Sunday, December 25, 2016

Don't Cry Because It's Over......

Smile Because It Happened.

Christmas Day ~ 
We met with President Bryan Zaccardi, our Stake President. 
He released us as full-time missionaries for 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)

This is our plaque that hung on the wall of the Stake offices in the church in Billings Montana 
for the duration of our mission. 

It is a beautiful plaque. Lisa Dickson took our picture at the Halifax Temple that is on the plaque. 
We currently have it in the shop having the August 2016 changed to December 2016. 

These are our Certificates of Release as Ordinance Workers from the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple,  signed by our temple presidency. 
Presidents Veinot, Drennan and Green. 
We only worked with the Veinot's, Drennan's and Green's regularly for a short time, 
but we surely came to love them.

Our certificates of release from the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple Mission. 
These were signed by President Roy A. Fox. 
He was our President for 20 of the 21 months of our mission. 

The presidency we served most of our mission with:
Roy and Amy Bush (1st Counselor & Assistant Matron)
Roy and Hilda Fox (President and Matron)
Darrell and Charlotte Nelson (2nd Counselor & Assistant Matron)

The Temple Presidency and the Missionaries we were privileged to serve with. 
Elder & Sister Lamoreaux
Elder & Sister Linford 
President & Sister Bush
President & Sister Fox
President & Sister Nelson
Elder & Sister Pitt

The Ladies
Peggy Lamoreaux, Brenda Linford, Amy Bush, Hilda Fox, Charlotte Nelson, Sidney Pitt

The Gents
Ron Linford, Roy Bush, Roy Fox, Laurence Pitt, Darrell Nelson, Bob Lamoreaux

Those that hung out in the office most often......
Roy Bush, Roy Fox, Darrell Nelson, Laurence Pitt

The Leaders we would follow anywhere.....
cuz we know they would always be following the Lord. 
President Roy Bush, President Roy Fox, President Darrell Nelson

This has truly been an amazing experience for us! 
Our gratitude to Our Father in Heaven is deep. 
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to serve Him in His Holy House. 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church on the earth today. 
This last 21 months has made that clearer and clearer to both of us on a daily basis. 
We have been so blessed to be able to serve in the Maritimes. 
The people there are incredible!!
This is my (Sidney) second mission. 
I have been allowed to serve in the best mission in the world each time. 
The people in the Maritimes and the people in the Republic of Ireland 
are the friendliest, kindest people you'll ever meet. 
I almost hesitate to apply for another mission thinking
 I can't continue to get the very best missions each time!! 
What about all the other missionaries who miss out??
However, we'll see what the Lord has in store for us!!

For those curious about our next adventure....
We'll be moving to Nauvoo, Illinois. 
We are excited to make that move. 
We have a lot of work to do on our home there and 
we are excited to become members of the community. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Leaving PEI

Taking the ferry from Wood Islands, PE to Caribou, NS

We took the ferry from Wood Islands to Caribou. 
It's about a 75 minute ride. 
I loved it!! 

Wood Islands Lighthouse, it's right across the harbour from where we boarded the ferry. 

More Comorants, (I think). 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Prince Edward Island

Sunrise at East Point Lighthouse

Early one morning I left the hotel room and went in search of the sunrise.
(One of the perks of being a senior missionary!!) 
I wasn't disappointed. 

I reached the "End of the World"

The East Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1866. 
It was the last lighthouse erected before the island joined the Confederation in 1873. 
It is 64' high. 
Unfortunately I was there too early to be able to tour the lighthouse.  

Then I reached the start of the world. 
Kind of did it backwards. haha!!

PEI has beautiful red sand beaches and soil. 

The reason the paint job looks so ratty, 
is because just the day before they sand-blasted it to prepare for repainting.

North Lake 


Lobster Traps
They'll all be gone when lobster season hits!

These sort of look like potato plants.... nope!
They are seaweed that has attached itself to rocks.
Most of them are pretty heavy. The strength and force of the ocean is so incredible!

While I'm sure this guy is technically not a 'sea gull".
Whatever he is, he's the biggest sea gull I've ever seen!!

I believe that these are all comorants, except for the obvious sea gulls.
If they are not, I'm hoping someone will correct me.

Panmure Head Lighthouse