Tuesday was a rainy day & we started out our day with a visit to Leah. She is a young woman who works for the Washington Post and has just started volunteering for CAS, The Children's Advocacy Services. She is going through a tough time, she just moved here with her boyfriend and now he has moved out and she said that now she wants to spend time on herself. It was a wonderful visit and I think we touched her heart.. and are hoping to visit her again soon.
We took Darlene to the dentist. Her teeth are in terrible shape and she is having them all pulled so she can get dentures.. She can't take antibiotics so the doctor is just pulling one at a time and waiting for her to heal before he pulls the next one. She is the sister that we took to the temple last Saturday. She is the sweetest person ever and is always so appreciative of our service..
We were invited to dinner at Helen's home. Her daughter Stephanie is going through a divorce & just moved back home from
On Wednesday I spent my first day in the
In total we had "54" sister's on our list to visit this week.. several were not home and some were to busy to have us in, but we managed to have visits with about 20. We were able to listen to those who were having problems and try to help in any way we could. I will share a few of the most meaningful ones with you.
On Thursday we had gone to quite a few sisters and were on our way home when we were inspired to make one more visit. We stopped at Karen's home and when she answered the door, she was very happy to see us. She said that she had been praying that we would come.. Her husband of 31 years had just walked out on her and she is about ready to have her power cut off and lose her home. She just sobbed on my shoulder and said that she was at a loss of what to do. We listened and talked and decided together that we will take her to social services next week. and any where else she needs to go to get the help she needs. She couldn't believe that we would do that and was so very thankful. We were so glad that we had listened to the promptings and had gone to her house.
Ruth lives in an assisted living facility and when we arrived she was packing to go to her daughters home to help them out. Her daughter is in the hospital and she is going to take care of the children and cook for them while their mother is not there. She is in a wheelchair and said that she will be fine and that she can do it. We were amazed by her strength and ability.. She has been a widow since she was in her late 20's and is mid 70's now..
Wanda fell about 3 weeks ago and broke her foot and injured her shoulder. She is recuperating at home and getting along OK. Wanda also suffers from Lupus and heart problems. She shared wonderful stories about growing up in Southern Maryland and working on her grandfathers large tobacco plantation. Before she was diagnosed with Lupus she served as a policewoman. She is very up-beat and has a wonderful personality and it was so fun to visit with her. She shared her wonderful conversion story with us and I just loved our visit.
We had stopped on a street that had the names of two sisters who lived very close together and saw a lady in the yard raking leaves. We asked if she was Le Ellen and she said "yes, I am".. We introduced ourselves and started talking to her. She was so sweet and said that she hadn't been to church in years because her husband was against the church. She told us he had passed away in January of this year. We spent a good half hour talking to her about all sorts of things and talked about my living in
It was such a wonderful week with many sweet sisters and great experiences.. On Saturday we watched our General Conference from our apartment and then on Sunday we watched it at the
Sunday evening we were invited to dinner at the Dickey's apartment. They live in the same building as us and serve in the National Archives in DC.. They also invited 3 members of the ward to dinner also. Alison is from
It was an amazing week with so many wonderful visits.. We are on the go all day and it is really satisfying to touch so many lives each day.. I love my mission and I love the gospel.