District Meetings and Transfers for the Elders and Sisters

We love going to our District Meetings.  Our District Leader is Elder Wendt and he does a wonderful job.  We learn so much from the young Elders and Sisters as they do training.   We learned from Elder Wendt and Elder Clemmons that it is important to “Gird up your Loins”  Elder Clemmons demonstrated what it meant to “gird up your loins” and explained the importance of being able to work hard.  The demonstration was beneficial to us all, and had us all laughing really hard.WP_20141014_09_42_23_Pro WP_20141014_09_42_36_Pro WP_20141014_09_42_42_Pro WP_20141014_09_42_50_Pro WP_20141014_09_42_56_Pro WP_20141014_09_43_03_Pro

Before each transfer we do apartment inspections.  The Elders apartment was fairly good except they decided to play ball inside the house and in doing so broke the light fixture.  We took them to Lowe’s to replace the light fixture and the bulb and they promised no more playing ball in the house, at least not where there are any light fixtures.  Then we went over to the Sisters Apartment with our white gloves and magnifying glass and CSI flashlight.  We knew that they would be leaving (they didn’t know yet) so we did a very in depth inspection mostly so we would know what had to be done the following week once tWP_20141023_10_41_14_Prohey receive noticWP_20141023_10_42_25_Proe of their transfer.  WP_20141023_10_40_53_Pro   WP_20141023_10_42_33_Pro Elder Rose had an interesting time teaching them how to use the garbage disposal.  It was jammed so he taught them how to un-jam it.  Then we checked for the smoke alarms and discovered that one of them had been removed, when we asked where it was and why it had been removed, they said every time they used the oven it went off which lead Sister Rose to open the oven for inspection.  We discussed cleaning thWP_20141023_11_14_37_Proe oven which the promised they would do and Elder Rose put the fire alarm back up with the battery in it.

The transfer which usually happens on Wednesday was suddenly called for on Monday, so all of the packing and cleaning was moved up really fast.  The office was suppose to be there to get furniture and belongings at 10:00 so Elder Rose and I were planning on being there at 9:30.  We arrived to find that the Mission Office personnel were already there and loading stuff, the Sisters were madly trying to pack their personal belongings among the moving.  It was to say the least a three ring circus.  The Sister also decided not to cancel their lunch appointments (not wise).  The Sisters  were moving, packing, cleaning and trying to be ready for lunch appointments all at the same time.  It was not a very funny joke, but all was finally accomplished and we got the key to the Apartment Office at 5:01.  It closes at 5:00 but the sweet lady had not turned her sign so she was willing to let us in.  I admit after we got back from the lunch appointments I put on my “Mommy Voice” and they were great to get the work done.  Sister Whiteford was elected to clean the oven, Elder Rose went and bought oven cleaner and we taught them how to clean an Oven and Spackle the holes in the walls.  It was fun to watch them work together, and they had fun putting pink spackle on the walls and then watch it turn white  They said if they had known how fun this was they would have put more holes in the walls.  Oh Dear! not the outcome we had hoped for.

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Sister Whiteford cleaning the oven

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Sister Fafita cleaning the tops of the cabinets

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District Meeting was very small on Tuesday but we still learned from each other and then had Testimony meeting then the traditional lunch at Mission BBQ in Lexington Park.

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cartoon of the Elders kicking the Sisters out of the District with love

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What degree of Glory are your investigators in at this time

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Elders: Jensen, Wendt, Clemons, & Thorp

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Elder Clemons last day in our district.

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Elder Rose, Elder Thorpe, Elder Jensen, Elder Wendt, Elder Clemons, Sister Berthalon, Sister Fafita, Sister Whiteford, Sister Rose. Sister Moore had already left with her new companions

On Wednesday we left very early to drive to transfer meeting at the Temple Visitors Center where new District Leaders and Zone Leaders were announced and new companionships were made.  Then we got to watch “Meet the Mormons”  A wonderful movie, we laughed and cried and laughed some more.  It was great, then time to say good bye to our Sisters and Elder Clemons with one last picture of our District.WP_20141029_12_26_10_Pro WP_20141029_12_26_14_Pro WP_20141029_12_26_31_Pro WP_20141029_12_27_37_Pro

 

Baptisms are the Best

October has been a wonderful month but has gone by so quickly.  The weather here is turning cold, and the leaves are starting to turn color and are so pretty as we drive hundreds of miles a week to visit families and members. WP_20141018_14_32_00_Pro

The highlight of this month has been the baptisms of two men we were able to help teach with the Elders here in Lexington Park Ward.  It is such a blessing to watch the changes in their lives as they come unto Christ.

