Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Next Generation

Our grandson, Kevin Rose II, just had his missionary farewell Sunday. He enters the MTC in Provo on August 6 and will arrive in Mexico on September 15. We are so happy that he gets to work with the fantastic missionaries of the Mexico Puebla South Mission. We know he will come to love the wonderful people that we met there.
Grandpa Rose with Elder Kevin Rose

We are so proud of Kevin!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Sad End to a Great Mission!

Perhaps someone will be looking at the blog today and wonder at the heading. First let me tell you about last Wednesday, July 9!

About 5:00 p.m. rain began to fall. That wasn't surprising since it rains most afternoons/evenings in Puebla. But about 1/2 hour later we could hear hail beating on the windows in the mission office. The office Elders were so excited, opening one of the windows to catch the hail. They decided to go outside when we saw it piling up.
Elder Tobon from Washington State

Elder Sanchez from Chiapas, Mexico

Leaving the parking area behind the office area into the snarled traffic!
It was like snow had fallen!!! The streets were rivers and it was treacherous going home. When we got there, through the snarled traffic, we found our beautiful flower garden ruined!! The hail shredded the leaves off of the trees and plants all over the city!! But our little flower garden looks so sad!!
The large plant on the left was a gorgeous poinsettia!!
Well, that's not the end of the story!  Tom has gone into a deep depression and nothing seems to be bringing him out of it. We are very worried because he is getting worse every day; so Salt Lake sent us home on Friday! We're so sorry!!
Us fixing dinner together!
On Thursday the office Elders--Sanchez and Tobon--and the Assistants to the President, Elders Packer and Scott, and President and Sister Stellmon took us to lunch at Chili's. What a wonderful farewell party. They had the waitresses and waiters sing to us "Happy Anniversary" and, since it was our 51st wedding anniversary in June, we were pleased and honored to celebrate!

The next morning we left at 7:10 on a flight through Dallas, Texas, toward home.

From the plane across Puebla toward the volcano Popocataptl

Beautiful clouds as we neared Utah
Looking down on Utah County, the Y on the mountain!

We want you to know that we so hoped that Tom would get better and be the same wonderful, happy person he was when we arrived. He still is wonderful; just not happy!! Thank you for your prayers and love. There is a purpose for all things. We don't know the reason, but it is right that we come home. We LOVE each one of you! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Farewell and Bienvenidos!

Before President and Sister Reeves left the mission for their home in Gilbert, Arizona, they held one more meeting with the missionaries, called a "change meeting" where they welcome new missionaries and make new assignments throughout the mission.
New missionaries and their trainers with the Reeves

Lopez, Reeves, De La Rosas
Four missionaries on the back row
are going home!

It was a time of goodbyes for the counselors and those missionaries who came to the end of their service.

President Reeves surprised Marilyn for her birthday!

It was time for President and Sister Reeves to leave. They went to the mission home to finish up things for the new president and his wife. They picked up the Stellmon's at the airport around 7:30 p.m. and oriented them until about 2:00 a.m. Then they were gone!! We miss them so much!!!

The next day we were blessed to welcome a new mission president, President Stellmon and his wife, who are from Boise, Idaho. They will be a great blessing to the mission. President Reeves told everyone to open their hearts and their arms to the Stellmons and that is what the missionaries have done. The Stellmons are very sweet and humble and capable.
The Stellmons with the Assistants to the President and the housekeeper, Mari

We enjoyed meeting with the mission leadership council where the President wished to meet these great young people who are the leaders.

Last Saturday, which was our preparation day, we cleaned our house and weeded our backyard before the storms hit--we get thunderstorms every afternoon and evening especially! Quite a site and very deafening, as well as VERY wet!! Lots of flooding throughout the city!

The people of Mexico are amazing at their ingenuity in finding ways to support themselves. There are no government doles! We thought you'd enjoy seeing this clever trick! People give them about 2 pesos each. They get in front of the traffic at the light, so you're entertained while you wait for the light!

Traffic is still the bane of Tom's existence!! Here are a couple of pictures of the street heading toward the mission home! The one on the left is what the road looked like just before we got to the one on the right (see the blue markers)!

We want you to know that, despite the difficulties of the mission, we are enjoying our association with the missionaries and the adventure of life in Mexico. We love the work of the Lord and the opportunity to stand as witnesses of Christ at all times. On the side of our car are the words "La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias." It's a great advertisement.