|New Missionaries arrived Monday & Tuesday|
This has been a crazy week with new missionaries arriving, old missionaries returning home, several trips to the airport, a severe pain in my neck (almost certainly stress related) my 65th birthday, a cyclone that could have been devastating, but wasn't, and a visit from the Area President. Next week has to be a cake walk in comparison!
It is hard not to get attached to these young missionaries, and as they leave the mission we wish them the very best as they start these new chapters in their lives. It is an amazing experience to be at the mission home when the families arrive to both drop new missionaries off, and then two years later come to pick them up. Only mothers who have sent missionaries off can understand the aching you feel for them while they are gone. As a mother of four missionaries myself, I know exactly what these families are going through. The elders that are in the office a lot for one reason or another are the ones we really get attached to. Elder Tiatia and Elder Pati were two of these missionaries. It broke my heart to see them go, (both on my BD) but I know Elder Tiatia will be back soon, and Elder Pati is going to be an awesome missionary in PNG. The other seven who left this week are to be commended in every way for the many sacrifices, rejections and deprivations they have faced the last two years. My father, who was not a member, always said that missions were great for young people, as there was nothing worse that life could throw at them than what they experienced on a mission. However, there is nothing greater in this world than being an instrument in the Lord's hands, in helping someone to come to Christ and recognize the truth. I know all of you see these young men and women, wherever you live, and I pray that you will feel moved on to listen to their message.
|Our 7 Missionaries returning home with Honor|
Two to the States and Five to Samoa
|Saying Goodbye to two of our favorites|
|Cyclone Amos Game Night|
(I told Brent to look scared!)
My Scripture for the week is Mosiah 5: 7-8 "And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.