Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Time is Far Spent

The time is far spent; there is little remaining
To publish glad tidings by sea and by land.
Then hasten, ye heralds; go forward proclaiming:
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven's at hand.

We now realize each day how little time is remaining to do all we have been called to do and want to do. Elder & Sister Wiebe flew home September 6 after 23 months of faithful service in the office.

Sister Wiebe has spearheaded ordering supplies and making memory books for each returning missionary. Elder Wiebe has done all the finances for all the missionaries and the mission. They will be missed!

Elder & Sister Ranglack left Sackville to serve in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Their loving service will still bless many.

In the little time remaining, we managed to see some of Laurie Rice's relatives at the Labour Day picnic with Dartmouth and Cole Harbour wards.

Gail Dietz-Sola and Linda Tremblay - two of the first members we met who became my visiting teachers.
A short conversation started an ongoing connection with Brandy Eele and her family as she has returned to church activity.

Many other ward members who enjoyed the sea and the land.  

JJ Choo,  my new friend and hair stylist.
Elder Hendrickson enjoying the land by the sea.

Tammy Macmichael and The Ehlers are families we home teach.

The amazing Bishop Quist who takes his duty of watching over the ward seriously.
Sister Brown demonstrating the game I'm going to copy that Brother Lawless made. 

We celebrated our anniversary by sea and by land at the Wooden Monkey by Aldernay Landing and later making it to Lunenberg to see Blue Nose II and enjoy a seafood dinner.
Shrink not from your duty, however unpleasant,
but follow the Savior, your pattern and friend.
Our little afflictions, tho painful at present,
Ere long with the righteous, in glory will end.

We find the members and missionaries in Dartmouth do NOT shrink from their duty, but follow the Savior in loving and serving everyone in our ward family and those who visit or investigate.

Thelma and Aubrey Fielden use their time remaining to follow the Savior by feeding the missionaries (every week for 61 years and counting), attending every temple session, doing family history research, and sharing the gospel and the Savior's love with everyone they meet. We loved our recent dinner appointment and visit with them.

It was only a little affliction to be here when our little angel, Sophie Veone Brown, was born on August 18, the day before Grandma Veone's birthday (and our anniversary). 
Be fixed in your purpose, for Satan will try you;
The weight of your calling he perfectly knows.
Your path may be thorny, but Jesus is nigh you;
His arm is sufficient, tho demons oppose.

Because those who served before us were fixed in their purpose, they didn't take time to upgrade this desk. 

The weight of our calling was made lighter by the addition of a new desk & chair. 

The missionaries are certainly fixed in their purpose as demonstrated in their tug of war contest. 

We hope to be fixed in our purpose and not allow Satan to slow down our efforts to serve and share the Gospel as we sprint to the finish. We know Jesus is nigh and His arm is sufficient to bless us in the time remaining. 

May you know that His arm is sufficient to carry you through all the journeys of life.


Elder & Sister Hendrickson