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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Saturday, May 19, 2018:     MIssion get-together!

D2:  I got up after Sister Doyle this morning, but felt relaxed and refreshed.  My To-do list was dependent on my lawn being mown, so I didn’t get much done. We drove to the Deseret Book store in Draper and Mom bought herself an embroidered hanky for the temple Hallelujah shout.  It’s quite pretty.  From there, we went to give Lily her birthday card. We called Andy to see is she were home, but she was running in some fun run. He told us to meet us at Costco. We had a long talk and found out that Ashley and her boyfriend have broken up and she is coming home. She will stay with her mother. Wow!

       I vacuumed the car yesterday and took it to the car wash today. I dried it off and it looks quite nice. The Jarvises picked us up at 1:30 and off we went to Alpine for the Swiss mission reunion. It was fun being together with our senior couples (there were four of us) and some of the few younger missionaries that we knew while we were there.  We wished there had been more!  Those that came really enjoyed it.  I was having so much fun that I forgot to take any pictures! 

        On the way home, instead of exiting on 106th, we took them by way of Monroe Avenue and came out on Sego Lily.  They liked it and thought they would come that way again! After settling in, I went downstairs and changed the furnace filter. Although installed in November of 2017, it wasn’t very dirty.  I put the new one in anyway.   

       I heard the mower going and I looked out to see Oliver mowing the lawn, as per usual. He does a good job. I crossed the street to talk to Aubs and stayed for a long time. Sister Doyle gave Oliver the embroidered handkerchief that we bought for her. She loved it!  I told her about our reunion with the Geneva missionaries. 

       Later on, I poured the Weed ‘n’ Feed into the spreader and fertilized the three lawns. I was exhausted when I finished, but I didn’t want to give the weed a chance to get a foothold in our backyard. I cleaned up and then turned on the sprinklers to soak the fertilizer into the soil.


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

 Friday, May 18, 2018:     Lunch missionaries /  FEM raclette dinner at Todds' 

D2/MK:  I was up early and made a to-do list.  I read from the BofM, studied Glenn Pearson’s unpublished last chapter, and skimmed Endowed with Power.  They are very similar and come to the same conclusions. 

         I packed up my oxygen tank and went to the mall to walk.  I did just over two miles and felt pretty good.  I drove out to Kevin’s work to give him Tyce’s birthday card and pick up my California Squeegee. Then I came home to shower and shave.  I did some vacuuming and set the table.  Mom had the food ready to go did the necessary tidying and putting away of odds ‘n’ ends.  About 11:40, I zipped over to KFC and got a tub of chicken tenders. The elders showed up a little after 12 and we sat down to a delicious meal of chicken, coleslaw & apples & pineapple salad, macaroni & tomato salad, and baked beans.  Elder Queiroz remarked that everything was good, but the beans were especially great! 

        There wasn’t much to plan because of the temple dedication at 9, 12 and 3 on Sunday – also, the elders of the whole mission are needed at 4:00 at the JRTemple to take down the chairs used for the dedication sessions!  Elder Bowen gave us one name of a member we ought to visit.  

        I grabbed the vacuum and went out to clean the Forester.  I soaked the rubber mats in the tub upstairs and rubbed them with a sponge. I rinsed them off on the lawn and let them dry.  The car looked brand new when I replaced everything.   

        I called Dan Boskovitch and asked if he and Sharon would like a ride to Todds’ place for tonight’s FEM dinner.  He said yes and was grateful because he doesn’t like freeway driving.

       We had to watch the clock closely --  I took Sister Doyle up to have her hair done 15 minutes before her 3:00 appointment and continued on to pick up Oliver at Butler Middle School at 3:00 and brought him back to his house.   I waited for him to gather his camping equipment and then took him to the church to meet the scouts and leaders.  He was the first one there.  Then Mary called at 3:30 ready for her ride home – Hilda had done a fine job with such short hair!  

         Around 5:15, we packed up the Forester with our bottles of peach-grape juice and 7-up and took off, forgetting the pitcher and the selfie-stick.  We picked up Sharon & Dan with all their salad greens and fruits, berries, nuts, avocados and cheeses and dressing!  We always enjoy our conversations on the drive to Farmington and Todds’ house.  We didn’t hit traffic until the last mile to our destination.

