This last week has been kind of bitter/sweet. The bitter, on Sunday President Hale, Branch President of the Young Single Adult Branch was released. It was a very difficult time for many of our young adults because they have so much love and respect for him. President Hale is such an influence for good and put his whole heart and soul into his calling. He was not afraid to counsel with firmness, love and concern when he felt things were being said or the branch was not progressing in gospel truth. He knows the gospel so well and is an excellent speaker on all most any gospel subject. He was truly called by the Lord and blessed the lives so many young adults. But as we know in the Church our callings are for a period of time set by the Lord and then we move on to other callings and we grow and develop in our new callings. I do not know what President Hale will be called to do next but I am sure he will be anxiously engaged in the Lord’s service very soon.
Now for the sweet, President Nathan Munson, is the new Branch President, for the Winnebago Young Single Adult Branch. He is so kind, very organized, and a very talented and a truly spiritual man. He loves the Lord and I know he is called by the Lord to serve as the Branch President at this time. He has been serving as the High Counsel Representative assigned to our branch. His wife and his young family (If I counted right they have 5 young children) were there and I think they plan to attend as many church meetings together as a family as they can. They will set a wonderful example for the young single members. With all the young members in the Branch I am sure Sister Munson will have all the help she needs.
When we first arrived in Oshkosh, the mission office personnel had contacted a cancer center in Green Bay for me to receive my monthly treatment. We were not looking forward to traveling north 60 or 70 miles to Green Bay each month, specially in the winter months on bad roads. We could see, as Elder Wood and I were getting to know the Oshkosh area, that there were plenty of hospitals and some cancer treatment centers. (Oshkosh is a town of a little over 66,000 people.) When talking with President Hale’s wife, Karen, she told me she knew the very person I needed to talk to, her home teacher. President Munson is a cancer doctor, his specialty is radiation treatment for cancer. The next night I received a call from a very wonderful concerned doctor, Brother, and home teacher. We talked for a few moments about my cancer and then he told me he knew of a cancer doctor that he was sure would see me for the 18 months we would be on our mission and he is only a few minutes away from our apartment. He told me I could use his name as a referral and said if I was not pleased with this doctor or he could not see me as a patient at this time to call him back and he would make sure he found someone to see me. It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I knew the Lord was watching over Elder Wood and myself and we would have those special people we needed to meet our needs as we dedicated our time in serving Him. So as you can see from personal experience I know President Munson will truly be an asset to the Winnebago Branch he doesn’t just speak the words over the pulpit he lives by the words he speaks. Elder Wood and I look forward to serving with President Munson.
Well spring has finally come to Wisconsin. It has been beautiful for the last four days. In one of the pictures Elder Wood is standing by some of the last snow in Oshkosh, this is next to Lake Winnebago. Our work is going well and we are still very happy to be serving this mission. There will many changes in the next few months with a new Mission President and many, many new missionaries but we are so blessed to be serving the Lord at this time and in this beautiful place.