Sunday, May 29, 2011

94th Post Monday May 23 - Sunday, May 29, 2011

Can it be Monday already? Time passes quickly when you are having fun! Unfortunately, sometime around 2am Saturday morning someone threw a paving brick through the side window next to the front door of the mission office. The alarm scared them off and as far as we know nothing was taken. The AP's and Elder Stringfellow cleaned it up on Saturday and the FM group made temporary repairs.
As we were exercising this morning we saw pictures of the bad storms and tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri. So many lives lost and property destroyed, our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered from these natural disasters.
Today we kept busy with our normal office responsibilities: updating apartment files, paying bills, arranging of lease renewal signings, and just trying to keep up. We had a visit from three elders who left the mission some time ago. One we knew (Elder Neilson AP) and the other two left before we got to the office.
Family home evening was at our place and Sister Young taught the lesson from Preach My Gospel. FHE. We enjoy our time together discussing the lesson and solving "world problems" especially since we really do not know what is going on in the world anyway!

Tuesday I started the next round of apartment inspections. The apartments looked pretty good. I also took the mail and any packages that were in the office. I did the walk through of two apartments we will be moving into next Wednesday. They had installed new carpet and painted so the places looked good. We had Elders Scoresby, Gardner, Galbraith and Keliipuleole for dinner this evening. They are great young men and it is a blessing to know and serve with them. Hot and humid today.

Wednesday I inspected apartments in Conroe, Huntsville, Montgomery, and the Woodlands. Many apartments had improved from last inspection and the missionaries had really tried to correct the negative items. A long drive today. We went to the temple this afternoon. About 10 or so on the session. It was so good to be in the temple - so peaceful and such a great reminder of the really important things in life. We have been blessed with so much including being missionaries.

Thursday I was in College Station, Brenham, and Waller inspecting apartments. We had our staff meeting this morning so I did not get a very early start so it was late in the afternoon when I returned to the office. Over 225 miles today. I stopped by two apartment complexes in College Station to check and make sure the apartments we are moving into will be ready the first Saturday in June. Looks like they are all ready to go. We are moving from a two bedroom apt into two - one bedroom apartments at each location. The country side sure is dry, except between Navasota and Brenham which was green and looked like they had got a lot of rain - must have been very localized, because everywhere else it was dry. I have not seen the grass/plants along the road side so dry.

Friday was another apartment inspection day. I left just after 8 this morning so I was back in the early afternoon. I signed another lease renewal today. When I got back to the office Leona helped me load up a bed and extra box springs. I delivered them to missionaries about 30 minutes north.

Just as we were about to leave the office for the day we received a phone call from an elder who had locked their keys in the trunk of their car. Elder Stringfellow normally handles those kind of car issues but they have family in town and left the office early today. Anyway, we figured out which spare keys to take and off I went. It was rush hour traffic but I did make good time. The elders had gone to some other missionaries apartment so when I got to their car I phoned them. They were so thankful to get their keys and be able to get back to their schedule. Another long day but a great day to be in the Texas Houston Mission.

Sister Stringfellow's brother and sister-in-law spent the night with us. She has several family members in town for the weekend.

Saturday was a BIG shopping day. We went to Krogers, Sam's, HEB, Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby and Old Town Spring (looking for fabric). Nothing short of a miracle that I was able to shop so much and live to tell about it. We ate an early dinner at Chipotles and visited with the senior sisters for a while this evening. Very hot and windy today, but not so humid - everything is so dry.

I forgot to set my cell phone to vibrate in church today and of course it rings during sacrament meeting. I have it set to "wake the dead" setting so I can hear it, which makes is even louder when someone is speaking in sacrament meeting. I could not get out the door soon enough! We had planned to have 11 sister missionaries over for dinner this evening and the call was to tell us that the planned baptism had been changed and could they come earlier to dinner! I said yes and when I told Leona about the change of plan we quickly and quietly slipped out while they were singing the intermediate song. We had 9 sisters actually come for dinner. It was fun to be with them and to see their love for each other. We had a good visit/lesson after we ate. Great missionaries we will miss them. In the future, when the time is right, we pray that our grandchildren will find eternal companions just like the young elders and sisters that we have grown to love here.

A wonderful week in Texas - so blessed to be missionaries. We love this work and are blessed to be doing what we are doing.

Have a safe week. We love you and are thankful for you.


