Their Back

The population of New Paltz goes down in the middle of June by half when SUNY New Paltz suspends classes for the Summer. We must confess that it was nice to be able to find a parking place in our apartment complex and daily traffic was also considerably less for the past several months. But their back, over a period of only several days both our parking lots and the streets have filled with young people.  The population of New Paltz doubles during the three semesters of school from 7000 to 14000.

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Traffic streaming in from every direction…….

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And young students everywhere……………..So much for peace and quiet!  Hope that all the freshmen burn off all that excitement of being on their own quickly!

Transfer #6 – Does it seem possible?

Well we may have doubled the size of New Paltz but during our last transfer what we thought impossible, happened.  We gained two additional missionaries during transfers on the very day that students began showing up.  We lost Elder Sullivan who was here for 4 cycles and got two training missionaries which means that we got two new missionaries (to be trained).

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Pictured above is Elder Sullivan, who came out just a transfer (or two) behind us.  He has spent his entire mission (so far) in New Paltz.  Sister Howes takes each member of the Zone’s transfers hard.  At the end of each transfer meeting we sing “Each Life That Touches Ours for Good”, she tries but can never make a sound and the tears flow.  But it’s always good to make new friends and to see old friends at the transfer meetings.

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Some of the best visiting occurs in the parking lot during arrival and car inspections.  We’ve been out long enough now that most of the missionaries either know us or of us (a little scary).  We got a picture of the  Zone before they changed during the transfer meetings, of course Sister Howes fed them.

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Crazy busy……………

During the past week we were called on to travel and participate is so many things it has been hard to keep track of them let alone take pictures of them:  Monday was our Zone meeting, Tuesday we were called on to assist Sister Morgan figure out a medical issue in Hyde Park, New York.  Home of the Vanderbilt’s Mansion,

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And the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library,

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On Wednesday we traveled to Ossining, NY for transfers and back to Lake Katrine Ward building to do a Ward financial audit and back home to New Paltz, a 170 mile trip.  Sorry no picture.

On Thursday we had a Stake assignment to be at the Temple early for the Newburgh Stake Temple Day and our regular shift.  We drove to Marlboro to pick-up food for breaks provided by a Sister in the branch (pulled pork and homemade pies with all the fixings) on to the Manhattan Temple and back home after the shift.  We left at 8am and arrived back home at 1am and traveled another 170 miles.

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On Friday we only traveled to Newburgh, NY to teach our class and home and Saturday it was back to Manhattan for another Stake Temple Session assignment.  On Sunday we travel to High Falls, NY to pick up one of the blind members of the Church for the meeting schedule.  Following church we completed our Home Teaching for August.  WHEW.  We love to be busy but we found that we were in bed early on Sunday.

Red Sky in the Morning ….Sailors warning.  Red Sky at Night……Whatver!

This past week had the most amazing sunsets over the Mountains (hills) northeast of New Paltz

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Took many pictures of this but these two are the only ones that showed the red sky.

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