Well, Kevin's last emailed pictures of his mission will help us remember why he is there.
The first is of a family he contacted a year ago before leaving his current area. They were baptized after he left and he is pleased to report they remain active.
The second is of the family which feeds them lunch each Sunday. Being with and strengthening members is also a significant part of his mission.
Now, I would like to briefly share some things Kevin missed while on his mission.
The first was Laura's wedding in December 2009. Here we have the family in a St. Louis hotel shortly after the ceremony was performed in the temple.
The second was Deanna's wedding in June of 2011. Here we see Deanna and Dale outside the Provo temple shortly after they were married.
This picture actually represents two things he missed. It was taken outside the cabin we rented for our Ned Lunt family reunion shortly after Deanna's wedding. It shows us that Kevin missed a family reunion but it also contains the two nieces and the nephew who were born while he was gone.
Here is a kind of long excerpt from Kevin's last letter from his mission.
"Ending the mission you have a lot of mixed feelings and I am not really sure how I should feel. I am eternally grateful for the things that I have learned and I don't know what my life would have been like if I hadn't gone on the mission. It was truly helped me to appreciate the gospel and the joy it brings. There are few of us that have the blessing by having the restored gospel in our lives and we should take advantage of it by not only knowing the gospel but living it. As we come to truly be converted we will feel the joy it brings and we will feel the desire to share it. It has been a blessing see how the gospel has changed the lives of the people that God has prepared. "