We don't go out to eat like we use to in our former pre-mission life. There are three main reasons: 1) Retirement income is a lot less than working income. 2) Prices around us are a lot higher than we are use to. 3) We try to eat a lot simpler. Tonight Scott came in from BYU and asked us out to eat. He is a return mission president from Italy. He choose to take us to eat tonight at an Italian restaurant. It was soooo good. We are still smacking our lips. We went to Li Canale in Georgetown.
Elder Anthony had a VA appointment that we had to get to this afternoon. Everything went well. It just takes time to go and come home.
Jan asked if he had to do all the laundry from our interns. We send out the mattress pads to a laundry. Right now we are trying to get the go ahead to purchase from BYU all the sheets for each intern. Then we will send them out with the mattress pads to be laundered. We are using left overs sheets from interns that have been left. I am washing all the towels and dishtowels and left over comforters. We also spent the morning inspecting all the 4th floor rooms. Every drawer has to be opened, every plug checked, all lights, plumbing, fridges and the toilets. We note every little problem so they can get fixed before the next group comes out. Every room must be perfect.
Sunday was our fast and testimony meeting because the first Sunday we had our Christmas program. I wanted to remember two testimonies that we had on Sunday. One came from a young man that has just joined the Church 3 months ago. He is from India.His name is Gavin. He said one of his favorite scriptures was found in D&C 29: 46-47, "But behold, I say unto you, that little children are redeemed from the foundation of the world through mine Only Begotten; Wherefore, they cannot sin, for power is not given unto Satan to tempt little children, until they begin to become accountable before me." He went on to say that if we would be like little children and be willing to obey our leaders that Satan would not be able to tempt us. I started to think pride is really our down fall. We are to prideful to follow our leaders and to keep the commandments if we could honestly follow the commandments and follow our leaders we would not open ourselves up to be tempted. It reminded me of the verse in 1 Nephi 22:15 "For behold, saith the prophet, the time cometh speedily that Satan shall have no more power over the hearts of the children of men; for the day soon cometh that all the proud and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble; and the day cometh that they must be burned." We could bind Satan in our life right now if we could let go of our pride and be obedient.
The other testimony I wanted to remember came from a young lady from the Philippians, her name is Andrea. She is in our institute class. She is here going to school and her family is in the Philippians. She said her mother went to the temple every week so that the Lord would protect her children. She doesn't worry about Andrea'safety in Washington because she goes to the temple. It takes her an entire day to go. I was impressed with her testimony because I have the same testimony and hope.