Sunday, October 23, 2011

 Elder Kinney and Elder Hurd, two of the 4 missionaries that we serve with.  They are so cute.. Elder Kinney is from Prescott, Arizona and Elder Hurd is from California.  We really love having them live in the same apartment complex as us.  They are so helpful and will come to give us a hand when ever we call for a helping hand.

We drove through beautiful farm land on Friday as we were out visiting.

We have had a great week here in Maryland..Mostly sunny weather, that is except on Wednesday's when we have to drive intoDC to go to the temple.. each of the 3 weeks that we have gone to the temple it has rained.. so when we get out at 7:30, we have black sky, rain, wall to wall traffic ... just looked at the weather for the up-coming week and guess what it's NOT suppose to rain on Weds.. all I can say is yeah!!!

On Monday, my companion was suffering a migraine, so while she rested I outlined our week,  & who we would call on, got the addresses and directions and mileage down and charts ready to head out and visit. Monday evening we were invited to an empty Nester's family home evening.. It was really fun, we had a potluck dinner and great conversation around the table. One of the empty Nester's just had a double knee replacement and so we made a huge card for her, from all of us. 

     On Tuesday we visited some of the empty Nester's that we met the night before in their homes and had a great time. On the drive we noticed a sign for Goose Bay Marina, so after our visit we drove down that road to a great big marina and lots of huge boats.. We walked out on the pier and I loved it.. We are in-between the Potomac river and the Chesapeake bay, so I really love to see the water.  It was a very neat marina and a great surprise for our afternoon. That evening we had one of the Relief Society Presidents, Roz over for dinner and a review meeting on our progress so far.  She is such a sweetheart and we just love spending time with her.  She is an administrative assistant to a large energy department and we made plans with her to visit DC. She said since she has worked in DC for many years she knows the in's and out's of all of DC..

Weds. was temple day and we needed to be at the visitors center to have pictures taken for a Christmas gift for President Matsumori.When we arrived at the temple and picked up our schedules I was so excited to see I had been given the assignment as the director of the baptistery. I love working in the baptistery, that was one of the best assignments I had when I worked at the Mesa Arizona Temple. We had a youth group come in and they were so cute and I loved working with them. The baptistery at the DC temple is so beautiful and one wall is all glass, so guests can view the baptisms. We stopped for dinner at a really cool restaurant on our way home that evening. Bonefish Grille.. wonderful food and great service and really close to our apartment.

Thursday we were invited to dinner at the home of the Primary President of the 2nd ward. Her husband is an engineer and is deployed to UAE.. She has 3 cute kids and they loved having us there, kind of like substitute grams. That evening Sister Brown and I were part of the Relief Society program on Missionary Work. We love to share any information about our mission and it was really fun.

      Friday we set out to visit 3 sisters that we hadn't been able to get to before. Kristi is the mom of 3 boys that are 14, 12 & 10. Her husband is deployed to Iraq and this is his 3rd deployment. We have gotten to know her at church and really want to friendship her and get to know her better. We had a really great visit. Then we headed out to visit a sister who had been on bed rest for 6 weeks and had  just given birth 2 weeks ago.. So it was fun to hold Hannah, her new baby girl. Her husband is a diplomat for the dept. of agriculture and they have lived in Brazil and in India & hoping to serve in South Africa in about a year.  They live way out in the country with horse property so we drove by gorgeous landscape and several fields of sorgum, which is really cool, (I included a picture of it today).  Our third visit of the day was a sweet sister that just moved her family here from Colorado and we just knew we needed to visit her that day. She was so excited to see us and wanted us to help here in deciding where to hang pictures and help her choose some details indecorating her beautiful new house. She has 3 boys at home & 2 older sons who are working and in school back in Colorado. Here husband is in DC now, but just got back from being deployed for 2 years, he is away from home all week on secret missions that he can't discuss. He is an attorney for the government. When we were there she started to cry and said she was so lonesome and really needed someone to come to see her and then we showed up on her doorstep.. Prayers are answered with inspiration.. We were so glad that we listened to that inspiration Friday and visited those three sisters.
     We are making great friends in both wards and look so forward to seeing them each week

Sorgum fields, dotted the fields that we were driving by on Friday and they are really cool looking. 
Have a good week..

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