Monday at the Office

2017-6-19 Monday Office (1)Here we are at the office today, regrouping for the coming week.  We’ll be leaving tonight for the Wenatchee and Omak Zones the next few days.  It was nice to be back in town with these friends today.2017-6-19 Monday Office (2)2017-6-19 Monday Office (3)2017-6-19 Monday Office (12)2017-6-19 Monday Office (4)Office meetings:2017-6-19 Monday Office (5)2017-6-19 Monday Office (6)2017-6-19 Monday Office (7)Look who’s coming!2017-6-19 Monday Office (8)2017-6-19 Monday Office (9)2017-6-19 Monday Office (11)2017-6-19 Monday Office (14)This afternoon these good men had a Presidency Meeting.  Today is Pres Reynold’s 70th Birthday!!2017-6-19 Monday Office (15)These grow here.  We are so lucky!2017-6-19 Monday Office (16)More coming and going missionaries:2017-6-19 Monday Office (17)2017-6-19 Monday Office (18)I took a little outing to pick up some flannel that I’d ordered during the last killer sale.2017-6-19 Monday Office (19)2017-6-19 Monday Office (21)Back again:2017-6-19 Monday Office (22)The meetings continue:2017-6-19 Monday Office (24)2017-6-19 Monday Office (25)We love our fellow missionaries and mission leaders.2017-6-19 Monday Office (26)

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Sunday Afternoon at the Mission Home

IMG_9374As soon as we got home from up north, the APs came by to start planning for our Zone Conferences this month.  We’ll be gone again all of this week doing another batch of interviews in the Wenatchee and Omak Zones.  All the assignments for Zone Conferences need to go out tonight so everyone helping will have time to prepare.IMG_9376IMG_9381IMG_9382We are tired.  It feels like we are on a treadmill going uphill.  Always.  Today was Father’s Day.  This evening we celebrated with a simple delicious meal of those new potatoes picked in Royal in a cream sauce with peas, chicken and a German Chocolate Cake.  Father’s Day gift?  Yes.  Ties.  That’s about the only thing a missionary thinks of at gift time.  Ties.  Always Ties.

Happy Father’s Day to all of you out there looking in.

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Stake Conference in Moses Lake 17-18 June 2017

2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (1)We arrived back in Moses Lake at 4:00 for the Priesthood Leadership session.  Here’s what was going on behind the cultural hall doors:  preparations for the Soup Feast!2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (2)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (3)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (4)By 6:00 the rest of the members and missionaries were arriving, and then the party began.  Soup for everyone!  This is such a wonderful Stake Conference tradition.  Every table has a crockpot of soup and a basket of rolls.  You can choose your table and friends and the soup you’d like.  Then you can visit other tables and other friends and eat all you like.  I never met a Moses Lake Soup I didn’t like.  Tonight I tried 4 or 5!2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (5)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (6)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (7)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (8)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (9)The dessert table:2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (10)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (11)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (12)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (13)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (14)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (15)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (16)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (17)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (18)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (19)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (20)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (21)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (22)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (23)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (24)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (25)We met our son-in-law’s Mission President and wife.  They served in the Utah St. George Mission.2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (26)At 7:00 the evening session began.2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (28)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (29)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (30)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (31)2017-6-17 zMoses Lake Stake Conf (32)

Here we all are Sunday morning after today’s session:2017-6-18 Moses Lake Stake Conf (2)2017-6-18 Moses Lake Stake Conf (3)2017-6-18 Moses Lake Stake Conf (4)2017-6-18 Moses Lake Stake Conf (5)2017-6-18 Moses Lake Stake Conf (6)2017-6-18 Moses Lake Stake Conf (7)2017-6-18 Moses Lake Stake Conf (8)2017-6-18 Moses Lake Stake Conf (10)

