Sunday, August 12, 2012

Things that make me smile....or at least go Hmmmmmm

This has been a week of smiles and a few Hmmmmmm's.  Here are a few:

  • Giving a talk about the gift of the Holy Ghost in a baptizm for a very nice couple, Anthony and Diane Sosa, yesterday.  They are "people of size" and had 3 Elders assist with the baptisms.  The were so cute, looking at each other during the talks, shaking their heads yes to the things said. 
  • Seeing a new convert of 2 weeks just glowing.  She is Lori Page.  She was a heavy smoker and received a blessing, then just gave up cigarettes.  She had the faith that the blessing would help and she has now gone 1 month without a cigarette and she says she doesn't even want one.  She apologized to the missionaries that she had only read the first book of the Book of Mormon that first week of teaching.  She prayed for the missionaries' future wives in one of her prayers.  She is awesome!
  • Visiting a nursing home
  • Visiting single sisters and their kids, in our ward
  • Finding some of the elders and sisters had listened to our teachings on keeping their apartments clean and neat.  It will be easier to keep up, if they do it regularly, and they will feel the Spirit  more if they just keep it clean.
  • Finding some elders who were embarrassed because they did not clean their apartments.  We told these elders we were coming, but the President wants us to do some surprise visits, also.
  • Finding a Winco grocery store about 20 miles away, still in our mission!
  • Finding a NICE Walmart only 7.4 miles away.  Most of the Walmarts are not as nice as we have in Ammon and Idaho Falls.
  • Hearing the National Anthem every morning at 0800 over a loud speaker as the American flag is being raised.
  • Hearing the Navy taps every evening as the flag is being lowered for the night.
  • Elder McOmber sharing the Gospel with everyone he meets, in the laundry  (he does the wash while I clean house), in stores, on the street, everywhere...he loves to talk so this is perfect for him.

  • Elder McOmber's new stress relief,  Buddy.  He loves cats and really was missing them.  There are not many cats around and he is particular, he has to have a siamese.  I told him that if he could find one, not too expensive, he could get one.  I should never give him the challenge.  One had just come in  at the pound near us and they just happened to be having a 1/2 price sale on adult cats during the month of August.  Buddy was sick when we first got him, so they took him back, put him in the hospital for 4 days, did a HUGE workup, found nothing, but made him well with IV's and antibiotics and gave him back to us for no extra charge.  The reason cats are not seen around here is the coyotes.  They love to eat cats, so they are strictly an indoor pet.  Buddy had been declawed so he is prefect in the motor home. Elder McOmber is making a pet door/outdoor perch for him.  Will send pictures when it is done.  He fixed a gate for them, as well.
  • Watching wildlife.   I saw my first coyote.  I have heard them many times, but this is the first I have seen.  We watched two hawks watching over a nest.  There is an owl that hoots every evening, bunnies and ground squirrels galore.  We watched different heron in the marsh 50 yards away and in the trees 30 yards away. 

  • Answering the phone at the office  "Labor and Delivery, may I help you".
  • Hearing the military men singing cadence at 0500 for PT in the morning (not every morning)
  • Feeling my first earthquake on August 8, 2012.  The windows creaked in the office and those of us sitting down could feel it.  Elder McOmber was standing and did not feel it, but saw things moving.
  • An Elder asked "What do you do all day?"    (hahaha--I will tell you all in another blog)
  • Skype and text messaging with my family
Ther were more than 40 wind surf sails in one area on Seal Beach.

  • Driving along the beach as we go to Elders apartments.  We like watching the wind surfing.
  • Picnic lunch or supper between Elder's visits.
  • Yes we are blessed! 

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