Dear one and all
Our warm weather is now very sporadic with a really nice day and then a cold day again. The water has receded so the warm days are helping everything dry out. Our friends are now able to drive the roads again to get out to church and us to get to see them. I took pictures just 5 days later than the ones I sent last week and you can see how the water has gone down. Elder Fullmer is just dying seeing all that drift wood that could be hauled off for firewood and no way to do it and no one interested. It will be interesting to see how they clean all of it up. Friends say that they plow the mud off the roads with the snowplows because it is about 8 inches deep. Someone has a very big clean-up job.
I have spent many hours helping different families with their family history again this week. The spirit seems to be really catching on with some of the people. I have a day scheduled this week to help another lady whose husband is not a member but he is bugging her about getting his genealogy done. I am so glad to oblige because I so love doing it.
We went out to Bristow to see some of the less actives but no one was home. As we drove to see one family we haven’t seen in a long time because of the weather we passed a cemetery on a hill which Evan pointed out to me so we turned back and wandered through the cemetery. I love old cemeteries and it is so fun here to see just how far back the dates go. There was a whole row of headstones of children from the same family. I took lots of pictures so I could check to see if the temple work has been done because a lot of the names were of the families I have been helping with their history. After talking to another less active we drove to the Beard Cemetery which we had heard about. There is one headstone that is actually an old steam engine. It would be interesting to know why the family did that. We found lots of the Sketo family and lots of Beards. Elder Riphenburg’s mother’s maiden name was Beard which is interesting. He is going to ask her to check and see if she can connect to Indiana and the Beards here.
After we got home I looked at the genealogy of the names from all the headstones which I had taken pictures of and found that nearly all of the temple work has been done. It is so fascinating to see how much work has been done for the people here but how few members there are in this area. It is also interesting to see how much intermarrying there was. Possibly because they were so far out that they only met the families close to them.
This week has started out to be very busy and the whole week is tightly scheduled. We have dinner appointments every night this week which is always nice. Every day is filled with things that for sure won’t fall through which is always such a blessing. We have interviews with our Mission President this week which is a highlight.
Another month has flown by and we are beginning to dread the end coming. How can we leave these people we have grown to love so much. We just plan on making the most of every day so the memories are all good.
As we were taught in Stake Conference last weekend—Open your mouth and share what we have. People want what we have but just don’t know where to find it. We need to help everyone find the joy we have from knowing of our Savior and His Atonement. So my challenge this week (We get a commitment each week in district meeting) is to open your mouths and share.
We love you all
Elder and Sister Fullmer
The first picture is the steam engine headstone. #2 shows how far the water has dropped in five days and the wood that Elder Fullmer would like to haul. #3 shows the picnic tables which were nearly under water last week.