Saturday, April 20, 2013

Closer to the Savior

Missions are great!!!  We are able to spend time growing closer to the Savior.  I know that I have had prayers answered.  When I have worried over an elder or sister, I know the Lord hears my prayers.  When I get questions from Elders and Sisters, I feel the spirit leading me to ask the right questions to help them the best.  I am thankful for the resources that are available to me and our missionaries.  I love that we take more time studying the scriptures and reading uplifting books.  One of my new favorite authors is Mary Ellen Edmunds.  She gives great insight and analogies.

Dr Doty, head of all Medical Missionaries wrote in a letter:

President Henry B. Eyring offered some thoughts that seemed to apply directly to all who are serving as medical and mental health missionaries:
 "My promise to you who pray and serve the Lord cannot be that you will have every blessing you may wish for yourself and your family," he said. "But I can promise you that the Savior will draw close to you and bless you and your family with what is best. You will have the comfort of His love and feel the answer of His drawing closer as you reach out your arms in giving service to others.  As you bind up the wounds of those in need and offer the cleansing of His Atonement to those who sorrow in sin, the Lord's power will sustain you. His arms are outstretched with yours to succor and bless the children of our Heavenly Father including those in your family."

Elder and Sister McOmber with one of our wonderful missionaries:  Elder Jesperson.
Missionaries after District meeting
This next week is transfers.  We have 4 missionaries going home, one sister and three elders.  There are 19 new missionaries coming, 8 sisters.  We also have 8-10 Visa Waiters coming.  They are Elders and Sisters that are waiting for a visa to go to their permanent assignment.  We have them sometimes for a few day, sometimes for months, waiting on their visa.  We love these Elders and Sisters.  With that many new ones coming, everybody has been very busy.  The office has been humming.
Elder McOmber at his desk, he does have some sort of organization!
Elder Tolman, AP, looking at the transfer board.
Elder Walker keeping track of Visa Waiters.
Training for the Zone and district leaders is this week.  Elder McOmber is dressed for setting up new apartments.
Elder and Sister Rothschild are leaving in 2 weeks,  2 new sets of Senior  missionaries came  this week.
The Barlow's from Utah will work in the office.  The Davis' from Oregon will proselyte.  The Reynolds have a few more months(they work in the office) and the Butler's also have a few more months. We have one more year.
We got 8 new cars again this week, we are suppose to get rid of some of the old ones.  This time I opted out to stay and hold down the fort.  I do NOT like driving in California, especially with a new car that is not mine.  Elder McOmber drove this car home, a Chevy Cruz.
Elder Dixon is the new AP, Elder Tolman is retiring.  He will be going home in July to his Zonkeys in Logan.  This is Elder Tidwell with Elder Dixon.  Elder Dixon is a convert and is a wonderful missionary, very personable.
Waiting for leadership meetings.
Elders stop into my office to ask questions, hang out, check their weight, learn stuff.
Trying on Elder McOmber's hat.
An Elephant in the "mail".???
Today was a beautiful day, almost perfect!  Elder McOmber took care of some missionaries bikes, beds and misc. things.  In the evening, we roasted marshmallows.  We could hear the peepers and we went inside smelling like we were camping.  Memories........
Papa likes his marshmallows charcoaled.
It has been a very busy week, but we will have an even busier week next week.

"Kneel down to pray. Step up to serve. Reach out to rescue. Each is a vital page of God's blueprint to make a house a home and a home a heaven."Thomas S. Monson, "Heavenly Homes, Forever Families", Ensign  June 2006

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