President and I received a wonderful email from Heerlen Branch asking if we could speak at a Fireside on January 27, 2013. The email indicated that the youth had requested an evening to discuss the implications of lowering the age for missionary service for young men and young women. Particularly, the young women had questions about missionary service. They asked if the Mission President could come and talk with them. Well, that's what President Robinson loves most--taking about missionary work. So, of course we accepted. We assigned the Sister Missionaries from Antwerpen to attend with us so they could share a Sister Missionary's perspective.
Sister Stout and Sister Juchau traveled with President and I down to Maastricht to meet with these wonderful and valiant members of the church who are preparing for their own missions in the near future. President did a great job. Sister Stout and Sister Juchau both bore such a powerful and Spirit filled testimony of the work of the Lord and the joys of missionary work. We love you both! You are wonderful examples of the kind of missionaries the Lord needs and wants.
Heerlen Branch: You are a wonderful group of young people. We felt the Spirit and know that our Heavenly Father is watching and preparing you for the time when you can be part of this "Hastening of the Work". For now, prepare by teaching in your classes and quorums because that will make you very effective and powerful missionaries. Thank you for the invitation to be with you on Sunday evening.
We love you and wish you the very best in your preparations.