Do Senior Missionaries get tired? Oh, yes. We have had some long days recently, unexpected opportunities to serve, plans that changed at the last minute, and experiences to test patience and flexibility (not my strongest attributes, I'm the first to admit).
And in spite of being tired and homesick (or maybe because of it), this past week has been pretty special...
Monday we did household chores, watched the movie "The Saratov Approach" again, this time with the four Petersburg Elders, then made a quick trip to the Wal-Mart in Moorefield. Tuesday we had District Meeting in Romney, about 40 miles away. Wayne did car inspection for the Sister Missionaries we have in Romney (of course it was cold, windy, and snowy as they checked tire pressure, fluid levels, blinkers, brakes, and such). I did apartment inspection with them. They are much better housekeepers than the Elders, and needed a few miscellaneous supplies that we can furnish. Our District Meeting was great, very helpful instruction and a great spirit. These young people are so wise and obedient and dedicated. We are learning so much from them all the time. When we got back to Moorefield the Elders went their separate ways, and so did Wayne and I. I dropped him off at Johnny Keplinger's and they did some visiting. Then Johnny took him home to Petersburg in time to help with Bingo at the nursing home. I headed to the furthest edge of our ward to do my visiting teaching -- my partner is ill, again, I had the appointments set up already, and the month is almost over, so I just went by myself. Had a wonderful time, sometimes the one-on-one visits are pretty special. One of the visits I made was to Woneda Kenney's apartment, but found out from her granddaughter that she had just been taken to the hospital in Petersburg. Called Wayne and Johnny for them to check on her. It was a long afternoon. I got back to Petersburg just in time to pick Wayne up from the nursing home - good thing, because it was snowing. We had a quick dinner, then Wayne went up to the hospital to pick up Woneda Kenney's son and give him a ride home to Moorefield. Woneda will have to go back in to the nursing home in Baker, her family just cannot give her the care she needs. She sure did appreciate the pictures from Kyle, Cache, and Naomi. Anyone who wants to color, draw, or write a letter for her, just send them to me, I'll deliver them to her and it will make her day, she is lonely and discouraged.
Wednesday we taught another lesson to Traci Johnson, Robin Martin's friend. Made a few other visits, worked on genealogy at the church and Wayne caught up our area book. Thursday we did some planning and scheduling, then I worked on genealogy at the church - that's where I can get on ancestry.com for free and spread out stuff that I am working on. Audrey Parks sent me a lot of information on her family that I needed to organize, research, and put on familysearch. It's pretty fun. Wayne worked at home on a talk he was preparing and also on the computer, trying to find correct addresses of people on our ward directory that we haven't been able to locate. Is that a never-ending job? Later in the day we visited Woneda in the hospital, helped out at the nursing home again, then made an evening visit to a neat couple, the Haslackers, who have suffered multiple challenges in their lives lately recently and needed a little encouragement.
|Audrey and John Parks at the temple visitors center|
|Janet Keplinger, Audry Parks, Sister Orton, Sonja Morton|
After Sonja's lesson we then had the baptism of our good friend Audrey Parks. We have spent a lot of time with Audrey and her husband John. John was able to baptize Audrey, Wayne has worked a lot with him to help him prepare. Wayne gave a talk on baptism and at the last minute had to play the piano for the service. He was not prepared for that, but did his best. Today Audrey
|Elder Orton, John & Audrey Parks, Sister Orton - Mar 29|
(Someone gave me the book "The Power of Everyday Missionaries" last week. I am loving it. I highly recommend it to everyone.)
Our love to all who are reading this blog (and we still would like to know who that is??). And even though we are tired and homesick occasionally, we are so happy to be here and to be busy and useful. We feel the Spirit testify to us of the importance of the Work of Salvation and feel privileged to be missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ at this time in this place.
|Elder Farr (from Salem, Oregon), Audrey & John Parks, Elder Plumb (from Arizona)|
I believe I said last week that Elder Farr was from Ogden, wrong - sorry.