Here is an email I just got from my mom explaining just one part of one day out of their 18 month commitment:
Hello dear ones.
I got a facebook message from my dear friend last night who said it sounds like we are on a second honeymoon. I almost started laughing hysterically. Let me recap.
4 Sisters left and I finally got my homemade carrot cake in the oven for home evening. Needed 40 minutes. Started dinner for two elders that I had really wanted to have a nice long visit with. One of them has come to the end of his mission and is going home in a week and a half.
5 We called the Bishop of the Spanish ward and he started calling around to see if anyone would be willing to rent them a room. The Dad has a job. We called the RS president and she said call 311 and they would help them get into a homeless shelter. The family has no car. The mother said if they went to a shelter her children would be put into foster care. She did not want to involve any police or city official.
6 our company arrived and helped get everything on the table. We started eating about.
7 A very hassled Dennis came over to see if I could come back to help with home evening. It turns out the high priest group leader was there at the invitation of the English elders who had asked for the Pepto Bismol. The three of them came back home with me. Fortunately the English teens who had the lesson and the game had arrived. The song leader had not but we started anyway. I found out later that the kids had been all over the house. They had asked for all kinds of food. The older lady and the middle aged lady had both asked for tacos after I left so Dennis had fried up tortillas and let them fill them with whatever was left on the table. The two elders who had been asked over for a quiet dinner were wrangling the kids, doing dishes, setting up chairs for home evening, etc. Den did get the caked frosted. The song leader came half an hour late. We also had one of our regular families-- a wonderful single woman from the Ivory Coast and her 9 year old son and 3 year old daughter. The two 3 year olds hit it off. 21 people in all.
8 Everyone enjoyed home evening. I asked the sister missionaries to serve the cake and I headed back to the church. The high priest group leader said I should not go alone and he directed the two English missionaries to come with me and he would join us shortly. I didn't feel any fear and wondered why I needed help.
PS we got up atthis morning to take a girl to early morning seminary. It is time to fall in bed again for the same reason. We are supported through all our ups and downs by the Lord. Sometimes I think we keep a whole fleet of angels busy!!
Love you all. Mom/Lois