Dad & Mom

Sunday, May 22, 2011

93 Post Mon. May 16 - Sunday May 22, 2011

Another Monday and another week gone by way too fast! Apartment issues, utility changes and paying the bills filled our day. I did go out to get the truck and van fueled up for tomorrow and discovered that the wiring for the trailer had either been cut or worn completely through. I found some wire, connectors and the tools I needed in the garage. I got the wires fixed and power to the trailer lights but no turn signals on the left side. I finally took the trailer down to the garage we use to service the office vehicles and they fixed the lights for me. When we pull the trailer with the van it makes for a long "vehicle". We went shopping this evening for missionary dinner and breakfast items for the next few days - this is transfer week.

Tuesday - transfer day! We were at the office before 7:30 this morning. Not many being transferred in the College Station area so the AP's drove the truck up there. They scheduled me to drive the van and trailer to make the Katy/Mills Road Chapel run. I had 8-10 missionaries and all their things at each leg of the journey. I depart the mission office and drive to the Bear Creek Chapel in the Katy area and drop off missionaries and pick up others. We then go to the Mills Road Chapel and unload and load others and then drive back to the mission office. There were lots of missionaries in the office today. Many came to say goodbye to departing missionaries. It is hard to get much done with so many in the office, but we enjoy visiting with the missionaries and to see those we do not see very often. Leona made a big batch of sloppy joes for lunch for those going home, but of course others in the office get fed also. The departing missionaries' testimony meeting was very good. We have some really good sisters and elders going home, they will be missed. After the testimony meeting they all go through a session at the temple. Leona and I go to set up the dinner. Leona's Texas shaped cookies are always a hit. We enjoy being around the departing missionaries in that setting. Hard to see them go. The parents and step parents of one elder from Highland, Utah were there (they even traveled to Houston together). I asked if any were from AF and the step dad said he was from Lehi. I asked did he take shop and he looked at my name tag and said Mr. Walker. He did have dad as a teacher and said that Mr. Walker saved him from cutting off his fingers. By the time we clean up and get back home it is late. A long day but so enjoyable - we are so blessed to be missionaries.

Wednesday I spent doing apartment paper work. I have 4 new apartments to get ready (paper work) by the end of the month. The new missionaries came in this afternoon. Four Spanish speaking sisters, and 7 English speaking elders. One elder is from Hong Kong. He has been in the MTC in Provo learning English. The office staff give the arrivals a short orientation of what we do and have them fill out various papers. I also take a picture of them that I use for the photo board and the transfer board in the President's office. Sisters Young and Nance from the employment center were in charge of the dinner for the new missionaries and the missionaries that will be taking them tracking or teaching this evening. We walked over to the church to see how the meal was going. There was lots of food so we ate with them. The sisters had fixed colorful center pieces and things really looked great. This evening I ran some errands and Leona cooked 6 lbs. of bacon, made syrup and got things ready for tomorrow morning.

Thursday we were up early and to the Mission Home before 7 AM. We made French toast and got the fruit and bacon & sausage ready by 8 AM. We fed about 24 or so. The trainers are invited and of course the new missionaries are there. After breakfast President Hansen announces the new companionships, I then take pictures of Pres & Sister Hansen and each new missionary to send home to their parents. I also do a couple of group shots for the history and then they are off to the temple. After things are cleaned up we stop by the drug store to get copies made of the pictures to put in the mail. Sisters Donkin, Ang, Porter, Perez & Ferro (3'some) are all trainers. It seems just like yesterday those sisters arrived in the field.

At breakfast this morning Elder Galbraith was telling of his experience last evening tracking with Elder Yu, our new missionary from Hong Kong. It seems that some weeks ago Elder Galbraith (EG) and Elder Scoresby(ES) tracked this couple out that seemed interested in the gospel, but the husband was very busy and wanted them to come back in 3 weeks. They spoke Mandarin and some English. When Elder Yu and EG were put together for the evening EG thought it has not been 3 weeks but maybe we should go by this couple's home anyway. The woman answered the door and seemed a bit annoyed at which point EG apologized, but told her he wanted her to meet Elder Yu. Elder Yu began to speak to her in Mandarin and she just lit up. She was so excited. She invited them in, the husband was busy, but again when Elder Yu spoke to him he too got excited to have them stay. EG said he did not understand the "lesson", but sure felt the spirit. He said this couple was truly golden. Elder Yu was scheduled to arrived some months ago, but with visa issues and needing more MTC language time he did not arrive until now - AFTER EG and ES found this couple. The Lord has His hand in this work and is so mindful of ALL His children.

