Friday, January 18, 2013

     Approaching 11 months now and all is well.

We have been traveling to LittleWashington, New Bern, Deep Run,  Kinston,  Ayden,  Grifton,  Dover and on Sunday we were assigned to go to Havelock.  We have taken the Sisters, the Elders and youth to visit a few singles  in our stake and invited them to come to the YSA Branch.  For some of them, the trip to Greenville takes over an hour.  The sacrifice that they are called to make will strengthen their faith and "bring forth the blessings of heaven".  There are some GREAT youth in the branch!

Thought this was an interesting Church house in Washington.  We have never seen so many different Churches - and each with a different name.  There are also many cemeteries everywhere.

Saw lots of Geese another day while traveling between Greenville and Washington

             Elder Perryman, Elder Balaich,and Elder Myers trying to find the front door of this house (2 levels).  

This house had a welcoming committee of 2 roosters and 16 cats.

And this little guy lives at our apartment (outside).  We think that you grandchildren would like it here.  

             Yesterday, we had a Missionary Conference and received some wonderful training from Elder Paul B. Piper of the Seventy.  We learned a very important lesson right at the beginning.

  We had arrived early, but we were sooo excited to see each other again.  There was lots of talking and hugging going on in the chapel. When Elder Piper arrived,  he saw that everyone wasn't seated quietly in their seats preparing for the meeting.  He got the microphone working and told us that he didn't bring the spirit.  It was up to each of us to do that.  Heavenly Father had lots for us to learn but if we weren't prepared, we wouldn't receive it.  And he wanted us to receive everything that Heavenly Father had planned for us.
We sat quietly in our seats praying and studying until he felt that we were ready to begin.  
It was a great meeting and the spirit was there!

 We thought about the difference it could make for us in the revelation we would receive personally in our Sacrament and other meetings if we were quietly preparing before the meeting began.  

As usual, we love you, miss you, and appreciate all you do for us continually - we couldn't have gone on this mission without your help.   The Gospel is true.  Please keep reading your scriptures and praying everyday.             It is vital to your spiritual well-being!     Take care

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Time for New Year's Resolutions - Don't put off the Blog

          We had a wonderful Christmas as we hope you did too!!!  Thank you so much for your Christmas cards and gifts.  We had fun opening up the 12 Days of Christmas - Thanks Gaylynne and Bill.

        Transfers came the week before Christmas.  This was our last Zone Conference with Elder McHan and our District leader Elder Fuhriman.  So sad to see them go.  They are terrific missionaries!

       Our new District leader is Elder Mortensen and we also got two sister missionaries back in our District - Sis. Tillman and Sis. McPherson.  Yea!
We were surprised to find this place for people who love their dogs!

            We saw lots of wreaths in windows and on doors of homes and churches - even our Church had wreathes on all its doors.  We've seen lots of candles in the windows too. 

          Have always wanted a Joshua Tree but never had time to sew one.  So as we drove around, I cut out the pictures from pass-a-long cards to show Jesus' life.  Covered candy canes became the shepherd's staff and a shiny star on top was also a symbol for Christ.  The shiny balls on the tree didn't fit our Christmas message about Christ, so one rainy day on the way home from Zone meeting, we stopped and gathered some cotton left in the fields after it was harvested.  I loved it because it was bumpy.  We dried it out and made our lambs with it.
        During the holiday, we saw a new version of Santa in a fish-filled aquarium.  He took Christmas wish orders while the mermaids swam around, and gave out wishing wands.  We missed the parade of boats with their Christmas lights - but saw a few decorated cars. 

      On Christmas Eve, the Elders and Sisters came over and baked cookies, ate dinner, went Christmas caroling, told about their family's traditions at home and of course we watched Luke 2 (my favorite).                

      Jordan Harrell and Sis. McPherson making cookies.
 David Callaway and Sis. Tillman preparing the dinner.                                                                                

Elder Perryman and Elder Dewey serving in the Greenville 2nd ward.
 David with Elder Mortensen and Elder Balaich serving in the Greenville 1st ward.
Leaving to go Christmas caroling, myself, Sis. McPherson, Jordan and Sis. Tillman.

                Christmas Day found us at Pres. David and Karen Walker's home.  They fixed a very delicious dinner, Sis. Walker shared her Christmas story and then passed out some gifts.  There were four very happy Elders as they unwrapped their new Nerf Guns with extra bullets.  They had a fun stop at the Church on the way home where they tried out their new gifts.  And you know the rest.  We got to call home!   Love you so much!

We  have some  EXTRA SPECIAL NEWS!!!!  On Dec. 29th another cute little dark-haired, baby girl entered our family.  Her name is Kately Veda Myers  - the daughter of Christopher and Christina.  We are so happy!!!  Got to see her on Google Chrome last night.

We feel very blessed.  The great work of spreading the gospel is continuing on.  Our District has always had such wonderful missionaries and the Lord is blessing us.

Love you all.  We appreciate all your prayers and support.