Dear Family and Friends,
When we go for walks, we walk past this row of trees; one day they were budding out, and the next day.......
Not sure what kind of trees they are, we will have to ask.
We had been so busy, I had gotten behind in sharing a few things. I may have mentioned that we had a super Stake Conf., a few weeks ago, but I wanted to share a few things that were mentioned. Elder Thompson said that, "we're not Latter-Day-Ain'ts, but Latter-Day-Saints!" He told stories to illustrate his point. 1. He had worked tirelessly to help the Cub Scouts decorate a semi-truck sized trailer for an upcoming parade. They had gone to great lengths to safely construct different scenes, depicting what they had been doing, seemingly impossible things; a climbing wall, archery practice, etc., They had worked for days and days to make the float perfect. That morning it began to cloud up, and the leader was ready to pack it up, and not take a chance on the VERY expensive sound system they had borrowed getting wet. He started dismantling things, and then looked around him, "where were the scouts?" He walked to the back of the trailer, and there, gathered in a circle were all of his cubs, kneeling, and each in turn praying for the rain to go away. The faith of a little child! The clouds parted over the parade route, and not anywhere else.
Second story, a single mother came to Elder Thompson, now an Area Authority, and asked him, "How can I keep my children strong and on the right path?" Elder Thompson Promised her that if she would read out loud to her children everyday from the Book Of Mormon it would happen, and it did. The point, is, Latter Day Saints put their trust in Heavenly Father and then act.
Another speaker talked about how she decided that they had been on an over load of media, and would unplug it all for the summer. (they did keep 1 phone active) At first it was hard, and with 8 children, there were various levels of complaint. However, they all learned something, that they liked each other, it opened up a whole new world of games, work, letter writing, talking, family history, creative meals (no online recipes) reading, piano, family councils. They connected with each other and as a family. She said it was Magic that summer. "Connecting go God and to family fulfills our deepest needs." Anyone brave enough to try it out? It may well be what we need!
Mock Oval office - how it looked when Clinton was President.
Lots of original posters and pictures of the Beatles, along with ticket stubs, and some memorabilia.
We had a bit of time before we needed to head home, so we stopped by the original State Capitol Building, build in 1835, about the time that Arkansas became a state. Because the State is so much older than the state of WY, they had displays featuring the Daughters of the Revolutionary War, Daughters of the War of 1812, and Daughters of the Civil War. So much rich history here.
One of the fascinating displays in this museum was a room full of guitars made by Ed Stilley. I have included an excerpt from a book of his life, so read on if you are interested.
The Cub Scouts in our ward held their annual Fund Raiser, a taco dinner and auction. We joined in the fun, and while Elder Hess' back was turned, I bid on a cake! Why is it that the auctioneer doesn't notice who bid what, and then points to someone and says.....Sold! Yep, I bought this cake, and when Elder Hess turned around, he said, "That's not the cake I wanted!" Oh, well, we paid, we left. Pretty fancy cake, and tasted great, too! Those round things are cream puffs with spun sugar.
These fine Elders joined us Sunday night for popcorn and cake! Elder Bleazard, Jacquez, Croft and Hill.
This past Thursday, Elder Hess FINALLY got an infusion, the first since we left Star Valley after the MTC! Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to drive into Little Rock to an infusion clinic to have it administrated. There are several hospitals less than 2 miles from us, but nothing worked out with those. Elder Jacques and Croft had dropped off some chairs the night before and we asked them about getting into Little Rock by 9:00 in the morning. They were not very encouraging, and said that we had better allow more than an hour to get there due to the horrible morning traffic. They had been stuck on the freeways for an hour at a time in the past, and had us pretty worried! So, we left the apt. at 7:40 that next morning, and what did Heavenly Father do? He guided us another way, avoiding freeways almost the entire time! We arrived at the clinic at 8:10!! Everything went well, and because the phone was not ringing off the hook with missionary needs, we decided to visit a museum that was close by.
This is the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, also known as the Little Rock Arsenal, built in 1840 after the state worried about an Indian uprising during the Trail Of Tears. Museum so named because General MacArthur was born here.
In case you were wondering, we have not had any recent tornadoes here in North Little Rock. The zone meetings were cancelled last week due to the danger in the TN side of the mission. Tornadoes did touch down there, and heavy hail occurred north of us. Our skies looked pretty dark and ominous that night.
Our Love and Prayers are with all of you.