On Monday we all met at the Tate's home in our Calvert ward for a sailing outing with the missionaries who are serving in the DC temple. They had another sailing trip for our DC North missionaries earlier in July when I was in
My turn at the wheel
Brother Talbot & me
Our group picnic
Tuesday we were so lucky to have 4 appointments: Our first one was with Lianne. She asked us to meet her at the church, because her house was overrun with her animals. We sat and talked to her for over an hour and she really shared with us how hard her life is and the many things she is dealing with. We listened and offered what help we could and asked if it would be all right if we shared with the bishop and relief society president her situation and needs, to see what help we could get her. She isn't active and so when she agreed to let the church help we were so happy. She is a very sweet sister and was really glad that she got to spend some time with us.. I really hope she is able to get the help that both she and her daughter need..
Our next visit was quite a drive out in the "woods", we had called Carol and she gave us vague directions once our GPS said we arrived.. but the area is very remote with dirt roads going in several directions, so we had to call her again and have her help us navigate our way to her house. The road was overgrown and when we arrived, we discovered that they were major collectors of everything, the older the better.. Carol walked out to greet us and I noticed right away that she had a "
Jennifer and her family had just moved to Calvert 4 weeks ago.. She has 4 children and her husband is an attorney for the Air Force. They love the area and want to stay here when they are out of the military. They have a large yard and have been working very hard to get it weeded and under control. She was so much fun to visit with and just know she & her family will be an asset to the ward..
Our last visit of the day was with Vicki.. She was so excited, because their son Steve was returning from his mission the next day. They were having lots of family arrive and so we didn't stay to long.. What a fun time for their family.. Her husband is a full time professor at the
Vicki and me
Vicki's beautiful home
Wednesday was temple day. Sister Brown was in bed with a migraine, so I drove up with our friend Bonnie. I got to work in the baptistery in the morning again. which you all know I love so much. A father and son were there from the
He said that when his children turn 12 he brings them to the Netherlands
for a church history tour. His oldest
daughter was taken to US
and the surrounding area. His next
daughter went to St. George and Salt Lake City
and the sites in-between. This time he brought his son and they were touring, San Diego and New
York, Illinois .. It was such a pleasure to meet them
and hear about their adventures.. The entire day was so inspirational and
uplifting.. I just love being in the temple each week. Had a great visit with Bonnie on the trip up
and back. She is such a sweetheart. Washington
Thursday was a special
Thursday would have been my 48th wedding anniversary.. I think of
Friday we got to meet with Kathy who lives down by the
One thing we noticed this week was all the butterflies that were fluttering around everywhere we went.. It was so neat to see them all over the area..
We next stopped to spend some time with Ann and her mom Shirley. We had visited with them before and Shirley who is 88 has asked to come visit her often.. She is such a sweet sister and it is fun to visit with her and hear her stories..
Saturday was a day to run errands.. and then relax after such a busy week.. One set of the young elders that live in our apartment complex came by for a visit.. It really is nice that they look after us.. Such wonderful young men with a wonderful dedication to the gospel & serving those they serve with all their hearts..
Elder Watson & Elder Rushton
At church today we met two new sisters in our ward and we talked to about visiting them this week.. should be a fun week ahead.. This Sunday was the last Sunday we will be at the Calvert ward Sunday meetings.. Next Sunday we will have a meeting with the Relief Society Presidency of the Bowie Ward and will visit their church services... We will be serving in that ward for Sept. & Oct..so we like to meet with them before we actually start working in their area.. Then they know what our assignments are and how they can help us achieve our goals.
Give Loving Service
Yea, and now behold, O my so
the Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy
in the fruit of my labors.
Tremendous happiness and peace of mind are the results of loving service to others.
Nobody can live fully and happily who lives only unto himself or herself.
President Gordon B. Hinckley