President Albright got up this morning at around 5:00 a.m. He has 4 or 5 (I'm not sure) Stake Correlation Council meetings today. These are all in 5 different stakes centers. He and Pres. Ward left early to get to the first one at 7:30. He will be covering a lot of the mission in the car today. The last one is from 6:30 to 8:00. He'll get home just in time for call-ins from the zone leaders which is every Sunday evening. They call with weekly reports and updates. It'll be a long ward for Pres. Albright.
I attended our ward (The Burke Ward ) at 9:00. It is a warm and friendly ward and I am beginning to recognize a few faces. It is hard though because most sundays we attend other wards. This is because President usually has some kind of meeting and so we fit in attendance where and when we can. There are also many Stake Conferences to attend. With 8 stakes holding conference twice a year, that accounts for 16 weeks not attending our ward (about a third of the year).
On Sundays in Las Vegas, our home was usually filled with kids, grandkids, and parents visiting. Even when President Albright was gone for meetings (which was most of the time) the house was a mecca of activity. I miss all the little ones and their noise and kisses. I miss the big kids too. They are my best friends. I don't know how the pioneers did it. I sure admire them, but am so grateful I live today. It's just hard to imagine life with No phones, no car, no radio, no TV, no CDs. Listening to the spirit was probably easier back then without so much distraction from all the worldly conveniences. A mission is a little like that. All these young missionaries get so close to the spirit not only because they rely on it for guidance in their work, but because they have a more peaceful and quiet atmosphere in which the spirit can be heard. I imagine He feels more like He's been invited to enter the room and visit.
The mission is teaching me lots of things. Like maybe I have been too busy to let the spirit speak to me as often as He may have been trying . Maybe I will learn to hear him more here in the mission field.