Friday, February 27, 2015

Ron and Bev Bateman Visit Orlando--Florida Orlando Mission Conference

17 Feb 2015—Ron and Bev Bateman arrived this morning. They took the red eye from Salt Lake City and will sleep in our guest room. We are so grateful for their rental car because we took the Toyota Sequoia for a dent repair and paint job-- planned it that way—smart thinking CP. It rained so hard today but we were able to enjoy Blue Springs State Park and the Manatees! We also did Sealings in the Orlando Temple and ate Japanese at Urban Hibachi on Sand Lake. We stopped into the office for some papers that were faxed to the Doctor.
Bateman's at EPCOT

18 Feb 2015 Ron and Bev have always been such good friends—more like a brother to CP than a cousin.  We spent the day with them at EPCOT. I told them we should travel together more. It was a chilly 62*/38* so easy to bundle up and enjoy the day. We enjoyed a lovely dinner in China at Lotus Blossom Café. The fireworks were spectacular!  Elder Bean got his share of medical calls while we walked our way around the world. We stopped into Helen Abrams grandsons viewing before going to Epcot. We talked a lot about Wade Parrish’s family—Ron knows his family history.
We ate dinner and stayed for the fireworks.We were glad we had our jackets--when the sun went down it was chilly.

Bev is far too happy in the mouth of a gator.

19 Feb 2015—This morning while Elder Bean worked on his sacrament meeting talk and finished emails, Ron, Bev, and I went to the Titanic exhibit around 10am. When we drove up to the building Ron said, “This looks like a tourist trap” with that said--we thought it was well done and our tour guide through the experience was delightful. Record breaking cold temperatures in Central Florida! This was on National News and we felt it, especially when we were on the “Wild Florida” airboat ride. Bev said, “That was such a great ride, I tried not to think about how cold it was.” We were chilled to the bone!  We had a heavy dinner at Sonny’s Bar-bq.
We walked along the shores of Melbourne Beach

20 Feb 2015—We needed to pick up the handcart today so we went a few extra miles East and ended up on Melbourne Beach to show Ron and Bev. It was a breezy 56* so we had our jackets on and walked barefoot along the shallow waves—the beach was empty. We ate dinner at Islands Fish Grill ****. It was getting dark when we picked up the handcart at Deseret Family and Youth Camp. We visited with Elder and Sister Checketts for a few minutes. Elder Dr. Bean listened to his lungs and told him he probably has walking pneumonia. On the way home we saw 2 cars with their flashers following bikers—we also saw 2 deer so glad they didn’t run out in front of us. Early dinner, early to bed we have a big event tomorrow!
We picked up the Mormon Handcart from Deseret Youth and Family Camp

21 Feb 2015—Pine Castle Pioneer Days with the mission booth and handcart. We spent the day talking to people about and the Mormon Handcart Pioneers, and the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a fun day! Loved the missionaries who came—Sister Kreiberg/Sullivan Lynch/Murphy Hales/Jindo/Nelsen Elders Bravo/Conrad DeMille/Horne.  For the Elders I made a small vest so we had SML something to fit everyone. I also had some skirts and aprons for the Sisters. I love the Gospel so much I want to share it with everyone.
22 Feb 2015—Elder Bean spoke in sacrament meeting today on the Word of Wisdom and taking good care of our body because it houses our Spirit! Helen Abrams husband and son Bruce came to church for the first time! They were touched by Bishop Bohman’s talk at the funeral of Scotty Abrams! We were talking to them in the hallway before church and they told the Bishop how much they appreciated what he said in the funeral. "It seemed as if you knew Scotty and said just the right thing." Bishop Bohman's answer to that: "I felt the love of the family, the Spirit was there--the comments came from the Lord and He knows Scotty."
We had dinner at 2pm. Bev helped me every step of the way fixing chicken enchiladas, salad, zucchini and strawberry short cake for dinner!  We invited Elder and Sister Bird, new Employment Center Missionaries to eat with us. They live in our same building. It was such a pleasant day we were able to eat on our porch looking out to the lake.
After dinner Ron and Bev went with us to Celebration and walked around 3 lakes. Celebration is a beautiful city built by Disney—the sunset was a beautiful soft pink—what a wonderful world!

Elder and Sister Bird from Woods Cross, Utah came to Sunday Dinner

Sunday dinner on the porch with Ron and Bev and the Birds pictured above.

Ron and Bev Bateman walking around the Lake in the Disney planned community of Celebration
Elder and Sister Bean enjoying the beautiful pink sunset while walking in Celebration.

23 Feb 2013—The Mission Conference today “Safeguards for Using Technology” and “Missionary Work in the Digital Age” with Elder Craig Zwick of the First Quorum of Seventy and Brother Mike Hemingway, director of proselyting for the world was a powerful warning—beware of the snare of pornography.  Florida Orlando has been one of 30 pilot missions to use i-pads to proselyte. There will be new i-pads for the missionaries in two weeks that have more filters and more memory—all missionaries in the world church will eventually be trained and use technology for proselyting. The i-pads contain resources (Gospel Library, scriptures, Gospel videos), Area Book Planner, and online proselyting on social media like Facebook
Mike Hemingway-Director of proseliying for the world.

. Some of my notes: What can I change in my life to become a more effective disciple of Jesus Christ. If you are willing to change the Spirit will be with you. The more willing you are to change the more help you will get from the Spirit. We all can change. Never look back after you have repented. Isaiah 52:11 “Touch no unclean thing”. !. Follow the promptings of the Spirit 2. Focus on Missionary Purpose 3. Be Disciplined 4. Be one.  Satan will not leave you alone. He wants to catch you in his snare. The Lord has confidence in missionaries and He will help you. Use your time wisely. Jacob 3:2 “feast upon His love and the pleasing work of God”.  The Elders and Sisters were given two booklets on the subject that they were asked to study and learn. BE WISE--BE CLEAN!  Wow so great to be part of this!  Before and after the meeting Elder Dr. Bean talked to several missionaries with health problems—he is valuable.
Elder Craig Zwick of the Seventy at the Mission Conference 23 Feb 2015

At 4pm we met Ron and Bev Bateman at Animal Kingdom and watched the “Lion King” show then we went to Boma’s a African buffet in Animal Kingdom Lodge for a lovely dinner! We sat around a fire place outside to relax and visit.
Alligators are plentiful on the Deseret Cattle and Citrus Ranch

24 Feb 2015—Oh wow, there are plenty of gators on the Deseret Cattle and Citrus Ranch, we saw them as we toured the ranch today. The sister missionary that narrated our tour said, “We never get tired of seeing gators.”  There are also water moccasins and rattlers that we’re glad we didn’t see. Ron and Bev wanted to see the ranch so when we took the handcart back to the Youth and Family Camp we also toured the ranch—44,000 cattle on 290,000 acres. Deseret’s landscape is a mosaic of pastures, citrus groves, wetlands, and woodlands. We also drove another hour North East to see Ponce de Leon Light Station Museum and climbed the 203 stairs to the top of the light house—great view. I just had to have dinner at Breaker’s right on New Smyrna Beach! It doesn’t get any better than this—eating fresh fish with an open view of the ocean! We walked along the beach until the sun went down—this is our last day with Ron and Bev.

Ponce de Leon Light House Museum--we climbed 203 steps to the top and down again

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