Friday we paid bills, sorted out utility issues, updated apartment inspection check lists for next week, and continued working to complete the new tracking sheets for the new mission president. I delivered a package to one of the missionaries that needed to receive it right away. We were on the go all day. What a wonderful experience this is.

Saturday morning I ran to the store and the post office to mail all the letters(and photos) to parents of new missionaries that Leona had prepared. We decided to go down to the Houston Museum of Science. We went to the butterfly exhibit. That was very interesting to see all the many varieties and colorful butterflies and moths. The huge enclosure is made up of tropical trees and plants with the butterflies everywhere. We also went to a couple of the iMax presentations, TRex of the Sea, and Born to be Free (about orphaned elephants and orangutans and those who raise them so they can return to the wild). We enjoyed our day together.

Sunday, a day of rest - thank goodness! The Sacrament Meeting talks were good. A recent convert spoke about going to the temple. She was baptized in April, conference weekend, and has been to the temple every Saturday since doing baptisms and enjoying the peaceful Spirit there. She said each time she goes she does not want to leave. She is so enthused about the gospel. She invites and brings many to church with her that she meets at work and at her apartment complex, she is an example of being a missionary to everyone. Another speaker told his story of conversion, he said when growing up his best friend was a member and invited him often to activities and church ball games. After he married, he and his wife were trying to find a church to attend and his wife suggested one Sunday morning "why don't we attend the Mormon church". He said that it was the small things that his member friend and church members did for him that made him want to investigate the church when he was older. He made the comment that sometimes we do not ever know what influence we have or the harvest that we help to create - by small and simple things, great things come to pass. Great talks, lots to think about and to work on.

Hope you have a great week and a safe week. We love and pray for each of you every day.


Dad and Mom

Sunday, May 15, 2011

92nd Post Mon May 9 - Sunday May 15, 2011

We spent Monday paying bills, preparing forms, for a perspective new missionary apartment and running errands. We are also trying to clean up files/records of security deposits -some go back many years. Lots of missionaries in and out of the office today. Leona was in my office this afternoon preparing new missionary study binders. Two sister missionary came in the office to visit and ask questions. The one sister goes home next week. She was asking about marriage and how do you know when you find the right person. We had an enjoyable discussion with two very good sisters that are very faithful missionaries. We held FHE at the Stringfellows this evening. Sister Stringfellow showed the new Joseph Smith DVD. What a faithful person he was, and his wife and brother. The weather was hot and humid today.

Tuesday we did our typical missionary work paying bills, apartment issues, phone calls, etc. I had to make a trip up to Conroe as one apartment did not get their rent check from SLC. When I gave the apartment manager the check she said "I was going to call you." She had received a compliant about one of our sets of missionaries. The neighbor below the missionaries complained they were making lots of noise late last night. I got the details and went right over to see the missionaries. The missionaries said they had come home late and were jumping up to see if they could touch the ceiling (it is a high ceiling). In those apartments any heavy walking can be heard below let alone jumping! Anyway I had a good talk with them and I know they felt bad about the compliant. I only have had 3 real complaints about missionaries, one was a false report and the other two involved the same missionary. He is a good young man, just not real focused sometimes.

Wednesday already!!! SLOW DOWN Days!! I entered apartment data into the church's iMOS computer system, ran errands (post office, buying apt cleaning supplies, delivering medication to a missionary). Elder Stringfellow has been working on a new tracking sheet format for the new mission president. The data will come more directly from iMOS so the sheets should be more accurate. We had Sisters Smart, Ang, Donkin and Rodriguez for dinner this evening. I think they would have stayed all evening to visit with us but we sorted of told them "good-bye". They are wonderful sisters and they work is a rough part of this area speaking Spanish. Sister Rodriguez is the only native Spanish speaker. She came from Guatemala just a few years ago with her family. Her English has really improved over these many months. What a great day to be a missionary!

Thursday we continued working on the new tracking sheets, and apartment issues. I drove back down to Katy to fill out the apartment application for the Park Fall Apartments. The 4 elders in that area will move into two - one bedroom apartments. The apartment manager was new and had never done a corporate lease. I had all our insurance letters, credit letters, etc, but she was not "getting it". I told her to call two of our apartments that we have been in for some time and where we have two or more apartments on lease. One of the managers is a member of the church so that worked well when she was contacted. It really rained hard on the way back to the office. This is the first measurable amount of rain we have had in over 100 days. Things are really dry in this part of Texas.

