Bold Adventurers

Elder Reed and Sister Vicki Fanning, LDS Senior Missionaries

August 19, 2017

Saturday

We had a late start today.  Sister Fanning was moving slow from not enough sleep. She got her menu and grocery list finished for the week.

We went to Costco for groceries.  We stopped at the post office to mail an envelope.  We went to the Exchange and Commissary for shopping.  We had lunch at KFC at the Food Court.

We got home about 2:30.  We put the groceries away. We spent some time doing computer work.

We read an article that came in the folder from the Mission Office.  It was on becoming a consecrated missionary and came from a talk given by Elder Callister at the MTC. It had some really good information.

Elder Fanning made up the bed in the spare bedroom/office.  We got the bedding in the mail today.

We spent the rest of the evening relaxing.  Sister Fanning still had a sore neck.

We went to bed on time.

August 18, 2017

Friday

Sister Fanning had a very bad neck and headache today.  We spent the day taking it easy.  Elder Fanning did some laundry.  Sister Fanning did some computer work and organized her desk, in between resting.

We met the new senior missionaries moving in next door, Elder and Sister Lucherini.  They are S&I missionaries.  They come from a little town in Idaho, Cub River.  They are replacing Elder and Sister Van Dyke.

We got some cards from our grandchildren in Texas.  Even Berrett, the 18 month old, scribbled his message on a card for us.  It was fun hearing from them.

Elder Fanning got to bed on time.  Sister Fanning could not get to sleep until almost 3 am.

August 17, 2017

Thursday

This morning we made it to San Diego to the USO.  Parking is very expensive in San Diego.  It is $10 for 1-4 hours in a parking lot.  We were lucky to find a parking meter near the USO.  However, you had to use $1.25 in coins for an hour.  We had no coins, so Elder Fanning went to a bank for change.  It ended up being an investment bank, and the receptionist gave him change from her purse.  He walked back to feed the meter.

While he was doing that, Sister Fanning talked to the director of the USO and found out that all volunteer applications are done on line.  She walked back to the car and met Elder Fanning returning to the USO.

We went back home and immediately started the application process.  It will take a while before we can actually perform volunteer work.  The application process is very structured.  You need to finish some steps and then wait for them to get back to you. We are waiting to receive a USO Staff welcome.  We also have to get interviewed and attend an orientation.  We have completed about 25% of the application process.

Sister Fanning made a chicken taco casserole for a late lunch/early dinner.  It was yummy.  Elder Fanning visited with the senior missionaries next door.  They are going home in a couple of days.

Sister Fanning finished the resiliency flyer to give to the bishops.  We printed off one for the Bishop, one for the Relief Society President, one for the Elder’s Quorum President, and one to post.  We had an appointment with the Chula Vista Third Ward Bishop, but when we got there we found out he was at a youth activity.  We rescheduled the appointment.

Elder Fanning talked to the Ward Clerk about finding and identifying military members in the Ward.  The sister in charge of preparedness for the Ward stopped to talk and we ended up visiting with her for about a half hour. She wanted us to be on the Ward Preparedness Committee.  We explained that it was not in our purview.  She asked about the resiliency course, so we gave her one of the flyers.

We got home about 8:30.  We did some computer work and some dishes.  We went to bed late.

August 16, 2017

Wednesday

This morning Elder Fanning did some laundry.  Sister Fanning did some computer work.

Sister Fanning had a chiropractor appointment this afternoon.  She got a really good adjustment and some not so comfortable therapy.  She forgot her wallet so she had no money, no credit cards, and no driver’s license.  She told them she would pay next time and made an appointment for both her and Elder Fanning in two weeks.

Sister Fanning went out for takeout from Chili’s.  It was super fast since they are just down the street.

We spent the rest of the evening doing dishes and relaxing.

We are not able to do much during the daytime.  We decided that we want to volunteer with the USO.   We will go see them tomorrow morning in downtown San Diego.

We got to bed on time.

August 15, 2017

Tuesday

Today we decided to finish the apartment so we could concentrate on other things.  We got everything put away in the bedroom and master bath.  We dusted and changed the sheets.  We also hung a picture on the wall.

The next room we tackled was the living room.  We finished packing up the excess kitchen stuff in a couple of bins and put them in the storage outside.  We also packed one bin of things we brought, but will not be using.  We put that bin in one of the bedroom closets.  We rearranged the furniture.  We set up a charging station for the tablets and phones.  We finished arranging mission things on the bookcase.  We hung a family picture in the living room.

We had been using the dining room table as a catch-all for things that did not yet have a place, and empty baskets waiting to be filled.  We were able to clean off the table and get everything in its place.  We also hung a picture in the dining room.

We spent some time in the office, rearranging furniture and getting the last few things put away.  Sister Fanning still has a stack of things on her desk to deal with.

The last thing we did was hang a plaque in the hall.  We purchased it when we went to the Star Valley Temple.  There was a woodworking shop across the street for the temple.  The owner made various large wooden carved plaques with LDS topics on them, such as the Proclamation on the Family, The Living Christ, and the Young Women’s Values.  After we read The Fellowship of the Unashamed, we had to buy it.  It describes what we want to become.  We have included it below.

We are really happy that everything is organized and unpacked.  We went to bed late.

The Fellowship of the Unashamed

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed.

The dye has been cast out. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tainted visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, am uplifted by prayer, and labor with power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, and my goal is Heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear!

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, divided, or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, or let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, and paid up the Cause of Christ.

I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till I know, and work till He stops me. And when He returns for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My banner will be clear.

