Mission Highlights - September 2018

Hello all,

We're busy as can be. Hoping to be able to get it all done within the next several months.

Last Family Home Evening was a special 'cultural evening' decorated with maps and flags from the varying countries represented by our group, favorite foods they prepared to share, and piƱatas filled with goodies for the children. We have several creative and artistic ladies who go to a lot of work each month. It has been wonderful to see all they do in service and for the benefit of everyone else. Oh, how we love them. (we're not allowed to post photos of them. sorry.)

Had an excellent 1-day Senior's Conference in Tallahassee last weekend. Met with the 14 other couples serving in the mission (two who just arrived). Felt humbled by their presence, their goodness, and their desires to serve. It was one of the highlights of our service here, to mingle with them and to spend a few hours getting to know them better and sharing ideas and insights.

We went to Wakulla Spri…

We've Moved Across the Street - (AND Before and After Photos)

Hello friends,
We've moved (across the street). Bottom line is that it's quieter and we're able to sleep better now. :)

Quick rundown:
Due to some knee problems for Elder Hendricks, we're swimming in the mornings now instead of walking. We wished we'd thought of this months ago.  We have to pool to ourselves at 6:30 am and it's been a pleasant and good workout.

We've will finish painting the one trailer this week and then be DONE!!! Yay!!! It's been a LOT of hard work, sweat and tears, but...good to be done and know that we truly helped someone in need.

We have an outstanding group of missionaries in our district right now. 4 Elders, 4 Sisters and us. We have a weekly 'district counsel' on Tuesdays mornings which includes a 10-15 min. Conf. call with the Mission Pres. and the

"For if we had not come..."

Not long ago this verse penetrated my soul and I realized that we could relate to it because of our current service. It's been humbling to know that many things which have occurred here wouldn't have taken place had we not come. 

"For if we had not come up out of the land of Zarahemla, these our dearly beloved brethren, who have so dearly beloved us, would still have been racked with hatred against us, yea, and they would also have been strangers to God." - Alma 26:9

More than anything, we feel humbled to have been able to serve here amongst people we have grown to know and love. And, with so many of them, we have felt that we've known them forever. (and maybe we have)  :)

To be engaged in the work of the Lord is the most glorious thing we can imagine. Sure, it is very hard work. We sometimes get home after a long day, completely exhausted physically and emotionally, wondering how we're going to be able to do it again the next day. But, the next morning we are r…

10 Life Lessons Learned from Repairing Old Trailers

This past week we have been thinking about some life lessons we can learn from our repair of old, run-down trailers.  :)  Here are a few things we've discussed:

1. If you buy a $500.00 trailer, you'll end up with about $20,000 in problems.
Lesson:  Invest yourself in correct principles, don't settle for less. If you live 'cheaply', you'll have a lot of problems and challenges needing repair.

2. Leaks:
Lesson: When you see a leak and leave it it becomes an environment for decay and cockroaches.
Un-repented sin festers underneath. Best to fix now rather than later.

3. Cheap stuff has a 'facade' of looking nice in the store but underneath it will not last.
Lesson: Looks may be deceiving. It's what's inside that really counts.
There's a retired military couple in this area who, over a life-time, have purchased hand-made high-quality furnishings from their time spent in other countries. Those quality furnishings will outlast them. Plan for the futur…

Marriage is Forever - Not only until 'Death Do Us Part"

So, we're down to posting only about once-a-month. Sorry about that. And, this month Elder Hendricks is going to write the message home, soon. He's been so busy on a new project that he hasn't had the time yet. But, he plans to shortly.

In the meantime, I'll share a few things he probably won't, and he can add more later.

Today I received a sweet email from an Elder in this mission who was writing home (and includes us in his letters). He is one of our special missionaries who served here for a few months and we love him! I was so  touched by what he wrote that I wanted to share with the rest of you.

This is his message:
"Hey everyone!  So, something really awesome happened this week. There's a lot to this story, but the short version is this. The English missionaries in (a town in Alabama) referred us to a part member family in their ward, with a mom "S", a dad "J", and two small children. The mom is 'less active' and the dad i…

Happy, Sad, Mad Things

When my children were little, I'd help them write a few sentences in their journals each night at bedtime. It became one of the most wonderful times for me to learn how they were feeling about things. I'd ask "What was your happy thing today?, and sad, and mad'." It really helped me understand what they were going through and gave them a way to express themselves and learn about their own thoughts and feelings.

Thankfully, there weren't too many 'mad' things; and I don't have any of those to share here either, but....I will share a few happy and sad things from our past few weeks.

We've been very busy with the one trailer repair and are almost done. The bathroom and one bedroom are complete and today we're painting the other bedroom and will finish it up next week. It's been a huge undertaking but these people are very thankful and were truly in great need. So, that's made it all worthwhile. (Gratitude)

 Our English Class gra…