I'm glad you liked the pictures! I'm sorry the darn email provider wouldn't work, but it's all good. I can't believe it's going to be 18 months on Saturday, either! It really is moving pretty fast now, but the transition from 17 months to 18 months has been a long one for me. It seems like it took up twice the amount of time. But no worries! Who's counting anyway? (;D)
To commemorate the 18 month mark, we usually burn a pair of pants. However, President banned any of that from happening in the mission as a request from Elder Martino. Apparently that is a tradition in the mission field that they are really trying to stop. My guess is that some missionaries went overboard with it and made it something blasphemous ;) It only takes one wiener to ruin it for everyone. But the point is that my clothing is safe! I won't be burning anything anymore. Although I am glad that I got to burn a shirt before the ban came out. That was sweet.
The weather is really amazing up here right now. It's supposed to be 17 degrees on Friday!!! That's like.... 60 Fahrenheit! I'm so excited. This is pretty unheard of weather for February in Calgary.
Also, everything is starting to spice up in Calgary. That Saudi Minister announced in Texas that they were going to just ride the low price oil until the high end producers got out of the market, and now everyone in Calgary is going nuts because that is legitimately Calgary's only economic strength. Our ward mission leader is a doctor (so he'll be largely unaffected for a few years until Canada switches his physician salary) and he said that Calgary is about to take a hit. The dollar is going to tank SO hard here. It's going to be great for Americans with all of our American money up here ;) But I guess sad for the Calgarians... But it really is illogical for Calgary. I'm wondering why they put all of their eggs into one basket. But hey! This is great news for missionaries because there are about to be a lot of extremely humble people. I don't know if you remember where I served before Woodbine, but it was in the south east part of Calgary, and Brother Larsen (Ward Mission Leader) says that that part of the city will probably get hit the hardest. Which is honestly really good for us because no one down there would listen to us before. Anyway, there's my Calgary Political news, haha.
As for mission news, there isn't a whole lot that is new. We have some exciting things coming up though. We're projecting that we might break the record for the amount of baptisms had in the mission in one week! Which will be awesome. It will be interesting to see if we as a mission can work hard enough to boost it. In January, we doubled the missions average baptisms. Hopefully we can keep that up. Other than that we are just trying to find even more people to teach! We did really well this last week. We have 4 people on date for baptism in our area, and we found 3 new investigators last week. It was awesome. We're working with two little native girls and they are really having a blast. We had the first lesson last night and it was like herding cats. But it was way fun at the same time. Little Tiffany and Leslie Crane. They are so awesome. Hopefully as we teach them we can help their Grandpa and Grandma come back to church as well. We've been really working hard out on the reservation. It's really come to the point where we just need to serve them out there. Elder Christensen and I are planning on getting the number for the Tsuu'Tina Council and we are going to ask them if there is any service that we could do for them. Our vision for the reservation is that we want everyone to know us. Not just the members, but everyone. We want them to be happy to see us and know that we're good. That way we're just acting like Ammon and feeding the kings horses :)
Anyway, I hope everything is going well back home! Good stuff is happening and I'm loving every minute! Elder Christensen is a stud and I'm glad to have him! Life is good!