Monday, November 21, 2011
Family and Church History Mission
From October 17-November 16, almost five weeks, we served as missionaries in the Family and Church History Mission in Salt Lake while waiting for our visas to New Zealand. We were assigned to the "Patron Assistance" district, where we spent our days at the computer filling requests for patrons out of the state (and sometimes out of the country) who wrote in requesting copies of various documents, i.e. birth, death, marriage certificates. We would find these documents for them, most of the time on microfilms, and then make them copies. It was interesting work, and we felt that we were making a contribution from Day 1. We also met some very, very nice people. Our district leaders were Elder & Sister Harwood from Idaho, who were just wonderful. Our favorite young elder was Elder Sy (see), also from Idaho. He really wants to go to New Zealand someday and was thrilled when we gave him our New Zealand flag as we left. Each Monday we had an hour devotional in the Joseph Smith Memorial Bldg chapel, and the other four days of the week we had prayer meeting with our district each morning. One other highlight of our stay at the FHL was getting to meet Elder & Sister Marks, who are good friends and neighbors of President & Sister Kezerian, who will be our leaders in New Zealand.