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More Farms around Royal

2017-6-17 Royal (1)This morning Tyson and I went on a hunt for cherries.  A friend needed a lot of them for a wedding reception this evening.  The packing plant in Quincy that we planned to visit wasn’t packing yet (the fruit is late this year because of the long winter and cooler weather).  So we headed to Mattawa and this fruit stand, where we found what we needed.2017-6-17 Royal (2)2017-6-17 Royal (3)2017-6-17 Royal (4)2017-6-17 Royal (5)2017-6-17 Royal (6)2017-6-17 Royal (7)Turns out this cute girl who sold us the cherries is Mirla Diaz, a member of the Mattawa Ward!  She was wonderful and the cherries are delicious!2017-6-17 Royal (8)Then we went back to Royal and Tyson took me around to some more of their fields.  Here are the potatoes.  They are blooming and they smell so fragrant.  Tyson pulled up 2 plants so I could have some new potatoes for our Father’s Day dinner Sunday.  Each plant has 8-9 potatoes growing on it.  These will be delicious!2017-6-17 Royal (10)2017-6-17 Royal (9)2017-6-17 Royal (12)2017-6-17 Royal (14)2017-6-17 Royal (15)The corn gets taller every day!2017-6-17 Royal (20)A field of Timothy hay is being cut today:2017-6-17 Royal (25)Wheat fields:2017-6-17 Royal (26)2017-6-17 Royal (27)What farmers look like–these are our Stake YM Leaders:2017-6-17 Royal (29)2017-6-17 Royal (30)2017-6-17 Royal (32)2017-6-17 Royal (35)Here’s a carrot field belonging to Patriarch Bergeson:2017-6-17 Royal (37)2017-6-17 Royal (38)2017-6-17 Royal (39)2017-6-17 Royal (40)Last stop:  My little friends Britt and Scarlett.  We took them some cherries.  What lucky kids to grow up in Royal!2017-6-17 Royal (41)2017-6-17 Royal (47)2017-6-17 Royal (53)

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Beautiful Royal

2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (38)It is So Beautiful here in Royal.  Even in pictures taken from a moving car through a dirty windshield.  Come see:2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (34)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (35)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (37)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (39)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (40)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (42)Cut Timothy hay:2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (43)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (44)We arrived at the Allred’s by about 8:30 or so.  The Father’s and Sons Outing was well underway down at the pond.  There were lots of pick ups and lots of tents and lots of boys doing boy things!2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (45)Tyson had pizza waiting for us.  We were starving.  We don’t really take breaks for food during these interview days.  We are grateful for the kindness of the Allred family for always providing a home away from our home.2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (46)

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Baptism in Royal City

We raced from Moses Lake to Royal City this evening for the baptism of the Gonzalez Family.  I didn’t get there in time to take pictures before the baptism, so I will add those later.  We arrived just in time to hear the Hermanas sing so beautifully.2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (2)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (1)

So many friends came to support this beautiful family!2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (3)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (4)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (5)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (6)District Leader, Elder Colunga came with Elder Reusch:2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (7)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (8)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (10)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (12)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (13)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (15)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (16)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (17)Hna Cluff got to come back to Royal for the baptism:2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (18)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (19)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (20)Refreshments afterwards:2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (21)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (22)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (23)Here is the wonderful Gonzalez Family!2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (28)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (32)2017-6-16 Royal, Baptism, country (33)

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Interviews in Moses Lake

2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (1)It’s Friday and we are in Moses Lake today, continuing with the interviews.  This is a pretty happy bunch of missionaries, trying to stay focused on the work!2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (2)2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (4)Elder Taele and Elder Bawden, Zone Leaders in Moses Lake, serving in the 11th and YSA Wards2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (5)Elder Taele:  Things I love about the WYM:  Pres and Sis Lewis, fresh fruit and strong members.

Elder Bawden:  The people (fun stories and personalities), the mountains (Hood River and Wenatchee) and it’s safe here.

