Monday, June 30, 2014

MP Seminar - It's Great to be a Missionary!

There is nothing like General Conference! The Prophet spoke to us in our seminar as well as other leaders. Imagine our delight when over the course of 5 days we heard from each of them. Not only that, they stayed and mingled with all of us. We saw an old friend, Gregg Dunn for awhile. We learned much but felt even more. It was an experience of a lifetime that neither of us will forget. 
On the final evening, we were invited to dine with different apostles. We were assigned to be with Elder Anderson. As nice as that was, we were anxious to leave because just yards away in a parking lot across the street, were 4 of our little grands waiting to bid us farewell. We even had a surprise visit from Pres. and Sis. Brown, former president of the Chicago mission. We will miss our loved ones but know they will be watched over and have a work to do in the Philippines.
Our final hoo-rah with our little grands and their mommies.
Friends Forever
We definitely packed heavy but it must serve us until our shipment comes in hopefully in late July.
Waiting in the Tokyo airport with Sis. Ostler who will be serving
alongside her husband in the Philippines Manila Mission.
Ready for the last leg on our flight to the Philippines.
We made it!
On the bus from the airport to a hotel for the night.
Our area presidency, the wives and seven new Philippines Mission 
President's and wives.
The beautiful Manila Temple.  

Our home away from home!
Tonight we are back in our lovely home in Tarlac, Philippines after our first full day as Mission President and wife. We live in a beautiful home and work with great missionaries. The learning curve is REALLY steep! Missions are not small or simple operations. Hour by hour we deal with difficult and diverse situations. Yet we also get much joy and satisfaction in seeing our young missionaries serve, succeed and grow. We are just at the beginning and the pace of life is already mind numbing. 

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