Sunday, July 27, 2014
We always have fun traveling with the Pettingill's. They teach also and we have so much fun together.
The eight pictures to the left are of the Sanford Days celebration in Sanford Maine. The Church did this last year to celebrate Pioneer Day and the city so much liked it that they wanted to participate and call it Sanford Days.
President and Sister Stoker were unable to attend as President Stokers father was in town and he was leaving this morning. His father is in very poor health and President Stoker feels this may be the last time he sees his father on this side of the veil.
The next four pictures are of us with the Pettingill's at the lighthouse in Portland Maine. We decided to try and go see as much as we can every week end as our time here is closing too fast.
It was the most beautiful day. As you can see from the pictures we had lots of sunshine and ocean, sky and greenery was fabulous.
Elder Plyler gave us a lesson afterwards on the faith that is needed to have miracles happen in our lives. We reviewed 5 miracles in the New Testament and found that those that received these wonderful miracles needed only a particle of faith to be healed or saved from natures torments.
He then ask us to pray with this same faith tonight for our Heavenly Father to put someone in our paths that we can find and teach. It was a wonderful lesson.
We have one more zone conference this Tuesday in Vermont and then it is time again to get ready for transfers. This is the most work for Miriam. It is hard to believe how much paper work there is to run the mission.
Our testimonies continue to grow and our love for the Lord gets stronger and stronger.
Monday, July 21, 2014
The pictures to the left are of the NH Fishercat baseball game last Saturday night. It was LDS family night so President Stoker was asked to throw out the opening pitch. As you can see from the picture he did an excellent job. The missionaries set up a booth with lots of information to anyone who might be interested. It was a lot of fun.
Then Sunday night we were invited to have dinner with the Lacey's. The Lacey's are very good friends with the Pettingills and we were
They attend the Derry Ward. They have just become active after a long time away much to
The final picture is the Lacey's with the Pettingills and the missionaries. What a fun night.
It is times like these that make our mission so much fun along with the work. There are such wonderful members throughout New England.
This next week starts a series of Zone Conferences that will keep us on the road and very busy. We love doing the Lords work. We are grateful for this experience even though we miss our family so terribly.
Monday, July 14, 2014
One of the things we wanted to do was go to Palmyra New York and see the Pageant. We have been to Palmyra before and seen the sights, but it was not during the Pageant and we had heard how wonderful it was. So a few weeks ago we asked President Stoker for permission to leave the mission to go. We were pleasantly surprised when he said yes.
The second picture is at the Grandin Print Shop where the original Book of Mormon was printed. That in itself was quite a feat.
The third picture is of Miriam and I at the Hill Cumorah just before the Pageant was to start.
We got a flat tire at the top of the hill in the parking lot. A kind man gave us a can de-flat which we used to get enough air in the tire to take us to Rochester New York to get it fixed. This day and age it is hard to find a place that fixes flats late on a Saturday afternoon. Service stations don't do it anymore.
We got home Sunday evening and we loved the weekend we had. Our testimonies grow and grow as we serve. We were at church and had Brenda and Phil Frandsen come up to us. We were so surprised and happy to see them. They are from our Citrus Heights Ward days. What great people they are.
We love the work. We know that the true church is here on the earth and we are in it. We are so grateful for our Lord Jesus Christ. He lived and died for us and continues to live today. His church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is his kingdom here on earth. Thank you Lord for allowing us this opportunity to serve as missionaries.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
The second picture is of the returning missionaries. They are Elder McKnight, Sister Stoker, President Stoker and Elder Wikan.
Front row, Sisters Davis, Bickel, Griffin, and Fuller. We took them to the JSM and we had a wonderful time. We love them so much and we'll miss them.
The 4th of July was Friday and it rained almost all day. We had the day off so Miriam and I went to the mall and then a movie. We really celebrated the 4th on Saturday the 5th.
We spent the day with the Pettingill's and we had so much fun. We traveled down the coast. The traffic was bad, but we didn't mind. We had dinner at a seafood restaurant in Kittery Maine and it was a great day.
Today was Fast Sunday and both I and Miriam were able to bear our testimonies. I testified to the truthfulness of the restoration and the gratitude I had for this wonderful country in which we live. I shared the story of my brother Verles death in Vietnam back in 1968 and spoke of so many that sacrificed so much. Miriam bore the sweetest testimony also on the light of Christ. She doesn't testify often but when she does it is so special. I love her!
After the closing prayer Elder Harrington came over to my and threw his arms around me and cried into my shoulder for over 5 minutes. His emotions came to the surface and he needed lots of hugs. His father passed away a few months ago very unexpectedly and I think he needed to let his emotions out. I love him so much. There are so many trials these wonderful missionaries go through and I love them for their strength.
Elder Plyler came up to me during Priesthood meeting and said, "Elder Skidmore, this is a milestone day for me. I have been on my mission for the exact number of days I was a member before my mission." Elder Plyler is a convert and was called to serve a mission after just 15 months of his baptism. He is such a wonderful missionary.
We have 4 new missionaries in our Ward due to transfers and each gave a sweet testimony. Our Ward was small due to the holiday week end but the spirit was so strong.
Miriam and I miss our family so much, but know this is where are to be at this time in our life. We love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We love to serve. We love all of our missionaries. We love our Mission President and his wife.