We enjoyed watching the new movie "The Saratov Approach" on Monday. The four Petersburg Elders got permission from the Mission President to watch it tomorrow also, so "Party at the Ortons' Apartment", probably pizza and snacks as well, if Elder Orton has anything to say about it. It's an interesting movie.
Monday evening we had a fun dinner with Elder Bell and Elder Mordecai at the home of our new friend Tracy Johnson. Wayne and I are teaching her. She moved in to an apartment next to Robin Martin and they became friends. Robin and Tracy worked together to make us a nice spaghetti dinner and were so excited and pleased to do it. They are both trying hard to get their lives in order (and quit smoking) and come to church regularly. It was nice to get to know them better and they were so happy to do something for us.
|Our District - Elders Mordecai, Plumb, Goodell, & Bell|
Elder & Sister Orton, Sisters Hendrix & Gates
|Elder Plumb & Elder Goodell, Elder G's last day here.|
|Off to new adventures!|
|Elder Plumb, geared up.|
Thursday it was time for missionary car and apartment inspections again. Also made a few good visits to less active ward members. More visits Friday, also cleaned the church with the Elders, printed the ward bulletin for Sunday, and Wayne sang at the Nursing Home. When we visited the home of Dave and Elaine Vanmeter they had a surprise for us. Dave and Elaine are not active, we visit them often and really like them. We recently had talked about missing having a garden and admired their little starts of tomatoes and peppers. Well, they bought a big pot, planted one of their tomato starts in it and gave it to us! It's so cute and they said it was doing better than any of their other starts. So nice of them. (Even better - Elaine came to church today, the first time since we have been here...)
|Elder Farr, Audrey & John Parks, Elder Plumb|
|John and Audrey outside the Temple Visitor's Center|
Something fun happened at the Temple. When we got there we all went in to the lobby of the temple to wait as the ward youth and leaders assembled. As we were quietly visiting, someone came up and tapped Wayne on the shoulder and said, "Hi, Brother Orton!" We were so surprised to see a good high school friend of our son Darin, Kirk Huntsman, and his lovely wife Tina. Tina evidently knew Darin's wife Laura at BYU, too. Kirk is with the military and they live in Virginia. They looked so good and we had a nice little visit with them. His parents, David and Betty Huntsman, are also on a mission - in Siberia, I believe. What a chance meeting - so unexpected and nice.
|Kirk and Tina Huntsman|
So today was our ward conference. I showed up for the wrong meeting at 8 am, went to pick up a couple that had indicated they wanted to come to church this morning - but didn't answer the door when I got there, I missed a meeting I was supposed to go to after church, and had to sing with the missionaries in sacrament meeting - not a comfortable thing for me. Whew! Sounds like a bad day, doesn't it? But actually it was a great day in spite of a few bumps in the road. We had a wonderful ward conference with lots of stake visitors and a very good attendance of ward members, including several returning less actives and five non-members. Sonja, who will be our next baptism, brought her daughter Kristie again and Kristie (who is in her 20's) took a Book of Mormon and committed to start reading it. We had a fantastic ward potluck after church, to feed the stake visitors who have to come so far to our little ward. Good food and fellowship. Then Audrey and I worked on her genealogy again and Wayne had priesthood training with John. Now Wayne is taking a well-deserved nap - I can hear him!
Just one more thing - March Madness is upon us and our favorite teams, BYU and Duke were quickly eliminated. Still have hopes for Gonzaga? But in our stake March Madness means something else. The Young Men and their leaders have been challenged to read the entire Book of Mormon during the month. They have cute March Madness calendar/reading schedules and are working hard. Also other ward members that want to - Wayne has taken the challenge, too. What a great idea!
Our love to you all. We are here in West Virginia - helping to Hasten the Work of Salvation.
(Loved the quote that appeared on someone's facebook page last week:
"Drama doesn't just walk into your life out of nowhere, you either create it, invite it,
or associate with people that bring it..." )