|Elder and Sister Orton, October 2014|
|In Romney with our friends Julie & Jim on their baptism day - 12 Oct 2014|
|Elder Farr, Julie, President Richards, Jim, Elder Mordecai|
|Yes, I have my eyes closed in both pictures, but it's not about me...|
Wednesday morning we helped core and slice apples at the nursing home for their annual apple butter fund raiser. They had a good crew to help, then they steamed the apples, ran them through a strainer, and had them ready for Thursday morning when they cooked them in four big kettles, then bottled the apple butter to sell. We only helped core for 3 hours Wednesday morning and helped stir the kettles for 3 hours on Thursday morning. It was fun. Wednesday afternoon we made more visits, then I worked on genealogy with Becki in the evening. Thursday we went from stirring apple butter at the nursing home in the morning to the Red Cross Blood drive at noon. After giving blood we rested for an hour, then had our RS president meet us at Kathy S.'s home where we taught a pamphlet lesson and made three more visits.
Friday morning we met with our Ward Mission Leader and the other missionaries here in Petersburg. Then we drove quite a ways to visit Wayne's friend Al, who has had so many health problems. His home is really in bad condition, but his ex-wife has come to help out and things seem to be going better. We tried to make a few more visits but found no one home for those. We had dinner at Sonja's home in Moorefield with Elder Bronson and Elder Moore. Sonja is great and lots of fun. She was just baptized in the spring and is really solid in the Gospel. After dinner and a Mormon Message there, I went to a baby shower. Saturday we drove to Winchester, Virginia, (about 70 miles) picking up Paul L. in Baker on the way. The men had priesthood leadership meeting, I sat in the car and indexed on our laptop, worked on my talk for the baptism, studied for a Relief Society lesson for next week, and just enjoyed the peace and quiet. At 7 pm we all went to the Adult Meeting for Stake Conference. It was great. But we got home pretty late. Again. Busy week, but very productive, I think. And a wonderful baptism service today. We keep stopping in our travels to take pictures because it is so beautiful around here just now. But we (and our van) need a rest tomorrow. I think Wayne has a few football games recorded to catch up on too. We will pause to catch our breath, then look forward to another great week.
"The greatest blessings of general conference come to us after the conference is over. Remember the pattern recorded frequently in scripture: we gather to hear the words of the Lord, and we return to our homes to live them."