Thursday, December 4, 2014

We Have a Christmas Tree!

Will you look at this!  We have a Christmas tree!  President Offenberger showed up at our door this week with a Christmas tree for us to borrow along with ornaments to decorate it.  His wonderful wife Phyllis was in on the good deed, too.  They are so great!  Phyllis has been in the hospital and is home now doing much better so it makes the good deed all the more incredible.  She has been on oxygen for years and has been barely able to even get from the house to the car to make it to church.  When President Offenberger was released as the Branch President in Spencer they planned a trip to Utah and Nevada to visit some of their children but Phyllis took a turn for the worse and they weren't able to go.  Now she is doing better than she has done in years. They are both the sweetest kindest people we have ever known.
We are now almost 2/3 of the way finished with the divorce project.  It is going much faster than we expected.  We haven't had a single re-work so far on this project. We expected the project to take until March to finish but we will finish it by the first week of January the way it looks now.  We are having difficulty getting enough help with the preparatory work to keep up with the camera.  Today we had to shut the camera down for a while and both David and I work on ironing the documents before we could digitize again.
When we finish the divorce project there is a little over a month of work that we have field orders for at the courthouse.  Dan tells us there are more in the process of being approved but other than that, we will next go to the Genealogy Library that is just two blocks from our house for the next projects. Then after that there is a small project at one of the churches here.  I'm not sure if there is a year's worth of work left here or if we will be moved somewhere else.  Time will only tell.
We had good news yesterday that the LaBarrs, (a couple that we have been going with the Elders to teach for several months) went to church last Sunday.  They live at the end of our alley and we saw them and stopped to talk and they told us.  They said it was "different".  The Elders are going to their house for dinner on Saturday and they said they have lots of questions. The LaBarrs have been extremely slow movers.  Their going to church was a huge step! We are very excited!
We have a little radio now at the courthouse and we've been playing Christmas music.  The other day while I was on the camera and David was at the ironing board I could hear him singing along.  He's turning into a right jolly old elf! We do love serving this mission!  We're so grateful to be able to be serving and grateful for the support we get from our family.  We love you all so much!  We couldn't do this without you and without the Lord's help.  We know it's His work and it's great to be a part of it!  Thank you so much for your help, your support an especially your prayers for us!  If you haven't watched it yet, be sure to watch the video, "He is the Gift" at  It will lift your spirits for the Christmas season,  We hope you have a great week!