I love working at the desk at the visitors center; answering phones,
fielding questions, greeting those who come in,
This is Sister Allen from Gilbert
Some of the cute sisters we get to work with
Sister Humbert who left for home in Germany on the 20th and Sister Miller from Murry, Utah
He sits outside every night and has for 25 years..
On Monday we drove up to work in the
Tuesday we started our day making a list of those sisters we felt inspired to visit and then said a prayer asking our Father in Heaven to help guide us to those we needed to visit that day. We visited 3 sisters and each one was at a very different time in their life. Elizabeth, a young mom, of 3 ( 7, 5 & 2).. We had tried to visit her a couple times before and she was not at home.. She is teaches in Relief Society, and is always there to help and give service when needed. We had such a great visit and really got a grama fix with the girls, Lindsay and Lia.. Lia the 2 year old was calling me grama by the time we left.Wednesday is our usual temple day, but Sister Brown had an appointment with an orthopedic doctor to check out her back and so we stayed close to home.
said she was so happy that we came to see her.. Our next visit was with a
retired school teacher, that is having some health issues.. When we called and
asked if we could come, she was very quick to say yes, please come on
over. We had a great visit with her and
hope that our friendship will help her to feel comfortable in coming back to
church.. Our last visit was a elderly sister who has moved to our area from the
district, because her apt. was broken in to and she didn't feel comfortable
living there any longer. She has full
custody of her 15 year old grandson, who is a real handful.. We love to visit
her and she was excited to see us. She said
that she had been thinking about us and was about to call us. We were at her home for about 2 hours and
she shared her concerns about her grandson and her health. She lives with her daughter and so she is
confined to the living room.. We were excited as she shared her conversion
story with us.. the spirit was so strong as she shared this wonderful
experience with us.. We really love to visit with her. Each of these sisters have different concerns
and lifestyles, but the one thing they each need is friendship and love.. Elizabeth
Friday we helped Roz Brown the R.S. president of 1st ward sort and distribute food boxes to several families in our ward that are struggling. We started out on our drive around and drove to our first two families, who lived not far from us. We were greeted with gratitude by each sister as we delivered their box. We then headed south to the shore to another visit, but on the way Roz asked us if we had ever been to the
Lunch at the Cadillac Ranch with Roz
Stephanie Long our cute server with Roz
The Gaylord National Resort
The Large atrium
Us with Kung Fu Panda..
The view from the back of the resort
The bellman was from Vietnam and so friendly,
we asked if we could take a picture and he said "sure pretty ladies"..
Saturday, we worked in the visitors center again, it was Christmas Eve and PACKED.. about 5,000 people came that evening. The performance was provided by the young sister missionaries. They sang such beautiful, un-traditional Christmas songs along with a narrator reading the Christmas story. Wow, such talent.. beautiful voices and a very talented pianist to accompany them.We have one more week working in the visitors center, until next holiday season.. It has been so much fun to interact with the wonderful people we have met there .
Christmas day: We attended both wards on Christmas morning and each ward had a special program with music and a special program celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. After church we invited the missionaries in our ward over to give them the gift we had for them.. We asked them what time they got up and they surprised us by saying they got up at . . . . wow they were anxious to open their gifts. Elder Hurd had talked to his family and Elder Nielsen's family called while they were at our place, so they left so he could have some private time to talk to them. We then prepared our dishes that we were taking to Bishop Martin's home for Christmas dinner. We took mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls and pumpkin pie. We had such a fun evening, the Martin's had also invited the Hughes family ( they are in our other ward) to dinner also.. We ate, played fun games and then opened the stockings they had given us. We then headed home to skype with our families and open our gifts from them.. What a fun evening.. I felt like I was right there in Steve and Karen's home with my family as we opened gifts.. I got to be on skype with them for a couple hours and it was really neat.. I love them so much and miss them, this made being away from them for Christmas so much easier.. A truly wonderful week..