New Paltz, New York

Well folks we live in a tourist town.  We promised several blogs (is that a verb, noun or pronoun?) ago that we would tell you more about New Paltz.  We have been here for two months now after spending our first month in Goshen, NY.  We have literally been to busy to do the daily walks that we had become accustomed to while in Goshen where we took pictures regularly and I think that is how it should be.  We’re not on vacation, we’re on the Lord’s errand.  We take one of the three cameras we brought with us everywhere we go but often get busy accomplishing the tasks of the day and forget the pictures until we’re on our way home and the the Kodak moment is gone.

Today, Elder Howes decided to take a drive after Sunday services to capture a few pictures of this picturesque little community so that we could share something of the history found here.

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The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the 16th and 17th centuries. French Protestants were inspired by the writings of John Calvin in the 1530s, and they were called Huguenots by the 1560s. By the end of the 17th century and into the 18th century, roughly 500,000 Huguenots had fled France during a series of religious persecutions. They relocated to Protestant nations, such as the English 13 colonies of North America.

The Six original houses…..

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Obviously some of the houses have had modernization projects over the years.

The Crispell Memorial French Church…

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The Church was originally built as a log church in 1683 and in 1717 rebuilt as a stone building. The head stones are so old that the names and dates can no longer be read.

The LeFevre House

Built in 1799 this stone and brick building shows the transition from French to Dutch the community and style.

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This area opens on May 1st for tours but we have not had the time to take a tour.  We will on a P day when we can take time off and add it to our blog list.

Two trips to the Manhattan Temple

We are still making our weekly trip on Thursday to fill our assignment as Ordinance Workers but this week we made an additional trip to take two of the Missionaries from the Zone that we were a part of before the split this past transfer.  Wednesday we took the new Zone leaders to the Temple.  They requested that we pick them up in Newburgh (30 minutes south of us) at 9am for the hour and forty five minute trip to Manhattan for an 11am session.  However, they told us as we got to Manhattan that they were instructed to only go to the 12:15 session..  No worries, we parked the car and walked to the Temple where the Missionaries used the Family History Center computers and internet connection to email the President and family.  Sister Howes and I went on a walk to the Southwest corner of Central Park.

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and some from the walk back to the Temple

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After the session we took them to lunch at Harry’s Burrito’s.

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Elder Malm (left from Payson) and Elder Passmoore (from San Diego)

To complete our experience Elder Howes lost the claim ticket for the car.  They almost required a DNA test along with a memory check of the VIN number before they noticed the Missionary name tag and let us take the car and gave us a discount.  AWESOME

Always be PREPARED…

Today we arrived at church to discover that the Gospel Doctrine teacher, Relief Society Presidency and one of the counselors in the Branch Presidency were not in church.  Immediately after Sacrament meeting President came to Sister Howes and I and told us that we were in charge, that he and his other counselor had to leave also.  Elder Howes taught Gospel Doctrine and Sister Howes taught RS.  We would normally have read the lessons (at the recommendation of the Rasmussen’s) but we had had dinner with the Gospel Doctrine teacher the night before the RS Presidency had been at the class we taught on Friday evening. We won’t let our hair down again.

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