We have thoroughly enjoyed working with your son for the last 3 months. When they came here for dinner the last week in June, my husband, Duane asked who they were teaching? They were trying to get started with the Bailey family. Our ward asked us to host a neighborhood party for families in our vicinity the summer of 2006. Baileys live in this vicinity and have come to several of these parties so we at least know who they are. We offered to have the lessons at our home. Elder Wade relayed the invitation and they were interested. The following week the ward hosted our big Community Party for anyone living within our ward boundaries. I got to dish Dutch Oven potatoes and greeted the Baileys. I told them we would love to have them come to our home for lessons and the dad, Bill, said they would come. Whoopee!!!!
They came the following Thursday and we loved the way Elder Wade directed the discussion. He asked what they would like to get from our time together and what questions they had. They agreed to come the next week, then cancelled and weren’t available the following week. They have been here almost every other week since then. This past Thursday, after a good object lesson (Well practiced), on repentance, they show the DVD “He is Risen” and asked what thoughts we had. Christy said she didn’t know what to think, she had too much going on. Elder Wade said, “We aren’t just here to talk. We are here to help your family. What is bothering you?” After a few minutes, she said she had been assigned an attorney, was meeting with him Friday morning and was really nervous. She explained a drug purchase from Jan of 2016 and is going to court over it. Elder Wade asked if she would like a blessing, for peace of mind. Her husband is a member but hasn’t had anything to do with the church since he graduated from high school in 1991. He knew what a blessing was, but had never had one. Your son gave her a beautiful blessing, telling her everything would be ok. We are grateful your son recognized that prompting and acted on it.
Friday when we came out of the temple, I had a text from Christy. “Okay well I thought I’d let you know I’m out of court and everything is going to be okay.” That is a great blessing.
From our point of view, Elder Wade and Elder Bastian have worked well together, each taking a turn directing the discussion. Your son patiently reminds his companion of times things will work and when they won’t. We are confident that when Elder Bastian has to take charge, he will remember how things fit together with their schedule and will be able to give direction.
Six of our nine children served missions so we understand your excitement as your son returns, but it is hard to have him leave. I told him after church I just wanted to give him a hug. He quickly extended his hand☺ We are excited for his next stage of life. Our oldest two grandsons are returned missionaries, attending college and getting involved in student wards. We have two granddaughters serving missions now and love their letters.
Give your son a hug from Sister Hunt and tell him “Thanks for his service.” Thanks for sharing him with us.
Duane and Margaret Hunt
one of our sisters going home (its supposed to be a joke)
Mitch at his baptism
saying goodbye to past companions (missionary buddies) going home (who came on their missions with me at the same time)
The eclipse through the glasses like 45 minutes ago.
Preparation Day adventures (last week)