Today's the Day!
They grabbed our bags and whisked us off so fast we barely had time to say 'goodbye'! Maybe that was by design...?
|Kendra, Emily, and Grant dropped us off at the MTC. Role Reversal...?|
We were spiritually fed in the midst of Apostles and Prophets for five days. We had a the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on Sunday to have sacrament meeting with every member of the Quorum of the Twelve and First Presidency (minus President Packer). What a sweet experience to witness the Bretheren partake of the Sacrament! In church that day Elder Bednar was one of the speakers and he said something we thought was quite interesting in light of our current situation with our home. He talked about the sacrafice that each Mission President had to make in order to get to this point. he said: "We acknowledge and commend you for making those sacrifices, but we do not apologize". From sun up to sun down we attended classes taught by members of the Quorum of the Twelve and Seventies, the majority of whom have served as mission presidents before. They knew what we were in for and made our time there fulfilling, but not overwhelming. We were sad to leave them, but eager to meet our 260 missionaries waiting for us in Texas. We have been praying for them and have already come to love them. President Boyd K. Packer was the concluding speaker at our last session of the Seminar. Here is the blessing he pronounced upon each of us at the conclusion of his remarks:
"I invoke a blessing upon you husbands and wives going now into the mission field, nervous and unsettled as you are. I bless you with peace and confidence. I bless your families, your home, your children that you are leaving, the mothers leaving their kitchens and the fathers leaving their workshops and their businesses. It will be all right. I invoke the blessings of the Lord upon you and your children. I bless you that they will be taken care of, whatever the problems are. And should there be a wayward one among them, in due time, all of your family will stand in a circle beyond the veil, and not one will be missing. That is one of the things you are earning now through the service that you are called to do. I bless you that you will have an understanding of the gospel and an understanding of the doctrine, and, incidentally, an understanding of the Church. Carry that spirit with you as you go into the mission field where you are ordained and set forth by those of us who hold the keys. I bless you with safety and with wisdom and with inspiration, and bless you with power. There is a great power in the priesthood. You bretheren hold it; you sisters share in that. It is the consummate power on this earth. Use it well. The world will be blessed because you accepted this call."