. We were late for conference, but we found seats and were able to listen to the messages. Sister and Elder Scott were two of the speakers. We were a little worried when President Burns started talking about tithing. Simone, who has good English asked what it was. When I said "Dizimo" she said that she understood and agreed that tithing was important. Adla, who speaks very little English passed by and asked about translation into Portuguese. I was able to get some headphone receivers for her and her mother. While I was looking for them I saw Marcia in the foyer with her son. I also got some headphones for her. That means that two of our new investigators attended stake conference.
|Simone and Sister Wheeler waiting for the subway|
|Julieta and Cesar Dimacale|