Sunday, February 19, 2012

Valentines Day eating on the "Roof" at the Gardens above the office where we work at the Family History Center

Salt Lake Temple

Overseeing the city

Bottom righthand corner is Pres Uchtdorf's office and lefthand corner is Pres. Monson's



On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 1:32 PM, Janice Spainhower <> wrote:
Friends and Family,
It has been quite the first week of really working and doing missionary assignments. We have been assigned to work at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. Monday and Tuesday were very stressful days as we learned the process of auditing the work of information extracted by indexers. We check for possible errors and then our work is checked again. It is quite the process and the many brothers and sisters there at the center are so kind and helpful and are grateful to have our help. They have stacks of work that needs to be completed before the next census comes out, which doesn't give us a lot of time. Getting up at 6:00 am has also been a rude awakening for the two of us. It has been a great thing to learn the process of family history work and preparing it for those people that are searching for the ancestors. There is a lot more to it than I realized. Sitting all day and staring at a computer is hard on our eyes and back but we can take breaks as often as we need. We work from 8:00 to 4:00 each day and the days go by very quickly. There is a prayer meeting each morning before work at 7:30 and on Monday mornings  there is a special one hour meeting with the FHC Presidency and their wives, a choir, and 8 to 10 speakers from missionaries who are serving there. They talk for 3 minutes about their life and what brought them to where they are today. What a wonderful inspiring way to start your day off. I feel so inadequate in the over all scheme of things after listening to some of these personal stories of those we associate with. It makes me realize how I am nothing without my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ.
Wed and Thursday I stayed home with my good old kidney stones again. Doug stayed with me on Wed but went without me on Thursday. He's such a good man and teaches me a lot when it comes to doing what needs to be done.
Friday was a good day and we went to work and enjoyed the day accomplishing as much as we could. We left work at 3:30 and went to Ogden to get a drivers license for me that can be used in Spain along with our US licenses'. Doug already got his. We came home and studied some more Spanish. We try to get our scripture study and Spanish in each day, along with other things that need to be done.
Saturday we caught up on the mundane chores of life and then I started to get sick with a chest cold. I think someone is trying to tell me to start living better!! I think too many early mornings, a stressful week physically and mentally, and not enough water while sitting at the computer all day.
Sunday it had snowed all night and was a beautiful sight in the morning. We will miss the snow and the beauty of it but not the cold and the mess of it!! Doug is trying to catch my cold so we both ended up staying home from church to rest for the coming week. We miss the association of the good people in our ward when we are not there. Although, I believe they think we are just kidding them about going on a mission. Who me?
How blessed we are to have in our lives the true gospel of Jesus Christ who taught His gospel to those He lived among. We are truly blessed to have been born of goodly parents as Nephi was and to live in this free land that God prepared for us.
We love our dear families and friends and pray you will always remember how very thankful we should be each day for the blessings we enjoy because of Him.
We are thinking of you always,
Elder and Sister Spainhower
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