This has been a fun week. We continue to marvel at the faithfulness of some of the members who live in some really challenging circumstances. On of them is Sister Griffeth. She has been a member for at least 10 years. Last month, her husband of 17 years left her for another woman, and she has simply carried on. She gets up at 4:00 AM to make food for a stand where her daughter sells it. Usually they are sold out by about 11:00 AM because she is a really good cook and her prices are right. She makes about 50 dollars a day, 6 days a week. Which is about 4 times as much as the majority of the people make in a day.
Well, a few weeks ago, Dad and the elders quorum president organized a work party to go to her home and do some repairs on her home. She is tearing down one house to build another. She did not have a good foundation in the first home. She did not have enough lumber to build the second home from the old one and she did not have any good zinc to cover the roof, so she has been literally living with no roof over her head for weeks.
The men in the branch have been working on Saturdays to get the work done and the rainy season has been pretty bad for the past two weeks. I am amazed at her attitude. At the branch Christmas talent show, not only did she help prepare the dinner, she also sang "O Holy Night" for her talent.
Then, today when we went to visit one of the shut-ins to take the Sacrament there, she and two friends were already visiting them there. What a great sister. It is one of the faithful few who are going to make the church grow through their examples and kindness.
Today, Dad and I had the chance to share our testimonies in church one last time. Later, I went to Primary and basically did the whole sharing time because the Primary president was there alone and she had done the lesson and opening exercises all by herself. I read over the sharing time lesson which suggested that I play a few measures of several primary songs and have the children guess which song I was playing and then tell what the message in the song said about how to prepare to return to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Then for singing time, I had the children divide up and draw pictures of the words to the Christmas song "Picture a Christmas". They only had colored chalk, but they did an excellent job of drawing the pictures and then singing the song by looking at the pictures they drew. The time went by so quickly that I couldn't believe that it
was closing time so soon.
Well, I am thinking that the Beutler family Christmas party is set for 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 28th. If that is acceptable to everyone we will plan that way. I expect to hear from Amy about when she will be making her Christmas call and those who are close can skype with her, probably on Christmas Eve around 7:00 PM if it is like last year.
By the way, Amy, when you said that you thought your release date was about the 23rd of February, I wondered if you meant January. From my calculations it should be the end of January when you return home, unless you extended without telling your mother about it.
Well, time to go say goodbye to some of the people we have grown to love. We will be home tonight in about 3 1/2 hours if anyone wants to skype with us then.
Love, Mom and Dad