Monday, 20 November 2017

November 20, 2017  - I ate Lutefisk

Transfer week was here and gone and I didn't even know it right?! :)
Lutefisk, well it is a big thing here this time of year. We were at a member’s house and they fed it to us just in case one of us got transferred so we could say that we have tried it before we left. It was just jelly like jello texture but it tasted like fish.... ya 
(For those who don’t know Lutefisk or lutfisk is a traditional dish of some Nordic countries. It is traditionally part of the Norwegian julebord and Swedish julbord. It is made from aged stockfish or dried/salted whitefish and lye. It is gelatinous in texture)
Well not a whole lot happen to talk about this week! 
We got to help out with the Bergland craft sale on Saturday! It was a lot of fun we were in the canteen! And I got to flip burgers so it was pretty easy.  They had about 21 tables and that is the biggest one yet! It was fun to see the community come out and let them see us here, and then we come knocking on their door right!  
We got to paint for a member this week to which was a lot of fun! Ya
I hope you have a great week and look for miracles around you  they are there. 
Sister Russell
p.s. watch the Light the World video on Friday!!!! It will be amazing!!!!

it is hunting season can't you tell!!!!

Walking to save K`s :)

Monday, 13 November 2017

November 13, 2017: Hello! 

It is transfer email today! AND my whole district is staying the same how often does that happen?! Like never!
So I am going to be with Sister Thomson another transfer! I am excited I just love this time of year! 
Well this week has been good but went by so quick.... 
We had a Family home evening with Barb and Derek! It was so much fun! We played a game where you cannot say the word you are describing and the person that is trying to guess can only ask questions trying to figure out the word or the saying! 
We got the last of our wood so we should be good for all winter! 
There is just so much to write about we have found 3 new investigators this week which is great! 
And we had 20 people at church yesterday including us missionaries!
We had a Branch book of Mormon read that we have every Sunday night and we were in Mosiah 3 and 4! It has been a good week! And I am excited for the next one!
Love ya!
Sister Russell

District photo
Sister Thomson and I 
Landscape this is Rainy River.... notice all the houses

Monday, 6 November 2017

Monday November 6th, 2017 – chinchillas

Hello I don't have a lot of time today! But it was a good week!
We drove to Winnipeg on Monday
Tuesday we had zone conference and it lasted most of the day and we got to Talk a little bit about light the world! Which I am so excited about that again. We also got told that our mission is going to get smart phones which is a really weird thought. Well we were not allowed to go out on Halloween night so we ordered pizza and had a little party while updating our area books and eating! It was a lot of fun! 
Wednesday I went on Exchanges with Sister Jimenez and had supper at a member house and they have chinchillas! It was really cool! It was nice being on exchanges too! 
When we came back there was a fair bit of snow here and ice is forming. 
We got to have a Family home evening with Selena and her family which was a lot of fun! 
Well I love ya! And hope you have a great week and look for miracles in this winter season! 
Sister Russell

Who was I for Halloween any guess? :)

Monday, 30 October 2017

October 30, 2017 – 2 Holes in My Boots
Well, we got the first snow of the season which was a blizzard....
I found out that one pair of my boot have holes in them.... I guess I will have to wear them when it is dry out....
Wednesday- Well in the cabin that we live in it heats with wood and there is a church member that said we could have 2 cords of her wood because she wasn't going to use it and wanted to give it to us. Well she said that we needed to get it before the snow came so we called one of the members and ask if he would help us and we could load it into his truck and he was more than willing to help us. And even brought a trailer so we could load in the trailer and the back of his truck so it was the three of us doing it because it was going to snow the next day and the other members could not help us until evening and it would be to dark at that time so we loaded it and then we followed him to our place to unload and we were making good time, we even thought we could get the last of the wood unloaded before it got dark well as he was driving out his truck stalled just like my car did a few years ago so he called one of the members to tow him home and so that was very eventful but it was a miracle that it did not break down on the high way and that we were able to get the wood unloaded before it got rained and snow on.
Sunday- Well at church we kinda ran the show well sort of any ways. We got asked on Thursday night if we could both speak and give a musical number as well at sacrament meeting. So we did that,  I spoke on Elder M. Russell Ballards from this conference this trek continues or something like and Faith in every footstep from him in October 1996 talk it is really interesting you should read them! We got a call that morning asking us if we could teach youth Sunday school so we did that. Then we ended up teaching primary for the last hour of church. So it was really busy but it was good!
Well I am going to Winnipeg today! We have zone conference tomorrow but since we cannot proselyte on Halloween night we have to stay another day for exchanges so we will get back out here on Thursday! Sister Thomson drives in this area because she was here first and that is usually how it goes unless the other person can’t drive. You asked about the Flu shots and usually the church heath nurse is the one that pushes it but she has not yet I will try and get a shot from a health clinic....
I hope you will have a great week and look for them miracles around you!
Sister Russell
Sister Thomson in the snow
A swan that was in the middle of the road and it was dying so we moved it to the side so no one run it over 
The blizzard

