Saturday, July 1, 2017

Last wednesday we had a major wind storm. I thought it was a tornado,
but it wasn't really. It was really bad though. A lot of trees fell
down and people lost shingles. Some people actually lost their roofs.
It was crazy; one minute it was calm and we were knocking some doors,
then the next minute we were in the storm. We sprinted back to our car
and as we were running a big branch fell off one of the trees and
landed right next to a car on the other side of the road. We got in
our car and drove home. On the way there was a guy at a gas station
who was fighting to keep his signs off the road, and we got out and
helped him. Then we helped clear a tree off the road with the help of
a guy with a truck. It was hurricane force winds. Luckily we missed
the rain, but some parts like Red Deer lost power and they got it
worse than us.

Stephanie got baptized! I did the baptism and Elder Sepulcri confirmed
her. He said the first part in English, but he felt prompted to bless
her in Spanish. I tried my best to translate but Argentinos talk fast.
The baptism was great. It was a lot less dramatic than I thought, but
very peaceful. Stephanie got anxious with all the people, but it ended
up very good. Now she wants to go to the temple with her friend.

We taught a new family. The grandfather of the family was an old
former investigator, and we had met with his daughter. Then one day we
knocked and talked to her son, and he was interested. We taught him
one s before, and this last Saturday we taught the whole family. Hey
are religious but they don't go to a church. We invited them to read
and pray.

We have been working. This Wednesday will start my last week. I am
starting to pack. There have been so many memories. This truly is the
"best two years."

Élder Grimmer

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Calm Week

This week has been nice for temperature. It has been a good week.

Stephanie moved her date to be baptized to Friday the 23! She wanted
to invite a bunch of friends, and a lot of people  couldn't make it
July first because that's Canada day, so we moved the date up. She is
exited to be baptized. The opposition has been trying to work on her
as well; some of her friends came by and decided to leaver her a pack
of cigarettes. She had her friend come over and tear them up. She is
going strong.

We had a little miracle with Stephanie this week. We were trying to
find someone to come with us to a lesson, but literally everyone we
called was busy. I was praying that someone would be able to come with
us. Than a few hours before the lesson, brother Crawford called us. He
likes to invite us over for lunch sometimes, and we asked him if he
would like to come with us. He said sure, and we had a good lesson. It
was just a little miracle, but it was definitely a miracle.

We did some service for the Darbies. The had a lot of big logs they
needed to split with a mechanical splitter. I took an axe and did a
few on my own. It felt good swinging an axe. They have a really nice

We have been doing well. Elder Sepulcri has been sick, so that was a
bummer. He's felling better now, so that's good.

Élder Grimmer

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Some Rain

This week has been calm. There have been a few rainstorms, but nothing huge.

This Saturday we met with Elder Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve
Apostles. We got to shake his hand. He talked to us about his mission
and lots of other things. It was a really good meeting. We also had
zone conference the day before. Then we went to the temple. It was
really spiritual.

We have been doing well. There's not to much different. Stephanie has
been progressing toward baptism. She is doing well with quitting
smoking. We found a new Investigator. He is the grandson of a former
Investigator that missionaries have been teaching for a long time. He
is very spiritual but they don't go to a specific church. We shared a
simple lesson on the restoration with him. Hopefully we can help him

Things are doing well here in Innisfail. We are trying to keep busy.

Élder Grimmer

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Service and Sunburned

This week has been nice. It has been perfect weather for service, which we have been doing a lot of. I got a nice little sunburn, so that was fun. There have been random storms, but nothing too bad.

We have been doing a lot of service for a less active family, Rebecca and her fiancée Cam. Their landlord told them the Thursday before this Thursday that in two weeks he would be coming by to do an inspection. Their house is pretty dirty but mainly super cluttered. We have spent at least ten hours there cleaning. We came by on Saturday morning, and because Cam was at work, we weren't able to help inside. we cleaned their yard, and hence the sunburn. We called a member to come and help fix their fence gate. It went from a complete disaster to actually working. He reinforced it with at least twenty screws. Then when there wasn't anything left to do outside, two sisters from the relief society showed up and started helping. We got there at 8 and left at 5. She came to church, which is a miracle on it's own, and we came back on Monday for about three hours. There were three more sisters helping. The house went from destroyed to actually livable. Plus, before all this, we had a really good lesson on the Atonement of Christ,and how that can help her in her life. She said if it really helps, she will quit smoking.

