|Our new Mission President and his wife.|
President and Sister Schmidt
Next week we will be teaching several big Institute classes for the director because he will be out of town in meetings. We are a little nervous about that. He is teaching a series of lesson on patterns from the scriptures that help with solving problems. Yup, how do you step in and teach one of those lessons? No manual. So we decided that we would go to his lesson this last Wednesday night and see how it goes. There were over 30 wonderful, intelligent students - many who are in doctorate programs here at UCSD - and he gave a great lesson on Joseph Smith's prayer and vision and the challenges that came from that. It wasn't the typical Joseph Smith story though because he talked about the problems he had individually and then how he was able to learn skills along the way to solve the problems that came along. It was beautiful and scares us even more to try to teach that group. The classes we have been teaching have been so laid back with 1-5 kids each time and we are able to relax and enjoy them. This will be like real teaching!
|Some of the tour guides at our meeting.|
|Our dear Vera!|
I have to come and sit in the front and take notes of each meeting and then read my notes from the previous meeting at the first of each gathering. I also keep the email lists up and send out emails when we have events and meetings. I help put together a newsletter which goes on our website to keep everyone informed. There are over 100 guides in the group and they are such an interesting group of people. They sent us a gift card the other day for $50 to spend at some great restaurants in town. I was amazed. They keep being so impressed that we would just donate our time to help them and are so generous and grateful. I told them that the blessings won't be there if I get gifts for serving but they just laughed!
|This is Irina. She is another guide who we|
have grown to love and admire. She is from
Our ward has a softball team and Roger has been able to play with them on it every now and then. It is, of course, not "real" softball because it is slow pitch but he is enjoying playing with the other guys in the ward.
He is getting the reputation of "the guy to beat" at the Institute Ping Pong table. We stopped in to the Institute tonight to take a few things over to our new little home away from home and they were having a birthday party for one of the kids. It turned in to a bit longer stay than we thought when the ping pong games started! I think that we won all but one game tonight and that was a gift to the birthday boy! He was also asked to give a blessing to a darling new convert from China. She is going back to China in a month and trying to get geared up to be able to handle the challenges that are sure to face her there.
I got called to go on splits with the sister missionaries in our stake. They are in a trio and needed to get lots done. But the day that we were supposed to go out, one of the sisters wasn't feeling well. So I ended up going over to their apartment and babysitting her while the others went out visiting. It was nice because I had a lesson in Relief Society on Baptism to prepare for and it gave me lots of time to put the finishing touches on it while she slept. There was a baptism that night that she didn't feel she should go to either so I brought her to our apartment and fixed some chicken fried stake and mashed potatoes with country gravy for us all. It is always nice to have time to cool a real meal. These sister missionaries are wonderful and it is always so enlightening for me to spend time with them and hear their hearts. They all three came today and sang a song for my lesson, "If the Savior Stood Beside You". Oh it was beautiful and Sister Thaler was feeing so much better. She sang like an angel. Must have been the chicken friend steak!
It is very late - so off I go to bed to start a new wonderful week in the morning!