I created this blog when my sweet little girl, Kristen, was diagnosed with cancer, for the third time. After fighting for almost 3 years Kristen was called home to that same God who gave her life. One of my favorite quotes comes from Neal A. Maxwell- "Those who "plow in hope" not only understand the law of the harvest but they also understand what growing seasons are all about. True, those with genuine hope may see their proximate circumstances shaken like a kaleidoscope at times, yet with the "Eye of faith" they still see divine design." Kristen blessed lives and continues to do so. Her light continues to shine. As for me, I continue to "plow in hope" knowing well that Kristen is mine for eternity. Families can be together forever!

Friday, December 7, 2012

leaving on a jet plane

Ryan and Tod are cousins.
They are 4 months apart and have always been great friends.
They played baseball together, hunted together and grew up together.
It seems only appropriate that they would both receive their mission calls on the 
same day. In our church, missionaries are sent out all over the world.
52,000 missionaries are currently serving in 350 missions around the world. They proselytize in every country where the government and political climate allow it. 
Many missionaries grow to love the areas in which they 
serve so much that they find it harder to come home after
 their missions are over than it was for them to leave in the first place. 
They return home as informed ambassadors of the nations, 
states and cultures where they served.
Missionaries serve for 2 years.
It is a great sacrifice for the missionary as well as their families.
Once you turn your papers into church headquarters it takes a
couple of weeks for your call to arrive. 
This past Wednesday both of their calls arrived. Ryan and Tod 
played rock paper scissors to see who would read theirs first.
Ryan went first...
He has been called to the Arizona Tempe mission.
His mission covers a large area from the east to the west borders
of Arizona taking in a little of California and a section of New Mexico.
Tod has been called to the South Dakota Rapid City mission.
Tod's area includes both North and South Dakota.
Both boys will leave the last week of January.
Oh how we are going to miss these boys.


JEllen said...

I was keeping my fingers crossed for the Kirtland mission but Arizona and South Dakota sounds wonderful too. Actually one of the families from our local ward was just transferred to Arizona. I will have to find out which area. Prayers and peace as the young men prepare for this next important chapter in their lives.

JEllen said...

I was mistaken. Holly and family are in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Cindy said...

Such a honor. We'll keep them in our prayers.