"A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race." Joseph Smith

Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 - A New Year - A New Mission

Missionaries of all kinds remember the thrill of receiving in the mail the coveted "White Envelope" And before that - The wait. The anticipation. The excitement. The wonder.

We retired early with plans to go on multiple missions.  As we anticipate the completion of this mission (March 11th), we are looking forward to another one - somewhere.  We just don't know where yet.

Our missionary application for our second mission is in Salt Lake City, awaiting assignment. So once again we are experiencing "the wait", "the anticipation", "the excitement" and "the wonder."

And this time, we are also experiencing - "the appreciation."  Our deepest appreciation to our Heavenly Father for the opportunity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for seniors to have this extremely rewarding experience to serve a mission - any kind. Just look at all these smiling faces! 

Courtesy of Flickr/More Good Foundation
I think a mission gives you far more than you put into it.  What we have learned, who we have become, and our growth of increased love for the Savior have been phenomenal milestones for us. We could never have imagined, sitting in our living room back in the States, of the blessings that were coming our way as we served this incredible mission.

So depending on when we are assigned to begin our next mission, we plan to have around 6 months in the United States in between missions - time to visit all our children, our grandbabies (!!!), other family members, have a family reunion or two, and help out where we can. We miss our family tons!

Our request was to serve again in the Asia Area, Member-Leadership Support. But there are no guarantees!  

What is YOUR guess?  Where do you think we will go? 


  1. Vietnam is my guess. Brian Mackay

  2. I think Asia gets in our blood. I say Viet Nam!

  3. We just opened our white envelope today and we are going to Hong Kong!! We have heard about you from our brother Elder and Sister Pett who just returned from Myanmar. We won't arrive before you leave Hong Kong but are excited to read your blog and anticipate our own adventure in Hong Kong.