Life is full of lessons. Some are fun, some are not. The snow did not just melt away like we would have liked from the first of the week. In fact, it just lingered on and on. It piles up into nasty mountains on the side of the road, in the parking lots and then turns into ice. I guess it doesn’t hurt that the temperatures are low and stay that away for days on end. The humidity helps to keep the heat away. We may wake up to a sunny morning, only to have the clouds move in by noon and the rest of the day is dreary. Hate when that happens.
On Wed, the 7th, we found ourselves going to the Mission Office. We love to drop in and visit for a moment with the other Senior Couples. Old people just chewing the fat. We learn a lot by talking with them. We offered to help the couple who inspects the missionary apartments, but they don’t need us. Anyway, we had an appointment with Denise which she cancelled at the last minute. She doesn’t understand that going all the way to her place takes a good amount of time. Sometimes she will call us later and ask us to come back. We are learning to say “No!”
Thursday proved to be a day for lessons. It had snowed more that day, and we were in the apartment preparing for Pathway. The students are learning some basic math. Some are already complaining because they haven’t had any math in a long time. They are scared, and I know that feeling. I always told my students that math is the only subject that they started the year with comments like “I hate math,” “I’m not any good in math,” “I can’t do math,” and so forth. Anyway, we had to spend a lot of time preparing for the class that evening because we wanted to make sure we had everything we would need for the class. We gave our building key back to the stake because it wasn’t the right key for the door we needed to enter the building, so we had to leave early to go by a member’s home to pick one up and we will be doing this from now on. The snow was still falling when we got to the Church building, and the parking lot had not been plowed. Before Christmas they found out that the contract had not be renewed to clean the lot, and I guess they had not gotten it taken care of by that day. We were the first car to enter the lot, and we made it in without difficulty; however, getting out was another matter altogether. By the time class was over, another two inches had fallen. Guess what! Hondas that are not four-wheel drive cars are not good as snow plows. We almost didn’t get out of the lot. We would push ahead until we couldn’t go any further, so I would back it up and Elder Lenhard had to get out and knock down the snow we were pushing, get in the car and start again. I was really scared that we would have to call someone to pick us up. Anyway, we finally made it out and back home. It sounded like we were dragging big ice packs with us, but we figured it was ok.
When we got out the next morning, we found out quickly that it wasn’t ice we were dragging. There is a splash panel under the car. As we push the snow like a plow, the panel was bent back, and we weren’t going anywhere. We called our insurance about a tow truck and found that we couldn’t get one for at least four hours due to all the wrecks and trouble the night before. We had made arrangements with the Honda place to work it into the schedule if we got it in early. The tow truck wouldn’t get here in time. Had to cancel the two truck, it was Friday afternoon, they wouldn’t make reservations for Monday. We asked to borrow a Mission car, and Elder Barley came over and picked up Craig and took him to pick one up. That night we were able to attend a High Priest Social in another Ward that was dedicated to Genealogy. It was a nice meeting. While at the meeting, Elder Lenhard met a mechanic that told him to get the car over to him the next day, and he would fix it.
The next day was dedicated to getting the car fixed. Elder Lenhard really liked the Brother who fixed the car and wouldn’t take a penny for it. He is on the High Council for genealogy in the Stake, so they had lots in common.
Later, we went to Sam’s for their health watch. Our blood sugars were great, my cholesterol is still up, but not as much as it has been. Craig has pretty good cholesterol, so we are doing ok. One of the things I wanted to do was to find some decorations that Sam’s had before Christmas, but I didn’t want to pay the price they asked. I found them at the last minute for half price. YEAH! More Christmas decorations.
Sunday was a wonderful Sacrament meeting. All of the speakers talked about repentence. Several good points were made such as, “suffering comes from lack of complete repentence,” “punishment is not repentence,” “confession is not repentence,” “sorrow is not repentence.” These attributes come about with repentence, but are not the act itself. We should be careful of premeditated repentence – sinning now with the idea of repenting at a better time.
We should take time to record the blessings of each day. It will help us focus more on the Lord’s work in our lives and the need to constantly repent of our shortcomings.
Monday brought about our returning the Mission car and running to Sears to get our brakes checked. We had them redone a few months ago at Sears and they were dragging and sounding like something was not right. They couldn’t take care of it, and we made an appointment to do it on Thursday. We spent time that day emailing people in the Stake that we needed to work with on genealogy.
Tuesday, (13th) we had District Meeting and interviews with President Cutler. It was a good interview wherein he asked us to fellowship with the Senior Missionaries (Yeah! We get to play.) We are to continue working with the Wards and Branches in getting the new members to the Temple as quickly as possible. We are going to be working directly with the missionaries in each unit to enlist their help in seeking the new members for the last year and helping the unit get them to the Temple. We love this work.
Our scripture for the month of January is:
3. Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it until you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
We love you.
Elder and Sister Lenhard