Missions are Fun

Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.

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Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Mess for Our Last YSA Family Home Evening!

Nevertheless, the people of the church did have great joy . . . because of the church of God, which had been established among them.  And they did fellowship one with another, and did rejoice one with another, and did have great joy.  Helaman 6:3

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye havwe love one to another.  John 13:35

. . . feed my sheep.  John 21:20T

Family Home Evening was our last time to gather with our delightful family of young single adults whom we have grown to love as they family they have become to us these last six months.  We have fed them off a a tight budget, so it was tricky to fix food they'd like, but they ate everything and were always appreciative (even if it might have not been the greatest).  So, what did they do?
They put on a mess for us!!
Preparing the MESS!  One of our replacement senior missionaries (in the background) is maybe looking a bit skeptical, grossed out, or is he intrigued by it all?

First young man, always, to arrive and help us on FHE.  He is very thoughtful and brings delicious cakes and treat.  Tonight, he had a special cake made for us.  Isn't it lovely?
First they prepared the table for the "mess."
She's the one who organized this surprise mess--a first for us!  Our FHE leader has an extra loving heart.  You can tell by the smile she especially likes surprises--and doing things for others.
The young man playing the piano is the source of peace and enjoyment every FHE with the extra touch of MUSIC!!  It is sometimes hard to come by in our meetings here, since not many people are available with that talent.  Each Monday, as we were cleaning up, he played "Come Thous Fount of Many Blessings" and "If You Could Hie to Kolob," especially because they are two of my favorites.  Otherwise, he really got into the jazz or something beautiful he wrote himself. 
Endearing brothers--service minded individuals.  The one on the left is a family history missionary.
Our Family pointing the way to ??? (temple and home are all in that direction--both take us home, right?)
All of us together for the last time on this earth--someday to meet again.
The grand creation in the works
Yum or yuk?

Someone is tasting the mess before we dig in . . .

An eggless cake--delich
 Yes, our Family Home Evenings were great.  We not only have been fed physically, but, more importantly, spiritually.  Each of us took turns giving the lessons.  They continually amazed us at their depth of knowledge and understanding of the gospel.  We've uplifted one another in many ways.  Elder Blain and I were sent as missionaries to support them and they have been equally as supportive to us.  Our hearts hurt as we looked into their faces, knowing we have to leave them.

The following pictures will show that the replacement senior Elder is fantastic at basketball!!  He and Elder Blain had some fun after the festivities.  They played lightening with the FHE group first.  The group then separated to play their own games.

Elder Blain getting some of his last licks in with the new basketball he purchases
He nailed the basket 99% of the time!

The group gave us a nice card with precious sentiments written inside.  A heart-felt speech was made to thank us and testify we have made a difference in their lives even in the short six months we were here.  We know they have certainly impacted our lives forever and we will never forget them.

This was a fabulous evening to remember--lots of love.

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