Friday is staff meeting day. We enjoy meeting with President & Sister Hansen and the AP's. There is always such a good spirit there. President Hansen is a good mission president. We left a bit early today to get ready for the ball game. The seniors all loaded into the van and went to the Astros/NY Mets game at Minute Maid Park this evening. There were twelve of us in the van. The only ones missing were the CES missionaries from Huntsville (school is out and they had to go back to Utah for a week or so). We enjoy the evening together, the ball park food and the fireworks after. The weather was very pleasant, cool with no humidity. It was very late when we got back. The Christensons (Huntsville) stayed with us and the Buckways(College Station) stayed with the senior sisters in their spare bedroom.

Saturday the Christensens and Buckways (the senior sisters slept in) came over to our place for breakfast. We enjoyed visiting with them. This is the Buckways 2nd mission (both proselyting -first one was in Alaska). We spent the rest of the day doing laundry, making sloppy joes for transfer week, shopping, making cookies, and in general getting ready for next week. It was such a beautiful day, cool with a lite breeze. The AP's and Elders Sorenson and Gardner came by this evening to bring us the list of transfers for next week. Elder Sorenson is moving and will be a new ZL. We had ice cream and a good visit with these outstanding missionaries.

We enjoyed our meetings at church today. The talks in sacrament meeting were about missionary work and both high councilors really did a great job in covering the subject. Sisters Perez and Ferro called and invited us to the baptism this evening down at the Mills Road Chapel. We picked up the Stringfellows to go with us. The service was in a Spanish Ward but there were missionaries to translate for us so we knew what was being said. It was a great service and actually 3 people were baptized. We enjoyed a wonderful sabbath day and pray you did to.
Have a wonderful week, be careful. We love you and pray for you every day.

Love Mom & Dad

Sunday, May 8, 2011

91st Post Monday May 2 - Sunday May 8, 2011

Yet another week goes by at a "break neck speed". Lots of missionaries in and out of the office today (Monday). I was able to get a few things done. I worked on the interview schedule, that will be held in the missionary's apartments for the new mission president and put together a map to help him and the new apartment coordinator. We picked up Sister Sulski at her home this evening after work and she rode with us to the mission home for FHE. Her husband could not come because of work. The Hansen's shared with us there experience of being visited by Pres. Uchtdorf in Arizona and later with Pres. Monson via teleconference as President Hansen was called as mission president. It was a wonderful evening as the Hansens bore strong testimony of the Book of Mormon and of Joseph Smith. Just a great evening - we will miss our association with the Hansens.

Tuesday I was on on the go running errands to the post office, office supply store, picture frame store (we had the picture of the new mission president and his wife framed). Most of the day was spent dealing with apartment issues, like leases, finding new apartments, and reviewing lease/contract terms, etc. One of the sister missionary's apartment has a mouse so they were all wound up. "This is not a mouse, Elder Walker it is a rat!"they said. Well I got them a different kind of trap and told them to call their apartment manager. The manager sent the maintenance guy over right away and he pulled the dishwasher out, plugged the hole in the wall, and yes they did see the "rat" - just a poor little mouse. The maintenance guy put out some traps and sticky pads - so far no other rat problems. This evening we went over to the pond to feed the ducks. There are no more baby duck to be found. Something is getting them. The weather is so nice, lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s.

Wednesday I drove back down to the Katy area to check out apartments. Spent most all day looking at apartments and talking with apt managers. I found a couple that should work so I called the elders and they were at their apartment just about ready to fix some lunch. I invited them to go to lunch with me and to talk about the apartment options. They enjoyed lunch and having some input into the decision on where to move. I also went by a brake shop in the Bear Creek area and paid the bill for a missionary car repair (Elder Stringfellow was at ZL council serving lunch). Another beautiful day to be a missionary.

Thursday I mounted a bulletin board in my office and put up the apartment map I have been working on. The map shows the 55 apartments all over the mission. We got word of 5 more missionaries coming over the next several months so I worked on getting their photos ready.

Friday we had staff meeting with the Hansens. The opening hymn was "Hark All Ye Nations". The Hansens are good singers so the group sounded good, but more importantly the hymn "felt" really good. A wonderful spirit in our meeting.

