The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


We got up and left before exercise and our scriptures study.  We were told that they were going to show Meet the Mormons at 8:30.  We were not going to go to the transfer meeting but we really wanted to see the church's new movie Meet the Mormons.  Saturday we had tried to see if it was playing any place close to us and found out that the closest theater was 95 miles away so when we heard the mission was going to play it at the temple visitor center we wanted to go. It is wonderful by the way.  It was great.  We got there at 8:15 but the meeting didn't start until 9:00.  We had an appointment with the physicality manager of our building at 1:30.   So we had limited time and they didn't show the movie first but last.
I can't drive up to this temple without it taking away my breath.  You can't see it very well but there is a man next to the second spire on the right.

They had our mission photo up on the screen.

It was a very enjoyable meeting.  The missionaries leaving get to bear their testimonies.  I was really impressed with one elder.  He said that the reason he went on a mission was because his girl friend wouldn't marry him if he didn't.  He had a companion that told him one day the reason you came is not important.  The reason you stayed is what is important.  He said he stayed because he loved the Lord and the people and the work.  Two couples were going home also.

President Cook said it matters how you leave the mission and how you continue to  live the gospel.  He quoted 2 Nephi 31:20.  He reminded the students that is wasn't President Monson hastening the  work,  It was the Lord hastening his work.  He said what you do when no one is watching determines if you keep the Spirit.

President Cook is a three star general.  I love a saying he has that he tells the missionaries.  Charlie Mike means in military terms make the the mission happen.  It means never giving up until you have completed the mission and hearing the words Mike Charlie: Mission complete. They also say this mission is the best mission in the history of life.  President said it is one thing to say we are the best it is another to live it.  I am really impressed with Sister Cook as well.

We bolted the meeting and headed for the Barlow Center so we could make our meeting.  We got a text that we were not going to have the meeting.  So we headed to the store to get things for the refreshments we are bringing for the CES devotional Sunday evening.  On the way home we got a call that the meeting was on.  He got there about 20 minutes late but we had a great meeting.  After we had to get the center set up for the program they had tonight on Women in Politics.

1.      Bobbie Kilberg is a Republican operative who has worked for Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. She is a graduate of Yale Law School.  She worked on Mitt Romney campaign.  She said I wish he would run again but I don't think he will.  She was such an impressive woman.  She said a woman needs to be with their children.  You can't do it all but then she gave some wonderful advice on how young women could get involved.  

3.    Susannah Wellford
President and Founder, Running Start

Over the past 14 years, Susannah Wellford has founded two organizations designed to raise the political voice of young women in America. In the spring of 2007, Wellford founded Running Start to inspire young women and girls to political leadership. Running Start furthers the work begun by the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), which Wellford co-founded in 1999 and led for the first five years. WUFPAC is a national women’s group dedicated to electing young women to political office. Wellford speaks frequently to colleges, law schools, political groups, trade associations and nonprofits about the importance of involving more young women in politics. She has also lectured about politics to many international groups, including women from Kuwait, Southeast Asia, Korea.

When we have special meeting in the building we have to stay in the building and monitor who comes in and out of the building.  We cleaned up the garbage and chairs.  So we left this morning at 7:15 and we got home tonight at 9:45. Hopefully we can work on our next lesson tomorrow after we teach our Thursday class.  


  1. Sounds like a long and fulfilling day. The DC Temple was our temple while we lived in Michigan. They added the Chicago just before we left. We love the DC Temple!

  2. Spent a few minutes reading your previous blog posts. Looks like you are settled in to your apartment and your missionary responsibilities. This will certainly be a wonderful time for your both.

  3. It's amazing the number of people you meet and are able to learn from on your mission. You will never be the same when you leave in two years!