Friday, June 14, 2013

"Setting Apart" the things of the world

Friday after the Family Reunion, we had the opportunity to meet with Elder Tad R. Callister in preparation for our 3 year mission.  It was a meeting we will forever cherish.  After meeting with Elder Callister, we then brought our family up to the office of Elder Dallin H Oaks where Rodney and I were set apart.  It too was a meeting to be cherished, reflected upon, and valued.  It was especially neat to see how each of our children, reverenced and respected the title/calling in which these great men held.  It was comforting to see and feel how natural they felt being in their presence.  Jacob was able to sit in Elder Oaks office chair, as we were set apart and I'm assuming he will find that especially special.  Its hard to describe the feelings that we felt, but among many feelings, they were feelings of love, support, acceptance, sustaining and joy.

Some family members who were able to attend

Rodney's Father (Allen) and Mother (Ulla) 

Rodney's sisters (left to right) Amelia, Katriina and Sarah

Rodney's brothers (2 of the 4) Spencer and Anton
Aaron and Ben (not able to be there)

Sibling Silliness 

And its official.....President and Sister Ames!
And we're on our way!!
Note to those who are not members of our Faith
Who is Tad R. Callister?

Presidency of the Seventy
Presidency of the Seventy
 Elder Tad R. Callister was sustained a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2008, at age 62. At the time of his call, he had been serving as the president of the Canada Toronto East Mission. He served as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy, North America West Area, from 2000 to 2005.  He is currently serving as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.
Elder Callister received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University in 1968. He later attended UCLA Law School, graduating with a law degree in 1971. The following year, he earned an LLM (Master’s) degree in tax law from New York University. Prior to his call as a mission president, he was employed as a practicing attorney with the firm of Callister & Callister.
Elder Callister has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Eastern Atlantic States Mission, bishop, stake president, regional representative, mission president, and Area Seventy.
Tad Richards Callister was born in Glendale, California, on December 17, 1945. He married Kathryn Louise Saporiti in December 1968. They are the parents of six children and grandparents of 25.

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