Thirteen years ago while Paul worked in the CES headquarters in the Church Office Building, Salt Lake City, he was, for a time, in charge of library services for the seminaries and institutes. On occasion he was sent to evaluate seminary and institute libraries. He traveled from Cedar City to Pocatello, Idaho. He would remove books from the shelves that had little or no value and heap them up on a table. He pulled 700 such books from the institute library in Pocatello. He identified books that might be sold to assist the budget. He also removed books that were controversial and anti-Mormon. He spent nearly the entire day, the 13th, at the Reno Institute of Religion, pulling over 200 books and numerous audio cassettes. It was great fun. Some of the shelves looked rather bare when he finished.
The next day, Tuesday, was the weekly district training meeting for the missionaries held in the Sparks stake center. Gail always brings a treat for the 35-40 there--such as sweet rolls, brownies, apple crisp, etc--in large quantities that are cheap and easy to make to fill up the elders and treat the sisters. She was left to carry on with that voluntary responsibility when the senior couple we replaced--the Mellors--went home.
The Monday WalMart run
On Stake Temple day Gail was able to get many of her baptisms, initiatory, endowments and sealings performed. It was Paul's first time seeing the new motion picture. In the Bountiful Temple he was never assigned an endowment session. He was greatly moved. We understand another film will soon be shown in the temples.
One Sunday we accompanied two missionaries who taught a lesson on the Book of Mormon to a mother and two children who are inactive. They live in a run down trailer that has empty pop bottles and other trash laying around on the floor. Paul was specifically invited to answer questions. Another daughter, age 14, was too ill to join with us. The young man, Noah, age 16, is very bright and had a lot of interesting questions. Paul did a good job of answering them to his satisfaction. Noah's sister, age 13, played with her enormous dog (in the small quarters no less) and had on her ear phones the entire time and probably didn't hear a word we said. But Noah committed to reading the Book of Mormon and we think he will. He seems to be well read.
At the end of the discussion we all bore our testimony of the book as well as the mother. Her testimony was very interesting. She has made some very poor choices in life--a terrible example to her children. They all have different fathers--none of them married to their mother. WE really feel sorry for the poor children.
Four missionary sisters from the district came to dinner last week and four elders are coming tonight. The elders like to have Paul to answer their questions. They are always a lively and energetic group and fun to visit with. I am always amazed with the amount of food the elders can consume.
Last Saturday we attended our second missionary breakfast at President Johnson's home. A Hindu man from India spoke briefly. Next Saturday President Johnson is sponsoring an interdenominational prayer service at the Stake Center in regard to the terrible ongoing drought in Nevada. President Johnson expects Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu leaders to be in attendance.
President Johnson's breakfast
Hindu man with Paul