Even with Andrea moving to SF, there has been a net gain in the number of Pimentels in Alameda for the Summer. Cari is home after her first year at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Lisa and her husband, John, and baby Mia stayed with us. It has been a full house and we love it.
Colleen has completed her tour of duty as Relief Society president and has been called to be in charge of stake activities and to serve in the Primary nursery in our ward. I (Uncle Jay) have been released from Church public affairs in order to serve in the Oakland Temple Pageant presidency. Megan participated this year in the stage chorus and loved it that cousin Spencer was there with us.
John taught the gospel doctrine class in the Alameda Ward this summer and returns to New Jersey as the early morning seminary teacher. Lisa is teaching Primary there. Cari has been the public affaris rep and historian in her ward in SLO. Megan is the youth president of our Stake Girls' Camp this year.
Megan, Colleen and I were part of our stake's youth trek this summer. We used replica handcarts to trek for three days on the Mormon Emigrant Trail southwest of Lake Tahoe. We worked hard and got hot, tired and dirty. It was a fabulous experience (for other reasons). We had our testimonies blessed and our appreciation for the pioneers increased.
We were able to squeeze in a few days in Twain Harte. With Lisa & John's baby, Mia, in attendance we were able to make it 5 generations of our family that have vacationed in Twain Harte. We discovered a new attraction on the road between Columbia and Moaning Cave - Natural Bridges. An area where we are allowed to swim through a limestone cave. A new twist on spelunking.
We have been blessed to be involved with the teaching and baptism of some wonderful people lately and it has been an inspiring reminder that the gospel is true and that those who earnestly seek to know do receive answers to their prayers and do exercise faith unto baptism.
We love and appreciate you all.