Last Monday we got to Skype all our kids, which was Easter Sunday there, and catch up on all their activities. It was fun hearing about where the Easter Bunny hid the grandkid's baskets. Most all found one of theirs in the dishwasher. That must be the Easter Bunny's favorite basket-hiding spot. We are so happy our children like to get together for holidays even when Mom and Dad arent there.
Because of Easter school break, a lot of people here were out of town Monday and Tuesday after Easter, so we had a slow start to our week. We found time to take the Sister missionaries for for their P-day shopping and ice cream cones at the Strawberry Farm.
I will say that we left with a great feeling after every home we visited last week! The Spirit was with us in every lesson and we are always so well received. One man said he will come to General Conference with us next week. Another man has started coming with his adult daughter and this was their 3rd week. Another family has recommitted to reading and praying together! We found a less active sister and she's been to church 3 times, has quit drinking and is trying to stop smoking! For every member who isn't willing or ready to progress, there are others who are on their way! We are just so blessed to be able to help a little bit on their journey.
We finally were able to visit a sister we've seen at church, and have tried to set up a FHE with, but it never worked out. She surprised me with a decorative, woven tote she brought from Samoa for me! The generosity of members here is so amazing to us!
have a nice lunch together and show them around a little bit. They are MLS missionaries like us, so we tried to give them some good tips. This main one is our favorite, "Go do as much good as you can do!"
She knows we don't like fish heads (ha) and always makes us very healthy food. Her desserts are something else though. This chocolate cake and her tiramisu is amazing, and our downfall!
enjoyed it. It gives you a little idea of "out of the city" life here and what "the bush" looks like. It's a humerous story based on a fiction book, called "Wild Pork and Watercress", written by a well-known NZ author, Barry Crump.
I loved the Woman's Broadcast from General Conference with the theme of service. There were so many good quotes from the talks. This poem wasn't from the conference, but I heard it at a fireside talk given by Sister Keung and think it goes well with service:
"Christ has no hands, but our hands
To do His work today;
He has no feet but our feet
To lead men in His way;
He has no tongue but our tongue
To tell men how he died;
He has no help but our help
To bring them to His side.
What if our hearts are busy
With other work than His?
What if our feet are walking
Where sin's alluremeant is?
What if our tongues are speaking
Of things His lips would spurn?
How can we hope to help Him
And hasten His return?
Our mistake after retirement and before our mission was being too "busy" doing "other work than His"!
We were not busy enough in well-doing, and we pray we will step up our service when we come home. Our hearts have grown with love for this work and the people here. We knew it would happen, we were told it would, and it has!
We pray for you daily, we love you, and miss you! We are so truly blessed to have the fullness of the restored Gospel guiding our lives! We try not to take it for granted, especially when there are so many in the world suffering from wickedness, and lacking in Spirit. The Lords army of missionaries are working hard to change that, but everyone needs to help. Let's DOIT!
Elder and Sister Martin