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While serving a senior mission differs in many ways from serving a mission as a young elder or sister, it also requires thorough preparation and decision-making. BYU Education Week speaker Craig Judd, who has experience helping people retire, explained that when Utahns retire, they usually want three things: to spend time with grandchildren, serve a mission and travel. In his presentation, Judd said all three wishes can be granted, but not without preparation first. As Judd explained, the main worry is often what to do with the house. Judd narrowed it down to three solutions. The first option is to sell the house.
The couple also helped organize a building project among members to construct a home for a family of orphans in the branch. But along with them are marvelous senior missionaries who have answered the pleadings of prophets and apostles for more missionary couples.
The Waddells are not strangers to the annual seminar for new mission presidents and their companions. As you orient them, give special attention to the ways in which couples differ from younger missionaries, including different expectations for couples.
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The Bunkers were ased to a branch with a large of less-active members. There they learned first-hand of the power that senior couples can bring to a mission. Countless lives were blessed in Ecuador because of the humble efforts of a senior couple from Southern Utah.
Sister Bunker spoke no Spanish. They first attended the conference in prior to serving together in the Spain Barcelona Mission.
This was such a comfort to me as a young year-old. Their humility and willingness to serve quickly won over the branch leaders and members.
Despite her limited Spanish, Sister Bunker began teaching piano lessons on donated keyboards to youth and young adults in the branch. Sister Waddell emphasized the importance of revelation while working with senior couples. They gave such a great example of Christlike love.
Christopher Waddell on June The second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric and a member of the Missionary Executive Council, Bishop Waddell was ed in his presentation on effectively utilizing senior couples by his own companion, Sister Carol Waddell.
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The Waddells concluded their remarks with instruction given by then-Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:. They even facilitated speech therapy for a young elder serving in the branch — helping him manage his stuttering while building his confidence to teach and share the gospel with others. Elder Bunker had learned Spanish decades ago during a Church mission.
Bishop and Sister Waddell began their presentation by sharing the experiences of the Bunkers, a senior couple from Utah who were called to serve in the Ecuador Quito Mission. Prior to their presentation, the Waddells reached out to some of the returned missionaries that they had served with in Barcelona, asking them about their experiences working with senior couples.
They are young in spirit, wise, and willing to work. But they went in faith, not knowing what to expect. Soon music accompanied the singing of hymns during Sunday meetings.
Senior couples can have a positive impact serving among young elders and sisters. Senior couples can effectively work with young single adults. New mission presidents and their companions listen to instruction and counsel from Church leaders during a session of the New Mission Leadership Seminar at the Provo Missionary Training Center which was held June A new mission president gives a comment during a breakout session of the New Mission Leadership Seminar at the Provo Missionary Training Center which was held June Bishop W.
Christopher Waddell is the second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. A new mission president and his companion talk with missionaries during the New Mission Leadership Seminar at the Provo Missionary Training Center which was held June Later, the Bunkers were ased to work in the mission office.