On Saturday we took the Elders to Evansville for Stake Conference. It isn't as far as I thought going the way the members from here go so it takes us just about an hour to get there. The theme for conference was Hastening the work which I imagine is the theme for all conferences for this six months. We heard a wonderful conversion story from a lady that was very very active in the Catholic church but finally found the full truth when she listened to the missionaries. Pres. Woodbury told a story of the hunter and the lion. The hunter went to shoot the lion but his gun misfired because he hadn't cleaned it. He thought for sure the lion was going to kill him but when it jumped, it jumped clear over him and he was able to get into the fort. The next morning the hunter knew he had to clean his gun so it would work right. He look out the window and saw the lion practicing shorter jumps. The point of the story was that we need to do small things well. We need to pray for the missionaries by name, pray for missionary opportunities, volunteer to participate with the missionaries, let them teach people in your home and set an example in the way we live. He quoted from Elder Ballard "The voice of the good shepherd is your voice and my voice."
Sunday morning we went back to Evansville for the other session. The Stake President talked about how we should not delay, that inspiration has a time stamp. When we hear that the talks are going to be on missionary work we might feel guilty and say "Just one more thing I don't do well" but that faith casts out fear and we should make a positive difference in someones life in some way this year.
This week we have been with the Elders a lot as they are teaching some single sisters and need us to be with them. Tonight when we went with them they challenged this woman to be baptized and she is ready. She and her 11 year old son will be baptized next week if all goes well. They had originally challenged her in December but she ended up having surgery so now is the right time. Elder Davis hadn't planned on doing it this evening but the spirit was there and it was just right. This work is so great. We have also taken a sister to several doctors appointments and done genealogy for her (found so much work done on her mother's side but can't get in contact with the cousin that has done it). We had zone meeting and met the other senior couples in our zone, were taught by the young missionaries again and learned how much we don't know how to teach.
We were able to go out to the farm of a non-member whose family we have gotten to know and love already. The wife and adult children are members and have been for 35 years but not the father. We have found that a lot here. The wife joins but not the husband. Evan so wanted to cut some wood :) and there is certainly plenty he could cut.
The country is so beautiful here. With the Ohio River just minutes away and the hills covered with trees it is truly some of our Father's greatest creations.
There is lots more I could write but I don't want you all to get overwhelmed. Thank you so much for all the replies that we received. We really appreciate all the positive comments and the love that everyone sent. We are being stretched but it is a good thing.
To our temple friends--tell everyone hi for us and tell Brother Bean to give Sister Bean our love and best wishes.
To our MTC friends-hopefully you are having as much fun as we are.
To our family--Hug and kiss those grandkids for us. Congrats Sam on the win and getting to go to Worlds. Congrats Maya, Emma and Becky on the good job at the competitions.
To Norma Boyd--one of the Elders here in Tell City is Alex Gerrard. He sure does love his Great Grandma Johnson and we sure do love him. We seem to run into your family wherever we go.
To Amy J--Good luck with the wedding. Sometimes it really is easier without another mother :)
To Sherry Brown--so sorry about the loss of your cousin. Aren't we glad we know what we know.
To you all-WE LOVE YOU
Love Evan and Trudy
Elder and Sister Fullmer