Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day

Labor Day started with a pancake breakfast at the church in Marietta.  It's an annual event and there was a great turn-out.  Some investigators even came.  We saw members we had never seen at church.  The young man you see closest to the front is Daniel Espinosa.  He is preparing for his mission and is with the missionaries on a regular basis.  He comes to serve at the courthouse  quite often also.  He is a really outstanding young man. He was serving a "mini-mission" when we arrived last June.  

     The Sternwheelers have already started arriving for this next weekend's Sternwheeler Festival. It is the BIG event of the year here in Marietta.  These Sternwheelers will race each other. Concerts in the park will start Friday evening. The fireworks will be huge. They tell us that they create a waterfall from the bridge you see in the background of a couple of the pictures.  The fireworks are done from a barge on the river and reflect on the water and the waterfall.
 We are very excited for the coming weekend and the festivities.

     We are almost at the end of the books to digitize at the courthouse and ready to start the divorce records.  Brother Grammer is working on finding us enough books to fill this week with work so that the divorce records can be put off until next week.  Our Supervisor from Quebec wants us to take a little trip to Cleveland to see how the missionaries there are doing the same kind of records there. The Grammers need to go with us to Cleveland and want to wait until next week to go. The trip to Cleveland will include a side-trip to Kirtland, so we are very excited about the trip.  The missionaries in Cleveland, we understand, are actually "ironing" the pages to prepare them for digitizing.  In the prep work I have already been doing I can see how that would help.  We will need someone to make us a little "ironing board".  We have an extra iron because we brought our iron and then the mission furnished us with an iron, so we're lucky with that.  The project is huge with 80,000 records and each record could have as many as 50 pages.  The project covers from 1900-1980.
We're hoping the Ward members will start coming back to help us.  Sister Grammer thinks they will, although we have only had the missionaries come since we were assigned to the Spencer Branch. Perhaps its been a good thing at this time since the divorce records require a  great deal of organization and too much help could have caused  disorganization right now.  The trip to Cleveland will clarify a lot of things for us. We're thinking the Lord knows what he's doing.

We were sad to learn on Sunday that the 2nd Counselor in the Branch Presidency, Brother Kudrick (at left) is moving from the area.  He is the sweetest man and has been such a blessing to the Branch.  Of course, losing anyone in an area like this leaves a big hole but he leaves a volcano sized hole.  He also taught the youth Sunday School class. President Offenberger has asked me to fill that hole and David to assist the High Priest Group Leader.
     On Sunday we locked ourselves out of our house and ended up having to break a window to get back in.  David cut one of his fingers pretty deeply in breaking the window but it is OK.  We're making an extra key now and giving it to Issac.  We could have gone without that experience.  The landlord is replacing the window tomorrow.
It's interesting, we don't really like the long weekend much.  We would rather be back at work.  We love doing what we are here to do.  We feel the urgency in the hastening of the work and there is nothing else we would rather be doing.  We're in the right place at the right time and we are so grateful.  We are grateful for your support and your love!  We love you so much!  We pray for you and trust the Lord to care for you in our absence.  We love hearing from you, we miss you so much!

1 comment:

  1. I think it is so amazing the way the doors open up for you when there is work to be done. (sorry, had to giggle for a second since I just wrote that & then remembered that you locked yourselves out of your house. I guess some doors aren't opening for you!:) I'm glad you're okay David! I'm so sorry you got cut!) Anyway, what I meant was that so many of these records weren't accessible to you before & now they are. It's been such an amazing thing to hear about & witness. I am so proud of you both! I love you both so much!