Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Transfers #3-Departing Missionaries

Departing Missionaries! We love and will miss them!!
After attending the Temple together, a departing Texas meal at the Mission Home, the
 missionaries are given a binder with their first picture in the field, all the weekly letters/emails they wrote to their Mission President, transfers, etc. its special to watch them look and read through it.

Jacob more than happy to take pictures for the missionaries

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Transfer #3-Arriving Missionaries

This was a bitter sweet for the Assistant, Elder Border....with this being his last transfer.  He will be missed!  He has done a great job training the new Assistant, Elder Muhlestein to take his place.
Elder Henderson is the other Assistant who works so hard to make sure all the details are in place for transfers.  We are constantly amazed at how much work and energy these missionaries have!  They never seem tired and they are always happy and eager to help however they can.  

Arriving Missionaries!!  Loading all of their luggage and then heading to the Mission Home where a welcoming Texas meal awaits them
Arriving Missionaries
Some of the missionaries had to wake up at 3:00 am to catch their flight
After they have been welcomed (Texas style), trained, have had their individual pictures taken with President and Sister Ames (to send home to mom and dad), orientated on the what, where, when, and how...they are introduced to their their trainers and they are off and running!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Visiting General Authority

We had our first visiting General Authority.   Elder Rafael E Pino and his sweet wife, Patricia.  We didn't quite know what to expect, but we just loved every moment of it.  
Rafael E. Pino

  • Born 1955; Valencia, Venezuela-
  • Baptized as a teenager; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth, Melchizedek Priesthood as a you
  • ng adult.
  • Missionary to the Venezuela Maracaibo Mission
  • Married Patricia Dassler, 1981, Washington D.C. Temple; three children
  • Bishop; Stake President; Area Seventy for the South America North Area
  • President of the Argentina Rosario Mission
  • First Quorum of the Seventy, 2008-present
We picked both him and his wife up at the DFW Airport, and it didn't take long until we were fast friends.  We learned that they have only been in the US for two months, giving President Ames the opportunity to practice his Spanish! And though still learning, their English was amazing.  We then brought them back to the Mission Home where they met and visited with Jessica and Jacob. 

 With it being rainy and cold, we treated them to a light supper of homemade potato soup and rolls.

The next morning we met with half of the mission/missionaries where Elder Pino gave an inspiring, uplifting and powerful training!  We then took him back to the Mission Home where Sister Passey, who is an amazing cook, had a nice meal waiting for us that included creme brulee (it now being Jacob's new favorite dessert)  I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that "for best results, use a small, hand-held torch to melt the sugar". Yum!

The next morning before meeting with the other half of the mission/missionaries, Elder Pino led the Leadership Council.  This being where the leaders of the mission meet to discuss the needs, goals and vision of the Texas Fort Worth Mission.  Elder Pino was very impressed with our missionaries and we were proud to show them off....gotta love their welcome sign to the other missionaries
 After Elder Pino met with the second half of the mission/missionaries, giving an equally amazing training and teaching, we ended with a beautiful lunch by my Visiting Teachers

This is where Elder Pino went over with us what he has felt and has observed of the it is doing, what needs to be improved, etc. and we are happy to report that the feedback was all positive.  Elder Pino even told the missionaries that President Ames was the best mission president he has ever met and that they could not go wrong if they heeded his counsel and instructions.  Needless to say, President Ames was relieved, and was able to take a much needed nap.  And just for the record, I would have to agree with Elder Pino....he is pretty amazing.

Saturday, October 5, 2013


  We are happy to announce that we finally made it to the 100th day of adjustment!  
 Aforementioned, 2 transfers, 2 groups of incoming missionaries, 2 groups of arriving missionaries, 3 Senior Couples, 2 Stake Conferences, (roughly) around 554 interviews, 4 MLC'S, 4 Specialized Training's, 3 trips to the E.R., 4 firesides, 1 MP Seminar and one visiting Apostle,
   We are officially acclimated, adjusted, and awesomely aware!! 
Things are most definitely looking up......!!  
How appropriate that our 100 day mark would be the same weekend as General Conference.  
It was General Conference 6 months ago that we heard this amazing talk.....

It Is Better to Look Up

Of the Seventy

If we, like President Monson, exercise our faith and look to God for help, we will not be overwhelmed with the burdens of life.
At the end of a particularly tiring day toward the end of my first week as a General Authority, my briefcase was overloaded and my mind was preoccupied with the question “How can I possibly do this?” I left the office of the Seventy and entered the elevator of the Church Administration Building. As the elevator descended, my head was down and I stared blankly at the floor.
The door opened and someone entered, but I didn’t look up. As the door closed, I heard someone ask, “What are you looking at down there?” I recognized that voice—it was President Thomas S. Monson.
I quickly looked up and responded, “Oh, nothing.” (I’m sure that clever response inspired confidence in my abilities!)
But he had seen my subdued countenance and my heavy briefcase. He smiled and lovingly suggested, while pointing heavenward, “It is better to look up!” As we traveled down one more level, he cheerfully explained that he was on his way to the temple. When he bid me farewell, his parting glance spoke again to my heart, “Now, remember, it is better to look up.”
As we parted, the words of a scripture came to mind: “Believe in God; believe that he is … ; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth.”1 As I thought of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ’s power, my heart found the comfort I had sought in vain from the floor of that descending elevator.
Since then I have pondered this experience and the role of prophets. I was burdened and my head was down. As the prophet spoke, I looked to him. He redirected my focus to look up to God, where I could be healed and strengthened through Christ’s Atonement. That is what prophets do for us. They lead us to God.2

Friday, October 4, 2013

Ames all around....

Getting around to the other members of the R.Ames family......
Alex and Chelsea are workin, studyin, earnin, drivin, lovin, servin, playin and just plain innovatin in Provo, Utah.  We talk to them as much as they will allow us without driving them crazy.  We are so grateful for skype, face time and texting.  It helps when we are needing our Alex and Chelsea fix!

 Hard to believe its already been a little over 2 years since Alex has been home off his mission....and what great ideas and counsel he gives each time we call and ask his opinion having to do with the mission/missionaries.  I especially love how he is always quick to respond, "Ultimately though, its whatever dad feels inspired to do as the Mission President"....great counsel. 

Isaac is all settled at BYUI.  He loves everything about college life... he is studyin, workin, servin, playin, and doin lots of datin!  

That would be Isaac in the sunglasses
Hard to believe he has been home from his mission for almost 5 months! He too has such great counsel and advice for mom and dad and we love getting advice from a missionary's point of few so to speak.  He too is always very mindful of the keys that President Ames holds for the Texas Fort Worth Mission. 
Side note from mom: Since being here on this mission, I have realized even more what incredible missionaries my sons were.  I am amazed at how hard they worked, based on their Mission President and companions.  I never heard about any of the struggles, doubts or fears that they had, yet I know there had to be some.  If there in one things I have already learned from this mission, it is that one cannot grow or develop without trial and opposition. There has to be strengthening and with that comes some struggling. 
They were always so happy, positive and inspiring!  It was such a strength to me and blessed our lives so much in ways that is hard to describe.  I hope to encourage our missionaries to be the same. To have an optimism for the work, for their mission, their companions, the missionaries, members and area.   

It will be so very nice to be together for the holidays......

Just love these guys!!!