He arrived home Friday July 30 @ 9:15 pm in St. George Utah amid thunder and lightening storms. It was a wonderful reunion. He is kind of like a fish out of water. Not quite sure what to do with himself, but his nieces and nephew are keeping him busy. After all the hugs and such we went and got him something to eat. He chose a Mexican place that is open 24 hours. We received a phone call from a newly returned companion Elder Christensen that couldn't wait until next week to see him. We arrived home and he showed up shortly thereafter to Elder Allred's surprise. What a great experience to see companions embracing one another after 6 weeks of being apart. It was a little strange for Elder Allred to call his x- companion by his first name. He joined us for family prayers and then he was on his way. Elder Allred was released Saturday morning @ 9 am and then preceded to unpack all of his belongings and organize his room. He e-mailed the mission office and his last companion about some stuff, played with nieces and his nephew, and started sharing many experiences from his mission.So at the end of the day Saturday some of his friends came by and had dinner with us and visited with him for a short while, then they left as he was so tired. He was able to get some good rest. Bore his testimony @ church and went to a single adult fireside. Went to a missionary prep class his father teaches and helped him teach the class. A dear friend who is an RM since December paid him a surprise visit on Sunday evening. Great to see old friends reunited.
What a wonderful experience he had, how amazing is this church to allow young men go out for 2 years to learn about another culture and other religions, and themselves. He has really grown into an amazing man. What a great privilege it has been of mine to be the mom of a missionary. It has truly blessed my life and the life of our family. I have so loved all the many wonderful missionary moms and people from the England London South Mission I have had to opportunity to get to know through my son and facebook and the LDS Missionary Mom website. They have changed our lives.Have a great week all and know we love and appreciate all of your love and support.
Well Everyone you have all been so faithful in keeping up with Elder Allred's Blog. He is in his last few days, and I am sure so very busy and doesn't have time to write his last letter. Please pray for him as he returns home and to his life as a non missionary. This will be a hard transition for him and all those that are returning. I promise I will keep up on his blog for awhile and then I will turn it over to him. God Bless you all!!
All my love and best to each of you
Deniece ( Elder Allred's MUM)
Garren is a Returned Missionary from England London South mission
Garren's Missionary Quote
"This is the great day of decision for each of us. For many it is the time of beginning something that will go on for as long as you live. I plead with you: don't be a scrub! Rise to the high ground of spiritual, mental, and physical excellence. You can do it. You may not be a genius. You may be lacking in some skills. But so many of us can do better than we are now doing. We are members of this great Church whose influence is now felt over the world. We are people with a present and with a future. Don't muff your opportunities. Be excellent." President Gordon B Hinkley
Snail Mail Letters: Garren Allred 1223 S Cedar Bluff Dr. Cedar City UT. 84720
He would still love letters from his friends in England