Sunday, January 29, 2012

Preparing to Attend the Temple

Everyone can attend our church services and we welcome visitors. After joining the Church and remaining faithful for one year, you can receive your endowment, a gift of power from God. This gift of power is made through ordinances in the temple that gives worthy church members the instruction and covenants of the Holy Priesthood that they need in order to attain exaltation. The endowment includes instruction about the plan of salvation.

Today Bishop and Eric made plans for Eric to receive his endowment in the temple. We are excited for Eric to have his private interview with the Bishop and then his Stake President to obtain his temple recommend. This is a necessary step on his journey to serving the Micronesian people.

We can't wait to attend the Mesa Arizona Temple with Eric. Above is a picture of this beautiful building, the 7th operating temple in the Church. Click on Mesa Temple to find out more.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Spread the News

Last Sunday Eric was invited to the stand to announce his Mission call. As his Mom I sit on the stand as Ward chorister,so I was facing the congregation when he came up to the lectern. Many of our friends and family already knew where Eric would serve because he had posted it on Facebook. So we were unprepared for the reaction. When he said he had been called to Micronesia, there was an audible collective gasp. We have come to understand that this Mission is somewhat rare, and will be an amazing opportunity for Eric to serve a very humble yet happy people.

For a short history of the LDS Micronesia Guam mission, click here.

Later in the program Brother Pishl asked Eric to give his testimony. His testimony was simple and straightforward: he has always had a testimony, but it really became strong as he witnessed the power of the priesthood through his father's fight with terminal lymphoma. He has experienced first-hand the blessings of the gospel, and he can think of no better way to show his appreciation to his Heavenly Father than to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and bring others to Christ. We agree.

Later that day, one of Eric's favorite youth leaders approached our family and offered to help with the expenses of Eric's mission. This offer was so unexpected and sincere that by the end of his offer I was in tears, overwhelmed with appreciation. This is just one of the many blessings that we have experienced as a family as Eric has started this journey. We are so grateful for the friends, family, and leaders that have helped Eric get to this point in his life.

We love you all.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Eric's Mission Call

Eric received his mission call in the mail on Thursday, January 19, 2012. He called me at work and said "guess what I have in my hand? A diet coke. Guess what I have in my other mission call!" We were all so excited!

Eric decided not to open the letter until the next day, January 20, 2012, so that he could have family and close friends attend. He had to hide the letter from me so I wouldn't open it! But at 6:00 pm our old Bishop, Jeff Curtis, and our new Bishop, Terry Walker, and friends and family gathered to find out where he would be serving for the next two years. This video captured the moment...