Friday, November 28, 2014

Mission President Seminar - Baguio

Our second Mission President Seminar for 2014 was located 5 hours north of Manila in Baguio. The beautiful city of Baguio is in the mountains and it is cooler than Metro Manila where our mission home is located. We loved the pine trees and enjoyed the cool evening air as we left our sliding glass door open all night and the ceiling fan on. We could also smell the pine and it reminded us of being in the mountains in Utah. The hotel was decorated for Christmas and it was beautiful. It always seems to me that the week of Seminar goes very quickly. We anticipate it for months, longing for a chance to catch up with our dear friends who are also serving as Mission Presidents throughout the Philippines. We were blessed with some extra time to visit with each other as we rode on the bus to Baguio. During the week, we were taught and given insight into our callings by the Area Presidency. 
We always leave the Seminar filled with resolve to do a little better than our very best, and to love with all our heart. It was a relaxing and fulfilling week. 
 We always gather in one of the hotel rooms and talk about our families, the missionaries, and get caught up.
 We had a breakout session with just the wives. We listened to inspirational talks and ideas from Sister Ardern, Sister Bowen, and our Area Medical Advisors - Dr. Morrison and Dr. Arner.
 Eternal Friends!
 President and Sister Ostler, Manila Mission President
Christmas Carols

We did some sightseeing and shopping.
November 2014 Philippines Mission Presidents
and Area Presidency

At the end of the week when we arrived back at the Area Office in Manila, I was so happy to see the AP's waiting for us. They presented me with flowers because it was my birthday. I almost cried - it was so thoughtful. Sometimes I feel like Helaman who looked at his 2060 young warriors with love and called them "My Sons!" We missed our 220 missionary sons and daughters!

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