We've had some interesting experiences as we are trying to get things lined up. This week we went to a training class for volunteering at the brig. One of the wards that we attend is responsible for Sunday meetings and Wednesday night visits. It is a joint services military prison. My naive eyes about popped out of my head seeing some of the information they gave us. but, as soon as the background checks are done on us, we'll be able to attend those meetings. (Probably just on Wednesdays--Sundays are crazy enough.)
Been getting lists of military members from ward clerks. Once we have those, we set up appointments with the bishops and they give us as much information as they can so we can visit the families. It is a challenge to keep up with re-assignments and deployments. We are doing lots of detective work--showing up at doors or facebook stalking. One disaster was on a rainy night. We went out to visit a very high stress home and realized our tire was going flat. So while trying to get AAA to come on base without ID, and helping settle kids down, and being cold and wet, we didn't get much missionary work done. Opposition!
We have found folks who are struggling with all kinds of issues. It is such a sacrifice for all of the members of the families who serve our country. I'm so grateful that the church has seen the need that they have for support and for the gospel. We hope that we can encourage and show love and appreciation for them.
The best thing that has happened recently is that we had family come! Seth's family had a trip to Disneyland and then came and spent a few days with us. It was so good to see them, although it made me homesick all over again. We LOVE our family!
|Such Cute Kiddos|
|Sea anemone at the tide pools|
|Garden at Cabrillo Lighthouse|