Sunday, October 2, 2011

Congratulations to Stephen and DaRae Jones and the birth of their son
We were able to attend the Saturday morning session of conference with our daughters, Shannon and Lauren
We were able to meet Sister Saito from Tomakomai at the Conference Center. She was with Elder Todd and Robinson (Trevor and Scott). We attended her baptismal service over a year ago. She mentioned that when she was first contacted by the missionaries, she was extremely busy and couldn't meet. Although she was curious about their message, she informed the missionaries that if they would contact her in May (six months later) she would have time to listen. In the interim, she wondered if she had made a mistake by not listening to them but she was confident that these were the type of young men that would keep their commitment. Fortunately, they kept the record in their area book and contacted her in May. She was attracted by the light she saw in the eyes of the missionaries. When she attended church for the first time, she found the same light in the faces of the members. She was subsequently baptized, went to the temple and is now on a church history tour in the United States. It is wonderful to see members blossom in the gospel.
Our pirate shot from inside the conference center
We were able to play golf with Sister Alicia Drasso's father, John. He was representing his company recruiting at BYU. They have a wonderful family with seven children and three are currently serving missions: Alicia in Sapporo and twin sons in Russia and Ukraine.

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