We were also able to go buy two new cars! Amazing how many cars the mission goes through. We picked up Chevys.
We would have rather had Toyotas but when a car reaches 30,000 miles, the church wants it sold and a new car bought. For some reason Toyota wasn't selling Corollas this summer ??? so we had to get the Chevys. We have so much less problems with the Toyotas and it is so much easier to sell them used too. I picked out which car I wanted but Elder Soffe didn't think that the church would go for it. The dealership was cooking hot dogs and hamburgers so we even got a free lunch. It was fun driving the new cars back to the office.
|The Scotts are the new couple taking over at|
the La Jolla Institute of Religion. She is in the
middle of cancer treatments!
|The Painters are from Nephi. They are leaving soon.|
We will miss them. They had such a hard time with
the "big city" and struggled with it all for awhile.
But they grew and were such a blessing here.
|The Jensens have served for 18 months at the MCRD. |
(The Marine Corps Recruitment Depot) What a wonderful
assignment they had. They worked with young men in
boot camp. They have seen so many miracles and
baptisms with these wonderful young men.
|The Van Ormans came right after us and|
lived by us for awhile. We became good
friends quickly. They have served in a
multi-cultural ward. They have Tagalog,
English, Spanish, and Tao missionaries
in their ward.
|President and Sister Schmitt! We love them.|
Don't they look young? They are both 40!
|We love the Assistants. It is a great part|
of working in the office, to be associated with
them and the other missionaries.
|Part of the group|
|These sisters are all Mardarin speaking sisters. |
The mission is getting ready to have a
|La Jolla Playhouse|
We were able to finish off the week with ushering at a play in the La Jolla Playhouse. We were assigned outside duty. Roger was in charge of getting a golf cart for handicapped people to ride into the theatre on and I was in charge of helping people use the parking machine. We enjoyed standing out in the beautiful La Jolla weather talking with people. Roger even handed out Mormon Battalion cards! The play wasn't that good this time and we even left a bit early. But it was nice to be there and to enjoy the people.
|Roger doing what he does best.|
|My job - the parking machine!|
Saturday was full! It is supposed to be our P day but there are always so many things going on that day that it is hard to get much of our stuff done. One of our ward members was moving to a different apartment in the ward. They are a couple where the husband is not active and the wife has become active while we are here. Bart and Cheri. We love them and made sure that we were there to help them. There were three missionary companionships and several ward members there but it was still quite a process in the heat. Roger had to leave a bit early so that he could help coach a girl's softball team. We are excited about this opportunity. Vera and Charles are the tour guide friends we have enjoyed so much here. They just happen to live in the ward boundaries and their son does too. His daughter plays in a league and when they found out that Roger knows the game they asked if he could help. It will be a fun and wonderful opportunity to work with them! The Lord works in mysterious ways! What could be more fun missionary work for Roger than softball? We hurried and changed after that and went to a retirement party for a single lady in our ward who just retired from Deseret Book. It was a lovely evening. Shoot I forgot to take pictures of it all.
Well, the ward changes were made and it was really cool. We now have some young men! We also have some great active young women. The chapel was full and we met lots of good strong people. It will help so much to have a bigger group of people running the ward and helping out.
|Our whole group together for the last time - here!|
After church we went to our MLS dinner. It was bitter-sweet. It is the last time we will all be together here on our missions. Two leave in a little over a week and a third couple leaves in a month. We have all committed to keep this group together over the years.
We asked them what they will miss the most when they get back and the answer they all gave was the people! We all feel that we have made friends and loved ones that will be hard to not see on a regular basis.
One of the couples gave us a quote that says, "You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place."
|Our MLS group women. Sister Painter, Sister Van Orman,|
me, Sister Brown and Sister Van Alfen.
Well, another week is about to begin! Always new adventures around the bend. We have to speak in church which will make the week that much busier with having to prepare along with all the other things that are going on. Any good ideas on Scripture Reading and Baptism would be greatly appreciated.....