Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Setting Apart

I discovered the best way to clean oak cabinets is using Murphy's Oil Soap with a scrubber and small knife to scrape out gummy spots, and follow up with Howard's Feed'n'Wax. Everything looks so good I want to try it on all the wood surfaces in my house, but I'm running out of time.

Vanessa came and shampooed all the carpets, including the stairs, bless her. The belt on her shampooer broke and the air filter for the vacuum clogged up with layers of dirt. That's what happens when you live on a farm and the dirt overwhelms everything. The man at the vacuum shop had replacement belts. I was so happy I almost kissed him.

We had the ritual burning of the old barn clothes. I think they would have spontaneously ignited if I hadn't set them on fire.

The Burning of the Barn Clothes

Tonight we were set apart as official missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our wonderful stake president, Brad Barlow, an emergency room physician, blessed us both with the spirit of revelation and good health and missionary labor, and blessed us that our families at home would be well and taken care of. It was very comforting.

He quoted a scripture from Doctrine and Covenants Section 31:

 Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare aglad tidings of great joy unto this generation.
 You shall adeclare 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 bwhite already to be burned.
 Therefore, athrust in your sickle with all your soul, and your sins are bforgiven you, and you shall be laden with csheaves upon your back, for the dlaborer is worthy of his hire. Wherefore, your family shall live.
 Behold, verily I say unto you, go from them only for a little atime, and declare my word, and I will prepare a place for them.
 Yea, I will aopen the hearts of the people, and they will receive you. 
We have visited a number of people dear to us and have gone out to lunch & dinner with old friends. Thank you so much.

A final picture of my back yard, taken between all the rain that has made everything green and fresh:

I will miss this place.

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