Saturday, January 30, 2016

Blue skies and sunny!

What a beautiful week after the blizzard of 2016!

It's hard to believe we have been serving now for 7 months.  It sounds so cliche but it is going by so fast.  I had a dream the other night it was time to go home.  I was so unsettled and woke up feeling anxious and upset.  It was so strange to me.  I miss my dear friends and family and much of my life in Texas but we love our mission so much.  In my heart I knew it wasn't time to go and there is still so much to do.  We get so attached to the missionaries and the goodbyes get harder and harder.  I know the day for us to say goodbye to the mission will come before we know it.  Until then I am trying to enjoy each and every moment and recognize the miracles and blessings that we see daily.

Savannah was so excited to get her Learners Permit this week.  When we received our mission 
call to New York she found out you have to be 17 to get a "senior" license (full driving privileges).  
She wasn't eligible for a learners license until she turned 16.  She's been so busy that it's taken 
2 months but we finally found a day to go.  This was a happy day for her as most of her 
friends in Texas are already driving.  

We had the "what's next" meeting with the group of missionaries that will be going home the end of this transfer cycle.  In this meeting we talk about the transition from mission to life at home, how to continue the holy habits they have developed in the mission field and what their plans and goals are for the future.  We discuss "My Plan", which is the church's program to help missionaries use what they have learned as they prepare to go home.  Dave always reminds the missionaries that their missions are the "best 18 months or 24 months for their lives".  They grow physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially in the time they serve.  How can they continue to improve and especially continue to have the Spirit in their lives daily and magnify their covenants. 

Our Stamford Elders received this kind note from a neighbor.  
It is one example of the many acts of service that the missionaries are doing daily.  

"And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."

On Friday we held the "New Missionary Meeting" for the missionaries that arrived last transfer and their trainers.  Elder Hill and Elder Palikiko, who serve in Scarsdale, showed up ahead of the meeting to make sure the church was clean and ready for the meeting.

Our New Missionaries at the end of their Vehicle training from Elder & Sister Gardner

Elder Pires and Elder Castro helped shovel the walks so
Sister Gardner could take pictures of each companionship outside in the sunshine. 

New Missionaries and their Trainers

"And ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, two by two, in my name, lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God."
Doctrine & Covenants 42:6

Sunday, January 24, 2016


It really does snow in New York!  My kids were beginning to wonder...

Kings bridge and Olmstead (The Bronx) Elders out serving.  
Missionaries throughout the mission shoveled walks and found ways to help and serve people. 
 They are remarkable!

 Elder Hill and Elder Palikiko who serve in our ward helped shovel the walks at the mission home.  Somehow our darling Hawaiian, Elder Palikiko "forgot" his coat!

We ventured out for a little bit to go to the mission office.  Very few cars were on the road.

View from the mission home front porch taken around 2 pm. 
 The snow didn't stop until 11 pm that night.

The Westchester sisters bundled up and helped shovel the snow at the church.  We had them over after to warm up and have hot chocolate and waffles.

William and Lauren spent most of the day outside.  They loved it. 
 Being raised in Texas snow is such a novelty to them.

William had fun tackling his dad in the snow

 Sunday Morning was breath takingl! It was so stunning to walk outside and see this bright beautiful site after the cold, dark night.   I thought of the calm after the storm and was reminded the sun always shines again, even after some of our darkest nights and hardest trials.