|At The Osborne House on the Isle of Wight|
Here's our brief "Gratitude Journal" of the joys and blessings we've experienced since we arrived in London. We're grateful for:
- Increased faith in God and trust in His plan for us
- Love for England and it's people -- especially the missionaries and others we work with in the Visitors' Centre, Mission Office, and mission, as well as the visitors to our site, our terrific Temple Presidency, and the temple missionaries. So many wonderful friends and good people.
- Spiritual growth that has stretched us and strengthened our testimonies
- The daily tender mercies and miracles that we so often take for granted
- Peace amidst turmoil in the world
- Blessings to our family. As we have served, God has watched over them.
- Sacrifice, which is a privilege.
- Knowledge and understanding - a chance to keep learning and growing
- The worth of a soul. Each of us is precious and unique in God's family.
- Joy in the journey - wherever it leads us
Our decision to go on a mission has enriched our lives with new energy, new experiences, new friends, new challenges, new sights to see, places to go, and things to do. It has brought the two of us closer together and has deepened our love for our family. We are so grateful for this privilege and opportunity.
“Serving a mission gives retired people a chance to use their talents and gifts again. They discover that they are truly needed, and as a consequence they find a powerful new sense of direction in life. They joyfully lose themselves in new experiences and opportunities for growth. The reward for those who serve is often renewed health and energy. When they go home, they are filled with the rich spirit of missionary work and a great love for the people they have served.” David B. Haight