Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Special Agents of the O.E.M.

They burst upon the scene in their Preparation Day clothes.  They overflow with energy, with enthusiasm, with child-like wonder.  They have a well-earned day off to relax, to kick off their walking shoes, and to let their hair down a little.  They are eager for coastal diversions and some clam chowder at Mo's.

Their zealous Zone Leaders have envisioned the perfect zone photograph, and all have come prepared with their special baptismal clothing.  Suddenly this rowdy, boisterous group transforms into the humble servants that they are, radiating the spirit of who they really are and who they represent.
Then with the same energy and eagerness of before, they run out the door, full speed, to accomplish their mission of the day.
From my perch above, I begin to see specks of white on the sand below.  More follow, and just as the night sky fills with light one by one, soon the beach is filled with white stars.
In short order, the chaos organizes itself, and pays tribute to the "Best Mission in the World":  The Oregon Eugene Mission.  It was a singularly special event, one I felt privileged to be apart of.  Thank you for sharing your spirit and your light with us.

13 comments:

Wendy said...

I just love the pictures of the missionaries! My dad lives in that mission. He and his wife are not members of the Church. Hopefully someday :)

Wendy

Meg and Joe said...

How awesome! I'm sure that they were so grateful for your generosity. Its little moments like that that rejuvenate you when you've been knocking doors for hours and hours!

neffie said...

What a great mission photo idea! That is a special moment to be a part of.

Nancy said...

The picture of them all in white on your staircase is breathtaking.....

Kim said...

I love the pictures! How'd you get them all at your house?

Laura said...

No doubt the beach photos turned out amazing!! How fun for them!

Anonymous said...

We are Elder Knight's parents. Your pictures are very special to us. Thank you for posting them.

Dan said...

This is Elder Cunningham's Dad. I can't tell you how important it is to us as parents to see other perspectives of our son. Thank you so much for the post. Keep the faith.
-Dan Cunningham
Springville, Ut.

jocunningham said...

As the grandmother of Elder Cunningham I was delighted with the pictures at the beach. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to do that. Jo Cunningham

Julie said...

Thank you so much for posting the pictures of the missionaries on the beach AND at your home!! We are Elder Groskreutz' family.. We love seeing pictures of where and with whom he is serving. Thank you for your generosity... Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting these pictures. We are Elder Wells family. He hoped to get a copy of the pictures to send to us, and now we don't have to wait! Thank you, thank you. It means a lot to us.

Sherri said...

Thank you for posting the pictures of all the missionaries. I am Elder Davis' mom and am grateful to you for taking the time to take the pictures. What a blessing to see all these young men serving the Lord. They are all wonderful servants of the Lord and I love seeing them all in white. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing them with us!

Callie said...

The pictures are amazing! Thanks for posting them :) I am Sis Judd's big sister. It is so awesome to see her as a missionary! We are all so proud of her!