Happy Birthday to our first-born granddaughter, Aimee.
"22" on February 20, 2010.
On March 18, 2009 at the MTC
Aimee told her family "goodbye"
for 18 months.
Janie & Shawn stand by "Missionary Training Center" sign
where they also stood for
Janie's going to the Argentina Rosario Mission
Aug 1984-Feb 1986,
and Shawn's 1979-1981 Mission to Honduras.
Aimee became "Sister Fisher" at the MTC
Sister Fisher with her first companion, Sister Lemmon,
and the mission president's wife.
Our oldest granddaughter is serving in the
OKLAHOMA TULSA MISSION
March 2009 to September 2010.
We wished her a Happy 22nd Birthday
February 20, 2010
Aimee with her family Christmas Eve 2008
Sister Fisher arrived in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 9, 2009.Called to serve ...
March 18, 2009 to September 18, 2010
In addition to working so hard each day,
she has also done some exciting things on her P-days:
A member, Brother Rightnowar, in Rolla, Missiouri,
took her and her companion fishing.
Wow! A 13-lb carp.That second one was way bigger than the first catch.January 2009, just before Aimee turned 21,
the families gathered in Gooding to celebrate Grama A's 89th birthday. "Sister Fisher" we know you had a great birthday in the mission field! And we know you won't see this blog until you finish your mission.
We did send you a birthday letter in the pouch mail from Argentina.
We know what "joy in our posterity" is when we hear how hard this oldest granddaughter is working and how many she is bringing unto Christ. She has amazed us from the get go in the MTC, and each week she amazes us even more. Here is part of her e-mail home to her family from last week... "How much I love the continued change and progress I feel in my heart and mind. The longer I am out here the more I feel the purpose of a mission deepened in my heart. My purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ, and baptism is central to the message I bring: Faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement Repentance Baptism Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost Endure to the end It's not about the indicators or how many lessons we get for the day. If I have not invited or helped someone come unto Christ by preparing for baptism (or attending the temple) I have missed the mark.
And then I'm really not helping them at all. I love Chapter 11 in 3 Nephi
when Christ visits the people in America! And what is the first thing that he teaches them? Baptism. What a huge lesson He is teaching to all of us-- the importance of baptism and, may I add, the importance of keeping those 3 covenants we make at baptism. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ
and His eternal teachings and example! My heart is overwhelmed with the blessing I have of knowing the Fullness of the Gospel and my purpose in this short time on earth! I wish I could stop everyone I see and sit them down, look them straight in the eye and share the blessing of this knowledge. My heart feels so anxious that so many of God's children do not know..."
Now you see why she is the great pathfinder for the new generation in our family to go forth as missionaries...
We have been with all 14 mission presidents and their wives
in the South America South Area of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
We are currently in the Argentina Neuquen Mission for the
second mission health visit here, with the new president and wife -
President Darwin y Hna. Nola Peterson from Bountiful.
Hna. Peterson, took a photo of
us by the lavender flowers in the back yard.
(The next photo shows the flowers.)
Walt wanted a photo of me by the lavender flowers in front of the mission office, which is right in the back yard of the mission home.
Just when we were loading at noon, it slipped out that one of the office Elders had an ingrown toenail. So the doctor's suitcase was unloaded (you might know it was the one on the bottom) and he unpacked his medical tools and went to work.
When other missionaries watch -- they either think they'd like to go into medicine
or never go into medicine.
Now this Elder will be able to walk without pain.
Then we loaded up for the 8-hour drive.
Yes, Presidente y Hna. Peterson,
Elder Camacho y Elder Jensen - Assistants to the President
and Area Medical Advisor and wife -- us,
were all in one van.
Worldwide they have cut the missions from 3 vehicles to 2.
This is what we saw on the 8-hour drive yesterday...
actually it just took from 12:40 noon to 7:40 p.m.
Nuequen to Trelew (near Punto Tumbo where we saw the penguins
here in Dec. 2008, just before I turned 70).No, that isn't sagebrush. Hna. Peterson said it's a "wannabe..."
Walt was born in Wendell, Idaho,and has lived in Idaho 64 of his 83 years. Eileen was born in the Twin Falls Idaho Hospital going home to Wendell from there, and have lived in Idaho for 56 of my 78 years. Married June 14, 1961 in Salt Lake Temple. We thank our children and grandchildren for the wonderful 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration they hosted for us in June 2011. We went on a Mediterranean cruise (thanks again to our children) to celebrate our 50th--a year early to be with D. Kelly Ogden as he lectured "In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle." We have lived in St. Louis,MO, Minneapolis,MN; Talihina,OK; Burley,IDAHO 42 years, 3 years in Merida, Mexico;2 years in Guatemala City, Guatemala; 18 mos in Argentina,Oct 2008 to Mar 2010; and 3 years as temple president and matron of the new (dedicated Aug 21, 2011) San Salvador El Salvador Temple for--July 2011 to Nov 1, 2014. We love and adore each other, our 7 children, their spouses, and our 35 grandchildren.
Walt is a physician, I was a medical secretary for PHT, then homemaker and mother.
We are staunch Republicans.