Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Last of April...
 One of the services that I provide is cooking for the Leadership Training Council that meets the last Friday of each month.  It has been fun to make food for these wonderful missionaries each month.  This past week it was pulled pork sandwiches.  I hope that I will still have time to do this as I train to take over the finances in the mission.  I have been stepping up the training, as Elder Smuin goes home before the middle of May.  I still have much to learn, but he is patient (although he has complained of headaches a lot lately...).  Below are Sisters Beames and Earl, just some of the beautiful Sisters we get to know and love.
It was a good and busy week--that seems to always be the case.  The weather was milder, although we did get some rain.  We have been able to shut off the heat in the apartment this week.  We each got the opportunity to teach 3 times and that is always enjoyable.  I really do like accompanying the missionaries and helping them teach.  I am amazed at their abilities and confidence in doing so, and also amazed at how comfortable it is--given the fright that it was initially at the MTC.

So this week I have a birthday.  All I have wanted for my birthday is good Mexican food.  I have a real craving for it.  Well, my wish came true!  We had the pleasure of having dinner at Brother Pena's last night.  He and his daughter Lena hosted tamales and Rice for dinner.  The sister missionaries, us, and the ward mission leader and family came.  The tamales were so very good.  We realized just how hard he had to work to make them, and that made them even better.  That, plus homemade guacamole.  Delicioso!  AND we are having dinner with the Pena's again on Wednesday.  We look forward to it.  Then, to top off the coming week, we are going to travel to New York City Friday morning and spend one night, returning home Saturday night.  It will be fun to see the sights.  There are 8 Senior Missionaries attending this fun trip.

We enjoyed celebrating Easter last week with a dinner for 6 Senior Missionary couples at the home of Pam and Alex Carr.  Alex is the overseer of the Philadelphia Temple being constructed, and Pam, his wife, is a service missionary.  They are lots of fun to be around and we enjoyed watching the "Because of Him" video again, as well as a video on many of our missionaries, and a musical number from our Assistants to the President, Elders Toilolo and Jenkins.  (They are coming for dinner tonight).  President and Sister Anderson had just returned from a Mission Presidents conference in Washington DC and they were able to give us a report on that as well.  We are enjoying the spirit in rich abundance and some wonderful experiences.  We feel so grateful to be serving this mission!

Elder Jones and Sister Smuin have teamed up to plan a Senior golf tournament tomorrow at the Paxon Hollow Golf Course just down the street.  They are playing a mixed scramble and there are 3 teams of 4 each.  The tourny is small, but will be fun.  It is the first time Corry has played golf in such a very long time.  I hope he enjoys the afternoon.  We are then having our Senior FHE activity after at the President's home--a BBQ.  Hope the weather holds...

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