This beautiful tree is on a corner that we drive by quite often, don't know
what kind of tree it is, but it is so amazingly beautiful..
We spent several hours on Monday with a very special sister who is going through a very tough time in her marriage. We were there to listen and offer any support we could. She is our friend and this came out of the blue for us.. At times like this I just wish I knew all the right things to say and do.. so I guess our support and listening ear were what we could offer to her and what she needed.
On Tuesday we drove down to
Colleen Martines, RS President of Patuxtent Ward
Beth Boswell, stake RS Presidency & her grandson Liam
Norma Goode, Stake RS Presidency
On our way home from Lexington Park we stopped by this cute antique boutique called "The Apple Basket", and it was amazing..It is going to be hard to drive by there every day for 3 months and not stop every time.. I found a few cute things and they also carried my favorite candles by Tyler.
Wednesday was our day to serve in the temple and we now have a new companion to ride with us.. Bonnie Ramon was working on the Thursday morning shift and changed to Wednesday so we can all ride together. I had one of the most spiritual things happen in the area I was directing. We had a young woman who was 22 years old and a quadriplegic. She came with her mom and her aunt. She was in a power wheel chair and her mom helped navigate her way around while she was there. She was so sweet and so humble and I loved helping her as she served in the temple. Wednesdays are always long days for us.. We leave home about and get home about .. but it is a good tired.. I just love the women I work with and love to serve in the temple and love to have special experiences like I had on Wednesday.Thursday is a slow starting day, since we had such a long day on Wednesday.. We called a couple sisters to see if we could set up visits and had to leave messages. We also contacted
We live in the same apartment complex as the 4 elders that serve in White Plains 1st & 2nd wards with us. They are so much fun and come visit us & check on us often. They are such awesome missionaries and doing a fantastic job serving the Lord and the people of these 2 wards. We really want to adopt each of them as substitute grandsons..
Elder Peterson & Elder Cottrell
Sister Brown, Elder Cottrell & me
The 4 of us
Elder Shurtleff & Elder Fisher
Elder Shurtleff's new companion Elder Epperson
Elder Shurtleff will be going home on April 25, we are sad for us and excited for him.
I am so happy that this weekend was General Conference and we got to hear counsel and inspiration from the general authorities of the church. We spent the weekend with the Ramon's and were able to watch conference at their home, both Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday evening we had dinner after conference at Norma's home and then all the gals went to the "This is the Place" bookstore while the men were at the priesthood session of conference. Conference always touches my heart and I am motivated by the beautiful music & the talks shared.
This thought by Henry B Eyring touched me,
"How can we lay our foundation of faith"
*Service with full heart and soul
*Personal integrity creates the solid ground in our faith
*Christ will forgive us if we forgive ourselves."
Russell M. Nelson said " The spirit needs nourishment daily just as the body requires food each day"
M. Russell Ballard said, " There is no happiness without service. If we will devote our time to our families our lives will improve".
Neil L. Anderson said, " At the final day it will be, what think Christ of me?"
The next couple weeks are going to be busy as we wind down our efforts in the
1st and 2nd wards & get ready to start serving in
the Lexington Park & Patuxtent wards. We will be there until
July and then we switch again.. We will get to see a lot of White Plains & DC from capital hill to the southern tip, and meet
a lot of wonderful people as we work the next 11 months. Maryland