Sunday, December 2, 2007
Now it's getting hot!
Now it's getting hot! I think for the next few months, four to be exact, weather here is going to be like Phoenix or Las Vegas. Fortunately we're in air-conditioned houses and cars most of the time. We are teaching several families that seem to be very receptive. The other day when we went to the reptile museum, we met a lovely young woman got an appointment to teach her this coming week. She is on the staff of the museum and showed us the reptiles we got to hold. You'll see pictures on our blog later when I finally get my DSL.
Speaking of the DSL, after a week of waiting to receive my modem, I heard from Big Pond. It seems that they hadn't been able to process my order because of some sort of a computer error. While I was on hold they figured out how to fix it. (They couldn’t have done it earlier?) So it's going to be another week or two before I finally get my phone, as well as my DSL. Check past blogs in a week or two. I'll put up some slideshows then.
I have started teaching literacy to several people. I'm just getting a feel for where I have to start, which usually seems to be the very beginning. I think the material Mrs. Brewer, a first grade teacher at Blanding Elementary, sent me on my flash drive will be a great help. I also have a wealth of material from my teaching. I will also be using the Church literacy program, but for right now it is too difficult. I'm trying to come up with the way to reach more people more efficiently. I'm sure I’ll come up a way; I just haven't figured it out yet. We are both quite convinced there's a very important work here for us to do. We hope that we are able to discover just what it is and how to do it, and be prepared for the task. So far it has been quite interesting to watch events, things and people come together in a way that leads us to remember God is very mindful of all of us.
Here's a spiritual thought for the week on hope:“When we have hope, we trust God’s promises. We have a quiet assurance that if we do the works of righteousness we will receive our reward…..As you strive to live the gospel, you grow in your ability to abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost….You increase in hope as you pray and seek God’s forgiveness.” True to the Faith, pages 85.
Elder Shumway’s Message: A war isn’t won by standing back and watching the enemy launch their arsenal of weapons in your direction. Instead, it behooves each of us to gather our weapons of righteousness, put on the protective armor of God, identify the weaknesses of the adversary and then intelligently charge into the battle with “faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God.” We each have our battles, and they can all be won. LUV, Dad