P-day, January 10, 2015
Speaking of leaving, this week we received word that our replacements agreed to enter the MTC on Feb 9 instead of March 16. That will enable us to have about a week to train them before we are scheduled for release. It will be a little tough, because while they are going through training we have no transfers nor zone conferences, and these are the 2 things that make what we do complex. So we will just do all we can and then pray for them. Their names: Elder and Sister Rose from Blackfoot, ID. He has been a stake president. They will not need our apartment, as Sister Rose has MS (controlled) and 2 knee replacements and Elder Rose has a hip replacement. So they will be needing a ground floor apartment. We have enjoyed our little apartment. It is small, easy to clean, close to the mission office, and the stairs have actually been good for us.
We do so appreciate all of the blessings we have received by serving at this time. We feel very blessed. John called us last night to tell us that our home is now vacant and that the renters left it very clean--so clean that nothing needs to be done until just before we come home. What a blessing! I have been searching google maps lately for just how to travel home. We went to take the southern route and avoid snow and view some states we have never before seen.
My thought for this week: I noticed on Facebook a post from a missionary that was originally quoted by Neal Maxwell" "If it is fair, it isn't a true trial". I have been pondering on it this week and have come to agree full-heartedly with the truthfulness of that statement. It has helped me shake myself and realize that perhaps something that is bothering me is indeed a test and that it is for my best good to go through it and learn something from the experience. So I have to adjust my thinking and re-evaluate my reaction. Something I will be working on this year...
One last item. Today when we arose there was something missing--HOT WATER! and it was freezing cold, so a cold shower was not an option. So I heated up pots of water and we had sponge baths. Right now the water is off so the maintenance person can fix the leak that started all of this. So it just helps us become very aware of how grateful we are for the very easy lives we lead. It makes me think of the pioneers and the pilgrims who settled this part of the country and just how they survived the winters.