Those were the big things. We did make quite a few visits also, and found a few lost members as we continue to work through the ward directory with the other Elders and the Ward Council. Janet and I had a nice VT visit out in the country with Carol, driving home through snow flurries. I was very excited and pleased to have a successful breakthrough with Robin's genealogy, finally finding her great-grandparents who came from Germany (now I know that Heinrich became Henry, and Ferdinand became Fred!!). I found census records verifying the discoveries, and pictures of several family gravestones on Find-a-Grave. She was delighted with the new information and is eager to share it with her mother. More names sent to the temple, as well.
We had a successful ward activity Friday night - a Chili Cook-off! Had about 10 different pots of chili, lots
We had a nice conversation with some grandkids on Monday and Klora on her 13th birthday Thursday. Happy 9th Birthday to Noah on Tuesday and Happy 14th Birthday to Kadyn on Wednesday! Hope we get to talk to you. Didn't get much news from home last week, but thanks Karli for your faithfulness. Hoping to hear from all my kids today, we miss you so much. And thanks to special friend Linda for checking in and updating us on your life, we really appreciate hearing from you. Good luck.
Have found a couple bits of needed information by looking back in my mission journal recently. I have not been a consistent journal keeper in my life, but am determined to write daily while we are serving our mission and can already see the benefits. A quote I have taped to my journal binder reads: "The faintest ink is better than the fondest memory." That's my thought for the day, it's difficult but worth it. We are sad and weary at times, even homesick occasionally, but feel fortunate to be here and especially to be of service and comfort to our West Virginia friends. Hope next week is better than the last.... (Read on for Wayne's post)
|Elder Briggs, Elder Bronson, Elder Moore, and Elder Lyon|
Modeling their cammo ties, made for them by a kind & talented ward member