Monday, April 28, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

Another week has come and gone!  Where is the time going?  It is really going to be May this week? This time of  year is my favorite.  The weather is perfect and everything is green here!  I love Abingdon!
When we met Nick for the first time last month and found out he could sing, we asked him if he would sing in church with us and he accepted! It was a double whammy for one, our ward doesn't have any musical numbers, and two- it was a guaranteed way to get him to church!  We sang Sally Deford's Come Thou Fount a Capella in three part harmony and it turned out really nice! 
We were able to do a lot of service this week and spent many hours cleaning a bed and breakfast place and Beverly's house.  It takes a lot of work to keep a house clean! Even more work when you have lots of knick-knacks!  It was really good to help these people out!  The owner of the Bed and Breakfast is good friends with the Gestewitz family in our ward and they've been working on sharing the gospel with her for a long time, so hopefully this service will help soften her heart. 
We also got to help with the day of service for our ward at the F-H center where I got to sew curtains all morning! (Thank you for teaching me how to sew, Mom!) The ward was able to get a lot done and the community was very appreciate of it. 
We had ward conference this week and I really enjoyed learning from our stake leaders.  The theme was hastening the work of salvation.  We are so blessed to be able to live in this time and help with such a great work!  There was a story I heard that I want to share.  You've probably heard about the experiment where a world renowned violinist played in the subway for an hour and only 20 people stopped for any length of time while over a thousand didn't even turn their heads.  There was one woman who recognized him for who he was and stayed and listened for the rest of his mini concert, but she didn't tell anyone who he was!  While she enjoyed it, so many more people could have appreciated it if she would have told them.  We enjoy so much from the gospel, but how often do we forget to tell others what a blessing it is in our lives?  I'm so grateful for the wonderful examples I have been given of faithful members of the church who reach out and serve everyone around them.  I am grateful for my testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and am grateful for the chance to share it with so many people here in Virginia!

Emily and Sister Little went fishing on P-Day with the Joyce family.  Emily caught 3 fish.