Thursday, November 27, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
"After failing to destroy John Schofield’s Federal army near Spring Hill the previous morning, Gen. John Bell Hood led his 30,000 Confederates to the outskirts of Franklin, Tennessee on November 30, 1864. Determined not to let Schofield reach the safety of Nashville, Hood unleashed a precipitous frontal assault against the entrenched Federal defenders. Despite nearly breaking through the center of the Union line, Hood’s forces were driven back with heavy losses. The bloody assault cost Hood more than 6,000 casualties, including six dead Confederate generals."
So, on the coldest day that we have seen so far we wrapped up in our snuggies and headed out to the town of Franklin (less than 10 miles). It is
There were many, many spectators who brought their lawn chairs and placed them along the side of the battlefield. We even had our own lawn chairs. After securing a good spot to view the war we had a good time visiting the soldiers' camp. I have included some pictures.
This young man is getting into the spirit of things at a very young age. These costumes are not cheap, but to a southerner they are priceless. (I guess)
This was a group of slaves who were singing spirituals. They were really good. I tried to record some of their music on my phone, but they were just too far away.
This is the Doctor's wife. Poor lady. In order to see her husband she had to go out to the
I would love to say this was the
prayer meeting before the battle.....but that wouldn't be true. They are passing out books, rations, and whiskey.
After we won the war we were ready for another week of Missionary work. Things were busy at the office with 17 new missionaries coming in on Monday, and 10 leaving on Tuesday. On Thursday it became necessary for Darryl and I to take a run down to Baxter, TN (about 100 miles east of Nashville). We had to go because we were setting up a new apartment for Elders there and the Water Company and the Electric Company would not sign us up for service without the Lessee (me) coming in person to sign on the dotted line. That is a small town thing. But we
Saturday, November 15, 2014
have spent hours there, but actually only got about 45 minutes as they close early on Saturday. What I learned is that I need a lot of practice to make my quilting stitches
Also in Paducah we saw the long wall
The trip to Paducah also gave us the opportunity to have lunch in Paducah with two of our favorite sister missionaries,
On our way home to Nashville we were able to connect to three other sister missionaries, Sister McDonald (also known as Happy Meal) and her two companions Sister Rokowitz and Oldroyd. Sorry, no picture of them. We had a fun time at Fazoli. This is a threesome because Sister Happy Meal's companion went home early. It was a sad time for Happy Meal, so I hope we cheered her up a little. This threesome serves in Clarksville Tennessee. It was such a fun day.
Since that time we have not done much travelling. Last Saturday was the Stake Roadshow. Each unit (Ward) has prepared a 20-25 minute show using the youth and ward members. They write and perform a story. The performances here in Nashville were way above average, which is not surprising because of the ample supply of talent residing in this city. One of the wards pre-recorded. the sound for their show so that you could hear every line and musical number. The costumes were out of this
Well, not long ago I had flash-back moment. about 30 years ago (not long after we had moved to Tucson), I was in charge of delivering baked potatoes for a Seminary Graduation. I loaded them and the kids in the car to take them to the Stake Center......only to find out the meeting was not there. I drove all over town trying to find this place, only to arrive in time to serve the potatoes for dessert. ....... Well, Sister Godfrey, Sister Crawford (in the picture) and I were delivering the lunch (Subway Sandwich box lunches) for about 40. The building we were going to is the building I go to church in.....but we were going from the office (a completely different direction). We had two phones with GPS guiding us......and we got so lost. We knew we were in trouble when we saw the street sign where the office is. But we re-couped; but not before the President called to see if we were alive. We actually were only about 10 minutes late. I think that was the last time they will trust me to drive.
This is Elder Dunn trying to explain to Elder Shiner what was wrong with his gas receipts and mileage log.
Okay....it is now getting cold! Thursday when we drove into the office it was about 25 degrees. This Tucson girl is not fond of COLD. I am now dressing with 3 layers and a heater at my feet in the office. Some people in the office insist on the thermostat being at 70 degrees. I am only agreeable at 75-80 degrees. I do have my own office, so it is the warmest room in the Tenn. Nashville Mission Office.