Monday, July 28, 2014

Harmer Days and Issac Comes to Church

Hello to all our wonderful friends and family from Marietta, Ohio. We've been told that West Virginia is "almost heaven" and Ohio IS heaven.  We tend to agree! It's been a great week!
The highlight, of course, was Issac did come to church with us and he loved it!  The members were super friendly with him and the high priests group leader and his wife even invited us over for dinner after church with the elders and we all had a great time.  Issac is on the left and Elder Jamison is on the right.  We're afraid Elder Jamison will be transfered this week.  He's been here for four months and transfers happen every six weeks.  We expect his number is up and we dread it!

 Harmer Days was this last week end. The  Elders had a booth there and we went down and helped for a while.  There are restored old train cars there and old shops.  Its an historic village in the downtown area that was particularly active in the underground railroad during the slavery period of America.

The picture on the left is of the old railroad bridge at Harmer Village.  It rotates to open and let the large boats pass through and still works today. It is on the Muskingam River just before it flows into the Ohio River. Harmer Days raises money to restore it.  The picture on the right is of Marietta taken from "Lookout Point", a ridge above Marietta. You can see how everything is nestled in trees.
It turned out we didn't move to the second floor of the Courthouse but decided to stay on the fourth floor.  As brother Grammer went over the actual number of probate books to be digitized we all felt it really wasn't worth the move. He was able to get the Probate Court to agree to let us take the books up to the fourth floor to digitize them (which they hadn't agreed to before)and our problem was solved.  The work we expect approval from Salt Lake to do next will be upstairs and it will be massive.
On Wednesday this week the local newspaper is coming to interview us and do a story on the work we are doing.  Its kind of exciting but kind of scary.
We hope you are all doing well.  We are loving serving the Lord.  It is the best job in the world.  Thank you for your prayers!  We are praying for you, too!  We know the Lord hears and answers us both! We love you so much!


  1. Karen and Dave -- It's so nice to hear all of your goings on there in Ohio. Thanks for keeping us all posted. --Bart Kowallis

  2. Yay Issac!!! That is awesome news! That is so cool that you are in a place so rich with our nation's history! We went last week & saw the Broadway production of "Wicked" as a family (minus Simon who would rather be shot than attend a live musical) & afterward we were walking up towards Temple Square & we passed a little antique shop. We went in & you wouldn't believe what I found! I got a 1st edition, illustrated copy of a book called "Lincoln's Life Stories and Speeches" It was published in 1902 and written by the Hon. Paul Selby, a personal friend of Lincoln and for many years Editor of the State Journal at Springfield, Ill., Lincoln's home. Amazing, right? It smells so good and the stories are just fabulous! Anyway, just thought I would tell you since you two are so lucky to be somewhere where they had the underground railroad. What stories would the soil there tell, if it could? Keep up the good work. You are making miracles every day! We love you! Mic, Steve, Simon, Sasha & Tristan

  3. That is awesome that Isaac went. :) Glad you didn't end up having to move everything. That must be a relief. I can't wait to read the article. We love you, miss you, & think of you all the time.