Here in the throes of an accelerated time of missionary work in Honduras . . . our thoughts especially at this time of year turn to feelings of gratitude and thanksgiving. Even though they don't officially celebrate our North American holiday of Thanksgiving . . . we're so grateful that for all our lives we have had at least one season to especially give thanks and focus on gratitude.
We find we can't pass through our lives each day, mixing and mingling and experiencing the many miracles of this incredible time without thoughts of gratitude passing through our minds on a continual basis.
We have so much to be grateful for . . . we try to express our gratitude to the many who fill our hearts each day with their service . . . and find that no words are adequate to express the gratitude we feel. Our hearts certainly are filled to over flowing . . .
(while you're reading this little gratitude tour - we thought we'd take you on a tour of our recent visit to Guatemale for our Mission President Conference)
We are grateful for so much . . .
Our family - all of them! Those many who support in so many ways so we can be here serving! Each of our wonderful children, their spouses, our parents and many brothers and sisters who shoulder extra burdens in their life so we can be here serving our Heavenly Father.
Each other - there are two of us here, supporting each other, lifting each other on a daily basis!
Our Assistants - What would we possibily do without their example, their hard work, inspiration and guidance on a daily basis. We appreciate their unending cheerful countenances even through all the rough spots.
The Desters and the the Johns - our compatriots here in Honduras! We lean on each other regularly and gain support in each of our different labors.
Life's Comforts - Hot water, air conditioning, an amazing supermarket amidst the craziness of the culture, the availability of purified water. All these things make our lives so much more comfortable and our labors less challenging.
The many helping with our up and quickly coming wedding! - Many are contributing some large tasks and many many are assisting in small ways that are so meaningful to us! We can't thank you enough for the worries you are taking from our minds . . . and our hearts!
Our friends and neighbors who are both mom and dad, neighbor, friend, counselor to Kelsie & Mike - those who are always nurturing, caring, and keep a watchful eye for them. And while were thinking . . . also those who love and support ALL our children in our absence as we know they are many also!
Grandbabies - We are blessed by their laughter, spontaneous phone calls, new skills and language accomplishments. Thank goodness for FACETIME, Skype, emails, Facebook, Instagram etc. We manage to keep in contact frequently.
Missionaries who are obedient - are whole mission is blessed as our missionaries act with obedience and faith in their callings.
Our Medical team - both in our area (Guatemala) and in the States - for their frequent advice, concern, diligence and constant availability. Thank you for helping us keep our missionaries healthy, safe and happy!
(as you can see, we had a little recreation during the lunch hour . . .)
Our Area Presidency - for providing both physical and spiritual nourishment, love and care to us!
The Mission Presidency Counselors / Secretary - You share our workload and bless the lives of the members in our mission through all your hard work, diligence, many many miles of travel and days and days away from home!
The Members - greet us warmly everywhere we go and make us feel like kings and queens. We love your warm smiles, handshakes and hugs.
Our Missionaries!! Each one is special!
Prayers - on our behalf . . . everyone . . . thank you. They keep us safe and healthy and much blessed.
Our nurse specialist, Hna. Bennett - - we would be so lost without her service! Bless her for all her time, energy, knowledge and most of all patience with each missionary who thinks they have an emergency :)
Our Office Elders - we would crawl in a hole and die without you . . . seriously! :) But really, they somehow manage to accomplish all the Herculean tasks we lay at their doorstep . . . as they are never-ending and challenging!
(Guatemala is also famous for the Jade it exports)
Zone Leaders - District Leaders - Trainers! All our leadership here in the mission for your examples as you help all missionaries fulfill their purpose to invite, help, teach and share their gospel message.
Modern Technology - makes ALL THIS possible . . . everything from transfers, communications, blogging, photography, teaching, presentations - it's all a great blessing for sharing the gospel message.
Natures Bounty - beautifies of Honduras we see on the road every day
Stake Presidents - support and help with our missionaries! We treasure our relationships with you as we all work for the salvation of "almas".
Grateful for the safety of our missionaries daily!
And yes . . . we indeed
"And secondly, he doth arequire that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bbless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever . . ."
-- Mosiah 2:24