Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
"Let the kaleidoscope of life's circumstances be shaken, again and again, the
true believer of Christ will still see with the eye of faith divine design and
purpose in his life."
www.drwally.org The article is titled A Little Known Debate in Heaven and is very thought provoking.
Sister Young (in the middle) is going home today, back to Sandy, Utah. Sister Walker and I will miss her a lot. She had lots of stories and funny sayings. I will never forget the saying; "I feel like a wart on a pickle!"
Here we are last Sunday in Brenham, Tx about a little over and hour away from us. We took a new car to some Elders there and then went to the branch's Sunday meetings. Sister Young and Sister Young took the Sunday drive with us.
We had a guest at the Mission Office the other day! We caught him as a pet (one of the missionaries did!) and put him in a fish bowl but he turned an ugly brown color so we let him go!
The AP's Elder Thomson from Hawaii and Elder Anderson from Utah. Elder Thomson was just transfered up to College Station. We will miss him. Missions are a series of Hellos and Good-byes!
The transfer trailer!
One of the Sister missionaries (we won't say who) showed up 15 minutes late with everything she owned in the back of her car. NOT in a box or suitcase, just in the back of her car. So Elder Stringfellow was helping her back it into whatever we could find. Since she had to put it in the back of this trailer, he was taping up her stuff so it wouldn't fall out and get lost. I'm not sure where her suitcases were.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Here are my two Sister Youngs. I just love them both. They both have such unique personalities. They're in the middle of throwing bread to the ducks. The dark hair Sister Betty Jo Young works in the office with us and is going home at the end of the month and I am sad to see her go. One of the best parts of the mission are the people you meet and friends you know you'll have forever! We got to meet Sister Peggy Jo Young's daughter this weekend. Hi Margaret! (she told me she reads my blog to see what her mother's up to!)
On Sunday we went to the Klien Stake's Conference, Elder Marlin Jensen was one of the speakers. His talk touched me so deeply. He talked to a young man recently who had returned from his mission 4 years ago and had read some anti-mormon literature and had decided to leave the church. Elder Jensen didn't really say what he'd said to him but said he reflected on the origin of his testimony and the foundation of his beliefs. He had 3 points;
Here are the tres hermanas. Sister Rodriguez, closest to me is the sister we took to the hospital last weekend for an MRI. We unfortuantely missed Elder Costa's talk to all of the missionaries in the 3 Houston missions but I was glad that we were there with her. She moved to California about 4 or 5 years ago but is originally from Guatamala and I knew exactly what she was going through with the back pain and having to have MRI's. The president was glad Elder Stringfellow was there too in case they needed an interpreter, but she got along fine. The other two sisters are Hermana Bullock and Hermana Ferro.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
1. Family (I love you guys!)
2. My faith in Jesus Christ, in His atonement, in His love for me and each one of us.
3. Friends - I am so blessed to have such great friends, including the ones I'm just making!
4. To be living my dream of being on a mission with my wonderful husband (Scott, thank you for all you do for me.)
5. To be feeling as good as I do! I recognize that God hears our prayers and enables us to do what we need to do.
6. That I can read (especially the scriptures) and listen (to prophets and apostles, my grandchildren's sweet little voices, uplifting music and so much more.)
7. Nature - thus the picture of the great big leaf, the cows in the pasture, an old barn! Sarah, on my screen saver right now is the picture you took of Antelope Island with all of the clouds in the sky; the wind on my face, the smell of rain, a beautiful sunset!
8.My right to choose - how to feel, how to think, what to believe.
9. The bounties of life - a home, food, shelter, we truly do have sufficient for our needs!
10. I am so grateful for my Heavenly Father and ALL that He does for me, I feel His loving hand and tender mercies every single day of my life!
Then we pass these cows every morning. The ironic thing is that north of this only a half mile is probably one of the busiest streets in all of Houston with every store and resturant imaginable.
Last Sunday we had a few missionaries over for dinner. This is Elder Hansen who goes home in a few weeks spoon feeding Elder Austin (who for some reason my brain thinks is Elder Curtis) who had just eaten before he came so he was'nt too hungry. Seriously, that's how much food he took and he didn't eat any of it! You don't see that too much.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Wow, I remember when I had that much energy to travel with 4 kids, a myriad of suitcases, backpacks and diaper bags!!!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
As we watched them go through the security line to get back on their plane we were reminded of just how much energy it takes to be parents of young children. Physcially, emotionally and spiritually!!! But there truly is no greater work any of us will ever do than love and nurture those children God gives us. We are so pleased with how our children are striving to be good parents, way to go David , Angela, Angie and BJ. And thanks Peter and Sarah for all the love and recognition you give to your nieces and nephews, children can never have too many people who love them and build them up.
Poor Jonah woke up the morning they were leaving not feeling very good! It probably made for a quiter trip on the plane. Though I guess when they were first up in the air and the plane was making a turn Jonah turned to his dad and told him that he wanted the plane to stop and he wanted to get off, it wasn't feeling too good. I know how he feels, for many years I always felt air sick, but it's funny that I never do anymore.
Jonah looks pretty happy in this picture. Did I tell the story about Jonah at preschool. I guess one day he didn't feel like helping clean up when it was clean up time, when Diane reminded him that the rule is everyone helps he said, "I don't have to, my Grandpa's on a mission!" So there you go-the mind of a 4 year old!
Don't I have the most beautiful grandchildren? Abby started first grade this fall. Wow how fast they grow up! I feel bad because the picture I took of Eli was very blurry so we'll have to take one of him next Wednesday morning when they come back through. They have another layover for an hour or so and since the airport is only about 15 minutes from us we're going to take them some doughnuts and hear about their grand Disney adventure.
Me and Abby are wearing her and Jonah's hats. Abby is going to be Jesse from Toy Story and Jonah is Woody. Eli is Buzz Lightyear and Lizzie is going to be the little alien with 3 eyes. Angela made them the cutest costumes. David and Angela are going to be Mr. and Mrs. Potatoe Head of course. How cute is that! Can't wait to see the pictures!