Blake is Home

One week and one day ago, we welcomed home Elder Morgan (Blake) from his mission! He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Arizona Scottsdale Mission.

Dulles Airport, where we met him upon his arrival, has lots of doors where passengers can exit. We hoped we were at the “right” door, but we weren’t. John started wandering the airport to see if Blake came out a different door. And sure enough, John found him.

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Family photo at the airport.

 

Missing Denver

This afternoon while I was at work listening to Pandora and sending out emails to conference speakers, my mind just started thinking about Denver, and my heart started missing that place. I don’t really know what triggered it, but for about an hour this afternoon I really missed Denver. I lived in Denver for about 6 months when I was 22. I was serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Nauvoo Visitors’ Center with about 20 other missionaries. In the middle of my mission, I was sent to the Colorado Denver South Mission to experience missionary life away from a visitors’ center. The experience was eye-opening for many reasons. I spent four and a half of those six months serving in inner-city Denver. I learned so much being in an environment that was so foreign to me.

In Denver I had a lot of time to think. As I walked through the beautiful, brisk Colorado air, my mind would often be pondering the purpose of life, faith, hope, integrity, consecration, service, etc. I learned much during these quiet times. It was this time of year that I prepared to leave for Denver. Perhaps it was the first glimpse of fall air we had today that reminded me of this time. In Denver I really learned that life is beautiful when you put others first and allow God to work miracles in your life.

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Denver Colorado LDS Temple at Christmas
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Some of my favorite people in Denver.