|Dinner out with the Elcocks & Clarksons|
|Great table, Great food & Great friends|
Can't help but think that it sounds like something from the Monopoly game! Anyway, we had a very nice dinner with the Elcocks and Clarksons and it was good to relax and have time to talk about mission experiences. The stained glass in the building is really beautiful. It is the first really nice dinner we have indulged in here and we really enjoyed it.
The next morning we were so glad to get Sister Page to church. She is a sister we have been visiting that is on oxygen and is a little unsteady on her feet. So she needs a wheelchair when she goes out somewhere. In a lot of ways she reminds us of my sweet mom that we miss so much.
She studies the scriptures diligently at home and loves to feed the missionaries when her health permits. She is the only member of the church in her family and they have not been too helpful in helping her come to church. Ever since we met her 8 months ago she has told us how much she wanted to come to church, but she has never been able to make it. So with a little bit of phone calling we got her set up with ACCESS which is a transportation service available here for seniors. Jim worked on her oxygen and got the portable working for the first time in quite awhile. The first time getting her to church was a lot of work, but it was worth it to see everyone greet her at the meetings on Sunday. And.... it sounds like her family now knows that she is serious about attending and will help her get there after this.
We were also singing in a missionary choir as part of the
meeting, along with 40 or so other missionaries. Anyway, I was out in the hall speaking with a missionary with a health problem when all of a sudden I saw her in the hallway. What a surprise! We hugged and hugged! They had found out that they could come about 2 hours before the meeting started. A member in their ward wanted to go to the fireside and said that she would drive them. The program was wonderful and was interspersed with inspirational videos and musical numbers from some very talented missionaries. I even got to sit right next to Megan and sing in the choir right next to her too! It was a dream come true for all of us.
After the fireside we were able to introduce Megan and her companion to many of the members and missionaries from our area, We also all got to talk with Bishop Hoke. He is very personable and likeable and seems like he would be a great bishop.
Our missionary work this past week was also interprespered with a unplanned visit to the Pittsburgh City Courthouse with a set of elders (a long story and not the elders fault). The Courthouse experience was not the most pleasant that we've had on our mission, but one that we won't forget. Jim also helped line up a Nepali translator from our previous mission stake in South Salt Lake to visit with elders here who are teaching Nepali investigators that don't speak English well. I was also asked by one of our bishops to accept an assignment as a home study seminary teacher for this next school year to some refugee teens. This assignment meant that I spent all day Saturday at a teacher training while Jim caught up on things at home. I've decided this is what I get for being a seminary dropout!! We also did our first apartment inspection of the Northside Elder's apartment for the mission office. Jim's contribution to the inspection was to let the landlord know that they need a new front door! We are finding out that our previous experiences really are coming in handy on this mission. Every week is SO different. We start each week wondering what will happen next!!