Living away from the USA has increased our patriotism and appreciation for the choice land we come from. Even though New Zealand is a very free country and we love the people and living here, we miss our country and everything we are familiar with.
The Book of Mormon reminds us of how choice our nation is, and we take for granted all the freedoms we enjoy. It is difficult to watch from a distance the turmoil, political strife, and suffering caused from the evil, dishonesty, pride, etc. of our people! We pray for our nation everyday!
The weather was so nice on the 4th, so we played hooky with the Baths and went to Omaha beach. The guys golfed while Sister Bath and I roamed the beach. I am finding the cutest little shells in the tide pool.
It was a beautiful day and we loved it being at one of our favorite beaches.
For dinner we went to Rusty Pelican and discovered it was "Burger Monday" and had a great meal. We love sitting by the fireplace to warm us up.
We were so happy to attend his family baptism last Wednesday! Simple and sweet!
and much more. Depending on the day, the person, the need, we are out doing "as much good as we can do"!
I had to resurrect my knitting skills to teach a sweet sister in a nursing home. We visit her every other week and she asked me to buy her some knitting needles and yarn so she would have something to do during the day. Happily, we returned with the supplies, no sure if she would be able to knit, but she remembered how to do it! I'm hoping to go back and find her knitted scarf completed!
We bought the DVD, "Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration", which is an hour-long movie. We showed it to about 10 families last week and love seeing it every time! It is a great tribute to Joseph Smith and an important story to tell over and over. We know that everyone who sees it has a greater love and appreciation for Joseph and the early saints!
We continue, with the Lord's blessing, to stay healthy and happy and committed to this work!
Thank you for your prayers and support!!!!!
Elder and Sister Martin