We had zone conference on Monday. We did not get any new direction for senior couples, but we enjoyed the counsel which we received along with the young elders.
The mission president talked about three kinds of trials which we have in this world. The first is those we bring upon ourselves because we are disobedient. The second is those which come just as a natural part of living, and the third is those which the Lord sends us to test our faithfulness. He said that the third type are often the hardest because it test our faithfulness.
We had kind of a discouraging experience today in the Linden branch. The branch president had to work, so his counselor took charge. They asked us to speak at the meeting, along with the counselor's wife. The Gospel Doctrine teacher was gone so they had a last minute teacher. There were no primary teachers, only the President. There were no youth Sunday School teachers, so the youth taught themselves. and the Relief Society was cancelled or shortened and no priesthood lesson would have been taught if Dad and organized them and started a discussion. Oh Boy, we somehow need to help the leadership to know that if they don't organize the meetings, the people will quit coming entirely. We thought that things were going better than that last month.
One fun thing that happened this week was that one of the temporary missionaries, brother Stewart, who has served 4 times on 6 week missions received his mission call. We delivered it to him while he and his companion were out tracting on their bicycles. He called us the next morning to let us know that he was going to Atlanta Georgia. He is pretty excited to be leaving the country. He will be a good missionary and he comes from a strong family.
Well, we don't have much else to tell you this week. I've been a little bit sick with a fever, but it is getting better fast. It seems like we never get sick enough to keep us down for long.
Becky, we hope that the move wasn't to hard for you. Sorry we couldn't wish you a better birthday on that day, but of course, there was no chance to communicate. Jacob, good luck moving to Cottonwood Heights this weekend. Just being a 15 minute drive from Deborah will be awesome for both of you. Esther, we loved the story and pictures of your family, and we love hearing from all of you.
Love, Mom and Dad