We have been so busy and are having such wonderful experiences. The Lord is showering us with many tender mercies. It is becoming more apparent that Heavenly Father really knew what He was doing when we were assigned to Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. And we thought it was because we wanted to go someplace cold. Could someone else do the same thing we are doing in Canada? Yes, for sure, eh. But the important thing is Heavenly Father knows us, Bruce and Robyn. He knew we could do it and that we would rise to the challenge and do our best.
Our prayers are being answered. Last week we found one occasion where we really felt that our prayers were being answered, but we don't know yet what to do with the answer. Sometimes it is like that. But other examples abound where we know we have been prepared for the task at hand.
On Sunday, we drove to Peace River to go to church in that Branch (small LDS unit of people). We called the Branch President so we could meet with him and talk about organizing YSA. We also had a list of names the Elders (male missionaries) had sent us. They had talked to some of the young single adults and felt there was interest. We called some of the names on the list and invited them to meet us after the block and talk about YSA. Two girls were waiting for us after Sacrament Meeting. The Branch President approached our group and told us he would meet us after the block and then welcomed the girls, saying he was glad to see them. They said, "Sister Brown invited us, so we came." I really do wish it was that easy, eh. It isn't, but it worked this time. The time was right and we were just instrumental in helping Heavenly Father's plan. We are excited to be helping the Peace River Branch. We have to drive, one way, 2.5 hours north, but if the weather holds out for a bit we can get YSA activities going. Our meeting after the block was with the Branch President, (like the minister), the President of the Elders Quorum (Priesthood men the age of young fathers), and the secretary from the Relief Society (all women over 18 in the congregation).
Elder Park and Elder Stephens, church building in Peace River
I believe in the tender mercies from our Heavenly Father. And He is keeping us safe. We had planned to leave at 7:30 am to be there by starting time of 10:00. (Some people drive 1-2 hours to get to church in Peace River.) We were ready a little bit earlier, but I didn't want to leave that early. So we waited. It was light, but the sun hadn't come over the horizon, yet. And it was overcast making the day gloomy and darker than it would usually be. As we left Grande Prairie County we came on an accident between a car and an elk, that had happened about 10 minutes before. That could have been us, and I've been there done that before. Everyone but the elk was OK. A mountie was on the scene. The tow truck had to still come. I'm thankful we didn't leave 10 minutes early.
This little lady was really agitated. We stopped because she wanted to cross the highway. She is running in both of these pictures, and just kept running around. We crept out of her way, then drove off.
As we came into town and crossed the bridge over the Peace River, we saw a mother and young moose right by the side of the road. We couldn't stop and take their picture.
On the way home we saw a bald eagle sitting in the top of tree in the river valley. It made him level with the road. We couldn't get a picture at that time either.
The rest of the ride home was uneventful. Most of the leaves on the trees have fallen. There were a few stands of the aspens in the pines that made a pretty contrast. We saw fields in different stages of harvest. We got into a bit of rain, just enough to make the car dirtier. It is hard to believe, but elder Brown doesn't worry about a muddy car here. It is part of the status quo. It gets washed on P-day and lasts maybe 6 hours.
Looks like castles on the prairie. Fall colors on the prairie.
More blogs will be coming. Love you all,
Sister Brown, Robyn, Mom and Grandma