Doctrine and Covenants 29:33-35

33 Speaking unto you that you may naturally understand; but unto myself my works have no bend, neither beginning; but it is given unto you that ye may understand, because ye have asked it of me and are agreed.

34 Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal; neither any man, nor the children of men; neither Adam, your father, whom I created.

35 Behold, I gave unto him that he should be an agent unto himself; and I gave unto him commandment, but no temporal commandment gave I unto him, for my commandments are spiritual; they are not natural nor temporal, neither carnal nor sensual.

As we serve in our current assignment, we have missed our involvement in “Missionary work”.  As we drive, which is a huge part of what we do, we have discussed that we now miss all of the things that we once grumbled about.  We use to comment that we did so many things that the Branch and Stake members should do to build their confidence and experience.  We now look forward to every request and assignment that gives us the opportunity to teach and be involved spiritually.

Housing Coordinators………

We now have taken complete responsibility for the 91 properties that the Mission uses to house our Missionaries with all of their challenges.  We have rats (that some describe as being as big as your arm???), Landlords that hate Mormons, leaky pipes, broken furniture and messy Missionaries.  Isn’t it great!  The scripture above has given us comfort.  We know that the Lord is confident in us and is aware of us and especially those that we serve.

We still drive more than ever.   We have been driving to the City on Sunday evenings to avoid the traffic on Monday mornings which makes a difference of one hour. Hence we have not had a time to update our blog for the past month.  We plan to do better but we are subject to forces outside of our control (weather, traffic and household complaints).


On the way to work and on the way home.


Two dash-board photos.  Notice the temperature on the one to the left and it warmed up on the way down the Bronx River Parkway shown to the right.  And also notice (Mom & Dad) the speed.  Elder Howes is actually driving under the speed limit.  On the other hand he is taking a picture while driving on the narrowest two lane road you’ve ever seen.

Dodged an apartment assignment.

We had an apartment assigned to us in Yonkers, NY by virtue of the couple leaving who performed the job we’re now assigned to.  We actually spent a number of nights at this place which saved us many hours fighting traffic and weather but we still have a MLS (Member, Leader Support) assignment in New Paltz which requires either Elder or Sister Howes to be there two evenings a week and all weekends.  Sister Howes tried very hard to find this spot acceptable but did not.


We were asked at our last transfer to prepare a home that had been obtained during the last transfer for two more Sister Missionaries only to discover that they had no parking.  Instead of moving two additional Sister into that apartment we gave up ours for the four in that area.  Now what to do with an extra King sized bed.

A Luxembourg Visit for GiGi

Even before our current assignment was requested by the President, Ashley, Oliver and Kevin had told us that they would visit at the end of January.  Unfortunately, they came during two snow storms and in the middle of transfers.  Fortunately, Sister Howes was able to take those days off and enjoy Oliver and Ashley.  She began the collection of items to keep Oliver happy and Ashley and Kevin fed weeks before they arrived.


And Elder Howes always took pride in his packing abilities, Sister Howes put him to shame.  Does anyone know the definition of a blivit (10 pounds in a 5 pound bag).

And then there were the toys.


The guests of honor.


And of course everything you do when you have a two year old is controlled by the youngest and smallest.


A wintertime visit to West Point Academy.


A visit to ToysRUs.  Remember they live in Luxembourg.


He even felt comfortable when Papa brought home the Zone transfers during a snow storm.


Well sort of.


But he did make himself right at home.  And Gigi was in heaven right until the end.  And at the end the snows came again.


Missionary Accidents…………

Part of Elder Howes’ responsibilities is helping with cars.  We have discovered the number one reason for accidents is Missionaries hitting Missionaries.  And this with back-up assistants.


Elder Kohli couldn’t Holdaway in the snow and ran into the Sisters.  Sister Holdaway.  We now call him Elder Kohlision.


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