Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This has been a very good week. We really enjoyed some wonderful meals and great teaching opportunities with the families. We had some great visits as well with a good deal of variety. One sister was struggling and as we visited she perked up a little when we talked about family history. Her computer was not working properly so Ruth went back the next day with our laptop and helped her find some great information on her son who was killed several years ago while serving a mission. She didn't realize what a Google search could do and there was a goodly amount of information on her son that was really valuable to her.
This past week was transfer week, we lost one sister and gained a new one from the M T C. Our other sister has been made a trainer so the new sister will be trained very well.
We are getting to know so many people in our stake that we would never have known otherwise. What a great group of people to get to know in the service of the Lord.
Father's Day was great! We went to our own ward for Sacrament Meeting where a young man talked who is going to Argentina on a mission tomorrow. His brother is already serving. Then we had been asked to speak in another ward and as we arrived, we found another missionary speaking with us who is going to the M T C next week. He has been best friends with the young man leaving from our ward.
Ruth talked about the importance of writing journals as part of Family History. I talked about the coordination of the missionary effort in the Church and how missionaries and members need to work together. Pres. Monson's message in the June Ensign has a wonderful outline of how this effort should work.
In addition, I love Elder L. Tom Perry's comments about "Hastening The Work of Salvation" when he told the new mission presidents in a seminar in June of 2013, "This is the most remarkable era in the history of the Church. This is something that ranks with the great events that have happened in past history, like the First Vision, like the gift of the Book of Mormon, like the Restoration of the gospel, like all of the things that build that foundation for us to go forward and teach in our Father in Heaven's kingdom."
Pres. Monson declared, "Now is the time for members and missionaries to come together, to work together, to labor in the Lord's vineyard to bring souls unto Him. He has prepared the means for us to share the gospel in a multitude of ways, and He will assist us in our labors if we will act in faith to fulfill His work."
We are so excited to be part of this great time of teaching. Our assignments are varied and quite interesting because of the variety. What a wonderful privilege it is to have a hand in His work!
Following our meetings Keith and his family drove up and had dinner with us as well as Kaylene and her husband and daughters and her son-in-law. It was a great day and nice enough that we could eat outside.

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