Sunday, October 5, 2014

Obedience is our love language to God


We would have been pretty excited to spot this bald headed eagle were it not for the fact that we knew exactly what he was looking for.  Baby ducklings are one of his favorites snacks.  Fortunately there were no baby ducklings available so off he flew. 
 "Quack, quack, quack", they shouted as they headed down the breezeway and stopped right outside our front door.  "Is that hello in duck we wondered. "Elder Busath, where is our treat?" Or maybe they were actually just shouting for joy that the eagle had to go away hungry!

We had to close the apartment for six weeks following our recent transfer.  As a result we instructed the two Elders currently living there to CLEAN the apartment and "to leave no trace behind."  We soon discovered that neither of them must have been Boy Scouts because we were sadly disappointed at what we found.
  Quarterly housing inspections conducted by our Senior Missionary District commence, Monday October 6th and will continue until every home has been properly inspected.
But because we "just had a feeling" about the condition of the recently vacated apartment we got a sneak preview of what we could expect in the future and hope that the extra few days the rest of our missionaries have been given will be put to good use.
What we found under their kitchen sink was a great lesson in the principle
"less is more".
The standard missionary complement includes two twin beds, box springs and bed frames. We assume that these two missionaries were more concerned about being obedient to the spirit of the law, rather than to the letter of the law.

 Elder Oglesby and his first trainer, Elder Gooch, assigned to the Metro West area. 
Elder Oglesby will be speaking Portuguese and as is standard was sent out to our Mission a week after the other new missionaries.
 Welcome to Relief Society Squares!
"I am Elder Busath and I will be your host.  Tonight questions will be centered around the topic Visiting Teaching.  We would like to welcome our celebrity squares tonight..."
Sister Busath had the opportunity to be one of the nine celebrity squares
and it was a really fun activity. 
Questions ranged from Visiting Teaching experiences in our Branch,
the rules of Visiting Teaching from the Handbook,
and even a little history of Visiting Teaching. 
Contestant Bev won!                           The delicious cake for dessert was made by
                                                    Branch Relief Society President, Amanda Urrutia.
 We had a great idea for an special autumn treat to share at our upcoming District Meeting Monday so we drove all the way down to St. Cloud between General Conference sessions on Saturday to "advance" and determine if a particular shop (Elder Gordon liked to frequent) had what we wanted. Unfortunately the owners looked at us like we were from another planet so we had to continue our search. The good news is that we finally found just what we were looking for a little closer to home and will provide pictures next week. We don't want to spoil the surprise just in case we have a few members of our District checking our blog :)
 On our way home we passed by the "Koffee Kup" once headquarters for the Klu Klux Klan here in Florida many, many years ago-just a little historical fact.
 This kind of sign is posted in all of the Wal-Mart grocery store aisle in the Orlando area.  ¿Hablas español?
Drum roll please...
We are thrilled to announce the birth of our 4th granddaughter and 14th grandchild;
Shelby Mae Hudson was born October 2, 2014 
weighing in at 7 pounds.08 ounces, 19 1/2 inches long
Her big sister, Sienna, was pretty excited to take her home two days later. 
 In fact when she was asked by "Grandma Janie" if she was ready to see her new little sister her response was, "I have been ready my whole life."
Elder Glenn Spencer also had a birthday on October 2nd
so it was definitely a day for celebration!
Saturday and Sunday was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bi-annual General Conference. What that means is two full days to receive counsel and instruction from a Prophet of God and other Church leaders.
It has been amazing, inspiring and motivational...
Our favorite talk thus far -
 "Which Way Do You Face?" by Elder Lynn G. Robbins
Never forget which way you face, taught Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Presidency of the seventy during the Saturday morning session of general conference.  Latter-day Saints must remember that they stand as a representation of Jesus Christ, not of the world.
"Trying to please others before pleasing God is inverting the first and second great commandment," Elder Robbins said.  "It is forgetting which way we face.  And yet , we have all made that mistake because of the fear of men."
"Do not fear man more than God!"
Lowering the Church's standards to the world's = apostasy.

I will go, I will do...
Make it a great week!  See you later...

1 comment:

  1. That Sienna girl cracks me up. Cute Granddaughters.

    The loose ice in the freezer is classic and made me giggle because of course that would irritate my parents.