Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I keep promising my children I'll put up a new post. I haven't taken very many pictures...everywhere we go, we're so busy I forget to take any. But I'll post a few, and I promise to be better.

The following picture is of President Ogden and the two men who changed his life forever...Elders Bangerter and Beckstrom. They are the missionaries who converted him 47 years ago. They came to visit us in the MTC...the first time he'd seen them since his family left Florida 6 months after he was baptized.

This is a picture of us with the two young men who have smoothed the way for us ever since we took over the mission...our Assistants, Elder Brower and Elder Bearnson. I don't think you could find better AP's than these two. We're so grateful!

We are so fortunate to not only be in a very successful and obedient mission, with amazing Elders and Sisters, but also a beautiful country with such a rich past of missionary work. This is the Benbow Farm pond, where Wilford Woodruff baptized hundreds of early converts to the church.

The past week was filled with interviews with all of our missionaries...180 of them! While the President did formal interviews with them, I just had a little 'getting to know you' talk with their companions. What a great group! I'm so excited to get to know them all.

We love the Mission Home...its very nice, very comfortable, and very English. The nicest thing about it is that it is right across the street from the mission offices. That saves President Ogden so much time, and it is very convenient for me as well. Our church building is right next to it, another bonus.

(Our living room, looking out the front window.)

We miss our family and dear friends, but feel so grateful for this opportunity and blessing. This past week, I've visited at least two of the towns where my ancestors lived in the 1800's... and beyond. What a thrill that was for stepping back in time.


brianne said...

Wow mom! It looks great! That is so exciting that Dad was able to see the missionaries who baptized him. Very cool. Love you!

Brett said...

Yep - thanks for sharing the pics Mom!

Aside from how great it is for you and Dad to be serving a mission, it's incredible that you each are taking this trip back into your personal "church history".

Keep up the posts and I'll get blogging too.

Anonymous said...

Judy, Thank you so much for keeping us informed. If you hadn't written in the blog, we would have never known that President Ogden got to meet with the missionaries who baptized him...or got to see the really neat pictures...or learned all the tidbits about what a Mission President (and his wife) other words, we hope you find the time to keep writing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
---Bob and Diana Gray

Megan said...

I can't tell you how much it helps to read and see pictures of this new helps to feel so much more connected to you both. What a great picture of dad with his missionaries and then you both with the great missionaries of EBM. We are so excited and proud of all that you're doing and all that awaits you and these missionaries.

We do miss you!! But keep going. Can't wait to read more. Love you guys.

P.S. The house looks so quaint with lots of character. How fun.

Cameron Family said...

Thanks for the pictures. I agree with Megan, there's something so very comforting about seeing you guys in the midst of your calling.

The kids are just dumbfounded by the pictures of your home. They can't get over all the details. Rian thinks your fireplace and couches are just amazing! And Dakota loves the leaves on the windows! (Obviously these comments are from the pics you emailed us)

We miss you guys but wouldn't have it any other way! Keep working hard. Love you!

Jenny said...

Thanks for giving me your blog-address. I look forward to reading about your adventures!

Jenny Van Aken