       Johnsens and Barnes were already there with the French bread and dessert!  The dinner table was beautifully decorated with two raclette grills.  Our feast was scrumptious: thinly-sliced chicken, beef and ham, different kinds of cheese, including raclette and Jarlberg, fresh vegetables (onions, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus), sauces, French bread, small round potatoes, pineapple etc.  While grilling the meat and veggies on the top, we were melting the cheese on the bottom to put over it all!  It was fun, interesting and kept us busy!  The salad was wonderful!  So was the drink.  

        After clearing the table, we sat in the conversation room.  Doug Barnes passed out old pictures of our group from reunions past and we sorted through them for our own.  We discussed briefly some of the ideas from Glen Pearson’s “lost” chapter on creationism and I read a little from Endowed with Power. Our conversations are almost always very spiritual as we share our experiences and knowledge.  Some of our talk centered around temples, our mission experiences and important future dates for our little group – June 11th the Johnsen party celebrating their 50th, the 20th of July for our trip to UVU to see the “Roots of Knowledge,” art glass panels and end of June production of “Willy Wonka…” in Midway with Doug & Karen in major roles.  

        We dropped off Dan & Sharon at midnight.  Wonderful evening!!!

 

Thursday, May 17, 2018:     MLS Training, lesson with Karmyn, shopping  

D2/MK:  We needed to be ready earlier than usual because we had an interview with mission counselor, Pres. Bishop, at 9:15.  He was backed up when we got there, so we chatted with the Winders until their turn.  Our interview was very relaxing as his goal was “to get to know you.” He has been a counselor in the mission presidency for eight years!  We can see why.  He and his cute wife are just in their middle 50’s, so they can continue in this calling for years to come! 

       The training meeting began at 10 and was really good.  Elder Johnson –tech trainer with his wife and another couple, introduced two new MLS couples and then Pres. Bishop spoke on the style of missionary approach in this time in history as compared to past eras – there was a time when it was feared the investigator was going to be “converted” to the missionary so missionaries saw the work with the investigator as a “transaction.”  Now it is preferred to form relationships, and where missionaries were “administrators,” laying the ground work, today we are encouraged to “minister” and bring the convert to Christ.  It was mentioned that we are probably the only mission in the world with the extensive number of MLS missionaries!  (should we make a new anacronym: Ministering Love to the Savior?) 

       Then the Lansings arrived.  Sister Lansing gave an especially vivid lesson on the Arnold Frieberg painting of Mormon turning the plates over to his son Moroni.  We talked about the symbolism of the figures, colors, details, etc.  It was really interesting.  I gave the final observation – Mormon with his bare torso in contrast to Moroni dressed to the hilt with a heavy fur cape across his shoulders, perhaps symbolic that the mantle of responsibility was being passed from one prophet to the next.

       Pres. Lansing followed with a short message, stating that he had seen our lunches being set up in various areas of the building and he did not want to interfer with that event!  We broke out into groups – we with about 12 couples and the Parkers!  The Crowders were recognized as finishing their mission but being held on as the new office couple, replacing the Davises.  Our group discussion was on being effective ministers.  Hearing the experiences of the others let us know we are all having similar experiences with visits, with ward councils, with ward mission leaders etc.  Sister Doyle gave the closing prayer and forgot to mention the food and immediately after the “amen,” put her hands to her mouth and appeared to yell a whispered “and bless the food.”  She got a big laugh.  Our lunch had taco fixings for everything from nachos & cheese to taco salads…WOW.  It was great!   

       Larsons have Sister E staying with them for a week.  She messed up her ACL in a biking accident and needs physical therapy.  It is too far to send her home to Outer Mongolia, so she is being cared for by a number of MLS missionaries for a week at a time until she can re-join her companion! 

       On the way home, we stopped by Walmart and Sister Doyle made a nail appointment for 2:40.  At home we changed our clothes and relaxed until 2:30.  I dropped her off and went to the barber school for my haircut.  “Moose” did an okay job, but I wouldn’t recommend him.  I noticed that the car only had one gas bar left, but continued to Walmart and MK was waiting for me.  We dressed in our missionary duds and met the elders at Karmyn’s house.  She and her mother were late and we almost gave up on them, but they texted that they were near.  We were grateful – it’s awful to have to re-schedule!  We had a short and sweet lesson and Karmyn gave some sweet answers as well as a nice prayer at the end.  Elder Queiros struggles a little with his English, but tries so hard!  It’s impressive to see him learning so fast.  Elder Bowen has him doing half the lesson!   

