I am feeling the pain of a mother's heart. "...I will greatly multiply thy sorrow...in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children...joy and rejoicing in our posterity"
Five good mothers are feeling "sorrow and joy" as they turn their sons over to the Lord for two years of missionary service. (Maybe it is more fear than sorrow...fear of the unknown)
Here in Colombia we rejoiced as we recieved these valiant sons and could see in their eyes that they "do not doubt" what their mothers have taught them.
Welcome to the best mission in the world
Elders Marcasciano, Walton, Jensen, Stucki, and Riepl!
On Thursday morning I sent a piece of my heart back to the United States. It has been a joy and a blessing to have had Marcie with us here in Colombia. She has traveled the mission with us and blessed the lives of many with her gift of music on the piano. She has gotten up earlier than she has ever wanted to, baked more brownies than ever before, and made sure that we took time to enjoy the journey of these last 7 weeks by stopping for ice cream anytime we have opportunity to do so.
She has been an encouraging word, a shoulder to cry on, a calmness in chaos, and my best friend. She has charmed the mission office as well as everyone else she meets. My mother's heart is swollen with pride as she moves on with her life and filled with sorrow to have her so far away.
Good luck at school Marcie and never doubt that your mother knows you can do it!!
Six more mother's hearts are rejoicing as their sons Return with Honor from their missions this week.
Good luck Elders Atwood, Graves, Hughes, Crompton, McGregor, and Mamani!
What amazing missionaries!
A mother's heart can rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn, and comfort those who stand in need of comfort...with a 165 missionaries to care for here on the mission, this mother's heart is sure to swell with the joy of their achievments and ache with the pain of their sorrows.
And at the same time, for all my children and grandchildren at home...the miles between us do not stop the function of a mother's heart. My heart is ever mindful of you and ever grateful for your support!