Sunday, February 28, 2016

February 28, 2016 It Will All Work Out

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"There will always be more blessings than burdens even if some days it doesn't seem so."
Jeffrey R. Holland
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"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just ordinary people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. . . .
It was a week of District Temple Days, so as expected the office was a hot bed of activity.
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Without going in to too much detail, our youngest daughter, Samantha, was born with a serious heart condition requiring open heart surgery this week. The surgery was scheduled for early Thursday morning in San Francisco.  Unfortunately her surgeon was suddenly made unavailable due to an emergency surgery and Sam's surgery had to be rescheduled for the following day!  Bright and early Friday morning the surgery was finally performed and according to her surgeon, "things went better than expected." She is doing well, all things considered, and I know it is only because so many people were fasting and praying on her behalf, of which I am eternally grateful. 
I can truly testify that the Lord heard and answered our prayers.
 A thoughtful gift from one of my Visiting Teachers.

I pray because I can't help myself.
I pray because I am helpless.
I pray because the need flows out of me all the time-waking and sleeping.
It doesn't change God.
It changes me.
C.S. Lewis

 Missionaries seem to get younger and younger these days. 
Okay maybe not this young. 
Our granddaughter, Shelby, just wanted to try on Grandpa's name tag for size.
Oooh, ahhh!
 I honestly can't remember the last time I saw a missionary study desk
 look so organized and tidy!
Sister Trainer Leaders, (STL's) Rabello and Kappel (on your left) had the most incredibly neat and clean apartment (and study desk) that Elder Busath couldn't resist capturing it on his phone for convincing evidence. 

These amazing STL's also knew exactly what to do and say when Sister Dale and Sister Stalnaker came in to the office later this week when Sister Dale had to be released early due to health issues.

"There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it. Perhaps we should be looking less with our eyes and more with our hearts"
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Spring has finally arrived in Meridian, Idaho!  
The daffodils I planted in September are just now beginning to poke their little heads through the warming soil.
One of the good things about serving a mission and living in your own home is that you get to be surrounded by many of the little things you know and love. One of the bad things about serving a mission and living in your own home is that you get to be surrounded by many of the little things you know and love and as a result when something needs to be done, guess who gets to do it?
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 In closing, not long ago I was reading a quote once mentioned by President Uctdorf in the April 2015 General Conference issue of the Ensign that spoke to me. It went something like this; "Tell a man that there are trillions of stars in the universe, and he'll believe you.  Tell him there's wet paint on the wall, and he'll touch it just to be sure."

I have know for over 43 years that the Lord truly hears and answers our prayers.  But for some reason this week it just seemed too simple for me to truly appreciate its great value. So I set aside what I knew to be true and made myself, and I am sure everyone around me crazy, as I worried and obsessed only to finally realize that the peace and comfort I was desperately seeking was right in front of me if I had just taken the time to STOP, LISTEN and FEEL His love.

As President Gordon B. Hinckley has reminded us, "Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."

I pray that we will focus on "the simplicity that is in Christ" and take the time to thank the Lord for letting us have the ride.    

Have a great week!                                           

Sunday, February 21, 2016

February 20, 2016 Sweet is the Work

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Monday, February 15, 2016
The Mission Office was officially closed due to President's Day so we took the opportunity to be grandparents and attend granddaughter, Sienna's, gymnastic class.
You will rarely see our work stations in the  Mission Office look this quiet.
30 gallons of wind shield wiper fluid, antifreeze and other essential vehicle fluids, waiting to be distributed where needed.
       7:30 am Tuesday morning-just minutes before and minutes after missionary vehicle                   inspections and the start of our first Idaho Boise Mission Zone Conference. 
The "Clean Card Awards goes to:
 Elder Monroe and Elder Masten
 Elder  Thompson and Elder Patterson
Sister Lehmberg and Sister Rogers

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The February 2016 Zone Conference Theme
An impromptu meet and greet on their way to the chapel.
 Food, glorious food...

Various Stake Relief Society Presidencies prepare and serve lunch at each of our Zone Conferences.  The menus ranged from pulled pork sandwiches and chips, fried chicken and green salad, and chicken enchiladas, rice, chips and salsa. In return we offer our thanks by standing and singing, "Called to Serve."

It's your birthday shout hooray, we want to sing to you today! 
All the birthday boys and girls who celebrated a birthday since the last Zone Conference in November were recognized.
Sister Smith, our busy Mission Nurse
Afternoon mini session re-emphasize the basics, cleaning, vehicle safety, record keeping, etc.

Boise Central, Boise North and Boise South Zones

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Meridian Central and Boise West Zones

"My heart shall triumph in my Lord.
And bless his works and bless his word.
Thy works of grace, how bright they shine! How deep thy counsels, how divine!"

 The Mission President recently decided to move two missionaries from a three bedroom apartment which currently had housed four missionaries. As a result when the two "vacated" the premises and the dust settled Elder Busath and Elder Sorenson had a huge challenge/teaching moment before them.

"Use boldness, but not overbearance; and also see that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love, see that ye refrain from idleness."
Alma 38:12

After many hours of assistance it was time for Elder Sorenson and Elder Busath to leave for home and trust that the two remaining missionaries were up to finishing the job.
 At nine o'clock the next morning Elder Busath arrived with donuts in hand to discover that the missionaries had indeed done what they had been told to do and then some!

It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, 
that determines how your life's story will develop.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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"Attitude can make all the difference in our lives, and we control our attitude.  It can make us miserable or happy, content or dissatisfied.  
To a great degree it can make us strong or weak."

Thomas S. Monson
 Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly and remember the covenant wherewith you have covenanted one with another."
Doctrine and Covenants 90:24

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Let's make it a great week!