Friday, February 1, 2013, our children prepared an extra special dinner for us. Our children were all on their “A Game” and prepared food fit for a King and Queen. We had bruschetta, garlic potatoes, special salad, smoked ribs and brisket, grilled hot dogs & chips for the grandchildren, raspberry frappe, and fruit pizza with the Union Jack flag made from strawberries and blueberries.
|Elder David & Sister Sharilyn Wilson set apart by President Smith|
President Clint W. Smith came to our home at 7pm and set David and I apart as missionaries to serve for eighteen months in the England Leeds Mission. We feel honored to be called to serve the Lord full time. We know that Heavenly Father loves all of His children. We know that He gave us the plan of happiness to follow so we can reach our full potential. We know that Jesus Christ is central to Heavenly Father’s Plan of Happiness. Christ came to earth to show us the way to live and he gave us a perfect example. He then paid the ultimate price for everyone’s sins. He bleed from every pore, was crucified, and then was resurrected on the third day. Christ lives and loves all of us, regardless of where or when we lived on the earth. His greatest happiness comes when we show our love for Him by making correct choices and treating others with kindness. Since we aren’t perfect, Christ’s atonement helps us to be forgiven of our sins. Christ stands at the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and makes His will known through his living prophets. He guides and directs His current Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who follow Christ’s command. These truths are critical for everyone to know. We will lovingly tell others through our words and deeds about the truths that have been restored to the earth.
Friends and extended family members flocked to our home to wish us the best on our mission. We even got to meet Brother and Sister Belliston from the Harmony Park Ward in the Kimball Stake. Their son Elder Lincoln Belliston has been serving in the England Leeds Mission and we will get to serve with him. We have the best family in the world. We love the many acts of kindness that have been extended to us during our missionary preparations.
|Aunt, Dixie Krauss-Sharilyn-Mother, Bonnie Peterson|
|Nephew, Chase Petersen returned home from the Washington Tacoma Mission two days earlier.|
|Sharilyn with cousin, Holly and Gene Long|
|Amanda & Hank Belliston's son Lincoln is serving in the England Leeds Mission.|
|David's Mesa High friends, John Osborne and Cathy Wheeler|
|Friend, Anna Steere, her grandchildren attend Eduprize School|
|Dear friends, Carolyn and Shawn Murphy|
|Doug & Marie Gallacher-David & Sharilyn-Louise Petersen|
|Ginger & Steven Peterson-Sharilyn & David-Mary & Bruce Kiene|
|Niece, Thelissa & Denny Blackhurst|
|Niece, Stephanie & Ray Johnson|
|Maryjane Wilson's parents Kent and Mary Anne Koski|
Our children and grandchildren had so much fun mingling with everyone. In fact they even helped us clean up after all the festivities. Many of our children sent their spouses and children home and they helped us repack luggage. David was tired so he snoozed for about an hour. We appreciate the help that our children so willingly gave us. We finally went to bed about 2 a.m. It had been a long productive day!