Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Becoming Elder Call

Sunday, July 13th was a big day for Dallin. His family and friends gathered at the Grover chapel for the 9 a.m. service during which Dallin gave his farewell talk. He was joined by Sister Addison Elder and Sister Lesa Porter who both gave excellent talks on being a missionary every day and honoring our covenants (respectively), and Dallin's talk was on keeping covenants and receiving power/blessings. He concluded with a sweet testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ (which he'll be giving in Spanish in no time!).
Following the service, Dallin and his crew (all of the family and friends mentioned above) headed to his home to enjoy a meal prepared by BethAnn, Sam, and several of Dallin's aunts. By 1 p.m. Dallin (and friends) were off to another farewell for one of Dallin's (other) friends.
The family remained to catch up. Those in attendance included: Joyce, Garry and Gage; Dave, Shirlene, Roo, Brooke, Dayton and Hunter; Marion, DeeAnn, Soren and Anson; Amanda, Lyle Porter (her dad), Lyle, Emily, Ethan and Nathan; Grandma Jensen and Grandpa Dee Call; Dale, BethAnn, Ben, Justin, Evan and Sam.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. at his home that evening, Dallin was set apart as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Prior to his setting apart (by President Allred), Justin and Evan shared words of wisdom with him based on their experience as a missionary. Evan advised Dallin to rely on the examples in the Book of Mormon in good times and in times of hardship. Justin's message was tied with Grandma Call's favorite quote: "No one will care how much you know until they know how much you care." The spirit was strong as Dale, Evan, Justin, Dee, Garry, Bishop Ritchie, Luke Brog, and Bodie Draney all joined President in the setting apart and blessing.

Dallin flew out of the Salt Lake City Airport today at 11 a.m. He will have a connecting flight in Atlanta, Georgia that will take him to Buenas Aires, Argentina. Dallin has been preparing for these next few years for the past 18, and I am sure, will hit the ground running. God speed and good luck Elder Call!
Dallin at the airport with the other missionaries flying to the Buenas Aires MTC

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