Elder Peper

My Mission Experience

Sweet Sounds

May 3, 2010

Dear Parents and Families,

At last the long awaited Sunday is just around the corner when you can hear the sweet sound of your missionary’s voice.  Now you can ask about the details you wish they would give when they e-mail.  I hope you have fun making a list of the things you want to talk about.  . . .

I remember how our family looked forward to these calls when our children were serving missions.  Our missionaries all have cell phones and will be able to use their own phones rather than member phones since Mother’s Day calls fall under weekend rates.  It may be helpful to figure out the timing of the call when you are e-mailing this week.  The missionaries are free to find a time that works best for all of you.

Sometimes these calls make the missionaries homesick.  President Gee encourages everyone to be upbeat and positive and give encouragement.  It probably is not helpful for you to tell them how much you miss them.  Rather tell them how happy you are that they are serving the Lord.

Since we are talking about sweet sounds I will share one little experience with you.  Most of the time missionaries fly home so the last word we hear from them is good-bye and a promise they will stay in touch.  Last week we said good-bye to four wonderful missionaries who have each served with complete devotion.  Elder Buys did not fly home because his parents and younger sister came to pick him up.  We heard the doorbell ring and stepped aside so Elder Buys could have those first few minutes alone with his family.  I was smiling with tears in my eyes as I heard the squeals of delight, over and over, as they said hello again after two years.  We usually only imagine the reunion but this was heartwarming indeed.  After a few quiet words there were more squeals and giggles and more hugs and kisses.  They earned this moment.  They waited obediently for two years to have this time to greet a son who had served with all his heart.

The night before there were more sweet sounds.  After dinner was eaten and the interviews were complete, we had a short testimony meeting.  Each of the four missionaries shared an experience that they will always remember and then bore testimony.  These testimonies came from pure hearts.  They know they have been doing the work of the Lord and are grateful for the opportunity to serve and for what has happened inside of them as they have served.  I felt that surely this must be like heaven.  Your missionaries are in the process of earning such an experience.  Thank you for your faith, prayers, and encouragement.  Have a great Mother’s Day.

Love, Sister Gee (and president Gee)

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May 5, 2010 - Posted by | Letters from Mission President/Wife, Photos, Uncategorized

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