Sunday, January 24, 2016

Up North

Two weeks in a row we drove up north to San Luis Obispo.  Since the rain, the country side is no longer golden but green.  Dell took a bunch of pictures while I was driving.

The first week we drove up on Wednesday to do interviews in Santa Maria and then Thursday the interviews were in SLO.
We met the Astons for dinner in Morro Bay.  That is Morrow Bay Rock out in the ocean.
Friday was zone meeting and in the afternoon I went out with Sister Scoresby and Sister Israelsen.
President went out with the zone leaders and found a less active who was working at CalPoly.  Logan was working with pigs.  It was great that Logan accepted the invitation to go to church that Sunday after hearing a short lesson on the Restoration.  We attended all three wards in SLO so we saw him there.
Ryan Reynolds (one of our RMs) married Bailey Mason from Atascadero.  They were sealed in the Logan temple and had one of their receptions in Atascadero.  We were so excited to be able to attend.
The second week we drove back to SLO for Stake Conference.  Bishop Waddell of the Presiding Bishopric presided.  President spoke in the Saturday afternoon leadership meeting, we both gave talks in the evening session and we were scheduled to each take 7 minutes on Sunday.  On Sunday as the meeting was going on we could tell our talks were getting shorter and shorter to where we realized we wouldn't be giving them.  Prior to me getting up it was announced that Sister Felix and then President Felix would share a short testimony.  Yup, it was short.
We loved being around Bishop Waddell.  Saturday afternoon, President found a connection to him.  He asked Bishop Waddell if he had an older brother who served in Argentina.  Yes, that was his brother.  Glenn Waddell opened up a new area with President (each had different companions) the last four months of Dell's mission.  That area now has a stake.
Driving down the grade from SLO.

This area in Santa Barbara is my favorite!  It is glorious!  Palm trees boarder on the sides and the hillside is filled with homes and behind them are mountains .

Last week I went out with Sisters Coulon, Lambert and Barnum.  The lesson was planned to be The Gospel but he didn't fulfill his commitment to read from the Book of Mormon.  We took turns reading 1 Nephi 1.  Steve asked each of us who was our favorite prophet in the Book of Mormon.  I told him that is hard to say because of so many.  I did talk about Nephi though as he's pretty special.

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