Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Week 63:Autumn is falling upon us

Happy two days late birthday to the temple. Happy two days late birthday to the temple. Happy two days late birthday to the Redlands temple. Happy two days late birthday to the temple. The Redlands Temple was 10 years old two days ago. That is weird to think about. I don't remember it super well, but I have some memories of when that used to be an orange grove next to the stake center. We'd always get in trouble for going and playing in it after cub scout activities.

That's 10 years ago though. Back to the here and now, things are going alright. This past week was equally slow and fast. Elder Jones was sick, so he spent a lot of the weekend sleeping. He's feeling a lot better now, but he was out of it for a while there. Friday he was up for studies in the morning and dinner in the evening.

Elder W Craig Zwick of the Seventy visited this last week. He strongly emphasized making daily improvements and doing our best to endure to the end. I think one of my favorite parts of these visits has been the chance to see general authorities(higher up church leaders) in a more relaxed atmosphere. Somehow it makes them more real when they say things like "Elder Perry and I would walk down the streets of [some city in Germany] to get to the office where we were working. He never failed to stop and talk to someone along the way" "Some nights we see President Monson leaving the office building, but he won't be heading home. He'll be heading in the opposite direction to visit the cancer center or the university hospital."

He also shared some interesting factual information about Preach My Gospel. He share that it was started in 1995 after President Hinckley was first sustained as President of the church. It took 9 years before it was released. In that time, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles remained the same despite the poor health of many of the apostles. It was only after its completion that any of those members who started working on it passed away. Elder Maxwell was the first about two months after its publication. Most of chapter 6 "Christlike Attributes" was written by him.

We had another crazy hailstorm(that's two more than last year!) that kept us at our dinner appointment most of Saturday night. I'd be living it up in these storms if I weren't so busy wearing suits and ties trying to get places!

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