Thursday, May 21, 2009

MISSIONARY MOMS DINNER

May 21, 2009 Missionary Mom's Dinner
I feel so blessed. Not only is my wonderful son serving an honorable mission, but I am fortunate to be friends with the mothers of his good friends who are out serving missions at the same time. All these boys have grown up together since childhood. They have gone to High School and Seminary together. They have been on the same sports teams or opposing teams. They passed and blessed the Sacrament together. They were Eagle Scouts together. They double dated together. And sometimes they got into trouble together. I think of this scripture when I think of them all out on their missions and then returning home together.
"...therefore Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren n the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God. But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God." Alma 17:2-3
Each month we moms all get together and have dinner. We spend the entire time (about 3 hours) bragging and sharing stories about our Missionary sons (and now, one daughter!)
Chris will be home in just less than 2 weeks! Amazing. He has been serving in Texas and has been such a stellar Missionary. His sister, Amanda, just left in April for Rexburg, Idaho. We tease Linda that she will be in our "Missionary Mom's" group for 6 years! After Chris gets home, Amanda will be home about 1 1/2 years later and while she is out, her younger brother, Michael, will leave!


Missionary Mom's Dinner Dec 2008
Paul comes home in August! Again-WOW! Amazing Missionary! He has been serving in Paris. Paris is a very difficult mission, but Paul has had great success. He will be going to BYU Idaho in the fall when he returns. For Wendy, that's 2 down, 1 to go!
Next home is Jeff. He will be home November 3rd. Jeff is the third son of Dave & Diane to serve in Brazil! That's amazing. Each of them have served in a different area in Brazil. He is having such great experiences! He loves his mission.

Missionary Mom's Dinner June 2008

In December Steffen comes home. Seems like he just left. He is in Virgina and again, such a great Missionary! He has had some amazing conversions and great stories of his experiences. He had had the opportunity to use his musical talents on his mission, too!

Well, then my FAVORITE Missionary comes home around February. But now he is talking about extending...we miss him..

Missionary Mom's Dinner April 2008

Christian will be home in March. He has been serving in Cincinnati. Christian has been serving as a Zone Leader and loves the people he works and serves with. They have had LOTS of baptisms. He attributes this to the Stake members. Everyone there is VERY missionary minded. They have a lot of Member Referrals. He is such a great Elder.

Brett comes home just a week or so after Christian. He is serving in Minnesota. It's a BIT cold there. He has had great success in spite of the strong influence of some of the local religions. He loves the people and always is positive. He and his companion had a "Car Appreciation" week where they did not have the use of their car. That was interesting!

Kyle comes home in May just days before he is to start college again. He is in Venezuela and loves his mission. He has had some really great companions. He has been fortunate to stay in the same area for a long time. He has only had 1 transfer in a year.

We are so proud of our wonderful sons serving the Lord.

..."yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it." Alma 56:47-48

2 comments:

Debi and John said...

Love your blog! Missed being with you at the missionary mom dinner! I think I've missed more than I've been to! And I LOVE going to them, so that makes me sad. Hopefully next month! Thanks for posting!
Love, Deb

Diane said...

Thanks Debbie, it's been a memorable year (and you are never without your camera!).