Meet the Missionaries
Our cute sister missionaries: Sister Dieter; Sister Cowley; Sister Larsen; Sister Bush.
The hardworking elders: Elder Lakey; Elder Mikelsen; Elder Galager; Elder McHann.
Roses in November.
A spectacular tree -- with colorful, variegated bark. The bark peels off in long strips. The trunk just gleamed. The picture doesn't do it justice.
After the 8:30 a.m. temple session we went to the Mission Office and had a potluck luncheon with all the senior missionary couples. Later in the afternoon, Elder and Sister Furhman, held a workshop on Family Tree (the new LDS genealogy website). The Furhmans are record preservation specialist working in the Raleigh area. They have an interesting mission. They are serving their 18 months in 6 month segments. They serve during the late fall and winter in Raleigh, then return home to Idaho to take care of the family ranch for 6 months.
Training With Elder Baxter
Last week we attended an all day training in Fayetteville with Elder Baxter, a dynamic speaker and inspirational teacher. He was born in Sterling, Scotland and is a convert to the church. Among other things he emphasized using clear and simple language and avoiding or explaining terms investigators may not understand (ward, stake, etc.) He even suggested using the term "God" rather than "Heavenly Father" when first contacting someone who knows little about the gospel, as most of the world has some concept of a God, but may not understand a "Heavenly Father" at first. He really emphasized the importance of using the Book of Mormon and challenging investigators to read the book for themselves and then pray about what they have read.
We enjoyed his Scottish accent and laughed when he said we should write in our journals that night that we had heard English spoken that day as it should be spoken. We had heard him speak at a devotional when we were at the MTC and appreciated hearing him again.
Last night we helped with a Thanksgiving Dinner for the Young Single Adults. We had over 30 attend, over half of whom were Marines. Miraculously, the food stretched so that everyone had plenty and everyone seemed to have a great time. The YSAs are so supportive of each other and always go out of their way to help newcomers feel welcome. We brought a Marine from Camp Johnson who wanted to come and he brought his roommate who is not a member but has come to church several times.
Yesterday afternoon we drove way out in the country searching for a less active member. We finally found the address we had been given, but no one was home. (We didn't have a current phone number for her). We left an invitation to the Ward Christmas Party and just hope it was the right house. I was thinking, "Wow. This is way out in the country. Wonder why anyone would live here." About this time, Bob commented, "You know if it weren't for all our children and grandchildren living back in Utah and Colorado, I wouldn't mind living in a place like this." Go figure!
We send all of you our love.