Sister Thayer and Sister Banks, serving in the Moses Lake 4th and 7th Wards2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (8)Sister Thayer:  I love that the weather cools off in the evenings.  I love that the people are so friendly and helpful.  They love having the missionaries over.  I love the missionaries and our leaders are the best ever!

Sister Banks:  I love the fresh fruit in season–it’s the most delicious fruit I’ve ever tasted!  I love the people–the members, the non-members, the missionaries and Pres and Sis Lewis.  I love feeling an abundance of the Spirit!2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (9)2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (12)Sister Stocking and Sister Miller, Sister Training Leaders serving in the Moses Lake 2nd and YSA Wards2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (13)Sister Stocking:  The people here are very open and humble.  The area is like my home in Idaho.  There are a lot of good, strong, helpful members.

Sister Miller:  I love the wonderful people I have met here–they are kind, hard-working and they inspire me to try harder in life.  I love the apples (juice, pie, etc.) in the fall.  I love Pres and Sis Lewis.

Hermana Baird bought an old dictionary at a second-hand shop and she’s been studying it with her scriptures:2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (15)2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (16)Hermana Baird and Hermana Long, serving in the Moses Lake 1st and 9th Wards2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (19)Hermana Baird:  I love the fruit–the plumcots, cherries, nectarines and grapes.  I love the variety in scenery.  I love the Hispanics–their culture, decor and food!

Hermana Long:  I love lots of great & nice people who always wave at us.  I love the great weather and I love the great food.  We’ve had lots of Peruvian food this week!

Signing the Missionary Poster:2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (21)Elder Spitzer and Elder Johnson, serving in the Moses Lake 3rd Ward2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (22)Elder Spitzer:  I love that I’m serving the Lord, I’m meeting new people and I’m maturing a lot.

Elder Johnson:  I love the people–they are nice and genuine.  I love the weather–it’s cooler than Arizona.  I love the long summer days.2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (24)

Elder Jensen and Elder Nelson, serving in the Moses Lake 9th Central area2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (27)Elder Jensen:  I love speaking Spanish.  I love that this place looks like home.  I love the Lewises.

Elder Nelson:  There are lots of nice people here.  The fruit is great, especially fresh cherries.  We have great missionaries and I love missionary work.

2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (28)Some favorite Father’s Day notes:

Elder Summit and Elder Ence, serving in the Moses Lake 5th Ward2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (30)Elder Summit:  I love the people I get to meet!  I love Pres and Sis Lewis!  I love the other missionaries around me!

Elder Ence:  I love my mission president and his wife.  I love the people I’ve met –i. e. missionaries, members and non-members.  I love the geography of this place.

Elder Criddle and Elder Carroll, serving in the Moses Lake 10th Ward2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (31)Elder Criddle:  I love the weather.  It’s not 110 degrees every day.  I love the fresh fruit every day.  Especially the pears.  I love Elder Mayes and Elder Carroll–it’s nice to have a companion.

Elder Carroll: The people are nice and helpful.  I love learning to do new things and helping others learn.  The farmland is interesting to learn about.

Elder Nicoll and Elder Mayes, serving in the Moses Lake 6th and 8th Wards2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (35)Elder Nicoll:  I love the fresh fruit, the fun, accepting spontaneous atmosphere and I love small towns.  I also love cows!.  And I love Pres and Sis Lewis.

Elder Mayes:  I love the fruit!  I will miss the fresh fruit, especially the cherries.  I love the members.  I have grown close to a lot of members.  I will miss my missionary friends–they all live so far away!2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (40)

Elder Bergman and Elder Klossner, serving in the Moses Lake 9th Ward2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (41)Elder Bergman:  I love making so many new friends.  I love the members/Mexicans/ and all other Hispanics.  I love Pres and Sis Lewis.

Elder Klossner:  I love the people (Hispanics).  I love the small towns.  I love Pres and Sis Lewis.

2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (42)We love all of you too!

Note to Sister Bergman from Sister Lewis:2017-6-17 Interviews Moses Lake (43)

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