We had a young man come into the office this afternoon. What an interesting story. The young man had been searching on the Internet for information about Jesus. He found a reference that said the book that has the most references to Jesus was the Book of Mormon, so he started to read the BofM on line. He became convinced of its truth and wanted to know more. He went to the temple, walked inside and told them what he had come for, they sent him to the distribution center at the temple ??. Anyway, he wanted information but he did not want the missionaries to come to where he lived. The sister at the distribution office called the mission office and we told him that he could come to the mission office and we could give him things to read and study. He got to what he thought was the mission office but it was really the church building next door and of course it was locked. He then walked over to the LDS employment center and they walked with him to the mission office-finally he got to the right place. Elder Harris and Vehers (ZL's) were in the office when this young man arrived, so they began to teach him. Elder Harris told me later, "the man is just golden". He wanted to know why the church was "not out there", why were we not doing more to let people know about the truth, etc. He said he was going to go the Baptist church near his home and tell them they were all wrong - the missionaries cautioned him about that approach. The missionaries asked him where he lived - they thought "such a golden contact" and he probably lives out of our mission. Well it turns out he not only lives in our mission, he lives in Elders Harris & Vehrs area - how great was that!!! The missionaries were so excited as they were telling me about this whole experience - they hope he comes to church Sunday.

Elder & Sister Christenson from Huntsville spent the night with us. They have a nephew who is getting his temple work done and he and his wife and young daughter will be sealed tomorrow morning.

Saturday we got up and fixed a nice breakfast and enjoyed a long visit with the Christenson's before they had to depart for the temple. What great people they are. Elder Christenson served his mission in PA/DE area and remembers Bishop Ted Johnson in Wilmington - small world.

We cleaned up the apartment, washed the car and did some shopping. This afternoon the Stringfellows, and Sisters Nance & Young and us all went up to Conroe for dinner - Mother's Day celebration. After the "all you can eat" at Ryan's we drove up to Lake Conroe to walk along the marina area and enjoy the very warm evening.

Sunday, and we had a leasurely morning; we thought, in January, that having a church start time of 12:30pm would not be so good but we have discovered that we like it alot! There were many talks today on the blessing of "mothers". I am thankful for my mother and the lessons I learned from her and for her love for me. At the end of sacrament meeting they gave each mother a homemade blueberry muffin that the young women had made. Then after church the other ward was just leaving the chapel and a young man was handing small bags of candy to the mothers and he gave one to me and wished me "happy Mother's Day". Two treats, phone calls from each of our children, and dinner with my sweetheart-I couldn't ask for anything better! It has been another wonderful day and week in Texas!

We love you and our prayers are always with you. Have a great week.


Dad and Mom

Sunday, May 1, 2011

90th Post Mon April 25 - Sunday May 1, 2011

Monday we were in the office early after running our 2 1/4 miles on the treadmill and getting ready for work. Lots of new missionaries coming the next few transfers so I worked on the photos, and apartment lease issues (several coming due this month and next). The missionaries were in and out of the office most of the day picking up their mail and packages. They also had questions about the scriptures, about my first mission, about "what would you do with this investigator", about school, etc. Of course I am not short on answers so it was another good day. Sister Walker's alteration shop is always open for the missionaries and today was no exception. She also told some of the sisters who were in the office that we would bring ice cream to them at the park where their zone was going to have p-day activities. She had things to be done in the office so I was sent on the errand. I stopped on the way to pick up ice, bottled water, and ice cream treats. It was hot and windy so the missionaries really were thankful for my "stopping by". We enjoy so much our association with the young missionaries.

Tuesday I drove out I-10 to Sealy to try and find an apartment complex that will do corporate leases and that have one bedroom apartments. I had called one place the other day and they said they had all I was looking for. When I got there I recognized the place as the same place I stopped one year ago with the same questions and was told they do not do corporate leases. The manager was upset that I had been given bad information. Anyway the apartments looked OK and were available in the time frame I need them so I spent time filling out the paper work. There are very few choices in Sealy for acceptable apartments. I stopped back in Katy and looked in the north part of town for apartments to move the Kenwood Club at the Park elders to. Lots of apartments, many way too expensive, some not in a location that would be central for the four elders (2 on bikes and 2 have a car) and just one or two that may fit our needs. Spent most all day looking and talking with apartment managers. Warm and humid today.

Wednesday when we arrived at the mission office and checked email, we discovered that we now have 14 more new missionaries coming over the next few months! I worked on their photos and many apartment lease issues.

Our replacements (the Bowcutts) are bringing their 5-wheel to live in so they will not need our apartment. The senior sisters want to move from their apartment into our 2 bedroom apartment and since both leases are due the end of May it will work out well. I talked to the manager of our apartment complex and she will work with us on transferring our expiring lease to the sisters.

