14 September 2011

The end of an Era...

After serving as Bishop for seven years Papa was released at the end of July.

He gave a good talk that Sunday.
He told the Primary kids to remember that prayers are answered.
He told the Young women that prayers are answered and asked them all to go do what they had to do to go to the temple one day.
He told the Young men to stay morally worthy and that he wanted them all to plan on serving missions and he wanted them to come by and tell him where they were going.
He told the Women that he had come to appreciate them more, and because to them he knew that Charity really does Never Fail. Then he told them all to remember that the Savior knows each of their names, just as he called Mary by her name after he was resurrected.
He then thanked all the men for all that did, and that they had all blessed his life.
He then told everyone that he never worried about himself, because everyday he had over 200 people praying for the Bishop--but now he was only going to have his family and his Mom (Mema and Pop came to listen to his last talk!).
To close he read Alma 29:16-17 about sitting down in the Kingdom of God with his brethren and how it was still his goal to one day sit down with everyone in the room in the presence of our Father in Heaven when this life is over.

It's kind of been surreal since Papa's been released. He now teaches Sunday School to the 11-12 year olds and he loves it! It's been almost two months and it's still weird seeing him on Sunday mornings--I don't think he's ever been home on Sunday mornings; he's always been in the Bishopric, or High Council or something--it's nice but strange!

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