|Decorated house on Ossington Ave.|
|Christmas tree at ward party|
|Christmas trees for sale|
|Our Christmas tree|
We needed a day to catch up on everything, especially on finances, so Monday we registered the car, went to the bank, mailed a bunch of letters, and got our institute lesson (as well as other things). Why does it take us so long to catch up on a lot of things the other missionaries don't even have to worry about?
Tuesday was zone conference (for 3 zones) in Oakville. We left early so we could get there in time through the snow (not a lot of it). We took the three Don Mills elders with us - Elder Johnson, Elder Bode (from Germany), and Elder Roy (who is from Brampton, but awaiting a Visa to serve in Las Vegas.
|Elders Johnson, Bode, and Roy|
|Safety sign on the subway|
|The terrific threesome|
|Sisters Cottam, Ence, and Camejo|
|Some missionaries know the answers|
We ended with a special Christmas program with music and a very insightful talk by Sister Scott.
Wednesday brought an organ workshop by Sister Wheeler at the Weston Ward. For the first time she is using her musical knowledge to help others. We had our next to last class for institute on Thursday. We are trying to determine what we should do for Christmas for the missionaries, our institute students, and members. This means trying to see what is available in the stores around. We went to see the PATH which consists of walkways connecting major buildings downtown that are underground. There are many stores on this underground path but because they are downtown and in the financial area they have things that are expensive.
We had ESL on Saturday morning (three students from Korea). We finally were able to contact Tony and Simone by going to the Gym where he works. We were told they are too busy for further visits. He is getting his business going and needs Sunday to do it. She is enjoying attending the Pentecostal church with a friend. They did say (with some hesitation) that they will continue to read the Book of Mormon. Maybe they will be ready some time in the future.
Saturday brought the Ward Christmas party. There was a big turnout with dinner and a special program. We did wish we could understand what they were saying. They seemed to do well, but we had no clue what was going on.
|Story from Mexico?|
|Your guess is as good as ours?|
|We got the nativity scene (with a real baby)|
|A praying mantis?|
|The musical missionary|
|Tree trimming time|
|The "straight and narrow" tree|
|Where's the beef?|
|So that's where Canadian milk comes from|
|Skating in Toronto|
Here is Bishop Ferreira working at his desk just prior to Ward Council. He asked if I caught his mistake on film.
Finally, here we are at the tri-zone conference.
|Still alive in the Canada Toronto Mission|