Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mission, LDS, Murder, Loraine Scott

Hi there all my murder to mission followers.

Just finished the midway point of the week. Yay! Great MTC adventure. We've made new friends, met people from all over the country and even enjoyed the company of the Nish's--a couple from Joburg (that's the affectionate name of Johannesburg) South Africa who are being sent to serve in the Solomon Islands. How cool is that? And if that's not enough, one of our RM teachers served his mission in Joburg just 2 years ago. His wife (before she was his wife) also served in...I'm gonna say Ghana...but don't quote me... and they loved Africa so deeply they actually honeymooned in the Kruger National Park which is in South Africa. Thanks to those new friends we have learned lots about South Africa including where to grocery shop. I'm feeling like a local.

So, maybe not that much but I'm beginning to feel at home and we haven't even left Utah.

Learned a lot so far. Have had some good laughs and even shed a tear of two. Learned something super interesting on Monday. In the afternoon, each companionship (husband and wife/Elder & Sister) had to stand and tell where we were from, where we were going and what kind of mission we were called to serve. Towards, the end of the 50 introductions, a woman stood to utter her answers and said they were going to "Danville, Ohio, to teach school." Of course a few eyebrows knitted together in that universal "huh?" face so she was asked to tell the story behind her and her husband's unusual assignment. So here it goes.

Several years ago... about three... an Amish man in Danville, Ohio, was given a Book of Mormon. He was very interested in learning about these really strange Mormon neighbors so he secretly read it. He instantly believed it to be the word of God but he knew he and his family would be shunned by his community if he were to even mention that he was reading such a book. So, he told his wife and together they read the book and shared it with their two trusted friends knowing that if they were going to be shunned then at least their friends would know why. Well, the other families became converted and together they contacted the missionaries who taught them and baptized all three families which included 13 children ranging from 5-13.

Naturally, they were shunned by their community and part of that included not being able to participate in the Amish school system. They really wanted to keep their Amish lifestyle of natural living with very little progress, so the really had no way to get them to the nearest public school and they really didn't want that as an option. So, they contacted their Stake President who came up with a solution. There were two Ohio University students nearing graduation who were willing to teach the children. After their graduation they went home to WA state and after a months vacation returned to Ohio at the request of the Stake President to teach the children. In the interim, the Stake President obtained permission from the Brethern to create a mission for teachers to serve as this tiny school's teachers. It is a one room classroom with all the students together. The couple called were so elated that they could serve in this way they could hardly wipe the smiles off their faces. They will be the first missionary couple to do this kind of service. About six months ago, the 3 families attended the temple and were sealed as families. These are the kinds of things you hear at the MTC.

We have two more days to go and then its home to await our flight. I can hardly wait for 20 hours of air time.

Yay! And just think, the excitement is just beginning.

Friday, August 8, 2014

From Murder to Mission

If you are reading this then you must know my blog is morphing... It's going from murder to mission!

Yep! We are entering the Provo MTC (Missionary Training Center) on Monday the 11th of August for one week then it's off to Johannesburg South Africa! Yep! You read me right! South Africa! And for two people (my blog will now be "our" blog) who have only stepped across the border into Tijuana for approximately 30 minutes then scurried home again, going to South Africa is a BIG deal.

What will we be doing there? I imagine--and that's really all I can do at this point--Wayne and I will be working in a Branch and helping to teach and work with people who are interested in learning more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If it is anything like our mission to New York City South in 2005-2007 we may also work in the mission office, teach Institute and do Jr. missionary apartment (flats in SA) inspections. Whoohoo! That was really fun. And I'm not being sarcastic. It was really fun.

South Africa or officially, The Republic of South Africa, has a rich history both amazing and tragic. I won't take the time to go over the ups and downs but if you are at all interested I would recommend watching the movies "Mandela" and "Invictus" (SP?) in that order. They are both well done and super informative. You can read lots of books but most of them are so darned depressing that... well... you'll just have to watch "Invictus" to feel better anyway. So watch them but watch them in that order.

Needless to say, we are excited...so excited we practically sing about it. But the waiting is killing me. We have known about this call since April 24 so the waiting closely resembles waiting for the birth of a child. We are so ready to be gone!

Certainly we will miss our family and friends and neighbors and house and our dog, Jed but we know this is what we should be doing. We have the time, means and disposition to serve the Lord in this way. We know the gospel of Christ is a real thing. We believe and strive to live by the tenants of the true and living church on this earth--The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So why shouldn't we go?

Check out this site for our adventures. I'll try to learn how to post photos so you can see what we are experiencing and not just through my words... Surely there must be a missionary out there who can help with my training. Remember us in your prayers and come and see us! We'll show you the sites!

Whoohoo! What an adventure!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's Been Awhile!

I haven't written anything in so long I'm not sure this is really me typing the blog post... Well, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration but my life has been so crazy busy I'm not sure where to begin.

Sadly, my life has not been busy with writing. Summer will be delayed... Maybe she will make a winter debut.

I've had an interesting summer filled with fun activities like a Zoo trip. What an exciting time and there is no sarcasm in that statement. We really had a blast. It was hot but the animals were super cooperative anyway. That polar bear is truly an entertainer. He waits until you're staring into the glass hoping that you can catch just a glimpse of his snowy white pelt then he swims right up to the window, stands straight up in your face and smiles a big beaming grin as he kicks off the wall -- all 16 or so feet of his incredible mass. Wow.

Went to the world's largest recorded family reunion. It was my great-grandfather's family. His name was Henry Grow. He had four wives and 32 children. With 32 children it doesn't take too long before you have lots and lots of descendants. To date, the family association has identified over 10, 000 relatives. I found 2 cousins right here in Alpine. That was an amazing event.

Went boating for the first time in many years...decades, I'm sure. Had uber fun. I think I could live on a boat. I love the rock and roll, the speed, the exhilaration and the tubing! Yes, folks, the old grandma went tubing behind my son's boat. The same son who tried to pitch me off the tube. Wow. I survived but had a nice sunburn to heighten the fun barometer.

Went on a trip to SLC. Visited the church museum and played in the kids hands-on section. Went to City Creek for the first time. Went to Heritage Park and visited all the pioneer sites. Lots of fun there. My son-in-law was the engineer for the Bowery which greets people as you enter the park. The grandkids rode ponies and played with pigs and goats and chickens. Great memories.

Kids and grandkids were all over the place this summer so we bought an above the ground swimming pool. Those take a considerable amount of care. More than I remembered.

Heck, I even got a jury summons for Federal Court. I was not selected (I was probably the only one who thought it would be fun, however) which was a good thing as it would have been just one more thing to keep Summer at bay.

So, as summer winds down, maybe Summer will wind up! Still have a few unmastered items on my plate but as all those whittle down writing will make a comeback. So to all you Summer fans... don't abandon her. It may only be an ebook... but it will be a book. Looking forward to winter and to the Winters.

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NYC: Murder Brooklyn Style
Dang this copyrighted stuff! Couldn't get rid of the red face!

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