Tuesday, March 10, 2015
More good news from home... and good news here!
It is hard being away for occasions like the baptism, but we are also finding that the pain we feel is tempered by the sweet experiences that we are having here on our mission. The spirit of service and missionary work seems to soften our longings for home. We are just so happy that we can try to give to others the joy we feel from the having the gospel in our lives and seeing it blossom in the lives of our family members.
We also got a surprise and had a set of elders call us and invite US to dinner on a P-day! They also invited President and Sister Johnson. It was quite unique. Sister Johnson mentioned that after 30 years of them feeding missionaries this was the first time they had ever been invited to dinner by elders. We enjoyed dinner and wondered a little if they were trying to "butter up" the President a bit so that they don't get transfered OR get more miles assigned to them OR get to keep their car. Also, the elder standing is the one who continually mentions Megan's picture to us when he comes to our house! Anyway, it was fun and they did a good job with dinner and entertaining us.
After dinner we took President and Sister Johnson with us to visit the Matembu family. We told the President about this wonderful family earlier. When he found out that they spoke French and that we were teaching Temple Preparation classes to them in their home he asked if they could go with us. President Johnson speaks French and so it was a great experience for them to speak with him and for the Johnson's to get to know them.
We had another wonderful lesson with them last night. They are so diligent and excited about learning from the scriptures. They also have the most beautiful singing voices. It is such a treat
to be able to start and end our lessons by singing acappella with them from the hymn book. They help to make our voices sound better and we even start thinking we can sing a little bit!
Our temple classes are also going well on Sundays. We have LaShawn, Charlotte, Mari, Karen, and Calvin in one class. In the afternoon class we have Peter, Mary, Carly, and Winnie. We teach the same lessons in each one, but it is amazing how the Spirit directs the discussion according to the needs of individuals in the group. If things go well, we hope to finish the lessons sometime around the first part of May. We are looking forward to taking some trips to one of the temples (either Columbus, Ohio or Washington D. C.) with some of these wonderful people.