August, Week 2
The week passed very quickly. Thursday we had 2 new senior couples arrive. They both needed an apartment and furniture. So Monday we ordered the beds for them and on Thursday Elder Jones took one of the couples to a consignment store to shop for furniture. They are the Symes and they will be working with the Philadelphia Archives to photograph or scan maps and biographies. If they are not copyrighted they will be available for the Family History department. So on Friday Elder Jones moved all of their furniture into their apartment using his service elders. We had to rent a U-haul, so only Elder Jones could drive it...Tomorrow he repeats the same process of picking out furniture and then moves in the other new seniors, the Wrigleys. They are also going to live in downtown Philly but cannot get in to their apartment until Wed. So just as soon as transfers are done, Elder Jones must move them in so he can return the U-haul and not get charged extra...This is a very busy time. We have one more couple, the Wilsons from Veyo, UT coming this week, but their apartment is already set up. They are CES missionaries and we will probably get to do many things with them as they live just 3 miles away... We also had the opportunity to go with the Sisters this week to teach Andrew Bishop. He is a recent convert who struggles and needs constant reinforcement. They are very patient with him. We visited with him under a tree where he lives amidst 2 baby deer who had wandered away from their mother. The weather this week has been in the 80's with a cool breeze--love it!
Yes, transfers are this week. So the week will be quite busy. Saturday Elder Jones had his service elders pick up the luggage from the cities. We have 84 companionships affected by this transfer, so it is another large one. Tomorrow Elder Jones must organize the service elders to take 4 beds to places downtown Philly where the companionship will become a trio. Then they take the luggage back to the city for the new missionaries. Amidst all of this we get 11 missionaries departing and 15 coming. The week will fly by. Word has it that the president is giving Elder Jones another missionary to work with...
Friday night we got together with the Carrs (temple construction overseers) and went to see a movie that Jen Bishop recommended "The Hundred Foot Journey". It was rated PG and was a delightful movie. I recommend it. On our way home we came upon the following: