This evening we had a great welcome meal: Chicken cordon bleu, mashed Moses Lake potatoes, steamed broccoli, glazed carrots, tossed salad and our signature apple cake with cream sauce for dessert.
You’ll really want to try this recipe too:
You’ll want to, but don’t drink the cream sauce!
After dinner we headed downstairs for more orientation with our wonderful office couples and Sister Schilling, our Mission Nurse.We ended the evening with a Testimony Meeting. Each took one minute to share an important aspect of their testimony.Then we gave them welcome gifts–a WYM Temple Recommend Holder, and their service t-shirts.And then it was time for bed. The Hermanas got the basement this time, because there are more Elders (so they get the beds upstairs).“I know my PJs are here somewhere!”By 10:30 everyone was off to bed, EXHAUSTED. It’s been a wonderful and long day for all of us. This we know: We are in the right place at the right time, doing the right things.
On the day my own mission began (15 October 1981), I wrote this scripture in my journal:
3 Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation.
4 You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun. You shall begin to preach from this time forth, yea, to reap in the field which is whitealready to be burned.
5 Therefore, thrust in your sickle with all your soul, and your sins are forgiven you, and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your back, for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Wherefore, your family shall live.
This evening we read some of these verses with these new missionaries:
1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my friends Sidney and Joseph, your families are well; they are in mine hands, and I will do with them as seemeth me good; for in me there is all power.
2 Therefore, follow me, and listen to the counsel which I shall give unto you.
3 Behold, and lo, I have much people in this place, in the regions round about; and an effectual door shall be opened in the regions round about in this eastern land.
4 Therefore, I, the Lord, have suffered you to come unto this place; for thus it was expedient in me for the salvationof souls.
5 Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people; speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men;
6 For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say.
7 But a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall declare whatsoever thing ye declare in my name, in solemnity of heart, in the spirit of meekness, in all things.
8 And I give unto you this promise, that inasmuch as ye do this the Holy Ghost shall be shed forth in bearing record unto all things whatsoever ye shall say.