A Love Of Recycling

A bit of trivia–Atlantic Canada has a very elaborate garbage recycling system.  The first time we came across it was at Tim Hortons (an iconic sandwich chain) on the night we flew into Halifax.  It took 5 minutes to throw out the trash.  Some of our missionaries have served out their entire mission without quite conquering the system.

We came across a typical example of this system at one of our own chapels.

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JOURNEY TO NEWFOUNDLAND (Zone Conference #3)

We arrived in balmy Newfoundland at 3 a.m. due to a delayed flight.  Had a fantastic zone conference at the Hotel Gander with the faithful missionaries of Newfoundland.  We were all a bit tired from our travels, but still managed to enjoy our time together and feed our spirits (and bellies) with a warm lunch provided by the hotel.

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A WARM WELCOME.

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THE GIBB EYEBROW!

Nova Scotia Zone Conference (Day 2 of Mission Tour)

Met in our lovely Dartmouth Chapel next door to the temple.  There was a great spirit of unity at the conference.  We had a wonderful lunch prepared by the Cole Harbor Ward.  In appreciation of this kind act of service, the missionaries sang “We’ll Bring The World His Truth” for the Cole Harbor R.S. Sisters.  It felt like we were standing among a portion of God’s Army!

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DARTMOUTH CHAPEL

View of the temple from the Dartmouth Chapel.

VIEW OF TEMPLE FROM DARTMOUTH CHAPEL DOORS

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Nova Scotia Zone Conference Group Shot

Nova Scotia Zone Conference Group Shot

Nova Scotia Zone Conference With Sisters' Doing 5BX Moves

Nova Scotia Zone Conference With Sisters Doing 5BX Moves

One chapter ends and another begins…

Pratt's & Leavitt's

President & Sister Pratt arrived last night to the Canada Halifax mission. President & Sister Leavitt picked them up at the airport and drove them to the mission home, where they will be living for the next three years. This morning they came to the mission office with the Leavitts and with mixed emotions we said good bye to President & Sister Leavitt and welcomed President & Sister Pratt. It was a rare picture moment for the first 25 minutes as we, Elder & Sister Stewart, Elder & Sister Harding, Elder Erickson and Dudley, all danced in and out of photos so that we could create fond memories to treasure of the friendships we  had formed and the ones to be formed.

After the Leavitts left for the airport we sat down as a group with President & Sister Pratt and had a wonderful lunch filled with moments of laughter and getting to know one another. It was a wonderful beginning to another chapter of the Canada Halifax Mission.

President and Sister Pratt

150 Canada Halifax Mission

James Ray Pratt, 56, and Debra Susan Moss Pratt are both Utah natives. President Pratt is from Springville, Utah and Sister Pratt is from Bountiful, Utah. They moved to Florida about 30 years ago, They are in the Winter Park Ward in Orlando Florida.

They have 4 kids and 4 grand baby girls. Pres. Pratt served as a mission presidency counselor and is a former stake president, bishop, ward Young Men adviser, and missionary in the Belgium Brussels Mission. He was an attorney at Burr & Forman LLP (Orlando managing partner).

Sister Pratt is a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, stake Young Women secretary, ward Relief Society president, ward Primary presidency counselor, and public affairs specialist.

Legacy of President & Sister Leavitt July 2012- July 2015

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President Brian Leavitt began his service as mission president on July 1, 2012. President Leavitt had a vision for the Canada Halifax Mission and he implemented  many an idea to accomplish this goal.

Some of the ways he inspired the missionaries were:

 

* The “Back To Basics Binder” – This binder was created to help missionaries be their best. It included ways to grow and improve, exercise, a 12-week program (for new missionaries), adjusting to missionary life and working with ward members.

* Facebook – President Leavitt was a huge FB fan and he created many a FB page to help us as missionaries reach out to members, less-active members, prospective members and each other. He created the CHM secret group page — In this group page he included daily thoughts and videos to help inspire us in our daily work and weekly district meetings. He also created the Mormons in Atlantic Canada, where he posted many pictures, stories and updates on the missionaries.

* President Leavitt was a very visible mission president. He attended many a scattered sacrament meeting, gave many sacrament talks and taught many gospel essential classes. He made a point of getting to know those members and leaders he served. He also made time to visit and interview all of the missionaries he was responsible for and never missed a beat even when some of those visits required him getting back at 1 am and driving in a blizzard. He flew thousands of miles and drove thousands of kilometres.

* President Leavitt was also very big on healthy missionaries, feeling that their health has a large relationship with their being happy and productive missionaries. He implemented an exercise program called the 5BX to be part of the daily missionary morning routine. Many a zone conference included missionaries having fun with demonstrating their 5BX ability. And he also started the AB AB WheelWheel Challenge and had a plaque displayed on the accomplishments of this challenge. This exercise program resulted in many complaints from people living below missionary apartments, which then resulted in the mission moving as many missionaries as possible to first floor apartments.

– President Leavitt wanted the missionaries to catch the vision of missionary work and he often quoted Proverbs 29:18  “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” and Hastening Ourselves in the Work of Salvation. He then shared with us The Canada Halifax Vision: “Members, Leaders and Missionaries actively working in a balanced and unified way to establish the church and hasten the work of salvation.” It was repeated daily and at every district/zone conference to remind each of us of our divine purpose and how it could be accomplished.

*President Leavitt was noted for his many quotes, including this from Joseph Smith: “You might as well baptize a bag of sand as a man, if not done in view of the remission of sins and getting of the Holy Ghost.”

— A negative mind will never give you a positive life.

— This thought from President Thomas S Monson, “Vision without effort is daydreaming; effort without vision is drudgery; but vision, coupled with effort, will obtain the prize.”

— The importance of a principle based missionary verses a rule based missionary.

— Follow Up, Follow Up, Follow Up

— I am convinced that those who can find on a consistent basis are using a balanced approach consistently.

Sister Leavitt was just as amazing as was her husband. She has  mothered hundreds of missionaries through physical problems, through emotional problems and through the countless meals she prepared in the mission home as missionaries constantly came and went. People used to say about Ginger Rogers, she did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and wearing heels. Sister Leavitt may not have danced backwards in heels, but almost everywhere President Leavitt was, there was Sister Leavitt supporting him. And sometimes there were places she was that he wasn’t, moving the work of the Canada Halifax Mission forward with full purpose and full heart. Bless her heart, and his. We of the Canada Halifax Mission will be ever grateful to the Leavitts.