Monday was spent in preparing lessons. The first lesson was a special lesson for Tony and Simone about Nephi's testimony of Jesus Christ (2 Nephi 25). The second was a lesson about the family and preparing for baptism for Marzia. The third was about body language for ESL. The fourth was a short lesson for our district meeting about planning. Finally we prepared a lesson about the Word of Wisdom for our institute class. We did take a quick break to the post office between lesson preparations.
|Toronto with the moon at sunrise|
We were asked to present a short portion of our Wednesday district meeting on planning (as if we knew how to plan). It ended up being about the use of planning to bring the spirit to let you know the needs of each individual we work with.
How did we get into the job of planning a party. The bishop wanted a ward party (everyone invited) centered around the Portuguese culture. This one ended up as a "Baile Brasil" (dance Brazil). We were going to pick up some of the supplies on Wednesday, but didn't have much time since we took Elder Woodruff to Unionville again for his PT treatment. We did have another party planning meeting in the evening which gave the opportunity for everyone to change their minds from what they had planned last Sunday.
|Pouring a new parking or garbage area at our apartment building|
Thursday was Thanksgiving Day in the United States. The senior couples decided to celebrate it with a traditional dinner in Brampton. Sister Wheeler made some gluten-free pumpkin pies and a veggie tray. Some of the Brampton missionaries were having a district meeting and decided to join us. We left about 4:30 pm to return to Toronto for our institute class. We had a lesson about the Word of Wisdom, which was perfect after overeating for Thanksgiving. We determined the "real" Thanksgiving comes from the "tender mercies" we receive from the Lord. Elder Wheeler forgot the camera, but we remembered he had his ipod-touch that could take pictures (even though the resolution was poor). Sister Wheeler forgot the gluten-free gravy mix, however, Sister Dodge made some gravy using corn starch in place of flour. As we were rushing off to institute class we couldn't find the small speakers that go with the laptop for video presentations. After looking all over we gave up and decided to skip that part of the lesson. As Sister Wheeler was saying the prayer prior to leaving our apartment she asked that we be able to find the speakers. At the end of the prayer, Elder Wheeler went right to the spot where the speakers were and we were able to use them for the lesson. We are very thankful for the "tender mercies" of the Lord.
|Sister Wheeler close to the gluten-free store in Brampton|
|Elder Martindale and Elder Carroll singing for their dinner|
|Elder Woodruff and Kelly fixing the stroganoff|
|Emily and Sister Wheeler looking at pictures|
|Elder Woodruff and Sidy eating on the floor|
|Elder Seabra finding his favorite scripture to share|
|Elizabeth and Sister Wheeler making feijoada|
|Elder Woodruff making his hot dog dish|
|Elder Woodruff adjusting the playlist on the laptop|
|Marzia talking to Bishop Ferreira|
|The Neves family: Eric, Valesca, and son|
|Luis singing Portuguese songs|
|Kimberly with two children|
|Adla and Sidy dancing the samba|
|What was this game again?|
|Elder de Moura accompanies Elder Germann's song|
|Marzia, Domingo, and Mateus with Elder Woodruff and us|