Wednesday, May 6, 2015

 Monday we didn't have any appointments so we decided to take the opportunity to spend some family time. We went to American Fork to see Suzy Castleton in one of our favorite plays, "Little Women." We were pleased to find out that our granddaughter Jessie worked back stage during the production. It was a wonderful performance. Keith and Caroline also came and watched the play. We went to Keith's and stayed overnight, had some time with the children before we returned home on Tuesday. Our Sister Hadden is going home soon so we had scheduled a dinner with them at Texas Roadhouse. While there we saw another sister companionship from our zone. Ruth went with one of the  sisters to an appointment to talk about family history.
Wednesday we were able to find a couple of people home before a visiting teaching appointment meant we needed to be home for a while. We had some good visits and then a family history visit that ended up at the stake center because the couples computer wasn't working very well. 
Thurs was a different day, but we were able to find a few people at home. We had probably the most different dinner appointment that we have had in our mission. The family has leftover night on Thursdays. We had chicken, pork chops, pasta, zucchini bread, and home made peach smoothies.
Friday night was a special evening. We had a Melchizedek priesthood preview for prospective elders that included several young men who are preparing to go on a mission. There was a good mixture of older and younger men and some wives and children. The children came to sing, which really added to the meeting. The talks were wonderful. A former counselor in our stake presidency who is also a seminary teacher gave a wonderful presentation about what the priesthood is and why it is on the earth. A former less active brother who had recently received the priesthood and taken his family to the temple gave a wonderful testimony about the blessings he and his family had received as he progressed in his activity and the priesthood. There was a Primary age group that sang a couple of numbers and then a member of our stake presidency gave a wonderful testimony about the blessings available to those who accept the priesthood. Following the meeting there was a pie social. It seems like the consensus was that it is something that should happen on a regular basis. 
Saturday we attended three baptisms. Two were from our ward and the third was a young lady that the sisters have been meeting with for some time. She finally decided she wanted to be baptized and there was  wonderful support from family and ward members.
Sunday is always a good day, we started in the morning meeting with the sisters and the stake presidency. They are so desirous to have the work of salvation move forward; we talked about several ideas of how that will be done best in our stake. After attending two ward sacrament meetings we visited some people that have just been called as ward missionaries and then met with a family in the stake center to try to find names to take to the temple. It is always fun when they find people and this was no exception. They and we were thrilled for the experience. 

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