The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pay Day

When as a mission you are sent out to start a new class or open a new area you have to trust in the Lord that He will magnify your humble efforts.  Is there a need in the area?  Will people respond to the offering?  Will you be able to retain those that come? If you are the s&i coordinator you send out the missionaries so you can concentrate on the largest group of young adults and hope that maybe the missionaries can build up a class and meet a need.    Each semester you start almost with a new class and have to start building again.  For the first two semester we hoped to get 6 to 10 people.  Tonight was a humbling blessing as students kept coming. We had 37 students in class tonight.  That is our biggest class.  We have one more class with them before we switch guards.  I am so grateful to see that our work has touched the hearts of these young people.  We had one of our old student come home for a weeks vacation and he came to class.  It was so fun to see him.  We love these young people that we teach.

I wish I was able to capture on paper some of the wonderful experiences we have had with our students.  One day at church we started talking to a young man that had just moved in.  He told us that he went on a very successful mission.  Came home got married ended up divorced and disillusioned.  He got into some bad stuff. One day out of the blue his ex-mission president called to see how he was.  He told him he was nearly homeless living in his car.  Had no hope for school and was inactive.  His mission president told him to come and live with him.  So he moved out here.  Before he could go see his mission president he cut his hair that was down to his shoulders and shaved off the beard.  We are watching him slowing grow and the light is starting to radiate in his eyes.  He is living the mission rules again, getting up early and studying in the morning and starting school and applying for work.  One student asked a question about her concern for her brother who is so lost and destroying his life.  She has prayed but he doesn't even want to talk to her.  She wanted to know why her faith and prayers didn't have an effect on him.  Elder Anthony asked this young man to explain to her what had to happen for a change to happen to her brother.  He gave such a powerful testimony of having to have a seed of hope to want to change and until it is there nothing effected him.  Hope has returned to his life.

Or we could write about the young man that came with a friend last semester.  The friend wouldn't drive back and pick him up and bring him to the stake center so they could play soccer in the gym after institute so he had to come to class.  He came in with a chip on his shoulder and you could tell he didn't want to be there.  But he just kept coming.  His friend isn't bringing him anymore and sometimes his friend can't even come to class but Brian is the most consistent student we have.  He is the only one with 100% attendance and he is into the lesson and his whole countenance has changed.
Our support specialist said to me a few days ago.  Do you know there are 70 people signed up for your Tuesday class.  I said one reason is I am good at keeping track of them and getting their information so they are constantly invited after they come once.  If they all came at the same time we wouldn't fit in our room.

Today was temple day as well.  It was a great session.  The time we go is always a small session so we often serve as the witness couple.  We did today.

This morning we were the lone employees.  Lydia is out on vacation, Susana is still at home on bedrest, Mike doesn't come in until after we leave because he also teaches on Tuesday nights until late.  Public affairs wasn't in the office so we were it.  Elder Anthony and I spent the first two hours cleaning and throwing out the garbage.  I spent the rest of the morning emailing students to invite them to institute. Elder Anthony composed an email.  I am so thankful that he is over the technical stuff.  I would never be able to make sense of these air conditioners.  Here is a typical email.

      Here is a summary of yesterday's problems on RTU1, RTU4, and NOW

Last night while Paul Tarkington was working on RTU1 and RTU4, RTU 3
went down, also.  When these units go down the following occurs:
1.  The fan stops
2.  The readout which is locate on the "Interface Module" (Part#
365160810) which indicates the compressor status stops completely or
occasionally displays a "F000" which indicates that the compressor is
at "0" Hz speed or off.
3.  The Master Control Module called the ReliaTel (RTRM) has an LED
which indicates the status of the unit.   This LED flashes on and off
twice indicating a problem with the CO2 sensor (I know that doesn't
make sense).
4.  The voltage between pin 6 and 8 on the RTRM fluctuates wildly.
This indicates that there is a cooling problem.
5.  The voltage between pin 6 and 7 remains at a constant "0"
indicating that there is no heating problem.

When this occurs, the unit MUST be manually reset.  It WILL NOT reset
itself.  The following steps must be taken.
1.  The blue button on the relay must be manually pushed.
2.  The power to the unit must be manually shut down and remain off
for a short period.
3.  The power must be manually started up so that the system can
This whole process takes at least 5 minutes before the unit is running

The original problem with RTU4 could not be resolved using the above
procedure.  Trying to reset the unit using this procedure did resolve
the problem Sunday and yesterday.  In the past, RTU4 would shut
down for 3 to 4 hours and then would reset itself.   Diagnostics were never
run and captured on RTU4 during one of these shutdowns.

I am glad I don't deal with the technicians or the BYU guys that he reports to.  


  1. Those are some wonderful experiences.

  2. Those are some incredible stories! I am glad you wrote them down! I am grateful that you have been able to see the fruits of your labor.