What a wonderful time of year. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love the lights, the decorated trees, the bells, the Christmas programs and celebrations at Church, the Spirit that comes with the Season. I love Nativities and wish I had some from home (but I have my Spanish one that I’m happy with this year), the candy, foods, and new recipes people are willing to make and share. I wonder if those who lived at the time of the birth of Christ had any true idea of what was happening. What did those shepherds feel when the Angels came to them singing of Jesus Christ’s birth? What were Joseph and Mary thinking when they saw their baby for the first time? I cannot even imagine the feelings of the Spirit that were present in the stable. This is such a precious time of the year. It’s only appropriate that Thanksgiving comes first to give us time to reflect on our blessings. Christmas then is like the icing on the cake. It brings our focus back to what we should be truly thankful for – the Son of God who would come and bring us all the blessings of the Atonement. I am so grateful for our blessings for we have been truly blessed.
On Wednesday, we spent a fairly slow day. We went to the gym, visited Denise (which wasn’t very successful as the Social Worker showed up right after we got there). Timmy, who up until this time, was sleeping soundly – and I do mean soundly. He has some asthma and was having a breathing treatment while he was sleeping. Denise took off the mask and proceeded to wake him up. After that, between the social worker and Timmy there was no lesson.
Thanksgiving Day was a treat. We didn’t have Pathway because of the holiday, so we felt like we were free birds. We took off for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission to see if we could help for the day. Nope, they already had 100 volunteers and needed no more. We then went to the Salvation Army, and they didn’t serve meals at the place where we went. Since we were not wanted to help anyone, we headed to the Potawatami casino for dinner. After having searched for a good buffet to eat, this place had the best ratings. We had planned on taking a new member of our Ward to dinner, but at the last minute, he was blessed to be asked by his sister to dinner. The food was delicious, and we didn’t have to wait to be served. The only problem we had was the cigarette smoke we had to walk through to get to the dining area. As soon as we walked in, we were reminded of Vegas many years ago when we took Amy to Ricks.
As usual, we found ourselves sitting next to a couple who were more than willing to talk with us. They were very interesting. The man has a brother living in Ogden. When we mentioned that we were missionaries and we helped people with family history work, he said his brother was into that, so we could only surmise that the brother may have been a member of the Church. He was very careful not to talk about anything that could lead to the Church, and he appeared quite determined to make sure we knew he wouldn’t be interested. However, we had an enjoyable time listening to his stories about his ggrandfather who did mysterious things.
Friday found us doing the grocery run for a Church member, we had an appointment with Denise, and we ran by the Mission Office. Otherwise, we spent the time making calls and working on some things we needed to do for the weekend.
Saturday, we headed off to Fond du Lac with another Missionary Couple to visit the Kristmas Kringle Shop. When Mallory lived in Indiana, we got to go with her and Brad to a Christmas shop in an Amish town. Oh, did I love that place. However, I do believe this one had it beat. For one thing, it was bigger and brighter. Everywhere you looked there was a tree with a different kind of ornaments. It appeared that they had ornaments from anyone in the world who could make them. I was entranced and could have stayed all day. However, we did eventually have to leave. We only bought a little glass Christmas tree with twinkling lights. I patted myself on the back for not getting something else that I now wish I had gotten. Maybe next year!!!!!
Some of the types of ornaments they carry. Could have stayed there all day.
When we got home, we had to put together a powerpoint on Family History for one of the Wards we have been working with over the past couple of months.
On Sunday, we were able to visit the West Allis Ward for all the meetings there. Our presentation was during the last hour. It was made in conjunction with the High Priest Group Leader who is over Family History work in the Ward. While we were there, we made contact with the High Priest Group Leader in another Church group who meets in the same building. There are actually three Wards that meet in this building every Sunday. Their meetings are staggered, and there is some overlap. We will be setting up meetings with this new group leader soon.
Monday saw us going to the gym. Then it was off to Menomonee to exchange the boots I had bought a couple of weeks ago. One of the hooks had come off after one wear. They were very nice and sent me back to find a pair to exchange. There was another lady there looking at boots. I had to have a size 9, and there were none available in black. I didn’t want the brown ones, and I was not looking forward to having to look through all the stock for another boot style. The other lady there had a box in her hand that looked like it held the boots I was looking for and after surreptiously looking at the box, I realized she had the 9. I told Elder Lenhard if I couldn’t find the black in a 9, we’d have to look further down the aisle and headed that way, passing her as I went. I heard Elder Lenhard asking her if she had the shoe we were looking for because she was putting it back. We grabbed it and thanked her profusely. She said she was taking another pair, but if she didn’t like them, she may be sorry she was giving up the one we were getting. The gist of the story is that I got what I wanted and was a happy old lady.
Tuesday was really busy. We went to Denise’s thinking we were going to the library to help her set up a Family Search account. She doesn’t have wifi in her apartment, and the library was the closest place to get it. When we got to her place, she wasn’t there. She had sent a text that I hadn’t seen telling us she was at a place down the road cashing a check. By the time we got to her and to the library, we found out the library wasn’t open until later. We went back to her place, and I got to help her with her math (fractions) for an hour and a half, then we read Scriptures for an hour, and talked about genealogy. We felt like it was a very successful day.
Did all of you receive a letter from the First Presidency? An historic moment – and we were part of it.
We have had an excellent week. Some down time, but still lots going on. We have been chilled this week, but if the wind wouldn’t blow, it would really be comfortable.
Our Scripture for the upcoming month will be 2 Nephi 25:26 –
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.
This is the Lord Jesus Christ’s Church. All that we do is for him. He is our Savior and Redeemer. If we can stay on the path back to him, we can expect potholes in the way, cracks in the cement, and adventures on the side that would have us tarry and play. But what a glorious reward it will be when we can make it to the end of our journey and be together with our families.
We love you muchly.
Elder and Sister Lenhard