Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Today two of our missionaries left the field. Elder Glen Tonge was picked up by his parents at 8:30am in the mission office. They had a marvelous reunion after not seeing their son in two years. Tears of joy all around. They will be over at the Mission President’s home tomorrow evening to meet Pres. & Hna. Almonte. They will be here in the DR until the weekend then fly home to Bountiful, UT.

Elder Tonge’s reunion with his parents reminded me a lot of the reunions Hna. Johnson and I had with our sons. We picked up all six of our sons when they finished their missions years ago. From the first to the last we’ve always considered it one of the best things we did with our sons. We recommend picking up missionary sons or daughters to everyone that asks.

When Hna. Johnson and I picked up our sons we spent between three days and a week with each son touring their mission. We really enjoyed meetings the members and their converts, the people they had grown to know and love. We also saw the sights and visiting attractions they were never able to see during their mission. The day one of our sons opened his mission call was the day we started saving our money so we could go pick him up.

The second missionary to leave this morning was Elder Justin Bates. He was off to the airport with the AP’s at 5:00am. His flight home to Mesa, AZ. left at 7:00 this morning. Elder Bates is another one of our sons, I mean missionaries, that we had a hard time saying goodbye to. The last time we saw him was at the President’s house last night. When we said our final goodbye Hna. Johnson had to turn away because she was so choked up and teary eyed.

We’ve worked closer with Elder Bates than any other missionary in the twelve months. We served with him in the office last year when he was an office Elder for over 3 months. Next he was assigned to work in Neyba for a couple of months. For the past 5 months we’ve worked with him as he has served as Assistant to the President.

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