Monday, March 30, 2015

Come Thou Fount

These are my cute parents...

They are serving in the Mississippi Jackson Mission. Mom is getting used to the humidity and Dad is getting used to Southern hospitality! They love their mission and the younger Elders and Sisters that are serving with them. One of their responsibilities is to do apartment checks on transfer day. NOW... right here you need to know that my Mother keeps the cleanest house this side of the Mississippi-- so clean that when we were dating, my husband thought that our front room (you know, the visiting teacher room) was kinda like the rooms at the capitol that are roped off and NOBODY EVER GOES IN EXCEPT TO DUST!

So, when my Mom was telling me about their assignment to check apartments, I told her she should get a pair of white gloves, you know... to kinda freak the missionaries out a bit. She said the weirdest thing had happened, they had brought their clothes home from the laundry mat and dumped the whites out on their bed to fold and would you believe at the bottom of that pile was a perfect white glove!!! I told her it must be a sign! HAHA!

Clean apartments or not, these missionaries serve the Lord with all their hearts, might, minds and strength! It is a beautiful thing to see the light of Christ in their eyes!

Monday, March 23, 2015

I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go

You know, I am not aware of another group of kids (because that's what they are) that not only leave their family, friends, pets, cars, hobbies, etc... for 18 months to 2 years... but, have NO IDEA where they will be living for that period of time!!! WHAT FAITH!

I can only imagine the thoughts that go through a young man or young woman's head when they read those first few lines of their mission call! "What if I get called to Alaska?... I don't like the cold.... what if I go to Florida?.... the humidity will kill me.... pleeeeeeeease don't be an island makes me GAG!

...and then... everything is OK because the Lord sends them right where He needs them to be. :)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Put Your Shoulder To The Wheel / Goofy III

Missionaries work hard... really hard. Their day starts out early and a lot of them are on bikes or on foot all day and then don't fall in bed till 10:30 pm! They are studying and serving, finding and loving, laughing and crying... 18 months to 2 years of their lives! 

Hattiesburg Zone, Jackson Mississippi Mission

As you may very well know, hard work is so much easier to do when you can make it fun! That's another thing that Missionaries get really good at... having fun while they work!

Sit back and enjoy these missionaries enjoying their missions!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Here Am I, Send Me

Young men and young women leave their friends, families, schooling and hobbies behind to go out into the world and share the gospel. It is not easy. It is not always fun. But, they do it because they love the Lord and His Gospel.... and you can see the Light of Christ shining through their countenance!

Let Us All Press On

Let us all press on in the work of the Lord,
That when life is o'er we may gain a reward;
In the fight for right let us wield a sword,
The mighty sword of truth.

If we do what's right we have no need to fear,
For the Lord, our helper, will ever be near;
In the days of trial his Saints he will cheer,
And prosper the cause of truth.

We will not retreat, though our numbers may be few
When compared with the opposite host in view;
But an unseen pow'r will aid me and you
In the glorious cause of truth.

Fear not, though the enemy deride;
Courage, for the Lord is on our side.
We will heed not what the wicked may say,
But the Lord alone we will obey.

Text and music: Evan Stephens 1854 - 1930