Friday, August 4, 2017

July 3, 2017: The New Guy!







Hello everyone!  I am doing well and the humidity is still very much here!  Well the times are a changing and President Sekiguchi is now the man with the reins of this operation.   I was trying to think of a quote from a movie or something that everybody knows but I've been separated willingly from the world and I've forgotten just about everything. But he is a really cool guy and I've meet him a bunch of times since he came here which has been great.

A little food for thought.  There has been a lot  of separation and leaving recently.  President Smith went home, President Sekiguchi arrived, and the stake patriarch passed away.  We had his funeral over the last couple of days and it was full of tears and reminiscing for all of us.  But this is what I want to share.  At the funeral, Seza Kaichou (of the mission presidency) talked about Hayasaka Kyoudais return to heaven.  He said that even though the earthly separation is hard, the reunion on the other side is very, very joyful.  At that moment he shared a video of President and Sister Smith returning to their 5 children, 17 grandchildren and other loved ones.  They ran up to them with open arms, tears and tons of joy.  While death is hard we always have people waiting on the other side with open arms and big smiles.  God created a plan for all of us to return to him and be with our families.  Jesus Christ is the center of that plan.  He was the one that said "Here am I, send me" so that all of us could return to Him one day.  The church is true, God lives and loves us and I testify of these things in the name of Jesus Christ.  See you all next week!

 Elder Halverson


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