The month of February was very cold, wet, snowy and interestingly enough ICY. They have ice storms here in Maryland, it rains ice drops and they hurt when they hit. It looks like rain but it is not nice to walk in and your definitely are not dancing in the “rain ice”.
Our month started out with our very own NO SUPER BOWL Sunday. The Elders were not able to get appointments so they came over for make your own Pizza’s, and to have Elder Rose help them with their GPS.
We then went to the Washington DC Temple Visitors Center with the Elders from Anacostia Ward. Elder Thorup was one of our Elders before the transfer, and Christopher Griffin is a young enlisted Navy man who Elder and Sister Rose met at “Charlies” in January. He is now taking the discussions, and the missionaries asked us to go with them to the Visitors Center. We had a wonderful visit, watching “Meet the Mormons” and then talking to Chris about all the times Heavenly Father has put people in his path to help him find his way home.
That night Patuxent Ward held a Pot Luck Dinner. It was lots of fun and lots of really good food. It was a lot of fun as we talked to lots of members of the ward. There were several non-members in attendance and the food was great.
On Saturday the 7th, the young Elders joined Elder and Sister Rose at the Naval Air Museum for there work day. We painted and moved exhibits as well as dusting everything, and mopping the floor. It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun. The Elders were excited to see the museum and be able to play with all the equipment, especially the ones that said “do not touch” as they had to move things around. Elder Rose ran into one of the men he worked with at L-3. He has retired out here and is on the Museum Board of directors.
Then came the ice storm! It started raining ice before we went to bed but in the morning when we work up our car was covered in ice and it was frozen shut. Elder Rose had to scrape the ice off the windows and we were worried that we would break the windows, the wipers were frozen down, so we broke the ice off the door handles and then got the doors to open so we could start the car and warm up the windshield so we could get the ice off it. It was very interesting and we have learned to put our windshield wipers up at night so they don’t freeze down.
We continue to attend the Mom and Baby Music classes here at our Apartment complex. It is fun to play with the kids. They all Love Elder Rose, and run to see him as we walk in or as they get there if we are early. Several of the mothers are non-members and it is fun to teach them the songs from the primary song book along with other contemporary children s songs.
We have the privilege of working with a military family and helping them strive to reach their next steps in the gospel. We had dinner with them, and then made arrangements to take them to the Visitors Center to see the movie “Meet the Mormons”, we saw it in Spanish this time because the mom speaks mostly Spanish and the kids and dad are all bi-lingual. They really felt the spirit and we talked about the temple as we looked at the cut-away display. While they would like to attend the temple, for the dad, it just seems like something that is hard to attain. We met with them the following week to begin their family history. We are hoping to find names that they can take to the temple and do baptisms as a family. As we headed home it started to snow, our usual 1 hour trip took almost two hours.
Zone training was very good. One of our Elders interviewed Brother Casto from Lexington Park Ward. He and his wife are former ministers and he talked on the video about the “trinity” and what it means and how to help investigators from other faiths to understand our true relationship to our Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ. It was very informative and everyone learned a lot. We then broke into groups and did role plays. Zone training is always wonderful and Elder Rose and I learn so much from it.
Snow, 8-10 inches of the beautiful white fluffy stuff. When we woke in the morning it covered everything. School here close for an inch so they were closed for the whole week when we got this much. Elder Rose got up and put on his snow boots and then went out and began cleaning off the cars, he had a lot of fun giving service to all of our neighbors who were very appreciative of his hard work. Sister Rose watched because we only have one snow scrapper. Snow is much easier and much more fun to clean off the car than Ice.
We then joined the rest of the “spicy” (seasoned) missionaries on a tour of the National Cathedral in downtown Washington DC. We loved the tour and learned a lot about the building. Then we went to lunch at a popular restaurant called “Ebbits grill” which is just across the street from the White House. The food was great but the company was even better.
For P day we took our Elders to tour the White House. Representative Love’s office were wonderful and made the arrangements for us. Some of the Elders had been there before but it was fun to tour with one of the interns. We got to skip all the lines and then had dinner in the House Dinning Room.
We were invited to have FHE with the Bishop of Lexington Park and his wonderful family. He has a beautiful young daughter and twins that just love Elder Rose. We had Tai food and it was really good and then a fun lesson. We enjoy joining others for FHE.
Mission wise our Chaplains days were very rewarding. We had 6 Chaplains and assistants from Walter Reed Hospital attend the informative day. It began at the DC Stake Center where they learned from the Stake President about the make up of our wards, and stakes.
Then a tour of the building from the chapel to the auxiliary rooms where a member of the Primary Presidency talked about her calling, then Young Women’s President talked about our programs for our teenagers, and the Relief Society President talked about our Women’s programs and what we do. Each Chaplain was given a copy of “Daughters in My Kingdom” to help them understand the Relief Society Program. They then loaded onto the bus and drove to the Bishops Store house where they got to see first hand the church welfare program, the employment center, and our food storage items. Then back to the Washington DC Temple Visitors center for an over view, a movie about Joseph Smith and an wonderful lunch. After Lunch everyone was paired with the young Sisters and a Senior Missionary for a tour of the Visitors Center and the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ or Latter-day Saints. One week later this event was held for the Chaplains of Andrews Air Force Base and a few of the out lying areas. This time we had 13 Chaplains and Chaplain assistants, one of whom was LDS. It was two very productive days and they have asked that we do this for them again next year. We hope to do this at least once more this year for those who could not attend this time.
Our month ended with a temple trip to the Washington DC Temple with the Elders. This is always a wonderful day as we get to do a session with all the Elders in our Zone. The spirit is always so strong as these young men fill the endowment room with their love for our Savior. After the session we always get Banana’s from Brother Henrichsen. The Elders look forward to their treat and it holds them until we get to lunch.