Another week bites the dust, another one gone, and another one gone, and another one bites the dust! Haha
Monday 5/25: This morning we went to Philomath for a Memorial Day Ceremony and Breakfast. It was super cool!!! Today we just chilled the rest of day. Sister Haslam gave us money tonight for dinner so we decided to go to AppleBees. So when we went to pay we noticed on our receipt that the food was deducted by 50%. We got hooked up. Not sure how or why but count your many blessings.
Tuesday 5/26: This morning we went to COI and did a ton of yard work. The whole backyard of this place is so over grown, it looks like a jungle. Plus it's a huge yard so we spent like 2 hours and we barely made a dent into it. We also helped Tom move today. It was good seeing him again and he seems to be doing good. We also had dinner and he went and bought a ton of meat and we just BBQ'd at his place. It was BOMB!
Wednesday 5/27: This we decided to go back to COI and work on the yard some more since morning hours are dead for us. He got a good chunk done but still needs a ton of work. We also went to see Dr. Young to get readjusted. Not much happened the rest of the day. We are having problems setting up appointments with people. Everyone is so flakey!
Thursday 5/28: Not much happened today... One of them days. We had dinner with the Mannings who were super cool. Their son just got back from the mission the night before so we had fun talking with him.
Friday 5/29: So today we volunteered at COI again and had a blast doing yard work. It was a lot of work but it looks awesome now. Jeff tried to get us to take a break but we didn't want to stop until we were done haha. We had a bomb BBQ there which was great. We saw Hermana Lupe tonight which was awesome because she has been wanting us to come over so it was an answer to her prayers. We had a great conversation with her.
Saturday 5/30: Today was awesome. We talked to a lot of people, but like always most didn't want to listen. We talked to a guy named F. who just wanted to fight with us for 2 hours. Those guys are always interesting to talk to. We helped the Hernandez family move back from Albany to Philomath. It took 6 hours but was a blast and we were able to get to know them even better. Also met the Oregon State Beavers Strength Coach. He's a member and so is the new Head Coach. Mormons are taking over this town haha.
Sunday 5/31: Church was great today and J. came again with her daughters. So since it was 5th Sunday we were combined and had a great lesson on JustServe. Tonight we had a Priesthood meeting with the Stake and it was an amazing meeting. There were a ton of great talks given and the theme was, "The One". They talked about how we need to be good shepherds and find that one and help them.
This week I studied a lot about The Sabbath Day and its importance. The Sabbath was made for Man, not Man for the Sabbath. So obviously it is important. I read a talk by Elder Russell M. Nelson named, "The Sabbath is a Delight", in the April 2015 Conference. This talk was truly inspired because I feel like now a days most people, even though they may be members don't Keep the Sabbath Day Holy. It says...
Years ago the First Presidency stressed the importance of quality family time. They wrote:
“We call upon parents to devote their best efforts to the teaching and rearing of their children in gospel principles which will keep them close to the Church. The home is the basis of a righteous life, and no other instrumentality can take its place or fulfill its essential functions in carrying forward this God-given responsibility.
“We counsel parents and children to give highest priority to family prayer, family home evening, gospel study and instruction, and wholesome family activities. However worthy and appropriate other demands or activities may be, they must not be permitted to displace the divinely-appointed duties that only parents and families can adequately perform.”
When I ponder this counsel, I almost wish I were a young father once again. Now parents have such wonderful resources available to help them make family time more meaningful, on the Sabbath and other days as well. They have LDS.org, Mormon.org, the Bible videos, the Mormon Channel, the Media Library, the Friend, the New Era, the Ensign, the Liahona, and more--much more. These resources are so very helpful to parents in discharging their sacred duty to teach their children. No other work transcends that of righteous, intentional parenting!
As you teach the gospel, you will learn more. This is the Lord’s way of helping you to comprehend His gospel. He said:
“I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.
“Teach ye diligently … , that you may be instructed more perfectly … in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God.”
Such study of the gospel makes the Sabbath a delight. This promise pertains regardless of family size, composition, or location.
I encourage you to deeply study about the Sabbath. It's a marvelous thing and a gift from God to us.
I love you all!