August 26, 2015
A visit from an apostle..really? Keith was surprised when that call came from the states. There are over 400 missions in the world. There are only 12 apostles, and some of them are not in good enough health for travel. What are the odds of our little mission getting selected?
And yet we were. For two weeks we prepared. The missionaries were given reading assignments. The church was given special attention by church maintenance. Missionaries were told to arrive one hour early, fasting and ready to be feed by the spirit. We even took a few minutes of that hour to "practice" a quick mission photo in case there was time. And then we waited, listened to music, and prepared ourselves.
Elder Christofferson was worth the preparations. A beautiful musical number by seven of our missionaries set the stage for 90 minutes of learning. He took questions and turned them into sermons. He used scriptures to further our understanding. He shook everyone's hand and spoke with great kindness and insight. And when there was just 6 minutes left before he had to leave for another speaking appointment, our "practiced" missionaries got the cherished picture of all of us together.
Many of our missionaries have not even been in the same auditorium or city as an apostle of The Lord Jesus Christ. This day left a lasting impression!