Then on Sunday, April 24th, we were asked to be the main speakers for the First Ward sacrament meeting. The theme for the month was the Apostasy and the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We felt that the Lord directed what we included in our talks and it was a good feeling. After church we were surprised to find out that the ward Linger
Longer to mingle and eat was actually planned somewhat to say goodbye to us. They had a cake and sang "Happy Birthday" to Jim and it was so good to be able to enjoy these people just a little more.
Then on April 25th--our last P-day-- we celebrated Jim and Megan's birthdays, along with Megan's companions, by renting bikes and riding the trails throught the city of Pittsburgh. This is one of the favorite things we have done while here in Pittsburgh. It was great to share it with the girls. We had lunch at Peppi's, our very favorite lunch spot, and then went to the Strip District for final souvenirs. We finished up the day by the girls emailing at our apartment. It was just a perfect final P-day with great weather. This was a bonus since the rest of the week was raining!
Our time spent in the mission field with our granddaughter still continues to amaze us. It will always be a special memory and unbelievable tender mercy from the Lord. Having her come to the same mission is one thing, but we still pinch ourselves when contemplating that we were blessed to serve right along side her and her companions and to have so many cherished memories together.
Our last few days were spent cleaning, packing, saying goodbyes, and it seemed like a million other little spiritual and stressful moments packed in between.
|Viola and great grandson, Aiden|
Then our last Sunday was fast and testimony meeting.
We spent the day fasting and then also each shared our testimonies in both the First and Seventh Wards. A new family in the First Ward, the Fosters, are only in the ward for a short time. Work responsibilities take them to many places around the country and they have perfected the art of jumping in and making a difference. They have already done so much good in the ward at a very needed time. They have started feeding all of the missionaries in the two wards after church each week and so they had a nice dinner for all of us. It was very welcome for us because our cupboards were almost totally bare!
Then we went home to make final preparations....and the time finally came. We left Pittsburgh around 7:30 am on Monday morning.
And so our next adventure begins.................!!!!