We had a surprise visit this week from Flat Stanley. Luke sent him to us and we took him around the city and gave him a mission experience. He even got to go on team-ups with Elder Huber and Elder Hatch and Elder and Sister Green.
He got to see a great view of where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers converge to become the Ohio River. Thanks to Luke for sending us such a fun visitor.
We also were able to witness the conversion and baptism of Shelby Rogers. Shelby told his wife 40 years ago that he would never join the Church. She remained active and through her love and good home teachers, Shelby’s heart finally softened and he asked to be taught and baptized. His son was able to baptize and confirm him a member of the Church. The ward sees this as a true miracle. We only knew the humble, repentant Shelby but are convinced that the Gospel changes hearts and lives.
Elders Mackintosh and Huber were the ones who got to do most of the teaching. Elder Mackintosh just started his second transfer and this is his first baptism. We keep telling him that they all won’t be this easy.
There were 10 missionaries at the baptism. Elder Jex had served in the ward for 10 months while he was in the office and knew Shelby well. He and Elder de Leon are serving together now in another ward but got permission to come to the baptism. The AP’s, Elders Hatch and Christensen came also. The Christensens, the Mental Health couple were there also. The ward had a good turnout as well.
We survived our second transfer last week and got 12 new missionaries oriented to the mission. Rod spends most of his time figuring out the cars. We were at the office until about10:00 p.m. last Thursday getting two cars that had been sold loaded on a carrier. We just received four new cars so that means 4 more to be sold for a total of 10. Rod has to get them in good shape mechanically and detailed to make them saleable. That’s on top of doing regular maintenance and keeping track of service and miles on the 63 cars in use as well as repaired when they have accidents. That means, of course, lots of record keeping and reports sent to Salt Lake. We manage to keep busy.
The weather has been beautiful for 2 weeks with blue skies and temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s. Things are starting to turn green instead of grey and it’s a beautiful time to be in Pittsburgh. We are looking forward to more visits from friends and family.