June 27, 2010 Sunday – One day until the MTC
What a wonderful day we have had. We are very, very excited! This morning Ed woke up and said… “Today is the first day of 18 months that I will wear a white shirt and tie everyday.”
We had the opportunity to go the home of the former mission president of the DR Congo mission today, and spend the day with he and his wife… President and Sister Livingstone. They drove us up to Tremonton (abt. 2 hrs north of Provo) to attend the homecoming of Brother and Sister Baxter. They are the couple we are replacing in Point Noir in the Republic of Congo. The mission was just opened in Point Noir 18 months ago by these 2 great couples and 4 elders. These 2 couples know more about Point Noir than any other adults in the church. It was wonderful to hear their stories about the people and the culture, and know that this is going to be a fabulous 18 months.
They say it will be very difficult to try to explain to you, our friends and family, what it is like to serve in the Congo. However, we are starting to get a glimpse of just how special this mission is going to be, to serve with the great saints in the Congo, who have a simple, yet devoted love for their Father in Heaven and their Savior, Jesus Christ.
Brother and Sister Baxter are in the 2 pictures below. Sister Baxter is wearing her dress the Congolese women made for her, and Brother Baxter is wearing his matching tie! Ed wants to know if they make socks out of that material. The Baxters are a wonderful couple and are thrilled to have us taking their place, so they don't need to worry about the missionaries and the members of the church in Point Noir, Congo... where we will be living for the next 18 months.