Another long, tiring week gone here in the good ol' VA. Not much has really changed except that the Hopewell ward has started becoming more missionary minded of late. We're still waiting on Bishop to finalize and put the Ward Missionary Plan into effect and then he wants us to have a "Missionary Day" in church in the next few weeks. I just hope this doesn't overdo it. The past couple weeks' lessons have been on missionary work from the Teachings of President George Albert Smith.
Well, this past week we lost our two longest running members at the Ft. Lee Branch. Chad arrived a few weeks before I did and Marcus had been there since last November or so. We were invited to attend their graduation and that was pretty cool. It was odd not having them there on Saturday or at church on Sunday because they've just ... always been there, and faithfully to boot. If nobody else came, they were still there. And it was hilarious because of how different they both are. Chad always had something cynical to say and still made it funny whereas Marcus just had one of the loudest laughs you've ever heard. They'll be missed.
Other than that, there's really not too much going on. The Youth did a trek a couple weeks back and the ward is putting on a Pioneer Day BBQ this weekend so Saturday seems to be planned out to be one large feast, because that's in the morning and then we've got the Branch activity and then we've got a dinner appointment ... well, we're taken care of for at least one day. ;)
At any rate, I hope everyone's doing alright and staying safe. I love you all. Keep hope burning and find joy.
-Elder John Y. Roberts