Tuesday, May 13, 2008

It's a SMALL WORLD!!!



A little over three years ago I got back from my mission. I served in Sendai Japan and loved my time there! I had a lot of companions that were from the States and I had two companions from Australia. My little brother Matt got his mission call to Brisbane Australia and has loved his experience thus far. It was shocking to me to recieve a letter from my brother informing me that my former companion (that I had TWICE) Elder Ngtai was his ward mission leader!!! Elder Ngtai is the man, we had a blast together, we served as Assistants under President Bird together and it has been fun exchanging emails and catching back up. He is the father of two and seems to be doing really well. As if this wasn't a small enough coincidence...
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The last picture is at a Zone Leader Conference. The Elder right below me (we are both wearing pink ties) is Elder Semaan. He was my last companion in the mission home. He is also from Australia and was visiting his brother who just so happens to be in the same ward that Matt (Elder Lefrandt) is serving in!

It has been extremely fun for me to see Matt interacting and doing missionary work with two of the Elders that I loved most. They were both amazing missionaries and are good friends. Elder Ngtai often saves Matt when they are out of food and will bring a loaf of bread over, and has gone tracting with him on a couple of occasions. They both told Matt that he is just like me, and when we talked to Matt on Mothers day he says it is shocking that I act a lot like them! We all seem to be rubbing off on each-other. It truly is a small world after all...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mothers Day!!


Dearest Mothers,

I just wanted to take a quick second and write a quick thank you to all of the mothers out there. Whether you are my mother, my mother in-law, the mother of my children or simply someone else's mother... I wanted to say THANK YOU. I often think about where my life would be without my own mother and realize... I would be a much different person without her influence.

I am grateful that I married a woman that is an amazing mother. I never doubted she could do it! This is what she has lived her life for! She always longed for the day when she would have a baby to call her own. Lily has brought us so much joy, but she is a lot of work. Ash does it effortlessly. She loves what she does and she is great at it! I think she is the greatest Mom out there and I am so glad I married her. For time and eternity. Love you Ash! Happy FIRST Mothers day!

Love,

Jon