I expect that Sundays are going to regularly be long days for us. We again arose early so that we could travel to the Port Charlotte Ward. Yes, it was about an hour drive south of us. Fortunately, they are the only unit meeting in their building, so they hold ward council at 8:30 am and then the block of meetings commences at 10 am. My impression is this is a large and well-functioning ward. They have four missionaries assigned to the ward, and a couple of people asked if they could have two additional missionaries assigned. Although the ward members are involved, the current missionaries are not yet teaching 20 lessons per week, which is the goal for the missionaries.
Following the meetings, we returned to the Sarasota chapel to attend the Sacrament Meeting for the YSA branch. We happened to meet a young man who is a member of the Church last week when I purchasing some walking shoes. He mentioned that he was speaking this week, so we wanted to attend the Sacrament Meeting. He gave a fine talk. He is working to save money for his mission and hopes to leave at the end of the summer.
I ended the day with my weekly phone call to father. Fortunately, he continues to do well. He really enjoys the phone calls and visits he receives from family members.