The clock is ticking. Thus far, we’ve received NO word that a replacement set of senior missionaries are called and will arrive before we leave. Elder and Sister Kunkel will be here until mid-August, so there should be at least one couple arriving in the summer.
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We were blessed to start out APRIL by visiting SPRING-time in OREGON for four days. In this corner of AB/SK the first week of April, it was Easter Break for students/teachers so our service opportunities were on hold in the schools.
Worldwide General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was held Easter Weekend with many new beginnings announced.
- Membership of the Church had the opportunity to sustain our new prophet, seer and revelatory, President Russell M. Nelson.
- Members will now love, support and care for one another under a program called, “Ministering”, as we attempt to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
- Adult/Melchizedek Priesthood Quorums (Elder and High Priests) in the wards and branches of the church will be combined.
- Seven new LDS temples were announced across the world including temples for India and Russia bringing the blessing of temple attendance nearer for the growing church membership.
CANADA EDMONTON MISSION (CEM) – ZONE CONFERENCE
Again we were blessed… since our missionary Zone Conference was held on Wednesday April 4th at 10am in Edmonton. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the young missionaries and be taught by President and Sister Pattison followed by a brief stop at the CEM Office to visit with Elder and Sister Burnett and Elder and Sister Kerr, senior missionaries who help keep our CEM running! We found this posting on the wall and learned that Sister Baxter was being transferred and Sister Gehring joining the missionaries serving in Lloydminster and with the FIELDS organization.
We left Zone conference. We then drove to find a parking stall for our vehicle and took a shuttle to the Edmonton Airport. We flew (using our and our daughter’s air miles) to Seattle/Medford Oregon to enjoy four wonderful “Spring” days, visit the temple and spend time with the Berry Family: Jason (son-in-law), Leah (our daughter), and grandsons Logan and Rowan.
Here are our accommodations in the “Master” bedroom; look out the window and see an apple orchard and doves walking the fence line.
Grandson Logan Berry invited Grandpa Sam McCollum to be his Escort for his first visit to the temple. Logan has been called to serve in the Ecuador Guayaquil West Mission – Spanish Speaking.
The opportunity to enjoy “Spring” was an added blessing of our time in Oregon. GREEN grassland FUN!
EAGLEVIEW COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL – ONION LAKE CREE NATION SK
We were soon back at our mission service sharing FIRST FLIGHT Challenge program with High School students at ECHS, .
JUBILEE NURSING HOME – Visits with Brother Henry Hudy
While having a short tour of the nursing home where Henry lives, we discovered an amazing mural in the dining room. It tells the story of the community around Lloydminster where most residents lived before moving to the Jubilee: the farms, the small towns, the oil rigs, the grain elevators, the storage tanks for the heavy oil.
When Henry’s wife June celebrated her birthday, she drove in from Paradise Hill and four of us gathered in Henry’s room to sing for June and share a birthday cake.
KIHEW CREE IMMERSION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – ONION LAKE CREE NATION
Sam and Jeannine worked with Anne S. to review her key accomplishment resume. Anne is a lovely spiritual First Nations woman, who is raising two preschool age grandchildren, like many grandmothers at OLCN. While at the Adult Upgrading class, we went into the gym to enjoy a morning assembly of the Cree Immersion Elementary School also housed at Kihew School. While drummer Waskewitch sang and beat a rhythm on his drum, the children sang along with him and danced traditional First Nation steps. Near the end of the dancing and singing, the children and teachers formed a circle and invited us to join them in a round dance before the children danced their way back to their classrooms.
VISIT TO PARADISE HILL, SASKATCHEWAN
The three young sister missionaries spent their day tutoring in the Adult Upgrading classroom. Sometimes we drive them in our vehicle to save their limited kilometres on their mission vehicle. On the way back to the city from Onion Lake, we headed East into Saskatchewan to show them the little village of Paradise Hill. LDS Church members that live in this village, attend church in the LDS Lloydminster Branch.
Stop #1 Red River Wagon This village was one of the stops along the pioneer Carlton Trail between Winnipeg and Edmonton. Many of the travellers used Red River carts, named after a river valley in Manitoba. L to R: Sister Machado (Texas), Sister Goehring (Texas) and Sister Jones (Utah) enjoyed the photo opportunity.
Stop #2 Paradise Grocers This shop owners are Peter & Miran Choi, a Korean couple who are LDS Church Members. The young sister missionaries were pleased to see that Brother Choi offered copies of the Book of Mormon in English and Korean in his shop.
Stop #3 Paradise Hill Restaurant This local spot serves lunch and dinner; it is owned by Changsik and Meehee Youn, also a Korean couple who attend the LDS church. Their two sons, Jimmy (Chimin) and Jason (Chinha) attend the local high school; the boys are ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood and pass the Sacrament to the congregation each Sunday. Both boys are accomplished pianists. (Below in the blog, read about the music concert where they performed and we attended.)
Stop #4 Seniors Complex The five of us visited with June Hudy, the wife of Henry who lives in the Jubilee Nursing Home in Lloydminster. It was an opportunity for the young sisters to get to know June; she shared how she was introduced to the church over 40 years ago through a work friend. When she opened a business in Claresholn AB, it was beside an accounting office; the accountant asked her if she would answer his phone in exchange for his doing her company books. The first time she answered his office phone, the person on the line said, “Is the Bishop there?” June replied, “You’ve got the wrong number.” (Her only experience with “bishops” was with either the Catholic and Anglican churches). The caller said, ” I’ve got the correct number. I’m calling for George. Is he there?” June came to find out the accountant was also Bishop of the local congregation of the LDS Church. June and her children also made friends with a neighbourhood family. These children invited June’s children to go to “Primary” held at their Church after school once a week. Long story short, June and her two children started regularly attending the LDS Church and a few months later were baptized. After an interesting visit, we made the 45 minute drive to Lloydminster.
FIRST FLIGHT: We have created business-card sized cards for each of the 8 Challenges to give to participants. It is our hope that these weekly reminders will assist participants in pondering each challenge and preparing to share their thoughts at the following class concerning the Assignment given at the end of each presentation.
NOTE EMAILED TO GRANDDAUGHTER NYAH in UK:
Elder and Sister McCollum have missed the opportunities they enjoyed at BYUH to attend free or reasonably priced plays and concerts. The local college in Lloydminster has a lot of concerts but the cost is usually pricey. When we heard that two of the young men from the Lloydminster LDS Church would be performing at the local Music Festival, we decided to attend. The Kiwanis Music Festival movement consists of regional music competitions, named after the Kiwanis service clubs which generally support the events. Typically, musicians are given the opportunity to perform and compete for scholarships. The competition in Lloydminster was held at the United Church on main street.
Thayer, who starts his days drinking chocolate milk and blasting indie rock, works part time operating mechanical-drawing software for aircraft parts. He came in to do the project and still had time for homework…..After the longest stretch of continuous job creation on record—more than seven years—the U.S. faces its most severe worker shortage in the past two decades. College-bound Thayer, who first did odd jobs such as cutting grass at Avionics, said he likes knowing his skills can help pay for higher education, and “I’ve never had to work fast food. Mr. Stooksbury, Avionics’ owner, said the teen has been “highly integral” to the company. “It’s the right time for people like Thayer.”