Wednesday, February 29, 2012


We arrived at the Battalion Site a few minutes before five Tuesday and changed into our costumes. 
We ride the electric trolley from our RV site most days.  It is about a 20 minute ride and then about a 6 minute walk ad we enjoy whizzing by all the traffic on the freeway.  When we got there  we were told that we had to hurry and go into the backroom for something important.  We thought we had done something wrong.  But there to our surprise were two friends from Coeur d' Alene, Robert and Janet Shirts.  We had no idea they would be in town.  They had waited for us to get there so we could give them the tour.  Yikes. We had only practiced and never given a real tour. 

So it was a baptism by fire so to speak.  Mark and I took a deep breath and jumped in.  I think it was a bit shaky and I was nervous but they said we did fine.  It was nice to have a frie4ndly face the first time.

Mark and Pat Day with Janet and Robert Shirts

Wednesday was the Preparation Day for all the young sister missionaries so the senior couples were in charge of all the tours.  We spent from 8 am until 9 am learning some presentation techniques and then we were off.  It has been cool here in San Diego for the last few days so  the tours were small but steady.  Sometime midmorning I went to the door to greet some folks and who should be there but another frirend, Sandy Simon and her son Ben Zimmerman from Post Falls Idaho.  They too wanted a tour frrom us and so there we were on stage with friends again.  We did much better this time and it was fun to see them.  I gave a total of 4 tours this day and Mark gave 5.  He is amazing and people love to talk to him because he knows the story of the Mormon Battalion so well.  We have a lot of Chinese people who come here and he has given away 3 Books of Mormon in Chinese to people who requestd them.

Last night after our shift at 5 we went to dinner with the other couple to a nice restaurant on the hill called The Acapulco.  It overlooked Old Town and San Diego and had a wonderfrul view and the food was great.  Everytime we eat out we think that is the best food and we haven't even begun to touch all of the restaurants here.

I can't wait until Christmas  next year. I guess they have luminaries and a live Nativity scene here.

This is Sister Young from Massachuetts.  She is such a sweetheart and has helped train me to do the tours. I was so nervous but she jumped right in when I forgot things, and was so supportive.  I am going to make her favorite treat, Rice Krispie Treats.

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