Monday, September 15, 2014
Thanks for sending us the pictures of Shayla’s shower. It was so fun to get the photos as the shower was happening, it really let us feel that we were there.
Elder Zwick of the Seventy was here in our mission last week. We went up to Birmingham for a Wednesday night Fireside and then stayed over night for the all day meeting with the Mission. The emphasis was on the Ward/Branch Mission Leader to spearhead missionary work. I don’t think this is a change such more emphasis on it. We don’t have many members for all the callings, so Dad and I are the Branch Mission Leaders. We have our work cut out for us. We have been working with and meeting with the less actives and they are so glad to see us and to talk with us. You would never know they are less active until Sunday, when they don’t come to church AGAIN. But we just keep loving them.
We completed our Book of Mormon Reading Challenge. Not everyone finished the book, but almost everyone said that they felt the spirit more in their lives. We gave out awards: “Reading the Book of Mormon is a “SPIRITUAL PAYDAY’ We attached a PayDay candy bar to the award.
Next we are going to read the New Testament .
We have also had some success with the Temple. Our youth have a temple trip on Oct. 27th. We challenged the Branch to find family names that the youth can take with them. Today, several of the Sisters said they had names ready and you could feel their excitement. That is our next big goal, to have a Branch Temple Session before the end of November. It’s a 2 ½ hour drive up to Birmingham and most of the Sisters work, so it will take all of a Saturday or part of Friday and Saturday, but the experience will be so good for the Branch.
Thank you for being such a wonderful thoughtful family. We love you!! Love Grandma and Grandpa