We received a call about a week ago letting us know President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency would be in New York and would like to meet with the missionaries. Due to his schedule it worked best to meet Sunday morning in Manhattan in conjunction with the Manhattan First Ward Sacrament Meeting. Needless to say it was a very special experience. Many of the missionaries were up at 4 am in order to be to Manhattan and in their seats by 8:30 am. Everyone made it on time! I was so proud of them. They looked sharp. I believe all the Elders had haircuts this past p-day in preparation. They are so obedient and so wonderful. President and Sister Uchtdorf both shared their love for the missionaries several times throughout their remarks. Traveling with them was their daughter Antje and her 17 year old son, Eric. My kids enjoyed talking with them about different places they had visited in the city.
Below are some of the thoughts I wrote down from President Uchtdorf.
Harriet is the Sunshine of my life ~ speaking of his dear wife, Harriet
A knowledge of the Plan of Salvation makes everything okay.
We can have new beginnings everyday.
Repentance is a gift if we use it as an active act in our lives.
Don't worry! Does it help to worry...No!
The Sacrament is the most important part of our meeting.
We listen to the prayers, partake, remember covenants,
remember the Savior, then move forward.
Our unspoken testimonies are shared by our acts and examples.
New York is a place where new things move forward.
And this is my favorite quote of the day...
"Don't think small
in spiritual things
Don't settle for less
make it your life
and share it!"
President Uchtdorf requested that all the missionaries come to the front of the chapel following the meeting for a mission picture. His words were "it would mean so much to Harriet and me to have this photo!"
His security detail took the following photos and sent them to us after.