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Today at Sacrament Meeting, the announcement of a new baby in the ward was given.  Little Sophie, who is not so little was born late last night. This is the first baby born in a long time and members of the branch cheered the news!  We love being able to attend this small gathering every Sunday.

Later in the day we shared dinner with good friends and senior missionaries.  

Saturday we always get up early and meet at the St Louis Temple at 6:00 am for prayer meeting.  George and I especially treasure and love this time of our lives serving in the St Louis Temple.  We work with wonderful people from Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri and lots of other places who make it a priority in their lives to come to the Temple.

Friday, I got to help with the Missionary Leadership Council luncheon.  Sister Slagle, the mission secretary did an outstanding job organizing this meal.  The missionaries enjoyed this treat.  George stayed back at the mission office and held down the fort.  
The rest of the week wa…
It's a record: St Louis hit 108 degrees yesterday.  The previous record of 107 degrees was set a few years ago on July 22, 1901.  We had a storm in the night and the temperature is only 90 degrees today with humidity of only 42%; a pretty nice day.

Last Sunday we were witness to the changing of the presidency of the Pagedale Branch.  In the twenty six year history a president has been called to serve from their home ward.  Our new president lives within the boundaries of the branch and is a wonderful man. There was a strong spirit present in the meeting and the news was exciting to the members.  Many of us believe the change will help move the branch forward in growth and acceptance.

Every six weeks major change comes to the Mission.  Many missionaries completed their missions and returned home.  Then come transfers; they are always exciting for the Elders and Sisters.  They enjoy meeting old acquaintances and leave with new companions.  It was a warm day.  This week we have had sev…
Our favorite day this week was Tuesday the 4th of July.  We didn't go into the office but of course, we were accessible.  We spent the morning at the St Louis Zoo.  Who has ever been to a zoo that doesn't charge an entrance fee?  Okay we paid $20 to park, but it was well worth it.  We enjoyed the bird sanctuary; it was actually from the 1904 world's fair.  I especially liked the bird with the blue bill, which he was using to woo the female. 

We liked seeing the hippopotamuses; three of them laying on top of each other trying to keep cool in water full of fish (that didn't seem to be afraid of the big beasts).  Hippos were my favorite when I was a kid.

Later we met up with our Missionary friends who came out the same day we did for lunch and dessert at the famous Ted Drewes custard shop.  We did choose the wrong one and ended up in kind of a iffy part of town, but we enjoyed the rich treat anyway.

Today George and I spoke at Sacrament meeting.  When George told his 99 year…
At Sacrament Meeting a young boy shared his testimony that included a list of the many things he is thankful for including his mamma who 'watches over him' and his brothers who 'watch out for him'.  When he finished, some people clapped.  We enjoy the Pagedale Branch and particularly fast & testimony meetings are wonderful--and today was no exception.

Yesterday we enjoyed our shift in the Temple.  George said as we left in the early afternoon (we had been there since before 6 am), "I wish I could live in the Temple".

Several days this week we were out of the office for part of the day.  We enjoyed having lunch with missionaries, visiting missionaries for one reason or another and checking out a few apartments.  The apartments we visited, the Elders knew how to clean.  I hope they cleaned because it is a nicer environment and not out of fear of Sister Mower!  Our theme in the mission has been over the last couple of months, if it doesn't belong to you…
We always look forward to talking with our children and grandchildren on Sunday evenings; this evening was no exception.  Spencer, our son, told us about serving in the parking lot at the Tucson Temple Open House and the melting asphalt related to heat.

We have had lovely weather, not hot and humid as we have been warned our summer would be.  I am sure we will not miss out.  This morning I went for a walk around our apartment; I needed a jacket. 

Our lesson in Relief Society was on becoming a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ by Elder Robert D. Hales.  I have studied Doctrine and Covenants 4 and am interested in the attributes we should develop to become more Christlike.  Faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence and as Elder Hales shared "disciples live so that the characteristics of Christ are woven into the fiber of their beings".  I have a lot of work to do.

Yesterday was a great day when we went to the Tem…
It was Zone Conference week.  How great it is to be with all the missionaries in the Missouri St Louis Mission in three meetings throughout the week.  Tuesday we left at 5:30 am and headed north to go to Champaign, Illinois.  We love crossing the rivers that are really rivers (not the case in Southern Arizona).   We arrived early to check on an apartment;  it looked much better after it had had a major cleanup.  This area covers just two zones and is the smallest group.  We left the conference early to travel to see another apartment in Glen Carbon, Illinois prior to arriving home in the evening.

Wednesday we only traveled about 45 minutes to attend our largest zone conference that includes four zones.  With the recent creation of a new stake, we also have a new zone.

Thursday we left early again traveling south Cape Girardeau, Missouri which is situated along the Mississippi River.  There were three zones in the Cape meeting.  We were surprised that in the downtown area they had a hu…
Two weeks have slipped by since we last wrote.

