We made it to our apartment today. It is quite nice. It is very eclectic. That means none of the furniture matches, but that is okay. It will suffice. It has been overcast all day with rain beginning this afternoon. At least it wasn't snowing. We met the mission president and his wife this morning. They are very nice people. We have been able to get most of our things put away this afternoon and evening. We even found the Costco and Target. Thank heavens for the GPS. One of the senior missionary sisters called a while ago and in the course of our conversation told me that there is no such thing as a straight road in New Jersey. She said traffic is insane. Her husband drives some missionaries over the river to New York for some kind of doctor appointments. She said they live about 12 miles from New York City and it takes up to 2 hours to get there. Crazy!! We also get to go to the temple in Manhattan regularly. We start working hard tomorrow with two days worth of training with the missionaries. We will have to go to the Morristown Chapel. It is supposed to be only 25 minutes away, but we were told to leave an hour early due to traffic. That means we will leave here by 7 am. We have been assigned to work in an English speaking branch, although we are also supposed to help with two Spanish branches. These branches are not in a stake, but in a district. So our final responsibilities are not finalized yet.
By the way. The deli that is downstairs isn't in business. We were disappointed because we were going to have lunch there.
The above was by Sister Shaw. The following is by Elder Shaw.
I looked through the window into the deli and it looks like it's being worked on. So maybe it will be another apartment or a business. As you can tell, we got the computer up and running with the internet through our portable hot spot. The only problem is I can't find the power adapter for the speakers. It may still be in the car somewhere. I'll look tomorrow if I get a chance. As Sister Shaw mentioned above, we have two days of missionary training starting tomorrow at 8AM.
It is hard to describe the feelings we have had as we attended the MTC and as we met the senior couples working in the mission office and then as we met with our mission president. The Spirit is so incredibly strong; testifying that this is God's very work. Seeing all of those young missionaries in the MTC reminded me of D&C 95:4 where the Lord refers to what He was going to do in our day as "my strange act." What could be more strange than a church that sends out a bunch of teenagers to preach the gospel? Maybe even more strange is the fact that they do it at their own expense!
Anyway, the gospel is true and we are completely enjoying this experience.
We love all of our children and our grandchildren and that includes Ron, Amy, Blair, Andrea, and Tyler.
Elder & Sister Shaw
P.S. We have a washer and dryer in our apartment. Yea!!