Boy, it has been a very busy week. Of course, Monday is our P-Day. We start by going to exercise at the local exercise place. We have met several people there who have become very good friends, they are not interested in our gospel message, but they enjoy our friendship and they missed us when we came home for the wedding. We then pick up the Sister Missionaries and go to Hardee’s for a drive though breakfast on our way to Thomasville for Dry Cleaners, WalMart and Doughnuts. We get home about 1:30 and the Sisters spend the afternoon doing their computer work...letter to the President, Family and whatever they do. We just let them use our computer and Dad’s Laptop. That is the Day Grandpa does his service here at our place. He mows the grass on the 6 or 7 acres of our Land-Lady’s property. He has the use of a John Deere and a zero-turn mower. I wish you could see him. You know grandpa, he does everything pretty meticulous, so the lines are straight and the property looks great. He calls it his “plantation”. Ms. Ruby is our Landlady and she is such a wonderful friend. Her husband passed away 14 years ago and she recently started having extreme back pain. Looks like she is gong to have to have surgery and Grandpa taking care of the property is a huge help to her.
Wednesday we had our Branch Council. It was the best one we have had since we got here. We heard reports from some of the Council on things they have heard from the Less Actives. Phrases like, “We need to come back to Church.”,, “The Missionaries are helping us so much”. Yes, I know about Time out For Women and I am so glad you got to go” So we are encouraged to keep going.
Thursday we had our Zone Training. WOW...these young Elders and Sister are fantastic. The meeting was so powerful and so motivating. Makes me wonder what I was doing when I was their age. They truly are a chosen generation.
Friday, we started with our Branch hosting the breakfast for the Wilcox Academy football team and cheerleaders. Evidently all the other churches host one of these breakfasts. This is the first time that the Mormon Church as been invited to host. It was a great opportunity to have 42 young people come into our building, see our pictures a d Jesus Christ, have one of the members give the devotional message and another sister member give the blessing on the food. There was a great spirit in the building and so many of our members were there to set up, prepare and serve the breakfast. Then we dashed to Tuscaloosa about 2 hours away to tour the Football Stadium of University of Alabama. WOW. The stadium seats 101,000, BYU doesn’t seat nearly that many. They have a section where the seats are $600.00 per game. Then we went to DREAMLAND for lunch. Tony Hanks told us about DREAMLAND and that it was a MUST in Alabama. It was oh so good! Its just sort of a hole in the wall place, where they give you a white paper plate and a black plastic fork. Then they bring Barbeque Ribs and Sausage, baked beans, cole slaw and potato salad. A real Southern feast!!! Tony had on a Dreamland Apron and he held a bottle of their famous sauce. He orders a case every year. Now we now why. We will definitely be going back their. Then we went to a State Park named Moundsville. It is an ancient Indian Camp where the Indians built mounds about 20 – 30 feet high, all built by bringing buckets of dirt and dumping them. You can’t imagine how long it took to build these mounds, basket by basket. The tribal leaders lived on these mounds and their special tribal sacred places were also on these mounds. It is estimated that at one time there were 10,000 Indians living in this area. This outing was for the Senior Couple and we sure enjoyed being with the six other couples.
Then to top off a busy week, we were blessed to have two days of General Conference. How very blessed we are to have the Gospel in our lives and so many wonderful leaders to give us council and direction especially at this troubled time in the world. Tonight we are very tired, but truly blessed especially for our membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
We hope you are feeling that way too. We love you all and are grateful to have each of you in our lives. Be Strong, Be Faithful and Stay Close to each other. Love, Grandma and Grandpa