Hurricane Michael and two months of other information....

Hello all,
It's been a while since we posted. Today I'll quickly share a few things we've been doing the past few months. Please forgive our feeble attempts to keep-in-touch. We think of all of you often and love you very much. We've just had some things we needed to get done and...other things (like this) have taken a back seat.

So, yes, hurricane Michael hit our mission very hard. It will take years to clean-up. We were finally able to make a trip to Mexico beach a few weeks ago (we'd been asked to stay away as the first-responders needed to reach hardest-hit areas.) Missionaries and church members across several states have been working hard to help with most-urgent clean-up removing debris, getting trees off houses and out of driveways etc. Water and power were out for a while. Some has been restored. It's a sobering scene. We just couldn't get over how much damage had occurred and the many kindnesses of so many who are reaching out to help others.

It h…

Heavenly Father, Are You Really There?

This is a special post from Elder Hendricks. We continue working on different projects and assignments. Some of the current ones are: We will be completing our last major fixer upper in a couple of weeks. I am including a photo of demo day and next month we will send a photo of the finish product. I will tell you pictures don't do justice to what we run into-everything from cockroaches to a dead rat. It can be so gross but when you are done you know that you have done something for them that they can't do for themselves.Once a month family home evening is something that the saints really look forward to. Heidi works so hard on this. She cooks the meal and makes sure every detail is attended to.Our weekly English class is an amazing experience. We have been having about 50 people a week coming and wanting to learn some english. We have made many friends. One young lady ... has been coming for about six months and contacted some missionaries in Mexico wondering about the Church o…

Mission Highlights - September 2018

Hello all,

We're busy as can be. Hoping to be able to get it all done within the next several months.

Last Family Home Evening was a special 'cultural evening' decorated with maps and flags from the varying countries represented by our group, favorite foods they prepared to share, and piƱatas filled with goodies for the children. We have several creative and artistic ladies who go to a lot of work each month. It has been wonderful to see all they do in service and for the benefit of everyone else. Oh, how we love them. (we're not allowed to post photos of them. sorry.)

Had an excellent 1-day Senior's Conference in Tallahassee last weekend. Met with the 14 other couples serving in the mission (two who just arrived). Felt humbled by their presence, their goodness, and their desires to serve. It was one of the highlights of our service here, to mingle with them and to spend a few hours getting to know them better and sharing ideas and insights.

We went to Wakulla Spri…

We've Moved Across the Street - (AND Before and After Photos)

Hello friends,
We've moved (across the street). Bottom line is that it's quieter and we're able to sleep better now. :)

Quick rundown:
Due to some knee problems for Elder Hendricks, we're swimming in the mornings now instead of walking. We wished we'd thought of this months ago.  We have to pool to ourselves at 6:30 am and it's been a pleasant and good workout.

We've will finish painting the one trailer this week and then be DONE!!! Yay!!! It's been a LOT of hard work, sweat and tears, but...good to be done and know that we truly helped someone in need.

We have an outstanding group of missionaries in our district right now. 4 Elders, 4 Sisters and us. We have a weekly 'district counsel' on Tuesdays mornings which includes a 10-15 min. Conf. call with the Mission Pres. and the

"For if we had not come..."

Not long ago this verse penetrated my soul and I realized that we could relate to it because of our current service. It's been humbling to know that many things which have occurred here wouldn't have taken place had we not come. 

"For if we had not come up out of the land of Zarahemla, these our dearly beloved brethren, who have so dearly beloved us, would still have been racked with hatred against us, yea, and they would also have been strangers to God." - Alma 26:9

More than anything, we feel humbled to have been able to serve here amongst people we have grown to know and love. And, with so many of them, we have felt that we've known them forever. (and maybe we have)  :)

To be engaged in the work of the Lord is the most glorious thing we can imagine. Sure, it is very hard work. We sometimes get home after a long day, completely exhausted physically and emotionally, wondering how we're going to be able to do it again the next day. But, the next morning we are r…