We found a new Investigator family in a miraculous way. There are some members that own a home in Innisfail that they rent. The renters that just moved in asked them if they knew a minister that could come and bless their home. They sent us :). We talked with them and they are a super nice family. Vohne, the man, looked a bit rough, but he is super nice and gentle. We blessed their home, and then we shared a message about the Book of Mormon. They said we could come back any time. It was such a miracle.

Stephanie is doing well. We had a really solid lesson on Sunday. We moved her baptismal date to July 1 (which is also Canada Day), and is also my last Saturday in the mission. It was basically an answer to a prayer. She also dyed her hair pink, so that's fun.

We have been doing great.

Élder Grimmer

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Crazy storms

Last Wednesday we had a crazy storm. Apparently it was cyclone, there
were hurricane force winds and crazy rain. Plus it was really cold, it
snowed in Calgary. A bunch of trees got blown down by the wind. Some
people had trees hit their houses or cars. Some people lost shingles
off their roofs. A bunch of branches are still lying everywhere. It
has been really calm since then.

Also on Wednesday we had transfers. Elder Rodriguez went up to
Edmonton to serve in Bear's Paw Ward in Millwoods, and l am in
Innisfail with Elder Sepulcri from Argentina. He is learning English.
We are roughly equal with my Spanish and his English. We generally
talk in English to help him.

This week we did a lot of service and we knocked a lot of doors. We
didn't have a lot of lessons. We didn't see  Stephanie, but we did see
Ron. He is doing all right. Hopefully we can get him connected with a
member and then we can help him to come to church. He really wants to
come to church and he wants to progress but it is slow. We just talk.
He says it lifts his spirits, so that's really good. Where are you I
hopefully going to help him to start doing some things on his own.
He's been reading from the book of Mormon and he ordered a large print
version which hasn't come yet. We didn't really ask him to do that so
he's taking initiative on a few things. He just seems like a really
good guy.

Charles was evicted Saturday. We talked with the landlord, and he said
that he just left the keys in the door and a mess. He wasn't too happy
about that. We have no idea where he went so unless we find him he's
probably gone. Hopefully he will figure everything out.

We are doing well.

Élder Grimmer

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


I don't have much time to send this letter.

This week was really nice. We took advantage of the sun and mowed some
lawns. I Think I got a little sunburn, but it's not bad at all.

Today was transfer calls. Rodriguez will be heading off to staying in
Innisfail. I will be getting a elder from Argentina named elder
Sepulcri. He is likely going to be my last companion. Tomorrow marks
the beginning of my last transfer.

Not too much interesting things happening this week. We finally met
with Charles. He still alive, but he's going to be affected from his
house pretty soon. Stephanie came to church again. Everyone's doing
pretty well.

Take care

Élder Grimmer

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"All the Canadians Are Thawing Out"

Most Canadians just close themselves up in their houses and hibernate
for the winter, so when it gets nice out side it seems like they thaw
out. Everyone is outside. This week has been the first consistently
warm week in a long time. The trees are finally starting to turn
green; just a week ago everything still looked dead, now it is coming
back to life. Even night time was warm, it has been just great. The
past few days it has felt like it would rain and thunderstorms have
been in the forecast, but we haven't seen any yet.

This week has been more preparation than going out and doing the work.
We went up to Edmonton for a special multi-zone conference. We would
have gone to the conference in Red Deer last week, but President
wanted us to come up for a special meeting. We got to go to the
temple. This was the first time in a long time that I've gotten to go
there. At first I was feeling like we would be spending the whole day
without doing any real mission work, but the spirit told me I would be
doing some of the most important missionary work. I had a sweet
experience in the temple. We stayed overnight with some missionaries
in Riverbend, the only area in Edmonton I don't know like the back of
my hand. Everything that could have gone wrong seemed to go wrong, but
everything ended up ok.

The next day we had the new missionary training meeting. We talked
about the basics for being a missionary. We had to get some things
taken care of for Elder Rodriguez's visa, then we headed back down to
Innisfail. It was about 2 and 1/2 hours. Then I got sick, so we ended
up spending three days without hardly doing any missionary work. I
guess we needed that through. The Lord gives us what we need when we
need it.

We found some cool people. One guy kept referring to us as soldiers.
He said he wants to be a guard in God's kingdom. He was fun. We met
with a super born again Christian family. They thought they knew our
religion better than we did, which obviously they didn't. Talking with
them was fun. Then we met a girl named Sam who had no religion at all.
The difference was Day and night.

We are doing well here.