       They didn’t have a dinner appointment and just ate at home after the lesson.  We felt bad, but they seemed fine. 

        We drove to Costco and filled up with gas. We were running on fumes and took 13.8 gallons (at $2.95)!  On our way home, we stopped at Wendy’s for a take out dinner, a Baconator for MK and a 4 for 4 for me:  Jr. Bacon burger, fries, drink, and a free Frosty.  We ate while watching a recorded episode of The Coroner. 

        I went upstairs to try to download Steve Hanson’s book onto my Kindle, but I’m having trouble with it.  I have it, but the type is miniscule, and I can’t read it.  Maybe Mary will be able to help us – she got it onto hers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Saturday, May 19, 2018:     Mission get-together!

D2:  I got up after Sister Doyle this morning, but felt relaxed and refreshed.  My To-do list was dependent on my lawn being mown, so I didn’t get much done. We drove to the Deseret Book store in Draper and Mom bought herself an embroidered hanky for the temple Hallelujah shout.  It’s quite pretty.  From there, we went to give Lily her birthday card. We called Andy to see is she were home, but she was running in some fun run. He told us to meet us at Costco. We had a long talk and found out that Ashley and her boyfriend have broken up and she is coming home. She will stay with her mother. Wow!

       I vacuumed the car yesterday and took it to the car wash today. I dried it off and it looks quite nice. The Jarvises picked us up at 1:30 and off we went to Alpine for the Swiss mission reunion. It was fun being together with our senior couples (there were four of us) and some of the few younger missionaries that we knew while we were there.  We wished there had been more!  Those that came really enjoyed it.  I was having so much fun that I forgot to take any pictures! 

        Instead of 106th, we took them by way of Monroe Avenue and came out on Sego Lily.  They liked it and thought they would come that way again! After settling in, I went downstairs and changed the furnace filter. Although installed in November of 2017, it wasn’t very dirty.  I put the new one in anyway.

       I heard the mower going and I looked out to see Oliver mowing the lawn, as per usual. He does a good job. I crossed the street to talk to Aubs and stayed for a long time. Sister Doyle gave Oliver the embroidered handkerchief that we bought for her. She loved it!  I told her about our reunion with the Geneva missionaries. 

       Later on, I poured the Weed ‘n’ Feed into the spreader and fertilized the three lawns. I was exhausted when I finished, but I didn’t want to give the weed a chance to get a foothold in our backyard
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

 Thursday, May 17, 2018:     MLS Training, lesson with Karmyn, shopping  

D2/MK:  We needed to be ready earlier than usual because we had an interview with mission counselor, Pres. Bishop, at 9:15.  He was backed up when we got there, so we chatted with the Winders until their turn.  Our interview was very relaxing as his goal was “to get to know you.” He has been a counselor in the mission presidency for eight years!  We can see why.  He and his cute wife are just in their middle 50’s, so they can continue in this calling for years to come! 
 

       The training meeting began at 10 and was really good.  Elder Johnson –tech trainer with his wife and another couple, introduced two new MLS couples and then Pres. Bishop spoke on the style of missionary approach in this time in history as compared to past eras – there was a time when it was feared the investigator was going to be “converted” to the missionary so missionaries saw the work with the investigator as a “transaction.”  Now it is preferred to form relationships, and where missionaries were “administrators,” laying the ground work, today we are encouraged to “minister” and bring the convert to Christ.  It was mentioned that we are probably the only mission in the world with the extensive number of MLS missionaries!  (It was suggested we change"MLS" to make a new anacronym: Ministering Love and Support).

       Then the Lansings arrived.  Sister Lansing gave an especially vivid lesson on the Arnold Frieberg painting of Mormon turning the plates over to his son Moroni.  We talked about the symbolism of the figures, colors, details, etc.  It was really interesting.  I gave the final observation – Mormon with his bare torso in contrast to Moroni dressed to the hilt with a heavy fur cape across his shoulders, perhaps symbolic that the mantle of responsibility was being passed from one prophet to the next.

