Last evening we received a text message from the young Elders to set aside Thursday for a trip up to the Mission Home to have dinner with President and Sister Holm and to stay the night in honor of our meeting our baptismal goals. We texted back that we already had an appointment that evening with a family that we really needed to be with and that we did not feel right about putting a little party above the needs of a family we already had an appointment with. We called the Elders and explained to them our concerns; they agreed and said that they had the same concerns and would rather be to work that evening. We suppose that they will be staying too. Then this morning we received a call from the Assistants to the President asking if we were planning on coming, we answered no, we were not coming. Honestly, we would rather be magnifying our calling rather than having a pat on the back. There is not enough time in the day to do all that needs to be done; there are so many families that struggle and are hurting, we need to be there for them as much as possible.
This evening we met with two new families. One family was just baptized on Saturday evening. We had a nice visit with them and was able to leave them an appropriate message from Ether 12:27. Then we met with a mother and her daughter and daughter-in-law. The husband/father lives and works in Maryland and will probably be there until next spring or summer. The mother will eventually join him. That will leave the daughter, who is in nursing school and the national guard home with the daughter-in-law whose husband is waiting to get some medical issues taken care of before he enlists in the army. We made sure they all had our number if they should ever need us. This will be a good family to check up on from time-to-time.