|Sister Tiff putting our|
Our Family Home Evening didn't gel this week, as those invited to attend were sick. Next week we'll try again. It's a great opportunity to help the young Elders in fellowshipping and teaching some gospel truths, in a relaxed atmosphere.
|A Moose Mountie|
|Colorful Bridgewater Real Estate|
Our day in Bridgewater was very long. We traveled there fairly early in the day to see a mechanic who checked out the brakes on our van. We had been told we needed them changed, with all sorts of extra things to be done, to the tune of $1,300 (by a dealer). This mechanic and a YSA who is an "auto expert" said all that was needed was replacing brake pads, to the tune of $130. A friend in the Bridgewater Ward will do the labor for free! Isn't it great to have good friends?! Heavenly Father is really looking out for us. We hope we can return the favor.
In the evening we had a great class with the YSA and others in Bridgewater. They are a very animated and eager group. We have good discussions and responses, but as I mentioned, we have to take the time to prepare lessons that invite the spirit and stress the "why" of the gospel. After the class, we drove back to Halifax (about 65 miles) in a pouring rainfall. The dark and the rain made travel hazardous, but we finally made it home around 11 pm.
|Elder Robert Gay|
of 1st Quorum of 70
|Nova Scotia Zone Missionaries|
(Yours Truly in front)
After the training with the missionaries we went to fulfill our assignment at the temple. Serving in the temple once a week is a very special blessing. We love to be there with such great fellow ordinance workers, and to feel the spirit of the patrons. Joni doesn't feel comfortable with her assignments yet because they are so new to her. But she is doing very well, actually, and the sisters working there love her.
Friday was a day of rest and lesson preparations. We must be getting old, because we were very tired from all our activities this week. But we do feel like we need to be doing more. There are some less-active YSA out there who need a visit or contact by someone in the church, to buoy their spirits, listen to their challenges, answer questions, share a testimony, or just to know someone knows they are alive. So we are going to try to regroup and see if we can be more effective in that area. We have really been tied up so much in the administering that we haven't done a lot of ministering.
This evening we attended Bro. Cartier's New Testament institute class. He went through the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, showing us how much our Heavenly Father wants us to be like Him, as pointed out in verse 48 of that chapter. When we are hungering and thirsting after righteousness so much that it is an all-consuming thing in our life, then we can be taught by the Holy Ghost how to become like Him in the fullest sense of the word. Everything we do to follow the path of the Savior is given to us by the Holy Ghost, therefore it is important for us to do what it takes to stay in tune with the Holy Ghost. If we think "temple" while we read the Sermon on the Mount, we will begin to understand the deepest meanings the Savior was teaching. A very powerful lesson.
|Milford (brother), Joni, Ruby (sis-in-law), & Dot|