Sunday, January 24, 2016

January 24, 2016 Tender Mercies

As missionaries we are called to represent the Savior. Our voice to testify becomes the same as His voice, our hands to lift the same as His hands. So, our calling is to bless lives. We have been promised that the Lord will guide us by revelation just as He called us. We must ask in faith for revelation to know what you are to do. It can be an overwhelming responsibility, but we have been blessed to be able to recognize the tender mercies in our lives that have lifted us and given us courage to...GO AND DO!

Tebow all ready to start a new day at the Missionary Training Center, MTC.
Not wanting to be left alone in the apartment all day Tebow  decided to stow away 
and attend our Mission Office Training class.
Brother Barham, one of our morning instructors and one of his "problem" students.
 Our Mission Office Training Class
Elder and Sister Busath, Elder and Sister Wells, called to serve in the Africa, Johannesburg Mission Office; Sister and Elder Record, called to serve in the London South Mission Office and Sister and Elder Sorenson called to serve in the Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission Office.
What Are the Tender Mercies of the Lord?  
Mail from our kids expressing their love and support.
Tracy, Charles, Thomas and William Bacchus sent us an envelope full of love.  
Sienna and Shelby Hudson sent beautiful pictures to cheer us and offer support.

Enrique Falabella of the First Quorum of the Seventy at our Tuesday Devotional 
taught us not to be foolish men. 

Russell M. Nelson
  Neil L. Andersen                         Dallin H. Oaks                   David A. Bednar


 Bonnie L. Oscarson                       L. Whitney Clayton           W. Christopher Waddell
On Wednesday January 20, 2016 we had the privilege, along with 75,000 other missionaries from all over the world, to receive instruction via a special Missionary Satellite Broadcast to "Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts", by coming to understand that the doctrine of Christ can only be received through revelation. We must ask for ourselves.
                    We ran into Sister Tayla Salveson, one of our Florida Orlando Mission                                  adopted "kids", now teaching at the MTC. 

We also took the opportunity to visit and catch up with Patrick and Erica Pitts Flood and Megan Jackson Jolley and her new husband at Smashburger, but I guess we were all too busy eating to stop and take a picture :(

The Lord’s tender mercies do not occur randomly or merely by coincidence. Faithfulness,obedience, and humility invite tender mercies into our lives, and it is often the Lord’s timing that enables us to recognize and treasure these important blessings.
With over 2,000 missionaries in attendance at any given time
you will rarely see the MTC walk way empty.  It must be lunchtime!
 Elder Taylor, from Highland, Utah, was our MTC Senior Missionary District Leader, and he and his sweet wife did everything possible to make us feel loved and appreciated. 
  A view of the Provo Temple from the MTC.       A view of the MTC from the Provo Temple

 The Wyview apartments were our home away from home while at the MTC.
 The time passed so quickly these past eleven days that before we knew it, 
it was time to depart and put into practice all that we had learned.
Our first welcome back to the real world.
 The emergency brake on the truck broke while at the MTC.  Fortunately even with all the snow and ice we never had to use it and are grateful that "Mr. Goodwrench" knew just what to do when we arrived home.

We should never underestimate or overlook the power of the Lord’s tender mercies. 

We know that He lives and that His tender mercies are available to all of us. Each of us can have eyes to see clearly and ears to hear distinctly the tender mercies of the Lord as they strengthen and assist us. May our hearts always be filled with gratitude for His abundant and tender mercies.

We can't wait to start our first official day in the Idaho Boise Mission Office bright and early tomorrow morning!

Stay tuned!

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