This week we have traveled quite a bit. Elder Zwick of the Seventy was in Tennessee and Alabama and we were invited to dinner at our Mission Home last Sunday night and to have him address us as Senior Couples. He told of us the impact Senior Couples are having in the missionary efforts of the church. It really helped Dad and I to see avenues that we could use in our service here in Camden. It also felt good to hear about the things that are happening with the main body of the church. You know it is like it was in Oregon, you don’t see or hear much about the main body of the church in the news or the paper when your away and you feel a little disconnect, but you know that the Brethren are on top of all that is happening in our country and are giving us the guidance from our Heavenly Father to keep us going in our own little world. It is a 2 ½ hour drive to Birmingham, so it was late when we got home. As we left, everyone told us to be careful and watch out for deer. Dad said, “Oh, the deer are all asleep”. Well, we were watching and saw a couple of large deer standing by the side of the road, when all of a sudden a BIG deer...I thought he was turning away from the road, when he turned right in front of us and leaped across the road. Dad slammed on his brakes...the deer got past us....we started to breathe again and gave thanks for all the prayers that had been said for our safe arrival home.
Tuesday, we went to Greenville to meet with the Senior Couple there. Elder and Sister Specht are from San Diego.and have been out for a year.
Sister Specht is very good with Family History, so we went over for a crash course in adding information for members and for non members. It helped us a lot. It felt good to be with them, they are a wonderful couple and we had a great day with them. In Greenville, the Church bought a church building from another church and updated the insides. It is a wonderful little church building....much larger than ours. Greenville is the next closest branch about 45 minutes away. It is a much larger city, with a Wal Mart, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and McDonalds and lots more.
Wednesday, we went to Montgomery (1 ½ hrs away) for our first interview with our Mission President. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was a wonderful experience with some affirmation as to what we were doing and also some suggestions for things we should try to help the less active. We really felt renewed when we left. That night late, we got a call from President Hanks. He said the Second Counselor in our Branch Presidency has some health issues and needs to be released. President Hanks wanted Dad to know that The Stake wanted to call him to be the new second counselor and that the Mission was okay with that calling. So today at our Branch Sacrament Meeting dad’s name was presented and sustained as the Second Counselor of the Camden Branch. The Branch members were so excited as they now feel we will be here for a longer time. We were so glad that they felt that way.
Thanks for the love and support we feel from each of you. It helps us a lot to know that you are with us and encouraging us in so many ways.