|Grant County Nursing Home Volunteers of the Year!|
|Little white church in the woods.|
There is a local food pantry that gives food to local families in need weekly, we work there every six weeks or so. But twice a year there is a huge mobile food give-away, where a big semi brings 12,000 pounds of food, volunteers unload & organize it & fill boxes. Two hundred pre-approved families come and pick up wonderful boxes of frozen meat, vegetables, fruit, dairy products & eggs, and bread & pastries donated by big food chains. It's held in the Petersburg fire station and is pretty fun to be a part of.
The Elders provide a lot of muscle for this event, setting up tables, unloading pallets, carrying boxes to cars for participants, etc. They are such good workers. Wayne and I tried to help out wherever we were needed and made new friends.
But the real highlight of our day yesterday was Sonja Morton's baptism. She is just awesome. She started coming to Relief Society evening meetings last fall with a member friend, Janet Keplinger. We have gotten to help with her lessons and have come to know her well and love her. She is German, spent her childhood there. She has three daughters in their 20's and a son Joseph who is 14. It's been fun to see her growth and her gradual acceptance of gospel principles. She didn't want to be pushed, she wanted to learn and understand, and make up her own mind. As she came to accept and live each principle she just became stronger and stronger, and when she was ready to be baptized she was solid. She wanted Wayne to baptize and confirm her - what a privilege. I spoke at the baptism. It was AWESOME. She bore her testimony at the baptism and also in church today. She is amazing.
|Sonja Morton & her son Joseph, with Elder Farr and Elder Plumb|
Today, Sunday, has been lovely day. Wayne taught the Priesthood lesson and I taught Relief Society. The Parks, John and Audrey, came over to our apartment for dinner, then Audrey and I went back to the church to work on genealogy while John and Wayne went visiting with the missionaries. We look forward to hearing from our kids this evening and for updates on our grandchildren who we miss so much. Would love to hear from anyone else who happens to be reading our blog. I am not a great writer, I know, but please understand that we love being here in West Virginia and we love the wonderful people here. Especially we love our Savior Jesus Christ and are blessed to be serving this mission for Him. Happy Klarese Blessing Day to the Thuesons, Happy Birthday to our amazing oldest daughter Karli tomorrow. And Happy Easter to you all!