Anyway, the Norton’s supervise all of the chapel open houses for the South America South area. This includes, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and Chile. They came over to give a presentation to the other Uruguay Mission. They stayed from Monday afternoon until Wednesday morning. We had a good time with them including dinner both nights. Tuesday night dinner included the Crocketts. They do essentially the same thing we do in the other mission. The Nortons are from Utah Valley and currently live in Spanish Fork. We discovered that Elder Norton’s Grandpa Norton lived on 5th South and Main in Nephi. This is a few blocks from where my Grandma and Grandpa Warner lived. We both remember going to Clark’s Market to buy treats. His Grandma Francum is from Levan and would have been a little older than Dad. No doubt that our grandparents knew each other. I expect we will see each other on Memorial Day each year as we decorate the graves of our families.
On Wednesday we had the trip to inspect four houses, Canelones, Santa Lucia, San Jose and San Ramon. To make it even more “Saintly”, the Elder in San Jose is Elder Santa Cruz. It was a saintly day! These apartments are off the main route and are very picturesque. The highlight of the day was meeting with the missionaries. They are so positive and excited. Their warm smiles and grateful attitudes make us feel very happy. I think they really like the treats that Sister Wankier takes for them. No question that the best part of these trips is being able to hear the missionaries tell us about the people that they are teaching and all the good things that happen to them. Included in our trip was the stop to take the pictures of the bridge. The teenagers were right on the road where we stopped and were very fun to talk to. They are taking a dairy production class at the school and were feeding the calves. I think I have fed no less than a million calves in my day so I could kind of relate with them.
Sunday we had a pleasant surprise as the District President came to visit. President Aguilar is a great leader and did a tremendous job teaching the Priesthood/Relief Society Class on living the Gospel by doing the little things. I was assigned to teach Sunday School. Then in Sacrament Meeting Renee and I both had to speak. So Renee gave her first talk in Spanish. It was scary but the people in Castillos love her so much that you could feel how much they enjoyed it. We really do love the people and have such a great time when we visit. Two pretty neat things happened. First, Sister Oreales has been sick. We tried to visit her in the hospital the last time we went but could not find her. Today she came to Church for the first time in a month. You could tell that she was recovering from her hospital stay. She bore her testimony about the power of receiving a Priesthood blessing. She is a wonderful lady and we pray that she will get well. Second, we stopped to see the Elder’s quorum president after the meeting. Juan has not been able to come to church because of the some problems in his neighborhood. We had a real good visit and you could tell that he was grateful that we stopped by. We are praying that he can get things working in his neighborhood so that he can come to Church.
We love serving and spending time with the missionaries. We love what we do and feel a great deal of satisfaction in serving. We love you all and are grateful for what you do.
Love Gordon and Renee