Oct 28th, 2017
We had worked through our P-day on Saturday, so Monday afternoon we visited the Arkansas State Capitol and got to heft $450,000.00 or 16 pounds of "Loot"! Very beautiful capital of granite, marble and hard wood. Some type of event was being held there, so Max, this next picture is for you!
On a Friday afternoon the senior couples headed out to Mountain View in the Ozarks. We were so hoping to see the fall colors, but fall had not made it's appearance yet. We stopped by Jimmy Driftwood's barn for some REAL Blue Grass music. The assorted group below are all volunteers and play every Friday and Sunday night in Mountain View. They pass the basket for donations to keep the place in repairs. What a bunch of characters with a whole lot of talent!!
I guess this is a lemon, but take a look at the size of this thing!!
Next we drove to the Blanchard Springs Caverns, an amazing adventure and underground wonder!
One of the smaller rooms. Our guide would point out small hills (40 feet long by 6-8 feet tall)of black stuff now and then, any guesses as to what it was? Guano! Yep, that's another word for bat poop! Elder Hess posses for a silly picture at a beautiful place. We headed home late afternoon after making one more stop... We just stopped by to take a look....or so we thought! After all, I was the 3rd person from Wyoming that very day who had been into the McSpadden shop and bought one of their handcrafted dulcimers; all woods from AR.
Beautiful ride home.
You probably don't recognize Matthew McKinney, but he was in one of our earlier posts when he was at our apartment with the Elders. He is a first generation missionary in his family, and was called to the Provo City, UT mission. Really proud of this young man! Come on Elder Hess, smile.....
We visited the AR State Fair one afternoon, quite a money maker with $10. parking and entrance fees! We enjoyed the many types of animals, miniatures, and novelties like the Zonkie below.
What's a fair with out fair food! Elder Hess enjoying his large corn dog.
Guess we'll be home in time to check out the Lincoln County Fair next year.
The days are definitely getting colder, we had our first frost this morning! Must mean that Halloween is getting close. At least there is no snow on the ground. This blowup greets us every night when we drive into our apartment complex. Friday night was our ward Halloween party, and the missionaries got into the right spirit of the night, plus one cute family of trolls! Transfers were on Monday, and Elder Miller, third from the left, fell off his bike and broke his arm the first day in his new area, not a good way to start out a transfer. The flip side of that though, is now he and Elder Sagle get a car for a few weeks. Poor Sisters are now full bike area while he recovers.
Our High Counselor gave us some good advice on Sunday. Any large decision needs to be made with fasting and prayer and as the Lord pours out His judgments upon the earth, we will need Him more and more. He told a cute story about his son and how in the morning he would hear his young son say, "another day on the lily pad". When he asked his son what that meant, his son replied that at school, the teacher had a large chart with frogs on it, and depending on how you acted that day you would either be on a lily pad where it was safe, or you would be in the pond where the alligators were. No one wanted to be near the alligators, so the kids all tried to stay "safe" on a lily pad. So to all our dear ones, please stay safe on a lily pad, stay close to our loving Savior, Redeemer and Friend.
Happy Halloween to all, and to all a good night.
Elder and Sister Hess