Bishop Mike Vance, standing in the middle
President ObamaI met with Marsha on Tuesday.. what a sweet lady. She joined the church 3 years ago and has been so happy. She is the mom of 5 and the grandmother of 8 with her first great grandson due in June. She is an avid gardener and loves to read. She and her husband live down at the tip of
Amanda is the mom of 4 year old twin boys. Anderson and Scott were born very early and weighed 2 lbs. each. They made friends with me right away and were sharing their favorite things with me. Amanda and her husband are expecting a baby girl in August. Her husband is a policeman in the district.. She is the daughter of one of the couples I met when we were working in the
It was a very fun visit. White Plains
Scott & Anderson
Pat was one of the speakers in sacrament meeting last week and I just knew I wanted to spend some time with her and get to know her better. When I arrived at her home I was overwhelmed at the beautiful lawn and flower gardens that surrounded her home. She was so warm and welcoming and we had a wonderful long visit. Her two sons and one daughter are all married and have given them 9 grandchildren. She and her husband have lived in several states and they lived 10 years in
Saudi Arabia while he worked for a major oil company.
Pat loves to knit and crochet and read and she showed me several of her beautiful afghans. I am in the monthly card making club with her daughter-in-law. I had a fantastic time with Pat and can't wait to visit her again.
Their beautiful home
The fantastic yard, so beautifully manicured
a huge hydrangea bush with gorgeous flowers
Their back patio
Alicia is a sister that we have tried to visit before and I finally was able to make an appointment for a visit. She is a counselor in the Patuxtent RS. On Sunday I noticed she was really stressed out about something and I knew that I wanted to visit with her and see if there was anything I could do to help her. She was excited that day to be picking up her sister from the airport, so my visit was early and not quite as long as usual. Alicia served her mission in LA and so did her husband. He is an aeronautical engineer for the Navy.
I met Rachel Metcalf and her mother-in-law Linda at Olive Garden for lunch. Linda works near by and it was convenient to meet there so she could join us. Rachel has 4 kids and is very involved with the activities of her children. I hadn't met either Rachel or Linda before and I really enjoyed getting to know them. Rachel's husband works at
I was able to meet with Mary later that day. She is the mom of 2, a 9 year old son and a daughter 14. She home schools her son. Mary is a counselor in the Lex. Park RS. and we had a great visit. I didn't stay long because there was a "severe storm" headed our way and I wanted to get home before the storm hit.
There were tornado warnings predictions and some areas were receiving hail and very strong winds along with torrential rain. I got home about 30 minutes before the first wave of rain hit. It was calm one minute and the next it was raining BUCKETS sideways.. It lasted about 40 minutes and then stopped. I had been invited to attend the Blue Crab Baseball game with a group from church and it looked like maybe it would miss hitting us again that evening.. We arrived at the stadium and in about 10 minutes it started to sprinkle and then the rains came... they finally cancelled the game.. they gave us vouchers for another game, so we are going next Saturday..after Sister Brown gets home..
Saturday the sky was the most beautiful blue and the air was delightful.. in the 70's. I cleaned the apartment and put together the kits for the card club that I am teaching at next Tuesday.. I created 2 cards for the class.. so it should be fun. Then I was invited to dinner at Bonnie and Gary Ramon's home. Bonnie's sister and brother were in town visiting with their families. Her brother lives in Phoenix at the 101 and 7th Avenue. So we talked Phoenix and I found out what they liked to do there. Bonnie's brothers girlfriend works in the medical building at the 101 & Tatum.. so she was telling me all the new things that are going in there.. It was a fun evening.
I am still an empty nester. Sister Brown will be home on Saturday, June 9th. I have had a lot of fun this week, visiting and meeting so many new people. My mission president asked me how I was doing and I said "fine, I have lived alone for over 7 years and it was harder learning to live with someone 24-7".. thank goodness Sister Brown and I hit it off so well.. we really didn't skip a beat and love being together.
God our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are beings of absolute, perfect, and complete honesty and truth. We are sons and daughters of God. Our destiny is to become like Him. We seek to be perfectly honest and true like our Father and His Son. Honesty describes the character of God, and therefore honesty is at the very heart of our spiritual growth and spiritual gifts. Honesty, integrity, and truth are eternal principles that significantly shape our experience in mortality and help determine our eternal destiny. For a disciple of Christ, honesty is at the very heart of spirituality."
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