Sunday, April 18, 2010

April 18, 2010 - Last Sunday before MTC

Today we had a very special Sacrament meeting on humility and agency followed by our Priesthood meeting on Prayer. This is our last Sunday before entering the MTC tomorrow morning. We are very excited about this opportunity to serve and miracles never cease to happen i.e. I actually set up this blog today which is the miracle. (technologically challenged). The Humanatarian couple in Jamaica (E/S Shaefermeyer) shared their blog with us and we certainly appreciate their helping give us the vision of utilizing the blog along with other advice. We will be meeting them the first week in May. We are looking forward to the MTC experience and being able to meet with Elder Oldroyd from our ward as this is his last week there before departing to Tahaiti. Tonight at 8 pm we will be set apart for our mission and officially become
Elder and Sister Andersen. Fran wants to pen a few words so I will sign off now. Jack.

I think this may be one of those times that a good cry would relieve the tension and clear my
head for what really needs to be done. Like making the decision of what would be the right/most comfortable/coolest thing to wear on one's first day at the MTC. I have often said that any trip is ruined by having to pack. Try doing that for one trip to an ultra-conservative, meeting oriented , two week stay 50 minutes away from home and at the same time another trip quite a bit further away from home with a year and a half duration in a very laid back, hot and humid climate with no clue as to your living conditions or job description. Then factor in all
the other "stuff". Can you see the Martha coming out in me? I think she's been maligned.

I am, however, very grateful for this assignment and feel quite confident that it is going to be the adventure of a lifetime. I know the Lord can make us equal to whatever it is he has in mind for us.. I'm just realizing that after we're set apart tonight we will BE missionaries and not just thinking about it.

We're off to Angie's for dinner and a birthday celebration for Andrew who Really Does Not Want us to go and then home for the setting apart.

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