This has been a good week for us. We didn't have alot of office work to do after Wednesday, so we had some free time to visit some of the less active families and investigators. Elder Beutler went on Friday evening to visit a family and together, today, we visited with three families in the branch. They all have their challenges. One family has a mother who goes into the interior (jungle) and cooks for the miners for several weeks at a time, until she gets malaria. Then she returns to Georgetown and recuperates until she is well enough to go again. She has been a widow for over 15 years and that is the way she provides for her children. The youngest is in nursing school. I hope those children appreciate the great sacrifice she is making so that they can be fed and clothed and educated.
I (Carol) was asked to speak in church this week about the blessings of having sacred music in the home. I talked about the hymns we sang each morning during scripture time and the oppurtunities I've had to learn to sing parts in choir and what a blessing that has been to me. It was really an easy subject to talk about, because I had so many good experiences with music. I also quoted a talk that Pres. Boyd K. Packer gave in 1973 called "Inspiring music, worthy thoughts" and recited the song, "Hum Your Favorite Tune" which was written as a result of that talk.
This week marks the 4th month since we left Idaho for our mission. Time flies. We have called Esther everyday this week to see if she is in labor with her baby. She is probably getting really tired of all the attention, but it does ease the grandmother's mind to be able to skype. We hope that all of you are doing well. We look forward to Deborah and Jared's visit in a couple of weeks.
Amy, when is transfer day in your mission? Ours is on Halloween. If we send you a letter will you get it. Do you think that you will be in Pohnpei for your whole mission?
Love from Mom and Dad