The MTC is a wonderful place with thousands of single and senior missionary couples preparing to serve the Lord all over the world. We are standing in the main hallway where world maps and beautiful artwork are posted. Jo Ann is pointing to our "Taichung, Taiwan" island on the map.
One of our favorite paintings is Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball shouting and waving at their families as they were leaving for their missions. Brigham and Heber were almost too sick to even stand, leaving sick families in the care and mercy of the Lord while they left to serve as missionaries in His service. They shouted "Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah for Israel!" Their wives smiled and were comforted with this parting. Jim has been struggling with some medical problems and we wondered if we would be leaving the same way but the tender mercies of the Lord through some last minute medical specialists have brought him knowledge and relief and we are scheduled to leave as planned.
This is the door knob hanger that we will place on our apartment door as we leave for our mission. We are scheduled to fly from the Salt Lake City airport this Tuesday morning, November 3, for the two-hour flight to Los Angeles and then the 14.5 hour flight to Taiwan. The travel office has been kind to us and have us booked in business class, which is a step up from the economy class. We have eleven elders and one sister who will be traveling with us.