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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor; President Russel M. Nelson; Elder Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor
We love and sustain the new First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We know President Nelson is the Prophet of God on the earth today and look forward to receiving further inspirational counsel and loving instruction from the Lord to the members of the Church and all the world through him. The  announcement of the new presidency was made Tuesday morning, January 18th. We drove to Ocho Rios early enough to be able to watch the live broadcast of the announcement and following press conference before Buddy conducted the branch audit.


"The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It?
October 2017 General Conference"

This is a masterful and beautiful testimony of the power the Book of Mormon can have in our personal lives. We highly recommend watching it again and again. 

We've had some very busy days since our last post with mission business and our Welfare Services work. We also were the go-to couple for any medical concerns while President and Sister Pearson were gone on two trips to other islands in the mission. Fortunately, nothing too serious came up, but we definitely fielded a multitude of calls morning, noon, and night and accompanied missionaries to a few doctors' appointments. 

Mission Leadership Council
"We Thank Thee, O God, for A Prophet" 

We attended and helped provide, serve, and clean up the luncheon for Mission Leadership Council (MLC) on Thursday. The Assistants to President Pearson (2 seasoned elders), all the Zone Leaders (presently 8),  and the Sister Trainer Leaders (currently 4) attend this council each transfer. These are always amazing and inspirational meetings; we feel privileged when we are asked to help. We wish everyone could witness the power these young leaders demonstrate as they teach, train, and council together.

Buddy has been extra busy with his Mission Presidency responsibilities which include conducting audits in 6 of the branches. So far some have gone smoothly and were finished fairly quickly; others not so much, but the objective was always accomplished. Either way, he enjoys working with the branch presidents and clerks and being able to provide training during the audit process. 

Once again, we recognize the value of the many diverse experiences we have had over our 41 years in the Church, and we are grateful for the Lord's preparing us to serve in so many ways in so many places. 

We are looking forward to a 4-day trip to Nassau, Bahamas this next weekend for mission business. President Pearson's asking us to go came as quite a surprise, but we are eager to go to another beautiful  island in the Caribbean. We don't know how much time, if any, we'll have to see much of the city and a beach such as this, but hopefully we'll at least get to stick our toes in the water. 

Buddy has been assigned the responsibility to conduct the audit in the Nassau Branch by President Pearson. He will also have the blessing of doing several other Mission Presidency functions such as setting apart members for new callings, holding personal priesthood interviews, meeting with members for Patriarchal Blessing recommend interviews, and anything else that may come up. 


I was checking the weather forecast for while we'll be there, and I was a little disappointed to see only 80 degrees and possible rain. When I mentioned this during Face Time calls with a couple of our daughters, I heard - What! 80 degrees sounds wonderful! Buddy reminded me; it's all relative.

We should have some experiences and photos to share next post. 

Until next week, all our love...

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

President Thomas Spencer Monson, 16th President of the Church, died Tuesday, January 2, 2018, in his home in Salt Lake City. He was 90 years old.


We will miss our beloved Prophet. 

As we travel around the island, we like to listen to audio books. We just finished listening to To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson. We highly recommend this inspiring biography of an amazing man of God who ministered to the one and to the many. President Monson was completely dedicated to doing whatever the Lord prompted him to do.

We look forward to the live message from President Russel M. Nelson on Tuesday , January 16, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. MST. His message will be followed by a press conference at 10:00 a.m. MST.

President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

“Our sorrow is assuaged by the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. His bitter cup makes our bereavement bearable,” said President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Until next week...all our love

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018

We hope everyone had a great first week of 2018.
We dare not blink, or the whole year will be gone!

We really haven't had too much going on this past week. It seems many of our contacts are still getting back into the swing of things after the holidays.

We were able to attend the baptism of three people on Saturday. We love watching the missionaries working with the investigators and seeing the smiles on their faces as these special people enter the waters of baptism. 
Somehow we only got a picture of the one young man. 
The other two were a 12 year old girl and her 9 year old brother 
who were baptized by their older brother. 

After the baptisms, the sister missionaries teased that they'd be right over for lunch. I told them, sure, we'd take them out for lunch; we didn't really have anything ready at home. There were a few other missionaries standing close by, and the the sisters asked us who actually was invited to lunch. I said, to to not make a big announcement, but anyone who followed us out the door could come. We ended up with 4 elders and 4 sisters meeting us at Chilitos - the one and only JaMexican restaurant here in Kingston - actually it's the only Mexican food available on the island that we know of. A little different than our favorite places at home but still pretty yummy. 

We love these faithful elders and sisters. 

As we were leaving the restaurant, the missionaries left a special invitation on the blackboard. 24/7 - that's the way they roll in the great Jamaica Kingston Mission!

This week is transfers. We always look forward to helping move missionaries around and to meeting the new arrivals. With his new calling as 1st Counselor in the Mission Presidency, Buddy has even more hats to wear than he did before; so far, he's keeping his head above water. He's been involved in the reorganization of a branch presidency and will conduct audits for 5 units coming up next week. My job? To remind him, you can do this...just keep swimming!

We join with the millions of Latter-day Saints and others of so many faiths all over the world who mourn the passing of our beloved Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. We have been listening to his biography in the truck as we travel around the island for the last few weeks. He is a remarkable man of God who touched ours and so many lives for good. He will be missed. 

Until next week...all our love