Shared with Old Friends
Thank you all ever so much for the gracious and warm welcome you shared with me when I arrived midmorning yesterday at your LDS Meetinghouse doorstep in LaVale, Maryland.
Visiting and worshipping with you was a very big deal for me.
It just has been too many years (and years) since my last visit.
Baptized on February 22nd, 1969, as a truly starving student at Frostburg State College in Western Maryland, yours then was the Frostburg-Cumberland Branch of the Blue Ridge Mission District of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
Years later (1978), my wife Carolyn and children David & Sarah moved from 810 Shriver Avenue in Cumberland to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Even so, my memories of the time spent with you remain most sweet and precious to me.
In point of fact, it was your fellowship that sustained and strengthened my faith when, as a college student, my family and friends rejected and disdained me and my newfound faith.
Further and also during that time, it was your dinner table generosity and hospitality that helped sustain me, often when I simply did not even know where or when would be my next meal.
Moreover, there have been many more kindnesses bestowed upon me and mine from so many of you in the years thereafter.
The years speed by much more quickly now for me, and I do not know when, if ever, I may pass your way again.
So, adieu, at least for now, and may God bless you all real good.