It rained all day. Does rain stop the work of the Lord? Absolutely not. We got up and went right to the Barlow center this morning not stopping to exercise or study the scriptures. The lock expert was going to be there this morning. The locking system on the center works with key fobs instead of keys. The sensors around the center have been failing and the key expert was coming to fix them. We worked on the next lesson but he didn’t show up. Our custodian was there and we finally had to leave to inspect missionary apartments. You know what happened as soon as we left the key man came. Susanna took care of the business there but Elder Anthony really wanted to get in on the problem.
We had six elders but only two pads to check out. The apartment with 4 needed some attention. The other two elders had a spotless apartment. The mission president assigns all the couple to inspect the apartments before each transfer. We will check them again at the first of December. It was fun getting to know the elders and talking to them. I was worried about one of the elders. He was still not in his mission clothes at 10. He had a new companion. I hope he is doing a good job of training. It is so hard to come out all pumped up from the MTC and then to get a dud of a companion. That little 5.8 mile excursion took about 50 minutes one way.
We got back to the center and handled correspondences that needed to get done and work on our next lessons. We left today at 5 to go home. That is the first time we have come home before 9:45 this week. We took a walk to get in some exercise. It had finally stopped raining. Then we got to work doing laundry, cleaning our condo and getting some dinner. Eating out is so expensive around us that we have decided that one way we can carefully use our resources is to eat at home. It is better on the waist line also.
When you go on a mission you try and anticipate your needs. What things are you likely to need and not have available to you readily? We put together a shoe shine kit, some commonly needed electronic equipment, a sewing kit, and our 72 hour kits that the mission requested that we bring. So far the sewing kit is proving invaluable. My Born shoe buckle broke yesterday. I just sewed that puppy back together. I would have expected those shoes to get another couple of thousand miles. They are as good as new. Then Elder Anthony’s pocket in his good suit got a hole in the pocket and he was dropping change on the street. So I sewed it up. Who would have thought the sewing kit would be used twice in a week and a half.
But the most used item is a little flashlight Elder Anthony brought. Our condo has delicate electrical challenges. We have had to use the flashlight to try and read the electric control panel three times in a week and a half. The light in the dining area and kitchen went out. The dryer went out tonight after doing three loads. We have a mysterious microwave. It went out. So we climbed up and found that it was the plug. We tried every circuit breaker and none of them fixed the problem. So we emailed the last couple and asked where we might find the switch for the plug that the microwave goes in. They said we had the microwave go out on us once and then the next day it just turned back on. So we tried it the next day but it was still dead. We plugged it into another plug so we could use it. Today after three days of having the microwave cord in front of the cupboards we tried it and it works again. Explain that one if you can. I am wondering if that plug goes into another unit and when it goes out they have the circuit breaker to fix it and you have to wait for them to find out that the circuit breaker is popped. We are slowly figuring things out.