Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"Why I believe" Fireside

Marilyn Olivera a new member with her daughters Emily and Evelyn are from Brazil. Also Anna a new member is from Columbia. We and they live in Colonial Grand apartment . Emily just turned 8 years old and was baptized in July. She loves to listen to the Primary songs on CD. They rode with us to the "Why I Believe" fireside. 

Emily, Marilyn, and Evelyn had Sunday dinner with us on 19 July 2015 then we went to the "Why I Believe" fireside. These darling girls are so well behaved and have the most beautiful long wavy hair.

Elder Ogelsby, Elder Pieva, and Elder Johnson also came to Sunday Dinner. Pieva speaks Spanish and Ogelsby and Johnson  speak Portuguese. Sister Johnson was out of town so it was fun for Elder Johnson to have the opportunity to use the Portuguese he learned years ago on his mission.    

Senior District Activity in Leesburg.

Sister Walker and Sister Western have birthdays this week. After the birthday song their moment of glory ends.

Breakfast at "Perkins" in Leesburg. Left side Sister Spencer and Sister Bean. On the right Elder Spencer,
Elder and Sister Western, and Elder Johnson. We arrived early so we could spend some extra time with
the Westerns and Spenncers who both will be leaving within a month.

The clouds and sky are always interesting in Central Florida. We had a huge cloud burst and the rain poured down
 at the end of our dinner just after pictures were taken. Everyone went home in the rain.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sandra Ortiz baptism and Sansone Family Sealing

Front Row: Spanish Speaking Hermana Moody, Samantha Ortiz, and Hermana Rivera
Back Row Elder Hamp, Elder Peacock, and Elder Egan at the baptism.

Elder Hamp, Elder Call, Elder Egan, and Elder Peacock with their cupcakes after Ruby Ortiz baptism.

Standing in front of the Orlando Temple after being sealed together for time and all eternity.
Sandra Santiago holding her grandson, Lucila Sansone, Matthew Sansone holding Iris Sansone, Timothy Sansone, and Kelly Sansone. (The girl on the left is a sister to the Sansone family}

Thursday, 9 July CP and I went to the temple with the senior district--the Spencers rode with us. While we were in the “Celestial Room” after the endowment session Timothy and Lucila Sansone and Lucila’s mother Sandra Santiago came in and told us they were about to be sealed to each other and to their children who were waiting down in the children’s room. They asked Elder Bean on the spot if he would act as proxy for Lucy’s deceased father. We were very surprised by this request but felt most honored that they would ask—we were in the right place at a time of needed. We had gotten to know them when they attended the 12 week Parenting Class that I taught during Sunday-School. The Spencers went home with Stokes and we stayed for the precious ordinance--to see this family sealed for time and all eternity. Sandra Santiago knelt at “the altar”, with CP acting for her husband, and wept while she was sealed to him. They remained kneeling and the Santiago children joined them at the altar--Tim (acting for Lucy’s deceased brother) and Lucy knelt down then sealed. The box of tissue came in handy—everyone was in tears. Next Lucy and Tim were sealed to each other! Finally, their children Matthew 11.6, Kelly 10, and Iris 1.8 came in. They looked so beautiful all dressed in white as they knelt around the altar and became an eternal family. Tim and Lucy had a teen age son that passed away a few years ago so the St. Cloud Ward Bishop acted as proxy for him. As this young family stood together looking into the large gold mirrors that face opposite walls in the room, their reflection went on forever—a glimpse into the eternities. “The end of all activity in the Church is to see that a man and a woman with their children are happy at home, sealed for eternity”.—Boyd K. Packer

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Some newbies to the Senior District

Elder and Sister Zekiel live in Central Florida in the Waterford area.
They will work in the Mission office to take care of cars and referrals 

Elder and Sister Stokes joined us in April 2015 from New Mexico. They are Member Leader Support Missionaries.

The ducks near are apartment.

We are so happy to welcome Elder and Sister Bonnemaort from Ogden. She is the new nurse and he works in the office with bikes and during his miscellaneous office duties we call him Mary. (He retired from the IRS--His secretary was Mary) They are so delightful! They have a daughter, son in law and 4 grandchildren living in St Cloud.

These 12 baby ducklings are new arrivals. It is very doubtful that they all will make it to adulthood.

Sister Walker works in the Emplyment Office next to the Mission Office.
When applying for a job "First Impressions" are highly important.

Fourth of July Celebration 2015--Kissimmee Lake Front Park and Avalon Park

Missiionaries at Avalon Park--Hermanas Stone/Olsen, Elders Cooper/Radigan, Hilton Dowdle, Sharp Weiss
Missionaries at Avalon Park with the Booth.They had a gust of wind come up and alot of tents and materials were blown over. The missionaries were able to help other people put back together their tents.

Captain America and the Black Widow with Elder Ashworth, Elder Hamp, Elder Egan, Elder Peacock,
 Hermana Rivera, Hermana Moody at the Kissimmee Lake Front Park for the 4th of July Celebration.
 "Would you like a Book of Mormon? Did you know that Jesus is Your Christ? Did you know that
He died for you and because of him, you can have Eternal Life? 

Elder Egan, Elder Sherwin, Elder Hamp, Elder Isaacson, Elder Ashworth, Elder Peacock
 at Kissimmee Lake Front 4th of July Celebration 

Florida has rain nearly every day and a beautiful sunset every day.

This week the weather has been in the high 90’s with occasional afternoon thunder showers a welcome relief. Rain was forecast for the 4th of July. We took the booth to The Kissimmee Fourth of July Celebration at Lake Front Park on Lake Tohpekaliga. When we got there with the Kissimmee North Elders Hamp/Egan about 2pm it was very so hot I thought to myself, “This is going to be a long night, this festival doesn’t even start until 5 and goes until after 9pm.” We got everything set up. We had 4 new banners to hang on the skirt of the canopy that caught the crowds attention. We had a perfect location beside the sidewalk where everyone was coming in from parking. Even though the official start time was 5pm people were coming in when we got there to getting a spot on the big lawn to watch the fire-works. As soon as we got set up we started talking to everyone that walked by and inviting them to sign up for the free drawing of a picture of Jesus Christ. We were getting a lot of people that entered the drawing and talked to the missionaries. A sudden gust of wind came up and we had to hang onto the tent and posters. Our literature and pass along cards blew everywhere so we secured them down with elastics. Then it started to rain—thank Heavens it was light and only lasted for 30 minutes then wow we had a comfortable, bearable 80* with a lovely breeze. I was so excited that 87 people entered the drawing for the picture of Jesus Christ. The Elders and Sisters were witty with the crowd. They made comments like: “I like your hat, what does that tattoo on your neck say, would you like some candy, what do you think about Jesus Christ? They passed out literature, cards, and Books of Mormon until everything was almost gone, and 3 large bags of candy--completely gone. Some people stopped and talked for a while. One lady got a sack so she could more easily carry all the literature she collected. She also stopped to watch the “Because He Lives Video”. One Seventh Day Adventist talked to Elder Hamp for over an hour. One man said he was a member, lived in Poinciana, and got the address of the school where the branch meets. At 9pm we packed everything up just as the fireworks started over the lake. Elders Peacock/Ashcroft, Hamp/Egan, and Hermanas Moody/Rivera all stayed for the show complete with music. They all helped us pack everything into our car and none of us got home until 11pm because of the traffic jam.