Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Four Generations of Service....
I have been thinking alot lately about our missionary Quinn. I have been getting in his college applications and planning his return home. We got a date of November 12th for his return. It seems like forever still but I know it will be here before I know it. It's been an honor to have another son serve a mission for The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The knowledge and experiences he has had have been once in a lifetime and although it is so hard to send them away, its all worth it.
My grandfather (my father's father) J. Delos Jewkes served a mission to South Africa. In those days missionary went without purse or script and each night they depended upon the kindness of strangers to house and feed them. The war broke out while he was gone and for some reason he was not allowed to return. He served faithfully for four years. A few years later after his return his left the church and didn't return to full activity until he was about 79.
My father, J. Paul Jewkes also served in South Africa. He traveled on a boat to get there which took almost a month. He was drafted in the army first, served his time there and then served a mission for the church. My mother met him about a month before he left and she faithfully wrote and waited for him. He bought her diamond in the mines of South Africa and sent it home to her through the mail.
Reid served in St. Louis, Missouri, (the same mission his father Thurn J. Baker) served in. His mother died about three weeks after he had left on his mission. He faithfully served missing the letters and packages of a sweet mother.
Quinn is serving in Fiji, Suva. He has served his entire mission in the country of Vanuatu. WE anxiously look forward to November 12th.