Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day

From Josh's mom:

Today is Mother's Day and so we got to talk to Josh on the Skype rather than getting an email. It was awesome!  He looks so good!  He's back in Suwon as an Assistant Zone Leader.

I received this letter from Josh's mission mom, Sister Furniss.  Loved it!

Sister Crowther,
We are grateful each day for the privilege of serving in Korea with whom we consider to be “the finest this generation has to offer”.  We recognize that these missionaries come from wonderful homes where they were taught by loving parents.  As this Mothers’ Day approaches we would like to extend to you, as a mother, our appreciation for your devotion to raising and supporting your son with whom we now enjoy serving.

We are grateful for the service Elder Crowther is giving to the Lord here in Korea.  He is devoting a part of his life to helping others have blessing that will last through eternity. We realize that much of our thanks goes to wonderful mothers who devoted a part of their life to raising these fine missionaries. Pres. David O. McKay said, “she who rears successfully … sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages … deserves the highest honor that man can give."

In the Book of Mormon we read about the 2,000 exemplary young men who as Alma describes…. ”were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him.”  When asked about the foundation of their faith, they gave tribute to their mothers when they said “our mothers knew it.”  We see that foundation of faith in your missionary.

Your love is felt by your son each day.  The mission can be challenging, but your love is sustaining them.  It is said that when thoughts of your child are in your heart, they are never far away from home.  Abraham Lincoln said, “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me.  They have clung to me all my life”.  As this Mothers’ Day approaches I hope you can feel assured that your love and prayers do cling to your child’s heart, and bless them as they faithfully serve the Lord.

We pray that you and your family feel and enjoy the missionary spirit that Elder Crowther's service brings into your lives.

President and Sister Furniss

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