Rewarding Weeks: July 13 – August 16, 2015

July 18 & 19 was birthday time for Porter and Brooke. We joined them on Sunday the 19th to have birthday cake and ice cream with them. It surely was fun. 
Our trainers, Elder and Sister Edwards, have left us on our own the last 2 weeks for part of the day or whole days at a time.  It’s a little daunting to be entirely responsible for these positions.  But even though we make mistakes, (and as our daughter, Stephanie, told us) that’s how we learn.

And so, the past two weeks have past by quickly.  Then the weekend of August 8-9, 2015 arrived with lots of interesting events in which to be engaged.

On Saturday, August 8th, Dave needed to investigate a few apartments in the north part of our mission in the area of Caldwell and College Station, Texas.


He was able to secure an apartment in College Station without difficulty, but Caldwell wasn’t so easy. He had to travel back to Caldwell (100 miles one way) three more times.

That evening we attended two baptisms. Here we are with: Elder Whitlock, Sister Stevens, Elder Stevens, the Nelsons, & Elder Schinn.

The second baptism was in Spanish. The sister are: Sister Jorgensen (she swam with Kaylani in high school) & Sister Sumison.

In the morning I played the organ for Sacrament Meeting. It’s vacation time for ward members but I am always there.  That evening was another Houston Temple ground tour.  Along with Elder and Sister Stevens, we helped transport the family of the young who had been baptized on Saturday.   This is the Antwine family at the front doors to the temple.

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August 12, 2015 has become known as the “Big Transfer!”  That day our mission received 32 new missionaries on one day which is a record.  Here are some picutres that Sister Mortensen took at the airport.  Some of the missionaries returning home from their mission on August 12th are in the first picture.



Then it was time to greet the newly arriving 32 missionaries.

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President Mortensen is in the front with a red tie leading the gang down the escalator.



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