       Pres. Lansing followed with a short message, stating that he had seen our lunches being set up in various areas of the building and he did not want to interfer with that event!  We broke out into groups – we with about 12 couples and the Parkers!  The Crowders were recognized as finishing their mission but being held on as the new office couple, replacing the Davises.  Our group discussion was on being effective ministers.  Hearing the experiences of the others let us know we are all having similar experiences with visits, with ward councils, with ward mission leaders etc.  Sister Doyle gave the closing prayer and forgot to mention the food and immediately after the “amen,” put her hands to her mouth and appeared to yell a whispered “and bless the food.”  She got a big laugh.  Our lunch had taco fixings for everything from nachos & cheese to taco salads…WOW.  It was great!  

       Larsons have Sister E staying with them for a week.  She messed up her ACL in a biking accident and needs physical therapy.  It is too far to send her home to Outer Mongolia, so she is being cared for by a number of MLS missionaries for a week at a time until she can re-join her companion!  

        On the way home, we stopped by Walmart and Sister Doyle made a nail appointment for 2:40.  At home we changed our clothes and relaxed until 2:30.  I dropped her off and went to the barber school for my haircut.  “Moose” did an okay job, but I wouldn’t recommend him.  I noticed that the car only had one gas bar left, but continued to Walmart and MK was waiting for me.  We dressed in our missionary duds and met the elders at Karmyn’s house.  She and her mother were late and we almost gave up on them, but they texted that they were near.  We were grateful – it’s awful to have to re-schedule!  We had a short and sweet lesson and Karmyn gave some sweet answers as well as a nice prayer at the end.  Elder Queiros struggles a little with his English,  but tries so hard!  It’s impressive to see him learning so fast.  Elder Bowen has him doing half!  

       They didn’t have a dinner appointment and just ate at home after the lesson.  We felt bad, but they seemed fine.

        We drove to Costco and filled up with gas. We were running on fumes and took 13.8 gallons (at $2.95)!  On our way home, we stopped at Wendy’s for a take out dinner, a Baconator for MK and a 4 for 4 for me:  Jr. Bacon burger, fries, drink, and a free Frosty.  We ate while watching a recorded episode of The Coroner. 

        I went upstairs to try to download Steve Hanson’s book onto my Kindle, but I’m having trouble with it.  I have it, but the type is miniscule and I can’t read it.  Maybe Mary will be able to help us – she got it onto hers.

 

 

 



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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018:     Zone meeting

 

 

 

D2/MK:  After our usual morning routine, we dressed, picked up the elders, and headed for the mission office for Zone Conference (2 zones combine for each).  The missionaries must come early enough to be seated in the chapel by 9:15, so we are usually among the first MLS couples there.  The first half hour is concerned with temporal affairs: clean apartments, how to order supplies (ie: light bulbs, vacuum bags), safe driving, bike safety, baptism forms etc. until 10:00.  The Zone Leaders or AP’s take some time, then at 10:30, the Lansings come in and the meeting really begins.


        Sister Anderson (Sister Leader) gave a spiritual thought on “repentance,” then, Pres. Lansing introduced our new missionaries (3 from Brazil) and talked to us on a variety of subjects.  He re-emphasized safe driving, talked about the “Church brand”-- proper dress, behavior and language. I also learned that the area from Cardston, Alberta, Canada, down to Arizona (the Wasatch Mountain Range) is called the “Pioneer Corridor,” and has been assigned to Area President Craig Christiansen (formerly a Seventy President).  This area of the Church is VERY important and needs to be an example of The Best the Church can be!  

 

       He then introduced our theme for this transfer, “The joy of repentance.”  He showed a touching video about the Atonement.  It told how one performance of Handel’s Messiah was given to pay the debts of those in the debtors’ prison, those who couldn’t pay for themselves (a true story of Handel). Sister Doyle cried. 

 

        Sister Lansing took over and we read and discussed a dozen scriptures about repentance.  She has a machine-gun delivery that keeps the missionaries on their toes, having different elders and sisters read scriptures and then quizzing them about it.  She’s fun to listen to and we’re always amazed at how sharp and articulate these young people are.  The take-away was that baptism is a natural consequence of repentance.  And repentance is a joyful thing, not scary or punishing!  We ended up with a short clip by Elder Dallin H. Oaks called “The Demands of Justice.”  We sang a closing hymn and then a sister gave a blessing on the food. 

