Sunday, May 19, 2013

On the Crest of the Wave

As we continue to ride the crest of the Wave....of enthusiasm for missionary work. A wave of truth and righteousness, an opportunity and a privilege, we have come to discover that by small and simple means the efforts of these young elders and sisters really can "confound" the wise and help the kingdom to roll forward and we are blessed to be a part of it.

It has been a busy week so hold onto your hats because the post this week is a lengthy one.........


The fountain at our apartment complex finally works!!!
Obviously it takes very little to make us happy.

These are a few pictures of Winter Park, Florida during one of our many road trips. It appears to be an older section of Florida and reminds me a little of Gone with the Wind.

We got mail!  The Hudson's were kind enough to remember our upcoming 39th wedding anniversary and to make us feel included in the annual Memorial Day camping festivities.  We have all we need to make s'mores with the exception of a flame!  Since we can't use barbecues here at the complex we will definitely have to get creative because microwaving marshmallow's is just wrong.

Even little summer gel stickers for our windows!
Just in time to celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day and the 4th of July!
Kennedy Space Center
How is a Space Shuttle assembled? Where does it land?  What are NASA's plans for the future? Well on Saturday, May 18th our Senior Missionary District decided to find out the answers to those intriguing questions and many more.

How many astronauts have walked on the moon?  12
How far from earth is the International Space Station (ISS)? 220 miles
How many days does it take the moon to circle the earth?  27
At lift off, the orange colored external tanks surrounding the rocket hold 500,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen
Prior to launch, the Space Shuttle weighs 4.5 million pounds
A Mobile Launcher platform weighs 8.23 million ponds actually transports the rocket to the launch zone
NASA plans to explore Mars in 2020

Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold. Above is a picture of many of our Senior Missionary District members who were able to join us.  From left to right, us, the Marble's, the Moline's, Sister Rose, Sister Gebs, the Bevans, Elder Gebs in the back and Elder Rose. We were advised to leave our name tags at home while acting as tourists to avoid confusion from others who might think we were there on assignment. I have to admit it was more than a little scary not to have the protection of the name tag to proclaim to the world who we are and why we were here.

A beautiful day for sight seeing :)

 Elder Gebs, the Bevans, Sister Gebs and Sister and Elder Marble getting ready for an exciting day ahead.

On our bus tour we had to slow for a turtle in the road. We also paused to see an alligator and manatee swimming in a pond on the side of the road.  Only in Florida, the not so final frontier :)

The 363 foot tall mobile service structure used to launch Apollo 11 Saturn V rockets as well as the
Space Shuttle Discovery.


The second stop on the bus tour
 The actual launch command center of an Apollo Saturn V launch

Rocket separation

Elder Busath looking like Buzz Light year in plain clothes.  "From infinity and beyond!"

A replica of the Orion capsule
   Historical astronaut suits

And not so historical

 The massive Vehicle Assembly Building
                                                             A mobile service structure 

 A new attraction due to open June 29, 2013

 Elder Busath requesting an autograph from a real live astronaut, JR Reilly

We thought the grand kids would like this picture.  Inside the building are all sorts of "angry bird" games for kids to play.

 The NASA Memorial of men and women who gave their lives to advance space exploration

May the force be with you................


We had a wonderful time and I have to say it was a little like taking a trip down memory lane.  For those of you who are as old as we are space exploration used to be a very big deal. Today we are so used to advanced technology that a space launch barely gets our attention anymore. Visiting the Kennedy Space Center helped to remind me just how proud I am to be an American and what a blessed county we truly live in.

Just so you don't think all of our time is spent playing...
Behold, mine house is a house or order, saith the Lord God, and not a house of confusion Doctrine and Covenants 132:8

Our Senior Missionary District has been given the assignment to work closely with the missionaries in our area to de-clutter, reorganize and basically spruce up their individual living quarters.  Simple, right? Not so. Many of our missionaries have received numerous "charitable donations" resulting in an apartment bursting at the seams with unnecessary stuff.  So our Mission President is calling in the "big guns", the senior missionaries, to help identify the surplus and to assist in distributing the surplus according to the needs of the mission. Again no big deal, except that the assignment must be accomplished before June 1st when Operation Deep Clean will be initiated.  So we have our track shoes on and are ready to roll!

In closing, I am not sure if I have shared this with you before, but our Mission President and his wife have challenged us to get on our knees each night at 10:20 and pray for the faith to create miracles. MIRACLES.  In my effort to be obedient I have recently come to understand that faith is a real power, not just an expression of belief and I would encourage you, as President Holland advised in his recent conference address, to forever fan the flame of your faith, because all things are possible to them that believe!

Thanks for checking up on us!

Until next time...

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