We had a busy December to conclude our work here for 2015. Our usual duties of visiting members and investigators continued. We also had responsibilities in the Branch during the week and on Sundays as well. In addition, we had a weekly meeting with the Elders and Sisters in our District, which generally required us to travel to Potsdam, NY, which is about 35 miles from Ogdensburg.
This month we also participated in a Zone Conference at the beginning of the month and we had a wonderful Mission-wide conference in the middle of the month. Then we concluded the month by hosting the Elders and Sisters in our District for Christmas Eve, which included a District Meeting, dinner, and some Christmas Caroling. It was a fun evening. Then on Christmas Day, we had the missionaries at our home for a big breakfast, gift exchange and gift openings. After that, we had a nice lunch and provided our computers so the Elders and Sisters could make their personal calls to their respective families.
We love the Elders and Sisters and feel blessed to associate with them. They are wonderful young people with deep faith and commitment to the Savior. While they have contact with their families via email and snail mail on a weekly basis, they only have the opportunity to talk to them on the phone or via Skype on Mothers’ Day and Christmas. Our capacity to help them with their calls was a privilege.
We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in Montreal. We were able to go to the temple, see a few sites and then have a wonderful dinner downtown. It's only a two hour drive from our place here in Ogdensburg so it seemed like a fun place to celebrate.
|Our Charlie Brown tree and the Missionaries|
|Jim in front of the Montreal Temple|
|Group outside on Christmas Eve - not as cold as last Christmas but windy|
|Our District Missionaries at Christmas|