Thursday, 26 July 2012

Chinguacousy Park in Brampton

Chinguacousy Park is also very near our new apartment home.  It takes about three minutes by car, it is on the other side of the shopping center from our apartment.  In this lovely area are geese, ducks, walking paths, a small bunny hill for snowskiing on in the winter and music and carnivals etc in the summer.  I have had opportunity to go through the park during special events on two occasions and give out pass a long cards.  These pictures were taken on one evening Elder Stark and I spent there on date night. I was enthralled with the geese and watched them for over two hours, it seemed like hardly any time at all.  We were sitting on a bench and the family of geese were about six feet in front of us.                                                                                                                   
The two adult geese take turns being on the look-out for danger, as you can see there is always one watching while the other goes down for a bit of grass.  They look after their young carefully.
The gooslings in these two families of geese were a little older, as can be seen by their size

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Toronto-many brick homes-some flowers too

There used to be a brick factory near the first home we had in the country just outside of Brampton. the clay there is red, I guess perfect for making brick. That would likely explain the many many brick homes which we found when we drove through the Toronto area.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Other Senior Couples in the Mission

19 couples in the mission

We have a variety of Senior missionaries serving in the Canada Toronto Mission.  They serve as teachers of Institute classes, employment workers, Public Affairs, full time Temple workers, Mission Office workers and of course member and leadership support.  All are called by God and are invalualbe to the Mission Purpose, that of inviting others to come to God by having Faith in Christ, being baptized, recieving the spirit and enduring to the end.  Senior missionaries know a little bit about enduring to the end, as many have been serving the Lord for years.  This knowledge, experience and example can be of great benefit to many at what ever stage they may be at in their walk with the Lord.

Friday, 13 July 2012

We were able to get to Niagra Falls

We were able to get to Niagra Falls.
It was the first time for both of us.  We actually arrived there the morning after that person tight roped across the Falls.  We had seen the very large lighting systems and other stuff that had been set up for the event the night before being taken down while we were there.  It was better than the pictures I was able to take, but here are a few.

Over in the distance the water is falling over the edge.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Our New apartment in Brampton!

Yes, we live in a busy urban center, we have a mall one block from our homes and a freeway 1 minute from our home, isn't it unbelievable then that 5 minutes walk from our apartment door we have trails and a lake!! We've watched the geese grow up to now looking almost like the grown ones. It is an unbelievable place for a stress break I Love it!!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Elder Stark taking care of vehicles

Elder Stark has to take care of all of the vehicles, this includes doing inspections, he also during zone conferences ensures all of the fluids are topped up.  We certainly had some fun this summer doing vehicle inspections in plus 33 to plus 36 degree weather.  I wasn't complaining, it is better than in negative 33 degrees.   We have "black boxes" which the missionaries have to log in to when they drive, several of those kept falling off when the heat was extreme, the glue would soften, and then Elder Stark would have to go reinstall them.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

The Canada Toronto Mission Office

The Mission Office

Elder Stark is in charge of 80 vehicles, give or take-as he is also responsible for selling off the older ones, and at times the numbers can vary. The job is actually more demanding than it would seem.  The cars are tracked according to drivers, drivers ability, mileage, maintenance schedules etc.  As well as reconciliatin of each cars expenses eand month. The paperwork is ...well it definitely keeps him very busy.    He must also certify any missionary who is allowed to drive a mission vehicle, and that involves initial certification and ongoing monitoring and training.

When Sister Stark started she had to reorganize the entire storage area.  As time went along of course you can imagine that things can get a little out of order, so I thought it would make my job easier in the long run just to reorginize everything.  It was work, but it left me with the time to do other things.
Sister Stark is the Mission Nurse, that has involved a lot of extra work as the Mission had changed policies just as I was arriving, and I was assisting help the transition, as well as being involved in attemtpting to implement solutions.  Sister Stark also ensures that the mail gets to the missionaries, ensures that their supplies don't run out!  I take supply orders from the missionaries and order the supplies.  I also do the history books, and the monthly Newsletter,and referrals.
  Although we have been busy, we have been able to assist in some teaching and Elder Stark was able to Baptize an invesitgator for the first time as a missionary.  We have been both excited to be able to share our faith.  As we were new to our missionary work in the mission office we found it took a lot of time to get everything done. We hope to be able to do more teaching as often as time allows.  In the local ward where we attend we have duties and responsibilities there also.  Sister Stark has been blessed and challenged with playing piano during the Relief Society meeting.  Visiting teaching and Home teaching and being part of correlation Ward Council along with assisting with any other acts of service such as assisting in the prepararion of Baptismal servies etc.  In August we had Baptismal Serviecs three Sundays in a row.  These are of course all a pleasure to be a part of.  We love you all and hope that gives you all a bit of an idea why we may not have been contacting you all as much as we would love to.  We have been and are very busy.