Springtime in the the WYM!

2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (2)We drive every day through beautiful country.  It goes by out our windows.  We don’t usually have time to stop the car for a photo, or we are racing to a meeting, or coming home in the dark, but on this Sunday afternoon, during our 4 hour drive home, we pulled over a few times to capture some of the beauty around us.  Hope you enjoy it too.2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (3)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (4)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (5)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (6)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (7)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (9)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (8)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (10)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (11)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (12)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (13)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (14)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (15)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (16)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (17)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (18)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (19)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (20)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (21)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (22)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (23)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (24)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (25)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (26)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (27)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (28)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (29)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (30)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (31)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (32)2018-4-22 z Roadtrip in the Springtime (33)

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Visiting Judy!

2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (2)This afternoon on our way out of Oroville, we stopped to visit Judy, Orville Ward’s newest member!  Judy is 93 years old.  She was baptized last month!  She’s a delight.  We loved getting to know her better.2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (5)2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (7)2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (8)Judy just finished this quilt, made from clothing scraps (she sews all her own clothes).  This will be sent to a granddaughter soon!2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (11)Judy also loves to crochet.  I love this snowflake pattern.2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (13)She makes lap throws for her friends.2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (14)What a treat it was to meet Judy!2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (15)2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (16)2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (17)2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (18)2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (20)2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (22)2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (23)2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (24)2018-4-22 Visiting Judy Shaw (1)

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The Canadian Border

2018-4-22 z Canada Border (1)Here’s a look at Canada through the border crossing point just north of Oroville:2018-4-22 z Canada Border (2)We wandered around a bit, paying homage to Canada, the homeland of our son-in-law, Graham!2018-4-22 z Canada Border (6)2018-4-22 z Canada Border (7)2018-4-22 z Canada Border (5)2018-4-22 z Canada Border (3)2018-4-22 z Canada Border (4)2018-4-22 z Canada Border (15)2018-4-22 z Canada Border (9)2018-4-22 z Canada Border (10)2018-4-22 z Canada Border (11)2018-4-22 z Canada Border (12)2018-4-22 z Canada Border (13)2018-4-22 z Canada Border (14)2018-4-22 z Canada Border (16)

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Attending Church in Oroville

2018-4-22 Sunday Oroville Ward (4)We loved attending the Oroville Ward!  It’s too bad it’s so far from Yakima, or we’d be there way more often.  This place is a little gem that sits about a mile from the Canadian border.2018-4-22 Sunday Oroville Ward (2)From the church property:2018-4-22 Sunday Oroville Ward (3)2018-4-22 Sunday Oroville Ward (5)2018-4-22 Sunday Oroville Ward (6)After speaking in sacrament meeting, Pres Lewis and I got to participate in the Young Men/Young Women meeting during the 3rd hour.  What a fantastic group of kids and leaders!2018-4-22 Sunday Oroville Ward (7)2018-4-22 Sunday Oroville Ward (8)2018-4-22 Sunday Oroville Ward (9)Bishop and Lana Clark and their family:2018-4-22 Sunday Oroville Ward (11)2018-4-22 Sunday Oroville Ward (12)It was sad to leave, not knowing if we will ever be able to return.  That feeling hits us quite often these days . . . .2018-4-22 Sunday Oroville Ward (14)

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Sanctuary in Loomis at the Double R Ranch

2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (12)Kent Clark is the Bishop of the Oroville Ward.  He and his wife, Lana invited us to come spend the night with them on a cattle ranch.  We drove about 40 miles east of Oroville this evening to Loomis where they live.  It was a beautiful twilight drive through the mountains and valleys of northern Washington.  This is some beautiful country up here.

Bishop Clark manages a huge cattle ranch called the Double R Ranch.  He invited us to stay in the guest lodge, where they have customers stay (restaurateurs from all over the world who come to learn about their fine beef).   It was like a dream mini vacation after this full hectic week!2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (9)2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (8)2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (7)2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (10)2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (11)2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (6)2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (15)2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (14)2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (5)2018-4-21 z Double R Ranch Loomis (5)2018-4-21 z Double R Ranch Loomis (3)2018-4-21 z Double R Ranch Loomis (2)2018-4-21 z Double R Ranch Loomis (6)2018-4-21 z Double R Ranch Loomis (1)2018-4-21 z Double R Ranch Loomis (10)2018-4-21 z Double R Ranch Loomis (9)2018-4-21 z Double R Ranch Loomis (8)Here’s the view we woke up to this morning!2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (1)2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (2)2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (4)

Here’s some interesting information about this ranch:2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (17)

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Here’s what their products look like:2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (19)

Here is Bishop Clark and his wonderful wife, Lana.  Their oldest son, Zach, is pushing the button to submit his mission papers this week!

2018-4-22 Double R Ranch, Loomis (20)We LOVED getting to know them better and learning more about their fascinating life here in God’s country.

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Interviews and a Visit to the Oroville Elders’ Apartment

2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (1)Elder Hodges and Elder Clark are serving now in Oroville!  Lucky Elders!  This little spot is up near the Canadian border in some beautiful country.  We will be attending church here tomorrow morning, so we came this evening to do our interviews here at their home sweet home.2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (2)Everything was perfectly tidy and organized!2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (3)Study areas:2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (4)2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (5)Supplies:2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (6)What’s in the fridge??2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (7)2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (8)Bedroom:2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (9)Closet, bathroom and tie collections:2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (10)2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (11)2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (12)2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (13)2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (14)2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (15)Elder Clark’s spot:2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (16)Elder Hodges’ filled journals:2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (17)The Oroville dot on the map:2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (19)2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (20)2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (21)

Elder Hodges:  I want to increase my way of receiving revelation by having better scripture study.

Elder Clark:  I want to study meekness and learn what it means to minister.

Here’s a great list Elder Clark showed me:2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (23)We are grateful these Elders are looking after the farthest northern corner of our WYM!2018-4-21 Omak Elders Apartment (24)

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Interviews in Omak

On to Omak!  2018-4-21 Interviews Omak (2)

Elder Klossner and Elder Bergman, Zone Leaders serving in Okanogan2018-4-21 Interviews Omak (1)Elder Klossner:  I want to listen to the Spirit more.  I want to learn to understand the Spirit.

Elder Bergman:  I want to recognize spiritual revelation and be grateful for it.  I want to memorize The Living Christ.

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Elder Christiansen and Elder Eliason, serving in Coulee Dam2018-4-21 Interviews Omak (8)Elder Christiansen:  I want to work on receiving personal revelation and I want to learn from the experiences of the High Priests.

Elder Eliason:  I want to be more open to revelation and I want to try to do what I can instead of praying for problems to go away.

Elder Perdue and Elder Lucio, serving in Omak2018-4-21 Interviews Omak (11)Elder Perdue:  I want to be a more devoted Priesthood holder.  I want to be a better “minister.”

Elder Lucio:  I want to ask the question, “What can I do to be part of the solution?” when praying.  I want to ponder and reflect more during Sacrament meeting–both for myself and for my investigators.

The Omak chapel:2018-4-21 Interviews Omak (14)

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