The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin

Joaquin is off the coast and headed in our direction.  There is a watch on.  We had flooding rain water last night as we came home and it has been rainy today.  We will keep an eye on this storm in case it starts coming into the area.  We have been after our maintenance lady to get the generator all the way full of fuel.  This looks like a good time to get that job done.  This is our report as of this evening.  

Although computer model simulations have had the advantage of ingesting high-resolution real-world data from the Air Force reconnaissance flight earlier in the day, it doesn't seem to have brought them any closer to a consensus.
The American GFS model forecast continues to show Joaquin making an alarming northwestward turn, slamming it right into Virginia, Maryland or North Carolina this weekend. Meanwhile, the European ECMWF model suggests Joaquin has a chance of staying away from the U.S. East Coast.
It is simply too soon and the uncertainty is too high to determine any impacts from Joaquin itself for the U.S. East Coast at this time.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Funeral of Congressman Santini

There was no grass growing under our feet today.  As soon as we got to the Barlow Elder Anthony had a meeting with the company that is going to put in the new boiler.  From there we headed to the missionaries apartment in the North East of the city to do a mission apartment inspection.  From there we drove to a funeral in Maryland.  Ann works in the public affairs office on the 2nd floor.  Her husband passed away.  He was a very impressive man.  He was a congressman from Nevada, a Public Defender in Clark County, Justice of the Peace, and he had a page insert into his program of all of his accomplishments. It was a long program but he was an interesting man.  They called it a celebration of his life and after the funeral they had food for everyone.  From there we headed over to the stake center by the temple and stopped at Safeway to get treats for the class.  We got to the stake center early and had a minute to look at email and talk to my sister.  We had class and got home at 10:30.

When we walked in I noticed a sign that said Washington DC North Mission and pointed to the back of the meeting house.  We have been out a year and we have never been to the mission office and we stumbled on it.  We had to have our apartment inspection done today and turned in and there they were.  So we got to go in and see the mission office. It was fun to stop by and see what was happening and get our report in on time.  There was something else we noticed.  The trees are starting to change colors.  It felt like fall today with the rain.

The leaves are just starting to turn.

James Santini

He liked sports, collecting arrowheads, Indian baskets and he was a judge. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Mint Chocolate Brownies

This was a pretty typical Monday.  I hope we did home evening treat and lesson for the last time this semester.   We had the temple missionaries come and talk about the temple tonight.  We had mint chocolate brownies.  In my humble opinion and all that were there BYU mint brownies don't hold a candle to these.  We got a couple of gallons of milk to go with them.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Almost forgot

We went on part of the inter faith walk.  The Church helps sponsor this event once a year. It is a two mile walk.  I got us off the bus to early so we had an additional mile or so.  We didn't get to all the churches but the ones we went too were really interesting.    

This is where the program started at the Washington Hebrew Congregation. We were still in Church when this started so we were behind most of the walk. 

This is an Evangelist church with drums and the whole works.  If you wanted laying on of hands they would do that for you.  The pastor was very nice and treated us really well.  There is a Jewish congregation that meets in the building on Saturdays. They believe in Christ but they practice all the Jewish holidays and traditions but they find Christ in these ceremonies.  I hadn't heard of them before.   

This is the Catholic Church.  This is were the Pope spoke when he was in DC.  The very last church on the walk we didn't get to.  But they were concluding the walk at an Islamic church that was televising in the Pope speaking in Philadelphia.  

Sikh had you remove your shoes and cover your head.  They are from India.  They were feeding people.  There founder in 1400 was given a large sum of money by his father and told to do something great with it.  He fed the poor.  That is what they do now they feed people.  It is all volunteer including the food being donated. One of the guys really like us and insisted we eat.  Then he kept coming back with more food and putting it on our plate.  It was mostly really good but we could not get out of there.  This is were we stopped our tour.  We had students coming for dinner so we had to get home.  I wasn't hungry at all when we got home.  It was funny because they guy had a huge mustache and beard.  He kept using his fingers to smooth his mustache away.  When we were up by this altar they had some kind of food thing there and he grabbed two napkins and used his fingers to grab our this brown stuff and put it on the napkin and told us to eat it with the same fingers he continually smoothed his mustache.  We did.  It was actually really good.  I have no idea what I ate in the down stairs but it all was good accept the sour yogurt with some kind of bean in it.  The rest was great. 

Our guide kept telling me that they believed in only one god.  That is what that blue sign says.  
Saturday we went to a farmers market.  The produce is soooo expensive but it is so good.  We bought a couple of ear of fresh corn  75 cents each and a spaghetti squash 4 dollars and some apples 2.99 a pound.  They have live bands playing.  

If you want to talk to God pray. If you want the Lord to talk to you read the scriptures.

I loved women's conference last night.  Sister Reeves reminded us that Happily Ever-after doesn't come in Act 2. Act 2 is full of conflict and problems.  Act 3 is when we realize our promises.  She said when we get to that end we will say is that all I had to do to reach this great eternal promise.  Pres. Uchtdorf talk could be summed up with we decided if we want to walk through this life with joy or despair.  Women conference always gets me excited for conference.  I love conference.

