We started the month of November by seeing a small flock of wild turkeys walking down one of the sidewalks here. Of course, I had to have Elder Butler stop the car so we could get a picture! We were only quick enough to catch one of them with the camera, but it was a fun moment and very appropriate to start this month
A few days later the Southside Spanish speaking elders had a missionary's dream come true--a whole family coming into the church. Missionaries and ward members were able to help arrange for the marriage of Armando and Remelios after months of paperwork problems with the Mexican government. Then right after the marriage ceremony the couple were baptized along with two of their oldest children. They have the cutest little family. They will be such
a blessing to the Spanish group here.
We also had a great P-day this month by visiting a place called McConnell's Mill. It is an old mill and covered bridge. We went on a beautiful hike on both sides of Slippery Rock Creek. It is hard to describe the peace and beauty that we experienced that day in nature. It was such a great break for us.
On our way to the mill we also stopped by a members home who had recently moved out of one of the wards here in Pittsburgh to a new ward in the suburbs. Her name is Martha and when we met her almost a year ago she was totally inactive in the church. She was also a little antagonistic and resentful about past wrongs she felt had been done in the church. We tried to be accepting of her feelings and just tried to become friends with her. As we visited several times with her we ended up having some spiritual discussions especially relating to her
We feel some of her ancestors on the other side must have gotten very busy after our visit because a few days later, we happened to meet a woman in her new ward at the grocery story here by our home. As we talked to this woman we realized that she is a perfect fit to be a new friend to Martha. She said she only comes into Pittsburgh every 4 or 5 months to shop!! An interesting side note is that Elder Butler was going to go to the store alone, but at the last minute we both had a feeling that I should go too. As we spoke to the woman at the store I was the one who made the connection with her about the fact that she lived close to Martha. We realized that (as usual) it was a good thing I didn't send Elder Butler to the store alone. Then, that night after we got home, guess who called on the phone just to talk.....Martha!
We had a fun zone training on November 12. First we had a good meeting together and heard about the new Christmas initiative that will go into effect on November 29th. We can hardly wait. We are already getting ready to put the cards on little gifts and thinking of any other way we can to share the beautiful video that we saw. It really got us in the Christmas spirit a little bit early. Everyone wore yellow or black shirts commemorating the "Stilers"(local pronunciation) and then we signed and decorated each other's shirts. They also played a new game (to us anyway) of toilet paper dodgeball in the gym! Lots of fun!
Then before we knew it, November 17, "transfer day", was here. A change in procedure was made and this time everyone got news of changes in areas and companions on the Saturday before. We had one last lunch with both Pittsburgh districts together at Boston Market. It was a great time together.
At the transfer meeting we met Megan's new companion, Sister Wall. Megan's new area will be Monongahela which is about an hour away from us. Yeah! We are so blessed. It is also in our zone!!! This means we will see her at even more meetings and be able to still spend P-days with her and her companion. It still doesn't quite seem real to us.