Sunday, May 19, 2013

Reporting our Mission

One month exactly on arriving home we reported to our homeward in Centerville, Utah.  It was such a wonderful day.  Our home teacher Bob & his wife, MariLynn Cook, let us hold our open house party at their home. We got to see some of our kids, grand kids, family members, friends and Chuuk missionary family members.

 We also were able to see a few of the elders we served with in Chuuk.
“Return with Honor,” can be applied to each one of us on our eternal path of progression. Having lived with our Heavenly Father and having come to earth, we must have determination to return with honor to our heavenly home.
Elder Blake Fisher, Elder Dixon Tiffany, Elder Doug Johnson, Elder Braydon Lapeyrouse, Elder Dallin Jones, Elder Matt Robertson, Brother Bob Cook (Our home teacher)
This is such a fun picture because our home teacher, Bob played such a significant part in getting us to church and building our testimonies again.  We will be forever grateful to him for being a worthy Priesthood holder so the Lord could work through him.  The Elders, WOW, it's hard to describe how we feel about them. We love them all so very much.  Being able to spend time with each of them and watching them grow, helped us grow our testimonies even stronger.  We are missing several other Elders that had prior commitments and couldn't make it but we want them to know how important they are to us and how much we love them also.

We want to thank these elders for singing our Mission Hymn in Chuukese it was beautiful.   

We honor the Lord by placing our faith and trust in Him: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Prov. 3:5)
This couple Chad and Lynette Ellis are two of our favorite people.  Chad served his mission 26 years ago in Chuuk and returned in 2012 to do humanitarian work with his wife Lynette. We had the privilege of getting to know them and spend time together while they were in Chuuk.  It was some of our favorite missionary experiences with these two and we love them dearly and thank them for their friendship. They are an inspiring couple.

There were many spiritual events while we were in Chuuk.  We are grateful that the Lord sent us there to be a part of and touch the lives of so many dear and wonderful spirits. The memories we have of them are held in our hearts with love and reverence.

“And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God—he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God”
(2 Ne. 28:7–8). This is the deception of the world. As the Lord has taught us, wickedness—not even a little wickedness—never was happiness (see Alma 41:10). And it never will be. Wickedness prevents us from returning with honor to our Father in Heaven. The light of the Holy Ghost brings great comfort by giving us guidance to stay on the straight and narrow path.

We pray that each of us can go to our Heavenly Father and ask for His guidance, that we may be obedient and have His spirit to be with us. That we will remember who we are, be obedient to the commandments of the Lord, and return with honor.  We are thankful for the opportunity to serve the Chuukese people and the many wonderful people we have met along the way.  May God Bless you and be with all of you, always. Amen

We have no pictures of our families because they left early before it was time to relax