July 20, 2017
This morning we finished up the MTC Military Relations Training with a presentation by Elder Sparrow. We talked about the concerns that the Brethren have for those serving in the military. When a young man or woman joins any of the military services, they receive a personal letter from Elder Larry R. Lawrence of the Seventy. There is also a letter sent to the parents and/or spouse of the service member. The young woman also receives a letter from the Relief Society General Presidency. We talked about why we serve and how important it is to the military members and their families.
After lunch, we met at the world map to take pictures of the Military Relations Missionaries. When we got back to our training room, we had a testimony meeting with all of the senior missionaries, including the trainers, bearing their testimonies. There were lots of tears shed.
We finished early, so we went back to our room to pack. We realized that we needed some room to take our son to Pocatello, so we contacted the Senior Missionary Coordinators to see if we could leave a couple of suitcases at the MTC overnight on Friday. They arranged for us to leave them in the Courtesy Closet in the lodging building. We would keep our key cards and our parking pass so we could get back in on Saturday.
We met the Coffins for dinner at Zupas. They are the couple we are replacing in San Diego. We were very pleased to be able to ask questions and hear some of their experiences. We found out that we really are responsible for eight Wards in the Chula Vista Stake, the Coronado Naval Amphibious Base, the North Island Naval Air Station, the Command Naval Base at 32nd Street, and 67 ships. We will see what that entails when we arrive in San Diego. We really enjoyed the visit.
When we got back to our room, we packed everything we could and took a load out to the car. We have to be on the road by 7:00 tomorrow morning, so we did everything we could tonight.
We did not get to bed as early as we would have liked. It was close to 11:00 when the lights went out.
Elder and Sister Schuler going to Great Lakes Naval Training Base
Elder and Sister Elmer going to Fort Huachuca, Arizona. This is their second mission. Their first mission was a Military Relations Mission to Fort Sill, Oklahoma.