Thursday, April 20, 2017

Batch #24 - Triumph Amidst Trials

We bid farewell to nine wonderful missionaries today.  They were smart, funny and very talkative.  They will go home and contribute much to their homes, wards and branches. They are quite dissimilar but with one big thing in common....they love the Lord with all of their heart, might, mind and strength!  The three words for this group are "Triumphs Amidst Trials." President Clark and I found out early on our mission that every missionary who comes to the field will have trials.  Some are greater than others.  Health concerns happen a lot.  We all deal with trials differently and can learn great lessons through trials.  Out of our adversity we might seek our greatest triumph.  From Joseph Smith's experience in Liberty Jail, we learn that, "All these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good."  D&C 122:7. These missionaries have been triumphant through their missionary lives.  They know that strength and experience come through every challenge we face.  It will be an important lesson for the future.  When our only desire is to please Him, we will be blessed with a deep inner peace.  Carry on dear ones.  You are surely loved!

Lunch before leaving for the journey home.  Below is a sister weighing her luggage.  This can be a VERY frustrating task.  Getting the weight to remain below 20 kilos often means leaving some things behind.  She was successful!

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