It really can't be a whole week later than last time I wrote. I can tell when we are keeping busy. Time flies by faster. Let's see if I can remember what we did this week...
Monday was DUP. I have joined the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Monday was a regional meeting so I got to meet a lot of new people. I am really enjoying being a part of this group and learning more about my ancestors and others who crossed the plains. Monday night was the Senior Couple's Family Home Evening. It was the last one for President and Sister Clayton so they spoke. It was a nice evening with all of the senior couples - over 20 couples - and we really enjoy each other. We feel blessed to be associated with such a great group and hope that we will keep in touch as we return home.
|Helping out in the office|
|Manning the phones in the office|
Wednesday was a day for visiting people in our wards. We caught a lady home who has not been an active member since she was a teenager. She married a non member and quit coming. She was very friendly and still lets visiting teachers come by but seemed totally not interested in any activity. We visited with a lady in a care center also. She had a hip surgery and when she was doing physical therapy to get better after the surgery, she broke her leg! So now she has to stay in the care center for 2 months or more until everything heals - no pressure on her leg or hip for that long - none. No getting up to the bathroom either. Just lay in bed. She had a great attitude and a big smile. I am going to go back and teach her how to crochet and see if we can't help her stay smiling.
Zone conferences were Thursday and Friday. That is they day that car inspections go on and Grandpa is working closely in the office with the senior missionary who is in charge of cars. The missionaries drive their cars to the Zone conference and leave the keys in the car and then we go around and inspect the cars to see if they are clean, fluid levels are OK, no new dents etc. I couldn't go on Thursday because I needed to stay behind and teach our Institute class but Grandpa went and helped out. I taught our class at 10:00. Again, only one person came. But the Institute director told us that "teaching the one" is an important thing. We then went on to lunch at one of the ladies home in our ward. She invited her non-member friend and we had a wonderful lunch of cauliflower soup, bread, fruit and strawberry short cake. (And I wonder why my clothes are fitting differently than when I left!) We went from there to an interview with a marine. We are interviewing them so that we can honor them on Flag Day at the Mormon Battalion. This has been a fun assignment. We have been able to sit with these retired marines and hear their life story and how being a marine has helped shaped their lives. This marine had been in the marines for over 20 years and then decided to retire so that he could spend more time with his family. We hear of those who are deployed now and they are gone for 6 months or so but he told of being gone for over a year at a time and missing so much of his family life. He told us of his struggles to keep his marriage together and many more sacrifices he made for his country. I guess I used to feel a little miffed when I heard all of the perks that retired marines get but after hearing their sacrifices I am glad that the nations gives back to those who serve us. We hurried home from that interview so that I could get ready to go to Relief Society. I had called several sisters in the ward and told them I would pick them up. So we got to the church building and no one was there! Oh dear. After much thinking and pondering I realized that I had put down on my calendar that there was RS but hadn't put down anything else and I had forgotten that we have TWO wards stuff on my calendar and the meeting was at the other ward. The women I had in the car with me didn't much want to go to a ward they didn't know and crash it so we went to have some ice cream and had a fun talk and went home. I am not sure if my poor brain can handle all the different things we are doing?!!
|Friday Forum at the Institute|
|Bethany and cute Ripkin!|