The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Monday, February 29, 2016


Our Monday mornings are running from one thing to the next.  We got our exercise in but we had to be in a computer conference in-service by 9 and we were trying to go through our lesson just one more time. Elder Anthony was trying to get the thought for our round table at 10. I was also trying to get the food gathered up for lunch today.  We had baked potato with chili, sour cream, cheese, ranch dressing and butter.   We were running to meet all our commitments.  Our computer conference inservice was on following the prophet.  It was well done and I enjoyed it.  That is one of the perks of our mission is getting in on current training from CES.  We had our round table which gives us a  an opportunity to be trained by our coordinator and share ideas.

This past week we were required by the Church to complete the courses called "Following Our Standard of Conduct and Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Harassment." These are the same courses I had to do as an employee.  CES missionaries must also go through the training.  We did our training for that Sunday evening.

We were disappointed today that we only had 5 students.  Four of the five are not our regular students.  I don't know were everyone was.  Maybe it was a busy day in Congress.  We were prepared for more so it is sad when we don't get them.

On the way home on the bus Crystal called and we were talking to Amy Jayne.  She wanted to sing us the temple song, I love to See the Temple.  As I listened to this sweet innocent voice of a two year old singing and looked around at the humanity around me that are so lost.  There was a pan handler asleep outside the window on a park bench and people all around us that look so sad.  I felt like a little angel voice was piercing through the darkness to bring us a message of love and hope.

After we got our lunch in we went back to work at the Barlow until 5.  We remembered that the Kennedy Center was having a blue grass concert tonight.  They had the group called, Spencer Branch. Spencer Branch is the collaboration of siblings Martha and Kilby Spencer from Whitetop Mountain along with North Carolina native Kelley Breiding. They play music drawn from their mountain heritage in addition to traditional country, bluegrass, and a healthy dose of original songs. They were so good.  It was toe tapping music.  Kilby plays a fiddle his grandfather made, Martha plays guitar, banjo, sings and dances, and Kelley plays guitar, banjo and sings. We are so glad we went down.  

We bumped into one of our neighbors again that reminded us that if it was up to her we should stay two more years.  

I received from some of the elders from my mission to Hawaii  a couple of pictures of our mission president when his family was in Hawaii.  

These pictures were taken 43 years ago.  

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sunday is a Delight

We have had a delightful Sunday.  Studying and reading scriptures in the morning before church is great.  We had a great missionary meeting after church. When we have a meeting after church it takes about 6 hours of our day to go to church.  It was nice not to have anyone for dinner after church.  We enjoyed a simple meal. We have enjoyed the quiet tonight to work on our lessons.  We hope to be able to talk to some of our Grandchildren later tonight.  What a delightful day.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Mansion Houses

Today we went to look at two mansions.  They were both within walking distance. The first stop was the Tudor Place. Tudor Place is a Federal-style mansion in Washington, D.C. that was originally the home of Thomas Peter and his wife,[3] Martha Parke Custis Peter, a granddaughter of Martha Washington. Step-grandfather George Washington left her the $8,000 in his will that was used to purchase the property in 1805. The property, comprising one city block on the crest of Georgetown Heights, had an excellent view of the Potomac River. A couple of famous people that visited and stayed there were Marquise Lafayette and Robert E. Lee.  From where they lived they saw the Capitol set on firer.  The home was owned by only one family for four generations and then turned over for a historical museum.  It is full of great family treasures.  It has period pieces from when it was built in 1815 to when it was made a historical landmark in 1960.  So you see the first radios and cameras as well as pieces that belonged to George Washington.  There are wonderful book collections.  There are over 5000 book there.  They charge to go through the house and they will not allow pictures to be taken inside.  So I came home and found a couple on the internet.  

The second place we visited was the Anderson's part time home.  It was free admission and was like visiting the Mansions in Europe.  It was spectacular.  When we rang the bell to enter the door opened and it was one of our students standing there.  We both were so surprised and so was Terry.  He was the tour guide for that particular hour.  He volunteers there once a month on a Saturday.  What would be the likely hood that we would get him on that Saturday and he would be up for the next tour. 
Anderson House, also known as Larz Anderson House, located at 2118 Massachusetts AvenueNW, on Embassy Row in the Dupont Circle neighborhood ofWashington, D.C., houses the Society of the Cincinnati's national headquarters, historic house museum, and research library. Anderson House was built between 1902 and 1905 as the winter residence of Larz Anderson, an American diplomat, and his wife, Isabel Weld Perkins, an author and American Red Cross volunteer. Architects Arthur Little and Herbert Browne of BostonMassachusetts designed Anderson House in the Beaux-Arts style. The Andersons used the house to entertain the social and political elite of America and abroad, as well as to showcase their collection of fine art and historic artifacts that the couple acquired in their extensive travels. The Andersons had no children. Following Larz Anderson's death in 1937, his widow donated the Anderson House and its contents to the Society of the Cincinnati, of which Larz Anderson had been a devoted member for more than forty years. The Society opened Anderson House as a museum in 1939. Anderson House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971

Mrs. Anderson

Larz Anderson

The rent this place our for weddings.  They had a wedding going on tonight. 

We had another fun day seeing the sites in Washington.