Friday, May 25, 2018

New Missionary Meeting

I hope this picture of my 98 year old grandmother will 
inspire you to do your daily scripture reading! 

"Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ 
having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.  
Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ,
 and endure to the end, behold thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life."
2 Nephi 31:20

She is joyfully enduring to the end!

One of the sisters gave a powerful training on the Miracle line this week.  She taught about being "All in" and truly focused on the missionary purpose.  She shared this quote from Elder Holland's October 2012 Conference Talk "The First and Great Commandment".  

The Savior speaking to Peter...
"What need, Peter, are disciples—and need them forever. 
need someone to feed my sheep and save my lambs. 
need someone to preach my gospel and defend my faith. 
need someone who loves me, truly, truly loves me, and loves 
what our Father in Heaven has commissioned me to do.
 Ours is not feeble message. It is not fleeting task. 
Iis not hapless; it is not hopeless; it is not to be consigned
 to the ash heap of history. It is the work of Almighty God
and it is to change the worldSo, Peter, for the second 
and presumably the last time, am asking you to leave 
all this and to go teach and testify, labor and serve loyally 
until the day in which they will do to you exactly what they did to me.”

Miracle line: A Conference Call with the entire mission.  
President Smith shares miracles from the week and other uplifting and inspiring messages.

New Missionary Meeting
Scarsdale Chapel
May 25, 2018

We forgot to take a picture at the Trainers meeting so we took one today!



Friday, May 18, 2018


May 14, 2018, Westchester County Airport

Elder Nadolny filming for Facebook live

It was a smaller group this time which in some ways was very nice.  They all arrived from the Provo MTC.  Elder Kang joined us after receiving his visa and having spent a few months serving in his native Korea. Each of these missionaries has a strong testimony which they shared with us following dinner together Monday evening.  

Elder Kang
Sister McMullin
Elder Phillips
Elder Jensen
Every now and then my simple piano skills pay off.  My mother would be proud!
Late Monday night we took Sister Johnson to JFK airport where she was catching a 1:00 am flight to Taiwan.  We feel blessed to have had her one transfer as she waited for her Visa.  
Early morning run/walk with the new missionaries and assistants

Meeting Trainers!

Transfers throughout the mission
It was a beautiful sunny day for transfers.  I prayed the rain would hold off until later in the day.  Sure enough, we were hit with a pretty good storm around 4 pm.  

Thank you to Elder & Sister Honeycutt for driving the U-Haul and taking pictures!

 It is always an amazing experience to spend a few hours in the Temple with the going home missionaries.  This group is very dear to my heart.  I can recall personal experiences I've had with each one of them.  They have blessed my life in countless ways.

Patricia is a favorite security guard at the Lincoln Center building.  She was baptized a few months ago by President Smith

A very early 5 mile run.  Dave loves this time with the missionaries.  It is a wonderful time to discuss who they are teaching, questions of the soul, and their own thoughts and testimonies.
5:30 am the cars pulled away heading to the airport

Elder Smith was picked up at the mission home by his family

Elder McNairy and Elder Pina stayed around a little longer as their flights were later in the day.

What's Next Meeting
This is held every 6 weeks with the group of missionaries heading home the next transfer.  It is one of my favorite meetings.  We use Elder Robert D. Hales October 2015 General Conference Talk, "Meeting the Challenges of Todays World" as our outline.  This meeting is informal with lots of questions and answers.  We have a wonderful discussion about anything the missionaries want to talk about.