We had our last zone conference with Presidente and Hermana LaPierre this past Friday. Today (Tuesday) they finish their mission and return home. President told us about how a few weeks ago, he received a large envelope that contained three letters: first, a letter from the mission departement informing him that he has been released as mission president; second, a letter from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles informing him that he has been released as mission president; and finally, a letter from the First Presidency informing him that he has been released as mission president. "I guess they really wanted me to know that I'm released," he joked.
The zone conference was probably one of the most spiritual conferences I've been to in my mission. The highlight was the very end, when Hermana and Presidente LaPierre stood to share their testimonies. As they spoke, I could feel their immense love for each of the missionaries. With spiritual eyes, I caught a glimpse of the efforts and sacrifices they put in to leading this mission. All of the missionaries in the room felt that powerful spirit of love. We carried that spirit as we stood as a zone and sang, in token of our gratitude for our beloved mission president and his wife, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing." The Spirit that filled the room was strong and sweet and tender. We love Presidente and Hermana LaPierre and we will miss them dearly.
With that same spirit of love, we are excited to welcome our new mission president and his wife, Presidente and Hermana Svec, who will be arriving sometime today. They have been called to preside over this mission at this time, and we are excited to work with them to further the Lord's work here.
I love you all!