Sunday, February 6, 2011

September ZLC

We love our zone leaders! They are awesome. And they can put away the tacos and carnitas!

Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show aka Transfers!

August 25 transfers!

Whew! It's fun and wonderful and a riot and a lot of work--But you gotta love transfers. We couldn't do it without our fabulous assistants!! We love our missionaries--they are the greatest!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Welcome New Missionaries August 24th

Elder Bartholemew and our assistants Elder Lavin and Elder Baker prepare to orient and welcome 11 new missionaries.

Studiously taking notes.

We welcomed 11 new missionaries to the WKM today! Here are their pictures and other pictures of orientation at the mission home. We love you Sister Christenson, and Elders Bailey, Bates, Bowen, Brinkle, Bush, Lualemaga, Mack, Porter, Ruettinger, and Schmidt.

Departing Missionaries August 24

Departing day at the mission home! Breakfast and testimonies.

Good-bye Sister Cordero, Elders Wadsworth, Wagner, Lindstrom, and rosy-cheeked Clark.
We love you and miss you!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Elder Austin goes home

It was a sad day in the WKM when our wonderful assistant, Elder Austin, went home. He was absolutely invaluable during our transition into the mission field. I don't think we would have survived without his help and his leadership. We love Elder Austin!

Len and Elder Austin on departure morning.

We're smiling, but the tears are flowing.

Len with our fabulous assistants: Elder Baker, Elder Austin, and Elder Lavin. These are special, wonderful young men and excellent missionaries.

The three musketeers

Our FIRST assistants, we'll never forget them.

Passing the torch: our assistants Elder Baker and Elder Lavin

Pasco Stake Conference

In conjunction with the Pasco Stake Conference, Elder Risenmay invited Julie and I to attend an investigator/returning member meeting at 8:30 a.m. As we drove up to the stake center, we were greeted by two young men who, at first, I thought were two of our Elders. They introduced themselves as Bro. Waldo and Bro. Godinez. They told us they were former missionaries in the WKM and had served under Pres. Belnap. They have been home about 10 months and were now employed in Kennewick. I immediately loved them because they looked the part of full-time missionaries without name tags. They had beautiful smiles and spirits to match. They told us that they had former investigators, now converts, attending the early meeting and desired to attend.

During the meeting Elder Risenmay invited a new Spanish speaking convert, Victor, to bear his testimony. Brother Godinz knew the convert and was asked to translate. Initially everything went well. Victor would speak and Elder Godinez would translate. However, after a few minutes Brother Victor was speaking, but Elder Godinez was silent. Nothing but a long pause. Brother Victor stopped talking because Elder Godinez was not translating. It became apparent that Brother Victor was sharing special thoughts about his missionary--Elder Godinez. Soon big tears were flowing instead of translation. Even though nothing was spoken, we knew what Brother Victor was saying. The love between convert and missionary was obvious. Everyone in the room was touched by the Spirit.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mission Tour with Elder Ringwood

East side zone leaders and assistants. They are so great! These are amazing leaders. I don't know what we would do without them.

East side zone conference with Elder Ringwood in the middle! Impressive sight!

West side zone leaders. Equally as wonderful!

West side zone conference. They are amazing!

Us with Elder Ringwood.

The sisters strike a pose!!

We had the wonderful opportunity to have Elder Michael T. Ringwood of the First Quorum of the 70 tour our mission. It was a great experience for all the missionaries and for us. He took the time to shake the hand of each missionary and then gave two zone conferences. One on the east side of the mission and one on the west side. He spoke of laying down your life and consecrating it to the Lord and obedience and told wonderful stories and experiences.