Sometimes in Act 2 we get discouraged and ask the why question.  Elder Scott says that is counter productive to ask why.  Maybe asking what can I learn from this might lead us to grow and change.  I worry about the things we can't change.  I worry about my children and grandchildren.  In studying for my upcoming lesson the Lord gave me a beautiful scripture that reminded me to have faith and to carry on and not get sidetracked in the problems I can't control.

  1 Sherrie, my daughter, blessed are you because of your faith in my work.
 Behold, you have had many afflictions because of your family; nevertheless, I will bless you and your family, yea, your little ones; and the day cometh that they will believe and know the truth and be one with you in my church.
 Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation.
 You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun. You shall begin to preach from this time forth, yea, to reap in the field which is white already to be burned. (It is interesting that we are teaching the Foundation of the Restoration)
 Therefore, thrust in your sickle with all your soul, and your sins are forgiven you, and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your back, for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Wherefore, your family shall live.
 Behold, verily I say unto you, go from them only for a little time, and declare my word, and I will prepare a place for them.
 Yea, I will open the hearts of the people, and they will receive you. And I will establish a church by your hand;
 And you shall strengthen them and prepare them against the time when they shall be gathered.
 Be patient in afflictions, revile not against those that revile. Govern your house in meekness, and be steadfast.
 10 Behold, I say unto you that you shall be a physician unto the church, but not unto the world, for they will not receive you. 
 11 Go your way whithersoever I will, and it shall be given you by the Comforter what you shall do and whither you shall go.
 12 Pray always, lest you enter into temptation and lose your reward.
 13 Be faithful unto the end, and lo, I am with you. These words are not of man nor of men, but of me, even Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, by the will of the Father. Amen.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fun Friday

We were able to spend the main part of the day at the Barlow.  We left earlier than usual to go to our coordinators home for a BBQ.  He lives over an hour away from the city and it was nice to drive out and see the farm land and see their beautiful home.  It was so much fun to have BBQ.  We have only had BBQ maybe three times this summer.  Usually in the summer we do a lot of meat on the grill but we don't have a grill and it is against covenants here in our condo to have one.  It was fun to meet his family and see his wife.  Jen grew up next door neighbors to us in Orem.  It was great to leave the city behind and be in a home surrounded by beautiful woods.

Yesterday at Costco I got my flu shot.  I have never had a shot that didn't hurt a little. It didn't hurt at all when she gave me the shot. There was no pain and no stiffness today.  Wow, I wonder if she really gave me a shot.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Blessed Laundry

The other day Elder Anthony asked me longingly, "is it time to do the laundry."  It isn't that he loves to do laundry in fact just the opposite.  Doing laundry has come to mean something new.  It is a time to stay home for the evening, turn on the TV and relax a little.  Tonight after we got home from teaching we started the laundry and we also cleaned the condo which isn't as relaxing but it feels good to have things clean and organized and to wear Levis.

I didn't sleep very well last night so I was grateful it was laundry day. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pope Day

Because of the Pope coming today everything was suppose to be a horrible traffic jam.  The mail was rumored not be delivered.  I am sure that there were places along the parade route that were blocked. So many people were worried about the Metros not being able to handle workers that a lot of business took off.  It was a very quiet low key day.  In the office our support specialist worked from home  and we didn't see the coordinator he worked further out today and our maintenance lady didn't come in.  So it was quiet in the office.  The Metro that we worried would be packed was less traveled than normal going and coming to our class tonight.  The mail man said it is like a Sunday on the roads.  He said, I feel like I own the road.  He was thrilled that it was so quiet and so were we.   Tomorrow night the Pope leaves and goes to New York.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Richard G. Scott

Elder Scott died today.  That is the third general authority to die in the past few months.  Elder L. Tom Perry died on May 30, and Elder Boyd K. Packer died on July 3.  This will be an important conference coming up as the church replaces 3 of the twelve apostles. The Lord is calling home some great men.  I thought about all the fuss about the Pope arriving today and it is exciting to have him here but these men move around quite unnoticed.  By the way the Pope is being driven in a Fiat and staying at the Vatican Embassy.   He sounds like a normal person in comparison to the King of Saudi Arabia that was just here and rented out the entire hotel and had a fleet of expensive cars and drivers.
We taught an interesting principle tonight.  The fashionable opinion of this age is that all churches are true.  I loved Pres. Packers statement, "Yield on this doctrine, and you cannot justify the Restoration. We did not invent the doctrine of the only true church.  It came from the Lord.  Whatever perceptions others have of us, however presumptuous we appear to be, whatever criticism is directed to us, we must teach it to all who will listen.  We do not claim that others have no truth.  The Lord described them as having 'a form of godliness.' Converts to the Church may bring with them all the truth they possess, and have it added upon." Ensign Nov. 1985

