Sunday, October 28, 2012

Harvest Festival

"If life and its rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, then perhaps now is a good time to refocus on what matters most."         Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Of Things That Matter Most", General Conference, October 2010
      What matters most to you?  I know that my family and the Gospel mean everything to me.  I am very thankful that we are able to serve the Lord and the wonderful Elders and Sisters in California Long Beach Mission, the best mission in the whole world.  We miss our family desperately, but we are thankful that our family is supportive of us at this time.  It helps us stay focused on our work here. 
      We were able to visit with members, investigators, newly baptized members and less active members at our ward Harvest Festival and Trunk or Treat.  We even received a referral of someone to visit at the dinner.
Sister McOmber and Fiona with her red hair braid and everything.  She was wonderful! I am a bumble bee. :)
My favorite costumes.  The twins were not too happy.  Maybe next year.
Elder Carter and Elder Williams and "Elder Dracula"

Sister Bradshaw and Sister Scott: They are fun!
We are fortunate to have both Sister and Elder Missionaries in our ward.  We have the Mission President's family and us all in Los Alamitos Ward, Long Beach East Stake.

Elder Williams and Elder Carter had a arm wrestling booth at the Harvest Chili Dinner and Trunk or Treat for our ward.  I made a huge pot of Chili.  It was fun seeing all the costumes.  Everyone was so creative.  There were Genies, Gypsies, Mary Poppins,  Jack Sparrow, Princesses, Pebbles and BamBam, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Elvis, Running ducks, cowboys and many many more. One guy even looked like my son Chad.  (I don't think that was a costume  :)  )  Elder Carter one right handed, but Elder McOmber won left handed.
Elder McOmber standing in line with the kids waiting for banana cotton candy.
Elder Carter says Elder McOmber is a 10 year old in an adult body.
With this crowded, busy world, isn't it wonderful we can go to the Temple for peace and to commune with the Spirit.
Can you even see the Temple?  We must keep our eyes on the Temple.  This is Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles Temple from Santa Monica Blvd.

We followed a Rolls Royce for about 30 miles in the "fast lane" at about 15 MPH on our way home from the Temple last week. Thought it might have been someone famous, but I did not recognize them.   It was young people in it.  It looks the same as every other car, but Elder McOmber told me it is very expensive. Elder McOmber likes to point out all the very expensive cars, and there are A LOT of them here.

This smile on ballerina, Neli Quigley, makes me smile!!
When I need a pick me up, I pull out this picture of our youngest Grandaughter and smile.

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