Monday, June 1, 2015

  This was a different week but we did get some things done with missionary work. Tuesday we took our sister missionaries on a little adventure. We stopped at Apple Spice for lunch, then stopped at the pajama factory, then on to Pepperidge Farms for goodies, and finally to Casper's for ice cream.
We then went to our granddaughter Hallie Ler's high school graduation. She has worked hard to accomplish that goal this past year. We are proud of her for her dedication and persistence.
  Wednesday as usual was District Meeting and then Ruth took one of our sisters to Pleasant View on exchanges, and brought back another sister to work here.
  Thursday was another happy time. Our granddaughter Collette had an award assembly at Fast Forward. She had perfect attendance and a 4.0 for the year for which she was rewarded and recognized. She really enjoys her experience there. She really struggled before in school, but now she is really making things happen in a good way for herself . Through her counselor, she has already had some inquiries about colleges that she may be interested in attending. Ruth helped a sister scan some things into Family Search, she has met with her a few times now and is making some progress. We had a nice visit and dinner with one of our Relief Society presidents and her girls. They are delightful. This sister was born and raised in the Santaquin area and we had a good time talking about people we know or knew. We had an appointment with a member family in a neighboring ward. They had forgotten about the appointment but we were met by their two year old son who acted like a long lost friend. We were welcomed and had a great discussion about family history.
Friday we spent time fine tuning our Every Member a Missionary class material, then met with our sisters at our stake family history center. One of our sisters really wanted to learn how to do research so we spent some time showing them Family Search. One sister caught on quickly and went to her tree and found some names that needed temple ordinances. She was really thrilled. The other sister found some family connections but there were not many records available for the  area she needed.
 We made a couple more visits then our dinner appointment turned out to be at McDonald's because the sister had forgotten the appointment. We then visited a couple that has previously served a senior couple mission and was very happy to discuss several aspects of missionary work.
  Saturday we went to the temple with a sister who just recently joined the church.She is committed to getting to the temple as often as possible and we are happy to encourage that for her.
In the afternoon we attended a birthday party for a little neighbor boy who turned one. We taught his parents the Temple Preparation class. It was a fun party and he was very excited.
Then we stopped in and visited with a less active brother who was kind of cool to our first visit but he really opened up and told us he had served a mission in Argentina. He has recently found some of his companions on Facebook and had talked to the Weblos leader about his nine year old going to scouts and maybe becoming interested in being baptized.
  This was a sad day in the Church and our family. Elder Perry of the Council of Twelve Apostles passed away after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer recently. His cancer was very aggressive and took him quickly. He will be sorely missed because of his upbeat attitude and wonderful stories
Later in the evening, our sister-in-law Carole Castleton passed away in Lehi. He had been sick and in a nursing facility for quite a while but we didn't know her condition was terminal. Fortunately her children were all able to be there and spend some time with her in her final day. We will all miss her.
 Our big day was Sunday. We began the day in a stake council meeting at 6:00 am. The presidency is trying to focus on the things that matter most and we had a great discussion of what that focus should be. There was a wonderful spirit there and the agenda for upcoming stake conference took shape during that time. We had agreed to speak at the 10th Ward sacrament meeting about family history and temple work. It seemed like our talks went well, we are always happy to see the friends that we have made in that ward. We had a break and then in the afternoon we taught a fifth Sunday lesson to the combined priesthood and relief society in the 13th ward. We followed that with a wonderful visit with a less active family in the 14th ward. We had a great discussion about their family's history and presented them with My Family Books and some challenges to look into some of their family tree and see what has been entered.
Following our correlation meeting with ward mission leaders, we held our first Member Missionary class in the building where our home ward is located. We had great a great attendance of about forty people including our stake president and most of his family. The class seemed to go well and we are looking forward to our second class next Sunday.

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