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.  


  1. I can imagine how beautiful Amys song was as you looked around

  2. I love listening to Amy sing. She has the sweetest voice. It would be fun to hear that blue grass band. I'll have to look up some of their music.