Sunday, June 30, 2013

Getting to Vegas...June 29, 2013. (7:45pm)

We arrived at the Chopin International Airport in Warsaw at 9:00am. We quickly went through check-in and security.  While we were in line, we met a great family in that was going to San Diego, Las Vegas and Temple Square (Salt Lake City).  We had our assistants (Elders Zelezniak and Raines) bring us a copy of the Book of Mormon and gave it to them.  When they get to Las Vegas they are supposed to call us.  We'll keep you posted... We boarded the plane and got ready for the 14 hours of flight to Las Vegas. (Andrzej, Elder and Sister Hutchinson, Elders Zelezniak and Raines.)
Landing in Las Vegas, we were met with 116  F weather. As we were waiting for our bags at the baggage claim, family members had gathered outside of Customs to greet us.
As we were about to leave the Customs area, one of the workers said, "You must be the missionaries everyone is waiting for".  I was surprised by the group that had gathered....
President was right behind me. 
As I was met by granddaughters and nieces, I couldn't wait to give them all big hugs.
Our great family members who had come to welcome us back home.
We had a chance to finally hold new grandchildren who had joined the family since we have been gone. Meet Bode (5 months) and Cooper (4 months). We then went to the Stake Center where we were met by Ward and Stake members and former missionaries. It was a great evening...even though we were exhausted.
We got to our home around 11:00pm, and found that our grandkids had made something special for us and taped it to our garage door.
The next day we attended church where President Nielson and I spoke.
A highlight of the meeting was when this great group of about 50  former Poland Warsaw Missionaries sang. The song was outstanding (Thank you, Elder Myler!) and brought tears to our eyes. We are very proud of these 'sons and daughters' of ours. (B/S McGrath, B/S Braithwait, Spears, McAdams, Steadman, Bezdjian, Brown, Jones, Ellis, Folsom, Stay, Sheets, Marshall, Fenn, Garcia, Sheahan, Petersen, Forsey, Ostler, B/S Harbor, Briggs, B/S Richards, B/S Jensen. Middle row- Smith, Dabrowski, Rogers, Smith, Murphey, Darowski, Marsing, Hillyard, Klosowiak, Waits, Johnson, Hulme. Top row- Lundin, Tribe, Curtis, Buckner, Tanner, Jensen, Kennedy, Myler, B/S Garrett)
Speaking of sons and daughters, we were able to take a new family photo with our children and grandchildren. We love and appreciate all they did for us while we were gone. We couldn't have served without their support. They took care of each other. WE LOVE YOU, and thank you for all you did!
President Nielson and me with our 11 grandchildren. A precious group! There is a saying in the church...."If you love them, leave them." I know that God blessed our family as we were serving our missions.
We loved every minute in Poland.  We have eternal friendships with so many members and our missionaries.  Some may think leaving your family and home for three years would be difficult or a sacrifice.  We found that the Lord blessed us far more than we could have ever imagined.  Our mission will be one of the highlights of our lives.  We are so grateful to the many wonderful people who prayed for us, wrote us, supported us, thought about us and most important blessed our lives by their examples and testimonies.  We have experienced the mighty change of heart.  This Church is true.  The Book of Mormon is the word of God.  President Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's prophet on the earth today.  The keys of the Priesthood of God are found in this Church.  Jesus Christ has restored His Church on the earth today.  Of these things we testify of and certify to the world.
We are so blessed, and we love you! Until we meet again...

45 comments:

  1. What a marvelous homecoming. I loved seeing the pictures of you with your family and grandchildren. What a blessing to be able to give them all huge hugs. We love and miss you and hope your transition to non-mission life is a good one. - Liz & Jon

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  2. Well done thou good and faithful servants. It doesn't seem like your three years should be up. I loved following your blog. Oh, the beautiful sacred memories. Your lives will never be the same. You are so very blessed to be changed by such experiences and wonderful missionaries. They truly are family and will be forever. Congratulations on a job well done.
    It is really hard to go back to "Normal" life. For some reason, sales at Walmart don't have the same meaning watching lives change for eternity. Don't forget your stories. We have 2 1/2 more years and then I hope to hear them all.
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  3. This is so precious! You probably experienced every possible emotion in that 24 hour period. Thank you for all that you have done! --

    Elder Allen's mom

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