August 28, 2016
We have been looking forward to the arrival of another senior couple to help with the Florida District. We have known for over two months and have been waiting to sign the contract for their apartment for over three weeks. Meanwhile we have had a bunch of furniture and other things lying around the mission office and other locations waiting to take it up to the apartment. While we have been waiting it made me think of all the times that we were working to get a big task done as a family and dad would always say, “It makes you appreciate Eisenhower.” Meaning, D-day was a big project as they had to get thousands of ships and men and cargo all lined up for the Normandy invasion.
Well, we were kinda like that on a little bit smaller scale as we had everything ready to go and were just waiting for the contract. It finally got signed on Monday. The Walls arrived on Tuesday. We did not have time to take anything up until Wednesday as we had several other things on the agenda. So Wednesday we took the first load up. We took the van that we drive with a trailer and the mission van filled with furniture. On Thursday we took up another load and at least had the things that they will need. We arranged to have the water heater installed and had the water and lights transferred to our account. On Friday we tried to get them set up with the internet but still need to work on that for them. We have another trip planned for tomorrow to take the rest of the furniture and hope to get them completely settled this coming week. They are a great couple and have some great ideas to help the people in Florida. We look forward to working with them.
It just amazes me how many steps it takes to complete a task and also how long each of the tasks take. It has definitely taught us patience. I am not sure I have learned much patience but at least I have been taught it.
|Here's a picture of the Eagle and the missionaries. Notice Renee photo bombing in the corner.|
|Great picture of the La Costa zone on the beach. Elder Mecham is the big on in the grey sweatshirt.|
|This is our friend, Fortunato|
Now it was time for lunch with Hermana Narda aaaaand CANELONES!!!!!!! That’s what we had for lunch. I was so excited. They are so good. We had lunch with Narda's son and daughter-in-law. He is an inactive member and she is not a member. We talked about where they are with the Church. I hope that one day they can come to the Gospel. Renee planned to learn how to make empanadas by helping Narda make some for the branch activity after lunch. We asked Hermana Narda if she would go with us to visit some of the members of the ward before they started on the empanadas. She offered to take us to visit the Lopez family. She disappeared for a few minutes and came out dressed in a Sunday dress, ready to serve. Can you see a trend here? Even though these folks live a long way from the center of the Church, they still have a reverence for the Church and respect the opportunity to serve.
|Rolling out, filling, and cooking the empanadas with Narda, Renee, and Daniela|
Now it was time for the branch activity. Elder Stewart and Hayden had been working on this for about three weeks. They passed out invitations and had several members lined up to come and help with games and other activities. Did I mention it was raining? Did I mention that it was rained really hard? How would you like to go out on a night when it was raining and blowing and you would have to walk at least 10 blocks to get there and 10 blocks to return? Well no one else wants to do it either. All we had for the activity was the missionaries, Hermana Narda and us. I told the missionaries to not be disappointed. The Lord knows how hard they worked and they will be blessed for it. First, they have quite a few empanadas to eat. We had a good time anyway. Renee had us do the Olympics, using a wad of paper for a shot-put, a plate for a discus, a straw for a javelin and the standing broad jump. After this was over we watched “Meet the Mormons”. We had a good time together and all of us felt the Spirit.
|Did I mention that it rained? Good thing this was not the way home!|
We love you all,
Gordon and Renee