Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back in the Saddle Again!

by Debi

Greg and I were set apart last night as missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Africa West Area.

Greg has been set apart as a missionary but that was 40 years ago.  This is my first time.  I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure how I would feel as a missionary.  As our wonderful Stake President, Matt Malone, laid his hands on my head I could feel the spirit so strong.

He gave beautiful blessings to both of us and promised us that we would have the health and strength to fulfill our duties.  He blessed me with comfort and peace and that I would be able to live in a new land.  He blessed our family through us that they would be safe and would receive blessings because of our service. 

One blessing that really stood out in my mind was that Greg and I would become closer and love each other more than we ever have before.  We already love each other very much.  It will be interesting and wonderful to see this blessing come about. 

After we came home from the meeting, Greg and I got out our journals and wrote down what we could remember from our blessings.  In the little journal it has a place to write down all of your companions that you have during your mission. On the first line I wrote Greg W. Haws, and then in the place where the date is recorded I just put in “For Eternity”.

As we lay in bed and talked about us being missionaries I asked Greg to help me recite the 4th section of the Doctrine and Covenants.  After we practiced a few times, Greg said that his brain was shifting into missionary mode. Just like magic, he started quoting all of the scriptures he memorized during his first mission. Greg feels like he is back in the saddle again. 

We leave in 5 days.  We still have a few things to do but we are ready and anxious to go and start serving the beautiful people of Africa. The next blog entry will be from the mission field.

Thank you for all of your support and prayers.

Yes, we are back in the saddle again!


  1. oh how fun!! Love you guys so much. Good luck. I know you will be great and we will all be praying for you (and missing you, but we won't talk about that part!!)

  2. That was a very nice post. I'm excited to read more about your journey and service. GBY.

  3. Well, it is really happening! You are missionaries! Your blessings sounded beautiful and I'm excited for you to get started on your adventure, although I have a pit in my stomach knowing that it is all too real, and I miss you guys already!!

  4. P.S. Mom, you are so, so beautiful in this picture!