Daily Archives: November 8, 2006

Two for the price of one

Tuesday November 7 was composed of Indonesian in the morning and the temple in the evening. Nothing really new about trying to learn Indonesian – Mary continues to do reading and learning the vocabulary while I continue to struggle. But I am not discouraged – at least not very often or very long.The temple was amazing. Four things happened there that I had never before experienced. Two I can write about and two I can not. For the first time in the five or six years I have been serving in the temple we had a sister in our session faint. We had to stop the endowment and get her some medical help. She was able to walk out of the room by herself but later I found she did go home. The other thing was that I did not pay attention to where I was supposed to be and so almost missed working in the initiatory booth. However for some reason I left where I thought I was supposed to be and went down to see if they were busy in the booths. When I found they were, I volunteered to help and the man in charged said that was nice since I was supposed to be there. Opps! Anyway they had all the booth going and so it was a good thing I was prompted to show up. The temple was slow but the spirit was still strong. It is a very special place to serve. Mary spent the afternoon working on her extraction work so she can leave a clean slate for sister Nixon.Wednesday November 8 was busy. Early morning was spent on Indonesian – nothing new there. I am listening to some of the conference talks in Indonesian and trying to follow the written text. Then I try to understand why the translator used the words they did. I do not know if it is helping but I try different things and hope something makes a break through.This freed us to run some errands. We went to South Towne Mall and did some shopping. I bought some summer pants and shorts that were on final closeout at Dillards for 99 cents. At Sears I bought some short sleeve white shirts. They only had 3 in the style and size I need so I am going to have to buy the other 4 on line. After shopping we went to Bryan Johnson’s to drop off a check so they can change where they take out our insurance payments. Then we dropped by ONB to pick up a rent check. We just missed Keith. The store looks very good but sales continue to be dismal. I do not miss being there at all.

The next stop was the bank and then lunch at a Chinese place. The food was very good. We were then going to the post office to send a package to ourselves in Indonesia. However Mary brought the wrong book and we did not have the mission home address so we came home. Mary napped and I worked on my Indonesian.

We left again at 2:15 to go and sign a contract to sell the apartments on Main Street in Orem. We are not gong to make any money – or at least not much – but we do get rid of a continuing source of problems. Also we will get enough cash to pay off the mortgage on the store. This way we will get all the rent instead of just half. It will insure that no matter what our mission costs we will have enough money. From there we went to the doctor’s where Mary got prescriptions for 18 months of her meds. It is a lot of medicine! It is a good thing that the mission insurance will pick up most of the costs. Our last stop was the post office where I paid $31 to ship 4 pounds to Indonesia. It is a good thing that Shawn gave me the purifiers.

So a few more things got crossed off our to do list. Hopefully we will get most of it done before everyone gathers for Thanksgiving.

Late – but not my fault

Monday – November 6, 2006. I wrote this about 5 PM on Monday but when I tried to post it, the site failed. It was not until I started to write a new post tonight that I realized this post was not on the blog/ 

I had a strange feeling this afternoon when I continued my watching of the Sunday afternoon session of October conference. Since I had slept through most of it when it was broadcast live, this was the first time I had actually seen it. As I pointed out in my last post, both Elder Bednar and brother Merrill had included in their talk one of the points I used in my PH lesson on Sunday. Imagine my surprise when Elder Cardon of the 70 concluded his talk by discussing D&C 121:45, one of the two verses I used in my lesson. I decided if the next speaker talked about not having time to do things, I would be 4 for 4.

If I did not know that I had written the points in my lesson plan before looking at the session, I might think that their talks were the inspiration for my lesson. However it seems that the Lord was just letting me know that what I taught was in keeping with the counsel of the brethern.

One thing I did not mention in my last post was that I bore my testimony during Fast meeting. I think all of this preparation and study for our mission has moved my spiritual awareness up a notch or two. I was thinking about bearing my testimony but because we will be giving talks later in the month, I was not sure. Then during the sacrament I was reading from Micah 4:5 and the last part ‘and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever’ really struck me. I realized I had not listened to the blessing of the bread so I missed where it says ‘that they may always have His spirit to be with them.’ I thought of the great blessing that I have each week too not only renew my baptismal covenant but also I am reminded that I can have His spirit to be with me. I felt that I should share this feeling as well as my testimony, so I did.

Mary and I spent part of the day getting our financial house in order. We are transferring all the bill paying to Tom while we are gone. He will also be able to wire transfer money to our Indonesian bank. At least we will once we get an Indonesian bank account. We are also consolidating our bank accounts and getting rid of credit cards. Hopefully we will be to a point where we will just have our Discovercard and an American Express card during our mission.

I checked with the Deseret Mutual about Mary’s prescriptions and it seems that best way to do this is to buy all 18 months of any prescription that will keep and take them with us. The insurance will pay 75% of the cost if we order from a on-line pharmacy.

We got a letter from the couple we will be replacing and they have shadow leadership responsibility for 3 branches in Jakarta. This means that we will probably have the same branches. It seems that we go to one block meeting each week and then go to the English ward for the other Sunday. It will be interesting to see how this works.

We just finished making a peach truffle dessert to take to tonight’s High Priest activity. We are seeing if there is interest in a regular Monday night ‘Empty Nesters’ family home evening group.