Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Quiet Week

Dear Family and Friends,
            Last Sunday we started out with rain, but then it stopped and was cloudy.  It was a nice Fast Sunday.  We took Sister Bowie to church with us, enjoyed the testimonies and lessons.  Some people shared a few of their tough experiences that they survived with the Lord’s help.  Came home after, rested, did the blog, went to dinner at the Hesses with the Sorensens.  We had a lovely time.  Had good Facetime visits later in the evening with Christi and Shelley.  Nice day!
            Monday I forwarded the President’s email to all the Seniors, and The Leader to all the missionaries plus their parents at home.  They love to read what has been going on in our mission and look for photos of their children!  I also worked on the Mission Calendar and my own desk calendar.  In the afternoon we had our Office Staff meeting with Pres. Wakolo there in the Office and Sister Wakolo on the phone.  Bed bugs are back in the sister’s apt. near us, but they seem to be taking care of it well.  Had a nice phone visit with Brent on the way home, vacuumed and dusted the apartment since we didn’t get to do it on Saturday.  Had rain in the evening and Jim did not sleep well Monday night as the emergency alarm radio kept going off because of problems in counties near us.  We need to reset it to only cover our county, but we didn’t realize it was set to extend so far away.  We had some sister missionaries in Memphis observe a shooting right across from their apartment.  It was rather traumatic for them and they are now staying with the Sister Training Leaders until we can move them.  It was a little ironic because they were moved to this new apartment complex because of how rough the area was that they were in.
            Tuesday it had rained all night but gradually cleared up during the day.  Worked on emails, did a lot of shredding of old documents, printed up the baptismal photos from February and changed out the baptismal photos on the board for these new ones.  The missionaries who come in to the Office always look to see who has baptized.  We had 17 in February!!  Was alone in the Office for a while when Jim went with the Sorensens to pick up some new cars for the Mission—Chevy Malibus.  Talked to my sister, Lois, for a little bit.  Exercised and ate dinner when we got home and had a quiet evening.
            Wednesday was nice and sunny and actually got up to the high 60’s.  I continued to do a lot of the same stuff I did on Monday and Tuesday, plus worked on updating information for the White Binder that will be sent to President Hansen for him to use.  I still don’t have all the information from the various stakes (one out of five).  Lots of calls from the missionaries came in for Sister Sorensen to order media.  Elder Sorensen was busy with car stuff, Jim with apartment issues, and nothing new for me.  We went shopping and had a nice short visit with Larry while we were at the store.  Went home, ate dinner, did two batches of laundry, and had a quiet evening.
            Thursday was a slow day for me.  When I don’t have new missionary recommendations come in on Tuesday, then there is not so much for me to do on Wednesday and Thursday.  And that has been the case for the last two Tuesdays.  Pray for us to get some new Miss. Rec’s this Tuesday.  I am still waiting for information to come in, too.  Exercised in the evening, and did one more load of laundry.
            Friday was cleaning day and Jim & I did the bathrooms and collected the garbage.  I got some letters out to the Departing Missionaries, cleaned out some folders that we don’t use any more, had some emails to take care of, sent letters to our missionaries who just went into the MTC and will be coming on the 21st (the ASL sisters) and on the 28th.  Sister Hugentobler came in to visit for about an hour.  It was so good to see her and her health is very good!!  She leaves for home in Moab next Saturday (the 18th).  We will miss her and hope to visit her when we get home.  Sister Hess was in the Office most of the day working on her phone report.  Got gas on the way home, fixed and ate dinner, I worked on our budget and got it done for February.  We are doing well. 
            Saturday it rained on and off all day.  We attended the baptism of an older fellow named Richard Bellarose.  His wife Mary was baptized a year ago in Washington state.  We ate lunch at Subway, then went to MacArthur Park and the War Museum.  

Jim in front of a civil war statue.  Notice the interesting shape of the tree behind him
We spent 2 hours there looking at lots of posters, pictures, letters, memorabilia from WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, and General MacArthur.  Lots of medals on display, plus a Jeep and information about it.  It was all very interesting.  General Douglas MacArthur was born in Little Rock, hence the museum here that taught a lot about him and his many accomplishments.  And the building was part of an old fort and armory.  Then went home, took naps, cleaned our own bathrooms and kitchen, exercised, ate, cleaned up, and relaxed. 
            This morning is rainy and cold—only 33 degrees!!  However, during the course of the day it grew sunny and warmed up to 50 degrees.  We enjoyed church, came home and took naps, and look forward to a peaceful evening.
            Some quote from the missionaries’ letters to the President:
            “Divine discontent means that we are dissatisfied with ourselves, but in a way that we know we can become better through Christ.  It motivates us.”
            “Bishop Wadell said in stake conference—Believe enough to ask, trust enough to do.”
            “One night this week, before the baptism, we were at a member’s home with our investigator, teaching about temples and eternal families.  Her father passed away when she was really young and so we were able to testify strongly that we will be able to be with our family forever—that’s the whole purpose of the plan!  At the end of the lesson we asked her what this means to her, and she sat there for a good minute thinking.  I was silently praying no one would say anything, and would just let her process.  Our investigator is really quiet, but when she opens her mouth, she always has something profound to say.  She sat quietly for a moment, and then whispered, ‘I can be with him.’  Then she started to cry.  The Spirit was so intense.  Even writing his now, the Spirit is reminding me of that powerful statement and its reality.”
            “Studies are going great.  I read Hebrews this week and really liked what it said about faith, and I read a little bit more about the Atonement and had some cool insights.  One thing I like from this week was a quote that said, ‘With any major decision there are cautions and considerations to make, but once there has been illumination, beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing.  If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now.  Don’t give up when the pressure mounts.  Certainly don’t give in to that being who is bent on the destruction of your happiness.  Face your doubts.  Master your fears. ‘Cast not away therefore your confidence.’  Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you.”  I really liked that verse in Hebrews about not casting away your confidence.”
            We love you and pray you are all doing well.  Thanks for sending us little notes now and then.

            Love, Elder & Sister Hartzell

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