Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Why A Mission?

Our motivation for serving a seniors mission began about 30 years ago when at General Conference we ran into a father of childhood friends, Elder Robert Sackley, of the Seventy (Wikipedia, Ensign eulogy).  After greeting us warmly, he said, “May I give you some advice?  Plan your life, so that when your kids are gone from home you can retire early and go on missions.”  He affirmed that life after 60 (the best years) would be most rewarding by serving together as missionaries. We believed him, plus our parents set the example by accepting calls to the Southern States, Kansas, the Philippines, and Ireland.   

In earlier years we had determined three guidelines for our family: we wanted our children to develop the love of God, the love of learning, and the love of beauty.  These ideals would influence each of our decisions.  To them we added the goal of eventual missionary service together.  And so, as Tom established his career, as we raised our daughter and four sons, as we lived more modestly than necessary (prioritizing experiences and relationships over stuff), as we saved money, and as we served in each assignment, we implemented our plan to put God’s will first. 

Our mission call to the Accra, Ghana Temple arrived on January 4, 2016. To leave with our lives in order took several weeks of sorting, scanning, cleaning, and throwing out to prepare for a suitcase existence. Thanks to a loving Father for many tender mercies and helpful friends in our preparations. We were set apart by our stake president on March 31 and given beautiful blessings. So the adventure begins!

13 comments:

  1. Thank you for the invitation to the blog. Best of luck to you in your service! Erin and I look forward to following your adventures!

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  2. So wonderful to hear from you! We'll look forward to reading about your adventures.

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  3. Phil and I look forward to reading about your adventures as we dream about ours one day! Best to the both of you!

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  4. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We will be awaiting to hear from you.

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  5. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures.

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  6. Thanks for sharing. We are so looking forward to our third mission when the release from Bishop comes.

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  7. Loved hearing of your new adventure! We have friends that are serving in Accra--Janice & Ed Ridges. We look forward to hearing more from you.

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  8. We wish you all the best! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you! -Randy and Susi (Elder and Sister Spackman, Besancon, France)

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  9. Thank you for the invite to share your missionary experiences. I am looking forward to a weekly dose of life in Ghana and Spackman insites.

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  10. It is a pleasure to read your blog and feel of your spirit as you begin this next phase of your life's work. Like family and friends who know you, the people in Ghana who meet you will feel of your love for the Savior and for them, and will be strengthened and lifted. You are such good, wonderful people! May God be with you every step of the way! You are in our hearts and prayers.

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  11. and they're off! Sending our prayers and best wishes for great success and happy missionary adventures! Karen

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  12. We have been thinking of you and knew your time was at hand to be entering that country we love so very much. What a joy to spend time with you before you left. Please give all our love. God bless you. What a great blog. Love. Bud and Gaye Breillatt

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