The Work Goes On
On November 1, we celebrated the half way point in our mission. It is hard to believe that as we move on to the month of December that we've been in the mission field for ten months.
The process of digitizing books for those doing genealogy work continues at a much greater pace as our competency increases and our center becomes more established. As we begin the month of December, our total output includes 335,933 captured images and a total of 743 items on line with Internet Archives and Family Search. The books that have been put on line can be seen at https://archive.org/details/uffamilysearch?sort=-publicdate.
The books shown are the most recent that we've digitized and are awaiting approval from Internet Archive's quality control program before being returned to the library. The baskets contain books yet to be worked on. There are "always" more books!
One of the unique aspects of our mission comes from the fact that we're in a partnership that includes the University of Florida. We work in one of their facilities and thus follow their calendar including time off for holidays. Besides two days for Thanksgiving, we were also off on Veterans Day and for the University of Florida's homecoming. That's right, the entire campus closed down for homecoming!
We take advantages of holidays and Saturdays by visiting the sites within our mission's boundary. On Veterans Day, we traveled to Cedar Key located on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
A great lunch of seafood in a local restaurant and a couple of hours in the community's museum made the day a success.
Thanksgiving - Time for Friends and Family
President and Sister Craig decided to spend their last Thanksgiving in the mission field with the senior missionaries. Everyone was invited to the mission home for a Thanksgiving feast and fellowship.
Currently, there are nine senior couples in the Florida Jacksonville mission with another couple coming in a few weeks. We enjoy the time we have to spend with President and Sister Craig.
It is always a good month when you have a chance to be in the temple with a room full of missionaries! We had that opportunity again in November.