We had another wonderful week. The most momentous thing was the baptism of Barb Safereed. She is a wonderful Sister whom we have been privileged to help teach. The Elders said she was almost too easy. She was a member referral and accepted what she was taught from the beginning. Her non-member mother, daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters were at the baptism along with two other investigators. She is our first convert baptism since we arrived.
Elder Neerings (on the left) baptized her and Elder Jeromchek (on the right) confirmed her. Of course, they tried to talk her into letting ward members do it but she insisted the elders do it. The family who referred her were involved in the music, prayers and talks. Rod gave the baptism talk and I played the piano. What a wonderful day!
We also got to go to Pittsburgh for transfer meetings. We arrived a little early so we drove down town and got to see the Steelers and Pirates Stadiums. That was high on Rod’s list of things to do. The President said we can even go to a game sometime.
Of course we got lost going back to Greentree where the church is and were almost late for the meeting.
The transfer meeting was fun and we got to meet the new elder to our district. Elder Selfridge (on the left) was made a District Leader and transferred to another area so we got Elder Rasmussen. He’s from Mantua, UT and is a great elder.
The Elder on the right is Elder van der Spec. He hates hugs and gets mad when any of the elders try to hug him. I told Rod that it was his responsibility to give Elder van der Spec hugs because he won’t get mad at him. He’s wearing him down. It has become a district joke now.
Out biggest surprise was when Steve Reitz, a good friend from our ward in Utah, showed up at church Easter Sunday. It’s one of those moments when your two worlds meet. Steve is in Pittsburgh on business and decided to surprise us by driving the hour over to Wheeling and finding us. He said he had to actually see us so he could report to the bishop we were actually on a mission and not vacationing some where. We had a good visit with him and he caught us up on the happenings of the Parkmeadows Ward.
We have another missionary in the family. My brother’s son, Jason, has just received his call to serve in the West Indies Mission. We are so excited for him. Missions are great and we recommend them to everyone. We love the people here in the Wheeling Ward and are going to have a hard time leaving them. You truly learn to love those you serve. We invite all of you to come see us and meet these wonderful people. It’s really getting beautiful out here. We love you all and love the work.