Wednesday, June 11, 2008

We've been busy this past week getting ready for our mission departure. We were blessed to have family here for the weekend and enjoyed it very much. On Friday, we were set apart as missionaries by Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was assisted by Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge a member of the First Quorum of Seventy and a new member of the Chile Area Presidency. We were so grateful that our children and grandchildren were able to be there with us.

After the setting apart we enjoyed strolling through temple square and the beautiful weather. (Its snowing in Heber as I write this). What a great way to spend the day with family.

On Saturday morning we met with a photographer to get one last picture of the family as it is today. Obviously, this photo will be out of date soon with two new granchildren due in July to Darin and November to Karen. When we get back, we'll need to take a new one.
That evening our wonderful neighbors surprised us with a farewell neighborhood barbecue. It was so nice of them and we truly enjoyed the evening. My Dad was also able to come up from St. George to spend the weekend with us.

Susie and I spoke in church on Sunday and we were so grateful that many friends and family made the effort to be there. It was great to see everyone. We will truly miss you all.


Benjamin Hofmannn said...

This is great that you have a blog set up for your mission! I know a lot of us here in Oklahoma would love to see what how you are doing. Congratulations in your calling to serve a mission. You continue to lead us with your great example. I've decided I want to be like you when I grow up.

Dave said...

It will be great to keep up with your mission progress. I have added a link to the blog on the Hale family blog so that my parents can easily keep up as well.

Stephanie said...

I can't believe the family picture! I haven't seen Aaron since he first got married and I haven't seen the girls in forever either. Wow! Everyone really does grow up after all.... What beautiful families!