The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Sunday, October 5, 2014

So what is a missionary’s life like on Sunday?
7 to 8:30 breakfast
9:30 to 12:00 spoken word and Sunday morning session of conference.
12:10 to 12:55 Lunch
2 to 4:00 Afternoon session of conference
4:10 to 4:55 Dinner
5:30 to 6:30 Departure Devotional for those leaving the MTC this week.
7:00 to 8:30 Evening Devotional
Movie night with Elder Bednar talk or watch Joseph Smith the Prophet of the restoration.  They could pick a different language to watch it in.  

What did we do today? Today was a hard day because it was the day we told our family and some of our close friends good-bye.  Things and people change in two years.  

Dave and I commented what a wonderful week to be in the MTC.  With conference all weekend we are on such a spiritual high.  I can't think of of better way to get pumped up for your mission than listening to general conference. I can't wait to reread the talks. 

One of the hardest people to say good-bye to was my almost 92 year old Mother.  Life can be very fragile.  Sometimes you wonder what you will be called upon to sacrifice for the opportunity to serve as a missionary.  

How exciting that my brother and sister-in-law from Washington State were in town for general conference.  It was great to be able to see them and tell Russ and Kaylynn good-bye. 

My sister and brother-in-law just returned from a serving in Jerusalem.They arrived home August 23.  We are both wearing our name tags.  

Dara is a good friend.  She has been a part of our family since 1989.  She has eaten dinner with us just about every Sunday since we met her. 

The future Elders in our family.  Avram asked his mother why we had to go on a mission.  We spent a minute trying to explain to them why were leaving them.  I told them I expected that they would sacrifice and one day serve a mission.  I have been given a heritage of missionary service by my ancestors.  Now I give them that same heritage.  The Lord has blessed us and we want to serve Him.  Gabe their brother picked to do missionary work.  We also choose to do missionary work.  

We will miss the Prestwich family as well as the rest of our children and their families.  In the past 6 weeks we have been able to spend time with each of our children and our 15 grandchildren.  

We had hoped to run into some of our young adults from our old ward at the Strong's home.  They didn't come but we had fun visiting with the Strong's.  They are the salt of the earth.  We are blessed to have such great friends.

The gym below used for the Elders and Sister to play in transforms into a a hall for the devotionals.  Every seat was full tonight with well over 2000 missionaries.  Our devotional speaker was Vai Sikahema.  He is a football hero.  He is also a stake president and a great example of a missionary.  He shared missionary experiences he has had.  It was so great and ran over a half hour but no one minded at all. Vai Sikahem is a tongan and currently is a television news reporter in Philadelphia.  He played football for BYU, St. Louis Cardinals, Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles.   


  1. Goodbyes are hard but not like in the "old days." With FaceTime and Skype you can be right with family showing them your apartment and talking just like you're in the same room. We missed our family but technology sure made it easier to be so far away.

  2. You have a lot of people who will miss you, but we will all be praying for you.