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We witness tender mercies and mini-miracles every day as we find joy in pressing forward. We are immensely grateful for our time of service as missionaries in the Georgia Atlanta North Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Life and opportunities continue. See our missionary and life story in pictures by clicking here: http://rayc.shutterfly.com/

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Wonderful Stake Conference

We had a wonderful Stake Conference on February 4 and 5. Saturday began with a small open house for our immediate neighbors to introduce them to our mission house sitters, Nephi and Lilla Szvoboda. We love our neighbors and really appreciate the support they showed to welcome this wonderful young couple and make them comfortable.

Our evening session of Stake Conference, held at the Stake Center, focused on missionary work. Nearly a dozen Stake members spoke, including a preparing 18-year old, a recently returned elder, a mother, a stake member who is a missionary every day, a senior couple who had worked at the Church's Ensign Ranch in Washington State, and the Mumfords, good senior couple friends who just received their call three days before (they spoke about how to go through the application process), and our stake president, David Webster, who is a former Brazil mission president. Everyone did a terrific job. Their experiences were as varied as their personalities. Our attendance was a shot-in-the arm to our anticipation and excitement.

The Sunday session was held in the afternoon at the South Davis Regional Center, and the theme was protecting and nurturing strong families in these difficult times. Speakers included all three members of the stake presidency, John and Colleen Hunt, new friends who moved from Australia 18 months ago and into our ward to help support their recently divorced daughter and three grandchildren, and Linda Jensen, a former ward member and widow of John, a former co-worker of Ray's. The two hours sped by and the spirit was strong.

We came home and traveled to Mike and Wendy's for dinner where we learned the sad news about the Josh Powell suicide and murder of his two young sons. (Details can be found elsewhere). The inspired theme of our conference was reinforced in harsh reality. We are so grateful for righteous leaders and for sons and a daughter-in-law who are protectors of our grandchildren and anchors to our family. We pray daily for their protection and care.

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