Sunday, October 21, 2012


Bird of Paradise on the Temple grounds.  They have a field of bushes blooming.  Thought of Jami and her
love of this flower and her wedding. 

 "Strength comes when you remember that you have a divine nature, an inheritance of infinite worth. The Lord has reminded you, your children, and your grandchildren that you are lawful heirs, that you have been reserved in heaven for your specific time and place to be born, to grow and become His standard bearers and covenant people. As you walk in the Lord's path of righteousness, you will be blessed to continue in His goodness and be a light and a savior unto His people."

                                    Russell M. Nelson, "Face the Future with Faith, May 2011

We pray that we can be and do all that the Lord wants us to do!  Faith is what I have been thinking about a lot this week.  It took a lot of faith to come on a mission, but we stepped out and He helped us along. He provided people along the way---you, to help us.   Our mission calling said we would stay in our motor home, but at first we didn't think we could find a place to stay.  Finally, we found  a campground on base, thanks to Chad, that said they have a 30 day limit, but after signing in the first time, the office told us we could keep renewing each month.  Some people have lived here 4 years.  The Lord knew and had already provided a way. We just needed to have Faith. 

 This was in my scripture study this week:
1 Nephi 9:6 But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words. And thus it is. Amen.

     He knows all, we just need to have faith.

West Coast Nettle
      I was mistaken for a nun.  I was wearing a black skirt. A girl about 18 saw my name tag and started talking about going into the convent herself.  My name tag says "Sister" and I guess she just assumed that I was a nun.  Wish I had a pass along card at that moment. It took me a few minutes to figure out what she was talking about.
     We were able to go with the Assistants to the President for a discussion to a recent convert and her husband who is investigating the church.  It was a special time for us!
Elder Carter and Elder Williams (AP's}  They are amazing, As are all our missionaries!

Elder Warburton and Elder McOmber talking at the office.  Don't they look good in white shirts and ties?  Elder McOmber has already ruined several white shirts doing good deeds.  He loves it when he has a "dirty job" so he can wear his jeans and western shirts.

We went to the temple on Friday afternoon.  It was our Stake day and it was fun to see several members that we knew.
We had a goal of going once a month, but missed September.  I really missed going.  I sat in the Celestial room and refocused on the things that are important. 

There are two scuba divers waving and playing with the
people, as well as many fish.
     Saturday after doing laundry and housework, we went to the Aquarium of the Pacific.  It is the 4th largest Aquarium in the world.  We get discount tickets at the MWR on base.  It was very interesting.  It was "Scarium of the Pacific" for kids, but it was a dark and dreary day so not too overcrowded.  I always said that I would not take pictures without people in them, but I couldn't help myself,  This was fun and a challenging photo op.

A seahorse, there were several different kinds that were very unusual.  There were ones that had leafy appendages. 
I loved the colors in this one.
We found Nemo-lots of them!
We walked in a park after the Aquarium visit.  There was a wedding, as well as Quenceanera girls having their pictures taken.  Beautiful dresses!  The City of Long Beach in the background.
No photo shoot is complete without flowers.  Chad can make fun of me now. 

1 comment:

  1. Kathy, I miss you. I miss hearing your loud voice answering the phone in Labor and Delivery and always managing the board. I miss that you were always always a friend to me, I felt like I could take any situation to you and get a loving answer and not be judged if I overlooked something obvious. You were a mentor to me as I grew up to be a nurse, a loving one. I miss hearing about what you are sewing and what your kids are doing. I have always wanted to grow up to be like you in a lot of ways, now reading what you have written about being a missionary just adds one more to the list. You are amazing! So amazing! Lonnie is so, so lucky to have you! So is Long Beach, California! Please know that you will always be missed in Idaho, at EIRMC, and by me! I'm glad I found your blog tonight.
    With love, prayers and best wishes, Lisal