Thursday, January 29, 2009

Elder L.Tom Perry's Visit to the Mission

It is not every day you get to have an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ dining with you. We had the humbling privilege of doing this on Thursday, when Elder Perry and his wife and Elder Neil L. Andersen and his wife, of the first Quorum of the Seventy and also our Area Seventy, Elder Pickerd, came to the mission to instruct our Priesthood leadership and also our missionaries to become united in purpose in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Arizona Phoenix Mission. With the help of our leadership in our Stakes, and with the help of our members, together we can become one in purpose.
Elder Perry is a man of God. He made us feel at ease and we so enjoyed the opportunity to be with him for a short day. Tyler got a little bonus when he called the mission home and asked to talk to Elder Perry. I just laughed and told him that Elder Perry was here but was resting because of his demanding schedule during the week. He said just have him call me when he wakes up....and I just chuckled. When Elder Perry woke up, I told him that my son had just called and jokingly said to have Elder Perry call. Sister Perry then chimed in and said "I'm sure Elder Perry will talk to him, won't you Elder Perry". President then dialed his number and he was so gracious to spend about 15 minutes talking to him. Tyler has been teaching new missionaries at the Missionary Training Center for almost a year now. He has spent a lot of time developing a model to teach the missionaries how to ask "inspired questions". He has done this with a passion. After Elder Perry finished talking to him, he hung up the phone and said to us, "That is one energetic young man teaching from "Preach My Gospel. Does he ever have time to go to class?" It was a real highlight of his day. The evening went well and I savored the moments we were with him.

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