I would not have you ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8

We’ve been so surprised at how fast time is slipping by. We know that we have not posted for some time but did not realize that it had almost been two months. We have been very busy. We’re not complaining. Elder Howes’s Grandmother used to say that if you want to kill time, try working it to death. We will attempt to be better at finding a rhythm that allows us to Post more often.

Two Missions

On November 9th we were extended the call to serve in the Office to manage the properties of the Mission.  At the time President told us that we would need to commute to the office through January as the apartment that we would be assigned was the apartment that the couple we would replace were in.  They left early in mid January and we used the apartment during emergencies for several weeks during storms to keep from traveling in poor conditions but (fortunately) a need arose for us to use this apartment for an emergency transfer (Sister Howes would have never lived in that apartment).  As it turns out this was a blessing for our little New Paltz Branch as the Mission has not received a replacement Senior Couple for the Branch.  The result has been that we are MLS Missionaries serving the New Paltz Branch and Office Missionaries.  On the weekends and on Wednesday evening we make sure that we are in New Paltz to do our callings in the Branch.  During the week, we travel to the Mission office in Scarsdale, NY and around to the now 104 properties.  We have given up on one of our favorite assignments as Ordinance Workers in the Manhattan Temple as we are almost never available.

Teaching Cleanliness!

As we travel around we “check in” on the apartments to insure that we have our Missionaries in suitable accommodations with all of the things that allow them to focus on the work their called to do.  The biggest challenge that we have encountered is cleanliness.  Unfortunately many never learned to clean and organize.  The result for our Mission is habitual uncleanliness in every apartment.  The Mission grew so fast that keeping track of this was not done well so as we go out to the apartments Elder Howes chews the Missionaries out and Sister Howes gives instruction, her method (as in all things) is more effective.  It became so clear that this needed to be worked on throughout the Mission that the Mission President asked Elder & Sister Howes to follow him throughout the Mission as he conducted interviews and they taught a class on how to organize, clean and take responsibility for their apartments.  It was a two week process of long hours in five different locations around the Mission.  We got commitments from every Missionary that apartments would be clean.  Time will be the judge of our effectiveness.

Traveling Sights!

Several weeks ago I closed an apartment in East Harlem.  I had prepared to move out by bringing the Mission Van and Six Elders to the apartment.  As I arrived the Elders disappeared to the roof of the building, and sirens of Police and Fire Department were blaring up and down every street around us.

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Scene from the roof of our Mission apartment in East Harlem.

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An gas explosion took down two apartment buildings three blocks from where we were and a block from four of the Elders with me.

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A gas leak caused this explosion and killed 8 people with an additional 20 badly injured.  It took 30 minutes to get to the apartment from the office but 3 hours to get back.

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Cellquoia National Park?  Well not really.  This is one of the many cell towers throughout the area, they certainly stand out.

 

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3 thoughts on “I would not have you ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8

  1. Hi Howe’s, life is always exciting for you. So glad you are both doing well as well as all of the missionaries. I guess by now you have heard that we have a new Stake President. Pres. England I think he owes England Trucking. We truly had some wonderful meetings this past weekend. Brent thought Chad Evans would be the new Stake President, but he is the new 1st councilor.

    Peg (my twin) got released from her calling as RS Pres. she had been in 4 years for the 4th time, So she said she needs to take care of Dean, He is ok but he has ALS,, Not fun at all.

    We had a lovely after Easter family dinner yesterday, everyone was there but Lisa’s family they came on Easter and we could be outside on the patio, it is easier to eat outside with the grandchildren.

    The weather has been crazy just like spring in Utah, hot then cold and all in between. It was snowing a little while ago, and it is green and lovely here.

    Brent is still working like crazy, so I must work in the office, and I am trying to learn how to get family names to take to the temple. (not good) Well we returned from a lovely trip to the Bahamas

    with Chad & Karen Evans and Ken and Chrys Rindlesbach. lots of fun and crazy experiences, trips are that ( a real trip) we collected lots of sea shells, and sea glass. And I hope I am not repeating

    myself, I hurt my knee when I jumped down into this big fishing boat we rented, after a month it is all better (so grateful)

    Chrys had to go in Huntsman cancer for 1/2 of her tongue removal, that was awful, they had to take tissue from both arms to repair it, and skin from the front of her leg to repair the wrists, she was in the hospital 19 days for all of this and no liquid to drink, She is staying with Aimee so she can take care of her, Still pretty weak but trying to get better, I think it will be terrible to eat for a long time. (we think diet coke was the enemy) our diets have so much to do with what happens to us.

    Well Bonnie and Joel can’t stop spending ( crazy) he got a new yellow corvette, he will never take it out of the garage. They are finishing the pool and pool house, Brent has the basement finished. And they bought another house in St George.

    Well we love you and know you are doing the Lord’s missionary work. Take care, Nancy and Brent Smith

    _____

  2. Hi to both of you, It is great to see a message on your blog. I check regularly and love to read about your experiences. It does sound like you are busy for sure. The cleanllness of the apartments…..now that must be quite the experience to check all those out. I would be stickler for that as well. I could handle teaching them once but the second time….not so much. Grant is keeping busy as usual. The Bishop has him doing all kinds of things in the Bishopric and Grant has really enjoyed serving with the group. I love how I have watched his testimony grow and grow.
    Happy Mother’s Day Jeanne! I hope you have had a extra special day. We are going down to my oldest sons’s home in Alpine in a little while for dinner and to await the call from their missionary in Chile. We are extra excited about this for sure.
    Please take care and it won’t be long before we will see you back home. Lots of love, Jill and Grant Marchant

  3. Isaac Fitzgerald gave a great talk in Sac. mtg. today. He actually read from the scriptures. It is really a miracle how he has changed. Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:01:49 +0000 To: rdavedoris@msn.com

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