Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Spiritual Feast

We so thoroughly enjoyed the spiritual feast we have had for the past two days of General Conference.  As Elder Holland so aptly testified, there were messages given that were just for us as the Holy Ghost imprinted them upon our souls.(My words, not his.)  We heard in every message things that we needed for missionary work.  We went to the church with several other individuals and families to hear the messages.  There was a dinner between the sessions each day so no one had to leave the building.  So I guess it was two days of spiritual and physical feasts.

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The largest group was Sunday morning with just about 50 people there.  The other sessions were smaller. Sunday morning we had three non-members there.  I hope they felt the spirit as strongly as we did.  Some of the members had direct TV and were able to watch conference at home on the BYU channel.  One sister said she listened to one session of conference on the Mormon Channel on her phone.  As you can see Rod made good use of his ipad taking notes of every session. 

We spent two days this week helping the Elders move into their new apartment.  They have been wanting to move for a long time but after Rod and I went to their apartment and saw what they were dealing with, we went right home and called the mission office couple and told them we had to get them out of there. That got things rolling. The elders found the new place and it was approved shortly afterwards.  We helped them move their things in our car and then spent one day cleaning their old apartment.  Every time we would scrub the walls or cupboards very hard, they would crumble under the rag.  It was literally falling apart and smelled of mold and mildew.  Their new place is much nicer.  It is relatively new and newly painted and carpeted.  Now they think they are really spoiled.  The sad thing is that the two places cost about the same. 


Each day we usually find some one who is on the ward records but haven’t been to church for years.  Some days we find several and some days we drive for miles and don’t find anyone.  We feel we have been directed many times in where we go and who we find.  We have put a few thousand miles on the car since we left Utah.  The Elders are limited on how many miles they can go each month but we aren’t since we pay for our own fuel.  We took all four elders in our car with us this past week for interviews with the Mission President in Pittsburgh so they could save the miles on their cars.  It was a fun trip with these good young men.  We even made a Costco run on the way home.


Too bad we have to use premium gas in our car.  This is the most expensive we have seen it since we got here. 

The work is going great and we have been spiritually recharged.  We are ready for a new week of finding and teaching.  We are enjoying the work and each other.

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