The Baltimore Aquarium
Sister Larsen, Sister Wege & Me
The view from our table at lunch
Then we started our visits for the week.. One of the sisters we visit is Eva. She is such a hoot.. She is 78 and doesn't let a thing get by her.. She is so fun to tease and gives it right back.. and has the greatest laugh. Her neighbor Maria was there when we arrived and before we left we were talking about the Trunk or Treat coming up on Weds. night and she said she wanted to go, so we asked if they would go with us.. they agreed.
That afternoon we went over to the church to clean the bathrooms and clean the church a little before the viewing of on of the sisters who passed away this past week. Sister Giessler was 93 years old and had lived here for a long time and we knew that there would be a lot of people attending the viewing and the funeral the next day and we wanted the church to be clean. We then helped set up the room for the viewing and stayed a while at the viewing.
The sister missionaries come to the familhy history center to send their weekly e-mail home..
Just love these young women!
That evening was the College Park Ward's "Trunk or Treat". We picked up Eva and Maria and headed over to the church.. They had games for the kiddos, a costume parade and contest. A pumpkin carving contest, a hot dog dinner and a dessert contest.. then everyone headed outside for the Trunk or Treat.. We told the elders that we would bring the candy if they would use their car and hand it out, they thought that was a great idea... When we approached their car we saw the trunk was ajar and we decided to put our candy there before we went inside.. When we opened the trunk.... surprise it was filled with "2" missionaries.. They laughed and thought it was so funny.. How they both got in there, we couldn't figure out.. It was a very fun evening and the kids and parents both had a great time.
Elder Watts and Elder Snow.. trunk or treat?
Me with Eva and Maria (baby didn't belong to any of us, we just wanted to hold him for his mom)
Thursday morning we arrived at the first house and there was a man and woman standing across the street talking, we greeted them and then walked up the sidewalk to the house. As we were walking I said, " wouldn't it be funny if that is Linda". Then the lady across the street came into the yard.. we asked her if she was Linda and she said "yes, I am".. We went into her house and had a very nice visit.. The first thing she said was " I just want you to know that I am not a practicing Mormon", we said oh that's no problem, we just wanted to come meet you and get to know you better. We talked about a lot of things and she was very warm and friendly. She is divorced and has a long time friend living with her who is also divorced. Her friend is a realtor and was on her way to see a new property. So she left and we kept talking to Linda. When we were getting ready to leave we asked if we could have a prayer and she said yes, and scooted over close to us. We were so touched by Linda and hope we put a little spark in her to maybe come back to church. We told her we would come back to see her again and she said that would be great.. I felt so good when we left her home, such a sweet lady.
We were watching the news and saw that the hurricane
was going to be
coming our way and the experts are saying it is going to be the storm of the
century, with the hurricane and a cold front coming from the North and a strong
jet stream heading East.. so on Friday morning we started calling some of the
sisters who are house bound and not able to get out to get the things they
might need to survive a major storm..like water, food and flashlights. We then headed out to the store and shopped
for those things on our list for the sisters who did need some things. Many of the items we wanted to get were
already gone from the shelves. The stores were packed and everyone was stocking
up on their needs. Once we had all that
were on our lists we started delivering
the food and water to those sisters.. Each one was so appreciative and
thankful. It made us feel so good to be
able to help those who couldn't help themselves. Sandy
On our shopping trip I discovered that the Target here is 2 stories, it has huge elevators that you can take your shopping cart down to the lower level.. so cool and the other cool thing is that the Safeway store has an underground parking garage.. with an escalator up to the store.. and an elevator also..
I received an e-mail from a sister Beckes who lives in
Saturday morning we had a mission conference with 2 visiting authorities. Elder Quentin L. Cook and his wife & Elder Matthew Eyring. It was for our entire mission, young elders and sisters, senior couples and senior sisters. Sister Cook, said she loves to think of the words of the hymns when she is needing help in bringing the spirit into her life and challenged us to think of an attribute of the savior and try to come up with as many songs that sang of that characteristic. She asked for members of the audience to see how many they could come up with for the word obedience.. some were: Do as I'm doing, Come follow me, Called to Serve, I'm trying to be like Jesus & Keep the Commandments. She loves to sing and has led many choirs, so she had us sing a song and taught us a rhythm to sing along with the song, then she divided the room and half sang the melody and half sang the rhythm part.
Quentin L. Cook
Elder Quentin L. Cook is one of the twelve apostles of our church and such a dynamic man. He was saying he used to head up the missionary department of the church and so he wanted to direct his remarks to the missionary effort in our mission. He also described how the missionaries are called.. that each general authority rotate and their turn used to come around every 5 weeks. But since the announcement of the new age requirements (18 years for young men and 19 for young women if they choose that option) the mission applications have gone from 700 a week to 4,000 a week. Elder Cook said he had the privilege of assigning 750 missionaries last week. He said that in the very near future there will probably be 4 missionaries serving in each ward and special wards such as foreign language or the deaf branch will have many more.
Saturday evening was the first session of our Stake Conference with Elder Quentin L. Cook and Elder Matthew Eyring of the seventy who is our visiting area authority. Sister Wege was working in the
so I rode over to conference with the Seig's, another senior missionary
couple. It was fun to see so many people
that I have met since moving up here.
Some of the thoughts I took notes on during the meeting. Visitors Center
- President Antoniak of the Stake Presidency: It is critical that we know where we are going and which road to take to get there. Many are like
in Wonderland and will take any path because they don't have a goal. Alice
- Mary Jean Sokolowsky: shared her love for family history work and the joy it brings to her.
- President Pratt of the temple presidency: talked about the temple and the blessings of attending the temple. He is such an amazing speaker and his stories are always so fun to listen to.
- Brother Matthew Eyring: He asked is going to the temple a priority for you? Is it on your calendar? If it isn't on your calendar it isn't a priority. After the meeting, I stopped to talk to him. I asked him if he grew up living next door to Connie and Bob Rose.. He said "I did" and I told him that Connie was a friend that I had grown up with and still kept in touch with. He said my parents still live next door to them.
- Elder Quentin L. Cook: shared some of the things about missionary work that he had shared that morning in our mission conference. He counseled parents that no young man or woman should serve a mission before they are ready.
- What does it mean to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, might & strength? We should love him by keeping the commandments. To feed his sheep through our acts of kindness and service.
- Happiness is a choice.
- Our spiritual lives are like a relay race, we pass the spiritual baton to our children and they to their children.
- 4 things for a happier life - Pray, Read the scriptures at least 5 minutes a day, Keep the standards 100%, and Smile.
- We should use the Savior as our primary example
- Try to build faith in Jesus Christ.
- Follow President Monson's wonderful example to rescue those in need by giving selfless service. He is always grateful.
I am learning my way around here a little better near the apartment, or I should say I know if we have been on the street before, but have no idea how we got there when we are driving out to our visits. The city driving has been OK, and I am sooooo thankful for my GPS. Sister Wege and I trade off days driving. Since we each have our own car it makes it really nice.
We are keeping an eye on the up-coming storm and planning on staying in Monday and probably Tuesday.. from all accounts this will be a bad one and the power lines around here are always doomed in bad storms.. So we are ready. we have water, food and flashlights.. Come on ahead