|Cayden going out to catch some|
Tuesday was a busy day with a small group at 10:00 with Mesa College, another small 2:30 class at UCSD and then a big class at the Institute building here in La Jolla that evening. Oh my goodness, I have gained so much respect for Seminary and Institute teachers! It is such a challenge to teach that many different things and have them all in your mind at the same time. I have to admit that I goofed up a bit and taught things from other lessons but hey, it is all the gospel right? Tuesday night the kids came over and we had some great card games. Oh it is so fun to have family around. We get to feeling like we are a bit forgotten and alone out here! While we were teaching the classes we sent Brett and family to the cruise of the bay and to the aircraft carrier museum and got them on for free with connections we have made here. We actually broke tradition by NOT going to Rubio's for fish tacos on Tuesday. We will have to remedy that next week.
|Our personal recital!|
|Ellie singing and playing!|
Thursday was two more classes. We went all prepared to teach the Thursday morning class and no one showed up. Everyone at the office kept saying it was probably because it was Pioneer Day?? That is a joke because no one really knows about that in San Diego or celebrates it but it consoled us a bit. The good thing about that is that we are all prepared for Tuesday's class! We stayed and helped at the office until I had to leave and go to a doctor appointment and Roger had to leave to teach our Thursday afternoon class. He was able to take one of the mission cars so that we could could two different directions and not leave one stranded. It made a big difference. After my appointment, I was supposed to meet with Maurie whose son tried to commit suicide last week but she ended up canceling. We met Maurie through the tour guide association and have a great friendship with her. She has always said that she could never be a Mormon but that she admires us and how we live. She asked us to have the missionaries teach her son who is mildly autistic and needs friends. So he has been having them over for awhile and has attended church. He then moved to Escondido - away from his mom and has started smoking pot and not seeing missionaries. He drove to a public place last week, got out of his car and slit his wrists and stabbed himself in the stomach! He lived because he did it in such a public place. What is interesting is when Maurie found out about her son one of the first people she called was us and wanted me to pray for her and to have "those people in the temple pray too". I had told her a bit about the prayer circle and how we put names in there. She knows where power is and comes from. That felt good. We relaxed that night, took a walk around this beautiful place we are staying in and played some Rummicub!
Friday an interesting day! Nothing is as consistent as change they say! Well our mission seems to be a living example of that principle. Things are going to change a lot for us soon. We had an appointment with the Mission President at noon. I know, you aren't supposed to guess what he wants to talk to you about but of course we did. We thought that he wanted us to bridge the gap between the office couple who will be leaving in August and the new one that is coming to replace them in September. Some how Salt Lake goofed a bit and the office really can't go with out someone doing their jobs. The wife is in charge of all of the finances, referrals and needs of the missionaries. The husband is in charge of all of the apartments, furnitures, supplies, cell phones etc. But instead of asking us to bridge the gap he asked us to take over those duties after the one leaves in August!
|Left of me is Sister Painter, then Sister Van Orman, then|
Sister Brown and Sister Van Alfen.
|From left to right around the table|
- Elder Brown, Elder Van Alfen, Roger,
Elder Painter, Elder Van Orman
|The missionaries praying before a service project.|
|The Institute - If you look closely you can see Roger|
walking down the steps from our
apartment above the Institute
|Our little Sunday dinner on the porch!|
Well by next week at this time we will probably we a bit nuts trying to figure out all that we are supposed to be doing at the office. We do have about a month until the couple leaves so we should be able to get up to speed by then. It will be a change - a big one for us. We will have more evening time but will be busy all day long doing office stuff. Wish us luck and keep praying for us!
The church is true! I love the gospel and the spirit that testifies of it. There is just joy and happiness in the service of the Lord.