Saturday, December 5, 2015

5 December 2015

Elders Wright and Leota
I will start this week with a message and a few pictures of missionaries for the benefit of their families.

For those of you who have been following this blog, you have already noted that we try to include some inspirational message each week. We write much as Jacob of old did when he said, "we labor diligently to engraven these words upon plates, hoping that our beloved brethren and children will receive them with thankful hearts, and look upon them that they may learn with joy and not with sorrow, neither with contempt, concerning their...parents".  (Jacob 4:3)

Elders Teichert (Cokeville Wyoming) and Ramirez
We are not trying to infer here that we are writing scrpture. But we do LABOR to put down some of our activities; thoughts and insights each week for our beloved brethren and children.  I think that covers about everyone who might have occasion to read this blog.  Actually, the original intent was to do something weekly so our families (brothers and sisters and parents) and more especially our children could follow the things that we are doing and experience in a simple way some of the things we experience.  I would be so happy if I knew that my children did receive these writing (teachings) with thankful hearts.  I hope they know that we have served two missions for the express reason of blessing THEM!  We came to serve and bless our children and beloved brethren!!!!!!

Our space is tight for 8 adults.  There are 2 Americans here
besides us.  Sister Baird from Heber City and Elder Beard from
West Valley.
Our Turkey.  A Norbest brand from SM grocery store
in the mall near us.  There were 3 at the store and now only

We did a Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday for two sets of missionaries who are assigned to our ward and we included the Bishop and his family.  It was planned to be a surprise for the missionaries and it really did turn out that way. Bishops wife and children came to our apartment a few minutes before 3:00 in the afternoon.  The missionaries were to meet with Bishop Bigtas at 3:00 in his office.  When they all got there, he promptly escorted them to our apartment where they found that their special meeting was a Thanksgiving dinner.  It was a lot of fun.  Elder Beard, who had the week before asked: "Did I  miss Thanksgiving?" was one of the missionaries.  We were able to tell him that he had not missed a Thanksgiving dinner after all. As a young Elder, a Missionary Couple had served Bishop Bigtas and his companion a Thanksgiving Dinner when he was a missionary 20 years ago. Perhaps some of our guests will remember their 1st Thanksgiving Dinner 20 years from now.

And apple pie for dessert!!!!

The girls had to sit at the counter due to lack of space.
They were so excited to come for Thanksgiving
Dinner with us.  

Our week was filled with English tests on Monday all day again.  In addition, the Watsons moved in next door.  We were able to help a little and then show them around the city on Thursday. On Friday, we went with President and Sister Reeder to the Daet Zone Training meeting.  Daet is over 2 hours away. We left at 6:15 in the morning and didn't get back until about 5:00 pm.  It was a long but great day with the Reeders and with the missionaries. We love being around all of them.

Monika wanted her picture with me.

Then Camila, the quiet one wanted a picture with me.

The Watsons moved in on Monday and immediately started "making merry".
They put lights up on their window and hung an angel from the ceiling.
We are excited to have them as neighbors!!
This is a card the kids brought to dinner Sunday.  Drawn by Isabel Bigtas.
Isa is 8 years old.  Speaks English very well.  It is her primary language.

Camila is 6 years old.   Speaks only English.
I think this says it all for this week.

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