Sunday, February 16, 2014


What a wonderful week it has been!  First we were set apart as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by President Peterson.  Amazing blessings! We were invited to have our older grandchildren give us a congratulatory hug after we were set-apart.

On Monday morning we went to the Sacred Gifts display of religious art of Carl Bloch, Heinrich Hofmann, and Frans Schwartz.  Their testimony of the Savior is displayed by their wonderful painting of different gospel events.  Wonderful exhibit! What a great way to start our mission!

Our next event was going to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) is Provo for a week of training.  We loved the atmosphere of all the other much younger Elders and Sisters called to go all over the world to teach the gospel.

MTC tradition is that you have to go to the map and show where you have been called to go.  Who are we to change tradition?  After getting all the necessary checking in events completed we went to our first meetings with about 40 other senior couples attending this week's training.  We were put in District 10 with the Jefferies', Coleman's and Kaona's.  Elder and Sister Coleman left on Friday morning to begin their journey to Cameroon, Africa. They are replacing a couple in the same mission as Jeff's parents are serving. Elder and Sister Kaona are going to serve a mission at the St.George Visitor Center (like Kim's parents). Elder and Sister Jefferies were the youngest of the Seniors and are serving in the Draper, Utah Stake.

Nancy got quite a few complements on her "sweet pen" that Lauren made along with a bouquet of flowers.  Check it out...

A few of the key points from the last week:
*We teach with our head but we testify with our hearts.
*There is no growth in the comfort zone and there is no comfort in the growth zone.
*When hard times come upon us, get out of the boat and take the first steps (Peter).

One of my favorite quotes of the week was from Pres. Hunter, " A great indicator of one's personal conversion is the desire to share the gospel with others."  We are converted!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Getting Close

Monday we start our journey with a trip to the Missionary Training Center in Provo Utah.  We will use this blog to keep family and friends up to date on our journey.