Sunday, April 1, 2012

President and Sister Colton Letter to FTM Missionaries

1 April 2012

Dear Returned Missionaries of the FTM,

Happy Easter to each of you. We hope that spring finds you well and happy and progressing in your lives. We miss you!

April Conference is just over and we are replenished once again with the love of the Savior. We are grateful for His guidance to us through the prophet and apostles and other church leaders. Amazing as it is, the spirit found us even as we sat in our own home and viewed the proceeding of conference. We fill buoyed up and reinvigorated to stand as a witness for Jesus Christ in these latter days.

We want you to know that during the conference, we thought of you. In the Saturday afternoon session, the music was provided by the choir of missionaries from the MTC. As they sang “Call to Serve”, we couldn’t help but think how kind you were to indulge President Colton in his desire to see you march out of the building from zone conference singing that song on the way “to find”. The song that really touched our hearts was “Praise to the Man”. Literally, we sat with tears in our eyes as we remembered singing that glorious hymn to the restoration with you. It will forever remind us of you.

It is a transcendent joy to reflect back to the days when every six weeks a new group of faithful missionaries arrived in the field not really knowing what to expect other than you were willing to serve. It was amazing to witness up close the first night in the mission home and then the last night in the mission home. With faithful service came the blessing of testimony and an expanded capacity to love. We saw the change in you.

Please fill free to send any information about your lives for me to post on the blog. We know good things are happening for you and we would like to share it. Remember, for a variety of reasons we are among the few who do not use Facebook. We would like to use the blog for an additional exchange of information. Let us hear from you.

Mark your calendar now: FTM Mission Reunion, Friday, October 5th, 2012

More information to follow.

We continue to find joy and happiness in life and are grateful for the gospel in helping us find meaning in the ups and downs and the joys and the challenges of life. We are richly blessed.

With our love we remain,

President and Sister Colton

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