 

       We retired into the cultural hall for our lunch: chicken salad in croissants, fresh fruits, a bag of chips, and delicious cookies.  We sat with the Larsons, Hammonds and a new couple, and chatted the while.  Afterwards, the missionaries stood and sang “Called to Serve” to the sisters who had prepared everything...always emotional and rousing!  Finally, the elders went to work and put the tables and chairs away.  We had another hour of training before finishing up at close to 3:00.  We waited outside for our elders and dropped them off at their apartment.

 

 

       Before going home, we drove over to the Theresa & Steve Jensens’ house and were surprised to find both of them home. We gave them a birthday card for Bella who is being held in a youth rehab facility in Provo and told them to give her a hug for us. 

 

        After changing into my civvies at home, I filled up the sprinkling can with water and flower fertilizer and went out to rejuvenate our newly-planted petunias.  It was a bit tedious and took about six trips, but our flowers were beginning to look a little wilted, and I didn’t want all that work planting to have been in vain.  Inside, I got an email from Steve Hanson with the manuscript of his new book attached.  Mary & I have been invited to read it and make any comments or critiques, suggestions or  corrections.  Mary reads it as one who also read book 1; I read it as one did not. 

 

        I spent much of the evening watching and downloading videos to my iPad on various church subjects so I can show them in homes without the internet.  I will use them as the spirit moves me, such as at Karmyn’s last lesson, for example -- I showed her and her mother a cute video on kids explaining baptism. The videos are all very effective.

 

 

 

Wedesday, May 16, 2018:     Zone meeting, Shopping,  

D2:  After our usual morning protocol, we got dressed, picked up the elders, and headed for the mission office.  The missionaries must come early, so we are usually among the first MLS couples there.  The first half hour is concerned with temporal affairs: clean apartments, change vacuum bags, safe driving, bike safety, etc. 

        At 10:30, the Lansings come in and the meeting begins. Sister Anderson gave a spiritual thought and the zone leaders gave us some training. Then, Pres. Lansing introduced our new missionaries and talked to us on a variety of subjects. He re-emphasized safe driving, talked about the “Church brand”:  proper dress, behavior and language. I also learned that the area from Cardston, Canada down to Arizona is called the “Pioneer Corridor.” He then introduced our theme for the transfer, “The joy of repentance.”  He showed a touching video about the Atonement.  It told how one performance of Handel’s Messiah was given to pay the debts of those in debtors’ prison, those who couldn’t pay for themselves. Sister Doyle cried.

        Sister Lansing took over and we read and discussed a dozen scriptures about repentance.  She has a machine-gun delivery that keeps the missionaries on their toes, having different elders and sisters read scriptures and then quizzing them about it.  She’s fun to listen to and we’re always amazed at how sharp and articulate these young people are.  The take-away was the baptism is a natural consequence of repentance. We ended up with a short clip by Elder Dallin H. Oaks called “The Demands of Justice.” We sang a closing hymn and then a sister gave a blessing on the food.

       We retired into the cultural hall for our lunch: chicken salad croissants, fruits, a bag of chips, and delicious cookies.  We sat with the Larsons and chatted the while. Afterwards, the missionaries stood and sang “Called to Serve” to the sisters who had prepared everything.  Finally, the elders went to work and put the tables and chairs away.  We waited outside for our elders and dropped them off at their apartment.

       We drove over the Jensens’ house and were surprised to find both Teresa and Steve at home. We gave them a birthday card for Bella who is being held in a youth facility and told them to give her a hug for us.

        After changing into my civvies at home, I filled up the sprinkling can with water and flower fertilizer and went out to rejuvenate our newly-planted petunias.  It was a bit tedious and took about six trips, but our flowers looked a little wilted and I didn’t want all that work to have been in vain.  Inside, I got an email from Steve Hanson with the manuscript of his new book attached. I'm supposed to look at it and give suggestions or make corrections.  

        I spent much of the evening watching and downloading videos to my iPad on various church subjects so I can show them in homes without the internet.  I will use them as the spirit moves me, such as at Karmyn’s last lesson. I showed her and her mother a cute video on kids explaining baptism. They are very effective.


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