Monday, August 22, 2011

We love our dedicated and diligent missionaries!

Missionaries completed their service and returned home during July and August.

Faithful Missionaries approached the completion of their mission service.

Seeing Double in the Santiago East Mission

The Santiago East Mission is blessed by the presence of two sets of twins and one set of triplets who were able to work together in Santiago for the last days of their mission service. The brothers that came from other missions in Chile reunited with their siblings to testify of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel. The Welling, Sheahan and Mayberry families have blessed the country of Chile through their consecration of resources to make their sons' service possible.

Seeing Double and Triple in the Santiago East Mission

MTC Devotional with President and Sister Kemp and President Laycock

President Laycock gave a devotional speech at the Santiago MTC. Nine new elders and one sister in the group joined the best mission in the World, Chile Santiago East.

Snow in Santiago

Snow in Santiago

On Thursday August 18 2011, we were in a mission training with all of our new missionaries and their trainers at the Lynch North Chapel when the snow came. It snowed for nearly three hours. This was the first time we had seen snow in Santiago! It was really very beautiful, and it made us (President and Sister Laycock) feel like we were in Utah...just not August in Utah! Of course, President Laycock loves Christmas, so he immediately began to play some Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas music. It was fun to see many of our Latin missionaries experience snow for the first time. It was not fun to drive on the roads of Santiago during the storm. We hope the flowers at the mission home survive the cold!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Special Santiago Memories

President Laycock was invited to speak to the missionaries in the CCM! He enjoyed getting to know the sweet missionaries and feeling their enthusiasm and their desires to serve the Lord.

President Laycock and the Assistants to the President enjoy "planning" meetings at special places in Santiago. Elders Tilley and Whitney are an important blessing to our mission. They work so hard and serve so many.

This view of Santiago from the top of the Cerro Sancristobal shows the beautiful, snow-covered peaks of the Andies Mountains.

More Faithful Missionaries Completed Their Missions During August

Every single one of these fine missionaries holds a very special place in our hearts. The Chile, Santiago East Mission is stronger and better because of the service of these fine Elders and Sisters. Their legacy of love and caring will live forever in the hearts and minds of the Chilean people. We look forward with great anticipation to hearing of all of the good these young people will do in their little corners of the world. We love them all and are so thankful for the opportunity to have served with them.

Landon Left Argentina and Arrived in Uruguay on August 16, 2011 Tuesday

Our son, Elder Landon Taylor Laycock left the Argentina MTC and arrived in the Uruguay, Montevideo West Mission on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. We were very grateful to get this picture by email from President and Sister Heaton. Landon spent almost three weeks in the Argentina MTC and then went from there to Uruguay! We are very excited to follow his mission experience. Spending two years here in the Chile, Santiago East Mission has been a great blessing and preparation for him. We miss him tremendously, but we have no doubt that he is where he should be at this time in his young life. We know the Lord loves Him and will work beside him.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

15 New Missionaries Arrived on Tuesday August 9, 2011.

We already love each of these wonderful missionaries. We met five of them at the airport and received ten of them from the MTC here in Santiago. We were immediately impressed with their intelligence, light, and love. We look forward to working with them in the Greatest Mission in the World!