We testify that this is the only true and living church.  D&C 1:30

First Presidency and the 12 apostles 

Pope Francis
Elder LeGrand Richards summed up the question to which church is true by sharing this example, “Many years ago a learned man, a member of the Roman Catholic Church, came to Utah and spoke from the stand of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. I became well-acquainted with him, and we conversed freely and frankly. A great scholar, with perhaps a dozen languages at his tongue’s end, he seemed to know all about theology, law, literature, science and philosophy. One day he said to me: ‘You Mormons are all ignoramuses. You don’t even know the strength of your own position. It is so strong that there is only one other tenable in the whole Christian world, and that is the position of the Catholic Church. The issue is between Catholicism and Mormonism. If we are right, you are wrong; if you are right, we are wrong; and that’s all there is to it. The Protestants haven’t a leg to stand on. For, if we are wrong, they are wrong with us, since they were a part of us and went out from us; while if we are right, they are apostates whom we cut off long ago. If we have the apostolic succession from St. Peter, as we claim, there is no need of Joseph Smith and Mormonism; but if we have not that succession, then such a man as Joseph Smith was necessary, and Mormonism’s attitude is the only consistent one. It is either the perpetuation of the gospel from ancient times, or the restoration of the gospel in latter days.’” (LeGrand Richards, A Marvelous Work and a Wonder[Deseret Book Co., 1950], pp. 3–4.)

Monday, September 21, 2015


September is a busy food month.  A lot of effort is spent planning, ordering, making, cleaning up and serving.  All these events hit all at once.  We either arrange for food or refreshments or make the food for so many gatherings.  Here is a list:

September 1 AA arrives we have her and her husband over for dinner Chicken stirfry
September 2 and 3 have a treat for students as they arrive. Chocolate chip cookies and rocky road                                      brownies.
September 7  In charge of Home Evening taco soup for 47
September 8  treat for class
September 9 treat for class
September 10  Lunch for sister Waffles
September 12 order bagels for Friday morning
September 13  six students for Sunday dinner
September 13 refreshments for World wide devotional Ice cream sandwiches and homemade cookies
September 14 lunch for afternoon class croissant sandwiches and cookies
September 14 order 16 pizza for Bishopric home evening pick them up and serve them and clean up
September 15 treat for class
September 16 treat for class
September 17 lunch for sister taquitos, chips and salsa
September 18 bagel for breakfast, OJ and chocolate milk
September 21 lunch for students mini tacos
September 21 home evening treat caramel popcorn
September 22 treat for class
September 23 treat for class
September 24 lunch for women still have to decide
September 25 social at Mike Cottles home bring a side dish
September 26 Woman's conference  ice cream social after
September 27 Student for Sunday dinner
September 28 Lunch for class
September 28 home evening treat but should be my last one this semester
September 29 treat for class
September 30 treat for class
October 1 lunch for sister
October 3 ice cream social for priesthood meeting
October 4 dinner for everyone between conference sessions
October 5 lunch for class
October 6 treat for students
October 7 treat for students
October 8 lunch for sisters
October 9 Bagels, OJ, and chocolate milk for breakfast for Gettysburg

After that I will just have my four class and Sunday dinner.  This is a hard sememster when you add in home evenings because the bishopric has been slow calling the committee, and world wide devotional, women conference, priesthood, and conference.  The only other big event will be Thanksgiving dinner for those that are still around.

Caramel popcorn for home evening

You always hope you have made enough. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Pope is coming.

The Pope will arrive in Washington DC this coming week.  That visit has everyone worried and a little on edge.  Some of our interns are being told not to come into work.  Bus' are being canceled the metro has warnings of delay on them.  Streets are being closed down. The whole city is being effected by this visit.  In Philadelphia a lady at the Constitution Museum told me that she was coming to work on Thursday and she would live at the museum for the next four days.  They were bringing in showers and bed so they would not have to leave work and try to get back into the city.  The Pope will do a open mass in Philadelphia.  They are expecting over a million people to attend.  Security is crazy.  We are hoping we will be able to find ways and roads that are not closed so we can get to our teaching assignments.  I didn't realize that one man could upset whole cities and everyone's life.  It will be exciting to have him visit.  Maybe we will catch site of him.

In Philadelphia they have these cool banners up everywhere. They were bringing in truck loads of port-a- potties.

Our ward was cancelled today because of a retreat for the whole ward.  They had their meetings at the retreat.  So a lot of the Barlow intern and ourselves attended the ward ahead of our ward.  It is a family ward that starts at nine.  It happens to be the ward Harry Reid goes to. So we were in sacrament meeting and Sunday School with Harry Reid, his wife and his secret service guy.  His wife looks like a really nice lady. She was in Relief Society while he went to priesthood.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Back Home

We are back from our trip to Valley Forge and Philadelphia.  It was a fun trip and always great to have a little break.  We went to the Reading Market.  It is so huge and crowded and totally overwhelming.

I always like the little Church that is inside Valley Forge Park.

 I also love the statues at Valley Forge.

This is our group.