Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Happy Day!





Sunday, May 24, 2009 our first group of Elders bade their farewell to the Leon Mexico Mission. We had met this group of 5Elders,ElderPickett,Pugmire,Schmidt,Smith and Bigelow at the MTC when we received our training in June 2007. It is incredible to think that their 2 years have come and gone. They combined with Elders Morales,Carhuapoma,Paz,Romero and PerezP who had been in the mission field for 6weeks and Hermanas Velazquez, Mandujano and Martinez to make this generation complete. We will miss them all...but they return home knowing they were apart of the generation that baptized 302 new members into the Church. We are grateful for their faithful service. Behind them....followed the new group from the CCM. Elders Velarde,Tepale, Jacobo, Leija,Tolentino,Marin,Ortiz,IbaƱez,Policarpo and Mendoza,from top to bottom. They are very nice-looking, well-behaved, missionaries, trained and prepared to serve the Lord. We are grateful for their desire to Preach the Gospel. The 13 from the MTC have not come yet. They were detained with visa problems due to the swine flu...so this is what we do best..WAIT!

3 comments:

Grammy said...

Parting is such sweet sorrow...
Can't believe the first two years of your mission are coming to a swift end. What an amazing experience to be part of the success of the marvelous stripling warriors you have led. They will never forget you, nor the mission experiences! I bet they are already looking forward to the mission reunions!

gma & gpa asplund said...

It must be impossible to comprehend that these wonderful Elders that you "started" with at the MTC so very long ago have really completed their missions. It must seem like eons ago in some respect (ours does)yet has passed so quickly. I am sure you have helped to change their lives forever. With our wise direction and faith, coupled with the Lord's direction they are changed. It must make you feel so fulfilled!

Katie said...

Wow- I bet that was bitter sweet to send those boys home! I know Casey (Ryan's brother) is getting a new mission president in July and is worried and excited about the changes. He loves his current president and is so sad to see him go.