We got new computers in the mission office, so it has been a bit of a challenge to get into all the programs we were using and figure things out. We have all had to make calls to the church helpline. Those people are so nice and patient and helpful!
Tuesday one of our favorite missionaries, Elder Rocha, left to return home after two years. We kind of feel like you shouldn't play favorites with the missionaries just like we don't play favorites with our kids, but he was special and such a good missionary. His family came to pick him up at the mission office since they live in California so we got to meet them. You can't see in the picture, but his tie is tied in an elaborate knot that looks kind of braided. He gave James a copy of how to tie the cool knot.
Elder Holmgren, one of the assistant's to the President, told James that he looks like President Uchtdorf. I have often thought that before myself, but never said anything to anyone. I think it is mostly their similar silver hair.
Someone gave the Balls some persimmons and they shared them with us. We had never had one before. It was crisp and didn't seem to have much taste, but was a little sweet and tasted a little bit like pumpkin.
James stepped off the edge of the sidewalk and twisted his ankle on Saturday. It got quite swollen and painful, and he could barely walk by the evening. We wondered if he would be able to go to church the next day. The Lord blessed him and it was much better by the morning. He barely limped.
We went to a baptism Friday night for a young woman, probably about twenty years old. She goes by only one name, Bailey, which is actually her last name. We took an investigator with us. We were going to go to another baptism Saturday night, but we didn't because of James' ankle.
Saturday we went to the movie, "I Am Not Ashamed". It was the story of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first student shot at the Columbine High School massacre. She was a committed Christian who stood up for what she believed in even though her friends turned against her. In her last school essay she said, "I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go." The movie was really good and showed how one person can touch so many lives. It was inspiring! Her legacy of kindness and compassion continues through "Rachel's Challenge", a program in many schools.
Troy also sent a picture of our missionary plaque hanging in the hall at church. That was fun to see!
Near our church on two different streets we spotted these cute, little libraries that some families have put in front of their houses. What a fun way to share with others!
THE LORD LOVES YOU AND SO DO WE!