Saturday, November 5, 2011

Where Did the Women Go?

Today we were with Elder D. Todd Christofferson of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife Kathy, Elder Jay Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy and his wife Lona, Elder Brad Foster of the Seventy and the Area Presidency and his wife Sharol Lyn and Elder Juan Avila of the Seventy.

We started the day with a special missionary meeting. We had all 192 missionaries from the five provinces of the mission in Resistencia. It was an incredible experience. The schedule was tight and the Church had a film crew there, so we did not get any pictures. However, the film crew is following E. Christofferson during his trip and will be posting excerpts on When it does, we will post the link.

Then we had a lunch with our visitors and the stake and district presidents with their wives. Diane picked the menu and prepared everything but the salad (Ritz Chicken, salad, twice baked potatoes, rolls and Lace Toffee Cups filled with ice cream and strawberries) for 40 people. I thought that inasmuch as we were sitting at the head table it would be bad manners to take a picture, so I "James Bonded" these with my iPhone.

After lunch the men went into a 4 hour training meeting and the visitors' wives went to our home for this...

A cooking class on making empanadas put on by Graciela, our helper and her three cute, cute daughters.

Diane had aprons custom made for each of the wives and also printed the empanada recipes for each of them.

They had a blast and loved tasting the empanadas. Here are the women modeling their aprons...

From left to right: Hermana Patricia Boyden (new matron of the Asuncion, Paraguay Temple), Hermana Sonia Larson (our only senior couple wife), Diane (the awesomest Mission President's wife in the world), Hermana Kathy Christofferson, Hermana Sharol Lyn Foster and Hermana Lona Jensen (showing that each of the aprons is reversible).

Then, five more young ladies came to the home and the women had a round table discussion with each generation asking the other questions. Here is a picture of the whole group.

I saw Hermana Larson afterwards and asked her how it was. She said, "Great! We talked, we got to relax, we shared stories, we laughed, we know how it is..."

That says it all!


  1. Oh I'm so glad it was a success! I love the aprons and the flowers. Can't wait to talk to you guys soon!

  2. cant wait to hear more! Dad, have i ever told you how AWESOME your blog is???? haha!

  3. and mom, great ideas with the aprons and cooking class. What an exciting week for the mission.

  4. Wish I couldve attended that cooking class! Looks fun

  5. Looks like a success! Those aprons turned out great and I'm sure all the food did too!

  6. Wow Ray and Diane how cool is that. To the Heyman Family Your Father is a great great man He is my best friend from St.Louis Missouri and I love him and his folks and family. May the Lord Bless you and your family. What a great heritage you have my friend. Love ya bro. Rusty Tidlund