A lady came in the office this afternoon and asked for a blessing, she had just had a root canal. I was the only priesthood holder in the office at the time so we talked for awhile. Elders Harris and Vehrs, the North Zone Leaders, stopped in just at the right time. I annointed and Elder Harris sealed. He gave her a wonderful blessing of health and then blessed her that she would be a light to her family (it was like out of no where when he said that). The blessing was ended and she was in tears. It turns out she has been trying for some time to keep members of her family active in the church. She received the blessing that she needed, it may not result in the outcome she wanted, but if she continues faithful, it will be in the Lord's way and time. She was very thankful for the blessing. What amazing missionaries we have, they are very faithful and obedient and close to the Spirit - we love them.

Thursday I called all the apartments that have leases due the end of May to check on rent increases, etc. I then sent a fax confirming our intentions to renew the lease and stating the name that should be on the lease: The Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Utah Corporation Sole. We use to do leases in the name of the Texas Houston Mission, but that is not a legal entity of the church. I also worked on a schedule of missionary interviews, in the missionary's apartments, for the new mission president. That should be very interesting. Most of the information can be down loaded from iMOS into a spreadsheet.

One of Sister Sulski's responsibilities is the missionary information sheets. Elder Stringfellow has been working on a new format that will be used. We are each going to help with this project to get all the current missionaries in the new format; then Sister Sulski will be able to keep up. Today I started on my assigned missionary information sheets. They are very time consuming but interesting as you read through their (missionary's) papers. They are amazing young adults; one I completed today is supporting himself - $400 per month. That is alot of money to save before you start your mission. Their testimonies are strong, it is a blessing for us to serve with them. The church is in good hands, they will be great leaders, fathers, and mothers.

We did not leave the office until after 6pm this evening. A long day, but we are so grateful to be here.

Friday, when we went to excercise early this morning and turned on the TV the station was broadcasting the royal wedding in England. We watched the very end as we were pretending to "run". The inside of the cathedral was very beautiful, lots of people inside and outside, choir singing and orchestra playing and of course a beautiful couple. The thought crossed my mind of mine and Steven's eternal marriage. The quiet beautiful temple, the proper priesthood authority, a small group of family and being sealed together forever. I am so thankful for the gospel for the knowledge and testimony of eternal families. The royal wedding in England was beautiful and the world looked on thinking that the young couple had everything but they are missing the most important part - the gospel and proper priesthood authority that binds families together eternally. I am thankful for that blessing.

At the office had our staff meeting with the Hansen's and the AP's. President Hansen said that he had just concluded the last of his interviews with all the missionaries - for the last time before they are released. He told of one experience where one elder came in and sat down and asked Pres. Hansen if this was his last interview with him, when Pres. Hansen confirmed it was the elder began to weep. President Hansen said at that point they both stood and embraced each other (Pres Hansen always embraces the elders when he greets them) and just held each other for about 10 minutes. "This was the only interview that I have ever had with a missionary where no words were spoken, but where "volumes" were communicated", President Hansen said.

There were lots of missionaries in the office before and after district meetings today. The Spanish District from the North Zone came in well after lunch and were talking about where they were all going to go for lunch. Leona suggested I take them to lunch and she would stay in the office with Sister Sulski our new mission secretary. The four elders rode with me and the 4 sisters followed us down to Sam's Club (that is where they wanted to go). They really enjoyed the pizza, soda and ice cream shakes. Good missionaries all of them. Another beautiful day to be a missionary.

Saturday is a special day, a day to get ready for Sunday, so that is what we did in the morning. We met the Stringfellows over to the office and drove out to Tomball together. We met Elders Martin and Bateman and took them to lunch. It was Elder Martin's birthday (he served in the office with us one transfer and trained the Stringfellows). We enjoyed our visit with them.

Leona and I are reading Pres. Monson's book "To the Rescue". What a wonderful man he is and a real blessing he is the prophet at this time in history. He truely has spent his life serving and rescuing others.

It is always a blessing to attend church. There were many testimonies shared, the Spirit was very strong in Fast and Testimony meeting. There are alot of great members in the Olde Oaks Ward.

Another great week and it went by very quickly. Dan and Melissa Vincent were going to come for a visit this past weekend but Melissa decided to take up the roofing business - bless her heart she has shingles. We were disappointed that they could not come and we pray for a speedy recovery for Melissa.

We love each of you. Have a safe week.


Mom and Dad