Sunday, August 24, 2014

Missionary Medical Training

           We wanted to include the pictures of all the senior couples who entered the MTC with us.

We spent this week in Salt Lake City participating in the missionary medical training.  We had expected that this week would not be as spiritual as the MTC, but each day we were surprised how everything could be related to the scriptures and the gospel.  The spirit in missionary work is incredible!

Elder John Lyman, Sister Marvia Drake and Elder Drake 

Elder and Sister Drake were the instructors for our training.  They have served four missions and shared wonderful experiences with us.  Elder Drake and Elder Lyman are called as counselors to Elder Schwitzer on the Missionary Committee.   Elder Schwitzer and his wife spoke to our group on Monday morning.  Their messages were so uplifting.  Other people also spoke on different subjects relating to the health of missionaries.  We came to realize the great importance that the church places on the well-being of His servants.  If they are not healthy, they are not able to spread the gospel.

We met with 20 other senior missionaries in our training who were either physicians/nurses and their spouses.  We are going to all parts of the world - United States, Africa, Germany, Chile and Australia.   We are all so excited to go forth to serve.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Week One At the MTC

We have had a great week at the MTC !!!  We will always be grateful for the experience of the last week --- incredible is the best word for describing the events of the last 5 days.   The Spirit,  positive attitude, and awesome organization have been amazing.  Jane and I have often been out of our comfort zone, but good things have resulted.   There is no question that  the missionary work is led by inspired leaders who are well prepared to spread the gospel at this time.   Our instructors have been returned missionaries who truly are gifted in teaching and we have learned a great deal from them.  The devotionals and video presentations of Elder Holland have been exceptionally uplifting.  On the lighter side Elder Holland reminded the senior couples that they needed to "lengthen their shuffles."    President Bill Graff and his wife have been with us at the MTC  and we will spend the next week together  for missionary medical training in SLC.   In this brief message we want to express gratitude for the opportunity to serve and we are committed to doing our best in providing what ever service is asked.   Our love goes out to everyone.
Our MTC District
President and Sister Graff with us
This is where we hope to land  --- Brisbane Australia

We learned the meaning of living out of suitcases while at Wyview