Spence’s parents left for Leeds, England this month to serve an 18 month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They will be running the college institute there. Almost all of their children (Harvey lives a couple of hours away in New Mexico) live right here in our little hometown of St. Johns, AZ, so their presence is quickly missed. The running of the family ranch has been left to the 3 boys (men:) and they are feeling the financial pressure to provide for all of the employees that Jay has felt all of these years. If they didn’t love it so much, they’d find something else to do; but the ranch life is such a good life…I can attest to the joys it has brought to my own little family. We truly appreciate the example of these two great parents and hope that it will inspire the Platt grandkids to plan for missions of their own. (With Hayes turning 10 yesterday, that’s only 9 years away..aghh!)
Hayes loves his grandparents. He always reminds me that they “practically” raised him when he was 18months-2 1/2 years old. (While I was teaching school in Payson)
Chase hides in Papa’s jacket.
Jay and Trish with their first born, Spence. Glad to finally get a picture of them together.
I pulled this map off the Leeds, England Mission website, but can’t blow it up enough to see it very good…you get the idea though. Leeds is in the southern part of the mission in West Yorkshire.