Ether 12:4 

 Hope is the anchor of the soul

Monday, 23 October 2017

October 23rd, 2017 – Indian Summer

Funny moment of the week! Well we went to one of our investigators houses and we invited him to church on Sunday and he said that he was going to go fishing instead so Sister Thomson and I decided to give him a break for a while before we go back and teach him again. Well anyway we went with a member visiting teaching and the house we end up at was the same guy. We had talked to him less than 30 minutes before and he is the one that answered the door of course but luckily the member that was with us did the talking asking if the person lived there, yah.. You got to love a home with so many different people living in the same house :)

In my studies I found a great verse on Charity and how important it is to have it! It is in 2 Nephi 26: 30 wherefore, the Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have charity, which charity is love.  And except they should have charity they were nothing.  Wherefore, if they should have charity they would not suffer the laborer in Zion to perish.(Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 26:30)   It is so true!!!!

We got an text from Elder Smith at 6:33 in the morning and said Sisters when is the next time you are coming in to Winnipeg and we respond October 30 and he said can you go into Baudette TODAY
and so we made an appointment so we took our car in the that day and because Baudette is in the states we walked back to Rainy River Ontario, over the bridge to make it to Canada, we had a 10 minute lesson with one of our investigators there and then walked back to the states to pick up our car it only took like an hour to walk from the car shop to the investigators house and then we had to walk back in the wind but somehow we did it faster  because we were running late. So that was another adventure of the week!
Well I hope you have a great week!
Sister Russell

Ether 12:4 
 ​ ​ 
 Hope is the anchor of the soul

Monday, 16 October 2017

October 16, 2017 – Berglund Branch

Monday- well we had supper at the Rencher`s and had a thanksgiving feast. Then we stopped by had a lesson with Millie! It was a great thanksgiving! There is just so much to be thankful for!
Tuesday- We had district meeting over skype we got most of it and it only cut out a few times! It is a true blessing to have technology to be able to do that sort of thing! We went to Rainy River and visited with some of our investigators there. And we got to help Selena and one of her daughters make a scripture box for her scriptures. we had Supper with Mary! Then we went up to the reserve got to be part of a sharing circle up there it was really cool to learn more about their culture!

Well we talked to a guy on the reserves but he told us to come back tomorrow so we did with fellowship We taught him and he even turned down the volume of the baseball game and we left him with the book of Mormon but he said it was to small so we told him that we have reading glasses in our car but we didn’t drive our car up. so the next day we were up and we gave him the glasses he put them on first thing and then as we were walking away I saw that he had already grabbed his book of Mormon and started reading that was the tender mercy moment of this week. Like what are the odds we have reading glass in our car right?! 

My companion is Sister Thomson from Ottawa, Her brother Kevin used to be Chris’s roommate in Lethbridge.  He served in Claresholm for 7 days while he was waiting for his missionary visa to come through and had supper at our house once.  So Kevin Thomson is Sister Thomson younger brother isn't that cool!!!!

Sorry I ran out of time to finish the email! All and All it has been a great week!

Sister Russell

Our cabin with a wood stove, I've now learned to make a fire 
What are these used for? 

Monday, 9 October 2017

October 9th, 2017 What I am Thankful for.,. Being back in Bergland

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
Wow this has been an eventful week to say the least!
Monday- We helped someone clean her home and then she fed us supper :) Then I went over to Sister Varey`s and so I could say good bye to her. I am really going to miss her and Gateway I have really grown to love it!
Tuesday- I said goodbye to Peggy and then Sister Patac had a meeting at the mission office so I got to be an office missionary for an hour or two that was nice :) Then after we had to move. So we shoved as much stuff as we could into both our vehicle and the other missionaries. We had help from both the London elders and sisters and the gateway elders and we did a few trips....It was a very interesting move to say the least ;) 
Wednesday- We had district meeting and then we went to the Griffiths and raked leaves! It was so much fun. It was Sister Patac`s first time raking leaves! Then we cleaned the old apartment and then we went to the ward correlation meeting. After that I started packing...
Thursday- We had apartment inspections. Then we went over so I could visit Sister Antonio before I left and she made us  lunch. The we headed to the church for transfers.... And I got to go to Bergland!!! It is great to be back and we now have a different place to live. So now we are staying at a cabin it is beautiful!!!! We are right on the lake it is so pretty we have one of those wood stove heater things that Uncle Donald and Aunt Vicki have so I get to build fires and I will be cutting wood soon. It feels like I’m camping! MY companion sister Thompson is from Ottawa! 
Friday- Weekly planning and we got to do some stop bys!!!! Had supper at the Fisks !
Saturday- We did some more stop by did some tracting. We saw a guy with a gun so we went to a different street. Then we got to teach a guy named Jorty! He is great we met him that day and we got a member with us in the evening to teach him!
Sunday-We had church and there was a lot of people there we had 29 people so it was a lot (must have been because of thanksgiving ) Then we got a member with us and we had a lesson with a guy named Braden and had a book of Mormon read with him. Did some more tracting and then had supper at the Larson a big thanksgiving feast!
I hope you all have had a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!
Sister Russell
Ether 12:4 
 Hope is the anchor of the soul