Sunday, November 8, 2009

13th Post Sunday Nov. 1 - Sat. Nov. 7, 2009

On Sunday we attended the Clear Lake 2nd Ward. Clear Lake is east and south of Houston on the road to Galveston and right next to the NASA space center. We met one of our candidates and had a good talk with her. She has a teaching degree and many talents so I am a bit surprised she is without work. A sister in the ward got our contact information and she email us job leads from a new motel opening up in the area. We emailed many of our candidates with that info. I hope they will follow up.

It seemed like a slow week as we had no one come to the centers on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. We spent our time sending job leads to candidates, making phone calls and reading. Not many responses back. We did hear from one candidate who does have a full time job now. That is aways great news.

Thursday at the Broadway building we had a sister in a wheel chair come into to see us. She did not speak very good English, but her soon to be husband, who is not a member, did speak a bit of English. We tried to call the Spanish speaking elders in our apartment complex but they did not pick up the phone. I thought of Sister Marlow, who with her husband, were the senior missionaries we replaced and she does speak Spanish. Well, we were able to figure out she needed a resume, but after Sister Marlow hung up we still could not get enough details to help this sister with her employment needs. We had a prayer in our hearts that somehow we would be able to help this good sister. Leona looked our the church door and saw a car pull up. It was the Spanish speaking elders who are assigned to the ward that meets in the Broadway building. Their arrival was an answer to prayer. They stayed with us and translated while we got the details to help the lady. Even though the computers would not hook up to the Internet again this week, we wrote a simple resume for her and made copies of many important papers she had with her. She is applying for a job at the Mexican Consulate here in Houston. She seemed so thankful and grateful for our help and the missionaries help. What a testimony of prayer and that Heavenly Father watches over ALL is children. This experience really made our week.

On Saturday morning we met the other senior missionaries at the Mission Office. We then all rode in the mission van to Huntsville. Huntsville is the home of Sam Houston, the "founder" of the republic of Texas, the prison museum, Sam Houston State University and many Sam Houston museums and home sites. Sam Houston was a real patriot and understood the real meaning of minimum government. Just outside of town next to the freeway is a 67 foot tall statue of Sam Houston - the largest of this kind in the world. I enjoyed the museums and learning more about Sam Houston. Lots of pecan trees so we even enjoyed picking up pecan nuts laying on the ground -good eating! The prison museum was interesting also. Made one feel glad not to be in prison. We had lunch at the LDS Institute of Religion. Elder and Sister Marlow are the new directors. They were here as employment missionaries, in fact they are the ones we replaced. We even saw a pomegranate tree (bush). It was a really fun day with the other missionaries.
Saturday evening we went to the Houston North Stake Conference. They are creating a new stake tomorrow and this is also the stake that Kent Chamberlin, Leona's cousin is in the Stake Presidency. Great Saturday evening conference session. Lots about following the Spirit.

A very wonderful day. What a blessing to be missionaries at this time. The weather has been mild with no humidity this week - dare we hope cool weather is here to stay??

We love you
Mom & Dad

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