Sunday, November 7, 2010

These are a few of our favorite things...

These are few of our favorite things…

Enjoying the beauty of the area of the office building where the New Hampshire Manchester mission office is located.

Walking and talking together in morning exercise

Teaching, tracting with missionaries—a highlight!!

Dinner in an Amish home

Meeting people from all over the area, the world for that matter

Transfer week every 6 weeks, meeting new missionaries, sadly sending some home Sadder, ones who left because of sickness.

Traveling together to meetings, teaching appointments, stake conferences, zone conferences, interviews and seeing the beautiful autumn colors of New England

Having to overcome lots of hard things with faith in Christ and confidence that we can become equal to the challenges

Hearing “Called to Serve” sung by a group of missionaries any size who can harmonize “Chosen e’er to witness for his name, Far and wide we tell the Father’s story…” with conviction

Having missionaries who enhaled café rio salad clean up after themselves

New front yard residents

View out our back window

Our medical doctor and his wife. Pictured here (Last week we had everything from a sprained ankle –common-to a collapsed lung. He gives hours, countless hours of consultation and service. She not only supports him but us.

Listening to a young father’s first spoken prayer for his family

Having no time to prepare for a talk and having words put into our hearts and minds

Collapsing into bed happy but exhausted.

October Update

Oct. 27-30 Kirtland, Ohio Mission Presidents and wives seminar

Taught by the example of the Saints who sacrificed their lives to build the kingdom of God and by two members of the quorum of the seventies including President Jensen and their wives.

Sat where the prophet and others received witness of the reality and divinity of God the Father and the Savior. Pondered in awe in the 14 by 14 foot room where the great vision of the eternal worlds was given and Joseph Smith proclaimed: “And now after all the testimonies that have been given of him, this is the testimony…which we give of him: that he lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God” (Doctrine & Covenants 76:22-23)

Were also crowded into the room in the John Johnson home where the Word of Wisdom was received…

Felt deep appreciation for the men and women and families who consecrated their time and resources for the building of the temple. Partook of the Sacrament in the very room where the keys of gathering, receiving all the blessings of Abraham and the sealing of families were given.

Felt reverence in the white, original but restored Whitney store wherein the small upstairs room, again in longer than 14 by 14, Saints were taught to “to study and learn, and become acquainted with all books, and with languages, tongues, and people.” (D.C. 90:15)

Visited the saw mill and ashes refinery where townspeople brought their ashes from their home cooking fires. The refining process then converted the ash into lye for soap, potash for fertilizer than pearl ash for the making of ceramics and glass, each progressively more refined and more valuable. We feel grateful for this refining experience. Newell K Whitney and his wife consecrated the mill and refinery to the building of the temple. Yes, it’s Sister Shaylyn Schumann our neighbor from Lehi who has been serving in Ohio for 17 months. An amazing missionary.