Missions are Fun

Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.

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Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Tea With Remarkable People, Travels North, & Young Single Adults

Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.   Doctrine and Covenants 19:23

In her nineties, having lost much of her eyesight, this musically gifted woman, with perfect pitch could hear notes in her head when she saw them as a child.  She plays all the Church music on Sundays from memory.  Here she is playing Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 13, Pathetique (pathetic), C minor, 2nd movement, in a private concert just for us as a special gift as we leave the area.
This couple provided us with a lovely meal and a special pear cake (yum) the husband made.  He is also a gifted musician who plays many instruments, having been a music teacher throughout his life.
This piano was given to C. by her father when she was a child.  1906 Boudoir Grand model made out of rosewood--the instrument yields unique and beautiful sounds, which resonate from this priceless treasure with the touch of her magical hands.  It has witnessed the development of her talent for almost a century.  C. says it has been her lover, her comfort, her dreams made true, her security, her precious anchor, and her life.  I'd say, it sounds like the "key" to her existence, other than the gospel, which means even more.
I have been keeping an eye out for thatched roofs as they are rare in the areas we have driven through.  Leaving the Knutsford area the other day, we finally saw one!!
We will get to see a lot of the Preston Temple as our Young Single Adult Center is located right across the parking lot.  This is how it looked on the activity night, which is held every Thursday.  I happen to love this oak tree in the winter, as you can probably guess.
The Young Single Adults at a special multi-zone activity in Manchester, which was Friday night.
We will be responsible for the food at these activities.
A round-robin type of activity with board games and they certainly were not bored.
These two are a remarkable senior missionary couple from Texas.  He is the doctor for all of England for  everyone involved with the missions here.  They travel all over, even fly to other areas when a missionary needs help and is out of England and no doctor is available. This is their second medical mission, which they are leaving in a couple weeks and we will take over.  I cannot figure out how they did the Young Single Adult program, work at the temple on Saturdays, and did the medical stuff.  They are amazing!  

1 comment:

  1. Nice pics. Fun to see the stuff you are doing. :-)
    Thanks for sharing.