Visits from loved ones
June 14, 2015It has been a fun week! We have had visits from loved ones! Julie Genet and her mom, Buena Hepler, are on a whirlwind tour of church history sites in the Midwest and they made a pitstop at the Independence Visitor Center. My elder and I raced up there from the office to see them. When she came walking out of the VC, I was Home again. What is it about familiarity and comforts of Home? We talked hard and fast for almost an hour while the tour meandered over to Temple Lot. I am at peace. Show Low is still standing. The gospel is still true there. I can carry on here on this wonderful experience with my elder.
This weekend, Mike's brother, Rich is here along with his wife, Carla. We are beginning to feel like tour guides. We have developed a love for this area and the meaning of what will take place here. How can we not haul all our loved ones to Adam-Ondi-Ahman and Liberty Jail with stops coming and going along the way? We have been so proud to introduce all our visitors to any missionary within sight and sound. After all, they are all our favorites and we are in awe of the
commitment and sacrifice they have all made to come preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. When Sister Gunter gave a beautiful presentation at Liberty Jail to us, I was as proud as if she were my own child. I will never quit looking at these young missionaries and be reminded that I have 21 grandchildren at home who will be given the opportunity to do this in their young lives. I hope and pray some old Senior Missionary will love and care for them as much as I do for all of these Missouri Independence missionaries.
So, like the classic Field of Dreams movie where he built it and they came, I say to all our friends and loved ones....it is already built. Come see it. We will sneak out of the office for a bit, share a tear or two with you, and then haul you as hard and fast as we can to some significant location. I believe Darlene and Jess Hitchcock are next in the lineup this week. Our Thursday evening is booked already, the rest of you. Call us. We will work you in.
My love to all of you,
The Simple LifeOf late, I have thought about the life Sister Seaman and I are living. It is the simplest version of any form of life we have ever lived. We live in a small apartment, our furniture is the mission variety, which means that nothing matches, it is old (usually bought at an estate sale or Salvation Army), and has scratches and dings, so no worries there. We don't have any obligations other than show up at the Mission Office at 8:30 or there abouts to do our duty (volunteer work) for the day and then go home. No kids or grandkids around. We eat what we want, when we want. The only bills we pay are the contribution to the church for the mission and a few utility and insurance bills at home. I doubt that it could be much simpler.
The reason I even bring it up is that I like it. Very little stress. No one cares too much if you're late. Do what you want after hours. We go to the Temple twice a month. No huge church commitments every night or weekends. The Missionaries really seem to like us (especially Sister Seaman.) It is kind of growing on us. Another mission in the future now looks good. We like the boss (the Lord) and He is very kind to us. He blesses us and our family in our absence and will for eternity. The only real drawback is seeing the kids and grandkids more often and that is a big one, but it is worth it.
We are changing slowly. We are different people than when we left Show Low almost 8 months ago. We are getting a good taste of what is really important and it is not "things." We already knew that but not to the degree that we know it now.
Maybe at the end of 18 months things will look different than they do today. Maybe we will go back to Show Low and pick-up where we left off. I doubt it. Things are good.