Tuesday was the last day of January. We wondered what we accomplished; then we reminded ourselves that the goal for January was to "get to know the territory". We have visited all of the villages in the branch and found where most of the members live. We have also been to Kingston, Belleville, Brighton, and Cobourg. We are settled with the bank, pharmacy, and know where to find gluten-free food in the stores. We have been invited to dinner with several of the members of the branch and even been home teaching. We decided that January wasn't a waste after all. Now what about February? We decided to use Tuesday as a planning day to compile all the information we have gathered into our white notebook so we are ready to establish our missionary focus during February. Why does all of this take so long? We needed a break so we walked downtown to the post office, pharmacy, and library.
|Two friendly snow people on our morning walk|
|A quaint building along the river is for sale or rent|
|War memorial beside the Trent River|
|A presentation in our district meeting by Elder Stubbs (from Alberta)|
|Hungry missionaries at East Side Marios|
|Meyer's Sawmill in Bellville, ON|
We had two scheduled appointments for Friday :-) As mentioned earlier, Molly and her mother had forgotten. We did visit Ezmarelda and her father Michael, however. She was full of enthusiasm. Sister Wheeler visited with her, including playing a game of "Connect Four", having a tour of the house, playing with legos, and listening to her play the piano while Elder Wheeler talked to her father (about so many wild topics he couldn't keep track of them). We invited them to church. Since we were in the "neighborhood" we decided to go on to Peterborough, the town to the northwest of us. We were able to find some items in the stores that we had expected we would need to get in Toronto. On the way back we passed by two more mills, Hope sawmill and Lang Gristmill (associated with a pioneer village - which was closed).
|Frozen pond at Lang Mill|
|Sister Wheeler pointing to the white trail|
|Nap time on a park bench|
|The stone wall|
When we got back we received a couple of phone calls. The first was from the gospel doctrine teacher requesting a substitute for Sunday. The second was from the elder's quorum president requesting a substitute for the priesthood lesson. Since Sister Wheeler was substituting for the music she thought it was fair for Elder Wheeler to give both lessons. We are anticipating a total branch rebellion after having to hear two lessons in a row from Elder Wheeler (except for those who were away from church). It is good to be part of the branch and to help out in any way we can, however.
Well, this is the news from Trent Hills. Next week has some interesting things scheduled, but you will have to stay tuned to find out about them (just in case they fall through).