The streets are ablaze with color
The pictures really don't do it justice
If you haven't ever been on the East Coast in the fall, you need to plan to do it! It is so beautiful. The hard wood trees are all shades of green, yellow, orange and red.. It is breathtaking and I really am in awe each day as we drive around. I am constantly snapping pictures..
Even though I am living in
Then Sister Wege and I headed off to find St. Barnabus Church and hope we could get inside to take pictures. When we pulled in I saw the church and knew immediately because of the picture I had pulled off the internet. It is in a beautiful setting and now they have a school on the same grounds as the church and the cemetery. We met a man who is in the vestry of the church (council) and he called the office to have someone come down and let us in. I was overwhelmed to think that my ancestors helped in building this beautiful church. It is not large by today's standards but the Father said they regularly get about 100 people there each Sunday. (I am enclosing pictures on my blog, so make sure to go there to see them.) The baptismal font where my 7th great grandfather was christened was beautiful, it had come from
We were told that George Washington
attended the church and that Reverend Jonathon Boucher who was the rector at
the time the church was built was the tutor for George Washington's
stepson. We searched the graveyard
hoping to find the headstone of one of my ancestors, but the stone they used
back in 1700 was soft and over time had worn away, and you couldn't read the
carving's on the stones.. Father Kato the
presiding rector of the church today asked us to come into his office and share
some of the things I knew with him. Many
of the records of the church had been destroyed in a fire and he didn't know
much of the history of the church. We had a wonderful talk and he was so
interesting as he shared stories with us too.
What a wonderful way to start our day.
St. Barnabus Church
The Baptismal Font where my 7th Great grandfather was christened
The Bell Tower
Sister Wege had never been to Wegman's gourmet grocery store.. Well I had to take her there, since it is very close to our apartment now.. Anne Giles told me about this fun place before I left
.. It is
truly a foodie's paradise.. She loved it and so do I.. Thanks Anne for the
great tip.. Phoenix
Tuesday morning we had our district meeting with the young missionaries. We have 4 elders and 2 young sisters in the meeting and it is fun to spend time with them..
After our district meeting we went to
Dorothy posed for the picture
I love working in the
, and this week was fun. I researched the US Census records for 1920,
1930 & 1940. I found my mother's and
my father's families on all three and got so much information that I was
missing for my family tree on my aunts and uncles.. I am so excited to keep
researching and finding more.. I am learning so much and finding different ways
to look for information. After our session at the FHC we had a meeting with our new District Leaders, Elder and Sister Knight. Family History
Elder & Sister Knight
This week has been such a whirlwind.. We want to get in as many visits as we can in October since in November and December we are assigned to be working at the Visitors Center. In November we will be helping get everything ready for the Festival of Lights, setting up the Natavity exhibit and helping with the trees and where ever else we can help. Then from Thanksgiving to New Years we are working at the Visitors Center every day during the Festival. We had so many great visit's with wonderful sisters.. I want to share just a few with you..
Thursday we picked up
and went with her
to visit those sisters that she has on her visiting teaching route. First we
stopped to see Mary.. She is a sister who has schizophrenia & a disability
due to an accident at work. It was a beautiful day, so we sat on her porch and
visited. What a delight she was.. we talked about so many things and at one
point were talking about favorite movies and she was trying to explain one and
then started singing the song from the movie..wow...what a beautiful voice she
had.. I asked her if I could have a picture with her and she said "hey I
look like a guy today, with this hat on".. I don't have my afro..so I told
her I would take another when she had her afro.. She was so much fun to visit
We then went to see Princess, who told us she really wasn't feeling well, but to please come in for a few minutes. Princess is 86 years old and was a little disorientated while we were there.. She has family that lives close and checks on her daily, which made us feel so much better.. She has spent some time in the hospital lately and is still trying to get some things resolved regarding her health.
Our regular Thursday appointment is Barbara and she was feeling so much better this week and was so happy that we had
After our visits we stopped to pick up some dinner and then went to
We have a wonderful sister Naomi in one of the wards who is from
Rosemary started out our Friday with a bang.. what an awesome sister.. So full of life and love to everyone and especially the gospel. We had a wonderful visit with her and then her friend Maria came over and she speaks Spanish. Rosemary was a sockial worker and that is how she met Maria. Even though she is retired she is still helping Maria with anything she needs. What a wonderful example she is to everyone she meets. She called the young elders and asked them if they had a Book of Mormon in Spanish and would they bring it over.. they did right away and she gave it to Maria..
then said OK , elders what is my next assignment..
Elder Matahela, Maria, Rosemary & Elder Watts
Rosemary & Me
On Saturday we took our list of sisters and headed out for a full day of visiting. The very first home we called on was Bridget. She was so happy to see us and invited us right in. She told us several times how happy she was that we came to see her on Saturday. She is from
Saturday evening was our stake temple evening. We picked up Darlene and took her with us to the temple. We had a meeting before the sessions in the huge room on the 7th floor of the temple and listened to wonderful talks by President & Sister Pratt of the temple presidency.. It was a wonderful evening. We had over 250 people attending that evening.
In total for the month of October so far we have called on 144 sisters.. some not home, some at work, some not feeling well.. but they all know how much we care about them and are thinking of them as we always leave a card on their doors if they are not home saying "So sorry we missed you" with our names and phone number on it. The sisters we have gotten in to see have been amazing.. Each one is different and as they share their stories I am so touched by the wonderful spirit of the home.. But the one thing they all have in common is the way they treat us and how happy they are that we came to see them..
Sunday we attended the Laurel Ward.. first time for me in that ward. After church we went with Sister Lougee the Relief Society President to visit 4 sisters. Adama was home with her 3 children.. 6, 13 & 18. It was so fun visiting with the entire family. Her 6 year old daughter Fatama came and sat by me. Joe was watching the football game and I said it was like being with my grandsons.. Tity is the 18 year old and she was telling us about her plans for college and her desire to be a nurse practitioner. Adama is a CNA. She and her family have been in the
Me, Fatama & Sister Lougee
Joe, Sister Wege, Tity & Adama
After our 4 visits we dropped off Sister Lougee and headed for the
for the special fireside. It was
featuring pro golfer Mike Reid and his wife, who live in Temple
Visitors Center . It was a great evening.. Maryland
It was a GREAT WEEK.....