Spencer and Stephanie and their children Nathen 9, Tyler 7, Kaylee 5 and little Alex 2 spent time with us.  Some of those days included missionary transfers and new missionary arrivals and trying to keep abreast of work in the mission office. It was really great having them close by for a week and we miss them!  While we worked most days they were here; they didn't let that stop them from enjoying the sites in the St Louis area.  They visited sites we will probably never have time to visit, including; the St Louis Arch, a paddle-boat trip along the Mississippi, the City Museum, Forest Park, and boat rides in Creve Coeur Lake.

We received permission to go to Nauvoo, Illinois for a couple of days with our family.  It is just a few hours from here.  It has been many years since we have visited.  It wasn't crowded and the missionaries and entertainers gave special attention to the grand kids. We truly felt blessed when we left town for …
Every day George and I have the opportunity of working with Missionaries serving in the Missouri St Louis Mission.  This is the best part of being here.  We have also met wonderful people who call Missouri home; both members and non-members.

Today being Memorial Day, we are thankful for those who have given their time and even their lives protecting this land.  Today we recalled visiting the American Philippine Cemetery in Manila a few years ago.  I can't possibly describe the feeling we had as we solemnly viewed the some 16,000 graves of mostly young serviceman who gave their lives for a higher cause--allowing the preservation of peace and freedom that we are the recipients of.  President Hinckley rededicated the Philippines some years ago at the cemetery calling it hallowed ground. 

I especially enjoyed walking to the mission office this morning; there was no one out!  We left the office a little early and did some last minute shopping in preparation for our son Spencer and his f…
Today we went to visit some missionaries in Illinois.  It is just across the Mississippi river, but an area we don't often get to.  We left from Church where we have been assigned (it's in the inner city) and the car navigation took us through a pretty scary part of town.  A lot of homes we passed, or what remains of the homes, are boarded up or burned down.  On a brighter side, we also saw Forest Park and downtown St Louis (without rain).  I marvel at how beautiful the flora is here--so green and beautiful with all the rain.

We have mission responsibilities and I know my back is getting stronger serving here.  I am thankful to know wonderful Elders and Sisters who are serving in this area.  I have also had experiences this week that remind me of how the Lord is mindful of his servants and his concern for their welfare.

We had a fun lunch with the Office Elders and Zone Leaders at a build your own pizza joint--we all loved it.  We are especially fond of these young men.  Wheneve…
The weather has been simply gorgeous.  In addition to my morning walks to the office, George and I have been enjoying a lunch time walk.  The weather has kind of reminded me of Minnesota summers. . . fog, unruly hair, and low billowy clouds.  My new favorite color is green.  With all the rain we have received the foliage is vibrant green.  Peonies are in bloom.  Being from Southern Arizona, that is something we rarely see in person. The flood waters in this area are receding.  (Although there is still some flooding around).

Time is really  flying by.  We enjoy our interactions with the Pagedale Branch where we have been involved in Self-reliance and Temple Preparation.  We're looking forward to having some members come to the Temple for the first time in a few weeks :-).

We have had a nice weekend.  Friday, Mother's Day Flowers and hand prints (and a footprint from the baby) arrived.  What a fun surprise!  Saturday mornings we spend in the Temple.  We will probably never live 10…
Wow, what a week this has been.  We have had torrential rain that started a week ago Saturday and finally stopped Friday.  We have traveled hundreds of miles this week to attend three zone conferences across the mission: Springfield, Illinois, O'Fallon, Illinois and Columbia, Missouri.  The good news it is always a pleasure to spend time with the missionaries.  Another positive bit was it wasn't raining in Springfield or Columbia.  It was nice to see a little blue sky and all the green foliage is such a welcome pleasure.  

Friday the office Sisters and I helped with the luncheon for the Mission Leadership Council.  Sister Slagle's Costco meal plan was a hit.

Saturday we enjoyed a day in the temple and lunch out.  I didn't even get drenched like I did a week earlier as I walked.  

Today we attended our branch meetings.  I love this branch and the members.  After one testimony, most of the congregation clapped.  The spirit was strong. In the evening we attended a Temple wor…
We have had lots of rain this week along with lightening and wind.  But on Tuesday Elders and Sisters gathered for transfers and later in the day six new wonderful and excited Elders and Sisters arrived from their stay in the MTC and the weather was beautiful! 

The warm sunny day came to a close by the next day when we gathered again for training and the announcement of new companionships were shared (a great experience), the grey clouds were gathering and the rain came.

I have had an experience with a bossy Canadian goose walking to work; I call him the troll.  As he follows me closely honking (I assume looking for some sort of favor to pass); but I did discover perhaps what he was protecting:  some beautiful new goslings!

Saturday, the theme of the Temple day was "Flood the Temple", I was hoping it wasn't a literal meaning.  We had almost 3 inches of rain on Saturday.  But in spite of the storm, many people came to the Temple.  

Today, it has been another rainy day we only…