been doing a lot of shopping since we got here. Wednesday we
to the local "D.I." It's a thrift store like Goodwill Stores
home except it seems a lot cleaner and better stocked to me.
stands for "Deseret Industries", (Des-er-RET) the LDS Church's arm for
recylcing discards while assisting those in need of work.
When we got in our car to go, the temperature inside was 108 degrees!
Fortunately it cooled off by the end of the week.
D.I. (there are many of them) is about a mile from where we live.
the used book section, I bought a 1970s copy of the Book of Mormon.
It brought memories of the first one I read back in 1969 when
joined the church. I love to collect old and rare scriptures.
During this same shopping experience I picked up an 1897
pocket-sized New Testament printed in England. I gave it to a
friend as a gift.
Aug. 29th, we visited the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. The
building is celebrating it's 100th birthday this year. They
couple old cars on display that were new when the building was first
constructed as the Hotel Utah. This is a 1912 Cadillac.
And this one is a 1911
There were photos and
captions about some of the famous guests who stayed there.
On the way out I took
this photo of one of the grand ball rooms.
Then we exited via the
Linda went to enjoy some
of the gardens on temple square...
... while I went to the
South Visitor's Center briefly to take a photo of the miniature of the
Salt Lake Temple.
I snapped this cute
photo of my wife just before we walked back to our apartment.
was our first official day in the new mission. The mission
welcomes all new missionaries the first Friday of every month by
inviting them to a luncheon. On the way there, we met Sister
White who has been serving on missions in Salt Lake for the past 8
years. We worked with her in 2007-2008.
also passed what's known as the cedar of Lebonon, a tree that actually
came from the middle east. They were putting up Christmas
They have to begin putting lights in the trees months in
because it takes that long to get them all up.
Our luncheon was held in the banquet room on the Mezzanine of the JSMB
Seated at our table we got to meet two new missionaries, Sister Miller
of Quincy, IL and Sister Strange of Washington D.C.
also got to meet President Stalvey again of the mission presidency.
We served with his brother Wayne in our mission of 2007-2008.
It's a real joy to hear Pres. Stalvey's southern accent.
hails from Florida.
the luncheon we were escored to the 3rd Floor East of the JSMB
where we had our picture taken with the Mission President and his wife.
couple from Georgia who sat at our table were the Speidels who served a
previous mission here in the Training Zone in 2005.
We were greeted in the Training Zone by each and every one of the trainers.
We were then seated in their large training room for an
of our calender by the zone leader, Elder Kuchar. We
Elder Kuchar from our previous mission. We also got to greet
couple other dear friends from our previous mission who are still in
the Training Zone.
last venture for the day before being dismissed was to be led
downstairs to the stairwell of the Family Search Center where our group
photo was taken. There I met young Elder Morse, a new
who is related to Samuel Morse, inventor of the Morse Code.
we left the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (JSMB) I turned back to take
this photo of the building's dome gleaming bright white against a
pale-blue sky. We went to the South Visitor's Center.
There we met my daughters Karen and Jo Anna who were visiting Salt Lake.
Isn't family the "bestest" thing!
Karen treated us all to dinner at the Lion House.
Before they left, we got this night photo at the East door of the Salt
week would not be complete without mention of a tradition that always
follows the first Friday. On the first Saturday following the
first Friday, all the new missionaries entering their new apartments
are invited to the "Swap Meet." It's where they get to shop a
sort of Yard Sale for free. All departing missionaries have
things they have no room for in the vehicles. They must leave
things like ironing boards, microwave ovens, kitchen utensils, even TV
sets. All these things are needed by the new missionaries
entering the mission. So they can pick up many of them at the
rest of the month, usable goods are kept in these storage buildings to
be brought out the following month. New missionaries are
permission to attend the Swap Meet from 8:00 to 9:00 at which time the
Swap Meet is opened to all other missionaries. They're
take whatever is available. Often departing missionaries
things to the Swap Meet the day of the meet.
We were there for
about an hour and picked up a quilt, a chanille bed spread, kitchen
storage containers, utensils, and a mixing bowl.
I attended a 4:00 PM temple session with my daughters
afterwhich I invited them back to our apartment to practice a song I
wrote as a gift to a friend of ours. We sang the song
our friend Labor Day.
(click below to hear the song)
After my daughters left, Linda and I
attended the 80th birthday party of a friend, Elder Matheney.
He's the one I gave the old New Testament to that I
the beginning of this web page. We served with Elder Matheney
during our previous mission here in 2007-2008.
was a full and rewarding day and week. Next week begins with
holiday so we are excused from beginning our training until Tuesday.
But we have a busy week planned for us by our mission
mission president on our previous mission was Elder Ronald
Halverson formerly of the 2nd Quorum of Seventy.
current mission president is Elder Wayne S. Peterson also a former
member of the 2nd Quorum of the
Seventy in our church leadership. So
we've been blessed twice to have general authrorities as our mission
president. Pres. Peterson has served previously as President
the Oakland, California Mission, as Area Authority Seventy of the Utah
North Area, and as president of the Nauvoo, Illinois Temple before
being called as president of the Family and Church History Mission.