It was great to go to Wayne's Argentina, Cordoba mission reunion and meet and talk with Pres. and sister Klein.
Pres. Klein was a great influence on Wayne.
Wayne had him as President for 18 months and served in the mission home with him for 8 months as an Assistant.
It was fun to see Wayne interact with other old missionaries, share stories and remember beloved companions and Argentines.
I waited for and wrote Wayne faithfully on his mission. I recall his areas and people and stories as well as anyone.
It was so gratifying to sit there and be the fly on the wall as they all conversed.
Sis. Klein reminisced about the mission home and having 5 little girls running around. She recalled a time when the gas stove blew up and burned her. Wayne was there, gave her a blessing and drove her to the hospital. It was tragic, then it was a miracle of healing.
Pres. Klein shared a beautiful testimony. He related a new "aha" moment he had this past week. In 2nd Nephi it states, "Man is that he might have joy.." It goes on to explain what that joy is... "God's love, which is the most joyous of all.-- so our true Joy is felt when we have God's love in our lives." He was so sweet and humble in relating this.
Pres. Klein wished he didn't have to be so strict as a mission pres. and that the missionaries could have felt of his love for them more. Wayne said he knew Pres. Klein loved him and Wayne loved Pres. Klein.
My friend Bob said, "A Mission President, to a missionary, is right under a father figure."
I would agree.
Much growth, many life lessons, spiritual highs and lows are all experienced on a mission. These are all shared with a Mission Pres.
Wayne learned a lot as a missionary in Argentina, and came home better because of it. Better prepared to marry me and begin our family. Better prepared to be a father and provider. Better prepared to love and serve the Lord.
As we were leaving, Pres. Klein grabbed me, held my hand and looked into my eyes and said, "Make sure you tell your children what a great father they have."
I teared up, because I agee.
Yep, Mission Presidents are great!
I'm glad Addison was able to serve in Louisiana-- he speaks highly of his mission Pres. He says his mission improved and enlarged his gospel understanding and his life. He learned how to Love more.
Truman is working on his mission papers right now. I can't wait for him to experience a mission, love a mission president and serve the Lord.