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

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