We don't feel worked to death, only filled to the brim with the experience of beautiful, miraculous events and feelings, with more to come before we go home. Only a few more weeks left on this mission and we go home already wanting to serve another. A mission is highly addictive in a good way. Yet, the time is drawing near to reconnect with our loving family. Family is another important mission in life that must be tended to as well.
I thought I could make it through our last meeting with the missionaries in Ashton and Chorley zone, but then everyone stood up to sing, "Called to Serve . . . "
Yes, today was a day of see-you-laters to many we will never see again in this lifetime. They are all the finest caliber of people--the young missionaries and senior missionaries. We have a new mission president and his wife, and they are the cream of the crop amongst members in the Church because that is who the Lord calls to be over missions. We have now had four different mission presidents (and wives) on two missions and they all are individuals who are the wisest among the wise, most experienced in gospel understanding, full of great faith, multi-talented, and enormously dedicated to God and loving others. The training we receive from them is the most extensive and effective "corporate" training in the world. Nothing but the scriptures themselves compare to the inspired and motivational enlightenment we receive from mission presidents and their wives.
|Our new mission president and his wife shaking hands with all of the missionaries. The second missionary in line here has a mother faithfully searching the blogs for something about her son. There's more for you at the end of this blog, Sister B. ( :|
Today, our new mission president challenged us to finish the race at full speed--to gather up that last bit of energy and burst forth with all we have to end on a high level of commitment to share the gospel with as many as we can these last few days and weeks. Can do!
A question of the day from our new mission president: "What will you remember when you've forgotten everything else?" I think we will always remember the people, that God loves each one. We won't remember in a few years a lot of what we think we'll never forget, but we will not forget certain experiences with individuals and miracles connected with them. We won't forget the urgency to share the gospel with everyone who will listen, to help them feel the love of our Savior. Those things are burned indelibly into our minds and hearts, impossible to erase by any means.
Memories of the day are captured below, but mostly for Sister B's benefit so she can see her son.
|View of the nice Chorley Stake Centre. Missionaries standing in line to meet the new mission president and his wife at the end of zone conference.|
|Sorry, Mom B. but your son wouldn't stand still for a shot. He's wondering why in the world this senior sister missionary is stalking him for photos.|
|At least Elder B's companion likes his picture taken. Maybe his mom will see him here.|
|Talking with the president|
|Finally standing still enough for a photo!|
|How many missionary companions do you know with matching ties? They said two identical ties came in a box.|
|A great missionary from Bulgaria. He speaks English well.|
|We have served in several areas with this great missionary, who has been a top leader in the mission. This is his last zone conference as well.|
|Newly arrived, awesome senior missionaries serving in a small branch up north not far from the borders of Scotland.|