Monday, June 4, 2012

Yesterday was transfer day... no not to India, just down the hall.  Apparently they needed to repair the carpet.  Three rooms in a week must be a record.  We decided we needed to get more cultural enlightenment on India, so we went to the movie, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel".  If you haven't heard of it, it's about a number of British retirees that decide to go to Jaipur, India (very close to New Delhi) because it would be cheaper.  They were presented with a number of unexpected experiences.  Well it didn't scare us away.  If you are thinking about going, remember that it's target demographic is over 50. 

Later that night we had a pleasant surprise.  Duane and Bobbie Sevy with Clayton and Kristy, and their daughter Kensie, took us to dinner for Angela's birthday.  It was great to see them again and catch up on things at home.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANGELA!!!!  We celebrated by having another great meal at the MTC cafeteria - the consequence of having a birthday on Sunday.  Just kidding Sister Stevens, we'll celebrate tomorrow.

Today we had Mission Conference where members of the Mission Training Center Presidency talked to all the missionaries on several gospel topics including faith, prayer, the atonement of Jesus Christ, and the importance of honoring your name.  A scripture that was particularly impacting to us is when the prophet Helaman, talking to his sons, said, '...Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first parents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that is is said, and also written, that they were good." (Hel 5:6)

We were able to talk to all our kids and grandkids via Apple FaceTime.  What a great blessing to see and talk with all of our grandkids.  It's the next best thing to being there.  It will make being so far way in India not feel so far away. 

This coming week we have additional training on the church welfare and employment services.  This along with our training on how to present the gospel, and how to work in the mission office will make us the most qualified missionaries with no place to go... but we have hope something will happen this week. 

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