Our first stop was Saturday Afternoon at Cheyenne Wyoming. We could not get a room at the base or at Little America, so we ended up staying at a very nice Holiday Inn Express. When we arrived we decided
Welcome to Wyoming
to go to an early dinner before unpacking. There was an OutBack across the parking lot so we walked over. During our dinner we noticed the couple to our right and heard words like, “Stake Conference, General Conference and Young Women, so we decided that they were members of the church and were going to ask them which wards met at 9:00 in the morning. We had looked up the wards on our phones and were putting the addresses in for the next morning when the “Bishop” came over and sat down at our booth. He said that he had noticed our tags and that if we were Military Relations then we would want to attend his ward. He then asked us what Military Relation Missionaries were, we spend about 30 minutes answering his questions, he then asked us to attend their wards PEC the next morning.
We went back to our room and got out our “training book” and decided what copies we needed to make, Ron took them down to the lobby and the wonderful staff made copies for us. We then went over the plan as to what we needed to talk about. The next morning we attended the PEC meeting and gave them the copies we had made and answered questions until time for church, the Bishop asked us to stay after Sacrament meeting and meet with the RS President. So we attended Sacrament meeting and then spent the next hour with the RS President going over the Family Resiliency training, and made a copy for the Bishop. At the end of the meeting they asked if they could call Salt Lake and just tell them that we were going to stay there instead of going on. We laughed and said no, but talked to them about calling retired military members of their own ward to be service missionaries for the stake. We gave the Bishop and the RS President the numbers to contact in Salt Lake for more information, and began our drive to Omaha for our next stop.
We are excited to be servant of our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ.
After our training at the Church Office Building we headed back to West Jordan to do our laundry and pack the car for our trip across the country. Packing the car was going to be a challenge, but I knew that Elder Rose would be able to do it with no problems. I had taken pictures of the car as he had done a pre- pack and so he looked at the pictures and did his best to follow the same loading. When he was done I said we could fit my sewing machine in and he gave me that “look” then said if I really found that I needed a sewing machine we would buy a little one there.
Kim and the kids came down to help us and play in the back yard for one last time, then it was off to one last dinner with Kim, the kids and Kyle and his roommate Hobbie. We had a wonderful time talking and laughing and enjoying our time together. We had taken Lisa and Leon out to dinner the week before went into the MTC, and Jessica and Greg were in DC already so we wouldn’t be able to take them out to dinner again for 2 years.
After dinner we came back to the house and Kim helped me with my blog, (she is now an administrator and can help me from Heber while I am in Maryland).
This is an “Usie” not a selfie
Helping Mom Learn to Blog
Dad and Kyle
one hug to last until November
Our Sunday Dinner Kids
Then said good bye to Kyle, Kim, and the Kids for a little while. Kyle will be coming out for Thanksgiving and Christmas, Kim and the kids hope to come out during spring break, so we will have some family here while we serve.
Our last week at the MTC was spent learning about the CES program, how to study scriptures and teach them if we are called to. It was very interesting. Then we spent spent two days learning about our calling and what to expect as we begin serving as Military Relations Missionaries. We learned about the classes we will be teaching in Family Resiliency, Addiction Recovery, and how to work with the Chaplains and Bishops. On the last day we went to the Church Office Bldg and learned about the forms and reports that we will need to turn in. It was a fabulous training and we really appreciate all of the hard work from Elder and Sister Arnell and Elder and Sister Pett who spent two days answering all of our many questions.
Military Relations Couples August 2014
Our first week at the MTC was wonderful. We were part of one of the largest Senior groups that they have had here at the MTC. It took 3 pictures to get all 150 of us in. Elder Rose and I are in the first picture below.
Full days of instruction, followed by lots of homework and more food than we are use to eating. The spirit is very strong as you work with other Senior missionaries in role playing different situations, and then they bring in “investigators” for you to work with. Most of the investigators are volunteers from the wards in Provo, but one are real investigators and you never find out which was which.
We were divided into groups called districts and worked together for the rest of the week. We had fabulous instructors who are young returned missionaries. It was a lot of fun and the spirit was great. Below is a picture of our district.
What a wonderful evening as Elder Rose and I were set apart as full time missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We received beautiful blessings from our Stake President and I was so glad that my Dad, Blaine Rhodes was able to be there and stand in the circle with my husband, Brandon, Leon, our Bishop and the members of the Stake Presidency.