Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Now Thank We All Our God

Now thank we all our God
With hearts and hands and voices,

We love the missionaries with all our hearts.

Joyous reunion with Sisters Gochnour and Turner--and Skinny Pop

Surprise visit from Sisters Lewis and Vera. One of the perks of working at the office.

Many hands serve in many ways. We enjoyed a group of Saints from St. John's NFLD who came to serve in the temple. Our tech missionaries, Elders Bodine and Fortier, worked hard to help film and design our new senior missionary brochure. (If anyone is looking for the best place on earth to serve as a senior couple,this is it.)
Our tech "Smarties," Elders Bodine & Fortier

President and Sister Leavitt hosted a farewell dinner for the Shields and the Calls. Both couples have served well and blessed the wards in their areas. We also did the filming for the senior brochure videos that night.

We will sure miss "fiddling" around with Elder and Sister Call. We have shared many adventures and beautiful spots as we have toured the mission doing concerts. Bravo for their great work.

We used our voices in the missionary choir and ward choir at stake conference. Sister H. leads the ward choir and Elder H. speaks to the saints in NFLD about once a month via Skype.

Enjoyed the voices of some of our ward members at a Celtic concert. Plaid ruled the day and the the choir and audience loved sharing favorite music.

Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom his earth rejoices;

It was a wondrous thing to use technology to witness Caden's baptism. Another wondrous thing was the Canada-wide stake conference broadcast the next day. 

It was also wondrous to have Elder & Sister Snow visit our mission. We were inspired by their training and messages and warmed by their genuine goodness. It was a blessing to have an interview with Elder Snow and to enjoy dinner with them at the Mission Home.

Who, from our mothers' arms,
Hath blessed us on our way

Our mission mom, Sister Leavitt, loves and blesses all the missionaries, including us.

Sister Leavitt does lots of hosting and always sets a beautiful table. She is also an excellent piano student.

With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.

The beauty right outside our window is a gift of love.

Many Titanic victims gave their lives as a gift of love to save others.
Friends, such as Elder & Sister Thatcher are a gift of love.

Our friends, Elder & Sister Wiebe, share their gifts with love. 

The office couples enjoy a gift of love serving together and socializing. These photos show our supper date for wonderful fish at Masstown Market. President and Sister Leavitt were out of town, but they stopped later in the week and enjoyed it.

Oh, may our bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts
And blessed peace to cheer us,
And keep us in his love,
And guide us day and night,
And free us from all ills,
Protect us by his might. 

We are grateful for the most wondrous gift, the Atonement of our Savior. We know he keeps all of us in His love and guides us and protects us.