On August 23, 2010 we began our 18 month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We were assigned to the Georgia, Macon Mission as office specialists where we assist the Mission President in the running of the Mission. Dale is the financial secretary and Marian is the office secretary. We have over 120 missionaries in our mission and Dale is responsible for finding and closing apartments, paying rent and utilities on these apartments, and all other financial matters concerning the mission. Marian is responsible for answering the phone, writing many letters to the missionaries and their parents before they come to us, during their stay, and after they leave. All packages and mail come to the mission office where we sort and forward it on to the missionaries. We also need to report every new Baptism to the church and send new members welcome packages and Church magazine subscriptions. We have transfer week every 6 weeks. This is when around 12 new missionaries arrive and 12 leave. The responsibility of writing letters and finding new apartments never ends. Just as we begin to get comfortable, transfer week comes again. In 2008 our mission had 300 Baptisms. In 2009 there were 600 Baptisms, and as of 12/22/2010, with fewer Missionaries, we have 972 baptisms. As prophesied for the latter days the gospel of Jesus Christ is rolling forth (as the stone, cut out without hands, in Daniel 2 ; and Isaiah 29) We did reach our goal of 1000 baptism for 2010. It was actually 1015.
On June 30th, the Georgia Macon mission was closed and all the missionaries were sent to four surrounding missions. We had the responsibility of doing the final closing of the office and on June 13th we were transfered to Augusta, Georgia which is where we will finish our mission. We are now in the South Carolina, Columbia mission.
We know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is truly the restored church of Jesus Christ. The gospel taught is not doctrine of men but doctrine received through revelation from Jesus Christ our Savior. We thank God for speaking to a Prophet to lead and guide us. We have worked in the Temple and testify that Jesus Christ personally over sees the work there for we have felt his presence, and many have and their eyes opened and have seen him. We have learned that things are not the important part of life. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord. We glory in the sealing of our family for they are so very precious to us. We and our family thank the Lord for the many blessings that we have received, and are continually receiving in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We look forward to the exciting things prophesied for in these last days and keep an active Temple recommend in preparation. We love sharing the gospel with the many new friends we make wherever we are.