We have our first interviews with the mission president tomorrow so we'll see how that goes.
we have been working with are finally out of the hospital. They are staying in a hotel for home health and outpatient treatment for another few weeks. It was quite a milestone when he was discharged from the hospital. It will mean the end of our daily visits there---at least until we are assigned to someone else. It was definitely one way to get to know our way around at least one hospital. We will still visit the hotel and plan to be there to help them until they really go home to Hawaii.
opportunities. There were a couple of unusual things we have never seen before.
New Year's Eve was much quieter than what it usually is for us. We are used to having many of our family together at the Oakley cabin on New Year's Eve. Everyone ended up going to the cabin this year except Kent and his family in Atlanta and us here in Pittsburgh. We did talk to Kent and they had some friends over to their house and had a great time. We did "face time" with the kids and grandkids at the cabin and it was great to see them having so much fun even in 20 degree below weather.
For our New Year's Eve celebration we were invited to dinner at the Stoddards. What wonderful people! We feel like we have known them forever! Brother Stoddard was just made the stake patriarch. They have an old home that was built in 1840. They moved in when they were newly married and they have renovated and added on over the years as they raised their six children. Their home actually reminded Pat of the Crowther's home in West Jordan. We kept finding things in common with them and the real kicker was that they have a garden and a raspberry patch about the same size as ours!
Then on New's Day we were invited to the home of Sister Eldridge. She has been cooking since she was 14 years old and loves to cook and also to feed the missionaries! What a great combination! We could not believe the work and effort she went
She told us about her conversion story as we ate. We found out that it took her a year to decide to join the church. Her story was like many others we have heard. Most of the people we have talked with have said that they grew up with strong Baptist or Catholic roots. They had Bible reading homes and as they studied it they realized that the restored gospel seemed to answer doctrinal questions that they have always had. Sister Eldridge loves the elders and they love her. She actually hasn't attended church for awhile though, but she said she planned to come Sunday and bear her testimony.
It was great to see her and her neighbor both come to church for the beginning of the new year. She did bear her testimony and they seemed to really enjoy being at church. Everyone was glad to see them there.