Sunday, November 22, 2015

Beginning again

            I’m not sure if anyone is reading this since I did not post for two weeks.  For those of you who have checked back, sorry about that.  I did not have missionary activities to write about since we were in Utah.  However, President’s surgery went very well, he is almost entirely recovered and we returned home on Thursday.
            We were very grateful to be able to see our family and they surprised us with a delicious Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday of the weekend we were all together.  It was very hard to leave them again even though we really missed our missionaries and constantly worried about their welfare.
            We arrived back in Chile on Thursday and were able to attend a meeting Friday morning with Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder Ulises Soares, Elder Walter Gonzalez and their wives.  The mission presidents from Santiago, Viña del Mar and us attended in person while the other presidents and wives from the area attended by videoconference.  We were encouraged to teach the missionaries to continue to work in the three areas of the work of salvation, and also to encourage them to set an example for the youth in the units where they are serving.  The youth have so many temptations and opportunities to stray and we need to help them remain strong and hopefully serve missions in their turn.
            It is a privilege for us to serve in Chile with missionaries who have chosen to serve the Lord while putting aside their worldly concerns.  We try to send them home ready to serve while they return to school or work and start families.  Thank you to you families who have raised them to be worthy to serve and support them while they are here.

            While we were home we hosted an open house for all of our returned missionaries.  We knew that only those in the local area would be able to attend but we were thrilled to see and visit with those who came.  They are doing good things and setting examples in their post mission lives—fulfilling one of our most important purposes, which is to keep them in the fold forever.  It is good to be back—see you next week.

brand new companions

the favorite part of the meeting--finding companions

all the trainers

all the new missionaries

zone training

one more--new companions

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