Another small group consisted of a Bishop, his Councilor, and another established ward member who had brought from Aberdeen, Scotland, three brand new converts and one returning member. Two of the new converts were from China, and will return there in a few months. The awe and purity in their faces as they were baptized was so beautiful. So amazing to us was that a young Bishop would take two days off work to bring new converts to the temple himself, rather than delegate it, or assume someone else would do it. Such dedication and commitment! As a side note that I will not let Craig edit out, I have to say that the returning member was a fellow about Craig's age, who was well educated and had been quite successful. At the end of the session he asked if he could speak with Craig privately. He said, "I feel really good just being around you. What suggestions do you have for me so I can be like you?" And I get to be his companion 24/7!!!!
Every now and then we are reminded that not everybody is thrilled to have Americans helping here in the temple. (But that's okay, we're not here for them.) But there is a dear Sister Campbell who comes once a month from Scotland to spend a week working in the temple, who knits a sweater for each of the American sisters who serves here. I love the sweater that she just gave me, and will wear it through the years and feel of her love.
|The picture does not do it justice - it is so beautiful.|
|Our little village of Chorley is so delightful. These lovely flower boxes line|
the intersection for miles. So happy! (Finally got a sunny day to take this!)