On Sunday Morning, January 10, Steven and I were set apart as full time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We were set apart by President Richard Hansen. All of our Oregon family members were present except Michael and baby K., who were at a family baptism.
The blessings given to us as we were set apart were very special and dear to our hearts. I truly felt the mantel of missionary rest upon me. It was a warm, comforting feeling; very welcome after two frantic weeks of preparation.
After the setting apart, now Elder Watts and I went to Oregon City with our son, Slade, his wife, Heidi, and their children to attend their Sacrament Meeting. It was a special meeting because their four wards were being divided into five wards. All members of these four wards were in attendance, as well as the stake presidency and other stake leaders. The entire chapel, cultural hall, and overflow rooms were full. One story by the Stake President touched my heart. President Lundgreen said that before the meeting began a young priesthood holder came up to him and expressed his concerns about making a mistake while administering the Sacrament. President Lundgreen told him, “As long as your are on the Lord's errand and doing His will, He won't let you make a mistake.” I thought, that applies to us and our mission. It was comforting!