May 12, 2018
Dear Family and Friends,
I had expected to see many of these fellers, but this was the first, and was on our path along the River Walk in Little Rock. I hope it is our last spotting while we are here! Now, on to more pleasant pictures.
Special cupcakes made by a member owned bakery, they were so yummy!
We took some old bread with us to feed the turtles. They were having their afternoon siesta on the bank, but came alive with a few tosses of bread.One of the vendors at the market; interesting.
We had a fantastic weekend in Mountain View a couple of weeks ago, we went especially for the Folk Music Festival. People from all over the United States come there to play and here the Blue Grass masters. Every corner of the town square, count house steps, parks, and parking lots people are gathered together making music. Other attractions included miniature piglets for sale, or to just cuddle, craftsman who made and sold one and three string guitars. Roger is playing a "bedpan" 3 string, and in the background he has some 1 string cigar box guitars. He builds them with amp capability, pretty innovative! He says that the bed pans are getting more hard to come by. He once bought 350 Moon pies that came in commemorative tins just so he could use the tins. He then shipped the pies to the soldiers.
The town of Mountain View is doing everything they can to preserve the old ways. They have the Heritage Center that I've talked about before, and this is a large two story building dedicated to teaching people the lost arts of the hills. At this school they teach all types of artisan crafts, and this photo shows 7 of their looms waiting to be warped. (there are more that you can't see) Also, it is this school district that has the "Roots" program that offers free music lesson AND Bluegrass instruments to any student who wants to learn. Wow, how amazing is that!
Now, if you happen to get a notification of a new blog, so sorry, I think I may have clicked on Publish instead of Preview....so this may be a repeat!
Elder Bednar tells the missionaries to...Speak, Observe, Listen, Discern and Speak again. Those we come in contact with either be very glad you opened your mouth, or really sad someday that you did not.
Have you all had a chance to go out and Minister after the changes that have come about? We are trying to do our best with the families that we have, even though one of them doesn't let us in, but will come out on the porch to visit for a bit. Our Bishop spoke on ministering one week, "Ministering is Christlike caring for others and helping meet their Spiritual and Temporal needs. John 1 tells us that, "4
A change in our office missionaries.. Sorensen's on the left, are now back in Layton, UT, next are the Bairds from American Falls, ID, and Griffiths from UT filling in for the Sorensens.