We drove with two of the Elders to zone training in Winchester (Berryville) on Tuesday. Really good meetings, mostly done by the AP's. Also by Mission President Richards & his wife. We were a little late getting there, traffic was stopped at two places for accidents along the way. I helped Sister Richards and another senior sister with lunch for the group, it went well. We got home just in time to head out about 20 miles west of Petersburg, near Seneca Rocks, for dinner with the Teter family. What a treat. They are great and treat us well. We also filled up our water jugs there, they have good water and we are on city water here that is not very good. Wednesday we helped with games at the Nursing Home, then had District Meeting. In the evening I picked up Becky Hovatter and we worked on genealogy at the church. We found so much information on her family - it is going very well. We are both excited about it and getting lots of names ready for temple work. She is close to being ready to get her first temple recommend too. We have a new convert (September) named Rebecca who is working on genealogy also and will be going soon to do baptisms in the Washington, DC, Temple. We will send our names with her, then they will be ready for more work when Becky is ready to go. Such a neat experience.
Here is a little miracle that happened last week: When I went to pick Becky up for our genealogy session
|Elder Ashby and our new missionary Elder Goodell|
Another time we used that phrase was when we stopped by to visit our bishop on Wednesday afternoon. He lives in a nice housing development between Petersburg and Moorefield, we headed out there to check on him since he had back surgery a week ago. Had a nice visit, but his wife Lucy eventually mentioned that she just found out she had skin cancer and had to have treatment. Bishop had been trying to reassure her, but she was pretty worried. Just happened that I had had the same thing several years ago and could explain the process and calm her down. Wayne was able to assist Bishop in giving her a blessing also. We thought we were going there to check on the the bishop, but were sent there for a different reason.
Those little coincidences - tender mercies - are quite special and such a blessing to us. We are trying to be where we are supposed to be and where the Lord can use us to touch others. So grateful, too, that a little deer got out of the road just before we would have hit it Thursday night on our way out to Sandy and Baxter Borrer's for dinner!! Whew! We had a nice dinner, they are such good people and so generous. We had two Elders with us, and after dinner Sandy packed up a hefty food box for the other two missionaries, they really appreciated that. Sandy also pulled out a stack of pictures she had saved from years ago of missionaries in the area when she was teenager. So fun to find that she had a picture of Wayne, also of his friend Leon Johnson. He recognized some of the others too. (I think that picture of Wayne at age 19 will eventually show up at some future ward activity, what do you think?)
After lots of rain on Friday we had a pretty nice day Saturday and Wayne was able to help out with a wood splitting project before he sang at the nursing home. I enjoyed a long walk downtown to a Christmas bazaar and to several antique/craft stores. Nice to be out and about before being home bound today (and maybe tomorrow).
We have had requests for our address - yes, we would love Christmas cards.
Elder and Sister Orton, 2202 Michael Avenue, Petersburg, WV 26847
Our love to all of you. Stay safe and warm.