“How would you summarize your three-year mission assignment in just one word?”
The question stumped me as my wife, Cheryl, and I attended our last set of Sunday meetings in our “home ward” for three years while presiding over the Arizona Phoenix Mission. She and I were on opposite sides of the north Peoria meetinghouse chapel saying our goodbyes to ward members in late June 2014, when one brother walked up and asked the above question.
My mind raced through three years of 650 missionaries, thousands of members and leaders, convert baptisms, lessons, arrivals, departures, interviews, zone conferences, council meetings, smiles, tears, exhaustion and more.
And one word to summarize it all?
Story by Scott Taylor, Church News; Lead image from Shutterstock.