We made many phone calls this week trying to encourage many sisters to have us over for a visit before we left the area.. Since it is the beginning of summer, we discovered that many were not home. We left many, many messages and waited patiently for some return phone calls, sadly not happening this week.. I did have one very funny return call..
Me: hello this is Sister Harper
Me: Sister Harper from the churc
Voice: what church?
Voice: I got a call from this phone number and they said to call them back
Me: Who is this calling?
Voice: You should know.. you called me
Me: I called over 15 sister this morning and left messages
Voice: Well you should know who you called....dial tone..
So we had a good laugh on that one.
We met with Bonnie, our Stake Relief President and had a great luncheon meeting. We love working with her and seeing her vision for our mission. We were able to discuss the sisters we had been visiting and discuss our next area, the Calvert ward. She lived in Calvert for many years and knows so many of the people who live there and is excited to have us serving in that area.
When we have a cancellation of an appointment we like to find someone to visit since we are so far away from home..I had a wonderful visit with Pat when Sister Brown was on vacation in
Our next visit was with Shelly. She had asked that we come visit her before we leave the area. What a wonderful sister.. They have three darling children.. She has her degree in Bio Physics and her husband is a mechanical engineer for the Navy. He is in charge of the hydraulic doors on planes and helicopters for the base. When ever anyone wants to ship a vehicle or large item on a plane or helicopter, he makes sure that it is secure and that all the mechanics are in place for safe travel. It was a really fun visit.
On Tuesday, Sister Brown's back was really hurting and she was down most of the day. That evening Bishop and Suz Martin brought over dinner and joined us.. What a wonderful family. We love spending time with them.. It was a very fun evening. Sister Brown asked Bishop Martin if he would give her a blessing for her health.. After he finished I asked him if he would give me a priesthood blessing. It was wonderful.. It is the first blessing I have had since I have been out and I really felt the desire to have a wonderful blessing.. The Martins are such a special part of our lives. When we served in their ward for 7 1/2 months we became so close to them and I am so happy that we have remained close.
Wednesday we had a passenger to go with us to the temple. Rose lives in
Thursday was our Zone Conference.. the
I love to walk, but Sister Brown isn't able to do it, since I don't feel comfortable walking alone in the evening .. So now Suz Martin and I are going to walk together. We started on Thursday evening and walked 3 miles in this "hot - humid" weather.. I loved it and we are going to walk 3 to 4 evening a week..
We met for lunch with Billie, we had never met her before and were so happy we had the opportunity to spend some time with her. She is the mom of "10" from 10 years to 28 years of age.. She has just finished getting her nursing degree and is waiting to take her state boards. She wants to be a nurse practitioner and work in the critical care area. He husband is an engineer and doesn't work for the military.. we were so surprised.. he is one of the very few we have met that doesn't work with or for the military in some form.. It was a great lunch with all my favorites.. fun time..
We have had many storms since we moved here.. Friday night was one for the record books.. We saw emergency announcements on TV about a major storm that was on it's way to the DC /
Saturday evening we attened a bar-b-cue with several couples from White Plains 2nd Ward for a pre- 4th of July celebration.. We met at the home of Doug and Pat Gorley who live at the beach of the Patuxent river. They live in a darling little house that was built by the Amish many years ago. Pat and Doug are the couple I went with on Memorial day to Arlington to see the President. They are the cutest couple ( in their 80's).. We had a wonderful dinner and fun conversation then headed down the street to the beach about 8:00 to gather for the fireworks.. Both Doug and Pat are part of the beach security for the neighborhood, so we got in the back of their pickup and were able to drive through the roadblocks all the way to the beach. It was a beautiful evening, warm but a nice breeze blowing. I walked down to the edge of the water and put my feet in. The fire department wouldn't let the fireworks start until the wind died down and the crowd that had gathered was very patient and finally at 9:40 the spectacular display of fireworks started.. It was worth the wait.. A very fun evening..
Today was our first day in the Calvert Ward.. they have a membership of 600 and fill the building and the cultural hall. We were welcomed by everyone and already booked several appointments for the coming week.. After church we met with Bishop Isaacson and shared with him the nuts and bolts of our mission and the vision we have for serving in the Calvert Ward. He had several sisters that he asked us to contact and visit. The Relief Society President is on vacation but told her counselor to tell us that she is sending us her list of those she wanted us to visit. So we will start making phone calls tomorrow morning setting up appointments for the week.. and get to know the sisters of the Calvert Ward.
"To be cheerful when others are in despair, to keep the faith when others falter, to be true even when we feel forsaken—all of these are deeply desired outcomes during the deliberate, divine tutorials which God gives to us—because He loves us. These learning experiences must not be misread as divine indifference. Instead, such tutorials are a part of the divine unfolding."