Update for Sunday, March 23, 2014
We have attended the Music and the Spoken Word Broadcast last Sunday and then again today (from the balcony). Attending in person gives a totally different experience than watching the broadcast on TV. If you come to Salt Lake City, you gotta go! We also attended two different wards the last couple of weeks that were all missionaries!
We have visited with our families. They have been so gracious in taking care of us.
Our time in Utah is drawing to a close. We begin our journey to the Philippines Bacolod mission early tomorrow morning and will will arrive Wednesday afternoon (Philippine time is fourteen hours ahead of Mountain Standard Time).
This week we have learning about the medical side of missions. My impression of this experience; Heavenly Father loves his missionaries! We have had the privilege of being with and taught by those who not only talk the talk, but who have been directly involved in the care of missionaries. Elder Schweitzer, of the first quorum of the seventy and his wife also took the time to visit with us. In our group we had several physicians and their wives going out as Area Medical Authorities. They have gone to Nauvoo, Illinois and Hong Kong. One AMA will soon go to Tokyo, Japan. The rest of us are going out Nurse Specialists to Argentina, Peru, Alabama, Hawaii, and several going to various missions in the Philippines (there are 21 missions currently in the Philippines). There are currently some 405 missions worldwide and only about 130 have nurses.
This week we took several missionaries we met from the Philippines to dinner (with the Mission President's permission) and today we said our goodbyes to our new friends. Goodbyes are not easy--we already love the Philippine people!.