In January, we held a special conference for our wonderful senior couples. We feel so lucky and blessed to be serving in the warm (usually) and sunny Florida Tallahassee Mission.
We met on Friday for dinner in Tallahassee, followed by a get-to-know-you game. Most of our couples had never met before. Later President and Sister Smith led a discussion on how to strengthen your marriage and family while serving.
We talked about some of the best kept secrets of senior missions. Many don’t know you can serve for as few as six months or as long as 23 months. Most seniors serve as Member Leader Support missionaries, and some as military relations. Another tidbit that many don’t know is senior missionaries do not follow the same schedule as younger missionaries. They can take a nap, go for a walk, and enjoy visits from their families.
These special couples bring skills, talents, and experiences that they use every day as missionaries. There isn’t a handbook for how to serve a senior mission, so couples must be self-starters and proactive in their work. Senior couples really bless and lift and strengthen our wards and branches. When they leave, we always pray for someone to replace them.
Currently we could use Spanish missionaries to work in the branch in Tallahassee!
Concluding our Friday session, we played games and got to visit with each other. The next morning we gathered for for some wonderful workshop classes. We finished the event by touring Pebble Hill Plantation. It was a beautiful, sunny, yet very cold day. Thank you to all who attended, taught, and made this such a memorable event.