We have found out that Pittsburgh is a city of hills, rivers (3 major ones), bridges (446) and lots and lots of steps. We are trying to take the steps everywhere we go to also add to our exercise. We have also heard that there are some other wonderful parks a little farther away so we want to explore those soon.
Today felt like our first real "P" day (Preparation Day). Most missionaries seem to really try to take full advantage of these days that come around once a week on Mondays.
The first thing we did today was to visit the Vintage Senior Center that is just down the street from us. We were so impressed with it! Okay----we know that means we have officially entered old age!
We have been assigned by the bishops to help older single women in the wards and so we wanted to find out the services that were offered there. Anyway, it will also be a great place for us to go in and use their treadmills and other exercise equipment. Don't laugh too hard!!!
We then went to the Heinz History Museum--
yes---ketchup, along with Big Mac's and Mister Rogers all originated in Pittsburgh. It is a museum associated with the Smithsonian museums and it was very impressive. In fact, we got a year membership so that we can take some of the young Elders and Sisters (or other visitors) with us. We decided it was so interesting to us that we can spend many more hours there.
There is a whole floor dedicated to sports and we thought of all of our family as we visited this floor. We took a few pictures that we thought some of them might like.
small town of 'Butler' that is in an area northeast of Pittsburgh. We plan to visit there one day.
Of course, there's also lots about the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pirates.
A lot of other sports like golf, hockey and women's sports were represented.
They had a whole section about black sport leagues too.
Almost everywhere we drive we see beautiful views of the city with a bridge or river or interesting houses nestled in the hills. There is so much to do on our "P" days that we think we will become like the younger missionaries who sometimes count how long they have left on their missions by the number of "P" days that they have left!
Following our fun activities of the day we also went with the Elders to help with a family home evening at the home of Sister Martin and her daughter and son. She has only been a church member for a few months, but seems like she could have been a member all of her life.
Even though we had a great time today we are now looking forward to a busy week ahead with many missionary opportunities.
- work on a Power Point for the mission president's wife on Poison Ivy (seems most missionaries from the West don't have any idea what it looks like and how bad it can be to get into it).
- work on Family History so that we can start being able to help some of our single sisters with their family trees
- try to keep our fridge and cupboards stocked up and food ready to feed hungry Elders
- visits with the Elders in our apartment building who teach lessons that we help with
- visit by ourselves to the single sisters to try and get to know them all
- follow up with women at the senior center who expressed interest in what we do. We left "pass along cards" with them (small pocket size cards with information on videos that the church makes available to those who call in)
- study, study, study--to try and learn and remember everything.
We miss everyone at home, especially at Thanksgiving time. But we are so thankful for all the love and support that we feel, especially from each of our children and their families.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from Pittsburgh