|For all our kids and grandkids|
We need to talk about something a little different this week. Our week was full with office stuff as we work to get all of the contracts set and organized. This is important but pretty boring to talk about so I thought we could talk about something a little more interesting, like MISSIONARIES!
Our Zone Leaders in Este, which is more or less our zone, are some of my heroes. If you have been reading the blog, Elder Poulson and Mitchell are the ones that taught us how to milk alfajores. For that they are now known as the dairyman. They are also the ones that made the video for Renee’s 60th birthday. They should get an Oscar for that under the category of “best missionary video for a 60 year old lady”.
Well, this week, they topped that. We have a vacant apartment next to us that was vacated when a senior couple went home in February. We have used it to house missionaries when they come into Montevideo but mostly it has been vacant. When the Wall family came, we took all of the furniture out of it and moved it to Florida. Now we have a chance to terminate the contract and need to clean it. It has a balcony that has become the home to two pigeons. Picture the worst case scenario and then make it a little worse. To forever be on my number one list, Elder Poulson and Mitchell agreed to come and clean it for us. What a terrible task. They jumped on it with the same enthusiasm that they do everything else. I love them and appreciate them so much.
You would think that cleaning the bird poop would be the best part of what they have done for us this week. But no! They topped that! They shared some great experiences that they have had in the street. The other night they were out working and got out of a charla about 8:50 P. M. That is pretty close to 9:00 P.M. when they should head for home. Instead of packing it in they decided to knock a few more doors. A lady answered the first door and said, “Come on in Elders, I’ll go get my husband out of bed.” When the Husband came into the room he said, “Hello Elders.” This couple had received the lessons a few years before but had not been able to come to Church for health and other problems. They told the Elders that their life was now more stable and their health was good so they could come to Church. Last Sunday they came to Church and were really fired up. So were the Elders. What a blessing to work until the end. They also told us that they had 6 other investigators in Church that were from a family from Colombia. Elder Mitchell finishes his mission this week. What a way to end! I can’t even think about how sad it will be to see him go. Thankfully we have Elder Poulson for two more changes.
|Elder Peterson playing the piano. He's the best!|
On the Saturday before change week we invite the elders that are leaving the office and their replacements to lunch. Elder Bio is from Mexico and asked for Tacos for lunch. Renee prepared hamburger, beef, pork and chicken to put in them. They topped it off with Oreo Cheesecake and Pear Pie. They are plenty full. It was a great time. They were a little slow to get up.
|Here we are in front of the Sarandi de Yi chapel|
|Having lunch with Bishop Lemos and his family|
I hope you can feel some of what we feel everyday as we work with the missionaries and hear their stories and share the love of the Gospel with them. We are so grateful to be here and learn something new every day. We definitely feel your love and appreciate your support. We love you all.
Gordon and Renee