Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Going to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina
We got a letter from Sean from the Mission Training Center (MTC) in Utah. He met with the Consul for Argentina on Tuesday and got his flight plans. Our baby boy (well, is 19 still considered a baby?) will be flying to Buenos Aires on Monday afternoon. He will be in Argentina for 22 months. We won't see him for two years, but he will get to call from Dallas, TX during his layover before the last leg of the flight to Buenos Aires. Then only email/letter contact once a week for the remainder of the two years. He will get to call us two times a year on Christmas and Mother's Day, so we will get 4 phone calls!
He is excited to serve a two year mission for our Church and has learned a lot of Spanish over the last two months in Utah. For his Mom and Dad, we feel Argentina is so far away, but we hear it is a beautiful country, with friendly people, delicious food, tango, gauchos, and awesome futbol.
Juan Miguel (Sean Michael) we wish you a safe journey. WE LOVE YOU !!!


Lacking Productivity said...

Best wishes Sean!

brent said...

I'm excited for Elder Gilmore! He's going to love it.

Yup, you're right. When I was there, most of the federal district is outside the mission boundaries. My last day before heading home, I got to go with the other elders and sisters and take a little tour of downtown Buenos Aires. I did get to go to the temple half a dozen times while I was there, and I absolutely loved that.

I'm excited to hear in which areas Elder Gilmore will be doubt he'll run into some of the great members I knew.

Godspeed, Elder!

Anonymous said...

I MISS SEAN! but i am so excited for him! He is going to love it!
hey dad i thought you might like this
- lacey

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning


My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees.. I don't feel thre atened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.& nbsp; In fact, I kind of like it It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrati ng this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a crïeche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign tha t I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where the se celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gen tle man He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shoul dn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.
< BR>Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they

don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.