|All of these good people will serve in mission offices. Two on the far right (young) were instructors.|
The young men at the far right are teachers at the MTC. We appreciated their spirit of joy in this work and their efforts to find in even the most mundane a connection to spiritual things. Austin Tyler is squatting in front. He is the training coordinator for office training. All of our MTC instructors have been wonderful -- dedicated young men and women who love the Lord and work here part-time because they love the work.
|A whole week in front of computer screens|
|Provo Utah Temple|
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us ago up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the flaw, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Our formal training concluded Thursday afternoon. After lunch, we had a brief meeting where we had the opportunity to share testimonies. We were especially impressed by the witness of the Rushtons who had great challenges getting here. A daughter died of breast cancer in the spring. Then after they received their mission call to Detroit, a son was diagnosed with an orange-sized brain tumor, and another son who is a fire fighter injured his back and is now disabled and can't work. With support and encouragement from their family, and with faith that God "is a rewarder of them that diligently seek after him," they are going on their mission. Each couple had a similar story of faith and of a desire to dedicate their lives for a period of time to service in the Lord's vineyard.
|Happy couple David and Rachel Chinn|
|This is what you get when you tell Harrison to say "Cheese"|
|It's great to have a permanent companion|
Friday was sort of our preparation day. Rachel took us shopping for some things we needed, and some we didn't but wanted. When we pack everything on Monday for our flight Tuesday, we may have to leave some things behind to meet the 50 pound weight limit on each bag. Well, we'll cross that bridge.
We had a lovely Friday evening. The twins arranged for babysitters and the 6 of us went to the Mount Timpanogos Temple. The temple was beautiful, peaceful and extremely well organized. We are grateful for this time with Todd and Rachel and their families. We will have a difficult time saying goodbye.
Saturday morning we planned to meet my cousin Kathy and her husband Roger at breakfast. We saw Cullen Bebee from our ward in Silsbee (had seen James Powell from there the day before). We had breakfast with Kathy and Roger and then stayed with them until my other cousin Janet and her husband Tony came to pick them up. Being here at the same time as Kathy and Roger was one of the Lord's tender mercies. It was great to visit with them, share stories, and talk about our respective missions.
Saturday afternoon, Jeff stayed with Harrison while he napped. Rachel and David went shooting with the other members of his bishopric, and Janet headed to the mall for hair color. Janet and I took Harrison to American Grove to meet Todd and Kristi for dinner at Chick-fil-a while David and Rachel went to a friend's wedding reception. It was a good time to visit while Harrison and Callie tore up the play place at the restaurant.
We ended the day at Todd's office watching part of the BYU-UCLA football game. It was great to see where Todd works. The company is young, hip and creative. The environment is playful, and we can see why Todd fits in well there. We closed out the week tired, spiritually fed, and ready to get on our way to Germany next Tuesday.