December 8, 2008

BRUCE'S LETTER TO THE HAFEN'S IN SOUTH AFRICA

I just wanted to share a note that Bruce recently wrote to our friends who are serving a mission in Africa. I have been trying to get him to do a post for the blog for a long time now. I am sure many of you have been wondering about his impressions of the mission. I have still not convinced him to write a post for the blog but he did agree to let me share this letter with you. I thought it expressed very well how our Mission experience has affected him personally.

Bruce's letter to the Hafen's
Thank you for the birthday wishes. You can see from Melinda's blog that I was the center of attention for the day of my birthday. We love being with the missionaries and sharing their experiences. There were some days during the last year when I thought the mission would never end, but when you reflect back over the entire year it went by quickly. We enjoy the mission experience and, on many days we can even say we love the mission experience. We have the pleasant duty to provide help and material assistance to organizations that assist and provide comfort to the poor and the needy. The people who staff these kinds of organizations are most always good and caring individuals who really appreciate the help the church provides. Because Melinda and I represent the church we are the benefactors of their good well and expressions of thanks. We both feel, that in some small way, we are making a difference for the people we are able to help. However, the best part of this mission has been our growth in the gospel and the unity and deepening love and respect that we have for each other. Our lives have become richer, fuller, and more appreciative of the things that we have been blessed with in this life. I believe this growth could have only come through our mission experience. Melinda and I have become better saints, better parents and grandparents, and stronger role models for our member and non-member friends. Who would have thought that these blessings would extent out of serving others?

We are looking forward to returning home to family and friends. I have used this time away from home to improve my health so I can be more actively involved with my grandchildren. Before the mission, I had let my weight and physical condition deteriorate to where I wasn't very active or pleased with my self image. Since leaving the MTC, I have managed to lose 75 pounds and, with all of this walking, believe that some of my physical conditioning has returned. Looking forward to seeing you when we return to the United States
LOVE FROM UKRAINE, BRUCE AND MELINDA

8 messages from friends and family:

McEwens said...

75 pounds!!! HOLY COW Congrats!

dixiewhitehead said...

Elder Kinghorn, you are very eloquent! Who knew you were such a great writer? You should write more with your super spouse. That was fun reading the blessings that a mission has afforded you. Thanks for letting her put it on the blog!

Jane Anne said...

Wow that was great! It was really nice to hear your perspective...maybe there is more to come???

Brad said...

Hey sister and elder kinghorn!
Sorry you haven't heard anything from me for so long, you can imagine how busy life has been with planning the wedding ( that's mostly michelle), school, moving in to our new place, and everything else that life throws at you. I am loving it even though I think it is funny that I feel like I have no time now because I always felt the same way on my mish. I guess we Are all just doomed to be busy for the rest of our lives. I'm ok with that just as long as I know that I am using my time well.
Just a little update on us... We are getting married in 9 days and we are very excited to say the least. We have an apartment in Provo where we will live for the next little while and it has been fun preparing to move in there too. I ahve been working very hard this past semester and I think it is going to pay off with all As depending on my finals this next week so that is a good feeling. I have been home for just over five months now and time has really flown. I can't believe that I am already taking this huge step in my life, but it is so cool to know that I am with the right person and that we will be together for the rest of ever if we can just live our lives the way that we are supposed to. We are lucky to have so many good examples in our lives including you two.
It was really good to catch up on your lives today and see how the mission is doing. You guys have an amazig district right now. It looks like you are enjoying them too so that is great. Sometimes I wish I could just take a little break and come sit in on one of your district meetings. Those were the best! Tell johnson hunt and oldroyd that I said hey and that I love them. I miss you all so much! Wish us luck next week, it's a big one for us. Love you guys! Merry chistmas!
_brad
The former elder Pearson :)

Imbradpearson@gmail.com

Brad said...

Hey sister and elder kinghorn!
Sorry you haven't heard anything from me for so long, you can imagine how busy life has been with planning the wedding ( that's mostly michelle), school, moving in to our new place, and everything else that life throws at you. I am loving it even though I think it is funny that I feel like I have no time now because I always felt the same way on my mish. I guess we Are all just doomed to be busy for the rest of our lives. I'm ok with that just as long as I know that I am using my time well.
Just a little update on us... We are getting married in 9 days and we are very excited to say the least. We have an apartment in Provo where we will live for the next little while and it has been fun preparing to move in there too. I ahve been working very hard this past semester and I think it is going to pay off with all As depending on my finals this next week so that is a good feeling. I have been home for just over five months now and time has really flown. I can't believe that I am already taking this huge step in my life, but it is so cool to know that I am with the right person and that we will be together for the rest of ever if we can just live our lives the way that we are supposed to. We are lucky to have so many good examples in our lives including you two.
It was really good to catch up on your lives today and see how the mission is doing. You guys have an amazig district right now. It looks like you are enjoying them too so that is great. Sometimes I wish I could just take a little break and come sit in on one of your district meetings. Those were the best! Tell johnson hunt and oldroyd that I said hey and that I love them. I miss you all so much! Wish us luck next week, it's a big one for us. Love you guys! Merry chistmas!
_brad
The former elder Pearson :)

Imbradpearson@gmail.com

Corinne said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog and for adding us! What a great blog and what a great work you are doing in the Ukraine. I have a special place in my heart for Eastern Europe. Would you be interested in contributing a post to our blog about a meaningful experience or two that you have had during the last year? Email us at womendoingmore@gmail.com
Thanks!

da Bergs said...

WOW, that was really fun to read!!! THANK YOU!!!

Okay, Melinda, you are wondering about your "talk" to the YSA's on dating... Not sure what you are looking for? Idea's for dates? Things the prophets have said about dating??? Let me know!

DeweyOlsen said...

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Saints in Ukraine (put music on pause)

My music


click on the photo to see the captions

Armenia Trip

Our last Zone Conference

Some of the faces we will miss

Our trip to Mariupol

March Zone Conference in Donetsk(click on photo to view a larger version)

Missionaries helping the International Relief Development unload a container from America

Health Fair click on the photo to see what is coming up

To listen to this talk you will need to put the music on pause first

Sometimes we forget what divine gifts we have been given. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Thanksgiving

Look at the fun equipment we got to deliver to this internat for Special Needs children

Europe East Area District Meeting

I LOVE THESE MISSIONARIES

OUR APARTMENT (this is not an average missionary apartment)

THIS IS WHAT MISSIONARY APARTMENTS LOOK LIKE ON INSPECTION DAY

CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO SEE A MORE COMPLETE VIEW

LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN THE KALINSKY BUILDING

Click on photo to see more photos of the Open House at the Kalininsky blg