Well tonight we went to our farewell devotional! Yikes! I can't believe it is getting that close. We will be on that airplane before you know it. Everyone remember to pray for me, this will be my FIRST time on an airplane. I don't want to hear any stories about plane crashes. I have instructed Mike to delete them! Today we heard a story on "Sounds of the Sabbath" about a terrible plane crash and then in church we heard about an engine going out on a plane President Hinckley was on! What are the odds that I would have such a day?!!
Relief Society talked about preparing for the Second Coming. I couldn't help but think the MTC has been a good taste of the Millenium. We are with such good people here and the Spirit is everywhere. One day we slipped away to Wal-Mart (OK for seniors to do), and WOW-the world came "crashing" into our lives! (Opps! I wasn't going to say the "C" word).
Tonight President Boone told us about a letter he received from a missionary. It said, "Write my mother and tell her I won't be coming home. I've signed up with the three Nephites!" Vince Lambardi said, "The more we invest in a cause, the harder it is to surrender." I'm sure we haven't even begun to understand that. Once we emerse ourselves in this mission, I'm sure it will take on a lot of meaning.
One more quote: To every man there comes in his lieftime that special moment when he is figuaratively tapped on the shoulder and offered a chance to do a special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talent; what a tradgedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which would be his finest hour. (Winston Churchill) The brethren were so wise to start our missions with an experience like the MTC. It isn't the "real" world in here, but it sure fills your cup to overflowing. You feel like you could convert the world (and with the caliber of missionaries we have been working with, perhaps we will!!!)
Mongolia, brace yourselves. Here we come!
Elder and Sister Caldwell