August 14, 2017

Monday

Sister Fanning was up for a couple of hours in the middle of last night.  She did some organizing.  As a result, she slept later than usual.

We had a lunch date with the LDS Chaplain just got back from a deployment with a destroyer squadron.  We met him and his wife at the Boston Market about 25 miles north of here.  He will be the San Diego Naval Hospital Chaplain for the next year.  We got a lot of good information from both of them.  We got a name of someone to call to get information on the military housing areas.  We also talked to him about lay leaders on ships.  He thinks that even though Chaplain Hoffman was eager to help, he will not get much cooperation from those in his supervisory chain of command.  However, we will take any help we can get.  We spent over three hours talking to them.  They are a special couple, and we learned a lot from them.  She told me that San Diego is a hard mission for Military Relations Specialists.  We know there is a lot of work to do, but it appears that the priesthood leaders with whom we have interacted are much more supportive than they were a couple of years ago.

It took about 20 minutes to drive to the lunch appointment.  However, on the way home we experienced the San Diego gridlock about which we had heard so much.  It took over an hour to get back home. We ended up getting off the freeway a couple of exits from home and taking the back way to our apartment.

Sister Fanning finished the resiliency flyer.  She emailed it to Elder and Sister Wiggin. They will make any changes that they feel necessary. This flyer will go to the chaplains to distribute to the military families that they come in contact with at various activities.  It will also be sent to the ships.  We will probably not start our class in the Chula Vista Stake until January. The class that the Wiggin’s are teaching will end in November.  We will wait until after the holidays.

Sister Fanning also emailed the military wife in charge of the Facebook page for the Chula Vista Stake Military Family Network.  They are having a meet-and-greet family home evening next Monday that we are looking forward to attending.

We spent the rest of the evening doing computer work, organizing, and relaxing.  We got to bed on time.

August 13, 2017

Sunday

This morning we went to Sacrament Meeting in the Otay Lakes Ward.  We slipped out a little early so we would be at the Base Chapel for Sacrament Meeting at 12:30.  We set things up and waited, but no one came. We left to go to the Harbor Ward for the rest of the block.

We slipped in the back of the chapel overflow about 20 minutes before Sacrament Meeting was over.  The counselor in the Bishopric who was conducting called Elder Fanning up to introduce us and bear his testimony.  There were three BUD/S trainees who had been picked up by a member.  They were able to stay for the whole block, so we did not have to take them back to base.  We went to Sunday School, Relief Society and Priesthood Meeting.

In order to get to the Bonita chapel and back, we have to get on one or two freeways.  We decided to take the scenic way home, which is longer but avoids the freeways.  We drove by another chapel in the Stake on the way home.

We had leftover fried chicken and mashed potatoes for dinner.  Sister Fanning fell asleep in her chair again after dinner.  Elder Fanning made several calls to set up appointments with all of the Bishops in the Stake who have military living within their boundaries.  He was able to make appointment with four of five bishops.  We have already met with the Harbor Ward Bishop.  We skipped the two Spanish-speaking Wards and the YSA Ward.

We did a couple of loads of dishes before bed and watched a couple of BYU TV shows.  We got to bed on time.

August 12, 2017

Saturday

This morning we took it easy and slowly.  We left to go grocery shopping about noon.

We picked up some things at the Exchange. While we were there, a salesman gave a demonstration on some rings you can mount on your tablet or phone so you don’t drop them.  You can also use it to hang your electronics on a hook anywhere you want to place the hook.  It also works as a stand to prop you electronics up hands-free. We got a couple and will see if they work.

There was a donations-only car wash given by the Petty Officers who will be promoted to Chief Petty Officer next year.  It costs them a lot in uniform upgrades.  They didn’t like the way our car looked after the first wash so they washed it a second time.  It took a couple of hours because there were so many having their cars washed.  It looked good afterwards.

We stopped at the commissary for some groceries.  We took them home and put away the frozen and cold food.

We went exploring this afternoon.  Sister Fanning found a place called Eastlake where there were a lot of stores and restaurants.  We found a Trader Joe’s, a Sprouts Grocery Store, and a Nothing Bundt Cake Store.  We also found a Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang’s, Chik fil a, and many more.  We had dinner at Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

We spent the rest of the evening doing computer work and relaxing.  We got to bed on time.

August 11, 2017

Friday

We spent another day in the house today.  We got a lot done.  After getting all of the furniture moved around, we found out that we have a recliner chair that had no place to go.  We will have to have Elder Cummings pick it up and put it with the excess furniture.

We spent some time working at organizing and unpacking.  We did some computer work.  Sister Fanning made fried chicken and mashed potatoes for dinner.  She also prepared the Military Relations report for August and submitted it.

We can’t believe how fast time goes when we are working around the house.  Maybe it’s just because we are older and slower.

We went to bed on time.

August 10, 2017

Today was another work inside day.  We finished the office today.  We also packed up the kitchen things that belong to the mission.  Sister Fanning brought most of her kitchen things.  The mission kitchen things were just duplicates.

We went back to the Verizon store because Sister Fanning could not download any apps on her tablet from Play Store.  She used her ISU email account to set up her Google account. Due to contract difficulties between ISU and Google, Play Store is blocked to some ISU accounts.  She could not figure out how to substitute a new email account for the ISU email account.  She could not just delete the existing email account.  The salesman who helped us on Tuesday fixed it very quickly.  We also stopped at Target for a few things.  Every day we note some things we are missing like hot pads.  We found a straw fedora for Elder Fanning to keep his head from getting sunburned.

We continued to straighten and organize.  We went to bed on time.

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