The beginning...

Doug and I have always wanted to go know on a mission when we retired.  I guess the Lord was listening to our hearts and made it so.  After a surprise call from Elder Holland, we visited with him on Novemver 4th about the possibility of serving.  Then another call and an interview with President Eyring on the call to be was issued by President Eyring on December 6th.  We were very humbled that the Lord entrusted us to be Mission President and Wife.  We received a letter telling us the place we were to serve on December 20th....San Pablo, Philippines!

The church photographer made us look the part!

We report to the NEW MTC on June 24th for 4 days, then off to the Philippines for 3 Years!

We have so much to learn and prepare the time will go quickly.  The support from our daughters and son-in-laws has been phenomenal.  I never imagined the roles reversed and them being the ones supporting us (emotionally) on a mission.  We have a great tutor from the MTC named Aaron Smith that is helping us learn Tagalog.  Our son in law is helping as well (thanks, Tyler)!  We love the Lord and are reading and studying like crazy to be ready!  Our hearts have already been touched by the people of the Philippines and our missionaries.

We will miss the kids and grandkids, but know that all we have is the Lords, so it seems but a small price for all the blessings he has given us.

Our mission "farewell" will be on June 11th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Copper Hills Stake Center at 5126 West Parr Drive, West Jordan.


  1. Our daughter just received her mission call yesterday and has been assigned to the San Pablo Philippines Mission. Today I am reading this blog with misty mother eyes and with gratitude filling my heart that she will be serving the Lord and His children under His direction through both of you! I can feel by what I have read and the spirit shining through your eyes and faces that you will be perfect for her! (Her dad's name is Doug too! :) ) May you be ever blessed in this great call to serve!
    Missionary mom in waiting from Utah!


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