Saturday, July 24, 2010

We Love Our New Hermanas

On Tuesday, June 15 we were blessed with two wonderful and brave new Hermanas straight from the Provo MTC. We picked them up at the Santiago Airport and took them directly to the Santiago Temple for a picture and short orientation.

They were excited to speak the Spanish language and begin teaching their Chilean brothers and sisters about the true, restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As custom dictates, they wrote letters to their parents which we sent that day to confirm their safe arrival to the Chile Santiago East Mission.

By lunch time they were with their new companions and eating lunch in the home of a church member. We are certain that these two wonderful Hermanas will add love and commitment to our Mission. We love them so much already! We are just going to write their names as Hermana W. and Hermana N. because their names are soooo fun to spell. And if we thought it was fun to spell their names, it was even more fun to hear our Latin missionaries pronounce their names. We are so happy to welcome them to the Santiago East Mission.

Los misioneros

These Elders and Sisters are the BEST!
We will miss them tremendously.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Coming and Going

We Said Goodbye and Expressed our Love to Ten Excellent Missionaries on June 14, 2010.
First Row from Left to Right: Elders Sorenson, Flores, Ramirez, Sister Laycock, President Laycock, Sisters Trone, Aranda;
Second Row: Elders Stephenson, Crosland, Booth, Renshaw, Perez

Eight Faithful Elders and two Faithful Sisters Completed their Mission Service on June 14, 2010. As usual, we spent the day with these fine missionaries, allowing them to experience some of the cultural treasures of Santiago. We went to the temple together, and concluded with dinner and testimonies at the mission home. We gave go-home advice and answered questions. When we asked Elder Renshaw how he became such a dedicated and diligent missionary, he said, “I tell myself that I will work my hardest today, and then tomorrow I will rest. Then, I do the same thing the next day.” This exemplifies the life of a faithful missionary. They work so hard every single day of their mission. We will miss these fine missionaries, but we believe they will continue to be our friends throughout eternity.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

June Wedding!

Our daughter, Lacey Anna Laycock was sealed for time and all eternity to Cory Alan Chase on June 24, 2010 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple! We don't have pictures of the groom, yet...but he is every bit as handsome as Lacey is beautiful. What a blessing for our family to be able to enjoy another Chase man. Cory is the brother of Ryan, who is the husband of our older daughter, Larissa. Larissa and Lacey like to point out that they are now sisters AND sisters-in-law. We hope to soon receive more pictures of the day that we can share.

Life in Santiago!

Elder Stagg enjoys life in Santiago as he has lunch with President Laycock at a traditional Chilean sandwich stand. We love our Missionaries, and we are so thankful for their faithful service to the Lord.

Four Elders Return Home

We love our Missionaries. We said good-bye to four missionaries this transfer cycle: Elder Aguirre, Elder Alvarado, Elder Garces, and Elder Solis. We will always have a special place in our hearts for each of them.