News from CAM June 26, 2017
Dear Loved Ones All,
Amazing how time keeps trucking on. Some days it is hard to distinguish from others, and some days are so filled you are shocked that it could be so full. On our P-Day, in addition to doing laundry and light cleaning, and actually doing my email on time (Elder Macbeth always gets his reports finished) I decided that it was time to do something with my hair, so I called up Mary at the salon that has been dealing with my hair to schedule a perm. When I first went in they wanted my first name since that is how they greet all their customers and I told them that “Sister Macbeth” would do just fine. Now all I have to do is mention “Sister,” and they know immediately who I am. I had her cut off an inch and with the curls, my hair now looks quite short, and of course very curly. I like wash and wear hair. I also hemmed a dress.
We were able to Skype with Kristina and Kids in Utah, and talk with several of our other children. It is also nice that Senior Missionaries can keep track of their kids on our smart phones (which of course young missionaries cannot do.) Elder Macbeth needs his phone because the Bishop keeps sending him mixed media in connection with his Executive Secretary duties.
I made cookies Tuesday morning for District Meeting, and we talked with Michelle. That evening we attended an off-the-chart dinner with the Senior Missionaries in honor of the Taggarts who are leaving at the end of this week. Sister Anderson made the dinner which included a prime roast that was to die for, plus all the trimmings and sides. Sister Heathcote made actual strawberry shortcake and whipped the cream herself, no canned shortcut. To say the dinner was perfection is quite accurate. Sister Larkin made a quilted wall hanging of our mission logo and had all the missionaries sign the back. It was awesome. Sister Taggart loves the painting in the Newport Beach Temple done my brother Del Parson of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane being comforted by the angel, so we ordered a print for them and gave it to them. They loved it. Another treasure for them to have from their mission. They will definitely be missed but we are also looking forward to meeting the new Mission President Golden and his wife on Friday.
District Meeting was changed to Wednesday this week because the departing missionaries got to go to the Temple with President and Sister Taggart on our normal day. We have 5 missionaries going home from our zone. They also will be missed…strange how attached we get to these young missionaries in such a short time. We had to hustle afterwards to get to Mary’s Kitchen on time. That is actually one of our highlights each week. In the evening it was R.S. Enrichment and we were having a Snack and Chat, so I made Chex Mix to take for my snack to share. It was actually a fun evening. We were also encouraged to bring any unfinished R.S, projects to work on, so I brought my coasters that I started last fall to finish. Not sure what I am going to do with them yet.
One of our widowed friends is out of town for a week so we told her we would pick up her mail. She gets a ton every day, sometimes so much that the mailman hangs some on top held together with a rubber band. It is easy to see why she needed it checked every day.
We also continue to visit our Hungarian Maria. She is still in a lot of pain from a fall, and she has tumbled a couple of more times. Elder Macbeth put in a wireless phone so she could have one by her chair where she tries to watch TV because she has a hard time getting up to answer the one in the kitchen, but her eyesight is not good enough to read the numbers, and if she drops the phone she has a difficult time retrieving it, so he took it back. He ordered a phone like the one she has so hopefully that will take care of the problem.
At Book of Mormon class we had a couple of investigators as well as some members and missionaries. It is interesting the questions that are asked, usually about some of the terminology, and the insights that are shared as we read are awesome. One of the new converts is getting married soon, and her friend (one of the investigators) wants to have a little bridal shower before the class next week, so I guess we will be helping some with that.
Sister Taggart asked Elder Macbeth if he could burn some copies of his 50th Anniversary CAM History that he compiled so he has been doing that this week. We will need to get them to her so that they can be distributed to whom they’re intended. We also got to have the Westergards down for a spaghetti dinner. By the time they finish with the car stuff and other responsibilities at the office they are grateful not to have to come up with dinner, so occasionally I try to surprise them with supper already made. She always contributes fresh veggies or fruit. They are such good friends.
Saturday was our last day to clean the church for this rotation. When we got there we were surprised with the cultural hall being completely draped and decorated for a wedding reception. It was beautiful, but sadly someone doesn’t understand that the fabric isn’t supposed to be stapled into the hardwood along the stage front and around the walls. When they tried to remove the staples many broke off so they just bent them over, and now someone is going to have to get a pair of pliers and a ladder for the ones in the wall, and the nicks, holes and scratches will have to be repaired somehow.
What a shame.
We made what seemed like numerous visits to hospitals and care centers. Keith doesn’t know when he might get to go home, but Sister Kidwell was released on Wednesday to go to her daughter’s to recuperate. Sister Pulliam has moved to Texas, but still keeps in touch by phone. We took a casserole in to our young mother because she had to have surgery and has not done well. We even had to take her back to emergency care. Maria fell again and ended up back in the hospital. Hopefully her son-in-law and daughter will come figure out something to help her.
President Douglas (a member of our stake presidency) wrote a musical based on his conversion story, and it has been performed the last 3 Saturdays. He also sang and played his guitar with the band for the performances. It reminded me of the Road Shows that we used to have and it was well attended all three nights. It was reminiscent of the rock and roll age. We went with the Westergards and we stopped to get pizza beforehand so we enjoyed a quick supper out on the grass before we went in to enjoy the play.
Sunday morning seemed to arrive early, but we were up, showered, and dressed and out the door in time to get there before 6:00 am for Elder Macbeths first two meetings. I usually get to print and fold the ward bulletin during that time. In Ward Council it was decided that we will have a Pioneer Celebration on July 22, so I need to start figuring the details for that. Elder Hansen and Elder Ririe are going home on Tuesday and Sister DeAdder is being transferred so we got to hear their testimonies. Awesome. Meetings were spiritual…for such a small ward we get some great speakers on Sundays, and Sister DeAdder sang a beautiful rendition of “Come Unto Me.”
That about wraps it up. Hope you each find much to be grateful for and have a fantastic week.
Love, Sister and Elder Macbeth Go! Find!! WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smile!