This has been an interesting week. Tuesday morning we were invited to go over to Montgomery for lunch at the Montgomery Cattle Yard Grill. This is at the actual cattle yard, where they bring in cattle for auction. The restaurant is at the front of the stock yard building. They have the BEST Prime Rib and it is only served on Tuesday. You have to be there by 11:00 am to get a table and get the prime rib before they run out. Our High Councilor, Vaughn Memory, is a very successful attorney in Montgomery. He is actually from Springville, Utah. He came out here to serve his mission and met Glenda., who would become his wife. He completed his mission and then came back for Glenda, she said I will follow you anywhere.....as long as it it is in Alabama! He is a most educated man and can almost quote you Jesus the Christ. He says he only has two hobbies....work and studying the scriptures.
Today, Pres. Memory was our speaker for sacrament meeting, he brought with him two sister missionaries. Sister Davies just returned from the Guatemala mission, the one just above Derek’s. The other Sister is leaving in 4 weeks for England. Inasmuch as Montgomery is 90 minutes from Camden and they had to be here at 8:00, so on Tuesday, I invited them for dinner. To my surprise Pres. Memory said yes and so we had eight at our dinner table today. The lunch was delicious (everyone said) and we had a fun time listening to missionary experiences and the Memories’ experiences in Israel.
Our young Sister Houston completes her mission on August 6th. She expressed a liking for meatloaf and that she had not had any since coming on her mission...so we had meatloaf today. Also Orange Jello and Cheesy Potatoes, fresh sliced tomatoes from Miss Ruby’s garden and fresh green beans. Bet you wish you had been here!
On Friday, the Sisters were going over to Selma for team-ups with the Elders. We took them over ( The young missionaries are very restricted in the number of miles they get a transfer (6 weeks), so we are the drivers). The District Leader asked if we would go with them to see a lady who used to live here in Camden. Her name was on the Selma Branch records, but no one had been able to find her. A few weeks before, the Elders were coming back from an appointment and it was about 8:30. They were tired and wanted to just get home, but Elder Kirby said, let’s just try to see if we can find anyone who knows her. So they stopped a guy working in his yard and he did know her and pointed to where she lived. They went over and knocked on the door, she opened it and said.....”How did you find me?” They explained and had a brief lesson and asked if they could come back. They have now taught her and her 4 grandchildren three lessons. She was so excited for us to come visit with her. We were able to bring her up to date on all the people she knew from Camden and for us to hear about her family. We told her we would come back in a few weeks. It means so much to converts that someone cares enough to come visit and keep them connected to the gospel. Out here, the members live far distances from each other, with small cars, and expensive gas; therefore they do not tend to help these new contacts get to church. We were in Selma from 10:00 am to 8:00 p.m. Needless to say we were TIRED!
Again, thanks for the pictures, texts, messages and phone calls. It really keeps us going. We love you dearly. Love Grandma and Grandpa