April 23, 2017
Dear Family and Friends,
Hope this finds each of you well and happy! We have really had the up and down weather this past week, in the 80's one day, then rain and cold the next day....lots of humidity too! One thing we have noticed is that food doesn't stay as fresh here, not even in the fridge.
One Sat. afternoon we and the Sorensens visited a small historical park, "Reed's Bridge." It is one of many such parks, all preserved in tribute to a different memorable battle from the Civil War. The wording listed in such sights are carefully written to portray the South's proud heritage, and "almost" justification for their way of thinking during that bloody time of war. Like I said, they are carefully written, but they are always proud of their soldiers, their bravery and their cause. We walked around the beautiful site and enjoyed the wild flowers, slow moving creek, farm land in the distance, old log cabin and outdoor cooking hearth. The Battle on Bayou Meto took place on Aug., 27, 1863. Sister Sorensen and Elder Hess check out the facilities of that day.
On our late afternoon walks we breathe deeply and continue to love the sights and smells of this little park. Each time I pass this part on the path, I think of the Sacred Grove, and imagine Joseph Smith kneeling in a similar place; the morning sun shining through the trees and shimmering off the dew covered leaves. We occasionally stop to speak to a fellow walker or more often than not, a dog walker. This week it was a police officer on his patrol bike, just making his rounds. He talked about a former neighbor of his who had a son that was best friends with his son. The LDS neighbor is
Caden Haws, a 2016 BYU Football Recruiting Class. The Officer graciously took one of our pass a long cards, and educated us on some of the surrounding plants. We are so impressed by the kind people here in Arkansas.
We had two egg dye days, one with the Sisters serving here, Sister Burk, & Stringam, forgot to take a picture!! They colored lots of eggs and decorated some lemon cupcakes. They brought us dinner! Later in the week, Elder Jaquez and Arbon came to decorate. We also made some Rice Krispie nests.
Elder Hartzell wouldn't be very happy if he saw how bad this picture is, ...he was typing at his desk when I said his name and he just swung around when I snapped the picture. He takes care of all of the finances and apartments for the mission, plus many other things.
We recently drove to the Memphis Temple, and many flowers were blooming along the freeway as you can see. Don't know what they are, but they are beautiful! Below you can see a Remington Firearms Plant. It caught our eye the first time we saw it. We will have to check it out to see if they give tours.
On the warm nights we like to open our patio door for some fresh air. The patio is actually a cement slab, about 5x8 feet, and has a wrought iron fence around it. There is no screen for the door, so as you can, a night time visitor came to call! In the morning Elder Hess could hear a rustling sound in the corner by his desk right next to the spider trap. Guess this little guy thought he had found some easy pickings in the trap.
This is the clinic that we drive to every week for Elder Hess's infusions. It takes about 20 min if the traffic is good. The Hospital campus has it's own exit because it SO VERY LARGE. It is Baptist Memorial Hospital, and Elder Hess says that it is the "Mothership" of all the many Baptist hospitals in AR.
I like this quote from the April Ensign: "Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace:thereby good shall come unto thee" (Job 22:21) "Building a strong relationship with Heavenly Father is key to experiencing peace and happiness here on earth. When I don't talk to my Heavenly Father and listen to His voice through promptings, scripture, and modern-day revelation, I am cutting myself off from the happiness and blessings I could receive from Him."
Brother & Sister Hess