What a fabulous ending to our mission! We had our annual Assistant Area Auditor meeting here at the office the last two days and everything went nearly perfect. All 35 brothers arrived safely from all parts of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia, including Rahn Price from Salt Lake. The hotel was very nice and much less expensive than last year. The transportation was conducted without a flaw from the airport to hotel at all different arrival times, hotel to area office and back to hotel in a very nice tour bus after the meetings, and back to the airport at all different times using 8 or 10 passenger vans. The food was great although they were a little short for lunch the first day. Even the break had mini sandwiches, cookies, strawberry tarts and mini brownies. Sure better than little cookie packages and fruit we had last year.
The meetings were filled with instruction, participation and the spirit, closing with testimony and tears as Joe and Diane said goodbye to our dear friends. In Diane's testimony, she had put on the big screen pictures of Machu Picchu and the climb up Huayna Picchu with our family picture at the top. She drew the correlation of how difficult life is and even painful at times, but we must work and labor and endure to the end so we can enjoy with our family eternal blessings that have been promised. We felt like taking pictures was like a wedding with so many!!
Joe felt very tender as he had worked so closely with these dear brethren for our entire mission. He closed the meeting by continuing Diane's theme of perspective showing slides that began with a close up of a rooster's crown with each slide zooming out to witness a larger picture of the first and so on until the last slide was a tiny dot of the earth. The message was that God sees from a distance and we don't know what lies around the next corner but He does and will always be there for us. Joe then closed with his testimony of love and fondness for all those we have worked with and that they will forever have a place in our hearts.