Ten or more years ago, when we sent our children on their missions, we could only imagine what a mission was really like. Are they happy? Are they warm? Are they obedient? Are they finding success? Are they good missionaries?
There are so many great things to be said about our Mission. We are discovering new energy as we travel throughout Romania, meeting with charities and the greatest people you can imagine. We're fighting the computer dragon and we're winning! We have been so tired, so frustrated, so cold, so hot, so hungry, and so happy. . . all in the same day. BUT, the greatest part about serving a mission is watching the Church grow through the day to day efforts of our young missionaries. They are amazing and we love working (and playing) with them. For the most part, they are happy and warm and obedient and finding success and, they are oh so good!
So, I have collected the emails of the parents of the missionaries in our district and I have in invited them to our blog. I hope they like seeing their son or daughter in action!
For the rest of the family and blog addicts, bear with my love affair with missionaries. It might pass, or not.
Our purpose as missionaries is to: "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end." (Preach My Gospel p. 1)
Missionaries try everything to accomplish their goal. This is an approach that works well and is a lot of fun. We sing, people listen, we teach. Sounds simple. It's not!
Elder Clonts from Arizona explains the Book of Mormon.
Sora Hardy, Elder Johnson, Elder Ott
Soras Smith and Hardy
Elder Martineau (our District Leader)
Sometimes, Elders stop and join in singing with complete strangers. There's not much teaching going on here but they are having fun! Elders Hale and Collier finished their missions in December.
These shoes are typical. Our missionaries walk everywhere and wear out their shoes. There is mud and "other debris" everywhere and it's a constant battle to keep shoes and pants clean. (this Elder gave up the battle, as you can see!).
I love shoe pictures because shoes tell the story. Your missionary son or daughter is working hard here in Romania. We are watching them like hawks for you, so quit worrying!