Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Did we say the snow had melted away?

Well, this is the scene today as we got ready to make a visit to one of our shut-in members. We had a very nice visit with brother and sister Hille at their mobile home on the east side of town. By the time we were ready to leave from their home the storm had really started to set in and we decided to postpone our drive up to Big Island to check on the Hancock family. They live on top of a rocky hill only accessible by a rutted gravel trail. Our Nissan Altima is a great road car, but is much too low slung for some of the off-road places our members reside, especially in stormy weather. So, we'll try them when things clear a little later in the week.

This picture was taken from the car window just before I completed this blog, up at the Welcome Center in Bedford, while the snow continued to come down.

With the melting of the snow this past week, we began to see the return of the deer to our yard, foraging for something edible.
We counted 8 deer scattered about the property. I took several pictures through the upper bedroom window. I think only three are visible in this photo.

These are the missionaries presently laboring in the Roanoke Virginia Zone. President and Sister Thornock joined in for the picture. (Regretably, Sister Chapman was ill and not in attendance).
Our new District Leader, Elder Cowley of Orem, Utah is in the front row on the extreme right. His companion, Elder Liddiard of Elk Ridge, Utah is standing next to me in the back row.
This picture was taken at the conclusion of our most recent Zone Conference, held at the Roanoke Virginia Stake Center in Salem the last Wednesday of February. It was a great Conference with excellent instruction and inspiration from President and Sister Thornock, the Assitants and our Zone Leaders.