We’ve had a few memorable experiences this week here in Camden, Alabama.
Our little Branch has been selected to be a Family History Center.
We received a new computer and printer, so we had to clean out the library and make room for this new equipment. We spent about 5 hours three different days cleaning shelf by shelf and box by box. An interesting thing about many of the people here in the South, especially here in Camden, they seem to keep EVERYTHING, We had the container boxes from the old printer, and two television sets. OLD lesson manuals, old Ensigns, Old, Old Old stuff. Once we got all of that taken out, we had two big monster rolling carts, that once had the TV’s on them. Those we took to the small storage building on the church property. WOW ! We had some wonderful space. We brought a long table into the library, placed the new computer and new printer on it. Elder Hepworth did all the setting up and working with SLC Tech Support and lo and behold we have a wonderful Family History Center and a well organized library.
Our FIRST very bad Anti event. The Sisters were in the Dollar General doing “Store Contacting”. In Camden, they do this when it is later in the evening and its not safe to be just out tracting. They were at the back of the store. One of the Less Active’s came into shop. He over heard the clerk talking with another customer about “The Sisters and Mormons”: How they were evil and she was going to ask the manager to post a sign prohibiting them from coming into the store. Phil, the less active, brought his items to the checkout. He said he over heard them talking about the Mormon Missionaries and they said “oh yes. They are so evil. We are going to try to keep them from coming in.” He said, “Do you think I am evil? They said, of course not,. He said “I am a Mormon and take of those items you just put into the computer....I won’t be purchasing them and I will not return here to shop.” The word of this has quickly spread through out the Branch and everyone is so very happy that Phil stood up for the Sisters and for all of the Members here in Camden.
Yesterday, we got a package from Michelle. She sent some little milk cartons, similar to the juice cartons with the straw attached. They are from the Gossner Factory in Logan. They are flavored milk cartons that do not have to be refrigerated until you are ready to drink them. She made little Valentines that said “HAPPY VALENTINES FROM UTAH”.
At the end our meetings today, we had all the children and youth come into the kitchen and get their “Valentines” They were so excited and they loved the flavors. I think this little Branch will always remember their connection to UTAH and their friends out there.
On Saturday we did help the Sister Missionaries with a Service Project of painting the trim on a house. It was too Big a job for the Sisters, but they are so eager to be good missionaries and took on the project. The Elder’s from Selma came down to help too. The project turned out great and the woman was very appreciative. Our mission has given us so many opportunities to serve. So many great memories.
We are glad to hear about all that’s going on at home. We love the texts and photos. Continue to do your best in everything you do. Be good examples to all those around you. Love and prayers, grandma and grandpa