Tuesday, February 28, 2017

No public email this week - just pictures

Is anyone surprised by his pics at this point?
As happens from time-to-time, our missionary just needed some parental advice on some situations he is currently dealing with in the field.  Due to the nature of these concerns and the what they involve we felt it was prudent to refrain from sharing the email.  Needless to say, Elder Adair, is growing and maturing before our eyes and we are so very proud of him!  This email proved to me he is fully engaged and bought into his mission and he expects all around him to feel and act the same way.  We are all given challenges to help us grow.

I am posting this poem that he referenced a couple emails back because it truly applies now more than ever before:

Good Timber

The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.

Where thickest lies the forest growth,
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.

- Douglas Malloch

Elder Adair is experiencing this first hand, and he will grow stronger because of this.  Heavenly Father prepares us for many things in this life and he gives us tests and challenges to see how we can handle them.  I am going to have to say that Elder Adair is passing them with flying colors.

Kings Do King Things

District's true colors?
Or is serious the way to go?

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