Hello Family and Friends,
A couple of days I spent any spare time doing this....
had an Ice Cream social, one of Ryan's favorite things to do. Yes, we are at Sam's Club,.....can you believe it is only 1.5 miles away!
Sunday we went to our new ward, and loved it. People seem so genuine, really relying on their faith. A new Sister to the ward bore her testimony and introduced herself in Relief Society. She and her husband had left Houston, TX, feeling that AR was the right place to be. She had been having to work every weekend, and knew that her spirituality was not where she wanted it to be. They left on a bus, $400 to their name, and lots of faith that things would all be OK. Within a day she finds a job. She had prayed and said that she was going to keep filling our applications, and visiting businesses until she found a job. The Spirit whispered, go here, and that is where she found her job. This one ward has 3 sets of missionaries to feed, they clean the Memphis Temple once a month, clean the church every week, (Stake Center with one ward in it), make mats for the homeless, involved in "Days for Girls", and also announced their annual Cub Scout Fund raiser!
No mail today.......see Elder Hess' frown?
While we were in Memphis, we stopped at the largest Bass Pro Shop around! it is an old sports arena, and is called the Pyramid. Unbelievably big! What did we buy you say? Not ammo, just some popcorn and moon pies!
On the days we go into the Mission Office, about once a week, we pass this sign, and I think that it is hilarious! Can you read it? KEEP MOVING, CHANGE LANES LATER! It reminds me of life; sometimes we just have to keep moving along, making course corrections in our life, one step at a time. That's what the Lord expects, we keep going, (doing what we know is right) we keep trying, (it's called repentance) we keep serving, (that's charity) we keep trusting in Him. (showing our faith)
I do have a request, could we all memorize this together. It was one of the many passages we were asked to memorize before we left on our mission, and I can tell you that each time I read it, and tried to repeat it, I would feel the Spirit. "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell on me. ...when the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other, This is My Beloved Son, Hear Him. Can you feel it, the Spirit whispering to you, It's true, it's true.... These next two pictures say so very much, I just can't even explain how much love they convey, and how much love they offer, to us, to everyone.
We love you all so very much,
Elder and Sister Hess