"It seems that Moses 7:62 is truly coming to pass. We are seeing the Lord’s hand in ‘sweeping the earth’ with missionaries prepared to “bear testimony of mine Only Begotten”. The missionaries who attend training at the Provo MTC every year is usually ~22,000. We are expecting an ADDITIONAL 25,000 this year. MTC capacity has been 2000 but will swell to 4800 by the end of April. Dr Woolley usually has about 10 – 15 international missionaries in the health class he teaches. But this month he had 75. All over the world, we have more elders, sisters and couples who are answering the call to serve. We will have many more qualified missionaries serving and 58 new missions in which to serve.
We currently have 143 nurses serving in an advisory capacity to the mission president and his wife around the world. Some are full-time missionaries. Others are Church Service Volunteers (CSV’s) or Church Service Missionaries (CSM’s) who have been called and are serving from home. Returning Area Medical Advisers are pleading for more nurses to serve."
We have gone from 347missions to 405 missions around the world.
On Dec. 27, 1832, in Kirtland, Ohio, the Lord provided us with a message of peace, including these words to ponder: "Behold, and lo, I will take care of your flocks, and will raise up elders and send unto them. Behold, I will hasten my work in its time" (Doctrine and Covenants 88: 72-73)....We see His hand in providing for these elders and sisters. Only one set of 2 elders slept on the floor. They had bunk beds but no mattresses. We thought we had ordered mattresses for all the new places, but one set did not get them. This is all an adventure for everyone.
And His work is hastening....
What does 33 new missionaries look like? We had 140-160 missionaries and now have 191. That means more places to live, more areas to work, more bikes, more cars, more of the Lord's message being delivered!!!
|As we were waiting for the new missionaries to disembark the plane, Elder Walker was a great missionary. He talked with the gentleman next to him and gave him a Mormon.org card.|
|The President and his wife greeting each missionary as they come into the area.|
|33 missionaries waiting for their luggage. Signal Hill in the background.|
|They kept coming and coming and coming. Elder McOmber at the end of the line with the white shirt back by the Coke Machine. There was one sister and 32 elders. They must have taken up most of the plane.|
|Elder McOmber bought bedding for all of them, the one sister's is on the couch. She gets a prettier comforter.|
|The President and AP's have made new areasto accomadate all the new missionaries. This is Sister Reynolds checking it out.|
|32 Elders and 1 sister. The one sister wants to be a Labor and Delivery Nurse, we talked. She is one semester away from finishing her RN at BYU. I admire her for taking this time to be a missionary. She is awesome.|
|The "Older" missionaries welcoming their new companions. They spend 12 weeks training the new ones.|
|We took the van and 8 people over to pick up our new mission cars. We have a good time laughing in the van. This is the Reynolds and the Rothschilds.|
|The mission got 7 new cars and we had to check them out before we could drive them off the lot.|
|I had the privilege of driving the President's new car..a 2013 Avalon. It was very nice, but I was nervous driving it...what if I crashed or did something wrong? I drive like a grandma, oh wait, I am a|
grandma X 32.
|Elder McOmber showing how nice a stocking shines up a shoe. He is showing on Elder Rothschild's shoes.|
|After an eventful week, we "chilled out" on Saturday. It was cool and cloudy off and on so I did sewing. Lonnie was wonderful and did the laundry and organized our storage tent. He played with his remote control helicopter that Elder Warburton gave to him. In the first picture, the helicopter is the red in front of the mirror. We have 3 grandson's turning 7 this year. Our grandchildren get a quilt when they turn 7. I have finished one quilt and am finishing the second in this pic.|
|Shhhh....Don't tell Daeden, but this is something on his quilt. I think it came out cute.|
Shall we not go on in so great a cause?” Yes, brethren, we will!
Guided by the Holy Spirit, we will learn from our mistakes. If we stumble, we will rise. If we falter, we will go on. We will never waver; we will never give up..”
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf “The Why of Priesthood Service” May 2012