It is hard to realize that we have been here for 4 weeks today. WoW time is going fast. We have met so many wonderful people and are really excited about the next few months of our mission. We now have 6 wards that we visit. We will meet our last two bishops tomorrow morning. Just to give you an idea of our stake I am including a map. The wards we visit create a triangle with Pax/Lexington Park ward at the bottom and the other wards across the top. Calvert and Bayside Wards are about 38 miles from us, the White Plains 1 & 2nd ward are about 41 miles and will take 1 hour to get there. So we do a lot of driving but are grateful that each of the two wards meet in the same building. So much different than just walking around the block to the church or up the street to the stake center.
This week was very full. Tuesday we had our last District Meeting with Elder Lim who was our DL. He has been transferred to be a Zone Leader and we are excited that he will be our Zone Leader. We had a wonderful testimony meeting after the training. It is so fun to watch these young men and young women grow in the gospel. We will be getting two new missionaries to our area. One has been here before and the other is a “baby” which means this is her first stop out of the MTC. After testimony meeting and the closing prayer everyone went to the cultural hall for a war between good and evil
or capture the flag done in suits and skirts. They had Nerf guns and we had a great time with Sister Rose being the “safety zone.” One of the guns would not work, so Elder Rose took it back to the primary room to take it apart and make it work. He finished fixing the gun just as the war ended. Oh well, they will have a super duper Nerf shooter for the next war day. Then we had pictures taken of our first District. So glad that most of them get to stay. We will lose more at the next transfer as the sisters return to the visitors center to gear up for the holidays. After the meeting we took the Elders and the Sisters to Lunch (they sat at separate tables) at a BBQ place called ” Mission BBQ” and as you leave the restaurant over the door it says “return with honor” so we had to take their pictures there. The food was great and we had a good visit with everyone before splitting up and going our own ways.
One of our new responsibilities is inspecting the apartments the day before transfers so we put together a kit for this job. It contains white gloves, a magnifying glass, and a flashlight. It was so fun to watch their reactions as we pulled these items out of the bag. The Sisters had seen it the night before because they dropped by after a visit to leave us a referral.
Thursday we drove to DC for our first “Military Relations Committee Meeting” where we met the other MR missionaries. We also got to stop and see the Kelly’s from West Jordan who work in the employment office. We served with Mike and Denise at the “Utah Boys Ranch” many years ago. It was fun to see them and catch up on family news. Our meeting was really good and we learned a lot, we are excited to be working with such wonderful people. Will have to get pictures of them next time we are together.
On Wednesday I had a sore throat, by Thursday it was not getting better and a cough was joining the throng so Friday we had two appointments, but the afternoon once rescheduled, so once we got back from the Museum and exchange I slept the rest of the day. At the museum we signed up to be volunteers once a week and help with special activities that they have. We will be docents so Elder Rose will have to teach me a lot. The volunteer coordinator was surprised to learn that the church had missionaries in the United States, she thought they all went overseas and learned new languages. We had a good visit and are excited to volunteer there once we finish the training. Then we went to the exchange and bought a cute little freezer to put in our storage room. Driving to the store every other day is getting expensive so we decided to invest in a little freezer to keep bread, ice cream, vegetables, and other foods so we don’t have to go so often. While I slept Ron moved stuff around in the storage room and moved the freezer in.
Saturday was a “Day of Service” and we went with over 1,000 other LDS members to the “Serenity Farm for the Hungry”. It is a farm that is run to give fresh food to the food pantries. We sorted corn, others picked beans and the potatoes were harvested the week before. The missionaries and scouts all painted fences. It was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun. Once we finished all the corn, we took the stalks and leaves down and fed the pigs. and left it on the pasture for the cows. It is always so much fun to work when their are lots of people working with you. We also met another missionary couple from Meridian Idaho, and as we got talking found out that she went to Bear River High School, and is the sister to Rex and Max Smith who we went to school with. The world gets smaller every day.
Well, that is it for this week. Next week starts off with a very long Sunday, two wards to attend, and a fireside at the Temple Visitor Center……