Sunday, August 1, 2010
He is Home
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.