It has been a great busy week! I thought that I would include some pictures from the Commemoration of the Mormon Battalion which was Saturday. What a fun day it was! We started the day with a Rededication of Fort Stockton on Presidio Hill. It hadn't been kept up very well for years and because of that had become a place where people felt they could put graffiti and destroy. We have worked to clean the graffiti and with the help of the ranger in the parks the area was cleaned up, grass replanted, trees trimmed, and the church replaced several signs and plaques. It is beautiful up there now and we have a wonderful ceremony. We are hoping that the mischief with be slowed down now and people can go enjoy and learn.
|Some of our Battalion Sisters|
The rest of the day was amazing. The town square was full of people doing fun things. We had all kinds of booths. Rope making, cooking a biscuit on a stick, dressing in pioneer clothing and pictures, pioneer games, doll making, dutch oven contests, sing-a-longs, etc. There was a stage with entertainment all day, a parade and all of it was free. A fun family day learning about the what life was like in the 1840's in San Diego. The Mormon Battalion was busy too! We had a record breaking day of 1065 people through the Battalion. We were all on shift all day. We were there from 7:30 am to 9:15 at night and were pooped - but it was a great day!
|Biscuit on a Stick|
We have had several wonderful dinner appointments with members etc. We love going into their homes and feel honored that they would want to serve us that way. We are becoming great friends with many of the wonderful people here and love working with them.
|Rides in wagons|
|Families dressing like pioneers and pictues|
Our scripture class is still going well. Each Wednesday we are in the home of a member in the ward and around 15 people come. We are going through Preach My Gospel and having great discussions.
I have started teaching some Family History lessons to some of the members of the ward. I am excited to be involved back in that great work. What a wonderful spirit of peace and joy I feel as I get involved in it. I just wish I knew it better.
Wow, we are having a great time. Roger still finds time to get to the beach a couple of times a week for exercise and has made friends in the surf. We are looking forward to using our little gym here in our apartment complex to stay in better shape too. We have a schedule now where we can have morning time to work out a bit. We get time to enjoy beautiful San Diego and its amazing weather. The stakes here in California are all joining this fast Sunday to fast for the draught to be over and for some rain. I am having a hard time really wanting rain!?? We have totally loved the sunshine and warmth - especially when hearing about what all our Utah families and friends are having now. What a beautiful place to be!
By the way - the Gospel is a good way to live life. It is true!