Pepe and Ximena Pardo from Calgary, Alberta, Canada arrived Saturday to serve 18 months in the Santiago Chile Temple. Pepe is related to our friend Sean Woods wife Ovi. They are excited to be here. We had a dinner for them on Monday night. Our Temple president and his wife, President Otay attended along with the other 4 missionary couples. Bowlers, Figueroas, and Lee's. and of course Millie and I. Also sister Onate who is Chilean from Concepcion, Chile.
|All of us eating at the Bowler's|
|Preident Otay and his Wife|
|Pepe and Ximena Pardo|
|Millie, Pepe, Ximena, Van|
Another experience we had this last week, we skyped with Pierina Bressan and her husband in Italy. Mike Dalton and I baptized her and her mother and brother in Chile in 1969 when she was a young girl. Her husband made a very profound statement to us when he said "how all of our lives changed with 1 missionary companionship being good missionaries". I thought about that. How true it is for me as well. Many may not know but I am member of the church because 1 young man invited my sister Dianne to go to church. She went and eventually 1 missionary companionship of Elder Leroy Berry and Elder David Swalberg "being good missionaries" didn't give up on the Layman family. And eventually on June 1 1963 I was baptized along with my mom and dad and sister. It is a day etched in my memory never to be forgotten. That allowed me to be in Chile in 1969 with the Di Lenardo family and in 1972 to meet Millie Hollingsworth. All because 1 young man asked my sister to go to church. It changed my life forever. There are no coincidences in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It says in the scriptures that we all were with our Heavenly Father before we came to this earth. I testify that we can all live again as Families can be together forever. That is what I see every day in the temple. Families being welded together by being sealed by the priesthood in the temple. I am humbled to be a part of it.