We started this morning with Ward Council in the Paradise Hills Ward in the San Diego Stake at 9:00. We left as soon as we introduced ourselves and had a discussion about our responsibilities.
We drove straight to the San Diego 6th Ward in the San Diego Stake for Sacrament Meeting at 10:00. We were a couple of minutes late. We stayed for an appointment with the Bishop after Sacrament meeting. We also talked with him about the resiliency course and our need for a list of military members.
We had an extra half hour so we drove down Point Loma to Sunset Cliffs Beach and took some photos. It was cloudy and raining.
We drove to the Naval Fleet Center Chapel for the 1:00 LDS meeting. We got there about 12:25. We stayed until 1:30, but again no one came.
We drove to the Harbor Ward and arrived there for the last 20 minutes of Sacrament Meeting. As soon as the meeting was over, a counselor in the Bishopric introduced us to a sailor who wanted to be set apart as a group leader for his helicopter squadron who are deploying immediately and unexpectedly. We got him together with the Bishop for an initial interview. However, since we only had two days for the interviews, calling, setting apart, and training by both the Church and the Navy, it was not possible.
The Relief Society President approached us about Chris and Susan. His aunt called again and talked to the Relief Society President. Susan had the baby on Friday after being induced. Sister Fanning called the hospital, but it appeared that Susan had already been released. We will try to see the family tomorrow.
We went to the San Diego 1st Ward in the San Diego Stake to meet with the Bishop at 3:45. We again talked about the resiliency course and a list of military members. Every Bishop we met with today gave us one or two names to visit first. The Bishop was interested in getting a map showing the military housing areas in his Ward. He said they have over 1,000 members on the rolls of the Ward and about 175 members attend. We could tell he was overwhelmed. Elder and Sister Chipman are full-time Member and Leader Support Missionaries in this Ward. We decided to coordinate with them.
While we were going over names, Elder Fanning noticed that there was a Melanie Fanning on the Ward list. The Bishop looked up her record, and we found out that she is Elder Fanning’s niece. We will have to go see her. She has not been active for years and years. Elder Fanning was not even aware that she had been baptized since her parents have never been active since their teens.
We spent about two and a half hours on the freeways today driving between chapels. We got home about 5:00. We had leftovers for dinner.
We received two lists of military families via email today – one from the Sand Diego 6th Ward and one from the Chula Vista 3rd Ward. We spent some time snoozing and relaxing We got to bed on time.
A couple of pictures of the Sunset Cliffs.
There is a sailboat in this photo.