Monday, February 27, 2012

The Best 2 Years

We all welcomed Elder Adams home on Wednesday, February 22nd at the bottom of the escalator at the SLC airport, all of us sporting our matching T-shirts. :)

"It says, welcome home, Talon!"

Yep, we sure were!
And, there he is! Can ya see him? (My camera was having lighting issues in many of the pictures I was trying to take...)

We love our Elder Adams! And, although he may still wish he was in the Philippines serving his mission we are all very happy to have him home.

My favorite thing I've heard him say since he was home, "My mission was not only the best 2 years of my life, but it was the best 2 years for my life."

Want to learn more about why Talon's mission has meant so much to him? Email me, Ashley Norman, at and/or visit here. I promise it will be well worth your time.

Monday, February 13, 2012

In just 1 week and 1 day ...

 Elder Adams is returning with honor!

These pictures Talon sent us back at the end of November and December 2011- his last Christmas in the Philippines...

He described this Christmas as his "White Christmas"- and he didn't mean it was white because of snow... :) What a wonderful way to celebrate Christ's birth upon the earth than to have helped a family start on their journey to be together forever.

So, here they are for the very last time possibly while a missionary, Talon's words- his feelings about his mission and the gospel. (Believe me, it will be way worth your time to read them.) 

"it is a dang bitter sweet feeling to be ending full time missionary service. i dont think it has really sunk in that it is coming to a close. i think i am going to call President Pagaduan and see if i can extend again. ha jk." 

"Its been the most incredible 2 years of my whole life. its been a dream and my life has changed alot for the good because of it. and also i am so grateful that i have been able to help other people to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. The Gospel is everything it is the way to happiness in this life and the life to come. i just want to bear my testimony to all of you that this is Gods Work and this is his church. and Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and through him Gods church was restored here on the earth. i know that the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints is true and we are being led by a living prophet this day. This is Gods kingdom here on the earth. i am once again grateful for all the support from all of you at home for being there and writing and supporting me my whole mission it really means the world to me. i really have the best family. i love you all so so much."

Elder Adams we are all so very proud of you and all that you have done and learned while serving in the Iloilo Philippines mission. You have been and will continue to be a light and an example to our whole family, you have taught us about the power of the scriptures and the power of prayer, and maybe most of all you have taught us about the kind of miracles that can happen when we are patient, dedicated, positive, and put every ounce of our faith in the Lord. We love you Elder Adams and look forward to seeing you in just 1 week and 1 day!