We send special love and congratulations today to our beautiful daughter-in law, Lala, who is celebrating her new citizenship. Happy Birthday Lala! We are so grateful to have her as a part of our family–a faithful and loving wife to Carl, and the creative mother of three beautiful little girls.
We contemplate the sacrifice and eternally valuable gift of the missionaries who went to the Philippines 25 years ago and baptized Lala and her family. Just as we don’t always to see the fruits of the work we are doing, those missionaries probably don’t see that one little girl had the faith and member support to stay active in the Church even though the rest of her family was less involved in religion. They didn’t see her attend all of her seminary and young women’s activities, go to the temple, or go to work in the United States, where she and Carl were miraculously able to meet while she was visiting an old primary friend.
Over 150 years ago, missionaries went to Norway and baptized Elder Sorenson’s ancestors. Fifteen years ago, a Church member in Korea introduced the gospel to Jenny’s husband, Chris, who was later baptized in Italy. Frank’s wife, Elizabeth, is the granddaughter of a German convert. And 50 years ago my Croatian father was taught by missionaries who went to Lombard, Illinois. Our niece Annie married a righteous member from Singapore; her sister married a faithful convert from India. Our nephew Joe married a beautiful member from Holland.
Now we are in Nicaragua, helping sustain new church members in a country where the church is in its infancy. We can’t begin to envision the future of each individual or their essential place in the great international church and family of our Heavenly Father. But today we feel that we have a glimpse of the possibilities for the people of Nicaragua and their place in the worldwide family of the church–or perhaps someday a part of the Sorenson family itself.