As we began teaching Earl he had been working with some men in Arizona and liked what he saw in their lives, so he asked them what made them different and they introduced him to the church and then called our Mission President and asked him to get in touch with Earl.  His daughter had been killed in an auto accident several years ago and his church sort of blamed him for her death because he wasn’t attending church the way they thought he should so he stopped going, he said he had been looking ever since then to find God again and then started working for this company in Arizona.   He had a desire to be baptized in Hawaii in December, we helped him move the date up and he was baptized by his friend in Gilbert Arizona.  His big concerns were his coffee and his foster daughter.  He said he had been tapering off and set a date to stop drinking coffee, but then woke up one morning and said, “Why am I waiting?  I know the church is true, so starting today I will not drink any more coffee.”  He said he had a headache but no desire to have coffee or anything else with caffeine.

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Elder and Sister Rose with Earl Hurrey

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Elder Wendt and Elder Clemons with Earl Hurrey

The true miracle is his foster daughter, she and her husband had no desire for religion in their lives and he was concerned about her thoughts about him becoming a member.  The day he decided to tell her, he called (she lives in Colorado Springs) and said that he had made a decision and wanted to tell her about it.  She said, “Oh Pops, are you going to become a Mormon?  We have the neatest neighbors who have invited us to dinner and they are Mormon’s and I told them that you needed to be one too.  They are just like you.”  She flew to Arizona to be at his baptism and she and her husband talked all the way home about the feelings that they felt at the baptism and then went over to their neighbors home to talk to them as soon as they got back.

While we were not present at the Baptism we have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to have felt the joy of his conversion.

The other baptism was a young man whose father and step mother were baptized several months ago.  He had been searching for peace since his mom passed away from cancer.  We talked to him about the temple and families being together forever.  He said that he often felt his mom was there with him.  He loved the part of the Book of Mormon where the brother of Jared takes the stones and asks God to make light for the boats.  He said, that is the way God works isn’t it.  He does as much as he can for us (told them how to build the boats etc.) then he tells us to find the answers to the rest and He will tell us if it’s right.  He is now planning on going on a mission in a year.

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Zone Conference October 3rd

We attended our first Zone Conference with the other missionaries from the Suitland Stake.  It was really fun and we learned a lot.  The sisters in the Capitol Ward bring their sewing machines and fix the Elders and Sisters clothes for them.  They also provided a wonderful lunch for all of the missionaries.

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Sailing with the Super Spicy (Seasoned) Missionaries

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President and Sister Cooke with their daughter

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Loading one of the boats

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Elder Rose

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Sister Rose

September is gone and October is here.  We have been so busy but I am not sure where the month went.  It has been a wonderful time serving here in Washington DC.  We had the privilege of going sailing with the Senior Missionaries (Super Seasoned or “Spicy” is what we are called).  President Tate a former mission president loves to share his boats (and his neighbors) with the missionaries once a year.  It was a fabulous day as we boarded the sailboats and headed out into the Patuxent River for a morning of sailing.  The wind was perfect for sailing, so we didn’t have to use the outboard motor except to get into and out of the pier.  So beautiful to watch the water and then President Tate gave us a wonderful history lesson about the war of 1812 and the part that the river and this area of Maryland played in it.

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crab feast

After we returned we had a crap feast all the crap you wanted, but you had to find the meat and these are tiny crabs but they were really good once you learned the tricks.  It was a wonderful day spent with wonderful missionaries and friends.

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The Kelly’s

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Great Missionaries and friends

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lots of food to enjoy

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President saying farewell to couple leaving