This picture makes me indescribably HAPPY. If you’ve taken Finding Photo Freedom, you’ll understand when I say this is a “Photo I LOVE!” So, Clark (on the left) has been on his mission for about 15 months. He is serving in the Utah, Salt Lake City South mission, speaking Spanish. Initially, he was pretty disappointed to be called to Salt Lake City, but he is absolutely loving his mission and especially the Hispanic people he is meeting and working with. Chase was called to serve in the Missouri, St. Louis mission and reported to the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center (MTC) on July 31st. After Chase got his call, Clark wrote us a letter and said that you can sometimes arrange a visit for missionary brothers, if one of the brothers is serving in one of the 5 Salt Lake City missions — I was on it. I wrote Clark’s mission president and we were granted permission for these two boys to spend a full day together.
Now, you need to know that I was NOT the person behind the camera here. Our family was actually in Utah for a fun weekend with our Julian side. Chase was to report on Wednesday and we were able to take him to the SLC South mission office on Tuesday, at 8:00 a.m. We met Clark’s mission president and then left. Clark and his companion picked up Chase after we left and these brother proceeded to enjoy a very eventful day together. They taught 8 lessons, met some of the members and recent converts that Clark has worked with and ate (according to both) really good Mexican food for dinner. Clark is serving as a Zone leader, which means he is accountable to the mission president for a group of about 16 other missionaries. He is responsible for training and supporting these Elders both spiritually, emotionally and temporally. During the 24 hours that Chase was with Clark, two of these missionaries were involved in a car accident, where the car was totaled and the missionaries walked away unharmed. Chase got to see firsthand how Clark handled this scary and miraculous situation. He also got to see how Clark handled a drop-in study session where two missionaries were not ready — they weren’t even up or dressed! Clark wrote Chase a note in his journal full of encouragement and love (a mother’s wish come true!) Clark put Chase on the train to Provo Wednesday morning and I picked him up and dropped him off at the MTC.
We get letters from both of our missionaries every Monday and it is now my FAVORITE day of the week. We feel so blessed to have these two boys serving our Heavenly Father. I miss them terribly, but I have to say that this is one the things I LOVE about my church — that 18 and 19-year old boys go out into the world, to learn and practice selflessness. Sure, they get doors slammed in their faces, but they also meet people who let them in, people who are tired of the world and all of the confusion. They are able to teach them of Jesus Christ and His doctrine; that happiness is found in keeping the commandments of God and in loving and serving others. Some of these people become members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but most do not. All of them, have their faith in God strengthened and their feelings of hope restored. That is a very good thing.
I hope you enjoy a wonderful Sunday.