The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday is not a day to rest


Today was packed with three simple thing that took the entire day.
1)Church.  It take five hours to go to Church.
2) Dinner with our interns.  We prepare and feed a group each week.  That takes about three hours.
3) Fireside at the temple. We drove two of our interns out to the, Why I Believe, fireside tonight because it was our mission presidents family final talk.  They complete their mission at the end of the month.  That took four hours.

So that ends our 12 hour day.  But there are noteworthy things that need to be remembered.  This morning on the way to church on the bus we get a text from Lisa with this picture.

That is enough to rip out a grandparents heart.  There she is sleeping with our picture.  Maybe it is time to go home.


Our mission presidents family.  He has been a wonderful mission president.  I know he was called for this time and this place.  Sister Cooke told of his great love for the missionaries.  He has interviewed every missionary every transfer.  He has read and responded to every weekly letter that the missionaries send him.  She figured that he has written 20,000 letters in the three years he has served. Every where he goes he takes his lap top to answer letters and has someone else drive.  She said he has answered every phone call that he was received.  I love our mission song that we sang again tonight.
We have been called to serve in this the chosen land,
We'll be obedient and follow His command.
We'll strive for excellence in all we say and do,
We'll live the words of Christ and preach the gospel true.

Go y therefore, 
And teach all nation,
Testify of Me.
And Lo, 
I'm with you alway, 
To the end of the world. 

While some are called to serve in far off foreign lands,
We're in the capitol established by God's hands.
We'll stand with open arms, all nations flow to us,
Their faith and humble hearts cry out 'in God we trust.'

Go ye therefore,
And teach all nations, 
Testify of me.
And Lo,
I'm with you alway,
To the end of the world. 

I have written that President Cooke always ends his talks to the missionaries with the words Charlie-Mike.  (Continue the mission)  Tonight as he ended his talk he said Mike - Charlie.  (Mission Complete.) 

Yesterday I got an email that Sister Crandall from my first mission to Hawaii died and it was her funeral.  Some of the Elders went and reported that as her coffin was taken out they sang  " Aloha `oe, aloha `oe
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
One fond embrace,
A ho`i a`e au
Until we meet again"

Evelyn Irene Cockrell Crandall
1923-2016
Evelyn Irene Cockrell Crandall, our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, passed away peacefully at her home on June 16, 2016. She was the second child of Janey Edna Exeter and Stanley Arthur Cockrell, born on June 28, 1923, in Pocatello, Idaho. During her early years the family lived in Idaho and Salt Lake City, Utah. Evelyn worked as a secretary during WWII then was called in 1946 to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Southern States Mission. Upon her return she was employed with the church in the Administration Office, where she met Robert Earl Crandall. Married May 26, 1949 in the Salt Lake City Temple, they enjoyed over 67 years together. Mother was the heart of her home. Raising seven children, working tirelessly doing all the activities a homemaker of her era did. She served in numerous callings in the Yalecrest Ward including serving as Ward Relief Society President. Evelyn loved art and at the age of 63 obtained a BA degree from the Universty of Utah in Art with an emphasis in painting and drawing. Evelyn served by her husband's side, as secretary for the family business, church and civic responsibilities, mission mother in the Honolulu, Hawaii Mission (1972-1975) and in the Park Stake 10th Ward. She taught her children the meaning of Discipleship. Twenty-five of her children and grandchildren have served full time missions. Despite her recent physical limitations, Mother's strong character helped her succeed to take care of her husband until his death. - 



President and Sister Crandall

1 comment:

  1. That is the cutest picture of ila with your picture!!! It is time to come home.

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