On June 30, 2011 Bruce and I stepped from one world to another. We stepped from a wonderful world where vital young missionaries were our focus to a world where our family welcomed us with open arms after a three year absence. We were greeted by four of our children (our oldest son lives in Texas) three spouses, and 5 grandchildren with one on the way. A big surprise was that Bruce's parents decided to drive down from Idaho to welcome us! Bruce's sister and husband, Robert and Carolyn were also there. It was a great reunion.
Grandpa Bruce holds the newest member of the family, James Paul Steele, born just one month earlier on May 29th.
Left to right, Grandson Caleb with his new sombrero, daughters Annette, Melanie, Daughter-in-law Stevie holding James, and son-in-law Shaun (proud papa of James).
Dick and LaVonne Clark--our surprise visitors from Idaho.
Jared and Melanie Steere with three of their 4 children, Caleb 5, Halle, 7, and Ava 3.
Robert and Carolyn Christesen
Son Nate and Stevie Clark holding baby Taryn, Melanie's youngest at 2 months.
The engaged couple--Amy Tolley with our son Spencer at the house. They would be married in August.
This sign was on our front door, thanks to Melanie.
The Bagley's, our neighbors, helped liven up the place also.
And 11 days later....we gave our report in Sacrament Meeting in the Country Park 3rd Ward of the South Jordan Country Park Stake
June 10, 2011
Our Homecoming Report
We told all of our former missionaries who were planning to come hear us speak to come dressed like missionaries and be prepared to sing the mission song (in Spanish, of course). We had about 45 elders present and I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. These young men are indeed like the "the armies of Helaman". It was an amazing meeting. We love these guys.
Afterwards, most of them came by the house to have a little food fellowship. We were also happy to meet the parents of many of our missionaries, some still in the field.
Jake Falk and family.(SLC, Utah)
Jordan Pogue,(WA.) his friend Ashlee, and Spencer Wallin(Layton, Ut). Jordan was one of our first assistants and Spencer was one of our first office elders. They taught us everything we needed to know about the misison.
Trevor Mann (Far West, UT), his mom and sister, and Sr. Clark
Jimmy Sweeney (Kansas)
Brandon Layland,(AZ) a friend, Daniel Guerrero from Mexico, and Tyler Clonts.(AZ)
Brennan Thompson (Utah) and wife.
Travis Sorenson (Utah) and his mom.
Joseph and Hazel Anderson, parents of TJ who was still in the field. (From SLC, Utah)
The Scothornes--parents of Jack Scothorne, still in the field. (Kearns, Utah)
Kendall Glauser,(Herriman, Utah) Eric Blair(Riverton, Utah), James Bouchard (Texas), and Justin Reed (Colorado) with fiance.
Our dear friends, Alex and Cindy Helquist. (West Jordan, Utah)
Jake Falk (SLC), Lance Von Bracht (Montana), Scott Carlson (Texas), Jarem Morris (Arizona), Jordan Mills (Utah), Taylor Stratton (Colorado), Cameron Clark (Utah), and Drew Van Orden (Utah).
Alex Masterson (Texas), Brandon Layland (Arizona), Taylor Robb (Nevada) and future wife, Breanna.
The guy who made it all possible for Glenys--Chuck Gilmore and his wife Judy.(Utah) Chuck was a high school friend and taught and baptized Glenys when she was 18 and he was 17--back in St. Joseph, Missouri. So many good things have happened because of that decision to be baptized.
Travis Stoor (Idaho) with future wife Erin, and his mom.
Tyler Stevens (Washington and Utah), Joshua Phillips (Utah), Ben Hawkins (Arizona), Regan Hunsaker (Wyoming) and future wife, Garrett Galt (UT), Scott Spencer (UT), Trevor Mann (UT), Preston Harris (California) , Brian Libby (Arizona/Texas), Travis Sorenson (UT), and Owen Kent (Missouri).
Adam Mott (Tooele, UT.) and Alan Sorenson( WVC, UT.) with their wives, both expecting their first children!
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we proclaim to all who will listen that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and who sent his son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us from our sins. We proclaim that a young boy, Joseph Smith was prepared to find and translate the Book of Mormon which is another testament of Jesus Christ. That book, along with the Bible, can help us understand God's plan for us during our journey on the earth. We believe that we have a living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, who leads the church today through inspiration. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we send missionaries into all of the world where they can enter, to teach others about the great truths of the gospel. This blog has been dedicated to sharing the experiences we have had serving with a small group (approximately 467 missionaries over a 3 year period) of these devoted young people. Because these young people believe what they believe, they volunteer to give 2 years of their lives to full-time missionary service so that they can share the gospel message with others. There are currently over 52,000 missionaries serving throughout the world.
"And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask of God, the eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." --Moroni 9:4,5 in the Book of Mormon--