New Missionaries - January 27th
The Beginning of Ground Hog Day
We had a bit of snow driving across the state to get to Northumberland. It wasn't too bad until we had to get on I80 and got surrounded by big rigs.
Sisters always go first. We have such polite Elders.
This was the group in Northumberland. We had approximately 57.
Another day but the lunch looks surprisingly the same.
The missionaries always write little thank yous to the ladies who provide lunch. They post these all over the kitchen while they are out being sung to.
This is the Altoona and Jamestown Zones meeting in Brookville.
We always have a ton of supplies and mail that we haul to each Zone Conference.
Now why did I refer to all of this as the Ground Hog Days? When we were in Brookville, we were just 20 miles away from Punxatawny PA. And it was on Feb. 2nd. That is where Gobblers Knob is - the home of Punxatawney Phil. After we finished with our conference, President Johnson made sure that he and the senior couples headed up there. He was so excited to be at Gobblers Knob on Groundhog Day. We were just glad that we went long after the other 10,000 people had gone. Elder Clarke made a joke about us experiencing the repeating Groundhog Day. We had three days of the same meetings and the same food each day.
The rest of these pictures just show some of the activities we have been involved in over the past few weeks. Most of our extra curricular activities are with the Young Single Adults.
Family Home Evening - We had a boat making competition. Each team of two had 10 straws, 2 pieces of paper and some masking tape. The competition was to see who could construct a boat that would float the longest when weight was added to it.
Alec and Dan
|James and Jill. Should have gotten the award for spending the most time on meticulously designing and building tactics. Theirs was the one that sunk the fastest.|
|The master builder. Also the winner with a little help from me.|
|Bryan and Jackson.|
Twice a week, Monday and Friday nights, we are now conducting English class with several Spanish speaking people. It started with us going to the home of a husband and wife who are members of the church but we now meet at the church. Last week we had a lady and her son join us who are not members. They are from Venezuela. This week the Elders found a man and his son from Guatamala who joined us. None of these people speak English so it has been quite interesting. Thank goodness the Elders are with us most of the time. The Reyes family also have 4 children who speak English and an interpret when necessary. The other two boys do not speak any English.
The second performance was The Hunchback of Notre Dam. Very good performance and I really enjoy being able to go to these old theaters. They have been restored beautifully.
Well that is our first half of February. It has been very busy and we look forward to a slow week this week. More to come though. We will be preparing for new missionaries coming in the end of the month, a few missionaries going home before then. We have tickets for a few more performances and in a couple of weeks we are having an activity for the senior missionaries. Stay tuned.