We saw a picture of our home this week and we got really homesick so we are making ourselves as busy as possible. You know what President Hinckley’s father told him when he wrote home from his mission, “Forget yourself and go to work.” We love our mission very much so that surprised us a bit.
Our work in the Archives has been steadily increasing and most of our books are passing. We missed one that had a hand covering some information on the page and another one where the writing was so light it didn’t meet the line segment test. We look at it like another opportunity to learn a little more about the fascinating world of photographing these sacred books. We are really glad we are done with the traveling before winter sets in. We are so grateful for the opportunity to do the traveling around to the other Records Centers to see how they are organized and work and meet more great people in Ohio.
We really like to learn more and more about the Amish culture not far from where we live in Niles. It is fun to see the horse drawn farm implements and lawn mowers and carriages. They have some beautiful horses. The horses have to be exercised to keep them in good shape so we have seen several children out in the carriages we call the convertible carriages. It has no top. It has room for one or two in it but usually just one child is in it. There isn’t much to hold onto but the reigns.
We are so grateful for the work we do in our Ward. It is always so rewarding when someone we have visited comes to church or we have an opportunity to serve. The Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching assignments have been and are being redone to include more less-actives and part-member families. It is always so good to watch a Ward grow and become even more missionary minded. We have a very missionary minded Stake Presidency who are inspiring some great changes in our area. We are looking forward to Stake Conference.
We greet people as they come to church on Sundays and make a point to greet those who aren’t able to greet us at the door. We met with a young woman this week who was baptized in March in the Hiram Ward and is new to our Ward. We played in the park with her five and one year old. We are giving her a ride to Stake Conference Sunday in hopes to meet the Bishop’s family and the Relief Society President. We have great young missionaries in our ward. We meet with them to review our list of birthday visits each week. We are taking them to visit a family about 30 miles away whose house burned down and they are living in their shed in their back yard to evaluate their needs today. Every time we visit someone it is a reminder to us of how very blessed we are and grateful for the abilities we have to serve.
We have been reminded of the importance of the Plan of Salvation this past week with the passing of two great men that have meant a lot to us over the years. The hope and peace the gospel brings truly helps us put one foot in front of the other when life happens and we experience the sadness and trials along the way. We know that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. We love and miss you and are grateful for each of you and how you have touched our lives.