We also walked to St. Pauls cathedral which was VERY beautiful. We are loving the stained glass in so many of the churches and homes. We have learned that the reason we see so much artistic glass work is that the very first glass factories were located here along the rivers. Seems glass is made from sand, ash, and coal--something we had never thought much about before. There are
We also walked past one of the most prestigious computer engineering schools in the country---Carnegie Mellon. Many of the members of our wards are students at this school. We sometimes feel a little intimidated when they try to tell us what they are studying. Their explanations go right over our heads!! They tell us that they are really just a bunch of nerds---- so we are getting along fine with them!!
It is also really interesting to drive around the city and see artwork done on the sides of buildings. It's surprising to look up and see the whole side of a building painted in a beautiful mural. There is plenty of graffiti in the city and many pockets of rundown ghetto type buildings. The murals in many neighborhoods, and also the renovation going on in alot of the old homes, is evidence of the city's efforts to revitalize many of the areas. We have been impressed with the efforts we have seen.
We have had an amazing family history experience with a sister named Martha. She has VERY interesting life story that has been featured on "60 Minutes". If anyone is interested, you can Google "Martha Curtis" and see it. Anyway, the sister missionaries (Sister Toupin and Sister Rock), that we became so attached to in just one month, have now been transferred. We are so sad---but know it is probably for the best. Before they left, they introduced us to Martha and we did what we could to help her get her family history organized and connected on FamilySearch.
We are also starting to go on more and more visits to the elderly widows and single sisters in the wards. This has really been enjoyable for us and it is so interesting to hear their life stories and feel of their strong testimonies of the restored gospel. Two of the special sisters we visited this week were Karen and Callie. Karen has been a church member since 2003 and is coming to church every week now because some church members are giving her a ride. Buses don't run here much on Sunday and so it is very hard for some of these sisters
Then on Sunday we attended our second baptism. We have been present in Patti's home on a few occasions as the elders taught her lessons. She has an energetic little son, Elijah, and it has been wonderful to see her take this important step in her life.
We also found another really nice park where we can go walking. It is called "Frick Park" and is located in the Squirrel Hill area. We have heard that this area of the city was once the wealthiest neighborhood in the country. It is quite a large park so we are excited to keep exploring during our exercise time and on our Preparation days.