The Elders

My two brothers-in-law are currently both serving missions right now. Tyler in Germany and Travis in Finland. I am so blessed to have these two amazing individuals in my life and the example they are setting for my children.

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This picture was taken over a year ago! Time sure does pass by.

This is the letter I wrote to them just two days ago:

Elders,

I’ve been missing you two like crazy lately! I miss your smiles, your conversations, your presence and most of all your spirit.

You two don’t realize just how much you mean to me personally. I just admire you for who you’ve become and have been blown away the last few years the love you have for eachother.

I was going through my pictures two days ago and found the gem that is attached. Remember those Sunday walks? Oh how I miss those days.

Tyler we have a prayer journal as a family and we have written down all the names of your investigators and as a family have been praying for them.

Travis be sure to include names as well for us to pray for too.

I really enjoyed Elder Nielsen’s conference talk about “Hastening the Lords game plan”. In it he talked about 3 things we can do.

Obviously number one is pray for missionary opportunities eachday.

But two was to pray for your missionaries in your ward and those with whom they are teaching. It’s kind of a different thing here in Utah. We see our missionaries that serve in our stake maybe once every 2-3 months. So I’ve decided to use your investigators instead because I have easy access to you guys instead of our missionaries.

And finally his last suggestion was to invite them to an activity and just be a friend. This last one reminded me of Elder Allen Haynie when he was our stake president and encouraged us to just be who we are and be friends and invite them into our homes.

Being in Utah has its perks but missionary work here is a lot of work. I miss CA and the many opportunities I had to share with others my beliefs but I know Utah has some that still need to be taught.

I jut wanted to share with you two my feelings about my Savior. The last 3 months have been really stressful in our marriage and with Trent’s work and just life and without my Savior I don’t know how I could have dealt with the issues I’ve had to deal with.

Travis I hope you remember the day you gave me a priesthood blessing I think I was your first one if I’m not mistaken but that day I was very scared for Trent and I doubted and lost faith in him because he was so depressed but once you pronounced that blessing in my behalf my faith was restored immediately and my confidence in him came back and I knew that if I did what I needed to do to support and sustain him all would be well. I’m happy to report that it has been well and we’ve had our ups and downs but overall life is good and we are blessed.

I love you boys and I love that my children adore you and miss you and pray each and every day for you. You are cherished in our household.

I know God lives and that I am his daughter. I know I am worth it. I know that through my Savior I can be healed and given a second chance when I’ve made mistakes. I know that I have gifts and talents to share and feel blessed to recognize when I need to use them the most. I know that The Lord is hastening his work and I’m excited to be apart of it in any way i can. I know this church is true and im ever grateful to my ancestors for sticking with it and enduring to the end so that I can reap the benefits of it.

I love you both and wish you the best in the Lords work. God speed Elders!

Sarah Ann