Sunday, June 21, 2015

Hot and Humid, a slow week

We are homesick today - all of our children and grandchildren are together in Utah for our oldest grandson Dallin's mission homecoming!  On Tuesday we watched the cutest little video of Dallin coming down the escalator at the Salt Lake Airport as he returned from 2 years in Mozambique, Africa, and hugging his mother.  Last night we received 8 or 9 pictures of the whole family having a picnic and soccer game at a park near Poyfairs in Lehi, Utah. So neat to see our children and grandchildren having fun together. Wish we were there joining in the excitement.  We are looking forward to more pictures and written accounts of the weekend.

It's been a slow week here for us.  The weather has been hot and humid, with occasional rain storms. Wayne did get to go fishing a couple times - Monday morning with his friend Johnny, Wednesday afternoon with his friend Ron in Ron's little trolling boat.  Not too much luck but they did have fun and Wayne said it was peaceful and beautiful.  Wayne also got a bit of singing and guitar playing in.  He and Johnny practiced Thursday night, then played at the nursing home Friday night.  I was able to go visiting teaching Monday, then Tuesday we took the Elders to Zone Meeting in Front Royal, Virginia. We did manage to get a few visits in during the week,  had a very nice chat with a couple the Elders are teaching. Relief Society night meeting was great Thursday evening,  a picnic and Visiting Teaching Conference.  There were about 20 women there,  good for our little ward.   Saturday I think we went six different places with no luck at all, it was pretty discouraging, and raining.  But today was awesome, great attendance at church, good speakers and lessons, a few new faces at church, etc.  And the opportunity to worship and take the sacrament.  Later this afternoon we are having dinner at the Bishop's home, that's always fun.

Next week we will go to our last Transfer Meeting and after that we will go to the temple with our mission president and his wife and about 40 returning home missionaries.  I think it will be a very emotional meeting, as our mission president is completing his assignment and going home on June 30th.  We will sure miss him and his wife.  Good people.   We won't be far behind President and Sister Richards -- only six weeks left of our mission.  So much to do, too,  I think the time will fly by.  We try to stay focused....

"There is a power in the Book of Mormon which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. The scriptures are called “the words of life” (D&C 84:85), and nowhere is that more true than it is of the Book of Mormon. When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance."  - Ezra Taft Benson


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