Saturday, September 14, 2013

To get more, give more

People can be divided into three groups:

Those who make things happen.
Those who watch things happen.
Those who wonder what happened.
We would like to think that we are in the first group!

The Mission President recently asked us if we could convert the storage closet in the mission office into a working office for Sister Nielson, our Mission Medical Support Nurse.

For those of you who know me, this was just my kind of challenge, so I quickly enlisted the help of Elder Busath, and Brother and Sister Nielson and we rolled up our sleeves and set to work.

Once the storage closet had been emptied and most of the contents relocated we still had leftover items needing a new home. So we headed to our favorite duplex garage, where two of our sister missionaries reside and got busy re-organizing it to make room for more stuff.

Obviously looks can be deceiving.  See that innocent appearing metal shelf in the back being carefully reassembled by Elder Nielson?  Well that one single shelf suddenly turned deadly, cutting Elder Nielson's finger, slicing the top of Elder Busath's head and stabbing me in the head all while in the process of transporting it from the trailer to the garage.  Talk about blood, sweat and tears!

All finished with room enough for the sisters to maneuver their bikes.

 Ta da! There is no limit to what you can accomplish, if you set your mind to it!
Her new office may look a little sparse at first, but just imagine another chair, a potted plant, a few pictures on the walls.  Of course that is after the room gets painted.  We have visions of sky blue, but that is another Saturday project and we have to get through transfers first.


 My favorite "Worker Bees" as they stop by Staples to pick up "handouts" for our upcoming Mission Leader Council Meeting.

You've had a birthday, shout hurray!

Monday, September 2nd was an official holiday for most, but for those of us in the mission office it was a day to play catch up and get busy running various errands that had been put on the back burner due to ringing telephones and being held captive in the office.
It was also a day to enjoy a Senior Missionary District Potluck dinner and to celebrate the birthdays of Sister Vaden and Elder Bevans, both 29 years old one more time :)

Saturday, September 7th we joined hundreds others on the American Heart Association 5 K Walk at the University of Central Florida.  Our T shirts stated boldly that we were from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Orlando on the back and on the front it stated:                                                        
RUN and not be weary, WALK and not faint.

 Our Mission President Michael Berry, his wife, Sister and Elder Nielson and us.

 Elder Busath taking it all in.

 Just a few of our Florida Orlando Missionaries from the immediate area who participated in the walk.

That same evening our Portuguese Elders Cleis da Costa and Delgado Hernandez invited us to join them to celebrate Brazil's Independence Day.
Venha Comemorar Conosco a Independencia do Brasil!

Elder Delgado and Elder Nielson warming up the crowd.

           Elder Nielson served his first mission in Brazil as a young man.  He actually shared special pictures he had taken and saved from that experience in his presentation about the history of the church in Brazil.

Elders Nielson, Delgado Hernandez, and Cleis da Costa.

And to top off the celebration, dinner! Black beans with bones, rice and of course an American brownie, thanks to Sister Berry :).

A handmade hammock was just one of the many Brazilian decorations.


Of course our blog wouldn't be complete without including at least one of our little critters.

In closing just our two cents-it has been a great week. Why? Because we were crazy busy serving others.  Service makes you happy and it seems to be contagious!

It is an immutable law that the more you give away, the more you receive.  You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.

A wise man once said, "We can't do everything for everyone everywhere, but we can do something for someone somewhere.

Ask yourself, have I done any good in the world today?  If not, why not?

Thanks for stopping by! See you later alligator :)

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