Friday, June 12, 2009

This past weekend we traveled with the temple president and his wife to Miramichi, New Brunswick and Bathurst, New Brunswick. Miramichi is labelled 'C' on the map, Bathurst is labelled 'B'; our home in Dartmouth is labelled 'A' down at the bottom.

It is about 5+ hours from Dartmouth to Bathurst. We went to Bathurst where we spent the night at the Atlantic Host - somewhat pricey, but the bed was great and it was very quiet. We were blessed with wonderful weather which is a blessing up here.

The next morning we checked out of the hotel and went to the Bathurst Branch for their regular Sunday meetings and President & Sister Blake taught a lesson to the men and women, then stayed after to answer questions and renew friendships.

Bathurst Chapel

A few of the members at Bathurst

At the Bathurst meeting part of it was in French, part in English: The branch president would conduct in French, then again in English; the opening hymn was in French, the closing in English. The choir sang the interlude with part in French, part in English. It was a beautiful service and unique in our experiences. As it was Fast & Testimony Sunday, both Sister Muhn and I gave our testimonies and briefly related our conversion stories. Many of the members in the Maritimes (this part of Canada) are fairly new in the Church, but there are those whose ancestors were rooted in the Church since its restoration.

We then drove to Miramichi for a special meeting with the members there. President Blake travels every weekend to one or more of the units and has these special firesides to teach the members about the temple and answer questions. Many lives have been blessed by President & Sister Blake as they have done this.

Miramichi Meeting house

This is the Atlantic Host Hotel where we spent the night at Bathurst.

The three flags of New Brunswick. The one on the left is the Canadian flag, the one in the middle that looks like the French flag is the Acadian flag, the one on the right is the New Brunswick flag.

As shown in these signs, snowmobiling is big in Bathurst.

A few of the sights at Miramichi

Sunset at Bathurst

After the meeting at Miramichi we drove to Brother & Sister Lanoue's home for dinner. They live in an old victorian style mansion that was previously used as a bed and breakfast. He is an orthapedic surgeon; they also have a restaurant in St. George, Utah. A long story . . . .
Also at the dinner were two other doctors with their wives and another couple from Miramachi. I kick myself that I didn't take any pictures as it was a most interesting home.
We then drove back to Dartmouth, arriving about 12:30 at night. We slept well!

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm.... French and English. That would be interesting. It sounds like they meet in the middle. We sometimes have songs or prayers in Spanish. I'd like to see that country. It sounds very interesting.